It is very important to have your pet vaccinated against the major life- threatening viral diseases and also to keep booster vaccinations up to date as immunity from injections is not life long.
Dogs are vaccinated against Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus and Parainfluenza viruses and leptospirosis. They can also be vaccinated for Bordetella (Kennel Cough). Puppies are usually vaccinated at 8 and 12 weeks of age. Booster injections are given annually for Leptospirosis and every three years for Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus.
Cats are vaccinated against Cat 'Flu, Enteritis and Feline Leukaemia Virus. Kittens are vaccinated usually at 9 and 12 weeks and boosters are also given annually for Feline Leukaemia Virus and up to every three years for 'Flu and Enteritis
Rabbits are vaccinated against Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease 1&2. Rabbits can be vaccinated from 6 weeks onwards. Boosters are given annually or 6 monthly for VHD 2 vaccine.
A full clinical examination of your pet is also performed at each vaccination appointment. Any health concerns can also be discussed.
Cats and dogs should be routinely wormed from an early age against lungworm, round and tape worms. A variety of products to suit all breeds and ages are available at the surgery.
This is a permanent identification of your ownership of your pet and will vastly increase the chances of you and your pet being reunited should your pet become lost. A small microchip is injected under the skin of the scruff of the neck. This simple procedure can be carried out during a normal surgery appointment or can be performed while your pet is hospitalised for an operation. The details of the microchip are recorded on a nationwide central database. All dogs by law MUST be microchipped Law effective from April 2016.
Neutering Castration Spaying
Both sexes of cats, dogs and rabbits will benefit from neutering. Not only does it prevent unwanted litters, there are many health benefits later in life if your pet is neutered at an early age. Timing of female dog neutering is based on breed, size and individual circumstances. Some breeds of dog will benefit from having one season / heat before they are neutered.
We offer a range of diets to suit all ages and life stages. We also offer a wide range of specialised prescription diets for animals with special dietary requirements. Whether your pet would benefit from a reduced calorie diet or if you simply require general dietary advice, our trained staff will be only too pleased to advise.
Insurance for veterinary fees is strongly recommended. There is no government funding for pets health care. Therefore we strongly advise owners to insure their pets against veterinary fees. A series of x-rays for your pet could cost as much as £400. If your cat is involved in a road accident and needed an xray, hospitalisation and orthopaedic surgery for a broken leg it could cost as much as £4000. More complex treatments eg surgery/chemotherapy could cost as much as £4000-£6000. Most owners who have pet insurance use it frequently.
Our staff are happy to advise on the benefits of pet insurance. All our staff would be happy to discuss any further questions you may have on these, or other services you may require from the practice.