COMPANION ANIMALS

The small animal team consists of 13 dedicated small animal vets, 10 qualified veterinary nurses, 3 trainee veterinary nurses, 2 nursing assistants and 13 receptionists. The team work between our Colne, Barnoldswick and Burnley surgeries and operate a first opinion service to our clients.

We are proud to be an approved training practice for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and an approved member of the Royal College Practice Standards Scheme.

We believe in focusing upon the prevention of disease as much as its treatment and we understand the crucial role that you can play in prolonging your pet’s life. The team is dedicated to providing you and your pet with the highest quality of care in a professional and friendly approach.

Our Nursing Clinics

Our trained veterinary nurses hold regular clinics to advise on many aspects of pet health care. If any problems are found during a consultation our nurses will advise you on treatment and control, or if appropriate an appointment with a Veterinary Surgeon will be arranged.

Nurse clinics include:

  • Weight clinics
  • Dental checks and advice
  • Microchipping
  • Puppy and kitten advice
  • Nutritional advice
  • Worming and flea advice
  • Junior health check
  • Senior Pet clinics
  • Behavioural advice

Vaccinations and general healthcare

There are a number of infectious diseases that can affect your pet, many of which are potentially fatal. This is why we recommend vaccination. The recent MMR debate did undermined public confidence in vaccines in general, but the claims about vaccine safety have now been flawed. Many years ago infectious diseases killed thousands of pets each year. However, thanks to vaccines infectious diseases are much less common these days, although sporadic outbreaks of disease can still happen, as recent local press reports show.
An anti-vaccine group recently made claims that vaccination actually caused a higher incidence of illness in pets. The Animal Health Trust is a long established charity with many vets and scientists who are world leaders in their field. They recently conducted a survey involving almost 4000 dogs. There was no evidence vaccines lead to increased levels of illness. Vaccinated dogs were actually the healthiest.

Immunity from primary vaccinations as a puppy or kitten does not last for life. Booster vaccinations are necessary to maintain immunity and protect your pet. The annual booster is also an opportunity for a thorough health check, and an opportunity for you to discuss any concerns you may have about your pet.

Neutering

If you do not intend to breed from your pet we would always recommend neutering. It is a sad truth that the number of puppies and kittens born every year is far greater than the number of good homes that can be found for them. As a result, thousands of healthy animals are destroyed and many unwanted pets are abandoned. Animal charities rehome thousands of unwanted pets every year. Neutering is a good way to solve the problem. Even with the best of intentions, if you have an unneutered pet, accidents can happen. Having your pet neutered is one of the simplest, safest and most practical ways of safeguarding your pet’s health and welfare.
The procedures are straight forward and carried out under general anaesthesia. Your pet will need to be starved in preparation for the anaesthetic. In females the ovaries and uterus are removed, this is referred to as spaying. In males the procedure is castration, this involves removing the testicles. A post op wound check will be required 7-10 days after the procedure. In the case of dogs we recommend controlled leash only exercise until they have been back for the required wound check.

If you are thinking of neutering your pet, here are a few thing to consider:

  • On average a bitch is in season (on-heat) for 3 weeks once every six months. Not only is it messy, but when in season a bitch can become difficult to control and may try to escape.
  • Female cats can be very vocal when in season.
  • Neutered male cats tend to be less aggressive. The potentially fatal diseases Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) are transfered in cat bites.
  • Neutered animals are less likely to stray. Once the scent of a female in season has been picked up by a dog or tom cat they will wander over considerable distances. Stray dogs and cats are often injured or involved in road traffic accidents.
  • Neutering male dogs reduces sex drive and will help with certain behavioural problems.
  • Neutering reduces territorial marking around the home. Tom cat urine has a particularly unpleasant odour.
  • There are health advantages too. Early neutering of females significantly reduces the risk of breast cancer and prevents the potentially life threatening condition Pyometra, a womb infection. Neutered males are at a reduced risk of testicular cancers, anal adenomas and prostate problems.
Many people worry their pet will become fat after neutering. This is not true, only over eating will make your pet fat! Neutering will often result in a lower metabolic rate, and so neutered pets often require less food than entire ones.

Microchips

On 6 February 2012 the Government announced that they will be introducing legislation to make microchipping of all dogs compulsory in England from 6 April 2016.

From that date owners will need to:

  • Have their dog microchipped and registered on one of the authorised commercial databases available;
  • Register the details of any new owner before they sell or give the dog away;
  • Keep their contact details up-to-date on the microchip databases.

If your dog is already microchipped:

How do I know if my details are correct?

To check your details on the database you will need to know the microchip number and the database your pet is registered on.

If you do not have a record of your pet’s microchip, simply bring them along to us and we will scan the microchip for you. Once you have the microchip number you can use the “chip checker” on the ANIBASE® (www.anibase.com) homepage to find out which database your pet is registered on along with contact details to get in touch with them.

How do I change my details on the database?

The following link will give you full instructions on how to quickly and easily make the changes on ANIBASE®

www.anibase.com/updating_your_details

To update details that are registered with PETLOG please visit their website:
https://www.petlog.org.uk/pet-owners/update-your-contact-details/

If your dog is not microchipped:

To help our clients comply with these laws coming into force we are offering microchips at £12.50. Our Pet Health Care Clients will still get their 10% discount making their price £11.25.

Have you thought about how worrying it would be if you were to lose your pet? It is a sad fact that more than 300,000 pets get lost or go missing every year in the UK. There is a solution – you can have your pet microchipped with an idENTICHIP® microchip. Not only for your peace of mind but also because you NEED to ensure your dog is microchipped to comply with legislation.

How does it work?

Your vet or nurse injects the idENTICHIP® microchip into the animal – if it’s a dog, cat or rabbit, this will be placed just under the loose skin between the shoulder blades as this is best practice. After that there’s nothing else to do – unless your pet goes missing. If it does, most vets, animal charities and local authorities have microchip readers, so when someone hands your pet in it can be quickly identified on the ANIBASE pet secure database using the microchip’s unique ID number. Then it’s just a case of reuniting you with your pet as soon as possible.

What is a idENTICHIP® microchip?

Hardly bigger than a grain of rice, idENTICHIP® has a unique 15-digit code that is the key to all your pet’s details. idENTICHIP® are an ISO standard microchip and approved for the PET’s travel scheme.

Please visit http://www.identichip.co.uk/ for further details.

Contact us to to arrange for your pet to be microchipped.

Pets Travel Scheme

The Pet European Travel Scheme (PETS) allows certain pets – dogs, cats and ferrets – to travel to other European countries (and some non-EU countries), and return with them to the U.K. without having to go in to quarantine. The rules are in place to help keep the U.K. free from rabies and other diseases.

Steps to take before travelling

Your pet dog (including guide and hearing dogs) or cats must fulfill certain criteria before she or he travels, which must be done in the following order:

  • fitted with a microchip.
  • vaccinated against rabies.
  • issued with an E.U. pet passport.

You must wait 21 days before travelling from the U.K. after a first rabies vaccination. This rule does not apply to booster vaccinations provided they are given on time.

Some countries may reqire additional certification or have other requirements before allowing your pet entry. Please check with your local DEFRA office before travelling. For insurance purposes some carriers may require a private health certificate to allowing your pet to travel. Please contact the ferry company or airline before travelling.

To re-enter the U.K. on your return journey you must ensure that:

  • your pet has a current rabies vaccination (see the rabies vaccination page in the passport).
  • your pet is treated for tapeworm between 24 to 120 hours prior to your return to the U.K., and the details entered by a vet in the passport. Tick treatment will not be mandatory after 01.01.2012, however in the interest of your pets health it is recommended to maintain good tick control whilst abroad.
  • you are re-entering the U.K. via an approved route and with an approved transport company.

If any checks fail, your pet is likely to either go into quarantine or be returned to the country from which it has just come. This will mean delay and will cost you money.

For When The Time Comes

There is never a good time to say farewell to a much loved pet. Sadly their life spans are all too short and as pet owners this is something all of us will have to face.

Sometimes a much loved pet will die in its sleep at home, sometimes as the result of an accident. But for many owners a decision has to be reached and euthanasia is considered as the kindest release for a pet who is suffering and failing to respond to any treatment.

When the time comes our vets and nurses are here to help you make the right, informed decision.

Understandably a lot of clients choose to have a home visit. If this was to be your choice once you have phoned the surgery we feel it is only appropriate to arrange the visit as soon as we have a vet and a nurse available, as we understand waiting for our arrival will be an extremely difficult time.

We understand that all clients’ situations at this time can differ so we will try our best to accommodate your needs when the time comes. If you have decided to leave everything in our hands, we would like to make you familiar with the different types of cremation service available.

Individual Cremation

We can arrange for your pet to be individually cremated and return the ashes to you. If you would like to scatter the ashes in your garden, or even on a favourite walk you shared with your pet, we will arrange for your pets ashes to be returned in a cardboard scatter box. Should you wish to keep your pets ashes you can choose a sealed wooden casket at no extra cost.

Standard Service

The standard service is available if you do not wish to have you pet individually cremated. Your pets ashes will not be returned to you with this service.

Grieving for the loss of a pet can be a sad and difficult time. Sometimes sharing your thoughts and feelings can help. The Pet Bereavement Support Service (PBSS) is dedicated to offering support and understanding to bereaved pet owners though a network of trained volunteer telephone and e-mail befrienders. All calls and e-mails are treated confidentially.

Support Line Tel: 0800 096 6606 (8:30am to 8:30pm)
e-mail support: pbssmail@bluecross.org.uk
Write to : PBSS, The Blue Cross, Shilton Road, Burford, Oxfordshire, OX18 4PF.

We work very closely with the Samaritans and there is always someone there you can talk to… call free on 116 123.

Compassion Understood is also a very good website for advice and support for owners
at their companion’s end-of-life.

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OUR COMPANION SURGERIES

COLNE

16 - 20 Albert Road
Colne - BB8 0AA

BURNLEY

420 - 422 Colne Road
Burnley - BB10 1EL

BARNOLDSWICK

14 - 18 Skipton Road
Barnoldwick - BB18 5NB