Our experienced veterinary nurses work with you to keep your pets fit and healthy so they can live fuller, longer lives. At our dedicated nurse clinics, we run regular check-ups and preventative treatments that also make good financial sense for pet owners – prevention is always better than a cure!
And while our nurses are more than happy to help, they will always refer you to a vet if necessary.
Below is a list of our clinics, but call us to find out how our nurses can help you with other issues including:
- Microchipping information and implantation.
- Clean ears.
- Administer immunotherapy vaccines.
- Administer second and third vaccines.
- Behaviour consultations.
- General wellness checks.
- Administering medications.
Nurse clinics are run Monday to Saturdays on an appointment basis at all of our branches.
Please ring the surgery to check the most up to date prices and to book your pet in for an appointment.
Dental care clinic
Keep your pet’s teeth and gums in top condition and you are less likely to face the pain of dental operations or the costs of veterinary cleaning or removal of damaged teeth. Research has shown that by the age of two, around 80% of dogs and 70% of cats will have some signs of dental disease – don’t let your pet be one of them!
Learn how to brush teeth, the best products to use and the best diet for your pet’s teeth at their life stage at our dental care clinic.
Weight management clinics
These specialist weight clinics give advice on the best way to tackle any issues, whether your pet is underweight or overweight. Obesity is an increasing problem in our pets and can lead to, or worsen, many health problems such as arthritis, diabetes and heart conditions.
We know managing our pets’ weight can be challenging, so we provide regular weight checks and discuss different ways to help reduce or maintain your pet’s weight, such as exercise.
Adolescent (pre-neutering) checks clinic
When your dog or cat is six months old, we like to bring them in for a fun session that helps them get used to being at the vet and also checks their growth and general wellbeing.
When they come along, we’ll get them used to having their paws and ears played with and have a look at:
- Flea and worm control.
Senior pet clinic
It’s natural that pets face more health risks as they age, just like us. So, as our animal clients get older, we like them to have regular health checks.
Cats from age seven and dogs from five years (large breeds) and eight years (smaller breeds) are our “senior citizens”.
We’ll give your pet a proper “top to tail” exam, where we look for early signs of kidney/liver disease, arthritis, dental disease and tumours, blood pressure, and others. Your pet’s long-term wellbeing is our first priority, so, if we are concerned with any of our findings, we will refer you onto a vet.
Just like us, the sooner we detect any problems, the more we can do to help.
Post-operative care clinic
Following veterinary procedures involving a general anaesthetic or sedation, your pet will need a post-operative nurse clinic with lots of TLC. These clinics are your reassurance that:
- Wounds are healing correctly.
- Stitches are removed safely.
- Any dental work, especially extraction sites, are looking good.
- In overall terms, your pet has recovered well from the procedure.
We’ll also talk to you about any aftercare you can do, such as preventative care following veterinary dental work.
Two post-op checks are included in the cost of all routine operations.
Rabbits are increasingly popular pets in the UK and we love them, too. Did you know that with the correct daily care, they can live up to 10 years? Our nurses can advise you on general care and husbandry. We can also show you or your children how to correctly handle your bunny, and check their incisors and nails. You can ask us about:
- Dietary advice.
If you’re learning to live with a pet who’s diabetic, you’ll appreciate our professional help and support. At our diabetic clinics, we will tell you all you need to know about diet and exercise and show you how to give insulin.
We’ll also teach you how to monitor your pet and manage their condition, as well as how to recognise the warning signs when something is wrong.
Managing diabetic patients can be time consuming and difficult but you are not alone. We are here to help.
Flea, tick and worming treatments
Prevention is definitely better than cure when it comes to flea, tick and worm treatments. There are so many different brands that do different things and often need to be administered differently. Which one is right for your pet and how often do you need to use them?
In our specialist clinics, we’ll talk you through all the options and demonstrate the correct way to remove ticks should your pet ever get one.
Giving your pet regular flea and worm treatment is important for you, your pet and the environment. Get some expert advice today.
Our deputy head nurse, Dominique Calton RVN NCert CFBM, holds a COAPE nursing certificate in canine and feline behaviour management. She is currently working towards a degree in canine and feline industries (behaviour). Dominique runs behaviour clinics from the Kidlington branch every Wednesday and can offer advice on:
- Puppy mouthing/biting.
- Phobias including firework anxiety, fear of coming into the vets and separation anxiety.
- Inappropriate toileting.
Dominique works closely with other qualified behaviourists and trainers and is happy to refer if necessary.
We understand that bringing your pet in for neutering can be quite worrying. All our nurses can provide advice on neutering and discuss the benefits with you. We can also go through with you what the procedure involves and help discuss aftercare, so you can sure it is absolutely the best option for your pet.
During adolescence and after neutering, our pets often require a change in diet to maintain their body condition, we’ll talk to you about that, too.
Nail clipping and anal gland expressing
Our nurses can keep your pets’ paws in good shape with nail clipping. Minor grooming procedures eg knot removing (dematting) can also be done with a nurse appointment.
Our nurses will also help your pet feel more comfortable by emptying anal glands. Any infections are referred to a vet for further treatment.
Qualified nurses may take blood samples if recommended by a vet. We recommend regular blood samples for all older animals and those on certain medications.