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South Hayes
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Feltham
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Free advice from our dedicated receptionist, nurses and vets is available at all times on various issues, ranging from pet insurance, vaccination, travelling, weight management, arthritis to acquisition of new pets. Please feel free to phone for any advice you require.

Cats

The vaccination and Annual Health Check is the most important part of preventative healthcare for your cat.

The vaccination gives protection against

  • Feline leukaemia virus. Infection with this virus causes an AIDS-like immune system breakdown, or – as the name would suggest – leukaemia type cancer.
  • ‘flu’ – feline rhinotracheitisvirus and feline calici virus
  • ‘enteritis’ – feline panleucopaemia/feline infectious enteritis

Kittens are given their first vaccine at a minimum of 9 weeks. Their second vaccine can be given 3 to 4 weeks later, as long as the kitten is over 12 weeks of age. Your kitten shouldn’t be allowed outside until one week after the second vaccination. Adult cats must receive their boosters once per year. This will help maintain their immunity.

The only other way of developing immunity in the adult cat is exposure to infection. Clearly this is highly undesirable as it results in the cat suffering from the disease – in the case of feline leukaemia virus, the cat will usually become ‘Felv positive’ (like being HIV-positive) and will eventually suffer the disease as described above.

Modern vaccines are extremely safe.  Our vaccinations are very competitively priced and include a free Health Check. Many insurance companies make annual vaccinations a condition of honouring their policy.

Fleas are a major cause of skin problems in cats and dogs. They breed by laying eggs (up to 25 per day!) These fall off into the home, leaving an invisible dust of flea eggs everywhere the pet goes. The eggs hatch into tiny larvae, which crawl downwards into the base of carpets or the cracks between floorboards. Larvae live on proteins; for example house dust, which is made of human skin cells.  The flea then waits. When it detects heat or vibration it emerges from its cocoon stage and ‘jumps on’ its new host (you, or your pet!). Most people being bitten by fleas do not see the fleas on them, because they jump off after the first bite when they realise you are not a dog or cat. The life cycle takes under two weeks, so numbers can grow very rapidly; after one month, the ‘children’ of two fleas can be laying over 15,000 eggs per day.

Please note that on-the-shelf supermarket products marketed as flea control will not contain prescription flea control. It does not guarantee it contains a medicine which actually kills fleas, or lasts for an appropriate length of time. The more modern veterinary flea products also treat other diseases, like fox mange, ear mites, worms, etc.

For more information on different flea products please give us a call anytime!

In most cases you will NOT know that your pet has worms.  Worms are parasites which live within the intestines, lungs, or body tissues of pets. They make thousands of eggs which are passed in the faeces, or collect around the anus. These can be passed on, particularly after the pet licks its own anus. They can also be carried by inanimate objects, such as your shoes, so an indoor pet should still be wormed every 6 months.

Some of these species can infect humans, either in the guts or the body tissues or the eyes (particularly in the womb or in babies, although regular worming treatment of the pet makes this an extremely low risk). Regular treatment is essential. Pets going outdoors will be regularly exposed to eggs from other pets. Ask us for advice.  We will tailor this to the age, species, size, and behavior of your pet. Please note that on-the-shelf supermarket products marketed as worming treatment will not contain prescription worming drugs.

Unfortunately, collars and tags can fall off or be removed. Microchipping is the permanent answer. We inject a tiny microchip with a code unique to your pet, injected under the skin in the same way as vaccines. The price of the chip includes registering you and your pet on the national database. Lost pets are usually handed into local vets, dog wardens, RSPCA, etc. We then scan your pet, and contact the national database to get your details.  So you can be contacted immediately. If your details change (e.g. you move house) or your pet has ongoing medical needs (e.g. diabetic) this information can be recorded and updated on the database file, without your pet’s microchip having to be changed.

Cats

Vaccination and the associated annual health check, which goes with it – is the most important preventative health measure you take for your dog.

All puppies should be vaccinated against Parvovirus, Leptospirosis, Distemper virus, Infectious Hepatitis Virus and Parainfluenza Virus.

The Kennel Cough vaccine is needed annually and not just if your dog goes into boarding kennels.

Young puppies can have their 1st injection from 8 weeks old, then a 2nd injection 2 to 4 weeks later, from 10 weeks of age, our nurses will be happy to advise you. A puppy should not be allowed outside until a week after the first vaccine.  Booster vaccinations are needed on an annual basis as the protection from the primary course of immunisation does not last forever. The cost of the vaccination includes a full health check and clinical examination by the vet, together with advice on any area of your dog’s healthcare. Many insurance companies make annual vaccination a condition of honouring their policy.

Fleas are a major cause of skin problems in cats and dogs. They breed by laying eggs (up to 25 per day!) These fall off into the home, leaving an invisible dust of flea eggs everywhere the pet goes. The eggs hatch into tiny larvae, which crawl downwards into the base of carpets or the cracks between floorboards. Larvae live on proteins; for example house dust, which is made of human skin cells.  The flea then waits. When it detects heat or vibration it emerges from its cocoon stage and ‘jumps on’ its new host (you, or your pet!). Most people being bitten by fleas do not see the fleas on them, because they jump off after the first bite when they realise you are not a dog or cat. The life cycle takes under two weeks, so numbers can grow very rapidly; after one month, the ‘children’ of two fleas can be laying over 15,000 eggs per day.

Please note that on-the-shelf supermarket products marketed as flea control will not contain prescription flea control. It does not guarantee it contains a medicine which actually kills fleas, or lasts for an appropriate length of time. The more modern veterinary flea products also treat other diseases, like fox mange, ear mites, worms, etc.

For more information on different flea products please give us a call anytime!

In most cases you will NOT know that your pet has worms.  Worms are parasites which live within the intestines, lungs, or body tissues of pets. They make thousands of eggs which are passed in the faeces, or collect around the anus. These can be passed on, particularly after the pet licks its own anus. They can also be carried by inanimate objects, such as your shoes, so an indoor pet should still be wormed every 6 months.

Some of these species can infect humans, either in the guts or the body tissues or the eyes (particularly in the womb or in babies, although regular worming treatment of the pet makes this an extremely low risk). Regular treatment is essential. Pets going outdoors will be regularly exposed to eggs from other pets. Ask us for advice.  We will tailor this to the age, species, size, and behavior of your pet. Please note that on-the-shelf supermarket products marketed as worming treatment will not contain prescription worming drugs.

Unfortunately, collars and tags can fall off or be removed. Microchipping is the permanent answer. We inject a tiny microchip with a code unique to your pet, injected under the skin in the same way as vaccines. The price of the chip includes registering you and your pet on the national database. Lost pets are usually handed into local vets, dog wardens, RSPCA, etc. We then scan your pet, and contact the national database to get your details.  So you can be contacted immediately. If your details change (e.g. you move house) or your pet has ongoing medical needs (e.g. diabetic) this information can be recorded and updated on the database file, without your pet’s microchip having to be changed.

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