Puppy & kitten clinics
There are many things to consider when taking on a new furry friend.
Vaccinations are important as part of preventative care. Until your pet’s initial course is complete you should avoid contact with animals of unknown vaccination history. See our ‘routine healthcare’ page for details of vaccinations for dogs, cats and rabbits.
Neutering is advised for cats and dogs from 6 months of age. Until this age it is recommended to keep cats indoors to prevent unplanned pregnancies. If you wish to discuss the benefits of neutering feel free to speak to one of our vets.
Insurance may be useful for large, unplanned medical expenses or on-going conditions. We can offer 4 weeks free cover with PetPlan for animals aged under 1year.
Worm and flea treatments are necessary to keep your pet comfortable and free from fleas, worms and other parasites. During the first 6 months of their life animals should be wormed more frequently (normally once per month). After this age treatments can last between 1-3 months.
Socialising puppies is strongly encouraged and can help with their behaviour and temperament later in life. We can offer puppy classes at our surgery, which normally begin once enough dogs of appropriate age are signed up.
Microchipping will be a legal requirement for dogs from 2016, however we would recommend having all cats and dogs microchipped as soon as possible. The chip is about the size of a grain of rice, and is injected under the skin between the shoulder blades. The microchip number and owner details are recorded in an online database, which helps reunite pets with their owners should they get lost.
Booking a health check for your pet as soon as possible after picking them up can be very useful, as it allows the vet to do a thorough physical examination, check for parasites, and give you some general advice on feeding, exercise and wellbeing.