CLINICS AND PRESCRIPTIONS

The practice operates a number of different nurse clinics, all of which are free of charge. Our qualified V.N.s are happy to see your pets at any of the following clinics:

WEIGHT CLINIC
60% of adult dogs and cats are overweight which is why this is our most popular clinic. Overweight pets are at a much higher risk of developing joint disease and diabetes – even at a very young age. Joint disease can lead to chronic pain and a requirement for lifelong medication. Diabetes results in a need for daily injections of insulin, frequent monitoring i.e. blood sampling and urinalysis and strict dietary requirements.
Studies have shown that animals who maintain their optimum body weight during their lifetime live, on average, 2 years longer than overweight pets.
At our weight clinic your pet will be weighed to determine how much weight your pet needs to lose and how to do this quickly and safely.

DENTAL CLINIC
80% of dogs and 75% of cats over the age of three years suffer from some form of dental disease. Left untreated, this can lead to inflammation, infection and chronic pain. In advanced cases bacteria from an infected mouth can enter the bloodstream and cause damage to the heart, liver and kidneys. At our dental clinics we do a thorough check of your pet’s gums and teeth and give advice on how to help prevent and treat dental disease.

FLEA EXAMINATION
Most pets at some point in their lives will have a problem with fleas and there is a large number of products on the market for both prevention and elimination. Not all products will be suitable and we are happy to advise on the best treatment for your pet. It can often to difficult to determine if your pet actually has fleas unless there is a very heavy infestation and the use of a flea comb is usually required. A quick examination by the nurse can confirm whether or not your pet has a problem and what to do to protect both your house and your pet.

WORMING ADVICE
We all know that our pets should be wormed but what to use and how often? The answer to both these questions depends on your pet’s lifestyle e.g. does your cat like to hunt?, is your dog in frequent contact with children? Do you know how your pet becomes infected by worms and how they can cause problems in humans? At the worming clinic we can answer these questions and decide on a suitable worming regime to protect both your pet and the members of your household. We will also weigh your pet so that we can administer an accurate dose of medication.

NUTRITION
There is a vast array of pet foods available and it can often be difficult to choose which one is best for your pet. Each different life stage of your dog or cat from puppy and kitten through to middle and old age has different nutritional requirements. At our clinic we can give you the best advice on what type of diet will suit your pet so that he or she can have a long, healthy life. If your pet develops a medical problem e.g. arthritis, skin allergies or kidney disease, diet will play a significant role in their treatment and can even prolong their life.

SENIOR PETS
Both dog and cats are regarded as reaching middle age at approximately 8 years old (5 years old for large breed dogs). It is during this life stage that many age related diseases become apparent. Arthritis, kidney and liver disease, heart problems, high blood pressure and dental disease are just some of the conditions that can affect an older pet. However, many of these problems can be well managed with both diet and medication so that we can significantly prolong your pet’s life.
At our senior pet clinic we give advice on how to care for an older pet and how you as an owner can spot the early signs of many of these illnesses, e.g. increased thirst can be a sign of kidney problems or diabetes.

REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS
It is practice policy that all prescriptions are checked by a veterinary surgeon prior to being dispensed. This is both for your pets safety and in accordance with dispensing laws.
To enable sufficient time for this to be carried out, we request that orders for repeat prescriptions are placed before 12pm, for collection after 3pm the same day. Orders placed after 12pm may be collected after 3pm the following day.
This allows the veterinary surgeon sufficient time to check the patient’s history and to authorise the drug being dispensed. Ideally, phoning several days in advance gives you more time for collection without the worry of running out of your medication completely.

Thank-you for your co-operation in ordering any repeat prescriptions that you require.

 

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