Healthcare

Health Checks

Keep on top of your pet’s healthcare with regular check-up appointments

Pets provide us with hours of fun, as well as unconditional love and companionship, but they can’t always make it clear when they have a problem. It’s therefore really important that you bring them in to see us for a regular health check so that we can ensure they stay happy and healthy, and that any early concerns can be addressed before they become serious.

When your pet is young, we recommend that they have a full health check every 6 months as they grow and develop so quickly. After they are a year old, they should have a check-up with a vet at least once a year, normally at the same time as they receive their booster vaccinations.

During a health check your pet will be examined from nose to tail, including their eyes, ears, mouth and teeth, skin, coat, paws and claws. Your vet will also listen to their heart and lungs, and have a good feel of their stomach to make sure there are no unusual lumps and bumps.

Your vet will then explain any findings, as well as the possible options for treatment if necessary. If everything is as it should be and your pet is happy and healthy, you will simply be invited to make an appointment for their next health check.

Please feel free to use these check-up appointments to ask your vet about any concerns you may have with your pet. They will always be more than happy to explain any observations to you, as well as all possible options open to you and your pet.

Nurse Clinics

Our expert nurse clinics can give you tailored information about your pet’s condition

If you need specific advice about an aspect of your pet’s healthcare, or would like the opportunity to ask questions about anything that concerns you about your pet, why not take advantage of our nurse clinics?

Our registered veterinary nurse Sharon Filmer has completed a course in diabetic care and management, and runs our diabetes clinics. She can advise on how best to manage your pet’s condition, including demonstrating the best techniques for administering their medication and insulin.

This clinic is run by our veterinary nurses. If you need any advice on the best flea and worming treatments to use for your pet, make an appointment to join them at one of these clinics. The appointment is free but a charge will be made for any products used on your pet.

Overweight pets are at a greater risk of developing arthritis, heart and breathing problems, diabetes and having complications with surgery and anaesthesia. During weight clinics, your nurse will fully assess your pet and devise a healthy eating plan to reduce their weight, as well as monitoring their progress on a monthly basis.

Vaccinations

Protect your pet from nasty diseases with a regular course of vaccinations
You want to give your pet the best start in life and make sure they’re guarded from anything that might harm them. For that reason, it’s essential to make sure they are always up-to-date with the vaccinations that will protect them from a range of potentially fatal conditions. Your pet’s first course of vaccinations should normally be given between 7 and 10 weeks of age, with a second set around 2-4 weeks later, depending on the species of animal. They will then need booster vaccinations every year, to keep their immunity levels high and ensure they are protected against disease.
Dogs are vaccinated against:
  • Parvovirus
  • Leptospirosis
  • Canine hepatitis
  • Distemper
If your dog will be spending time in kennels or socialising with other dogs on a regular basis, it is also recommended that they are vaccinated against kennel cough.

Cats are vaccinated against:

  • Feline leukaemia
  • Feline influenza
  • Feline enteritis

Rabbits are vaccinated against:

  • Myxomatosis
  • Viral haemorrhagic disease (VHD)

Ferrets are vaccinated against:

  • Distemper
  • Rabies
Vaccinations are administered via a quick and virtually pain-free process but provide vital protection for your pet against the diseases to which they are most susceptible.
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