Routine Pet Health

Health Checks

At all routine veterinary appointments your pet will be given a clinical examination, which includes eyes, mouth, ears, chest, abdomen and lymph nodes. This is included within our consult fee.

Vaccinations

We strongly advise that you vaccinate your pets from the age of 8 weeks in puppies and rabbits, and 9 weeks in kittens. Annual booster injections are also recommended to keep your pet protected throughout its life. A full health check is included at no extra cost during all vaccination consultations.

Worms

Worms are parasites which pose frequent risk to all pets regardless of age or health. They can make your pet very unwell and some can even be transferred to humans. To prevent the risk of infection, we recommend that you worm you pet regularly. Our team of vets and nurses will be able to advise you on the best worming program for your pet.

Fleas and Ticks

Fleas are very common in household pets and are usually picked up from other infected animals or wild animals, an infected pet may also transfer them to your home. Once an infestation of fleas has occurred it is extremely difficult to treat.

Ticks are a different type of parasite that commonly live in areas of tall grass, heather and moorland. Ticks will bite into your pet’s skin and feed off their blood. They start off small, usually being mistaken for a scab, but swell very quickly and fall off. Ticks are carriers of Lyme’s disease, and may pass this on to people and pets.

Flea and tick prevention often comes in one combined treatment which our vets and nurses can advise you on. If you believe your pet has either fleas or ticks, you can make an appointment to bring them in to see one of our nurses who will be able to identify and help.

Spaying & Castrating

Unless you are intending to breed your pet, we recommend that you discuss spaying/castrating with one of our veterinary staff by the age of six months. These are routine procedures, which we perform regularly in the practice. Rabbit neutering is also available.

Microchipping

Microchips are small implants that store details of your pet’s ownership. They are typically inserted under the skin between the shoulder blades and their details are logged on a UK wide database. If lost or stolen pets are taken to a veterinary practice, police station or animal shelter, they will be scanned, identified and returned to their owner.

As of April 2016, all dogs in the UK are required by law to be microchipped. Breeders are now considered to be the first legal owners of any pet so it is their responsibility to have their puppies chipped before re-homing.

Cats are not yet legally required to be microchipped, but we highly recommend it given the number of cats that go missing. Chipped cats are more likely to be found and returned to their owners.

Microchipping is a simple ten minute procedure, that should only be carried out by a fully trained and qualified veterinary surgeon or nurse.

Puppy Class

We hold puppy socialisation and training classes every Thursday evening at the practice, which are great fun for all involved! The classes allow your puppy to bond and play with other puppies in a safe and controlled environment.

The classes are held by our in-house behaviourist who will advise on basic training and can answer any questions or concerns you have.

There is a maximum of 8 puppies per class, so it’s best to book as early as possible to avoid disappointment. If you do miss out on the classes, we also offer free weekly nurse appointments to help you keep track of your puppies weight, training and behaviour.

End of Life Care

It is a sad fact of life that pets don’t live as long as their owners. We love our pets and they truly do become a member of our family. Thinking about their end of life can be a traumatic experience.

If you have concerns about your pet’s quality of life, our veterinary team can advise you on your options and the best course of action. Euthanasia is a gentle, painless and peaceful end to your pet’s life. No pet owner wants to consider euthanasia, but it is often a decision that they will eventually have to face.

Some people prefer to euthanise at home because their pet is comforted by familiar surroundings and it allows them the privacy to grieve, whereas others would prefer the procedure to be carried out in the surgery. We are reluctant to move pets that are very unwell so often the decision rests on what is best for the animal.

At The Veterinary Centre, we are committed to making the end of life process as smooth as possible. Your pet will be made extremely comfortable, but we will also guide, support and comfort you.

We love animals and being pet owners ourselves, we fully understand how difficult it is to lose a pet. If you are struggling to come to terms with the loss of your pet, our team can advise on pet bereavement and point you in the right direction if more help is needed.