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Small Animals

Our services for your furry family member


A consultation will involve a thorough clinical examination of your pet. We will then be able to tell you what are the possible causes of your pet's symptoms and suggest any further diagnostic examinations that may be necessary. In some cases, we will be able to prescribe and dispense medication immediately to resolve your pet's symptoms, at other times hospitalisation and further testing will be required.

Older animals and those with chronic conditions will require more frequent health checks. Pets on long term medication will require checks at every three to six months. This is so that we can monitor progress of their condition and change their medication if required.

Consultation times:
Monday to Friday 9:00am - 11:00am, 2:00pm - 4:00pm and 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 11:00am


Puppies and Dogs

All puppies should have a primary course of two vaccinations separated by two to four weeks. This will comprise a single injection at each visit including Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus and Leptospirosis. Immunity to disease mau fade and for some diseases, boosters may be needed every three years but for others, it is annually.

We also strongly recommend vaccination against Kennel Cough, which comprises a single intranasal application of Bordetella and Parainfluenza components followed by annual boosters.

Kittens and Cats

All kittens should have a primary course of two vaccinations at nine weeks and 12 weeks. This will comprise a single injection at each visit, followed by a booster vaccination after one year, then boosters at interval of one to three years. Cats with access to the outside will also need protection against Feline Leukaemia, this can be included in the same injection as the core vaccinations or added at a later date. Annual booster vaccinations are then required.

We recommend bringing your pet to us at least once a year, even if no vaccinations are required. We will be able to identify issues that may otherwise go unnoticed and make sure that all your pet's healthcare needs are being addressed. This included nutrition, internal and external parasite control, dental prophylaxis and weight check.


In general, spaying refers to the removal of ovaries and uterus from a female animal, castration refers to the removal of testicles from a male animal, and neutering can apply to either. This procedure is carried out on a daily basis.

For any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us.


We microchip pets every day. Whether you have a dog, cat or a rabbit, we recommend that they are microchipped so if they ever get lost, they can be easily reunited with you.

Since April 2016, there has been a legal requirement for dog owners to microchip their pet. Also, if you are planning to go on holiday abroad with your pet, you will need to obtain a pet passport, which requires your pet to have been microchipped.

Pet Passports

Travelling abroad with your dog or cat has never been easier but requires a pet passport issued under the PETS travel scheme.

A pet passport can be issued, provided that your pet has been microchipped and vaccinated against Rabies, and it is available from 12 weeks of age onwards.

For authoritative information regarding travel to other countries, please contact DEFRA/APHA, the Govenment department in charge of animal movement.

In-House Diagnostics

We have a wide range of diagnostic equipment and procedures available in the practice to help us reach diagnosis of your pet's condition or to reassure you that there are no significant underlying problems.

Blood Analysis

We have the latest hi-tech haematology and biochemistry analysers, which give us information on your pet's metabolic health (including liver, kidney, pancreatic, thyroid and adrenal function and electrolyte balance) and their immunological status. Our analysers provide the fastest and most accurate information on these parameters available in first opinion practice - even while you wait in some cases.

Urine Analysis

We can measure a large number of parameters including concentration, glucose, protein levels, pH and the presense of blood, which allows us to diagnose and monitor conditions including diabetes, kidney failure and urinary tracts infections.

We also examine urine sediment microscopy to check for the presence of crystals.

Blood Pressure Measurement

Our equipment allows rapid, non-invasive and accurate assessment of systolic and diastolic blood pressure.


We are experienced in a very wide range of surgical procedures. We have two fully equipped operating theatres situated away from kenneling and preparation areas, ensuring minimal risk of post-operative infections.

We have a dedicated X-ray room with advanced digital processing technology. This allows us to take high quality radiographs, which can be processed immediately and manipulated digitally.

We can also send radiographs in digital format to external specialists if a second opinion is required.

Dental Work

Poor dental hygiene not only causes discomfort in the mouth, halitoris (bad breath) and loss of teeth, it can also cause severe disease elsewhere in the body. The early signs of dental disease are gingivitis (inflamed, red gums) and the build-up of tartar on the teeth.

We have modern, hygienic dental equipment allowing us to perform a simple scale and polish or the surgical extraction of teeth.


Our cat and dog ward have kennels of varying sizes. We use infra-red lamps and under-bed heat pads if extra warmth is required.

We stock a wide range of wet and dry diets to feed our patients.

All our patients are closely monitored by our team of veterinary nurses and the veterinary surgeon in charge of the case.

Pharmacy and Prescriptions

We keep most drugs in stock to treat your pet, whatever the problem. On the occasions where we do not hold a drug in stock, we would normally be able to get them from our suppliers within 24 hours, and prescription food can also be ordered this way.

Repeat prescriptions should be ordered via the telephone on 01986 892771 and we would ask that you give us at least 24 hours notice in case we need to make any special orders.

We are bound by the Veterinary Medicines Regulations when prescribing medications. This means that all medicines have to be approved by a veterinary surgeon before we can supply them and we therefore need time between you ordering them and us being able to supply them to you. We are also obliged to perform regular checks on animals which have repeated prescriptions. These are generally made at six months intervals at the veterinary surgeons discretion - for some medications, this gap may be shorter.

We are also able to provide written prescriptions for prescription-only medication on request, althought supply of written prescriptions is bounded by the same medicines regulations as direct supply of medicinal products from our veterinary surgery.

Home Visits

We are happy to visit your and your pet in your own home but please be aware that certain procedures and diagnostic tests are limited in the home environment.