Our consultations are by appointment during morning and evening consultation times. At each visit you will have the opportunity to discuss all health and welfare issues with the vet. We try to ensure you see your usual veterinary surgeon and that we are able to see you promptly and have ample time for a complete clinical examination. See our pet information for basic health advice. (link pet information)
All patients should have at least one annual health check. An annual clinical examination can often pick up problems early and allow us to start treatment before a condition becomes more serious. Vaccination can be given at this time. For older animals we advise check-ups every six months and offer blood pressure measurements as well as blood and urine tests. Animals on long term medication or with specific illnesses may require check-ups every three months.
Cats, dogs, rabbits and ferrets all require regular vaccinations. The vaccine required can vary from year to year and we are more than happy to advise you on your pet’s requirements. Find out about vaccinations click here
This is an easy and non- invasive method of permanently identifying your pet. The microchips will help reunite you with your pet should they become lost and are also the main method of identification for the Pets Passport Travel Scheme (PETS). From April 2016 Microchipping your dog is compulsory.
More and more people are taking their pets abroad. The PETS scheme has now been running smoothly for several years. Two of our vets are registered as Local Veterinary Inspectors on behalf of DEFRA and are able to complete all the necessary vaccinations, blood sampling and paperwork to allow you to take your pet abroad. We will also advise you on which diseases are prevalent abroad and any preventative measures that should be taken. Go to www.defra.gov.uk for more information
It may not always be easy to tell when you pet has worms, particularly in the case of a mild infestation. In severe cases the symptoms are obvious: general loss of condition, rough dry coat, anaemia, vomiting, diarrhoea and/or constipation. The majority of worms carried by dogs and cats pose no threat to human health.
However, there are some which can potentially be transmitted to people and the results could be serious. Puppies and kittens should be wormed at regular intervals up until 6 months and adult cats and dogs should be wormed every 3 months. Many cats are difficult to dose and our nurses will happily worm your pets at the surgery if you are finding this hard. Find out more about worms click here
Unfortunately, every dog and cat is likely to become infested with fleas at sometime during their life and your pet may not be the only one to suffer from itchy flea bites. Adult female fleas can lay in excess of 50 eggs per day, thus a brief infestation can result in thousands of flea eggs being laid.
These fall off your pet and are deposited around the house in carpets and bedding and can hatch within a few days. The larval stages can lie dormant for many months before developing into adult fleas and the cycle starts over again.
To protect your home we advise:
For advice on how to treat you pet and your home, please ask a member of staff. Find out more about fleas click here
At Lordship lane we have in-house laboratory facilities for blood and urine testing. Having modern equipment in-house allows accurate testing with a fast turn around. Results can often be processed and reported the same day. This is of great benefit to our patients in emergencies. We also have the support of an external laboratory that allows more detailed testing when necessary. A courier collects samples for the external laboratory on a daily basis.
X-ray facilities and automatic developing of films allow rapid diagnostic work where necessary.
The practice has recently invested in an ultrasound scanner. Ultrasound can be used to assist in the diagnosis of a wide range of conditions. Ultrasound helps us to detect abnormal fluid accumulation with the body, and many different types of abnormalities affecting the major body organs.
There are many advantages for us and our patients with ultrasound investigation – it is a painless procedure and non-invasive. In most patients it can be done consciously without an anaesthetic.
A well equipped operating room with up to date anaesthetic drugs and equipment. Many clients are worried about their pets undergoing general anaesthesia and surgery. Although this is a daily occurrence for our vets and nurses we hope to provide you with all the information you need about what will happen to your pet during anaesthesia. Our nursing team are trained to deal with the different aspects of care from induction to recovery.
Latest dental equipment for scaling, polishing and teeth extractions. Have you smelt your pet’s breath recently? Do you look at your pet’s teeth? Did you know gum disease is one of the most common diseases in dogs and cats with more than 80% affected? Oral health and hygiene are important for the overall well being of your pet. A healthy mouth is essential to help support your pet’s natural resistance to disease.
Did you know that on average one in three pets requires veterinary treatment for illness or accidents each year? With ongoing advances in technology and medicines, there are often more sophisticated options available to treat your pets. Costs inevitably rise with more sophisticated treatments and this may become a limiting factor to pet owners.
Pet owners often associate serious injuries or broken bones as the main reason for pet insurance, however other unpredictable conditions such as skin problems, arthritis and diabetes (to name but a few) often involve long term treatment and can therefore be very costly.
Feel free to ask any member of staff for details about pet insurance. Please be aware that it is your responsibility to settle our account and then reclaim the fees from your insurance company.
Tip: Remember, when assessing the different policies available, look for ones that will pay for ongoing treatments or injuries for your pet’s lifetime – this often called life cover.