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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.

Consultations

Consultations are by appointment only: please phone, book through our online form or stop by the hospital to book. In an emergency we will aim to see you immediately. 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.

You and your pet will be called into a consultation room by a vet or nurse. The vet will give your pet a full physical examination and discuss any problems or concerns with you, possible diagnoses and recommend treatment as required. 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 administer the medication. 

The reception team will make any follow up appointments required, as well as take payment.
 

Cat Friendly Clinic

Boness Vets are proud to be accredited with the International Society of Feline Medicine as a Silver level Cat Friendly Clinic. This means we have made sure our facilities and procedures are as stress free as possible and we have set consulting times for our feline friends.

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:

  • Soft tissue including mass removals
  • Complicated wound management
  • Laparoscopic (key hole) surgery and spays
  • Caesarian sections
  • Cystotomies
  • Biopsies
  • Orthopaedics – including amputations, complex knee surgery – TPLOs, orthozips and stifle stabilisations, ligament damage, bone pinning with or with external fixators and much more. We also have a hydrotherapy suite on site to facilitate recovery.

Diagnostic Services

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. 

Some more specialised tests are sent to a leading external laboratory.


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 seconds of taking the exposure.

We also have the facility to take dental radiographs.


Ultrasound

Ultrasound scanning is a valuable diagnostic tool and we have a human-grade ultrasound machine 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 to examination of the heart, liver, kidneys and other internal organs.


Endoscopy

Endoscopy enables us to take samples from the stomach, intestines and colon less invasively by use of a camera. This is very important for the investigations of certain conditions such as ongoing vomiting or diarrhoea.

Computed Tomography (CT)

We are now pleased to offer this cutting edge service which was launched in September 2019. Computer Tomography (CT) allows us to provide a much higher level of diagnostic imaging.

The high definition images are very useful for diagnosing a range of conditions that otherwise may not have been possible with standard X rays or ultrasound techniques, for example elbow dysplasia, very early tumours and hard to find foreign bodies such as grass seeds.

We not only offer this service to our own clients but also offer an outpatient service to neighbouring practices.

Please contat our reception team if you would like more information.

Keyhole Surgery – Laparoscopy

Keyhole surgery is a minimally invasive 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, a tiny camera and long, slender, surgical instruments can be introduced to perform surgery inside the body with maximum precision and minimal trauma.

Your female dog can be spayed laparoscopically rather than by the old fashioned, traditional method. Nearly all bitches can now be spayed laparoscopically, which means less pain for them and a more rapid recovery. Over 85% of Boness dogs are now spayed laparoscopically.

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 spaying, other procedures that can be done by keyhole surgery including liver biopsies, retained testicle removal and gastropexy to prevent gastric dilation and torsion in large breeds.

Vaccinations

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

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.

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 contact you when your pet needs to come back.

We stay up to date with the latest government recommendations regarding vaccination and we regularly change our protocols accordingly.

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 will 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. 

Did you know that 6 monthly health checks are included as part of our Pet Health Club.

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.

Nurse Clinics

Our experienced nursing team run regular clinics, to support you in caring for your pet to compliment the Vet’s recommendations. These include:

General Nurse Clinics

Here for general help and advice, flea & worming, nail clips and anal gland expression.

Golden Oldies

Our Golden Oldies clinics provide our older patients with an opportunity to receive some TLC for aching joints. Whether it’s gentle massage or K-Laser therapy, we can tailor the sessions to suit our patient’s needs. We discuss the home environment and look at any adaptations which could be made.

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy can work very nicely as a complimentary therapy to help with rehabilitation. A variety of techniques can be used as and when necessary to suit the patient and their recovery. Following veterinary referral, the physiotherapy team work closely with other members of the multidisciplinary team to aid effective and efficient recovery.

K Laser Therapy – Non Drug Therapy

K Laser Therapy can be used to treat certain conditions and provide a certain degree of pain relief which allows for a reduction in medicinal products.

Examples of conditions that can be treated using K Laser include arthritis and painful joints, wound healing, post-surgery rehabilitation and spinal issues such as intervertebral disc disease. 

Weight Clinics

After recommendation from the Vet, the Nurses can discuss ways to aid weight loss for your pet and set up progress targets and checks to keep on track.

Desensitisation visits

If your dog is very anxious when visiting us, we offer ongoing confidence building visits to the practice, working with you and your dog to make your visits less stressful.

Puppy Parties

For puppies who are registered with us and have had their first vaccination we offer an opportunity to socialise with other puppies of similar age whilst providing owners with advise and support on their new arrival.

The Nurses also support the Vets with follow-up appointments post-surgery and ongoing health management of long term conditions.

If you are would like more information on any of our Nurse clinics, please speak to our Reception team.

On Our Pet Health Club all nurse consultations are free of charge.

Repeat Prescriptions

To comply with safety recommendations for prescription medications, we must have seen your pet for a veterinary check-up within at least the last three months.

The request will be sent to one of our veterinary surgeons and we will send you an email to confirm whether the request has been approved.

We may need to contact you for additional information.

Requests will usually be processed within two working days.

Submit a prescription request online.

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 government accredited Official Veterinary Surgeons who can help you plan for your trip 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 other diseases found in some countries including Leishmaniasis, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis and heartworm.

Practice information

Boness Vets - Barton-le-Clay

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125 Bedford Road Barton-le-Clay Bedfordshire MK45 4LP
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Boness Vets - Flitwick

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2 Steppingley Road Flitwick Bedfordshire MK45 1AJ
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