Annual health checks with vaccination reviews
Everyone wants to ensure that our pets to live a long, happy and healthy life. It is essential that your pet has a full clinical examination by a vet every year to make sure that nothing has developed that may effect their health.
In recent years their have been concerns raised about the over use of vaccines. Vaccines are still essential to protect against life threatening illnesses. However, we tailor the use of vaccinations according to the age and health status of your pet. In some cases we may even recommend a blood test to check the immune status of your pet.
Pets need a host of other regular treatments and we can discuss this with you so that your pet is getting the right ones given their circumstances and age.
Skin, ear and eye assessments
Dogs are particularly prone to ear and skin problems. An itchy pet is definitely an unhappy pet. There are a variety of causes and treatment ranges from diet modification to allergy testing. We recognise that there is no blanket approach to this and often treatments need to be tailored to the individual patient.
Dr Wood has a keen interest in Ophthalmology as is able to perform to do full eye exams that include assessment of vision, eye-pressure measurements, monitoring of tear production and give advice regarding the removal of lumps and bumps near the eyes. He has also undergone advanced training and is able to perform corneal and lens surgery, including the removal of cataracts.
Lameness and arthritis
Arthritis can be a debilitating disease for an older pet, however, it can be managed so that a way that our pets quality of life is not impeded. We will be able to discuss with you the severity of arthritis and provide you with a wide range of treatment and management options. There are a wide variety of traditional and natural treatments available to keep pets happy well into their later years.
In some instances, x-rays are needed to further investigate sore legs. We can arrange for your pet to be seen at a veterinary hospital for further investigation.
We are also able to arrange to referral to specialist surgeons for advance orthopedic procedures including cruciate and hip surgery.
Lumps, bumps and warts
It is common for our animals to get lumps and bumps. Unfortunately not all lumps are benign, some are very nasty and need a to be removed. It is possible for us to tell the difference during a consultation but in some circumstances we need to take samples to find out what sort we are dealing with. Either way we can discuss the diagnostic and treatment options with you.
For small benign lesions we can use cryotherapy to remove them without having to anaesthetise your pet. Using a special cryotherapy pen we can penetrate deep into the lesion and 'freeze' the tissue. This technique has the advantage of being able to treat multiple lumps in older patients without the risk of a general anaesthetic.