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Seven steps to good health

  • We have designed a seven step programme to promote good health for your pet.
  • These reinforce our approach to veterinary care, with an emphasis on preventative care to reduce the likelihood of your pet getting ill.
  • Promoting good health is in the best interests of animal welfare and it is what we signed up to as veterinary professionals.

1. Health checks: Regular health checks are vital for your pet’s health and well being

  • They are the cornerstone of good health and preventative care.
  • We carry out a full physical exam from nose to tail.
  • We both get an understanding of your pet’s health status.
  • Provides an opportunity to keep up to date with vaccinations.
  • We design age specific programs tailored to your pet’s needs.
  • It’s your time to ask questions.
  • Prompt recognition and early treatment of diseases improve survival rates.

2. Nutrition: Nutrition has a dramatic effect on coat, skin, energy levels and overall health

  • We recommend a ‘complete’ dry food that meets all of your pet’s nutritional needs
  • Quality diets help prevent illnesses and diseases (such as dental disease, kidney and liver disorders, and obesity which is linked to heart disease)
  • Daily feeding costs are often less than supermarket foods.
  • Your pet’s diet should be tailored for each development stage of their life.
  • We also utilise ‘prescription diets’ specifically designed and medically proven to manage certain conditions.
  • Garbage In! Garbage Out!

3. Worm control: Worms can make your pet feel uncomfortable.

  • Regular treatment is the key.
  • We tailor treatment to each pet’s lifestyle.
  • Typically, we recommend worming every 3 months, monthly for high risk and 6 monthly for low risk categories.
  • Treatment is more effective and costs less than supermarket brands.
  • Be aware worm infestations may lead to further complications such as vomiting, abdominal pain, severe weight loss and anaemia
  • Be aware a child’s health can be jeopardised if they come into contact with worm eggs.

4. Flea control: Fleas can make your pet and also you feel uncomfortable.

  • Regular treatment is the key.
  • It is also important to control your pet’s immediate environment to ensure a successful treatment plan.
  • We tailor treatment to each pet’s lifestyle.
  • How often treatment is required depends upon the method of control used for your pet and household.
  • Treatment is more effective and costs less than supermarket brands.
  • Be aware flea infestations may lead to further complications such as severe skin allergies.
  • Be aware fleas act as a host for tapeworm

5. Speying / neutering: Speying and neutering brings your pet health and behavioural benefits.

  • Helps prevent serious diseases including cancers
  • If neutered, your pet is less likely to act aggressively or wander from home looking for looooooooooooooooooooooove!
  • Unless breeding, it is highly recommend that you spey or neuter your pet by six months of age
  • Some common myths dispelled:  your pet will not get fat; females do not need a season before being speyed; and the testosterone level of a male owner is not affected by castrating their pet.

6. Dental care: Home care is the most important aspect of dental care, followed by professional intervention when needed.

  • 8 out of 10 dogs and cats over the age of three display some form of dental disease.
  • Bad teeth and gums can lead to tooth loss and pain for your pet and can also lead to poor health and affect other organs in the body.
  • Our focus is on preventative care to minimise the amount of professional intervention.
  • You can assist with preventative steps such as feeding a quality ‘complete’ diet dry food, using dental treats/toys, brushing your pet’s teeth, barrier pastes and rinses.
  • We use a dental grading system from 0 to IV, making it easier to understand the condition of your pet’s teeth and gums.
  • Dental care may increase a pet’s life expectancy by 10 to 20%.
  • It is recommended you examine your pet’s mouth and teeth at least once a month.

7. Insurance: Peace of mind when you need it.

  • Insurance provides cover for vet fees should your pet become ill or injured.
  • It involves the payment of monthly budgeted costs to an insurance company of your choice, leaving you with peace of mind knowing that your pet can be afforded the best available treatment
  • As with other insurance policies, excess payments are involved.
  • The quality of cover (types of expenses and period of time) and amount of excess differs between insurance companies and policies within each insurance company so it is important to compare policies.
  • There are broadly three types of cover for a condition: time limited (eg 12 months for that condition) £ limited ( eg £6,000 per condition) or life cover (condition covered for the life of the pet).
  • Always check the policy and ask us for general advice.
  • See pet insurance guide to find out more about the different types of pet insurance and what questions to ask.
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