Advice

Always call us for help and advice rather than struggle with problems – most can be overcome with time and effort. The guides on this page will help you get started with answering some of the most common questions that pet owners have.

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“Worms” is a very broad term for a range of parasites that can infect an animal (or humans in some cases). Although when talking about worms we are mainly talking about intestinal parasites (roundworms and tapeworms), there are also species that can exist in the lungs and airways (Lungworm).
Just like humans, animals are susceptible to a wide range of illnesses and diseases. By vaccinating your pet you are protecting them against some serious life-threatening or potentially severely debilitating conditions. In addition, vaccinating your pet can help prevent the spread of disease in...
Pet passports and Brexit If you are going to travel to the EU with your pet in 2019, please read this urgent message as actions may need to be taken as early as November 2018. For travel to the EU after the 29th March 2019 with your pet, it is important that you contact your local surgery as soon...
Neutering is a surgical procedure which removes the reproductive organs from an animal making it impossible for them to bear offspring. In male animals this involves castration (complete removal of the testicles) and in females this usually involves removing the ovaries and womb (more commonly...
A microchip is a small device, a little bigger than a grain of rice, which is implanted under the skin using a special type of needle. The chip contains a unique number which can then be cross referenced with the owners details when the animal is registered. The chip is “read” by means of a small...
Pet insurance works like most other forms of insurance. A premium fee is paid monthly or yearly to an insurance company, who would then reimburse you for any major veterinary costs accumulated, should your pet fall ill. Most insurance policies also insure against third party injuries, theft and...
Fleas are small insects which are only just visible with the naked eye. They commonly infect many wild and domestic animals. They are a problem to animals and humans by their need to feed on blood and therefore their need to spend part of their life-cycle on a living creature. Although there are...
Euthanasia
Often referred to as ‘putting your pet to sleep’; euthanasia is a quick and peaceful procedure for your pet. Quality of life is an important issue and letting go of your much loved companion is never easy. Death is a difficult subject for many people, but making this painful decision is a positive...
Anaesthesia
When your pet needs to undergo surgery they will need to anaesthetised to ensure they don’t feel any pain, are immobile and unaware of what is happening. The process is very similar to how humans are anaesthetised and just like humans it is recommended to have intravenous fluid therapy (commonly...
Getting a new puppy, whether it’s your first, second (or tenth!) is an exciting experience. It can also be very daunting knowing that you are responsible for the care and well being of an animal that is going to be with you for many years to come. By starting on the right foot you and your puppy...
Advice for New Kitten Owners
Getting a new kitten, whether it’s your first, second (or tenth!) is an exciting experience. It can also be very daunting knowing that you are responsible for the care and well being of an animal that is going to be with you for many years to come. By starting on the right foot you and your kitten...