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Services

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Preventative Healthcare

We recommend that dogs, cats and rabbits have annual vaccinations to protect them against the common diseases we see across these species.

Dogs are vaccinated for Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus and Leptospirosis. We can also vaccinate for Kennel Cough.

Cats are vaccinated for Feline Calicivirus, Herpes Virus, Panleucopenia and Feline Leukaemia Virus.

Rabbits are vaccinated for Myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease (VHD). We are able to offer the new vaccination for VHD 2 which has only been recently seen in the UK.

As part of their annual booster vaccination our vets will give your pet a full health check to keep on top of any health concerns you may have. This is all included as part of the Pet Health Club membership.

Neutering

Neutering pets has many benefits:

  • Preventing unwanted pregnancies
  • Preventing dogs and cats wandering and in cats in particular reduce the incident of accidents on the roads.
  • Health benefits such as preventing mammary tumours and uterine infections (pyometra) in female dogs in particular
  • Preventing prostatic enlargement and testicular tumours in male dogs

We aim to neuter cats from around 4-6 months of age depending on weight – it can be performed earlier in certain cases.

Male dogs can also be neutered from around 6 months of age however the temperament and breed of dog can affect the timing

Female dogs are either neutered just before their first season, or around 3 months after a season. There are pros and cons of both options so please call to discuss with a member of our team if you would like more information.

Keyhole Bitch Spay

We are pleased to announce that the Stocks Veterinary Centre is now able to offer the laparoscopic technique for bitch spays in addition to the conventional surgical approach.

How are bitch spays traditionally performed?

In the traditional surgical technique a midline incision is created approximately 5-10cm in length. The ovaries attachments to the body wall are broken down and the blood vessels are tied off to prevent bleeding. The entire uterus and ovaries are removed (ovario-hysterectomy).

How are laparoscopic bitch spays performed?

In this technique two or three small incisions are made into the abdomen (2-3cm). A special camera is passed through one of these ports and special instruments are then used to perform the surgery through the ‘keyholes’. Only the ovaries are removed in this technique as long as the uterus is healthy. Please be aware that the clip patch is quite large for these procedures, the whole abdomen and up both sides. Occasionally it is not possible to complete the procedure laparoscopically, and in these cases they can be converted to the conventional approach

What are the advantages of laparoscopic spaying?

  • Smaller surgical wounds meaning less risk of problems with wounds
  • Less pain post operatively
  • Quicker recovery time on the day of the operation
  • Quicker return to exercise (5 days vs 10days)
  • Less trauma to tissues
  • Generally considered safer
  • Currently available for dogs heavier than 10kg only.

Home Visits

We understand that at times getting to the surgery may be difficult or upsetting. This can be particularly the case during end of life appointments.

Where possible, we are happy to visit you and your pet at home.

There are additional fees for this service and we ask that you give us at least 24 hours notice when possible in order for us to arrange our day. Home visits are usually carried out between 11am and 3pm and as often as possible both a vet and nurse will come to your home.

There are many situations where we will suggest that arranging for your pet to be brought into the surgery will enable better care and treatment – especially true if we feel that your pet may need investigations such as blood tests or hospitalisation. When calling to discuss a home visit please give our reception team as much information as possible in order for us to best help you and your pet.

Dentistry

Just like people dogs, cats and rabbits need regular dental care and checks.

For dogs and cats regular brushing and dry food can help keep their teeth in good condition. Rabbits need plenty of forage and vegetation to chew on for their teeth.

Our nursing team offer free dental checks for any pet, and can show you how to clean their teeth at home. Checking of the mouth and teeth is also part of the full health check given to your pet during their annual booster vaccine with one of our vets, and for members of the Pet Health Club during their free 6 monthly check.

The important things to remember are that dogs and cats must have special pet toothpaste (minty toothpaste with fluoride is not advised!) and also to introduce a new teeth cleaning regime slowly so as not to scare your pet. They should first get used to you looking at their teeth, and then introduce a finger in around their teeth and gums before introducing toothpaste and finally the brush. The earlier in a pets life that you begin this the better, it will keep their teeth clean, their breath fresh and help to delay or prevent dental procedures later in life.

We have a dental machine at both practices. The Upton upon Severn surgery has a new, state of the art dental machine which is excellent for complicated tooth extractions which are often needed.

We are also able to perform dental x-rays at the Upton surgery which enables us to assess your pet’s mouth just as your own dentist would when you go for checks. We are then able to monitor any issues and plan any extractions carefully.

Medication Checks and Reviews

Many pets will, at some point in their life, require medication that is long-term or lifelong.

We are able to dispense repeat prescriptions for many medications which you can order easily online:

 

All patients on long term medication will need regular checkups, just as you may have with your doctor. Depending on the nature of the condition and type of medication this is usually every 3-6 months for stable patients.

For patients who have just begun a treatment it is likely these checks will be more frequent until your vet is happy that we have stabilised the condition.

Some medications will require monitoring blood tests or blood pressure checks. For certain medications such as those used to treat epilepsy the blood tests will need to be at a specific time of day – it is important to check this when booking your appointment.

Our vets are also able to complete written prescriptions for use with online pharmacies – please let a member of our team know if you would like to know more about this service.

Practice information

Upton-upon-Severn

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  • Mon
    8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Tue
    8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Wed
    8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Thu
    8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Fri
    8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Sat
    8:30am - 12:30pm
  • Sun
    Closed

Emergency Details

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01684 592606
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School Lane Upton-upon-Severn Worcestershire WR8 0LF
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Lower Wick

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    8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Tue
    8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Wed
    8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Thu
    8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Fri
    8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Sat
    8:30am - 12:30pm
  • Sun
    Closed

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01905 422294
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Find us here:

Manor Farm Lower Wick Worcester WR2 4BS
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01905 422294