Care of In-Patients
Care of Hospitalised and Critically Ill Patients
We provide calming authentic aromatherapy both in the air and on our hands, and we find this settles the animals beautifully.
Our kennel room provides a safe and comfortable environment for animals recovering from surgical procedures as well as convalescence during illness. The kennel room is equipped with air-conditioning, a variety of bedding materials and shelters to meet all types of animals needs and keep your pet as comfortable as possible during their stay with us.
We use a range of specialised nursing equipment such as infusion pumps, IV fluid warmers and oxygen supplementation for our critically ill patients.
We take the care of our critically ill patients very seriously which is why they would be looked at on a case by case basis and a decision made to where they would go for overnight care if needed.
Preventative Care Vaccinations
A yearly vaccination visit to Allpets includes more than just an injection… During the consultation, the vet will assess your pet’s general health status and will advise on matters such as worming programmes, dental hygiene, neutering, microchipping, nutrition and insurance.
We are happy to accept second opinions at our practice. If you would like one please contact the practice to arrange an appointment. We would ask that you give us enough time where possible when arranging the appointment so we can obtain your pet’s clinical history from your other vets so we can give the best opinion possible on your pet’s care and treatment. After having the consultation with one of our vet’s it is then your decision to whether you return to your previous vets or carry on with our course of treatment.
Flea and Worm Prevention
External parasites (like fleas) or internal (like tapeworms and lungworm), can affect our pets’ lives a lot more than we sometimes believe, and in ways that are not always very obvious; symptoms sometimes might be chronic and can easily pass unnoticed. That’s why a complete preventative care programme also has to include, as well as the annual vaccination, a complete parasite control programme.
Our In-house diagnostic equipment can provide results usually in less than one hour and includes: • Blood Testing: for Kidney, Liver, Pancreas, Glucose, Electrolytes and Blood Clotting. We also have an onsite haematology machine giving a “5 part differential”. Our haematology machine helps us e.g. to evaluate anaemia and the progress of cancer treatment. • Urine testing: Complete urinalysis using advanced technology equipment, USG and Sediment examination. The assessment of protein loss in urine is a very significant measurement in dogs and cats. Our urinalysis machine does give us a quantitative protein measure. • Infectious disease testing: Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV), Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), Canine Parvovirus, Giardia, Fungal Infections (when we culture hair pluck samples we can help rule out Ringworm). • Cytology: from Ears, Masses and Skin – we can provide an initial assessment but if we find cells that concern us we usually get an expert report from a specialist. We also use external laboratories, with two different courier pickups during the day for faster results, for: • Advanced endocrinology testing • Histopathology • Dynamic testing protocols • Allergy testing
We have the facilities to perform routine and non-routine surgical procedures: Dog, Cat and Rabbit castration and spay Soft tissue surgery including: mass removal, Gastrotomy, Cystotomy etc. Orthopaedics Eye surgery Thyroidectomy All animals that undergo any surgical procedure receive good pain relief during the procedure and leave the clinic with the appropriate number of days pain relief, depending on the actual procedure. For every animal that goes under anaesthetic we record an anaesthetic monitoring chart. The animal is monitored until awake, and then it is placed in a heated kennel to recover smoothly. We keep all animals hospitalised until they are able to walk (as long as their condition allows it) and our aim is to discharge them the same day.
Does my pet need a dental?
Latest research shows that up to 80% of adult dogs and cats have some sign of dental disease. Problems mainly start with plaque, which is an invisible film of debris and bacteria attached to the surface of the teeth. If plaque is not removed daily, through brushing, it forms a hard calcified deposit: tartar. Accumulation of plaque and tartar can lead to gum inflammation called gingivitis. That can be quite painful and can cause severe discomfort to the animal. Association has also been made between the level of dental disease and both chronic renal and heart disease. This is presumed to be due to chronic bacteraemia (bacteria in the blood stream) Common signs of dental disease: • Bad breath • Dribbling • Yellow/brown tartar on teeth • Overgrooming facial area or rubbing mouth with paws • Avoid dry food • Gum bleeding or loose teeth Home care is very important in maintaining your pet’s oral health, many times though the optimum results can only be seen if the teeth and the gums are healthy and free of tartar. In view of this many pets will benefit from our dental ‘Evaluation, Cleaning & Polishing’ procedure. This procedure is performed under general anaesthetic to minimise stress and discomfort. Each tooth is assessed separately and the findings are recorded in a dental chart which will allow us to monitor every tooth individually in the future and make a decision on whether any extractions will be necessary or not. An ultrasonic scaling device will then be used to remove the tartar from all dental surfaces and prepare your pets teeth for polishing with a slow speed handpiece and prophy paste. Our routine “scale and clean” dental Evaluation, Cleaning & Polishing procedure is thorough but also quick and is priced competitively* so that it can be performed as often as required. Any tooth that suffers from irreversible periodontal disease has to be extracted*. We enjoy dental work and often use digital dental X rays to evaluate problems “below the gum’’
Passports and Microchipping
Passports Make sure your pet has all the necessary documentation to travel outside the UK. For more information visit the DEFRA website at: www.defra.gov.uk Microchipping Give your pets the best chance of being returned if they go missing by implanting a microchip. It only takes a few seconds and it lasts for a lifetime. We offer free microchipping for all insured puppies and kittens registered with Allpets