Routine Healthcare for pets
We strongly believe that prevention is better than cure and therefore recommend an initial vaccination course followed by annual boosters in order to protect against potential fatal diseases.
Ideally, puppies and kittens should be in their new homes for a week before their first vaccination as this allows time for any transient upset tummy to settle.
We vaccinate puppies from 8 weeks old and they have a course of three injections each 2 weeks apart. We vaccinate kittens from 9 weeks old, with a second vaccination given 3 weeks later and we vaccinate rabbits against myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease from 5 weeks old.
All pets will require an annual boosters to maintain their protection. Our Vet will conduct a full health examination at this time and you will have the opportunity to ask about any health or diet related issues.
Regular worming treatments are important for your pet and their frequency is dictated by your pet's lifestyle. High worm burdens can caused digestive problems and weight loss.
Certain roundworms can also be very harmful to people, especially young children. Worm eggs are passed which stick to their fur and can be easily transferred when a child touches the animal and licks their fingers!
Puppies and kittens should be wormed every 2 weeks until they are 12 weeks old then monthly until 6 months old. Their adult worming programme should be every 3-6 months depending on lifestyle and a personal risk assessment.
For total and effective flea treatment it is important to understand the flea's life cycle and use different control measures at each stage.
Products are dispensed according to your pet's age and weight. Fleas are a much bigger problem during the warmer summer months, however due to our comfortable central heating they can easily survive the winter making them a year round problem.
Heavy flea infestations can be very dangerous to young or weak animals and some animals can develop an allergy to the flea's saliva causing an excessive and severe reaction.
We recommend that males and females are neutered if they are not going to be used for breeding. There are many health benefits of this as well as stopping unwanted pregnancies.
The best time to neuter you dog will depend on their breed and sex. Recent evidence has shown that larger breeds of dog shouldn't be neutered until 18-24 months, to first allow their bodies to mature. It is also not recommended to castrate dogs showing any signs of nervous aggression as this can potentially exacerbate this behaviour. In addition, bitches need to be spayed 4 months after their last season.
We also offer a temporary form of chemical castration for males which is administered as an implant lasting either 6 or 12 months.
We advise you speak to a member of the clinical team to discuss when would be the best time to neuter your dog or bitch.
Kittens are neutered at 6 months, although a male kitten living with a female kitten should be castrated at 5 months old.
It’s a legal requirement for all dogs over 8 weeks to be microchipped in the UK. It is the breeders responsibility to have their puppies microchipped by the time they are 8 weeks old and to register themselves as their first owner, before transferring ownership across to the puppies' new owners.
A microchip enables you and your pet's details to be logged onto an international database. A unique number is coded onto the chip which is implanted under the skin which can be read using a special scanning device. This will allow your pet to be re united with you if it becomes lost, is involved in an accident or is stolen.
We strongly recommend that all cats are microchipped before they start going outside.
It will become a legal requirement for cats to be microchipped in the UK from 10th June 2024. This will ensure any lost, stolen, or injured cats have the best chance of being reunited with their owners as quickly as possible.
Your pet can be microchipped during any routine appointment at the practice and their details will be immediately uploaded onto the National Database.
Due to current FSA regulations, we are unable to recommend any individual insurance companies, but we are allowed to discuss different policy types and would strongly recommend that you do take out pet insurance to help with any unforeseen bills!
We are happy to complete your pet’s insurance form if you need to make a claim. Please click/tap below for further information.
Paws Pet Health Club
Membership provides a comprehensive preventative healthcare plan for your pet which includes annual booster vaccinations, flea and worming treatment & many other benefits. The plan offers great savings and payments are spread evenly across the year.