Pet Care

It’s easier to prevent illnesses than to treat them. Preventative Care is vital and can extend the life of your pet.

Vaccinations

Did you know?

Over the years vaccination has saved the lives of millions of pets and virtually eliminated some fatal diseases that were once common.

Whilst vaccine programs have been highly successful, many
infectious diseases still pose a significant threat to dogs and cats that have not been vaccinated so we (as caregivers) and you (as pet parents) cannot afford to become complacent about keeping pets up-to-date with their vaccinations.

Many vaccines are available for use in dogs and cats, but not every pet needs every available vaccine. Some vaccines are considered core vaccines and should be administered to all pets, whereas other vaccines are optional and may be recommended for pets based on a variety of factors, such as their risk of exposure to disease.

Vaccine recommendations can also change throughout a pet’s life, as travel habits and other variables change. We will consider all these factors as we determine which vaccines your pet should have.

We understand that your pet is unique and that no single vaccine program will be ideal for every pet in every situation. Our vets and other staff members are well-educated about veterinary vaccines and our goal is to give you the best advice for keeping your pet healthy. Let us develop a vaccination schedule and ongoing booster routine that accounts for your pet’s lifestyle, overall health, risk of exposure to infectious disease and other factors.

Microchips

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Since the 6th April 2016 all dogs in England, Scotland and Wales must be microchipped by law!

A microchip can help reunite you with a missing pet and these tiny implants can be placed in the smallest pets.

It is a legal requirement for all dogs to have a microchip.

Fitting a microchip is a quick process and can be done during a consultation.

We offer a reduced rate if microchipping is done at the same time as any other procedure.

Microchipping is not currently required for cats and unless they are travelling under the Pet Travel Scheme.

Neutering

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Neutering will not change your pets personality but will safeguard their health, welfare and behaviour.

Our pets are routinely neutered prior to the onset of breeding. Generally, cats aged 5-6 months, dogs from 6 months and rabbits from 16 weeks can be neutered. At these ages any surgery is simplified and your pet should be home the same day.

We offer standard prices for neutering with fees including a pre-op health check, post-op antibiotics, painkillers, a Buster collar, post-op checks and stitches removal where applicable. Discounts can be applied via our Puppy and Kitten Packs and our Practice Membership Schemes.

For dogs, we have some other modern medical options as opposed to surgery. Bitches can have seasons controlled or suppressed for a limited time with hormonal injections which can be given at 3, 4, 5 and 6 month intervals. We do not recommend this long-term though it can be useful for logistical reasons ie travelling and holidays etc or to time a season for breeding in certain cases. Male dogs have the option of a hormonal implant which is temporary and reversible.

If neutering is considered to aid in the control of behavioural issues in the male, the implant allows us to assess the benefits of neutering as it will achieve the same result without the initial need for surgery and it is reversible. Implants will be effective for 6 – 12 months and can be administered during a routine consultation.

Neutering Females removes the risk of ovarian, uterine and other related hormonal issues and the risk of mammary tumour development is greatly reduced.

Neutering Males, especially dogs, removes the risk of testicular tumours and greatly helps to control prostatic issues and anal tumours as well as improving behaviour.

We also use implants in older dogs to control prostate complications and other testosterone responsive conditions without the need for neutering and to avoid a general anaesthetic in our older patients.

Post-neutering, we recommend you take more care with your pets diet and regularly check their weight to ensure they remain fit and healthy.

We are always happy to discuss any issues regarding the need for neutering and any concerns you may have. If you are considering breeding from your pet we will discuss options and advise and support you throughout.

Dental Checks

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We offer FREE comprehensive dental examinations via our Nursing Dental Clinics and actively support Pet Smile Month.

Oral pain, infection and gingivitis can greatly affect the welfare of your pet both within the oral cavity itself and via other essential organs. Regular dental examinations are strongly recommended.

Aside form our FREE Nursing Dental Clinics we offer competitive fixed prices for dental examinations and we will provide you with an estimate beforehand for your consideration. When we examine your pet, we will offer advice about prevention and may recommend further treatment.

All dental treatment is carried out under general anaesthetic, closely monitored and supervised to ensure a rapid recovery. We offer pre-anaesthetic blood screening and dental x-rays if required and short term antibiotics and pain relief are given as standard as well as a post dental examination health check.

We recommend you utilise our FREE Nursing Dental Clinics where our staff will be happy to advise you on caring for your pets dental health.

A member of our team is waiting to help with all your pet care needs!