Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

Is vaccination really necessary?

We feel appropriate annual vaccination is essential. Without vaccines, numerous fatal diseases in both cats and dogs would rapidly become common place and many puppies and kittens would not reach adulthood let alone old age.

How often should I use flea treatment?

Flea treatment in recommended in both dogs and cats on a monthly basis, however there are numerous options whether it is straight forward flea treatment or combined with worm or tick treatment. We always aim to tailor flea and worm treatments to each individual animal.

Why does my dog scratch all the time?

Common causes include parasites (fleas and mites), bacterial infections and allergic skin disease. Whatever the cause, itchiness may cause severe discomfort and can be extremely debilitating to both pet and owner alike.

How much should my dog or cat drink?

Water intake is influenced by a number of factors from diet through to exercise levels and metabolism. As a guide an average cat or dog should drink  approximately 50mls per kilogram per day (200mls per day for a 4kg cat or 500mls for a 10kg dog). Excessive water intake is double this at 100mls per kg per day. If you have any concerns what so ever, please contact one of our surgeries immediately as an increase in water intake can be suggestive of several (potentially) serious illnesses.

When should I neuter my pet dog or cat?

We recommend neutering cats and dogs at 6 months old as this is the optimum time to prevent health problems later in life. We do not routinely advocate the neutering of male dogs but please feel free to contact either surgery to discuss the pros and cons in your own individual animal.

Why does my cat or dogs breath smell?

Bad breath or halitosis is usually suggestive of dental disease. It is an indication your pet is in need of a dental check. We have all the equipment and expertise at both surgeries necessary to treat but also the knowledge to help you prevent dental problems.

Can ticks harm my pet and how do I prevent them?

Several tick borne diseases are present in the UK and Lyme’s Disease has been diagnosed in this area. Although these are rare they are potentially very serious illnesses. We now have numerous options to prevent ticks from regular spot-on treatments to collars giving up to 8 months protection.

When should I vaccinate my new puppy or kitten?

Kittens are vaccinated from 8 weeks with a 2nd vaccination due 3-4 weeks later and puppies may be vaccinated from 6 weeks old. Puppies require a 2nd vaccination 2-4 weeks later but your puppy must be at least 10 weeks old for his 2nd vaccine to be effective.

How does micro-chipping work?

A microchip is a rice grain sized implant inserted just under the skin. It contains a unique number that we register with a national pet database who we ensure hold all your contact details.

Can I take my pet abroad?

Travelling to the EU with your pet has never been easier. As of 1st January 2012, your pet requires a microchip, a Rabies vaccination and a Pet Passport. 3 weeks later they can travel and the only requirement on your return to the UK is tapeworm treatment applied 1-5 days before re-entry. Please contact either surgery for further advice.

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