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Preventative Health Care
Our nursing team run regular clinics to look after the general health of your pet as we aim to provide the best care your pet needs from their junior to senior years.
The following clinics are free of charge.
Parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, and whipworms can make a home inside your pet and rob your animal of vital nutrients, leading to poor appetite, loss of energy, serious anaemia, and even death. Puppies and kittens are especially susceptible. Parasite infestation can be controlled and prevented. The current recommendation is that dogs and cats should be wormed every 3 months to prevent infestation. Roundworms (i.e. Toxocara) have also been reported as occasionally infecting children where they can cause blindness.Most frequently treatment is given as a tablet, but more recently a spot-on has been made available for the more awkward pets. They are simple and safe to use, with a single dose pipette of the wormer applied to the skin at the back of the neck.
All pets will get fleas at one time or another. In summer they can be picked up in the garden but once your pet brings a flea into your house it lays hundreds of eggs on its bedding and in your house. These can persist for a long time before hatching, and as such fleas are a household problem, not only for your pet but also for the humans in the house. Often there is no outward sign of mild infestations (especially on cats) and once you notice a problem it is usually severe.Prevention is always the best option by using regular effective household and pet treatments. In addition if you vacuum the house first you will pick up many flea larvae
and eggs which live in soft furnishings and in the carpets. Always remember to throw away your vacuum cleaner bag and replace it.
The household treatments must NEVER be used on the animals directly and usually come in a spray form. YOU SHOULD ALWAYS FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE CANS VERY CAREFULLY. Don’t forget it is also possible to spray the vacuum cleaner brushes and inside the canister or bag to kill any fleas there.
Recent studies show that by the age of three years more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show some signs of gum disease. Bad breath, a yellow brown crust of tartar around the gumline, or, pain or bleeding when the pet eats or when you touch its gums, are warning signs of gum disease (gingivitis).
Small dog breeds, such as Yorkshire Terrier, Pekingese and Shihtzu, seem to be particularly at risk. Experts say these breeds are more likely to develop tooth problems because their teeth are crowded into small mouths. This can create a haven for the build-up of plaque.
Prevention is the key to helping pets maintain good oral health, for just as dental visits are the cornerstone of a human dental programme, visiting a veterinarian is the key to ensuring the health of your pet's teeth. In addition regular dental check-ups are vital to monitor the progression of disease.
Most importantly, however, is routine dental care at home. Even if your pet’s teeth are cleaned by the veterinarian tartar starts to build up again within 24 hours, so it is vital to try to brush your pet’s teeth. Please ask if you want advise on how to do this. Further information can also be obtained from the website of the British Veterinary Dental Association (http://www.bvda.co.uk). Furthermore, dog owners may also feed specially formulated dietary foods that help reduce the accumulation of plaque and tartar from teeth when the pet eats.
Our vets and nurses are always happy to advise on the best dental home care regime to suit you and your pet. Finally never forget that many other diseases will be made worse by having bad teeth, i.e. diabetes, heart disease etc.
Unfortunately the vet is often the last person to be consulted when asking for feeding advice. We recommend foods solely on the basis of their health benefits for your pet. Did you know how many common medical conditions can be prevented or treated with correct diet?
Always feel free to speak to us if you have any dietary concerns with your pet.
We always recommend that clients have pet insurance. The cost of most medical or surgical treatments can be surprisingly expensive, a fact that is usually forgotten when we often don’t need to pay for our own treatment. Many policies are available but we often recommend Petplan. They offer a range of policies which give you lifelong cover for the cost of veterinary treatment for your pet. This is in contrast to many insurance policies which only give one year’s cover for veterinary fees for each condition. There is an excess payable for each condition each year, but it gives you great peace of mind especially if your pet requires specialist or emergency treatment. We find they are very fair and prompt with paying out for the cost of treatment and we have recommended their policies for many years.
Most policies also offer third party cover should your dog cause any damage.
In many cases we can offer one or two months of free cover for your pet.
We advise that you have your pet microchipped to permanently identify him or her as yours. This simply involves an injection over the shoulder blades and can be performed at the same time as vaccinations. Once inserted your details are sent to the registration agency which stores them for the life of your pet.
All vets, the RSPCA and dog wardens have scanners which allow your pet to be identified. They will then get your details and contact you allowing prompt return of your pet. Always remember to contact the registration agency if you change your address or personal information.
The microchip (or a tattoo) is an absolute requirement for identification for the Pet Travel Scheme should you wish to holiday abroad with your pet.
Letting children see the miracle of birth is NOT a good reason to breed your dog or cat. Indeed some veterinarians suggest that only serious breeders who have the desire, expertise, and time to breed well should breed at all. We recommend that if you do not plan to breed from your pet that you should have him or her neutered.
Spaying your female dog can help to prevent cancers of the reproductive tract, including breast cancer, and will decrease the incidence of reproductive infections in both cats and dogs. In addition a number of medical conditions will be significantly reduced in severity if a bitch is neutered, i.e. epilepsy, diabetes and some autoimmune conditions. The incidence of certain behavioural problems has also been shown to be reduced when dogs are spayed or neutered.
Neutering your male dog will prevent testicular cancer and can decrease the incidence of prostate problems. Male cats usually must be neutered if they are to be house pets as the strong odour of unneutered male urine will make your cat an unacceptable house mate. To see a detailed summary of the dog castration procedure please use the following link: Dog Castration
The neutering is a surgical operation: castration of males involves removal of their testicles, while spaying of females is removal of their ovaries and uterus. The surgery is performed under general anaesthesia and all of our patients are given postoperative pain relief.
You can usually expect to drop your pet off in the morning and have them home to you that same afternoon or evening. Sutures, if present, are removed after 10 days.
The decision to spay or neuter your puppy or kitten may be one of the best decisions you can make for its well-being so please feel free to contact us to discuss the most appropriate time to perform this procedure in your pet.
You will want to have your new puppy examined by a veterinary surgeon to ensure that it has no major health problems and it is started on a programme of preventive health care. Your puppy's health plan usually includes a series of vaccinations. Vaccination protocols are designed on the basis of your puppy's risk of infection and may vary depending upon your puppy's age, breed, and environmental exposures. Vaccinations can start as young as 6 weeks of age, however within the Clyde Veterinary Group we follow the World Small Animal Veterinary Association's recommendations of an initial vaccinations at 8-9 weeks of age, followed by a second 3-4 weeks later, followed by a third injection at 14-16 weeks. Finishing vaccines at 10 weeks of age is feasible but comes with some risk to a number of puppies that may not be fully covered by such an early finish. Again in line with WSAVA guidelines where ever possible the first year's vaccines should include an injection at 14-16 weeks of age. Further information on dog vaccine guidelines can be found at WSAVA Vaccination Guidelines Group. Puppies will also be routinely treated for worms at this time.
The consultation and examination is also an opportunity to discuss any other concerns you may have with your pet’s care.
The material contained in this website is presented for information purposes only . The material is in no way intended to replace professional veterinary care or attention from a professional veterinary surgeon.
The advice given in any of our web pages cannot be used as the basis for a diagnosis or choice of treatment.
Clyde Vet Group advises that you should always consult a veterinary surgeon about any queries with animals under your care.
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