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Services

Providing your pet with the best care possible

We provide many different services to meet all our client’s and patient’s needs. Below you will find descriptions of many of the services and products we offer. If you think we should be offering something else, something you have seen elsewhere, please lets us know.

Consultations

Consultations are by appointment only, please phone, book through our online form, or stop by the hospital to book. If you think your pet may require an extended appointment, or you wish to see a particular vet, please mention this at the time of booking.

On arrival at the hospital for your appointment, please check in with one of the reception team at the front desk to let us know that you have arrived.

You and your pet will be called into a private consultation room by one of our nursing team, who will take a basic history from and obtain some information for the vet such as your pet’s weight and temperature. The vet will then give your pet a full physical examination and discuss with you any problems or concerns. The vet will then give you their recommendations for treatment and discuss any options with you. Following the consultation, you will be provided with any medications prescribed, and a team member will ensure you are confident on how and when to adminster the medication. You will also be given a patient report from your visit, detailing the vet’s comments and recommendations.

The reception team will be able to make any follow up appointments required, as well as taking payment which can be by cash or most major credit and debit cards.

We always endeavour to keep to schedule as closely as possible, but emergencies can sometimes mean we are running later. We will always try to keep you informed if there is likely to be a delay, please let us know if you are unable to wait and one of the reception team will make you an alternative appointment.

Surgery

We offer a very wide range of surgical procedures. It is not possible to list all the areas we do cover, but here are a few:

  • Orthopaedic – including amputations, complex knee surgery, ligament damage, bone pinning with or with external fixators and much more.
  • Hip displasia
  • Fracture repairs
  • Internal organs
  • Oncology – with or without chemotherapy
  • Soft tissue
  • Spinal
  • Skin and skin grafts
  • Complicated wound management
  • Laparoscopic (key hole) surgery and spays
  • Caesarian sections
  • Cystotomies
  • Biopsy

Diagnostics

Our dedicated in-house laboratory enables us to perform the majority of the tests we require right here at the hospital.

Test results are normally available within 24 hours, and in some cases the tests may even be run and the results obtained while you wait. Tests we can carry out on site include blood and urine tests, skin tests and virology.

Some more specialised tests are sent to a local external laboratory, often arriving with them and being processed on the same day that the sample was obtained.


Radiography (X-rays)

Radiography is an important tool in many diagnoses.

The hospital has a specially designated x-ray suite including a powerful digital x-ray machine, which allows us to see the image on screen within minutes of taking the exposure.

As well as examining bones, radiography can also be used to view soft tissue and organs, or to look for foreign bodies within the tissues.

We can also undetake dental radiographs prior to dental surgery.


Ultrasound

Ultrasound scanning is a valuable diagnostic tool and we have the most up to date scanner on site. One benefit of ultrasound scanning is that it can often be used without giving the patient anaesthetic and it is a non-invasive procedure.

It can be used in a range of situations from pregnancy diagnosis and monitoring to examination of the heart, liver, kidneys and other internal organs, diagnosis of bladder stones, heart and lung disease.


Endoscopy

Use of the endoscope enables the vet to view directly inside your pet’s intestines or lungs. This piece of equipment is invaluable for obtaining samples without putting the patient through invasive surgery for a biopsy. It can also very helpful in finding foreign bodies and diagnosing other problems.

Keyhole Surgery – Laparoscopy

Keyhole surgery is a gentle alternative to conventional open surgery. It is a method of carrying out an operation without having to make a large incision. When performing keyhole surgery, the surgeon makes very small incisions (usually around just 5mm diameter) into the body through which a tiny camera and long, slender, surgical instruments can be introduce to perform surgery inside the body with maximum precision and minimal invasion.

If your dog is female and not yet speyed, she can have her surgery done laparscopically. Nearly all bitches can now be speyed this way, which means less pain for them and a more rapid recovery. In a conventional spey a large incision is made to enable the surgeon to have a good view – and both the uterus and ovaries are removed (ovariohysterectomy). Although this is an every procedure, it is major surgery, as anyone who has had a hysterectomy will know! With keyhole surgery, however, the surgeon has an excellent visualisation through the camera during the operation, and usually only the ovaries are removed (ovariectomy).

Advantages of keyhole surgery?

  • Less painful for your pet
  • Faster healing time
  • Quicker recovery – most dogs will be back to normal the following day
  • Risk of infection reduced – smaller wounds are less likely to be licked
  • Surgeons are able to examine internal organs in greater detail
  • Less risk of bleeding
  • Less trauma

To find out whether your dog is a suitable candidate for keyhole surgery, or to find out more about the procedure and it’s benefits, please speak to one of our team. You can also find out more about veterinary keyhole surgery ​at www.veterinarylaparoscopy.com.

As well as speying, other procedures that can be done by keyhole surgery include: biopsies of the liver, kidney, pancreas and intestines; adrenalectomy, retained testicle removal, gall bladder removal and gastropexy to prevent gastric dilation and torsion in large breeds.

Physiotherapy

The Boness Physiotherapy Centre is located at our hospital site in Barton-le-Clay.

Physiotherapy is the use of physical and therapeutic methods to alleviate pain, promote healing and rehabilitation of the muscle and skeletal systems.

These methods have long been proven as an indispensable aid to the recovery of human ailments, and have now become an important part of veterinary medicine too. Like other courses of treatment, physiotherapy must be prescribed by a veterinary surgeon.

Acupuncture comes from traditional Chinese medicine techniques but has been extensively scientifically researched and has a place in modern therapeutics both for ourselves and our pets. It can be used as an adjunct or alternative to traditional medicine, primarily for the treatment of pain. It can be used in conjunction with anti-inflammatory painkillers and is believed to work differently from these drugs. Research suggests that stimulation of acupuncture points acts on pain receptors that send messages to the brain saying that it no longer hurts, rather like rubbing your elbow when you have just knocked it.

Pets tolerate acupuncture surprisingly well and it can be really helpful for those pets who are not able to take traditional painkillers as well as those that are becoming resistant to them. It can produce some very quick responses in acute injuries as well as assisting the recovery of patients from major orthopaedic surgery allowing them virtually painless mobility and earlier to normal mobility.

Hydrotherapy

The hydrotherapy underwater treadmill is our flagship piece of physiotherapy equipment. Since 2008 we have been able to provide hydrotherapy in an underwater treadmill. This high tech piece of equipment is the same that is used by top sports physio advisors to some of our greatest teams. The unique benefit of the treadmill is that, unlike swimming, it is the only form of hydrotherapy that actively rehabilitates walking and trotting movements in our patients. It allows your pet to exercise while being supported by the buoyancy of water.

Hydrotherapy is also very helpful to speed up recovery from broken bones and after other major orthopaedic operations. Hydrotherapy can speed up return to normal mobility by as much as three fold!

Aerobic exercise in the underwater treadmill is also useful in the battle against obesity and for getting dogs into peak condition prior to the working season. Treatment sessions are only due under the directions of a vet and supervision of a qualified veterinary nurse, and are often claimable as a valid treatment with many pet insurance companies. Sessions are available by appointment and will be completed by physiotherapy exercises both at the centre and at home.

Drying facilities are available and if you cannot spare the time to attend yourself, you will be able to drop your pet off. If you would like to see a session before booking one, we will be happy to arrange this for you.

Therapeutic Ultrasound

Therapeutic ultrasound is a painless procedure that is used to reduce pain and swelling in soft tissues. It can be used to treat superficial and deep tissues and is effective in the treatment of tendonitis, sprains, ligament damage and arthritis. It is also useful to help relieve muscle spasm associated with spinal pain, and recent trauma. This procedure is able to be carried out without any sedation.

Laser Therapy With K-Laser

Laser therapy is a great new technique to ease pain and repair tissue. It gets deep into the tissues to help stimulate blood flow and consequently help the body to repair itself.

Vaccinations

Every year, when your pet comes to the hospital for their booster vaccination, they will receive a complimentary full health check by one of our vets. It is important to ensure they are in good health before vaccinations are given.

A year is a long time in a pet’s life, so we advise bringing your pet to us for regular health checks at least every 6 months (pets on long term medication may require more frequent checks). These checks can help to pick up developing problems, and give you a chance to discuss any concerns or areas where you would like advice. Following any routine appointment, we will give you with a report of everything found during the vet’s examination and any recommendations we have made.

Vaccinations against infectious diseases are essential for all dogs, cats, rabbits and ferrets. Though we are fortunately seeing less incidences of killer diseases, lapsed vaccinations are the most common reason for outbreaks. For dogs, as well as the routine boosters, we also recommend vaccinating against kennel cough – this vaccine is given nasally, as shown in the photo below.

Puppies and kittens can start their vaccination programme from as early as 8 weeks old, please discuss with one of our team to find out what is appropriate for your new arrival. Following the initial course, booster vaccinations are essential to maintain immunity and we will drop you a line to let you know when you need to come back.

Recently you may have read about some concerns about overuse of vaccines in our pets. Rest assured we always keep up to date with developments and have recently altered our vaccination schedules in line with current recommendations. If you have any concerns, please speak to one of our team, who will be happy to advise you.

Please visit our Pet Health Club page to see how you can spread the cost of vaccines and preventive care over the year, saving 10% and receiving other exclusive discounts.

As well as regular vaccination and health checks, there are a wide range of preventive healthcare options available, to help you keep your pet as happy and healthy as possible throughout life. We will discuss preventative healthcare with you at routine health checks, and make recommendations based on your pet’s individual needs. You can also talk to one of our team at any time if you have any questions about what you could be doing for your pet.

Flea and Worm Treatment

We advise regular treatment against fleas and worms, and can advise you on the best product for your pet and how often it should be used. Flea infestations are unpleasant for pet and owner alike, but with regular treatment can be avoided.

Our flea and worming treatment are prescription strength, and with regular use you can ensure your pet is protected against roundworm, tapeworm, lungworm, hookworm and ear mites to name just a few.

Many of these products can be purchased over the counter provided your pet is registered with and has been to us within the past year for a health check.

If you are unsure of your pet’s weight, please bring them to the hospital where a staff member will be able to weigh them and ensure you are getting the correct dose needed – no appointment is needed for this weight check.

Nutrition

Diet for your pet is an important health issue just as it is for ourselves. Traditionally, particularly dogs and cats, were fed scraps but as we now expect them to live much longer we have become aware of their dietary needs. All staff have experience in pet nutrition and some have trained as nutritional advisors.

Your pet’s nutritional needs vary dependent on age, weight, neuter status and lifestyle amongst other factors. We are happy to help you select a good quality diet that is suitable for your pet’s needs. Please do not hesitate to ask.

If you are concerned about your pet’s weight, please ask for an appointment with one of our nurses who will be able to advise you on the ideal weight for your pet, and help you come up with a diet regime that works for you. The nurse will then support you through the weight loss process, with regular weight checks and consultations, making changes to the plan when needed.

Identification

We strongly advise microchipping your pet. By inserting the small ‘identichip’ under your pet’s skin, you are ensuring your pet has a permanent form of ID. Microchips are invaluable in helping to reunite lost pets with their owners. The chip costs under £20 can and be inserted at any time, though is most commonly done at a puppy or kittens second vaccination visit, or at the time of neutering.

Once chipped your pet’s unique identification number will be registered on the national database along with all your contact details, it is important to keep these details up to date if you move house or change phone numbers. Chip numbers can be read by scanners owned by vet practices, dog wardens, the police and animal shelters, giving you the best chance of being reunited with your pet.

Dog owners, please remember that as of April 2016 it is a legal requirement for your dog to be chipped.

Dental Care

Although we routinely brush our own teeth twice a day, many of us would not consider brushing our pet’s teeth. However, dental disease is common in domestic pets, with many suffering from tartar build up, gingivitis and other oral problems, may of which require treatment under anaesthetic.

We can supply a wide range of products to help you keep your pet’s teeth as clean and healthy as possible. As well as toothbrushes and toothpaste, we have a range of dental chews, specialist food and products that may be added to your pet’s food or drinking water to help reduce plaque build up.

Starting a tooth cleaning regime with your pet from a young age will get them used to the process, and will help protect against plaque build up and other dental disease in later life.

Pet Insurance

We strongly recommend taking out pet insurance for your animals. There are a range of policies available to suit every budget, but it is important to read the small print. Some policies will only cover for a particular condition for 12 months, and we would expect a middle aged dog, for instance, diagnosed with arthritis to carry on for a great deal longer than that. Some are also better and quicker at paying out claims! We have a number of leaflets from various companies at the practice, and any of our team will be happy to advise you on what features to look for in a pet insurance policy.

Grooming

We sell a variety of brushes and combs, and can advise you on the best grooming device for your pet’s coat type. Grooming is important to keep your pet looking and feeling good, and keeping their coat in good condition. It is also a great way to strengthen the bond between owner and pet. As well as the grooming tools, we can also advise you on shampoos and nutritional supplements that can help to keep your pet’s coat in top condition.

Pet Travel Scheme

PETS Travel Scheme – Information for Owners

For our clients wishing to travel abroad with their pets, we can arrange everything to meet the requirements for a PETS passport or give advice to those planning to emigrate with their pet. There are strict time constraints involved in travelling abroad with your pet, so it is vital that plans are made early.

Please call to arrange an appointment with one of our Veterinary Surgeons who can help you to plan your travel and recommend appropriate protection from some of the illnesses potentially encountered in other countries.

Below is a checklist of the current PETS passport scheme requirements (valid from 29 December 2014)

  1. Your pet dog, cat or ferret must have a microchip identification implanted before he or she can be vaccinated against rabies
  2. Your pet must be vaccinated against rabies by a veterinary surgeon (pets must be at least three calendar months old before this vaccination can be given)
  3. An Official Veterinary Surgeon can issue a passport for your pet which includes the following details:
    • Your pet’s date of birth
    • Microchip number, the date it was implanted or read and its location
    • Vaccination date, product name, batch number and the date the vaccination is valid until
  4. You can travel with your pet to EU countries and certain other listed countries 21 days after the rabies vaccination (the date of vaccination counts as day 0)
  5. The passport remains valid providing you comply with the rabies booster vaccination requirements
  6. A vet must treat your dog for tapeworm every time you want to re-enter the UK. The treatment must be given within 1 and 5 days of entering the UK. This is to prevent a certain type of tapeworm being brought into the UK

More information can be found on the following website.

At your appointment we will also be able to discuss whether you need to consider preventative measures for the following diseases found in some countries:

Leishmaniasis

  • A zoonotic disease (meaning humans can catch it)
  • It is transmitted by bites from infected sandflies
  • Traditionally in Mediterranean areas but can be found further north
  • Causes a range of symptoms including skin disease, nose bleeds, kidney failure and weight loss
  • There is no known cure. There are some treatment options but they can be expensive
  • Prevention involves using a product to repel the sandflies or vaccination

Ehrlichiosis

  • A zoonotic disease
  • Transmitted by infected tick bites
  • Can be found throughout Europe
  • Clinical signs include fever, bleeding disorders, swollen lymph nodes, coughing, lameness, eye problems and death
  • Treatment requires blood transfusion and at least six to eight weeks of antibiotics
  • Prevention involves using a suitable tick repellent treatment

Babesiosis

  • A blood parasite transmitted by infected ticks
  • Can be found throughout Europe
  • Clinical signs include fever, anaemia, jaundice, weakness, kidney disease and death
  • Treatments requires intravenous fluids and specific drugs to fight babesia
  • Prevention involves using a suitable tick repellent treatment

Heartworm

  • Dog heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) is a parasitic roundworm spread via mosquito bites
  • It can also infect cats and ferrets
  • Heartworm can potentially be found wherever there are mosquitos
  • Larvae from the bite mature into adult worm and lodge in the major artery of the lungs and the right side of the heart
  • Signs initially include a cough and tiredness upon exercise but eventually can lead to heart failure and death
  • Treatment can be risky and surgical removal of the worms may be necessary
  • Prevention using a spot-on treatment is highly effective
  • We also recommend that you check your insurance policy carefully to ensure your pet is fully covered while you are abroad

Any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact us on 01582 612604.

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