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Poole House Veterinary Hospital
Tel: 01543 262464 / 262433
Services for our clients
Our nurses run free weight clinics
Our geriatric clinics
We will be launching a program very soon, to provide your pet with extra checks at reduced prices.
More information to come.
Vaccination is vital in protecting your pet from various diseases that cause pain, distress and can be fatal. Annual vaccination appointments also provide an opportunity for regular health checks for your pet.
Vaccinations for cats and dogs usually consist of a primary course of 2 vaccinations to stimulate an immune response, followed by annual boosters as the initial immune response gradually fades over time.
For dogs, the first vaccination can be done as early as 6 weeks, with the second vaccination given 2-4 weeks later. Core vaccinations for dogs are distemper, parvovirus, canine infectious hepatitis, parainfluenza and leptospirosis.
Melbourne Vets also recommend vaccinating your dog against kennel cough, which can be done at the same time as your dog's regular booster. If your dog travels abroad with you, they are likely to require a rabies vaccination for their pet passport - ask your vet for further information.
Cats can be vaccinated from 9 weeks of age, with a second vaccination 3-4 weeks later. Core cat vaccinations include feline herpesvirus and calicivirus (two agents responsible for cat flu) and feline panleukopaenia virus which causes feline infectious enteritis. We also recommend vaccinating your cat against the feline leukaemia virus, a virus which suppresses the immune system and is potentially fatal.
It is important to keep your pet's vaccinations up to date, as a delay in their booster allows for a decrease in immunity, and may mean that your pet needs to restart their primary vaccination course.
Most of the objections put forward against neutering are unfounded worries. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to speak to us. Male dogs can be neutered from 6 months to:
• Stop or reduce male sex-hormone driven behaviours
• Reduce wandering/roaming/straying (also reducing car accidents)
• Reduce the chances of a dog bite
• Reduce aggression towards other dogs
• Reduce territoriality
• Reduce prostatic disease (something very common in older entire male dogs)
• Remove the risk of testicular cancer (especially common in retained testicles) Bitches should be neutered from 6 months or if they have had a season then 4 weeks after a season or 4 weeks after a false pregnancy.
Early neutering will:
• Dramatically reduce (by 70%) the risk of mammary cancer.
• Stop unwanted heats/seasons - the inconvenience of three weeks of bleeding and attractiveness to male dogs. Bitches in season have been known to scale metre high fences to get out.
• Reduce the risk of false pregnancies, a very common and distressing condition.
• Remove the risk of a pyometra - a life-threatening womb infection very common in older or middle- aged entire bitches.
• Reduce the number of unwanted puppies
• Increase the likelihood of obesity - it is important that neutered bitches are fed slightly less (approx. 10%) than entire bitches. Their weight is in your hands and they will only get fat if they are overfed.
• Increase the chances of a urinary leakage problem - this can occur in entire bitches too, and can be managed by drops.
We are now promoting early neutering in cats
This means we are happy to neuter them as early as 4 months of age (owned cats) or 3 months of age (feral cats).
For more information about early neutering see: //www.cats.org.uk/
They are small, simple and the best way of ensuring that your pet is returned to you if lost.
All dogs must be microchipped by law in England from April 2016 or the owner could face a fine.
We recommend a tag on your pets collar AND an ID chip. The chip is placed under the skin with a small injection. No anaesthetic is needed. each chip has a unique code which, when scanned, allows your contact information to be gained from a central database.
One of the most distressing situations we find ourselves in is where a pet's problem is curable but (understandably in some cases) the cost is too high for the owner and the animal has to be put to sleep. A less serious situation is when the owner has to opt for the less than best treatment available for the pet owing to money constraints. That's where pet insurance comes in, veterinary fee cover can help you to avoid such situations, but when choosing an insurance company, there are a few things you should look out for:
- Be careful to check that the amount of veterinary fee cover is adequate, over time a single illness can cost many hundreds of pounds.
- Check that there is no limit on how long you can claim for each illness, chronic conditions can go on for life, not just twelve or twenty–four months.
- Check that your pet will still be covered in later years when he or she needs it most and the premium in those years will still represent good value.
Remember too that if your dog (or cat) was to escape from your property and cause an accident, you could be sued for this incident. This also makes pet insurance worthwhile for peace of mind.
What Won't Be Covered?
Like your household or car insurance; pet insurance also has an excess which you will have to pay on a claim. Vaccinations and routine treatments such as worming, routine neutering and routine dentals are also excluded.
fleas and worms in your pet
A regular flea prevention and worming routine is important in keeping your pet fit and healthy. Your pet can encounter worms and skin parasites anywhere out on a walk where other animals have been or even in your own garden.
What worms are out there? There are many different types of worms that can infect your dog and cat in the UK or if your pet travels abroad with you.
The main species in the UK are roundworm, tapeworm, whipworm, hookworm, heartworm and lungworm. Some of these can be potentially harmful to humans as well, namely roundworm and tapeworm.
How does my pet get worms? Most transmission of worms is where the eggs or larvae are shed in the faeces of infected animals and are ingested by your pet as they graze or snuffle in the grass.
Once inside the pet, these mature into adult worms, which shed more eggs, and so the cycle continues. Worm eggs can also be brought into the house on shoes and transmission of some worms is via an intermediate host such as snails or fleas so indoor pets can be affected too.
What skin parasites should I be concerned about? Cats and dogs can be affected by a number of skin parasites including fleas, lice, mites that live on the skin or in ears and ticks. These can be contracted from other affected pets, from wildlife ie foxes, or from the environment (this includes your home if one of your pets has brought in fleas!).
Signs can include itching (but not in all cases), hair loss, head shaking, reddening of the skin or even sightings of the parasites on your pet.
Speak to us to advise you on the best course of treatment for your pet
In order to redispense Prescription Only Medication (POM's), the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons code of practice indicates that pets must be under our real care.
For most pets this involves a professional re-examination at regular intervals - normally three months; to the benefit of your pet's health
pet passport scheme
Our vets are qualified to issue pet passports according to the DEFRA regulations – planning ahead is essential before taking your pet abroad so please ask us for advice about your pets needs.
Click on this link to Defra