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Dogs should be vaccinated from 6 weeks old with a full course of Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus and Leptospirosis. The primary course is 2 injections 4 weeks apart. After this, all dogs should receive annual booster vaccinations to top up their immunity. An additional vaccination for kennel cough is also advised. Kennel cough can be picked up from contact with any other infected dogs be it in the kennels or on a walk.
Cats should be vaccinated annually for Feline enteritis, Cat Flu and Leukaemia. Kittens should receive their first vaccine at 9 weeks and a second at 12 weeks to provide full cover.
We recommend Rabbits have an annual vaccine for myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease.
Cats are more difficult to tablet so we suggest a monthly combined spot- on product that will cover fleas, ticks, mites, roundworms and tapeworms.
Whilst this is the standard protocol, every pet and their lifestyle are different, and your pet may require more or less parasite treatment.
Due to new regulations regarding prescribing we now need to see your pet before prescribing flea and worming products.
We are now using an online parasite risk assessment tool to help us advise appropriate parasite protection for your pet. If you can complete the questionnaire in link below before your appointment it will help us give your pet the best cover.
If you wish to save some money and spread the cost of your parasite treatment have a look at our Daleplan
Dogs can accidentally ingest this parasite when they eat or drink slugs, snails, frogs or their slime trails. This can occur when drinking puddles, eating grass or rummaging in the undergrowth.
Clinical signs that lungworm can cause include:
(Lungworm has not been shown to infect humans)
(Cats can suffer from another type of lungworm, Aelurostronglyus abstrusus resulting in similar symptoms)
Lungworm, if left untreated, can be fatal so if you have any concerns that your dog may be displaying any of the above symptoms please do not hesitate to contact us at any of our surgeries.
Treatment is available and can result in your pet’s full recovery.
Prevention is straight forward involving a monthly tablet or ‘spot-on’ solution.
We can book you a free appointment with the nurse who can discuss parasite prevention with you.
Cats we advise neutering from 5 months old (or 2kg body weight) and dogs from 6 months old (depending on breed). We advise that you book an adolescent health check for your 6 month old puppy or kitten with one of our veterinary nurses to discuss the benefits of neutering. The nurse will also check that they are healthy and mature enough prior to surgery and give you more information about the day of the surgery (to put your mind at ease). We know that leaving a loved pet with us for any surgery is worrying and will do all we can to allay any concerns you may have.
For female dogs between 8 and 25kg we are now able to offer a key-hole procedure. If you would like to know more, simply click on the link or contact one of our branches.
By offering free pet health clinics with our nursing team we hope we can give you all the help and advice to keep them in tip top condition. Answers to common queries are available below, but remember, if there’s anything you’re not sure about our expert staff are just a phone call or email away!
Ideally, we would brush our pets’ teeth every day – and indeed some pets love this. However, there are lots of pets who have never seen a toothbrush and we want to make sure their teeth and gums are healthy too!
We run free dental checks by our nurses throughout the year. If you think your pet would benefit from a free smile check – book in with one of our nurses today and they can go through the preventative measures you can take to keep their smile bright and their breath fresh!
“Fantastic owners and amazing vets and staff that really care about the animals that they see. Can’t do enough to help either through treatment or advice. Well done guys, we feel privileged for you to look after our boys, past and present xx”Paula Roberts