OperationsAppointments for routine operations are normally made through reception. Investigative procedures are often booked through the vet at the time of consultation.
For operations booked in the practice clients receive a pre-operative leaflet explaining the procedures including when to remove food, fee estimate if applicable, and arrangements for admission/collection. If appointments are made by telephone these instructions are given verbally. Please ensure you are happy about the procedure and feel free to ask any questions.
Pre-op blood tests can be performed on the same day as surgery in our own lab. All dogs and cats should be starved from midnight. Rabbits and small furries should NOT be starved, and we encourage owners of rabbits and small furries to bring food with them for after surgery. Water should be made available until the morning of the operation. Animals should be encouraged to pass urine and faeces prior to surgery. For any unreasonably dirty animals a bath the day before may be advisable! Animals are admitted by appointment with a nurse between 9.00am and 10.00am. Hopefully, with most operations the animal is then discharged later that day.
Hospitalised patients:-Clients may visit at any time during surgery hours, but please try to give prior notice so that someone is available to give you an update on your pet. Patient care sheets are used whilst your pet stays with us to enable us to give then the best possible care. Please fill one in online for each of your pets should they need to stay with us for any reason, and we will then attach them to that pet's file for future reference.
If your pet is coming in for any form of procedure then please CLICK HERE to fill in our Patient Care Questionnaire
Neutering policyThe practice strongly endorses the routine neutering of all animals. Unless an owner is serious about breeding, we do not encourage having one litter prior to spaying.
Why do we neuter?
- To prevent unwanted litters
- To avoid nuisance behaviour in males, e.g. spraying in male cats, wandering, fighting
- in dogs-To decrease health risks of pyometra, mammary tumour, ovarian cysts, uterine tumours, tesicular tumours, prostate tumours or hyperplasia, hormonal/endocrine disorders
- To avoid behavioural problems
The optimum time for a bitch to be spayed is 3 months after her first season (or 3 months from the date of the previous season in an adult bitch). This allows the animal to mature, finish growing and to develop her joints and long bones and decreases the risk of incontinence, pseudo-pregnancy, mammary tumours, and hormonally related behavioural problems. Please discuss with the vet any problems which may concern you.
Male dogs can be castrated from around 9 months of age, however in large breeds we will often wait until much later to perform castration as recent studies have shown evidence that castrating and speying too young, before a dog has had time to finish growing can have detrimental effects on joint and bone formation as these hormones are also responsible for regulation of correct growth.
VaccinationsPlease CLICK HERE for further details
MisallianceIf a bitch has been mated it is possible to avoid a pregnancy by injecting her. The injections have to be 24hrs apart, but can be given any time from day 0-40, however, prior to day 22 is advisable. It often stings and may cause an injection site reaction, but this soon resolves.
Stray AnimalsAll stray animals entering the practice will be scanned for presence of a microchip within 24hrs of arrival. All dogs are required by law to have an identity disc on the collar, and from February 2016 your dog must be microchipped by Law. Healthy cats are to be kept for 7 days. If no owner is found they can then be re-homed. Healthy dogs are collected by the dog warden.
Microchipping can be done at any time as it is a simple pain-free procedure and does not require sedation etc. Chips can then be checked at every appointment — especially boosters. All stray animals must be scanned within 24hr of entering the practice, to ensure they can be rapidly reunited with their owners. It will be a legal requirement to Microchip your dog and ensure the owner details are up to date on the registration database after 6th April 2016