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Spreading the cost of ‘well-pet’ care

When you have a busy lifestyle with lots of things to remember on a daily basis, it can sometimes be difficult to keep track of your pet’s healthcare appointments and when their next vaccinations or parasite treatments are due.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you had the peace of mind of knowing that all of those appointments were taken care of, and that all your pet’s routine appointments – as well as some exclusive extras – were included in a manageable monthly payment?

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Introducing the Adult Pet Health Plan

As a practice we want to help you to look after your cat in the best way possible, and our Pet Health Plan is a great way for us to support you in this.  By paying a monthly subscription you are able to spread the cost of your routine veterinary care – and save money.

We encourage you to join this plan because routine care is an important part of responsible dog ownership, keeping your cat in the best possible health and helping them to lead a happier life.  The plan covers the cost of those routine appointments and treatments not covered by your pet insurance and helps you, and us, to keep your dog in the best of health.

Joining the plan also gives you access to a range of discounts and benefits, but even if you have no need of these services you will still save up to 22% per annum on your dog’s ‘preventative care’.

We cannot emphasise enough how important it is to provide routine veterinary care for your pet to minimise the likelihood and  impact of them being unwell.  Spreading the cost throughout the year and receiving discounts, makes joining our Pet Health Plan the smart choice.

 

Parkvets Adult Pet Health Plan includes:

  • Annual vaccination and health check
  • Mid year health check
  • All year flea treatment
  • All year worming treatment
  • One complementary nurse clinic
  • Loyalty card worth £15 per 6 purchases
  • Save up to 22% on pay as you go pricing

and

  • 10% discount on consultations
  • 10% discount on dental work
  • 10% discount on pet passports
  • 10% discount on grooming
  • 10% discount on physio and hydrotherapy
  • 40% discount on pre-operative blood testing
  • 50% discount on kennel cough vaccination
  • 55% discount on bank holiday consultation fees

Please note that discounts are subject to change at the discretion of the practice.  Also note that the exact value of products supplied may vary according to the pet’s weight and/or the vet’s preferred choice of medication.

Parkvets Junior Pet Health Plan includes:

  • Initial Health Check
  • Vaccination course – 2 injections
  • 12 months supply of recommended flea treatment
  • 12 months of recommended worm treatment
  • Mid-year health check
  • Loyalty card worth £15 per 6 purchases
  • Neutering
  • Save 15% on pay as you go pricing

and

  • 10% discount on consultations
  • 10% discount on dental work
  • 10% discount on pet passports
  • 10% discount on grooming
  • 10% discount on physio and hydrotherapy
  • 25% discount on microchips
  • 40% discount on pre-operative blood testing
  • 50% discount on kennel cough vaccination
  • 55% discount on bank holiday consultation fees

Please note that discounts are subject to change at the discretion of the practice.  Also note that the exact value of products supplied may vary according to the pet’s weight and/or the vet’s preferred choice of medication.

Small dog (up to 10kg)

£15.00Monthly

Large dog (10 - 25kg)

£17.00Monthly

Extra large dog (26-40kg)

£19.30Monthly

Giant dog (over 40kg)

£29.00Monthly

Female puppy (under 27kg)

£35.00Monthly

Male puppy (under 27kg)

£31.30Monthly

Female puppy (over 27kg)

£40.40Monthly

Male puppy (over 27kg)

£39.95Monthly

The Pet Health Plan come with a range of added discounts and benefits

For more information about our Pet Health Plan, or to enquire about signing up, please feel free to call us on 020 8300 8111 and speak to a member of our team who will be more than happy to help you.

Saying hello to your new puppy

Saying hello to your new puppy

If you’ve made the choice to acquire a new four-legged member of your family, the chances are you’re someone who will want to make the very best choices for your pet. But did you know that making responsible choices as a pet owner starts before your furry friend is first welcomed into your home?

 

Where you get your pet from is incredibly important, for example. You may have heard of pet ‘farms’ or ‘mills’, where huge numbers of domestic animals are bred to sell to unwitting customers. These breeders often operate with very little regard for the health and wellbeing of the animals in their care. This can lead to animals born with medical issues that are often incurable, as well as being incredibly cruel. Whilst some pet shops are extremely conscientious about where they source animals from, many others still use mills as a cheap and easy option.

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This is just one reason why Parkvets are now offering “pre-ownership” appointments for anyone looking to take on the responsibility of owning an animal. Appointments are available across all of our clinics and are completely free of charge. You will meet with a vet to discuss all the elements of pet ownership, which will allow you to make a more informed decision when you finally acquire your new companion. Tops that are likely to be discussed include what to look for in a reputable breeder, whether your home is suitable for a particular species or breed of pet, caring for your pet during their early years, diet and exercise requirements. Of course, any specific questions you have about your potential pet will be answered for you.

To book a pre-ownership appointment free of charge, please click the button below, stating ‘pre-ownership’ as the reason for the appointment. Alternatively, please contact us on 020 8300 8111 and a member of our team can book your appointment for you at any of our Parkvets clinics.

Protecting your pet through vaccination

Protecting your pet through vaccination

Did you know that your dog is susceptible to a variety of particular diseases that can potentially be fatal if left untreated? That is why it is recommended for all puppies and dogs to receive annual protection against the most serious threats.

When your puppy is a few weeks old, they will need to undergo two initial injections a couple to three weeks apart. Following this, they will only need a ‘booster’ vaccination once a year to ensure that their immunity is always topped up.

Your puppy should have their first vaccination between 6-8 weeks of age, and their second two weeks later. They should be vaccinated against:

  • Canine Parvovirus
  • Canine Distemper Virus
  • Infectious Canine Hepatitis
  • Leptospirosis
  • Parainfluenza

A kennel cough vaccination is also recommended to protect your puppy from contracting the virus during socialisation with other dogs.

If you plan to take your puppy to training classes or ‘doggy daycare’, or to leave them in the kennels while you are away on holiday, we strongly recommend this additional protection.

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Going forward, the vet will discuss your pet’s lifestyle at their annual booster appointment and recommend an appropriate vaccination protocol.

What’s more, here at Parkvets we carry out a full health check on your dog every time they come in to see us for their vaccinations, just to make sure they are still happy and healthy, and that everything is as it should be.

For more information on the vaccinations that are recommended for your pet, or to book an appointment, please give us a call on: 0208 300 8111

Protecting your pet against parasites

Protecting your pet against parasites

Parasites are defined as organisms that live on another mammal as a ‘host’, and feed off them as a source of nutrition.

There are several different types of parasite that can affect your cat, and once your cat is infected you and your family may be at risk too. Some parasites can cause significant disease in both humans and animals, which is why it is so important to ensure that your pet receives proper protection.

Parasites can be divided into two main groups. There are endoparasites, which live inside the host’s body – such as roundworms, tapeworms and lungworms – and ectoparasites, which live outside the body – such as fleas, ticks and mange.

Roundworms Toxocara and Toxascaris are particularly harmful to human health, and may occasionally cause blindness or possibly epilepsy in people. In addition the tapeworm Echinococcus, which is very common in Wales and Europe, can cause severe disease and even death.

For your pet dog, Angiostrongylus (lungworm) is often life threatening and mange or fleas can also cause significant distress. Additionally, ticks or sandflies are carriers of serious disease and are particularly prevalent if you take your pet abroad. As with many illnesses, the effects can be significantly more pronounced in very young or very old animals.

For dogs our standard recommendation is to use Advocate monthly. We also recommend using Drontal Plus or Droncit intermittently which both treat tapeworm, or Advantix which treats tick infestations.

Advocate is administered by placing drops of liquid on the skin on the back of your dog’s neck. If you find it difficult to apply, other tablet preparations are available to treat your dog – please talk to your vet about which one would best suit your dog.

The reasons for our recommendation are as follows:

  • In dogs Advocate is the only product licensed to prevent and treat Angiostrongylus (lungworm) using monthly dosing.
  • Advocate is one of only three products to control Sarcoptic mange (a parasite which burrows under the skin causing intense itchiness and severe skin disease)
  • Advocate treats fleas, mange, ear mites, lice, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, lungworm and heartworm.
  • Monthly treatment also helps to control the human health risk posed by roundworms.

Please feel free to contact us on 0208 300 8111 for more information about the most suitable parasite control programme for your dog, or discuss this with your vet at their annual health check.

Insuring your pet

Insuring your pet

Even with the best will in the world, sometimes unpredictable things happen. Illnesses are often unexpected, so it’s best to be prepared in case something does happen to your feline friend.

Pet insurance offers you that vital reassurance that no matter what treatment your pet needs, it can be covered. There’s nothing worse than having to weigh up the importance of your pet’s wellbeing against your ability to meet the costs.

That’s why here at Parkvets we work closely with our insurance partner Petplan, to ensure that as many pets as possible are covered against unexpected circumstances. Petplan provides an excellent “cover for life” policy, as well as delivering great customer service.

You’ll probably find it’s one of the best investments you’ll ever make. To learn more about Petplan or why insurance is so strongly recommended for your pet, please give us a call on 0208 300 8111

Maintaining your pet’s joint mobility

Maintaining your pet’s joint mobility

If your pet suffers an injury that needs concentrated rehabilitation, or if their joints and muscles simply weaken and stiffen with age, our range of physio and hydrotherapy services could be extremely beneficial.

Located at our Petts Wood branch, our state-of-the-art therapy suite can provide a range of treatments for your dog. These range from soft tissue manipulation to thermal therapy, and even hydrotherapy in our special veterinary water treadmill.

Our qualified veterinary physiotherapist Caron Theobald will work closely with you and your dog to assess their range of joint movement, as well as any muscle tension or soft tissue abnormalities. She will then develop a specific programme of therapy, tailored to your pet’s needs, to help them build up muscle, regain strength, or improve their flexibility and movement.

Hydrotherapy in particular has a number of benefits to many pets, and the warm temperature of the water also helps to ease any swelling whilst ensuring that your dog remains comfortable. In addition, the buoyancy of the water supports your dog’s body weight avoiding unnecessary pressure on their affected joints.

Why not give us a call to discuss your pet’s particular issues and we’ll let you know how we can help? You can reach us on 0208 300 8111.

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Socialising your new puppy

Socialising your new puppy

Having a new puppy in the house is an exciting time, and it can be tempting to let them run wild whilst you watch their antics. While this is undoubtedly entertaining for a while, it’s important to ensure that your new little friend is properly trained and socialised during their early life so that they grow up to be well-behaved and happy companions.

For this reason, here at Parkvets we hold weekly ‘puppy club’ sessions for all new pups under the age of three months.

Please note – your puppy must have had at least their first set of vaccinations to be able to participate in these sessions.

During each 45-minute session we will cover a range of topics including house training, feeding, common behaviour problems and basic commands. Your puppy will also have an opportunity to socialise with other dogs their age and make some new friends – a vital part of their socialisation and development.

Our puppy clubs are run by two of our nurses – Marie Lovell RVN and Michelle Henry-Clement RVN. Maire and Michelle both have an active interest in animal behaviour, making them the ideal instructors for these events.

For more information, or to book your new puppy in to the next puppy club, please call and speak to a member of our team on 0208 300 8111.

What Our Clients Say…

“Would just like to say a massive thank you to all involved in arranging the puppy parties.  Me and Dolly have thoroughly enjoyed the 4 week course. Gillian and Suzanne have been really helpful with regards to the general day to day care of our puppies, their basic training needs and any problems or queries we’ve had along the way. I found them very approachable and friendly so had no worries about asking them any questions. I also think the parties have been a great way of socialising the puppies. Dolly isn’t able to go out for walks yet due to her only just having her second injection so has had limited interaction with other dogs and in just a few weeks her confidence around other dogs has come on leaps and bounds and it’s been a joy to watch her happily playing with all the other pups. I’ve enjoyed the parties so much that I have now joined a local puppy training group to continue Dollys education. Thank you Parkvets for the amazing opportunity and a special thank you to Gillian and Suzanne for all your great advice.”

Neutering your pet

Neutering your pet

Unless you are intending to breed from your pet, getting your companion neutered is often considered the most responsible thing to do. Neutering involves removing your pet’s sexual organs so they’re unable to reproduce.  It also protects your dog from a range of diseases and other conditions, as they age.

The neutering procedure is a comparatively simple operation, and in many cases your pet will be home and recovering with you by the end of the day. When you come to collect them after their procedure, one of our team will run through some post-operative care with you. You will also be given pain relief for your pet to keep them comfortable for the next couple of days, until they’re feeling back to their normal self.

For male dogs, neutering will prevent them from suffering from diseases such as cancers of the prostate and testicles, as well as reducing unwanted sexual behaviour such as mounting objects, aggression and urinary marking.

Likewise, for female dogs neutering can reduce the risk of ovarian and uterine cancers, as well as problems with the mammary glands. It also removes the risk of accidental pregnancies and will prevent unwanted sexual and hormonal attention from male animals.

For more information about the neutering procedure, or to book your pet’s neutering appointment, please feel free to call us on 0208 300 8111.

Finding your pet if they get lost

Finding your pet if they get lost

You know as well as we do how inquisitive pets can be, and how quickly dogs can get carried away chasing after a bird or squirrel in the park. Unfortunately this means that their likelihood of getting lost is often even higher than normal, but a simple microchip could help reunite you with them if this was ever to happen.

A microchip is a very small piece of technology – roughly the same size as a grain of rice – which is inserted underneath the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades. The chip carries a unique code which can be read using a specialist scanner. When entered into a national database of domestic pets, this code will bring up your contact details and identify you as the owner.

The computerised database can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This means that no matter when your pet might wander a little too far from home, the relevant animal authorities will be able to scan them and get in touch with you straight away.

The specialist microchip scanners that reveal your pet’s code, and subsequently your contact details, are only held by specific authorities including all veterinary practices, rescue shelters, dog wardens and animal welfare charities like the RSPCA.

The microchipping procedure is very quick, lasting only a few seconds, and can be carried out almost painlessly. Many pets are not even aware that it has happened. Your pet can be chipped during a routine consultation, or during a surgical procedure if you let us know in advance. It’s a small price to pay for the knowledge that your pet can be traced and returned to you in the event that they ever go missing.

In the unfortunate event that your pet has gone missing, Parkvets will do their very best to help during this difficult time. We will take advantage of social media to help spread the word and keep a log of your pet’s details at all Parkvets practice locations.

For more information about microchipping, or to book an appointment for your pet, please call us on 0208 300 8111.

Keeping your pet’s teeth in tip top condition

Keeping your pet’s teeth in tip top condition

Your dog is good at tolerating pain, and therefore won’t always make it obvious when they’re experiencing any problems with their teeth. However, minor problems or inflammation can soon develop into potentially serious diseases and infections, so it’s important to ensure that your dog attends regular dental check-ups.

At Parkvets our nurses are able to carry out thorough oral hygiene consultations and offer advice on how you can best care for your pet’s teeth. Should your furry friend then require treatment, we can carry out scaling and polishing – much like you would have at your own dentist.

However, there are several things you can do at home to help keep your dog’s mouth in top condition and disease at bay

  • Brushing teeth daily – but remember that you should always use specialist animal toothpaste, never human products. One of our team can demonstrate the best techniques for doing this with minimal stress or discomfort to your pet.
  • A dry diet – Crunching hard biscuit-type food will act in an abrasive way against your pet’s teeth, removing any plaque build-up.

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The following tell-tale behaviour could indicate that your dog is suffering from a problem with their mouth or teeth:

  • Quiet or subdued behaviour
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Not eating/difficulty eating/chewing on one side of the mouth
  • Keen to eat (visiting the food bowl) but then not eating
  • Excess salivation

If your pet demonstrates any of the symptoms above, we recommend that you book an appointment to see one of our dental nurses as soon as possible.

For more information about oral care for your pet, or to book an appointment to see one of our team for a dental check-up, simply call us on 0208 300 8111

Keeping your pet’s coat clean and manageable

Keeping your pet’s coat clean and manageable

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After Groom

Introducing Poshpets Grooming Service

Dogs often love nothing more than a good run in the park or roll in the leaves, and often come trotting back to you a lot muddier and messier than they were before! Whether they need a good bath and scrub up, or if they have the type of coat that needs regular trimming and grooming, let Poshpets take care of all your pet’s pampering needs.

Located within our Sidcup hospital, Poshpets is our very own grooming salon offering a range of options for your four-legged friend. From bathing or brushing only, right through to a full bath, brush, clip, demat and dry, all of these services are carried out by qualified groomers who have completed extensive training.

Being here at the practice also means that if one of the team finds an unusual lump or bump under your pet’s skin during grooming, they have all of our vets immediately on hand to provide advice. For particularly nervous or fidgety pets, we can also administer a light sedation to relax them and reduce the stress surrounding the whole situation.

For more information about our grooming service including our range of grooms and prices, please download the PDF file Posh Pets, alternatively to discuss the possible options give us a call on 0208 300 8111.

*Please note, if you wish to cancel your pets grooming appointment, a cancellation fee will be applied if you do not give the practice 24 hours notice. 

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Meeting your pet’s nutritional needs

Meeting your pet’s nutritional needs

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When it comes to choosing a brand or type of food for your pet, there are so many options available that you may well feel overwhelmed at the choice!

Any of our vets or nurses will be happy to talk to you about the best options for your pet, based on their size, breed and typical lifestyle. Simply give us a call, pop in whenever you are next passing, or bring it up with one of our team during your pet’s next appointment.

However, here at Parkvets we particularly recommend Royal Canin food, because of its excellent natural balance of nutrition and essential vitamins and minerals. There are also several varieties available, each tailored to different needs or sensitivities that your pet might have.

Reducing your pet’s stress through consults at home

Reducing your pet’s stress through consults at home

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Pets can be naturally wary of going to the vets, but for some animals the stress can be enough to make a visit seriously upsetting.  Add to this any logistical reason why you might find it difficult to get to the vet, and suddenly the whole thing is traumatic and stressful.

However, you need not worry – Parkvets@Home is designed to take the anxiety out of visiting the vet – we come to you instead.

By prior appointment, one of our vets can come to see you and your pet in the comfort of your own home, where it is likely that your pet will be far more relaxed. We are able to carry out the full range of normal health checks, as we would in one of our practices, and we can also administer vaccinations and parasite treatments.

In the event that your pet might require diagnostic investigation or treatment, we will be happy to arrange their transportation to our Parkvets hospital where our full range of clinical tools and facilities will be at our disposal.

Our state-of-the-art laboratory testing services mean that any tests can be completed efficiently and results obtained quickly. What’s more, our team of vets often collaborate with each other on complex cases – drawing on each other’s experience.  So you can rest assured your pet always receives the benefit of the combined expertise of our fantastic team.

If you are interested in having a visit from the Parkvets@Home team the next time your pet needs a check-up, please call 0208 300 8111 to speak to a member of our team.

Appointments must be arranged in advance, but with all of the following consultation hours we’re sure you’ll find a time to suit you.

Mondays to Thursdays: 9am-1pm

Outside these hours, appointments are available as normal at any of our Parkvets branch locations.  Alternatively, we can arrange a home visit at a time to suit, although the cost is significantly higher when visits are outside our usual consulting times.

Saying goodbye, when the time comes

Saying goodbye, when the time comes

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As much as we’d undoubtedly like them to stay around forever, eventually the time will come for you to have to say goodbye to your pet. This is an understandably distressing experience for any owner, and here at Parkvets we have a series of measures in place to help make it as stress-free as possible for you.

Our staff are specially trained to help you plan any arrangements necessary after your pet’s passing – all you have to do is let us know what you’d prefer and we’ll take care of the rest for you.

What’s more, we can guarantee that there will always be someone at our hospital for you to talk to if you ever need a little extra support – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – someone who will be happy to give you as much time as you need.

You can rest assured that we will do our very best to accommodate any particular requests you might have, and will always put your pet’s welfare and your needs first.

For more information about our euthanasia and pet cremation services, please download the PDF file Saying Goodbye. If you have any questions or would like further advice or support from a member of our team, please feel free to call us on 0208 300 8111.