Many of our nurse clinics are free. We run appointments at various times during the day, and also on Saturday mornings. If you require general healthcare advice, but do not need a veterinary consultation, these free advice clinics are ideal.
Nurses perform post-op checks and dressing changes as well as taking blood samples for testing and blood pressure monitoring. They also, for a small fee, clip nails, empty anal glands and insert microchips.
The nurses run a variety of free clinics:
- If your pet is overweight, Caroline and Sarah run weight management clinics where they can offer tips on how best to feed your pet. Caroline and Sarah will work with you to create an individual weight loss plan. They can work out a safe weight loss regime and perform fortnightly weight checks to make sure your pet is losing weight at the best rate (too much weight loss is as bad as not losing enough).
- Older pets benefit from health checks twice a year so we can pick up changes related to age more quickly. Usually your pet will have a full vet check once a year at the time of their vaccination; the nurse clinics offer a perfect opportunity to have a second check. At this clinic the nurse will examine your pet, check blood pressure and discuss arthritis, diet, and routine screening tests to identify diseases at an early stage.
- Just like humans cats can suffer from stress for a variety of reasons: new cat, new home, new baby etc. Caroline and Sarah will be able discuss the cats’ environment and personality to try and understand why they are stressed and create a treatment plan to try and ease their worries.
- If your cat or dog is worried when coming to the vets, a nurse can see them for happy visits. We will work on their confidence at the vets by creating positive, non-painful experiences. We will work with your pets to create a happy response to the practice instead of a fearful one.
- When a pet is diagnosed with diabetes it can be a stressful time for pet and owner. During these clinics Caroline and Sarah offer support for clients and are able to discuss the condition and its implications in more detail.
- Nurses can also advise and apply the best treatment for your rabbit, in order to prevent fly strike during the summer months. Our head nurse Tracy is happy to give advice on general care about rabbits and answer any questions you may have.
- If your pet suffers from arthritis, the nurse can help advise on complementary treatments to help them cope with this progressive disease. Nutritional supplements and physiotherapy can make a big difference to your pet’s quality of life. Our Physiotherapist Donna specialises in rehabilitation and works along side our vet Simon running our pain clinics. Our Nurse, Tracy, is qualified to perform acupuncture. Please note there is a charge for physiotherapy and acupuncture.