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Pet Advice

Information about caring for your pets

  • Fleas and Worms
  • Neutering
  • Vaccinations

Fleas and Worms

How often should I worm my pet?

Your dog or cat should be wormed 2-4 times per year depending on how much they go out or hunt, or if they have fleas, as these little pests carry an intermediate stage of one of the tapeworms. We can worm your pet in the surgery with a single dose tablet. The vet will advise you of the best routine for your pet.

What flea products should I use?

No one likes fleas and preventing an infestation before one takes hold is much easier than treating your pet and house afterwards. Remember 95% of a flea population during an infestation is not on the pet but in your home! Not only that but the skin condition Flea Allergic Dermatitis can be very sore and expensive to treat. Prevention is better than cure!

We recommend a monthly spot on treatment applied to the skin on the back of your dog’s neck from 7 weeks of age. Not only will this product kill adult fleas but also the larvae as well!

It also protects your pet against ear mites, skin mange mites, intestinal round worms and importantly Lungworm.

Free Flea Check

If you would like to be given advice on effective flea products, then call us. For prescription products we are obliged by law to see your pet every 6 months. However, we will give them a thorough check for fleas at no charge.


At what age should my pet be neutered?

If you are getting your pet neutered, we would recommend to do it earlier rather than later to avoid any unwanted pregnancies. Whether to neuter before or after their first season depends largely on the sex, breed and species but the team at the clinic would be happy to advise you on this.


At what age can I vaccinate my pets and against what?

Vaccinations protect your kitten or puppy against severely debilitating and potentially life threatening viral infections.

Kittens have a primary course of vaccinations consisting of two injections starting from 9 weeks of age. The second injection is given three weeks later at 12 weeks and both will include a full health check. An annual booster is required to provide ongoing immunity throughout the cat’s life.

We suggest puppies are first vaccinated at 8 weeks and then two weeks later when they are at least 10 weeks of age. These two injections are known as the primary course and it is advised puppies are not exposed to potential infection until 7 days after the second injection. An annual booster vaccination is required to maintain immunity throughout the dog’s life. We will remind you when this is due.

What if my pet is late having its annual booster vaccinations?

There is a little bit of flexibility with the timing of the booster vaccinations. However, it is advised not to left too long as your pet’s immunity will be reduced, and the initial 2-part vaccination course may also need to be restarted.



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