- Call outs for sick animals, and emergencies such as obstetrical difficulties, uterine torsions, grass tetanus, milk fevers, etc
- TB and Brucellosis testing, and blood testing for other diseases such as Johne’s disease, IBR, BVD, etc
- Herd Health programmes
- Castrations, dehorning, pregnancy diagnosis via palpation and ultrasound scanning, etc
- Call outs to sick or injured horses
- Castrations, markings, microchipping
- Pregnancy scanning
- Vaccinations and health checks
The following is a comprehensive list of our services. It gives the reader an insight into the veterinary services we provide for the diagnosis and treatment of your pet. It is important to remember that not every single surgical procedure can be included in the list, but we believe we do cover the majority of procedures that are performed in today’s veterinary world.
→ Nurses clinics
→ Dental care
→ Passports & Vaccinations
→ Food & accessory shop
→ Pet Care Plans
→ Blood testing
→ In-house lab work
→ Hospital Care
→ Emergency Care
→ Soft Tissue Surgery
→ Orthopaedic surgeries
→ Ultrasound scanning
→ Blood pressure
This is the initial meeting with your vet, and can be a routine check up provided for an annual vaccination, or an examination to find out what is wrong with your pet. Treatment will be provided in the consult room, or the patient can be admitted for further diagnostics and treatment.
With our qualified and experienced veterinary nurses and pet health counsellors, they can discuss and advise with you how to care for your pet at various stages of his or her development.
Puppy and Kitten Health Check: Get a complimentary health check for your new arrival and learn how to care for them. Included in the advice clinic are topics such as diet, flea and worm treatment, microchipping, toilet training, bathing and grooming
Adolescent Health Checks: This is a complimentary health check for your youngster and advice about oral care, neutering, dietary requirements etc., to ensure he or she is growing and developing into a happy healthy pet.
Dental Advice Clinic: Oral hygiene checks can be carried out by our nursing staff. We will advise you how to keep those teeth pearly white, and if your pet has smelly breath or finding it difficult to eat, we can tell you what the problem is.
Flea treatment and Worming advice: Not all pets need the same treatment for worms, as sometimes their environment governs which worm treatment is best suited to their needs. Flea treatment, as well as mite, tick or lice treatment is also an area covered by our highly trained staff to advise on the best products for your pet.
Weight Watchers: Have your pet weighed and if weight loss is needed, a tailor made nutritional plan can be draughted by us, which includes a diet plan, selecting the right food for your pet and regular weigh-ins to keep him or her on the right track
Nail Clipping and Anal Gland expressing: Both procedures can be carried out by our nursing staff
Bandage Changing: Application and care of wound dressings and splints and management of casts
Wound checks and suture removal: Two to three day post operative wound checking is an essential part of ensuring that wounds are healing properly. Suture removal is carried out approximately ten days after the operation.
Behavioural Advice: How to manage that spraying cat, or the dog that hates the car , or introducing your pet to a new baby, and more issues that may be problematic
There are several parasites that can affect your pets health, the most common being roundworms and tapeworms. This treatment is vital, especially where there are children, as, even though it is rare, roundworm larvae can affect young children.
We can advise you as to the best products and the best plan for your pet. All of these treatments are available over the counter or as part of a consultation with the vet. They are given in tablet form or as a spot-on.
We recommend that treatment starts as young as 2 weeks and that treatment continues throughout life, usually four times a year for worming and for the flea treatment, it’s usually once a month or once every 3 months depending on the product. See also our Pet Care Plans here.
Pups: Vaccinations should start at six weeks, and this is followed by a booster shot 2-4 weeks after the first one. This should be repeated annually. The vaccinations are essential in the protection of Parvovirus, Leptospirosis ( which causes Wheal’s disease in humans), Distemper, parainfluenza and some forms of viral hepatitis.
If the annual vaccine is not repeated within 15 months from the previous year , then the course will have to start again.
Kennel Cough must be given to all dogs that have to stay in a boarding kennel; however, we are seeing more and more cases of Kennel cough in multi-dog households, so the advice is to vaccinate for Kennel Cough whether your pet is going into a boarding kennel or not.
Kittens: The vaccination course starts for kittens at 9 weeks of age , with a booster shot at 3-4 weeks later. This vaccination covers Cat Flu, feline panleucopenia, and rhinotracheitis caused by a virus called Calicivirus.
We also recommend that all cats be vaccinated for the viral form of Feline Leukaemia. This sometimes is a cost factor that owners are not prepared for , as they haven’t heard of this disease, and it does add to the cost of the vaccinations. The price has reduced in recent years as there is now a three year vaccine for this disease costing a small bit more than what the annual shot used to cost.
Don’t worry: if you forget about your vaccine we will send you a reminder!
Microchipping is now law and is a simple an effective means of ensuring that should your pet go missing or be stolen, then, once your details are registered and stored on a database, he or she can be identified by a hand-held microchip scanner, and reunited with you, the owner.
The scanner shows the unique number on the microchip, and a copy of this number is shown on your pet’s vaccination certificate.
The microchip is the size of a grain of rice and is inserted by a syringe under the skin between the shoulders. This can be done at any age but is usually done anytime from 6 weeks onwards
Even the worst doggie bad hair day can be solved by our professional experienced pet groomers. A full pampering and makeover for your pooch is tailored to suit his or her needs, or as you the owner would like us to do.
A range of treatments including full grooms, half grooms, show clips, modified clips, Pet styling, Face, bum, and belly trims, hygiene clips, dyeing using blow pen stencils, paint-on highlights and dipping, stripping , combing, washing, drying, anal gland expressing, nail clipping, ear cleaning and treatment can all be carried out on the day.
Don’t worry, the dye will come out after a wash!! Please ask our groomers for more details.
Medicated or conditioning washes are used depending on your pets needs and the salon experience would not be complete without a spritz of your pet’s favourite perfume and a bow to complete the look.
Dental care is crucial to your pet’s long term health. By five years of age, up to 80% of pets have significant dental disease. This leads to a build up of tarter, bad breath and tooth decay. Sore mouths mean your pet can’t eat properly, may drool from the side of the mouth, or may have bad breath. It is debilitating for your pet, and can cause low grade generalised infections which might affect the heart and kidneys.
Preventative dental cleaning and polishing is the best way to maintain a pet’s oral health.
At Vetcare, we offer a range of products, such as toothpaste, dentastix, diets such as Hill’s t/d, etc., and advice on how to maintain your pet’s dental health.
When necessary, we provide complete dental care, with our ultrasonic cleaning and polishing, as well as oral surgery including extractions where needed.
Pet Passport & Travel Vaccine
The pet travel scheme means that you can take your pet on holidays or emigrate without quarantine restrictions. In order to qualify for this scheme, a few simple steps must be take:
1: Microchipping must be done
2: Apply for a passport, which can be provided at Vetcare
3: Rabies Vaccine must be given. No blood test to check the rabies immunity status is required for entry into European countries. Please check the Dept of Agriculture,Food and Fisheries website for details of requirements in non-European countries. Please also check the website of the country of entry’s corresponding department of Agriculture.
4: Health check prior to travel
5: A worm and tick treatment must be given before returning back to Ireland
Pet Food & Accessories Shop
Our shop stocks everything you need to pamper your pooch or reward your rabbit. We stock an extensive range of treats, leads, collars, coats, kennels, toys, beds, fish tanks, hamster and bird cages, accessories and so much more. We are always at hand to help and advise for example to fit a harness correctly, or recommend suitable toys for a young puppy.
It is point of sales advice that ensures our customers not only have an excellent choice but are also properly informed.
We have a full range of pet foods for all species, from cats to chipmunks, from all leading super-premium brands.
Royal Canin and Hills compliment out range of dog and cat foods, including Burns, Beta. Grain – Free foods are also available.
We are always happy to recommend a food to suit your dog or cats individual requirements and help with working out feeding amounts
Pet Care Plans
These are a new scheme introduced in early 2015 to offer discounted schemes for owners.
Signing up for the plan allows you to avail of flea and worming products, vaccinations, one consultation with the vet, and more, at big discount prices.
The details of these can be seen on this page, and any further queries please contact any Vetcare branch and we will be happy to talk you through whichever plan suits your pet best.
Our Pet Care Plans are currently under revision. We are expecting to launch a new plan in January 2019. If you have any queries regarding our Pet Care Plans, please contact us by phone, otherwise watch this space for more information.
Blood testing & analysis
Vetcare has a complete IDEXX in house laboratory in each branch, that allows us to perform pre-surgical , wellness, and emergency blood work that is too critical and urgent to wait for an off-site laboratory service.
Our testing capabilities include Complete Blood Counts ( red blood cell, white blood cell and platelet counts), full Biochemistry ( liver, kidney, pancreatic enzymes, and parameters such as glucose levels, Total proteins, Calcium, cholesterol, bilirubin levels etc.), electrolytes , blood coagulation tests, and Thyroid function tests.
We are delighted to now be able to offer our clients SDMA blood testing in – house. This test can identify early kidney disease.
We also test in house for Feline Leukaemia virus and Feline auto-immune deficiency virus (“Cat aids”).
More complex endocrine ( hormone) tests are referred to a leading national laboratory, which also does our cytology and histology testing (skin samples, tumour biopsies, fine needle aspirates etc).
- If your pet is over 2 years old, routine blood screening is advisable yearly
- This screen serves as an early indicator of organ compromise and some diseases, identifying diseases at the earliest stage possible, when they are most treatable.
- As your pet gets older, some diseases can go unnoticed in their early stages for example: Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, Diabetes and Cancer, to name a few. By having an annual blood screen, from a young age, we can monitor and detect any changes to your pet’s health early.
- It will also provide us with a marker for future reference if needed and establish a baseline picture of what represents good health for your individual pet.
- A simple blood test is carried out by your vet during a consultation and our in-house laboratory facilitates an accurate screen with results available on the same day.
- A full haematology profile or complete blood count provides important information about the types and numbers of blood cells in your pet’s blood, for example, red blood cells / white blood cells and platelets. These act as an indicator of anaemia, infection, chronic inflammation and clotting disorders among other things.
- A full biochemistry profile is important for evaluating organ function, for example, liver and kidney. It will also measure blood glucose levels. Any abnormalities will help direct us to any further diagnostic tests that may be necessar
- Early detection can help in disease treatment.
In-house Laboratory work & Urinalysis
Our in house laboratory includes such services as skin scrapes, which can identify mange mites, fungal infections etc. microscopically, faecal parasite testing, ringworm culture testing.
Urinalysis involves identifying crystals or small stones in the urine, refractometer testing to measure the specific gravity, and also identifying protein, glucose, blood and leucocyte levels, which may be present in kidney infection or early kidney failure.
Neuterings are routine operations for males and females which we recommend doing if you are not planning to breed from your pet.
In males both testicles are surgically removed. This procedure will help reduce and eliminate his risk for prostate and testicular cancer respectively.It also reduces undesirable and embarrassing behaviour such as roaming, fighting, mounting, and spraying.
Please contact us if you need more information on this, or if you are struggling to make this decision we can discuss your concerns.
In females the uterus and ovaries are surgically removed, although the latter can now be done by rigid endoscopy. (Please refer also to the scoping section below).
By doing this procedure you will prevent bacterial infections of the urinary tract, and the genital tract, the latter infection called a pyometra, the cure for which is removal of the uterus and can be a life threatening condition. You are also significantly lowering the risk of mammary tumours developing.
Your pet will not come in heat, (which occurs for 3 weeks every 6 months in dogs, and every 3 weeks for a few days from February to October in cats) therefore avoiding the mess that often accompanies the heat cycle in dogs, and the pacing and crying that happens with female cats.
Neutering cats will also help reduce the continuous overpopulation that exist in this country, it will stop entire males “camping” nearby, and makes cats less aggressive.
A full general anaesthetic (see anaesthesia section below) is required to do this, and your pet is admitted fasting in the morning and goes home in the evening with pain medication and a collar to prevent licking. (Please refer to this neutering information sheet for FAQ’s).
We recommend this be done from 6 months of age.
Hospital post operative care
Close post operative care ensuring proper heart and respiratory function and body temperature maintenance is essential immediately following any surgical procedure. Our nursing staff ensure this is attended to, allowing recovery to be smooth and comfortable.
When awake it is important that your pet is kept in a warm, quiet and clean environment.
ANAESTHESIA AND YOUR PET
WHAT TO EXPECT
- Your pet will be required to fast prior to anaesthesia, in so far as is possible. Food should be withheld from 9pm the night prior to the elective procedure. It is important to make water available to your pet.
- Prior to admission of your pet, you will be asked to read and sign a form of consent which gives us permission to anaesthetize your pet and carry out any procedures necessary.
- Upon admission, a thorough clinical examination will be carried out on your pet and an intravenous catheter is placed in your pet’s forelimb. This provides immediate venous access and serves as a route of administration for the general anaesthetic.
- Pre-anaesthetic sedatives are used prior to general anaesthesia to reduce the amount of anaesthetic used.
- We use modern anaesthetic machines and the safest available intravenous and gas anaesthetics.
- We tailor the type of anaesthetics we use to the individual patient. For example, if your pet is compromised due to illness or injury and an anaesthetic is necessary, we have a variety of anaesthetic combinations we can use to ensure your pet has a safe anaesthetic and reduce any potential risk.
- We have fully qualified and highly trained nursing staff dedicated to anaesthesia and theatre work. Your pet is always monitored closely prior to, during and after anaesthesia until the patient is fully recovered. In addition, we have blood pressure, oxygen level and ECG monitors to inform us of your pet’s anaesthetic performance during surgery.
- In addition, we can also offer a pre-anaesthetic blood test. This is carried out prior to the administration of any anaesthetic agents and will give an indication of liver and kidney function.
- As we cannot eliminate the possibility of pre-existing medical conditions complicating or compromising your pet’s health during anaesthesia, we highly recommend this blood test to detect any problems which may not be evident on a routine physical examination.
- We have a state of the art in-house laboratory and can obtain an accurate blood result within 20-30 minutes.
- The result of this blood test gives us invaluable information which may lead us to either adjust the dose or type of anaesthetic used. It may, in rare circumstances, lead us to delay the procedure until after further diagnostic tests are carried out.
- We do recommend every pet to have an annual blood screen done from the age of two years old. This serves as an early indicator of organ compromise and some diseases. Also it will give us a marker for future reference if needed. This blood test is available to all patients and if not done annually, is highly recommended for cats and dogs over the age of 7 years.
- It is important to be aware that there is a risk with every anaesthetic, as is the case in human medicine. However, our vets and nurses are highly skilled and trained and keep up to date with advances in anaesthesia by completing continuing educational training throughout the year.
Accident & Emergency care
Following a road traffic accident, or an attack by another animal, A and E care is required.
We pride ourselves on our immediate shock treatment procedures, which our veterinary staff are highly trained in. The critical period immediately after trauma resulting in shock, low blood volume and low blood pressure must be treated immediately with anti shock therapy such as plasma volume expanders, anti pain medication, Oxygen therapy , blood transfusion if needed etc., if the patient has to get the best chance of surviving.
Soft tissue surgery
We perform many types of soft tissue surgeries at our hospitals. Soft tissue surgeries are those not associated with bone. These surgeries can provide many benefits to pets.
Probably the most common type of surgery performed on pets is the removal of tumours, or lumps. Once removed they can be sent away for testing, and most are , fortunately , found to be benign. Other surgeries often performed apart from neuterings are Spleen removals or splenectomies ( due to a tumour on the spleen), foreign body removal from the stomach( gastrotomy) and the intestine (enterotomy), bladder stone removal (cystotomy), stomach torsion correction and prevention, anastomoses of intestine ( joining the two ends of a torn intestinal loop), diaphragmatic hernia repair, and many more, too many to list here.
We offer a variety of solutions and treatments for your pet’s orthopaedic issues, including mainly orthopaedic surgeries. We understand that orthopaedic problems can be challenging for both you the owner, as well as your pet. This is why we are dedicated to working with you throughout the whole process.
Broken bones are often more challenging for pets because they don’t understand where the pain and mobility issues are coming from, and they can often make fractures worse by trying to go about their daily lives in a normal way. Fracture repair therefore is an important procedure that can help your pet live a healthier, happier life.
Orthopaedic surgeries will also be required if there are problems with the joints, limbs, or any of the tissues that connect the bones to the joints, such as ligaments.
At Vetcare, we can repair any fracture that is repairable, from the most simple to the most complicated. Disc surgery (hemilaminectomy ) can also be performed. For any further information please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to explain any procedures that your pet will have to go through.
(Below: The radius of a dog after having a plate and screws on the radius bone in her front leg after being fractured in a road traffic accident)
All branches of Vetcare have digital radiology viewers, allowing closer viewing of the area of interest, easy access to archived X-rays and easier storage.
X-rays provide a view inside the pet’s body, and it is an essential diagnostic tool that helps your vet detect and prevent illnesses. We can view the abdominal organs, the heart and lungs, and visualise bones, allowing us to detect fractures and arthritic problems.
Most pets will require a sedation to perform an x-ray, as it is very hard to get them to lie still.
Hip and elbow scoring is another service we provide, where hips and elbows of certain breeds of dogs can be assessed through a scoring system that is provided by the British Veterinary Association. If they score at a certain level, then breeding will be allowed.
Ultrasound is now an essential diagnostic tool at Vetcare. Like x-raying it is completely non- invasive, but unlike x-raying, it is completely harmless.
Abdominal organs such as the liver, spleen, kidneys, bladder, pancreas, adrenal glands, stomach and intestines can all be viewed for abnormalities such as tumours; the uterus or womb can be viewed for pregnancy, and the heart can be examined for heart diseases such as Mitral valve disease, dilated cardiac myopathies, congenital defects etc.
Ultrasound guided techniques such as removing unwanted fluid from around the heart (Pericardial effusion) , or from the inside of the ribcage (Pleural effusion) , or from the abdomen( ascites) can also be performed.
Viewing the bladder can reveal bladder stones or crystals, and obtaining a urine sample from the bladder of a cat or a dog can be difficult and time consuming, but is a simple procedure using a very fine needle guided into the bladder via ultrasound.
More often than not sedation is not required, however with difficult patients, especially when there is a painful abdomen, sedation is necessary.
For our heart patients, an ECG will be necessary especially where your pet’s heart beat is irregular. It is a simple and quick procedure, and an important diagnostic tool allowing the diagnosis and treatment to proceed quickly, so as to get your pet’s heart beating and functioning normally again.
Blood pressure monitoring
Blood pressure in dogs is a difficult problem to diagnose , like in humans. Sustained high blood pressure can lead to organ damage, such as strokes, blindness, kidney failure.
At Vetcare, we measure blood pressure using up to date blood pressure minitors, which involves locating an artery in your pet’s foot, and taking the pressure measurement from there. It can occasionally be time consuming and takes much longer than in human, but ultimately rewarding as your pet’s health will improve once treatment is started.
Scoping, or Endoscopy, is a procedure, carried out under anaesthesia, where a tube with a camera allows us to view inside your pet’s internal systems to diagnose any problems that may be there. There are two types of endoscopy, flexible and rigid endoscopy.
Examples of procedures that we can carry out at Vetcare are:
- GI endoscopy, (examining the stomach and oesophagus);
- Bronchoscopy ( examining the windpipe and larger airways),
- Rhinoscopy ( examining the nasal passages); the ear canal can also be examined with the scope.
- Colonoscopy ( examining the colon),
- Cystoscopy (examining the lower urinary tract)
- Laparoscopy(examining the abdominal cavity, which also allows samples or biopsies to be taken of organ tissue for diagnostics. Some procedures such as neutering can be performed through laparoscopy, the advantage bring that the surgical site is much smaller than the average site, but it is a more expensive procedure to carry out.