Frequently Asked Questions
When it comes to animals we have a list of questions that are commonly asked prior to a consultation. Please read through them to gain a better understanding of what you need to know before contacting us. Of course in an emergency, don’t hesitate to call.
Pets can be fed 4 times/day until 8 weeks of age, then 3 times/day until 12 weeks of age and then twice a day thereafter. Dietary requirements differ depending on your pet’s species, age and lifestyle. When young, they need a puppy or kitten diet to provide them with the correct nutrients critical for growing bodies. It is a good idea to pat and reward your puppy when they are eating to prevent them becoming food aggressive. Kittens (and cats) like to eat and drink separate from each other, and separate from their litter trays.
We desex from as young as 5-6 months of age. Desexing minimises the risk of cancers and infections of the reproductive tract components in both males and females.
Worming should be performed every 2 weeks until 12 weeks old, then monthly until 6 months old and then every 3 months for life. This is in both dogs and cats.
Flea burdens are at their highest in warmer months, but flea prevention should continue all year round to prevent infestations. Some animals are very sensitive to flea bites, thus flea prevention reduces the occurrence of allergies. Fleas can also transmit tapeworms, at any time of year, which can cause other issues.
Colic can range from a simple gut upset to something more severe like a gut torsion or impaction. It is important not to let them graze and roll excessively. Initially at home, you can give them a dose of Bute paste or granules (if you have some) to see if mild pain relief helps. If not successful, or you have none, call a veterinarian for assistance.
Yes, you need an appointment to see a vet. Our consulting hours are from 9am-12noon and 3pm-5.30pm Monday-Friday. We are also open on Saturday’s from 9am-12noon.
In sheep, goats, cats and dogs, the membranes are passed with the newborn. A mare passes her membranes within 4 hours of giving birth. Cows should have passed their membranes by 4 days post-calving. If at any stage post-birth your animal becomes inappetant or lethargic, contact a veterinarian as there may be remnants of the membranes causing infection.
Seeing your pet collapse can be distressing and there are many possible causes. It is best to stay calm and talk in a low, soothing tone. Take note of what is happening and whether they are conscious or not. Try not move suddenly as this can startle them, and if unconscious they can become aggressive. Once the episode has passed, visit your veterinarian.
It is not ideal to give them your medication. Some prescribed medications can be given but always check with a veterinarian first. Quite often human medications are metabolised differently in animals and can be quite toxic. Paracetamol is toxic to cats and should never be used.