Preventative Health Care
Prevention is better than cure, and your pet’s health and well-being is no exception to this. At Grey Abbey we recommend that your pet receive a check-up at least once a year or more frequently as they get older, or if they have special medical needs. This yearly check-up allows us to give the vaccinations but also to discuss things like fleas and worms, dental care, weight and any other issues that you might have.
A regular check-up also helps to identify problems before they become serious. For animals on continuing medication for treatment of chronic problem these checks also ensure that your pet is on the best dose or best mediation for their condition.
Preventative Health Care provided at Grey Abbey includes:
Parasite Treatments (Fleas/ticks/mites/worms)
Spaying & Neutering
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We recommend that Puppies should begin vaccinations between 8 and 10 weeks of age. A second injection completes the course. This is given from 10 weeks of age and must be 2 – 4 weeks after the first injection.
Older dogs can be vaccinated at any age with two injections 2 - 4 weeks apart.
It would be very unwise to let your unvaccinated puppy have access to areas visited by other dogs who might not be vaccinated, so keep him in the house or an enclosed garden. Thereafter annual vaccinations are nearly always essential to maintain immunity. We recommend that all dogs have a vaccination which includes protection against the following life threatening diseases:
Canine distemper Virus
Canine Parvo Virus
Infectious Canine Hepatitis
Leptospirosis (Weils Disease)
We can also vaccinate against 'Kennel cough' which is required for boarding kennels and whenever dog mix with others and 'Rabies' which is required for travel to Continental Europe and beyond.
There are a number of highly infectious and potentially fatal diseases which can affect your cat. However, for many of these conditions there is a simple protection in the form of vaccinations. Ensuring that your cat completes an initial course of vaccinations (two injections from 8 weeks of age, 3 - 4 weeks apart) and then receives annual booster injections is important if you want to keep your cat fit and healthy. Please Contact Us for an appointment for vaccinations for your kitten.
Diseases we vaccinate against include:
Feline Herpes Virus
Feline Panleucopenia Virus
Feline Leukemia Virus
Microchipping is a simple procedure that allows for easy recovery of lost or stolen animals.
When a dog is found and the owner is not easily identified, a person can bring the animal to a veterinary practice, warden or animal welfare center. There, it can be scanned easily and, if an owner's contact details are up-to-date, returned to its owner.
The microchip is about the size of a large cooked grain of rice, it is implanted under the skin of cats and dogs. It can be done for animals of any age, but we recommend it for all new pets; it is included in our puppy and kitten packs.
Spaying and Neutering
A spay is a procedure carried out on a female pet animals, the full medical name for thr procedure is ovarohysterectmomy. This procedure involves the removal of the ovaries and uterus of the animal.
Spaying prevents them from coming in to season and stops the possibility of pregnancy. It can also help in the prevention of disease: it stops the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer; it lowers the risk of mammary cancer; prevents a condition called pyometra. This is where a large abscess forms within the uterus.
We advise spaying for any female cat, dog or rabbit that you don't intend breeding from. We advise spaying from 6 months of age in cats and dogs. For more information regarding spaying please Contact Grey Abbey.
Castration or neutering, is a procedure carried out on a male pet animals, it involves the removal of both testicles.
This prevents unwanted litters from the male. It also has additional health benefits of reducing the risk of prostate disease and testosterone related tumors; these are common on the tail and around the backside of older male dogs.
Neutered male dogs are also less likely to stray; as they have less drive to try and find a female dog in heat.
In male cats it also reduces straying and additionally can help prevent fighting as they don’t want such a large territory
We advise Neutering for any male dog, cat or rabbit from 6 months of age. For more information regarding neutering please Contact Grey Abbey