We believe firmly in prevention is better than cure. In light of that we promote nutrition, exercise, neutering, vaccinations, parasite control, behavioural and grooming advice, all as a part of our service to our patients and clients.
Wellness - We want our patients to be well. We would like to help them stay well for as long as possible. In light of this we recommend yearly wellness examinations. These are often combined with vaccinations to ensure we are immunising healthy pets to minimise risk of adverse vaccine reactions.
Unfortunately, our pets do become ill or develop problems. We are here for those eventualities as well.
All consultations will start with our receptionists asking some general questions, when you phone or email to book an appointment, whilst discussing the reason for your visit. At this time they can give some valuable advice and be sure to book appropriate time for you and your pet. This will allow the vet enough time to do a thorough consultation.
All consultations will start with history questions and a physical examination. After then the vet will outline any possible problems and give you, as the care-giver for your pet, options for diagnostic testing and or treatment We will always answer any queries you may have and offer a plan for the future care of your pet at the end of consultation.
Senior Pets - We all hope our pets will live a happy life to a ripe old age. With modern medicine and surgery the life expectancy of our pets has risen dramatically over the last 20 years. We know that as most dogs and cats age at between 6-7 years compared to one year for a human, up until they start to age faster when they reach around 8 years of age (e.g. 56 years in human terms). From then on we can classify them as a Senior patient and they tend to age at around 8 or 9 years per human year. We recommend that Senior pets have clinical examination every 6 months (equivalent to every 4 years for a human) and a full senior screen on a yearly basis.
A full senior screen would typically entail a general health profile blood test and a urinalysis. For certain breeds or individuals we might suggest other testing to; such as an xrays and or ultrasound for a Persian cat to evaluate their kidneys for cysts.