Cats, dogs and rabbits should be vaccinated yearly against a number of deadly diseases. Puppies and kittens need extra vaccinations at a young age, followed by yearly boosters. When your pet comes in for a vaccination they will receive a full health check by one of our vets. We can only vaccinate a healthy animal.
Dogs are routinely vaccinated against Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza, Leptospirosis and Infectious Bronchitis (kennel cough). We recommend puppies to have their first vaccination at 6-8 weeks of age with a second injection 2-4 weeks later. Yearly boosters are needed to keep your dog healthy and safe.
Cats are routinely vaccinated against Panleucopaenia virus, Herpesvirus, Calicivirus and Feline Leukaemia virus. We recommend kittens to have their first vaccination at 9 weeks old followed by a second injection 3-4 weeks later. Yearly boosters are needed to keep your cat healthy and safe
Ask about our puppy and kitten vaccination packs. They have everything you need to get you started with your pet including a full vaccination course, their first flea and worm treatment, a microchip, 6 weeks free pet insurance and a voucher for 10% off neutering at our clinic.
Rabbits are vaccinated against Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease. Young rabbits can be vaccinated from 8 weeks of age. Yearly boosters are recommended to keep your rabbit healthy and safe.
At our clinic we recommend neutering all dogs and cats not intended for breeding. Neutering not only prevents unwanted puppies and kittens, it also helps prevents illness and behavioural problems. Dogs can be neutered from 6 months old and cats from 4 months old. It is a simple surgery and your pet doesn’t even need to stay the night. For more information check out our handout in the Owner Advice section
We have a range of services available to diagnose your pet. We perform our own in-house blood tests to give you fast results about your pet. Any more complicated tests we send to our external lab Axiom.
We have in-house microscopy which is very useful for examining samples from your pet’s skin or a sample of urine. We check skin scrapes for any nasty little parasites, and urine samples can be checked for bacteria and mineral crystals.
We have a full x-ray machine with an automatic processor. X-rays allow us to look at your pet’s bones and check for any breaks, but they also let us check your pet’s internal organs, and are very useful if you think your pet has swallowed something it shouldn’t have!
Ultrasound is a very useful tool for diagnosing an illness in your pet. It is a non-invasive technique that allows us to see your pet’s internal organs. With it we can do pregnancy diagnosis, check for illness, perform ultrasound-guided biopsies and scan your pet’s heart to check its function.
We have a fully functional operating theatre, and will take the best care of your pet during surgery.
Your pet will come in for surgery early in the morning, and we ask that they be fasted for their own safety under the anaesthetic. All animals are given a complete physical exam before surgery. They then get an injection of sedative to make them sleepy along with any pain relief. They’ll have a final injection to put them fully asleep and then they are kept asleep on a mixture of oxygen and anaesthetic gas. All patients are fully monitored by our nursing team during anaesthesia.
Your pet is then wrapped up in a warm kennel to recover and is monitored by a nurse or vet throughout the day. If any extra pain relief is needed during the day that will be given, and your pet will go home with a buster collar to stop them licking at their stitches. Your pet will be discharged by a nurse or vet and you will receive instructions on how to look after them after their operation. We usually schedule a post-operative check for your pet 3 days after their surgery, and any stitches are removed 10-14 days later.
Our nursing team offers a range of nurse clinics in our practice. Free services include puppy and kitten health and weight checks, and post-operative wound checks and suture removal.
Pet obesity is on the increase in this country, with 50% of pets being overweight or obese. This can lead to serious health complications and can even shorten the life of your pet. But never fear, our nurses are here! Our weight watchers programme is specially designed for your pet. You will receive one-on-one attention with a personalised diet sheet and exercise plan for home. Regular check-ups with our nurse will help you to stay on track and give you the support you need to get your pet fit and healthy again. The best part, it’s all free!
Does your pet have dirty teeth or bad breath? You’re not alone; nearly 60% of pets have gum disease. They don’t brush twice daily like we do so they need a combination of brushing and good food. There’s such a wide range of products out there for pet teeth it can be very confusing for owners. Why not pop in for a free dental check with our nurse, with a personalised dental plan to get back to those pearly whites.
We don’t just cater for dogs and cats; we also treat rabbits, guinea pigs and all other small furry pets. These pets may be small but they are just as much a part of the family as a bigger dog or cat. We are happy to be able to offer specialised care for these tiny patients. However if your pet has scales or feathers, we can offer a first opinion in our practice but we may recommend to see a specialist exotic vet for more complicated problems.
Pet passports and pet travel
Would you like to bring your pet on holiday with you? Or are you emigrating and can’t bear to leave your furry friend behind? We can help with getting your pet ready no matter where the destination.
For travel within the EU, your pet needs a Pet Passport. These are issued directly from the clinic. Your pet will also need a microchip and an up to date rabies vaccination (the first vaccination must be at least 21 days before travel). We also recommend having your pet’s other vaccinations up to date. Then the day before you travel, you will need to bring your pet in to the clinic for a vet health check to make sure they are fit to travel. They will also be treated for ticks and tapeworms at this visit.
If you are considering travel further afield, please be aware that different countries have different criteria that must be met. Contact the Department of Agriculture in that country and find out what your pet needs to travel and we will be happy to help you get them ready to fly.
Unexpected illness and injuries can happen and can land you with an unexpected vet bill. We recommend pet insurance to help cover the cost of illness or injury in your pet. Details of policies vary from company to company but here are the basics of how pet insurance works
· You pay your policy premium each year
· You pay an excess (varies from €40-€100) per condition per year
· Bills above your excess may be covered by your insurance
· Older animals may have to pay a percentage of each claim
· Illnesses that have already been recorded by a vet by the time you take out your policy will not be covered
If you have any further questions call us in the clinic and we will be happy to help.