Preventative care for your pet
It is very upsetting when your pet becomes unwell. At Alphavet we offer a range of vaccinations to prevent disease. We also advise on a course of vaccinations and boosters to top up your pet's protection.
- puppies are vaccinated at 6-8 weeks and at 10 weeks old. The vaccines protect them against distemper, parvovirus, leptospirosis, parainfluenza and kennel cough. Boosters are given throughout your dog's life to maintain immunity.
- Kittens receive primary vaccination at 9 weeks and 12 weeks of age. These offer protection against feline leukaemia, panleukopaenia and cat flu. Annual boosters are recommended.
- Myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease vaccines are given annually.
Neutering also has health benefits as well as preventing behavioural problems. It is the responsible thing to do if you do not intend to breed from your pet. At Alphavet we perform these operations with the utmost care and attention to detail. Each patient is assessed carefully and given a general anaesthetic specific to their needs. This is considered a routine operation however at Alphavet we take the time to ensure minimum discomfort to your pet.
Parasite prevention and control is available. Your pet can have worming and flea treatments and pick up their prescriptions.
From the tips of their tails to the pads of their paws, we will carry out a full health check on your pet. As a veterinary practice your pet can build up a relationship quickly with their dedicated vet during these health checks.
If required we take your pet for x-ray or ultrasound scan so we can see what's going on inside too. Processing of the x-ray images is done digitally so that the pictures are available rapidly. Having such a sophisticated x-ray set-up enhances our ability to investigate complex problems such as spinal conditions, in which contrast studies (myelography) may be required.
Your pet's surgery
If your pet is in need of a surgical procedure they will be cared for by a team of professionals. Whilst under general anaesthesia they will be meticulously monitored by the Alphavet team assisted by ECG, pulse oximetry and Doppler blood pressure monitoring. We put great emphasis on preventing discomfort to your pet so a tailor made combination painkillers are always administered. Pets are delicately and sympathetically handled by the veterinary surgeons and post operative veterinary nurses to get them back on form as soon as possible.
View our guide to helping your pet through surgery:
- Make sure all your pet's vaccinations are fully up to date as they are more susceptible post surgery.
- Reduce the risk of dangerous vomiting by not giving them food after their dinner the evening before.
- If you can, book some time off work to care for your pet at home post surgery. Post -op:
- Keep your pet warm on the journey home.
- Make sure they have a warm comfy bed to return to as they'll want to rest.
- Only give small portions of food as at first their appetite may be low. Encourage them to drink water.
- Administer meds as prescribed.
- Keep noise down and try not to startle your pet which would put strain on the stitches.
- Limit their activity for the amount of time recommended by the vet.
- Keep cats confined and dogs on a lead prior to stitch removal.
- A date will be booked with you to bring your pet back for any bandage and stitch removal and to check your pet's progress.
It's natural for pets to lick their wounds but pet owners need to prevent them from doing so as they heal better if they are clean and dry. If required we can provide you with an Elizabethan collar to help with this. Your pet may seem dopey for some hours after surgery from the pain-killing medications. If you are concerned in any way give the practice a call for advice. If you see any problems with the stitches or your pet seems distressed contact Alphavet immediately.
Keep your pet smiling
Keeping your pet's teeth in tip top condition is vital to their health. At Alphavet we have the facilities to provide routine oral hygiene procedures including dental descaling and polishing, and extractions where needed. Pain prevention is paramount in our minds so all pets receive combinations of pain-killers which may include a nerve block injection. This way we can extract damaged teeth with minimum discomfort.
It’s important to be aware that not all pet insurance is the same. Some policies limit the
amount of time or money that you can claim for so it’s important not to shop around on price
At Alphavet we recommend Petplan’s Covered For Life™ insurance for the following
- Petplan’s Covered for Life™ policies guarantee your veterinary fees cover is renewed
- each year no matter how often you claim (providing you renew your policy each year
- with no break in cover).
- Petplan doesn’t place exclusions at renewal on their Covered for Life™ policies so
- on-going conditions such as eczema continue to be covered year after year.
- Petplan won’t increase your premium or excess just because you make a claim.
- Petplan is a pet insurance specialist so they understand pets and work closely with
- vets, charities and breeders.
to find out more about the different types of pet insurance available.
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