10 Things Your Vet Should Discuss In a Consultation
When you come with your pet for a consultation there is obviously a specific reason that brings you in to see us. However, a consultation is much more than that. It is the opportunity for your vet to discuss and advise on all the aspects of your pet’s care. That way we can make sure your pet stays happy and healthy.
Dental health is a major factor that effects your pet at all stages of it’s life. Good dental care makes your pet a lot more comfortable, reduces tooth loss and gum disease when they get older and can improve life expectancy as well. That is why whenever you come in with your pet they will check the health of the teeth and gums and possible advise some dental work. Like us, regular scaling and polishing is the best way of preventing future problems and your vet might advise this when we see you. Click here to learn more about dental care.
Fleas can be a constant nuisance but are easily prevented if you choose the right control for your pet lifestyle. Our vets and nurses can advise you on the best products for you and your pet. They can work out how often you need to use them and most importantly show you how to apply them effectively to get the best results. For more on fleas click here
Modern worming products are so good that you might never see signs of worms or think that there are present. However it’s important to continually worm you pet with an effective wormer suitable for your pet’s circumstances. Some worms present a risk to people, especially children so regular worming is essential to protect your family and others. There are a range of effective wormers available and your vet can discuss with you to identify the one that protects your pet and is the easiest for you to give. If your pet needs worming when you visit they will worm your pet for you then and there. Click here for further details of the importance of worming your pet.
Vaccination is crucial in protecting you pet from unpleasant and life threatening disease. Which vaccinations and boosters your pet needs varies with age and time since the last vaccination. When you come in your vet should check that they are up to date and advise when the next boosters are due . Click here to read more about vaccination.
Pet insurance can give you the security that if your pet needs a detailed investigation and treatment then your don’t have to worry about the cost. We ask all our client to consider insurance to see if it right for them and when you visit our staff can talk you through the advantages of insurance to see if it’s right for you. Not all insurance policies are the same with some offering restricted cover that often catches people out just when they need help. Our vets can talk you through the pros and cons of each type. To find out more on pet insurance click here.
A microchip is a small device popped under the skin of your pets neck by a simple injection. If your pet is lost then when they are found any vet, dog warden, police station or charity can run a scanner over the neck and get a unique code. This allows the owner to be identified and pet and owner to be reunited. They will soon become compulsory so whenever you visit your vet can discuss with you the advantages and get your pet “Chipped” if need be. Find more information here.
A healthy, well balanced diet is a very important element in helping to keep your pet healthy throughout it’s entire life. There are lots of different diets and approaches to feeding and when you come in our vets and nurses can give you advice on what could suit both you and your pet. We also provide a range or different diets for you to either collect at the clinic or but online.
How much you feed is as important as what you feed and every time your pet comes to the surgery we should record how much they weigh. This is important when young pets are growing to make sure they are putting on weight as they should. Later in life losing weight is important to spot as sometimes this can be a sign that all is not well. We also check to see if your pet is putting on a bit too much weight and advise on simple steps to help get the weight back to where it should be. For further advise on the importance of monitoring you pets weight click here.
If your pet’s behaviour is causing you concern, or if you are worried about how your pet responds at home or with other people or animals, this can affect the enjoyment you share together. If you have any concerns our staff can help. In many cases some simple advise is all that is needed. At other times we can arrange for you to see someone specialising in behaviour issues such as Jamie Rushton, a vet at our Hampstead hospital with wide ranging qualifications and experience.
If your pet has a longer term or ongoing problem then it’s important for us to see them regularly until the treatment is stable and effective. After this we very often arrange for ongoing treatment to be supplied with a repeat prescription. How many times we can issue one depends upon many factors such as the drug in question and the type of condition so each pet is different. When you see the vet it is a good opportunity to make sure any repeat prescriptions are discussed and your pets record up to date. Unlike normal online pharmacies, our online Pet Portal allows you to order repeat medication without a written prescription as it’s linked directly to your pets records allowing you the convenience of ordering any medication you might need online which can then be either posted to you or collected from the clinic.