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.

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.

Vaccinations

We strongly advise that you vaccinate your pets from the age of 8 weeks in puppies, 9 weeks in kittens and 8 weeks in rabbits. 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.

Worming

Worms are extremely common in pets, even in healthy looking animals, and can make your pet very unwell. Some types of worms can also be transferred to humans, so it is very important that you worm your pet regularly to prevent infection. Our team of vets and nurses will be able to advise you on the best worming programme for your pet.

Fleas and Ticks

Fleas are tiny parasites that multiply really quickly and can spread from your pet to you and your home. Fleas are very common in household pets and are usually picked up from other infected animals or wild animals. Once an infestation of fleas has occurred, it is extremely difficult to treat, which is why we highly recommend that you prevent fleas in your pet using one of the various treatments available. Our team of vets and nurses will be more than happy to advise you on the best flea prevention treatments for your pet.

Ticks are a different type of parasite that commonly live in areas of tall grass, heather and moorland. Animals who exercise regularly in tall grass are particularly susceptible to ticks. Ticks bite into your pets skin and feed off their blood. They start off small, usually being mistaken for a scab, but swell very quickly as they gorge on blood, before falling off. Ticks can cause very serious problems for our pets because they carry diseases such as Lymes disease; so it is very important that you prevent ticks by using a recommended treatment. Our team of vets and nurses will advise you on tick prevention, as well as demonstrate how to identify and remove them safely.

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. When 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 procedure that should only be carried out by a fully trained and qualified veterinary surgeon or nurse.

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 become very attached to them. 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 will 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.

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. They will also learn basic commands such as sit and paw.

The classes are held by our veterinary nurses who will regularly weigh your puppy and 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 miss out on the classes, we will be happy to offer weekly nurse appointments to help you keep track of your puppies weight, training and behaviour.

Pet Supplies

We have a small retail shop in the practice where we stock a range of food and pet accessories.

We have beautiful pet beds, hard-wearing collars, stylish feeding bowls and lots of pet approved toys for your cat or dog.

We supply a range of pet foods and various healthy treats for your pet to enjoy. We also stock a range of foods for rabbits and other small furry pets.

We offer an ordering service on beds as well as all of the foods on our stock list. Our team will be happy to assist you on getting the best supplies for your pet.

Cat Baths/ Demat

We routinely demat and bath cats and we have the scars to prove it! These procedures usually require a general anaesthetic and can, therefore, only be carried out at a veterinary surgery.