Diagnosis and Procedures

Diagnosis and treatment

We offer a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment service for your pets. Because many health problems are best managed if caught early, do contact us as soon as you have any concerns about your pets. We can provide immediate advice over the phone and if appropriate arrange for a consultation with one of our vets. Better to be safe than sorry. 

Our services include:

  • Consultations and examination by our nurses or vets as appropriate
  • Clinical tests including ultrasound, X-rays and blood tests
  • If necessary, surgical procedures. These are mostly carried out by our team of vets, but in some unusual or very complex cases, patients might be referred to a specialist veterinary surgeon.
  • Dispensing of medicines needed by your pets
  • Follow-up consultations to ensure that treatment has been successful.

Operations

We appreciate that having your animal operated on can be stressful for both you and your pet - should you have any concerns about a procedure then please do contact us.

For routine procedures we usually ask that you come to our Partridge Green surgery at 8.30 - 9.00am and then call at 2.00pm to arrange your pet’s collection later in the afternoon. We will happily call you during the day to update you on progress should you wish. Cats and dogs should usually be starved overnight from 9.00pm and their water removed in the morning. Small animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs should not be starved.

We recommend some blood tests on more senior animals (those over eight years) and higher-risk patients prior to anaesthesia, as extra precautions such as intravenous fluids may be required to ensure their safety and good recovery.

You will be advised on any post-operative care that you will need to provide and we will advise you of the need for follow-up appointments to ensure your pet's full recovery.

Neutering

Unless you are going to use your dog, cat or rabbit for breeding we advise having him or her neutered.

Neutering not only avoids unwanted pregnancies but also a number of problems, both medical and behavioural.
 
We recommend neutering at the following ages:
  • Cats: at six months old for both male and female cats (before they are able to breed)

  • Male Dogs: castration at around 9 months old

  • Female Dogs: spaying at 3 months after the first season, which normally occurs at 9 months of age. The reason for this is to reduce the (small) incidence of incontinence in later years. Alternatively, we will on request undertake spay procedures at 6 months old before the first season. 

  • Rabbits: from 4 months old for both male and female (when they reach sexual maturity). However, there can be variations between individual rabbits so this is only a guideline. 

  • Other species: please contact us for advice on the neutering of other species such as ferrets, guinea pigs and other small mammals.

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