Our Services - For Healthy Pets
Preventative healthcare is the best healthcare: bring your pet to see us regularly
Throughout its life your pet is at risk from a wide range 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.
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.
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Neutering your pet will ensure your pet cannot reproduce and 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 can reduce aggressive hormonal behaviour as well as roaming and spraying and 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. 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.
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!
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. Unlike humans, many pets don’t have a regular tooth-brushing routine to keep their mouths clean so a build up of plaque, tartar and debris can build up around their teeth and cause painful gum conditions.
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.