Our Services - For Healthy Pets

Preventative healthcare is the best healthcare: bring your pet to see us regularly

 

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Throughout its life your pet is at risk from a wide rame of diseases. Many of these can be completely prevented by giving them the right care. Animals are very good at tolerating discomfort and, when coupled with the fact that, in their early stages, lots of health conditions don't have any obvious symptoms, it is possible that you may not be aware of a problem with your pet until it has properly taken hold.

That's why we recommend a varied programme of preventative healthcare - taking steps to protect them against diseases and problems throughout life. This is a much more effective approach than trying to treat existing and established issues.

Vaccination

All cats, dogs and rabbits should receive a course of vaccination to protect them against the diseases that they are most susceptible to. The first vaccinations are given in two stages, normally two or three weeks apart, when your pet is a few weeks old. After this they will need annual booster vaccinations to ensure that their immunity remains high.

Booster vaccinations are normally done at the same time as your pet's annual health examination, and are done at no additional cost for pets on our Pet Health Scheme.

If your pet will be travelling abroad with you for a holiday, they may need additional vaccinations. Please ask a member of staff if you need any more information about this; they will be happy to help you.

If your pets will be travelling abroad with you for a holiday or are being boarded in kennels, they may need additional vaccinations depending on the destination. Please ask a member of staff if you need any more information about this; they will be happy to help you.

Click these links for more information about vaccinations:

Dog vaccination
Cat vaccination
Rabbit vaccination

 

Neutering operations

If you are not intending to breed from your pet, neutering is often the most responsible course of action to take. As well as ensuring your pet cannot reproduce, the procedure also removes the risk of several serious health conditions, such as pyometra and breast cancer for female animals and testicular tumours or prostate problems for males.

Neutering your male animal also reduces aggressive hormonal behaviour as well as roaming and spraying; neutering a female animal reduces the likelihood of unwanted attention from males.

The neutering procedure is a relatively straightforward surgical operation done under general anaesthetic, whereby male animals are castrated and female animals are spayed. Your pet will be back home to recover with you by the end of the day, and should be back to their normal selves in within a couple of days.

 

Breeding control

For those animals where neutering is inappropriate we can give treatment to temporarily prevent breeding. Or, if the worse does happen and an unplanned mating occurs, ring us promptly because there is a "morning after" treatment for pets too!

 

Weight watchers

As with people, obesity is one of the commonest problems in pets. Being overweight can lead to many diseases and adversely affects quality of life so it is wise to keep strict control over your animal's weight. It can be difficult to follow a diet successfully so register with our weight watcher's clinic. There is no charge for regular weight checks so, if your pet is a little plump, get in touch soon.

 

Dental care

Did you know that oral disease is one of the most common conditions that domestic pets develop? The good news is that it is easily preventable, as long as you check your pet's mouth regularly.

Most pets eat a variety of foods and treats as well as snaffling around in the garden but, unlike humans, many of them don't have a regular tooth-brushing routine to keep their mouths clean. A build-up of plaque, tartar and debris around their teeth and gums can not only cause bad breath, but a variety of painful gum conditions as well as swellings, abscesses and loss of teeth.

Our team of veterinary nurses are able to give you some great advice and tips for keeping your pet's mouth healthy and can also show you how to brush their teeth with specially-formulated brushes and toothpastes. Just ask a member of staff in practice for more information.

 

Diet and weight control

It is important that your pet has a diet that matches its lifestyle and needs, as the correct balance and amount of food will help keep illnesses at bay as well as ensuring he or she doesn't become overweight. However, with all the brands and varieties of food available for domestic pets, you would be forgiven for not knowing where to start when it comes to making a choice!

In general, it goes without saying that the higher the quality of food that you can feed your pet the better. Natural foods that contain minimal preservatives or other chemicals will help to keep your pet on top form for much longer.

Our highly qualified vets and nurses will be more than happy to advise you on the best type of diet for your pets, depending on their size, breed and lifestyle. We stock a wide range of high quality diets that are well balanced and provide good quality nutrition. It is also important to be aware that there are often different types of diets available for young, adult and older pets to suit their different energy requirements.

It's important to keep a close eye on your pet's weight, as even a few extra pounds can put an animal at a significantly increased risk of conditions like heart disease and diabetes. If your pet's weight starts to creep up, our weightwatchers clinic can provide some great advice on lifestyle and diet changes, and will monitor your pet to help bring them back to an appropriate weight. Just ask a member of our team for more information.

Getting the diet right is particularly important in rabbits where errors in feeding cause much ill health and suffering. You are strongly advised to seek our guidance on feeding your rabbit.