To save us from the difficult decision we all hope our pets will peacefully pass away in their sleep. Sadly it rarely happens this way and we have to discuss putting our pet to sleep with our vet (euthanasia). Euthanasia when carried out at the right time is the last act of kindness we can do for our pets.
The euthanasia can be carried out at the surgery or in your own home and wherever possible we will ensure that you see the vet of your choice.
What happens to my pet afterwards?
If you wish you are very welcome to take your pet home with you to be buried. However, we work with Lincolnshire Pet Crematorium that provides a very respectful service and offers you a number of other choices. Please ask any member of our staff for a leaflet on these services.
Dental and Oral Health
Oral hygiene is probably the most neglected aspect of pet health care. Recent studies estimate that about 90% of pets over 2 years old have significant dental disease in the microfissures of the teeth which eventually mineralise to form calculus / tartar.
As the plaque and calculus accumulates on the teeth, they cause inflammation of the gums (gingivitis). If this infection goes unchecked, the supporting structures of the teeth become affected and start to degenerate. This is periodontal disease and is very difficult to cure.
Unfortunately, the continuing process of degeneration carries on until deep pockets form. Pus can then accumulate, the gums separate from the teeth and the supporting bone recedes. This is extremely painful and can lead to tooth root abscessation and eventual tooth loss.
Fortunately, caries (cavities) are rare in our pets. However, cats suffer from resorptive lesions in the enamel of their teeth. These lesions can become so deep that the pulp and thus nerve supply of the tooth is exposed. This is obviously painful and extraction of the offending teeth is the only option for treatment.
If you would like some advice on cleaning your pets teeth or have any dental health concerns please book a free dental check with one of our nurses.
DIY Dog Wash
Mud Larks Do It Yourself Dog Wash
Wash and dry your dog, using our equipment and purpose-built facilities. We also provide ‘Service Washing’ for prescribed medical baths (strictly by appointment only).
- Individual bath that can be adapted for large and small breeds, allowing you to wash your dog in comfort
- Warm water shower set at a comfortable temperature for your dog
- Waterproof apron, shampoo, colognes, pet dryer and towel
What you will need
When you arrive for the first time, we will provide a full induction including tuition in the correct way to bath your dog to achieve the best results.
- £7.50 – Small Dog
- £8.50 – Medium Dog
- £12.50 Giant Dog
- Medical baths – please ask at reception
- Loyalty card – buy 6 washes get 1 free
Some pets are prone to wandering. To identify lost and injured pets and reunite them with their owners, we provide a quick and simple microchipping service which can be administered by one of our nurses. Secure data is logged for national access by vets, rescue centres and the police.
Please note that it is a legal requirement for pets to wear an identity tag with your contact number on even if your pet is microchipped. These can be purchased from us and we can also arrange engraving.
Taking your dog or cat onto the continent has never been so easy. A pet passport can be issued if your pet is first microchipped and then vaccinated against rabies.
There is a period of 2 weeks after vaccination before the pet can be brought back into the UK.
If you are going to a hot climate e.g. Italy or Spain then we advocate the use of a spot on to prevent heartworm and also a vaccination against Leishmaniasis.
You may obtain Prescription Only Medicines, Category V (POM-V) from your veterinary surgeon or ask for a prescription and obtain these medicines from another veterinary surgeon or pharmacy.
Prescriptions are available from the practice, however, your veterinary surgeon may only prescribe medicines for animals under their care. The general policy of the practice is to reassess an animal requiring repeat prescription every 6 months, but this will vary according to individual circumstances. A re-examination fee will be charged.
Further information on the prices of medicines is available on request. The current prices for the top 10 POM-V’s prescribed over the past 3 months are displayed in our reception area.
Vaccination is essential for the health of your pet. We live in an area that is endemic for parvovirus, leptospirosis and myxomatosis.
We routinely vaccinate dogs against parvovirus, leptospirosis, canine hepatitis, distemper and the viral form of kennel cough. We can also vaccinate dogs against Bordetella (the bacterial form of kennel cough), herpes virus (for breeding purposes only) and rabies and leishmaniasis (for European travel). We are able to provide primary vaccination courses for dogs that finish at 10 weeks. This allows your dog to benefit from being able to socialise from the age of 11 weeks, an important time in the development of your dog’s personality.
Cats are vaccinated against Cat Flu and Panleukopenia (the cat equivalent to canine parvovirus). If your cat goes outdoors then we advocate vaccination against Feline Leukaemia Virus.
In this rural area, our rabbits are very susceptible to myxomatosis, which is spread by biting insects (not only fleas but also mosquitoes, so your indoor rabbits are also at risk). Myxomatosis vaccinations are twice yearly. Another very distressing disease of rabbits is Viral Haemorrhagic Disease, which causes sudden death with bleeding from all orifices.
Worming your Pet and Flea Control
Regular worming is essential for both your pet and your family’s health. There are a number of safe and effective ways to keep your pet worm free and we will happily give advice and tailor a worming regimen to suit your pet’s lifestyle.
Most cats, dogs and rabbits are exposed to fleas. There are a number of products available and we can tailor a flea regimen depending on your circumstances.
Again, the most effective flea control products, and the easiest to use are only available on prescription.
Our Pet Care Plan includes complete parasite control, in addition to other great benefits.