We'd like to think of ourselves as a General Practice. We try to provide the best treatment for the majority of medical and surgical cases that come through the
door, but we realise that there are areas where "Specialists" will have more expertise and experience.
If your animal would benefit from a referral to a specialist, then we can arrange it, but in the majority of cases, we can sort things out in-house.
Vaccination - Still an important part of preventative healthcare, and until these diseases are eradicated, it will remain so. We're open-minded on vaccination intervals, but tend to follow latest data sheet recommendations.
Dog owners (and especially breeders) who believe they know more about vaccination than the the veterinary profession, may be relieved to hear that we still only
vaccinate against 2 strains of Leptospirosis. This may be conversely be a concern to those who visit Europe regularly with their dogs.
Neutering - My own dogs and cats are neutered, and we generally agree with BSAVA guidelines, that all except breeding animals are neutered, for both managemental and health reasons.
Microchipping - At £20.00 a time, it makes sense to have dogs and cats microchipped. "Painless" is misleading, but it's no more painful than an
injection, and if it helps reunite a lost pet with it's owner, then it's priceless.
We see plenty of pets with parasite problems where owners have already spent quite a lot of money on ineffective products. All the best modern treatments are
"Prescription only" which means that we can only prescribe them for pets under our care, and manufacturers are restricted in their advertising. Almost every month a new anti-parasite
product is launched which claims to offer an advantage over its predecessor. We stock most of them, and we'll be able to prescribe the most suitable one for your pet, (rather than the best
one for our corporate discount scheme).
Flavour of the month at present, are tasty tablets for dogs (with "spot-on" versions for cats- obviously!) to treat fleas, ticks and mites.
Nurses clinics - Our team of RVNs run weekday "off-peak" Nurses clinics, where they offer post-op checks, and can advise on diet and preventative treatments. Their consultation fee for chargeable procedures eg nail clipping/anal gland emptying is a very reasonable £17.50 (compared to our also very reasonable £29.50 consult with a vet.)
Laboratory - We have our own in-house laboratory where we can analyse blood, urine and skin samples while you wait. By also using an outside laboratory, we can offer the full range of diagnostic tests, and tap into the expertise of their histopathologists. Since they introduced an overnight courier service we are sending more samples to the lab.
Radiography - We have a modern High Frequency machine and digital developer. We get reliable results in seconds. (The image below is from the pre-digital era, but it was the biggest spare rib:size of dog that swallowed it, that we'd ever seen.)
Ultrasound - Our portable ultrasound scanner with variable frequency probe is particularly helpful for pregnancy diagnosis and soft-tissue
Laser - The salesman promised reduced pain, reduced bleeding, reduced swelling & infection, and quicker recovery after surgery. Some of this may be true.
Surgery - We perform a wide range of operations, from routine neutering and dental procedures, through to quite specialist soft-tissue surgery and
orthopaedics. We have a separate "clean" theatre to minimize the risks of post operative infections.
Anaesthesia - Anaesthetists are impressed that we use a Humphrey ADE machine (good, but expensive) for all our procedures. We have trained personnel to manually monitor anaesthesia and keep a check on the expensive machines that go bleep, (Nonin pulse oximeter and capnograph).
Pre-anaesthetic blood tests are an option, and we'll recommend them if we think it relevant. We routinely use the most modern (expensive again I'm afraid) induction
agents, to ensure a smooth and rapid recovery from the anaesthetic.
Infusion pumps - If you're pet has the misfortune to have to stay in hospital on an intravenous drip, then I'm sure he/she'll appreciate that attached to othe other end of the drip is an £800 machine that tends to go bleep.
Pet Passports - Since OV training got "put out to tender", only one of our vets (yours truly) has jumped through the bureaucratic and financial hoops that have now become "necessary". As he will be dealing with all the passports, you may find him doing so with all the charm and enthusiasm of a French border official who'd prefer to be on his annual Summer strike.
Given the Brexit situation, nobody really knows what's going to happen to the "Pet travel scheme" after January 2020.
If there's "no deal", then a rabies blood test, at least 3 months before travel may be required once again.
Update 12/2019- Whilst "no deal" seems less likely, we still don't know what's happening- click on the button below for a longer/official version of "Don't know"
Diet - We don't want to become a pet shop and don't have the space to stock a full range of foods, but through our wholesalers, we can obtain most
"Prescription" and Veterinary diets by next day delivery, at competetive prices.
Homeopathy - It's OK to use a placebo when there's no effective treatment, but please don't tell me that your pet has had a "homeopathic vaccine". I've only ever seen 2 confirmed cases of infectious canine hepatitis. One was in an unvaccinated dog, the other had had a "homeopathic vaccine".
Homeopathic wormers are more amusing. (If it wasn't basically just water, how would it know whether to kill the worm or the dog?) . A client told me that she routinely uses homeopathic wormer, and has never seen a worm. That doesn't really suprise me. You only tend to see the worms when they've been killed by wormer and then come out of the dog.
Acupuncture - Slightly more open minded on this one. I can understand that sticking a series of needles into a living creature might have an effect. Maybe I should do a weekend course, and become an expert.
Referral - We're not tied to any particular referral practice, and we can refer to whoever we would think most suitable for you and your pets circumstances.
At Home Veterinary Service Ltd
St.Mary's Veterinary Surgery
5 St.Mary's Way
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