Annual vaccinations including a health check are recommended for Rabbits, Cats, Dogs and Horses. Diseases that we recommend vaccinating your pets against vary by species and individual circumstances. Decisions on appropriate cover can be discussed with our vets and tailored to you and your pet.
If you are using a cattery or kennels please check carefully when you book your pet with them as to their requirements for type and timing of inoculations. Requirements do vary and can be very strict, potentially leading to a stressful start to your holiday!
Treating your pets for worms and fleas is an important consideration to ensure optimum health for your pet and the rest of your family. There are a multitude of products available to cover the various parasites we have locally and internationally and finding the appropriate product for your pet is a common question we are asked.
As advised in our Pet Healthcare Plan, we advise using flea and worm treatments all year round for dogs and cats.
Due to recent cases of Lungworm in dogs, our healthcare plan includes monthly use of Advocate spot-on. This product comprehensively treats fleas and also covers most of the worm species including lungworm. Droncit worm tablets given twice yearly cover tapeworm infection.
For our feline patients we have changed to an injectable flea treatment that lasts for 6 months and can be given with annual vaccinations. We have found this treatment effective and much better tolerated by cats who often disapprove of monthly spot-on treatments! Cats, in particular hunters, should be treated for worms with a tablet or spot-on medication every 3 months.
There are many other treatments available and our vets can discuss particular protocols tailored to your pet.
A microchip is an inert device approximately the size of a grain of rice that can be inserted through a needle under the skin of most species for permanent identification. It allows your pet to be identified via a scanner held by veterinary practices, animal wardens and rescue centres across the country and abroad. If your pet goes missing and is found and brought to one of these centres, the scanner brings up a unique code which can be referenced on a national database to find your details to reunite you both. Compulsory microchipping for dogs is planned for England in 2016.
We do advise routine neutering of cats not intended for breeding at 5-9 months old due to the number of unwanted kittens every year. For dogs, routine neutering is advised but individual cases are best discussed with your vet. Spay operations for females and castrations for males are routinely performed as day patients. Your pet would ideally have been checked by one of our vets prior to booking in for their operation. We have pre operation forms available to aid you through the procedure. Bitch Spays are best performed in between seasons which usually means approximately 3 months following a season.
For cats and dogs it is important that they have been starved from 9pm the night before they are due at the clinic. Cats should be kept in overnight to ensure they cannot hunt or visit neighbours for food. It is for patient safety whilst under the anaesthetic that we request empty stomachs to prevent aspiration problems. Water should be available.
Rabbits and guinea pigs have very different digestive systems that require a continual passage of food and they are not at risk of regurgitation so we advise that these patients are not starved. Bringing a day’s supply or their normal food will help us to encourage them to eat following their operation.
Ferrets should be starved for 4-6 hours prior to arrival.
Please see our leaflets for further information:
Travelling abroad with your pet is becoming more and more popular. Our vets are qualified to issue your dog with a passport to facilitate this and we can also to give you an information leaflet on travelling to Europe and back to the UK. The Pets Travel Scheme allows the movement of certain pet animals (dogs, cats and ferrets) from the UK to other qualifying countries (EU countries and certain non-EU countries) and back into the UK without the need for quarantine. The rules are to keep the UK free from rabies and certain other diseases.
Many people find this an easy procedure but please make sure you know the requirements for every country you plan to enter and have comprehensive contingency plans to avoid compulsory quarantine causing considerable heartache.