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Providing you with free advice and help for your pet
These are run by our registered veterinary nurses, with assistance from our student nurses.
Most of these are completely FREE and are one of the best ways to get your pet used to being in the vets whilst allowing you to get lots of help and advice from our fantastic nursing team.
Having a new member of the family is very exciting and there can be a lot of information to take on board. Seeing one of our nurses will allow your new pet to have chance to familiarise themselves with our practice and give you a chance to ask any questions before seeing the vet for their full health check and vaccines.
We also have ‘puppy parties’ at our Upton surgery. These are run of an evening and are a great chance to socialise your new puppy and ask any questions you may have in a relaxed, fun setting!
Having a microchip is a legal requirement for all dogs as of April 2016. This quick procedure is carried out in a few minutes by inserting a small chip, no bigger than a grain of rice, into the scruff of the neck under the skin. It ensures peace of mind that should your pet ever get lost you stand the best chance of being quickly reunited. It is recommended for all pets, not just dogs. Microchipping is included when joining the Pet Health Club, charges apply for other pets.
Gaining additional weight is quite common with many pets, it can make them more prone to other health issues and cause them to age more quickly. Our nursing team have had additional training to assist with helping to get your pet into the best shape possible, and are passionate about this aspect of their work. They will support you every step of the way with a weight loss diary, plan and regular check-ups where they can discuss any issues or changes that you may need to make to reach your goal.
Sometimes you may want advice on what food to feed your pet, especially if they are transitioning between age categories such as from a puppy to an adolescent or from an adult to a more senior pet. Our nurses can discuss your current diet choices and help you in any changes that you may want to make for your pet. If you would like advice regarding diet it is helpful to have a record of the amount they eat and the name and brand of the food they eat. You can drop this information into the surgery, contact us or bring it with you to the appointment.
Just like us, pets should be seen regularly for a check of their mouth to assess any dental disease and also for advice on cleaning and keeping their mouths healthy. We also like to see patients a few days after a dental procedure to check everything is settling down.
Rabbits can be complicated pets that require a lot of knowledge, care and time. They make lovely additions to many households but are certainly not an ‘easy’ pet – a mistake made by many people. Our nurses can check your bunny over, discuss their diet, housing and behaviour, and assess their nails, weight and general health. They can give you lots of tips on how to keep your rabbit in tip top condition and are also able to recommend and apply fly repellent medication to protect rabbits during the warmer months.
Where possible we like to see patients who are coming in for routine surgery such as neutering a few days before their operation to check their weight and, if required, perform pre operative blood sampling. With female dogs this is also an important chance to check that there is no mammary development or milk present, confirm the date of previous seasons and to ensure they are not under any hormonal influence. Nurse pre -operative checks are free for all patients, charges apply for blood tests.
Depending on the nature of the procedure your pet has had we may ask to see them a few days after their anaesthetic to check how they are recovering and answer any questions you may have. For more complicated procedures this may be booked in with one of our vets, but for routine surgeries you will often see one of our nurses.
For many of the routine procedures, such as neutering, our veterinary nurses will remove the sutures and check that wounds are fully healed.
Some pets, dogs especially, can act a little out of character when nervous at the vets. Our nurses are happy to book you in to an appointment slot so that you can bring them in and spend time getting them used to being in the surgery and having some treats and a fuss so that they begin to associate us with nice things! They can also discuss stress management for fireworks or other stressful times such as moving house. To speak to a member of staff, please click here for our contact information.
Parasite control is an important part of owning a pet. Our nurses can check your pet over and advise on the best treatment for you and your pet. It is important that we have up to date weights for these treatments so this will be checked at the same time. They can also apply spot on treatments in the surgery or administer pills.
This is something that is often needed especially for those pets that do not spend much time on concrete surfaces and for some as they get older and become less active. Free for Pet Health Club members, charges apply for other patients.
Some dogs will need their anal glands checking an expressing on a regular basis. Providing they are well and are not showing signs of infection or serious discomfort our nurses can perform these checks for you and leave your pet feeling more comfortable!
As your pet ages you may find they are slowing up and would like them to have a check to assess their movement and behaviour. This will also give you a chance to discuss diet and have their teeth checked. For more information on ageing pets, see our mobility section.
Many pets suffer with arthritis as they age and a course of injections can make them more comfortable. The course will be suggested and initiated by one of our vets but if your pet is stable then our nurses will carry out many of the regular injections. The injection is charged as usual but there are no additional charges when seeing one of our nurses.
For any further information or advice, please do not hesitate to contact us to speak to one of our staff.
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