As experienced veterinarians we firmly believe in the health and wellbeing of your pet and look forward to looking after them for many years to come. We also know that sometimes it can be quite confusing to ensure that they are given everything they need to keep them healthy and safe.

To help you out we have devised the following 6 Steps to a Healthy Pet for you to follow to ensure that your pet is as healthy as possible and only sees us for their routine preventative treatments . The 6 Steps to a Healthy Pet are:

 1. Vaccinations

Your dog or cat needs to have a yearly vaccination booster.  If this isn’t done, they will not be protected from possible fatal viral infections such as Canine Parvovirus or Feline Leukaemia Virus.

If are these are not up to date (or have never been given) a vaccination course can be started at any age. This consists of 2 injections given 2 weeks apart for Dogs and 3 weeks apart for cats.

Option For Dogs : If you want to put your dog into kennels in the future or if your dog lives with lots of other dogs we suggest  a kennel cough vaccination.  This can be given at the same time as your yearly vaccination, and is given as a squirt up the nose.

(Current Offer: save £5 when kennel cough vaccine is given at the same time as annual vaccinations)

 2. Fleas

 Fleas bites and the allergies caused by them are the most common problem we see as Vets!

Flea dirt can be seen as small brown flecks, especially around the base of your pets tail.

To control fleas effectively, they need to be eliminated not only from your dog, but from their environment as well ( eg: carpets,  bedding etc).

If you have more than one animal, they will also need to be treated.

We would recommend that you use Stronghold spot on flea treatment. Stronghold is safe and effective and very easy to apply. We no longer stock other cheaper flea treatments due to the resistance that has developed in these products.

Stronghold should be used monthly to prevent fleas, but if you have already seen fleas we would recommend that you also household treatment called Indorex. This is a spray that can be used safely within the house to kill fleas and their eggs in the environment. This will help break the cycle of fleas re infesting your pet.

Tick treatment for Dogs : We would advise that you use Advantix treat ticks and fleas if you live in Tick prone areas or if you have seen many ticks on your Dog ( Do not use Advantix on cats ) . It may also be an idea to purchase an O'Tom tick remover as well.

 3. Worming

 Worms can be harmful to both your family and your pet . Some of the most harmful worms are microscopic and cannot be seen with the naked eye. These can be brought in on your shoes or your pet's feet. We therefore recommend worming on a regular basis for the health of your entire family.

Your dog or cat will need to be wormed every 3 months. We recommend that you use a Milbemax tablet.

Option for cats: If you are unable to give Milbemax in tablet form, Profender is a spot - on  treatment that is as effective and can be given a day apart from Stronghold treatment.

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 4. Microchipping

 Your pet can be microchipped at any age.

A small microchip is injected under the dogs skin, between his shoulder blades. Your dog would not need any sedation or pain relief  for this to be done.

The chip contains a number, unique to your dog, which is registered on one of two UK databases.  If your dog is lost, a vet or rescue center can scan for the chip, give the unique number to the database, who will have your contact details so that you can be contacted immediately.

5. Insurance

 It is not our policy to ask if you are insured, but we do believe that you should have some form of cover for times of emergency.

 We do not recommend a particular Insurance company, but we can provide you with a handout that will guide you through the most important aspects you should consider when selecting a policy.  We offer a free vet check and discussion about Insurance to all our registered clients.  Please call us to make an appointment.

 6. Feeding

 What you feed your dog is as important as all the other topics we have covered in this information sheet. Food affects your pet’s general health and well being and can often help prevent some problems occurring which can require expensive veterinary treatment ( eg dental problems and skin allergies). Choosing a super premium complete Veterinary Diet such at Purina Proplan can therefore be more cost effective than buying cheaper/less healthy supermarket pet food and paying the vets bills for he problems that they can contribute to. For this reason, all our staff feed their own pets Purina Proplan and are able to give educated information on which Proplan diet is best for your pet.

Please organise a free nurse consult if you require any advice on what or how to feed your pet.