We have two separate consult rooms equipped to allow staff to attend your needs and provide the best for your pets when they most need it.
We have a sterile surgical theatres to accommodate our routine and emergency operations and procedures. This are well equipped with anaesthetic equipment to allow our staff to deliver the best for your pet.
Radiography and ultrasound
Radiography (X-Ray) is used to help in the diagnosis of certain conditions. We use digital processing to ensure we achieve the clearest image possible. When your pet is required to have an X-ray, it is very common for a general anaesthetic or heavy sedation to be used. This is to ensure your pet is not distressed during the procedure and will remain completely still in order for us to achieve an accurate result.
An ultrasound for your pet is a pain free procedure which enables us to look at the internal organs. Your pet won’t be able to feel anything. A small area of fur will need to be shaved by us prior to the examination. Ultrasounds can also be used to confirm and monitor pregnancy.
Blood samples can be processed the same day in our mini lab. We also have a microscope for assessing for some types of parasite. Our microscope also allows us to assess samples of your pets within minutes to look for abnormal cells in some lumps or to assess for bacteria or yeasts on the skin or ears.
Other samples including samples for histology are sent to an external laboratory by courier during the night. Histology samples and cultures will take longer to process.
The kennel ward has a variety of sizes of kennel from the ‘walk in’ type kennel for larger dogs and several smaller kennels for smaller dogs and cats. This means that the dogs and cats are housed in a spacious warm comfortable environment to reduce stress and feel more at home with space for food bowls, water bowls and cat litter trays where appropriate.
For a healthy and happy pet we strongly advise pet vaccinations. Cats, dogs and rabbits can be vaccinated from an early age and should have pet booster vaccinations routinely. Older pets’ immunity can decline which is why vaccinations are of benefit to pets of all ages.
- Protect your dog from leptospirosis, infectious canine hepatitis, distemper and parvovirus
- Protect your cat from infectious enteritis, herpes, calicivirus and feline leukaemia
- Protect your rabbit from myxomatosis and rabbit haemorrhagic disease 1 and 2
We can also provide the following additional vaccinations to those animals that need them:
- Rabies vaccination for pets travelling abroad
- Kennel cough vaccinations for higher risk dogs going to kennels or daycare
- Herpes vaccination for pregnant dogs
We provide pet microchipping, a very easy and quick procedure with effective results. To make sure you are easily reunited, we insert a small implant the size of a grain of rice under the skin of your pet. This chip stores a unique identification number, which is logged onto a database with your information. The chip can be scanned to quickly identify that your pet is not a stray and belongs to you. Sometimes pet collars aren’t enough as they can easily come off, the combination of both a microchip and a collar is the best method of making sure you can find your missing pet.
After your pet is microchipped, you are responsible for contacting the database to update your details if, for example, you move house. Since April 2016 all dogs must to be microchipped by law. Please contact us if you have any questions or need advice, we are always happy to help.
The number of unwanted, stray and abandoned pets is on the rise. To help us reduce the number of unwanted pet pregnancies and homeless animals, please do consider neutering your pet. There are a number of additional health benefits.
Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and reduces the incidence of mammary tumours. Neutering male pets prevents testicular cancer and reduces the incidence of prostate disease. Please speak to our vet for further information.
Uncertainty lies ahead with the movement of pets following Brexit, but we can help you if needed by providing the relevant documentation to travel abroad. As the requirements for travel are very unpredictable at the moment, you may be best to contact DEFRA or the surgery for the latest information with respect to what will be necessary to travel with your pet. This will depend on where you are going and when you are going.