At Wellpets, we highly recommend providing the best protection for your pet by means of regular vaccination against serious diseases. Your pet will also receive a full and thorough health check with your vet before any booster or primary vaccination is given too- this is all part of the service. It is essential to make sure your pet is in tip-top condition to have their injection, and it is a perfect op-portunity to discuss any other issues like parasite control, diet, or any concerns you may have.
It is important to ensure you follow advice about when your pet is due a booster vaccination. Extensive research has been carried out to show how long immunity from vaccines lasts- if your pet is overdue then they are not protected and may need to have a restart course. Your vet will be able to advise you on this.
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Cats are vaccinated against:
- Cat flu
- Feline enteritis (similar to Parvo virus in dogs)
- Feline leukaemia virus
Kittens start their vaccine course from 9 weeks old and have 2 injections (3-4 weeks part).
It is recommended not to let kittens go outside until after their vaccine course (or even better until after they are neutered) as they can very easily pick up diseases early, especially cat flu.
Booster vaccinations are annual and highly advised. Catteries will often insist that cats are up to date with their vaccines, and some insurance companies do too.
Cats can also be vaccinated against Rabies.
Weight and Nutritional Advice
Animals have various nutritional requirements depending on their age, breed and health status. De-cisions regarding your pet’s nutrition should not be made without first consulting a vet. Senior ani-mals have significantly different to young growing puppies or kittens. Animals with diabetes or kid-ney disease also have different requirements. Our fully trained Wellpets vet will be able to make in-formed decisions regarding your pet’s choice of diet.
Our facilities include:
- Sterile operating theatre
- Digital X-ray machine and developer
- Electrocardiography (ECG)
- Blood pressure measurement
- Veterinary dentistry equipment including ultrasonic de-scalers and high speed burrs to facilitate up to date extraction techniques
- Up to date anaesthetic systems, gases and medications
- High quality, warm, clean kennelling area
- In house laboratory for blood and urine tests, including FeLV/FIV and Parvovirus testing
- Vaccination immunity testing
Fleas are the most common parasites caught by cats. They are small, wingless insects, with back legs that are modified for jumping. Fleas cause itching, they also transmit worms, and will bite humans. The majority of a flea’s life cycle (approx. 95%) occurs off the animal – in your home and environ-ment. Adult fleas feed on your pet’s blood and lay thousands of microscopic eggs each which fall off into the environment. It is important to understand the flea life cycle when choosing a flea product to ensure it targeted at treating both the pet and the environmental load.
You can help protect your cat from fleas with correct advice and treatment. We generally do not rec-ommend non-prescription products as they are not effective. Speak to our friendly vets and nurses who can advise and provide you with safe, effective flea prevention and treatments for your cat!
As a caring pet owner, you will know that worms come with the territory. Pets can be suffering with worms without showing any obvious symptoms, so worming your pet is important. Worms carried by cats and dogs can pose a health risk, not just to the pet in question, but to other animals, and to humans.
Worms sound unpleasant because they are. They are parasites that live in intestines, affecting how your dog digests their food. What are the different types?
They look like long, flat ribbons or tapes and are divided into segments. Adult tapeworms live in the small intestine and once they have matured, the tapeworm releases segments containing eggs that pass out through cats faeces. They can be contracted by ingesting an infected intermediate host. A flea is the host for the most common tapeworm of dogs. Additionally, if your cat frequently hunts or scavenges, then regular worming is a necessity.
They are large white worms, with cylindrical bodies. Adult roundworms live in the small intestine and feed on the gut contents. Roundworm can be contracted by swallowing infected eggs from the environment. If your cat frequently hunts or scavenges, they can be at risk of roundworm infections. Kittens can also become infected via their mother’s milk so it is vital they are wormed in the first stages of their life.
They are slender worms that reside in the heart and pulmonary arteries and can sadly be fatal to dogs. Your dog can become infected by swallowing infected slugs and snails; this can be accidental when eating grass, rummaging or playing with toys outdoors. Symptoms can vary, but if not treated, this parasite can be deadly. Check out www.lungworm.co.uk for more information.
Ticks are small, spider-like arachnid parasites that feed on your pet’s blood and can cause a lot of discomfort and more serious health problems if left untreated . If you find a tick on your pet please book an appointment so our trained veterinary staff can remove the tick with the safest agents available.
Microchipping has become a very popular and safe way to permanently identify your pet and you as owner in case your pet is lost. Microchipping involves placement of a small electronic chip the size and shape of a piece of rice just under the skin in the neck area.
If lost pets are found and taken to any veterinary practice or animal charity they will be able to scan your pet for the chip and contact you, reuniting you with your beloved pet.
Dental Advice and Treatment
Dental disease in cats is very common. Without adequate dental hygiene cat’s teeth will develop dental plaque, formed from bacteria. If left, plaque can form tartar. The acid created by the bacteria in plaque severely damages the surface of the teeth and irritates the gums; leading to inflammation of the gums and damage to the tissues around the teeth, and, potentially, tooth loss.
Signs of dental disease can include:
- bad breath
- red or bleeding gums
- difficulty eating or reduced appetite
- weight loss
- pawing or rubbing at the face
Looking after your cat’s teeth is just as important as looking after your own. It is an important part of maintaining their overall health. Dental issues often go unrecognised but the pain they cause may have serious affects to your cat’s behaviour and general health.
Like most things, prevention of dental disease is much better than cure. Brushing should be intro-duced as young as possible. At Wellpets, we can provide special toothbrushes exclusively for cats, and meat or poultry flavoured toothpaste! You can make an appointment for a dental check with one of our nurses or vets who can demonstrate how to brush your cat’s teeth, advise you on the best products and provide you with the correct diet to help maintain good dental health.
Additionally, we are fully equipped for any dental problem your cat may be suffering with. Our oper-ating theatres contain compressed air dental machinery and manual dental equipment to enable ef-ficient cleaning and removal of any damaged teeth.
Free Nurse Clinics
Our Wellpets nurses are on hand to offer free nurse clinics; they can give advice on a variety of healthcare issues. These nurse clinics include anal gland checks, weight clinics, worming and flea treatment, senior pet clinics, puppy and kitten checks, nail clipping and post-operative checks. For full details please click here
Senior Clinics (available at select Wellpets practices)
Once your pet turns 8 years of age, we recommend that they undergo a thorough senior wellness examination and diagnostic work-up. Even though you may believe your pet is healthy, there are many diseases that do not show any outward signs until the disease is quite advanced. More ad-vanced diseases can be more difficult to treat and are not always as responsive to treatment as dis-eases diagnosed early.
Early detection of diseases such as kidney disease, thyroid disease, etc. will allow us to administer the appropriate treatments to help extend your pet’s life. Please feel free to contact us to discuss our Senior Clinic in more detail.
Rabies vaccination and travelling abroad with your pet
If you are considering travelling outside the UK with your pet, we strongly recommend you discuss your pet’s needs with your vet and also keep up to date with the latest information at www.defra.gov.uk
The Pet Travel Scheme was introduced several years ago, and it is a protocol of rules and requirements to ensure the UK stays free from rabies and certain other exotic diseases. In summary- any cat, dog or ferret entering the UK, or re-entering the UK from certain other countries must have:
1. Microchip (implanted before rabies vaccination)
2. Rabies vaccination (given AT LEAST 21 days before entry to the UK) and this must be KEPT UP TO DATE. Please note that although the duration of immunity of some rabies vaccines are 2-3 years, some countries require a booster EVERY YEAR
3. Pet passport (issued by your vet)
4. Tapeworm treatment (dogs only)- Administered by a vet, 24-120 hours before he pet’s scheduled arrival time in the UK
We also strongly recommend tick treatment (which is no longer mandatory before return to the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme). Ticks are parasites which can carry many different serious diseases, some of which we don’t have in the UK and some can affect humans as well as animals. Your vet will be happy to advise you on some very effective products that repel ticks from even latching on to your pet, let alone feeding from them and transmitting disease.
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