Enjoy reading the latest edition of Lort Smith’s biannual newsletter.
Lort Smith has implemented steps to protect the health and welfare of clients, volunteers, staff and animals during this unprecedented time. We are continuing to operate while complying with government direction.
Animals play an important role in our lives, and the current pandemic has made their roles more significant. They have warmed our laps, photobombed video conferences, joined us on endless walks and have simply sat with us.
Coco was feeling very sorry for herself following emergency life-saving surgery at Lort Smith Animal Hospital. The two-year-old pinscher cross doberman had a lion Ooshie and another plastic object removed from her bowel during emergency surgery.
Dr Alan Lawther was renowned as an excellent surgeon across Melbourne’s veterinary community. Each year, a scholarship is awarded annually to a vet and/or vet nurse to enhance their veterinary skills.
As many of you will be aware, there is currently social media surrounding issues at The Lost Dogs’ Home. Lort Smith is a completely separate and independent organisation.
Every day of the year, Lort Smith is here to ensure our animals are cared for, and importantly, the people that care for them.
Lort Smith Animal Hospital has seen a significant spike in cases of the deadly feline parvovirus (FPV). Head of Hospital, Dr David Cunliffe, is urging cat owners to ensure kittens are properly vaccinated.
Lort Smith Pet Therapy teams have been creating videos to provide enriching experiences to Melbourne’s most in need.
We’ve all heard recently about the extremely rare cases of COVID-19 found in one tiger and two smaller felines in Hong Kong and Belgium. While it might seem daunting, the reality is basic hygiene principals will help keep your pet safe from COVID-19.
Enjoy reading the latest edition of Lort Smith’s biannual newsletter.
Information within this article is based on current advice. This article will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.
The current spread is a result of human to human transmission.
As of 2 March 2020, Victorian tenants wanting to incorporate a pet into their lifestyle can request their landlord’s consent via Consumer Affairs Victoria.
Sunny weekends are a great chance to get family and friends together for a BBQ. However the combination of BBQ meals and pets can result in injury – both directly and indirectly.
This Australia Day the State Government of Victoria has cancelled the 2020 Fireworks display, and many councils have followed suit. While this is a welcome sigh of relief for pet owners, it doesn’t prevent unscheduled fireworks which cause pets distress.
The Lort Smith team and community are incredibly saddened by the level of devastation caused by the bushfires across our beloved country. Our hearts break as the loss of life, both human and animal, continues to increase.
Lort Smith CEO, Fiona Webster, shares her thoughts on the importance of microchipping your pet.
Lort Smith is thrilled to be named as a finalist in the category Improving the health and wellbeing of young Victorians for its work with disadvantaged youth for the 2019 VicHealth Awards.
Lort Smith Animal Hospital is urging pet carers to be on alert when walking their dogs in parks; and to keep an eye out in their backyards.
Lort Smith is thrilled to be named as a finalist in the Innovation in Rescue category of Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards 2019!
Lort Smith is pleading pet owners to desex their furry friends to prevent unwanted litters, and to ensure optimal health and wellbeing for animals in the community.
Over the last month Lort Smith Animal Hospital has seen a sharp rise in cats requiring life-saving surgery to remove small balls from their intestine.
More than 4,500 people cast a vote to determine our top placegetters.
Every pet carer will be faced with their pet being injured at some point. Know when it’s time to bring your pet to Lort Smith’s Accident and Emergency.
Lort Smith exotic vet Dr Tristan has helped a Southern Boobook back into the wild in just two days with an imping procedure.
Think your Easter egg-hunt treat is a healthy alternative? It could be toxic if Fido finds it first!
What looks like pea soup, can be seen from space and is deadly to pets? Poisonous blue-green algae.
At least 65 per cent of dogs and cats will develop osteoarthritis. Lort Smith can provide you with treatment options to ensure your pet can continue to live a full life.
As many as 40% of Australian pets are overweight. We all like to treat our special friends to a little something special from time to time, but consider this: a cat eating 25 grams of cheese is equivalent to a human eating three and a half hamburgers!
Lort Smith ‘Our Future Is In Your Hands Capital Campaign’ launched last night with a cornerstone philanthropic donation of $2 million and a separate Challenge Grant that matches public donations dollar for dollar up to $1 million until 31 December 2019.
Lort Smith veterinarian Dr Leanne Pinfold is urging all cat carers who have balconies to ensure their cats are safe.
Hot weather conjures up images of fun at the beach, lounging in the shade and iced drinks with umbrellas. However really hot weather can be dangerous for those more vulnerable to heat – including pets.
French bulldog Beefcake is on a strict diet following emergency life-saving surgery at Lort Smith Animal Hospital last week. The four-year-old dog is back at his home in Keilor Downs after vets removed four rubber ducks from his stomach and intestine.
Lort Smith and The Lost Dogs’ Home are completely separate and independent organisations.
The Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards 2018 has announced that Lort Smith’s Adoption Centre is a finalist in the category of Outstanding Animal Shelter.
Mr Wendell is no ordinary six-year-old Havanese dog. He holds the important title of Community Engagement Coordinator at Broughton Hall, a residential aged care facility in Camberwell, Victoria.
For the month of October, Lort Smith will be offering a 25% discount off all cat desexings.
With the warmer spring weather just around the corner, we need to clear the cattery to make way for the annual “kitten season” influx which is soon to arrive. Until 31 July, adoption fees for adult cats have been reduced to just $50 (from $115).
Six canine siblings were reunited at the weekend in a tail-wagging get-together.
It’s the talk of the dog parks and cat runs all over Victoria – Lort Smith has announced the winners of its annual Backyard Hero Calendar Competition.
Puppies have had their own preschool for a while, so we thought it was only time that kittens also have the chance to shine: introducing Lort Smith Kitten Kinder.
While we’re all getting ready to enjoy an Easter egg or two this weekend, it’s important to remember that while chocolate is a delicious treat for humans, it can be potentially life threatening for our canine companions.
Fiona Webster has been appointed to the ongoing role of Lort Smith CEO, taking on the permanent position following a three-month period as interim CEO.
Seven, one-week old puppies were surrendered to Lort Smith on Sunday 12 November. They were found in hard rubbish last Friday 10 November in Hoppers Crossing. The finder bottle fed them before surrendering them to us.
Lort Smith has joined Zoos Victoria and Phillip Island Nature Park’s campaign to protect native birdlife by pledging to stop using balloons at outdoor events.
Iconic Melbourne-based not-for-profit Lort Smith has revealed in its Annual Report that in 2016 its team of vets and nurses performed a total of 37,996 consultations – that’s an average of 730 animals cared for every week.
Gary the goldfish is recuperating at home after micro-surgery to remove his enlarged eye was successfully completed by the team at Lort Smith Animal Hospital recently.
Lort Smith’s Dr Leanne Pinfold carried out a volunteer veterinary placement at the Esther Honey Foundation (EHF) Animal Clinic in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. Read about her amazing experience.
Iconic Melbourne not-for-profit institution, Lort Smith, today unveiled its Adoption Hub set to redefine animal adoption centres in Australia. The facility, officially opened by The Right Honourable Robert Doyle, Lord Mayor of Melbourne, sets a new benchmark in animal adoption services in Australia.