Month: June 2018

Flea & Worm Treatment

There are many different types of fleas and worms that can infect dogs and cats in the UK. In fact, they are two of the most common problems that your pet can suffer from. Fortunately, we can protect your pet with regular treatment.

Worms

The type of parasite that your pet picks up will depend on their lifestyle. Outdoor cats will need a regular worming treatment, whereas indoor cats will only need to be treated a few times a year.

We recommend that dogs are given a worming treatment every three to four months, as worms can be easily picked up in parks and woodland, and anywhere other dogs have been. Puppies should be wormed every two weeks from two weeks to 12 weeks of age. After that, we recommend a monthly dose until they are six months old.

The symptoms of worms for both cats and dogs include weight loss, poor growth, poor coat, diarrhoea and vomiting. If you think that your pet has worms, please make an appointment with us to discuss treatment options.

Fleas

Did you know? Most of the fleas that you find on dogs are actually cat fleas. These microscopic critters can lay dormant for long periods of time in gardens, on carpets or furniture until they attach themselves to your pet’s skin or fur. You may notice that your pet has started scratching a lot or you have seen small specks of black dirt on your pet’s coat. To find out if it is flea dirt, brush the coat and gather the grit on a moist white tissue. Flea dirt will produce a red mark.

Fleas also have the ability to host tapeworms in cats and dogs, so we advise that you treat your pet for both fleas and worms if they are infected.

Regular flea and worm treatment will give you the reassurance that you are providing the best possible care for your pet.

Pet Health Plan

We know your pet’s healthcare is your top priority. Our Pet Health Club is the simple way to look after your pet’s health whilst saving money.

A healthy, happy pet needs lots of care and attention, including vaccinations, worm and flea treatments, and regular check-ups. By spreading the cost of essential treatments for your dog, cat or rabbit over 12 months, our Pet Health Club makes pet care more affordable. To keep your pet in peak condition your pet gets their annual vaccination against potentially dangerous diseases, protection against internal and external parasites and we provide regular health checks with your vet, as early diagnosis of problems will help your pet to live a long, healthy life. Plus, benefit from great discounts with 10% off food, and other services and products.

Pet Passports

Just like us, your pet needs its own passport to travel abroad.

At Tameside Veterinary Clinic we have designated DEFRA Local Veterinary Inspectors (LVI). This means they are able to issue both pet passports and export certificates.

Our team can organise your pet’s passport and advise on what your pet needs before the passport is issued. A key requirement of the passport is making sure your pet is microchipped. We will make sure this is done as well as having the necessary rabies vaccination.
For further information on the requirements, please make an appointment with us or visit the DEFRA website.

Dental Care

Cleaning your pet’s teeth from a young age is vitally important. It is thought that as many as 85% of cats and dogs aged three years and over have some form of dental disease.

Dental disease affects the whole body, not just the teeth and gums. This is because bacteria in the plaque can enter the blood stream through inflamed gums. It then travels around the body spreading infection. This infection can settle in many of the major organs.

Signs of dental disease includes:

  • Bad breath
  • Chattering jaws
  • Difficulty eating
  • Pawing or rubbing the mouth
  • Oral pain

Fortunately, you can reduce the likelihood of your pet developing dental disease by cleaning their teeth regularly.

Here at Tameside Veterinary Clinic, we advise owners to clean their pet’s teeth every day to avoid a build-up of tartar and plaque in the mouth. A healthy diet also contributes effectively to good dental hygiene. Dental chews and biscuits can also help to keep plaque and tartar at bay.

Our vets and nurses are here to help. If you’d like advice about your pet’s dental care, please make an appointment with us. We have a dedicated dental room in our clinics where we carry out regular dental checks and procedures.

Surgery and Procedures

We perform a wide range of surgery and procedures every day in our fully-equipped clinics. Our veterinary surgeons and nurses have been trained to the highest level to ensure your pet’s operation is performed effectively and safely.

Before you entrust your pet to our care, you will be fully briefed on the procedure and the post-operative care that your pet will need.

Our three clinics are equipped with modern and clean surgical facilities, surgical lighting and an up-to-date anaesthetic machine and monitoring system.

We have separate dog and cat wards to reduce stress to your pet before and after surgery. Each ward houses stainless-steel kennels which are insulated, heated, ventilated and air-conditioned for comfort.

Before surgery, pets are prepared in our preparation room. This is where any pre-op procedures are carried out, such as hair clipping, cleaning and blood samples.

We also provide special hospitalisation facilities for sick or injured pets that are recovering from surgery. Our dedicated team of professionals will be with your pet every step of the way to ensure a smooth recovery.

Nurse Consultations

Our highly-qualified veterinary nurses are a key part of the team here at Tameside Veterinary Clinic. They run regular sessions across our three locations to look after the general health of your pets.

Nurse consultations offer the chance to see an experienced veterinary professional at a lower cost than with our veterinary surgeons.

Our team of dedicated nurses offer a large range of services, including:

  • Weight checks
  • Nail clipping
  • Feeding
  • Weight loss and diet advice

Please call your nearest clinic to book an appointment with one of our nurses.

Vaccinations

At our clinic, we believe that prevention is better than cure. That’s why vaccinations and boosters are a vital part of your pet’s healthcare. We provide thorough vaccination courses to ensure that your cats, dogs and rabbits are protected against potentially serious diseases.

Unlike human vaccinations, it’s important to get your pet vaccinated annually as some vaccines only last a year. Please make an appointment at one of our clinics if you’d like to discuss vaccinations for your pet.

Dogs

Our routine vaccination for dogs protects them against Distemper, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Parvovirus and Leptospirosis. Puppies start their vaccination course at eight weeks of age, with a second injection two weeks later. We then recommend annual boosters.

Cats

Our routine vaccination for cats protects them against Panleucopenia (infectious enteritis), cat flu and Leukaemia. Kittens start their vaccination course at nine weeks of age, with a second injection three weeks later. We recommend annual boosters thereafter.

Rabbits

Your pet rabbit is required to be vaccinated against myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease, Type 1 and 2. The primary vaccine for myxomatosis and VHD-1 can be given from 6 weeks of age. A second vaccine for VHD-2 is given two weeks later. We recommend an annual booster for both vaccines as these diseases are almost always fatal in rabbits.

Consultations

Appointments

To minimise waiting times, we encourage an appointment-only service. If requested, we will always endeavour to see your pet on the same day you make an appointment.

Our vets like to get to know their patients, so if possible, please ask to see the same vet at each appointment. We believe that continuity of care is best for your pet.

Home visits

We are happy to provide home visits by prior arrangement. Please phone your local clinic on the number below to make an appointment. In some circumstances, more complete care may be needed on-site, where our full range of facilities are available to the vet.

Emergencies

Here at Tameside Veterinary Clinic, we prioritise emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you have an emergency during our normal opening hours, please call our clinic immediately and we will ensure that you are offered a priority appointment.

Out of hours, we utilise an external, fully-staffed veterinary hospital to ensure our patients receive the highest standards of emergency veterinary care. The staff at the hospital are available to give advice over the phone and can arrange to see your pet if needed. Please call your local clinic for more information:

  • Ashton-Under-Lyne clinic: 0161 830 0462
  • Hyde clinic: 0161 366 9236
  • Stalybridge clinic: 0161 804 5818

X-Ray & Ultrasound

Here at Tameside Veterinary Clinic, we have a range of diagnostic equipment that ensures we can give your pet the best possible care.

X-ray
Our digital x-ray machines enable us to take x-rays quickly, reliably and safely. They allow our experienced vets and nurses to diagnose many conditions that can’t be seen from external examinations alone. If your pet needs an x-ray, we’ll be looking out for bone ,abnormalities foreign objects and any issues with internal organs and tissue. X-rays are normally performed with sedation or anaesthetic.

Ultrasound
Ultrasound machines work by sending sound waves into your pet’s body and listening for echoes. These echoes create a picture of what’s happening inside the body. Ultrasound scans are a fast, non-invasive way to examine your pet’s internal organs. There are many reasons why your vet or nurse may suggest a scan of your pet. For example, ultrasounds can let us see whether your pet is pregnant and enable us to look more closely at organs in the abdomen and chest.

Endoscopes
An endoscopy examination is another way for your vet to diagnose health issues without the need for surgery. The endoscope is a long tube with a small camera attached to the end. This enables us to see a live video of your pet’s digestive system or respiratory system. Your vet may suggest an endoscopy if your pet is experiencing breathing or bowel issues.