Having a pet is great, from fluffy kittens to loyal pups, animals can bring much joy and comfort. In fact, according to PDSA figures, in the UK 9.9 million adults own a dog while 10.9 million own a cat.
But, there’s much more that goes into having a pet than just cuddles and playing. Just as humans need to visit the doctors every so often, animals also require regular health checks and treatments by going to their local vets. When your pets get ill, it’s important that you’re signed up to a professional veterinary practice that can look after your animal, whether it requires minor treatment or major surgery.
So what services do veterinary practices actually offer? In this blog, we’ll explain all you need to know about what your vet can help with, from basic treatment to emergency situations. Read on to find out more.
Common services provided at vet centres
Veterinary practices specialise in the care and treatment of animals, from small hamsters to dogs and cats, reptiles and even larger animals such as horses. Many centres will offer healthcare packages as an alternative, and often more cost-effective option compared to standard pet insurance.
Here we explain some of the common services that you may require from your local vet.
Vaccinations and flea treatments
Both cats and dogs require vaccinations to protect them from diseases that can kill. Puppies will need to be vaccinated between the ages of six to nine weeks, and booster injections will keep them topped up – this is to safeguard against illnesses like parvovirus, leptospirosis and canine distemper. Until your puppy’s course of vaccinations is complete, it’s usually advised that puppy’s stay indoors. Cat vaccinations are also needed to protect against things such as leukemia, cat flu and feline enteritis. Indoor cats and outdoor cats require different vaccinations, but your vet will be able to advise you on the best course of action.
Fleas are also something that you may have to deal with, which is why you should regularly treat your pet at home. Even the cleanest homes with the cleanest pets can be affected by fleas, and you may spot common signs such as itching, inflamed skin and more chewing than usual. In most cases, fleas are easily controlled, however pets with fleas can also develop tapeworms and if at-home treatments are not working, going to the vet is the best thing to do.
Bringing your pet to the vet, is an opportunity to make sure they’re in good health – your pet may seem happy, but they may have developed problems that you haven’t detected. Ideally, your pet should be checked out at least once a year, and more frequently as they get older. The check-up will include internal and external examinations, checks of their ears and eyes and their fur. Tests will be different depending on the animal, but may also include taking their weight, heart rate and general body condition.
Sometimes our pets have accidents, and they require minor or even major surgery to fix the problem. Dental surgery, for example, is not uncommon as broken or teeth that grow the wrong way can be very painful. Vets can extract the tooth as well as help with other oral problems such as palette issues. Neutering and spaying are also performed by vets – this is usually done to improve your pet’s behaviour and of course, stop them from going through the heat cycle every few weeks. The recovering after neutering and spaying is relatively short, in fact, for many owners the biggest challenge is keeping their pet still!
Here at Abbey Vet Care, we use the latest technology to diagnose and treat your pets. Under the care of our professional staff, you can rest assured that we’ll do all we can to achieve the best outcome for your animals.
New pet owners especially, may benefit from dietary advice about their new animal, It’s important that you don’t overfeed or underfeed your pet, and know exactly how much food your breed requires. In terms of nutrition, pets need a healthy balanced diet including proteins, vitamins, fats and water. You should avoid feeding your pets human food as this can affect their digestive system, if you need a little more guidance your local vet can help.
If your pet becomes overweight, then you may need to put them on a diet to help them get back to a healthy weight. Young dogs, for example, have more energy and may require more calories however, older dogs usually have slower metabolisms so fewer calories are best. Furthermore, if you’re unsure about the benefits of wet or dry food, your vet can offer professional advice on the advantages and disadvantages of both.
What can emergency vets help with?
When your pet falls unexpectedly ill, you need a professional local vets that you can go to. Most vets will have an out of hours service that you can use in emergency situations, so always make sure you have their details to hand. These incidences can be scary, which is why you need a professional service that you can go to.
Here we explain why you might require emergency animal care.
If your pet eats something they shouldn’t have, such as your pup eating chocolate, you need to get them looked at as soon as possible. Common signs of stomach complaints include vomiting and diarrhoea, seizures and rapid breathing. You should also make sure that cleaning materials are not stored in ground level cupboards and shelves, as this makes it easy to your pets to accidently digest them.
Wounds and broken bones
Road accidents and other major incidents need to be dealt with immediately, so your pet has the best chance of getting better. If you suspect that your pet has broken a limb, then an x-ray is needed to determine exactly what damage has been done. Try to stay calm and remember as much detail as you can about the incident so you can tell your vet when you arrive. Open wounds should also be taken seriously, especially if they start to look infected and you’ve noticed a change in your pet’s behaviour. The area will need to be properly cleaned, medications administered if necessary and a head cone may be needed to prevent the animal chewing on the wound and preventing it from healing.
Seizures and collapsing
When your dog or cat experiences a seizure you can feel helpless. And although collapsing and having seizures is usually not life threatening, it could be a sign of something more serious. Collapsing could be an indication of internal bleeding, anaphylactic shock or other similar problems. Your vet may conduct a scan or x-ray to identify the problem, so the right treatment can be arranged.
Abbey Vet Centre: Veterinary endoscopy, Pet MRI and animal healthcare in Grimsby
If you’re looking for a professional veterinary practice in Grimsby, then look no further than Abbey Vet Centre. With a range of services available, our team is dedicated to looking after your pet whether they need a scan, vaccinations or simply a check-up. As one of the most trusted practices in the area, our friendly and relaxed atmosphere will put you and your pets at ease. Get in touch today for more information.