Nurse Clinics

Our nurse clinics are run by qualified, friendly & experienced veterinary nurses. We also have Pet Health Counsellor, Jessica Fawcett running regular clinics at the surgery

We offer a number of complimentary clinics to advise you on the following areas of preventative healthcare.

 

Weight Management Clinics

Recently released figures have indicated that 40% of cats and 50% of dogs are over weight or obese.

These figures prompted us to set up our own 'Pet Weight Watchers Club'.

Obesity can be one of the main causes of these following conditions and therefore needs to addressed and treated as we would any other problem your pet may visit the practice for:-

  • Orthopaedic problems (such as arthritis)
  • Diabetes
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Heart and skin disorders
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Heat Stroke
  • Urinary tract disease
 
 

How can I tell if my pet is over weight?

The easiest way to tell if your pet is carrying a few extra pounds is to carry out a 'Body Condition Score'.

We recommend that an ideal weight will have a body condition score of 3 out of 5, when a 5 point scale is used.

An overweight animal would be classed as a score of 4 and an obese animal would be a 5.

If you have questions or concerns about your pet's weight score please give the surgery a call and ask to speak to one of our veterinary nurses, They will be more than happy to help you.

Conditioning chart for your cat

 

Conditioning chart for your dog

 
 

What do I do if I think my pet is over weight?

If you think your pet maybe overweight then why not make an appointment with one of our nurses. They are here to help and will guide you through the weight loss process. Together you will develop a weight loss program that will allow your pet to loose weight safely.

We will weigh your pet and calculate how much they need to lose to stay healthy. We will then discuss with you the best diet and exercise regime to achieve this. You will get your very own weight watchers pack with weight record charts and handy tips.

And lastly...don't worry, our nurses are always available to give advice and support along the way.

 

Nurse Demonstrations

Our team of veterinary nurses are happy to carry out FREE of charge demonstrations on the following procedures:

  • Dental Care- How to brush your pets teeth and what products to use
  • Clipping/filing Claws
  • Cleaning your pets ears (maintaing a healthy ear canal)
  • Choosing the correct grooming tools/products
  • How to administer medication
  • How to carry out a basic health check at home

Senior Pet Health Clinics

This clinic is designed to help owners of pets who are 8 years and above.

With exception to when they are very young, this is when our pets need us the most.

During the consultation we aim to help you understand and identify any age related ailments your pets may be living with.

As our pets get older, their bodies slow down and stop working as well as they used to. Early and regular check-ups can help ensure that any problems are detected sooner and treated more effectively.

These consultations are free of charge and one of our nurses will perform a full examination and have a thorough chat to ensure that your pet is living life to the full. You maybe asked to complete a short and easy questionnaire prior to your appointment so we get all the information we need.

The health check will cover topics such as:

  • Teeth and gums
  • Urination problems (FREE urine test, please bring a sample along with you if possible)
  • Nutritional needs
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Behavioural changes
  • Mobility problems: Your pet maybe feeling the aches and pains of arthritis or other minor ailments. Their are many therapies and medications that can ease this pain and will help them lead a happier and healthier life

During these consultations we also offer:-

Free in house urine analysis

 Prior to your appointment we will ask you to collect a urine sample (containers & cat collection kits can be collected from the practice free of charge). We will then test the sample at the surgery whilst you wait. This allows us you check for conditions such as diabetes, prostate issues in older, uncastrated males, kidney function disorders etc.

Free blood pressure measurement

This procedure is more or less the same as when we go to the doctors and have our blood pressure taken ourselves. High blood pressure is called hypertension. Hypertension may affect many of  your pets body systems, including heart, kidneys, eyes, and the nervous system. Early diagnosis can be life saving.

30% OFF our in-house senior blood screens

If you have noticed your pet is drinking more, passing urine more frequently & loosing weight this is an excellent opportunity for us to take a very small blood sample and run a senior profile on our in-house blood machine. This also can be done while you wait and can highlight any underlying conditions that we wouldn't be able to detect just by examining a patient.

FREE senior health check gift bag

This contains a free senior pet food sample, a free bottle of shampoo for dry/scurfy skin, a slicker brush and much more!

From experience...

Our Head Nurse and Pet Health Councellor, Jessica has an 14 year old cocker spaniel called Oscar.

Now Oscar is getting older I have to help him stay fit and healthy.

When checking him over I noticed that tartar had started to build up on his teeth, so I now brush his teeth daily, which he actually tolerates quite well. Since doing that the tartar levels have been reduced and his mouth smells so much better.

I also noticed he was slowing down on his walks so I brought him to work with me and we ran a blood screen which reveled his liver wasn't working as well as it should be.

He now has liver supplements in his dinner each evening that support his liver and help it to repair. I was so relieved I had had the test done and caught it early enough to do some thing about it and help him.

He also as joint supplements(in the form of a treat)each day to help and protect his joints against arthritis, which must be working as I still can't keep up with him!!'

 

 

 

Mouths Matter Club (Dental Care & Hygiene)

Dental hygiene is very important for animals as well as for humans. Seventy percent of dogs and cats have some form of dental disease which, if left untreated, can lead to disease of the heart, liver and kidneys in addition to causing pain to your pet.

Symptoms of dental disease:-

  • Eating difficulty
  • Eating behavior change 
  • Smelly breath
  • Pawing face
  • Drooling
  • Less social
  • Aggression
  • Lethargy
  • Less Social
 
 

What can I do to improve the condition of my pets teeth?

There are many ways to look after your pets teeth. The best way is to brush their teeth, ideally this should be done once a day. Some animals won't allow us to brush their teeth but thankfully there have been new developments in the past few years with special dental diets proving to clean the teeth while they eat and other treatments including toys, dental chews and oral hyigene gels have also been proven to help keep teeth and gums healthy.

If you think your pet maybe showing signs of dental disease why not book an appointment with one of our qualified nurses and they will develop a dental care plan for your pet that suits them and your life style.

 

Other nurse clinics avaliable

  • Nail Clipping
  • Dressings/Bandage changes
  • Microchipping
  • Introduction to Clicker Training (allow 30-40 minutes-Jess only)
  • Renal Failure Patient Monitoring (Jess only)
  • Bereavement Councelling (Jess only)
  • Basic Tellington TTouch moves to aid relaxation/Application of  Anti Stress Body Wraps (Jess only)

These procedures/consultations will incur a small fee

Contact Us

Stamford Veterinary Centre

32 Main Street, Great Casterton, Stamford Lincs, PE9 4AA

Tel: 01780 763180

Fax: 01780 757318

Email: stamfordvets@gmail.com