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For when your pet is healthy

Prevention is definitely better than cure, not to mention easier, less stressful and much less expensive!

We recommend that animals are seen, at least annually, for a thorough health check and examination. This can be done in conjunction with the annual vaccination programme.

Finding and treating problems promptly can simplify treatment and improve outcome, and the advantage of an annual health check is that it helps us find problems earlier!

  • Neutering
  • Nurse Clinics

Neutering

There has always been much debate about neutering animals (castration for males and spaying for females).

The veterinary profession almost unanimously agrees that the routine neutering of animals confers significant health advantages.

For example:

  • A significant reduction in the likelihood of developing mammary (breast) cancers and other reproductive cancers (for both sexes)
  • Significant reduction in aggressive tendencies (especially males)
  • Removing the possibility of females developing pyometra (a potentially fatal reproductive infection)

There are a number of non-health advantages too:

  • We are happy to perform routine neutering surgery from 6 months of age in dogs, and 4 months for cats and rabbits
  • Neutered animals are less likely to roam or stray
  • Unwanted pregnancies lead to unwanted kittens and puppies (the lucky ones ending up in rescue centres), and living with a calling queen or a bitch on heat can be hell on Earth!

Nurse Clinics

The team of registered veterinary nurses (VNs) also run a series of nursing clinics.

These include:

  • A “weight-watchers” style obesity clinic (for the more generously built pet) involving regular weight checks and dietary advice
  • Adolescent checks
  • Geriatric checks
  • Dental check-ups 

If required, the nurses are always happy to administer worm tablets and give preventative healthcare advice.

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