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Health Checks

Today, animals live longer than ever which means that there is a much bigger chance that they will experience a potentially serious illness in their life time. Annual health checks are necessary not only to give vaccinations, but also to pick up potentially life threatening diseases, like kidney failure, at an early stage. Therefor we recommend that pets over 8 years come for bi-annual checks, just to be sure we do not miss something. It is also the ideal time to chat to your vet about nutrition, supplements, behaviour or any other issues.

Surgery

Our veterinarians have a high level of surgical competence and our clinic is  well equipped to deal with most surgery cases. We have a separate and dedicated theatre where we carry out surgical procedures. In this way, we maximize sterility. In theatre there is excellent monitoring equipment and we make use of Isoflo gas during procedures to make sure that your pet is safe while under anaesthetic. We also have a warming mat for smaller patients, thus ensuring that they maintain their body heat while having surgery. This ensures a faster recovery time post-anaesthesia.

We perform a vast variety of soft-tissue surgery (i.e. anything that does not involve bones) as well as some orthopaedic procedures. The list of soft tissue surgeries is extensive and includes, but is not limited to: spaying, neutering, exploratory laparotomies, lump removals, wound stitch-ups, biopsies, caesarians, enucleations, removal of intestinal foreign bodies and a whole lot more!

We also operate on our smaller furry friends such as rats, mice, guinea pigs and rabbits. 

Dentistry

Although very few of us think about it, just like humans, dog’s teeth need looking after too! Imagine what your mouth would look and smell like if you did not brush your teeth every day. Early detection of dental disease can be a life saver as poor dental health often leads to life threatening disease such as heart- or kidney failure. Our clinic is equipped with a dental machine including a scaler and polisher to effectively clean your pet’s teeth. We also do extractions if needed.

In-House Laboratory

Worcester Animal Clinic has acquired a state-of-the-art blood chemistry machine so that we can run most blood tests in our in-house lab. That means that we can quickly and accurately achieve diagnoses, in as little as 20 minutes. We can also perform blood smears, ear smears, skin scrapes and plucks, urine analyses and faecal analyses. More specialised blood tests and histopathology might need to be sent away for analysis at an external veterinary laboratory.

X-Rays and Ultrasound

Our clinic is fully equipped to take radiographs (x-rays) or do an ultrasound of your pet. Our vets will discuss your pet’s condition and will decide if radiographs or ultrasound is indicated. We often need to sedate animals to do either of these procedures, but sometimes we can manage with them fully conscious.

Radiographs are an important tool to help us diagnose a wide array of conditions, but especially those involving the chest, abdomen or bones.

Ultrasound can be handy in helping to diagnose bladder stones, kidney or liver disease or intestinal obstructions. We can also arrange for a specialist to come in to help us diagnose and stage heart disease, or we can refer you to a specialist facility for a full scan, if needed.

Vaccinations

It is absolutely essential that all pets are fully vaccinated to help to protect them against certain viral diseases. The advent of vaccines have revolutionised the control of infectious diseases in dogs and cats. Vaccination is a life-saving and essential part of responsible pet ownership. Puppies and kittens needs to be given their initial course of vaccinations, but this cannot protect them for the rest of their lives. Adult pets need an annual booster to maintain adequate immunity. We provide an excellent vaccination service, as not only will

your pet receive its vaccination, but each pet undergoes a full medical exam before the vaccination and you also have the ideal opportunity to ask any questions that you might have regarding nutrition, behaviour, weight control etc.

We recommend vaccinating puppies at: * 6 weeks – First vaccination

  • 9 weeks – Second vaccination
  • 12 weeks – Third vaccination and Rabies

We recommend vaccinating kittens at: * 8 weeks – First vaccination

  • 10 weeks – Second vaccination and Rabies

Microcipping

Did you know that one in three pets go missing during their lifetimes and without proper ID, 90% never return home.

A microchip is a permanent method of electronic identification. The chip itself is very small – about the size of a grain of rice. It is implanted subcutaneously (just under the skin), between the shoulder blades. Each chip has a unique number that is detected using a scanner.

In most pets, microchips can be implanted during a routine consultation. Some of the more nervous animals may require a light sedation, although this is rarely necessary.

Parasite Control

Tick and flea control as well as deworming, is one of the first health care issues that owners need to address. The importance cannot be stressed enough, as we live in an area where ticks can transmit life threatening disease. Fleas are more of an inconvenience but they can also transmit disease as well as certain types of worms. Worms of course, can also infect humans.

With so many different products available, we recommend that you contact us by telephone so that we can discuss the best product for your pet.

Senior Pet Care

Today it is not at all unusual to see pets age to a healthy 14 or 16 years old. We aim to make these pets’ last years, their best years.

Each patient is unique and has to be considered individually. Senior animals have vastly different nutritional and other needs, than younger animals. Not only do we look at weight, nutrition and arthritis in older animals, but we are also on the look-out for cancer, heart disease, lumps and liver- or kidney failure. If you think your dog is “looking old, chances are good that there is an underlying problem or he is struggling with arthritis and pain.

We can run some in-house blood tests to pick up any underlying problems. We especially recommend this for pets over eight years of age and those undergoing general anaesthesia. 

We do make use of sophisticated monitoring in all our surgical patients, but we take extra care with our golden oldies and we have special protocols in place for them. We also have a lot of experience with tricky anaesthetics, so we try our best to ensure a safe anaesthetic and speedy recovery.

Vet Shop

We stock the widest range of veterinary approved pet food in town. We also have a wide variety of toys, chews, treats, doggy jersyes, beds, leads and much more. If you cannot find what you are looking for, please ask at the front desk and we will try our best to find it for you.

Light Therapy

Our clinic has a Photizo Light Therapy device and we use it in a wide variety of clinical cases. The device offers an ancillary, non-invasive treatment modality for use on all wounds, infectious and inflammatory conditions.

Light of highly specific wavelengths works at the cellular level, stimulating the production of more ATP by the cells, which in its turn, encourages faster healing. We have used light therapy on bruises, burn wounds, bite wounds, abscesses and a whole lot more, all with very impressive results. Please feel free to come and ask more about this treatment modality.

Cryotherapy

We use a cryotherapy pen, much the same as the paediatricians use on their patients. Cryotherapy can (mostly!) be done without sedation and is very handy to remove small warts or growths. We mostly need to do about 3 sessions, 5 days apart.

Although this may be mildly painful or uncomfortable, most animals tolerate the procedure well.

Pet Grooming Services

Conveniently located on our premises, you will find Gucci Groomers. Run and owned by Adri and Gladene, you can leave your pet with them knowing that they will receive the full spa treatment in a loving environment. For your convenience, you can easily combine a visit to the groomer with a yearly check-up or vaccination visit to your vet.  Please contact them directly on 082 6693971. Please also note that they work on appointment only.