Arberth Veterinary Centre
Homleigh
Redstone Road
Narberth
Pembrokeshire
SA67 7ES

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Small Animal

We offer a complete service for all your pet needs, whether it’s Microchipping, Vaccinations, Neutering, Worming or anything else! Whatever your concern is, we are here to help you and your pet.

Vet Services

Most dogs will maintain their claws at the correct length whilst excercising on firm surfaces. If the claws become too long they may need clipping.

These insects can cause a lot of irritation to the skin and in heavy infestations can be debilitating to the pet. We would suggest regular treatment with a spot on to control infestations.

In the house flea eggs and larvae can survive in carpet edges for years, so it is important to control any infestations early. Depending on the species of flea, around 25 egg a day can be laid, these take around 12 days to mature. In 12 days the adult can have laid 300 eggs, each of which can lay 25 eggs a day on hatching. Within a couple of weeks one flea brought in could be responsible for 7,500 eggs!

A dental procedure in animals requires a full General Anaesthetic. A little time spent on dental care each week could prevent your pet having to undergo this, and avoid the pain and infection risks from gingivitis etc. There are 4 main options for dental care in dogs:

  1. Bones
  2. Special Diets
  3. Tooth Brushing

Bones encourage the dog to chew and hence reduce tartar build up, but they can lead to tummy upsets and constipation if too much bone is ingested. If using bones select one that is large enough that the dog can chew chunks off it.

Special Diets for dental care have a larger kibble with a strong fibre structure. This means more time and effort spent chewing. However some smaller dogs seem to give up on this as they are expending too much effort and some larger dogs just swallow the kibble.

Tooth brushing remains the best way to clean the teeth. Do not use human toothpaste as it contains too much fluoride. The brushing action is more important that the paste used. Establish a ‘brush tastes nice’ scenario, where the pup sees the brush as a treat, before trying to brush the teeth. Once confidence in the brush is established, try brushing the small incisor teeth at the front gently. Gradually increase the number of teeth brushed until you can do the whole mouth without causing upset. The brush movements should be the same as you would use in your mouth. Choose a brush with a soft bristle so that you don’t irritate the gums.

Toothpastes and tooth brushes are available at reception.

If your pet has waxy ears do not attempt to remove it with water, and definitely not soap or shampoo. Even after swimming, water entering the ear can cause irritation and excess wax production. If you are concerned about your dogs ears please contact the surgery for advice

Annual Boosters

Once the initial 2 part primary vaccination course is completed, an annual booster is required. This routine vaccination covers your pet against some unpleasant diseases. At the appointment we also carry out a full clinical examination and will discuss any concerns that you have about your pet.

  • Dogs: Canine distemper, Canine infectious hepatitis, Canine parvovirus, Canine parainfluenza, Leptospirosis are all included in the vaccination.
  • Cats: Feline rhinotracheitis virus, feline calcivirus and feline panleucopaenia virus, and feline leukemia
  • Rabbits: Myxomatosis & virul haemorrhagic disease

“Immunocheck”

  • For those concerned about vaccinating elderly pets. We offer a simple test that allows us to test the immunity of your pet. If they carry sufficient antibodies already, then vaccination can be skipped that year. If not, the pet is vaccinated as normal.

Kennel Cough

  • Many Kennels and groomers request that your dog is vaccinated against kennel cough. This is a very contagious respiratory tract infection. Please be aware that the onset of immunity following the vacination is a week after the vaccination is given, so don’t get caught out

We offer a discount scheme which offers great savings for your pets preventitive care.

Rabbits from – £13.00 per month to include: 

Annual Vaccination and Health Check

Six Monthly Comprehensive Health Check

2x Flystrike Treatments

Year Round Parasite Control

Saving up to £68.39 per year.

Cats from – £14.00 per month to include: 

Annual Vaccination and Health Check

Six Monthly Comprehensice Health Check

Year Round Flea and Tick Treatment

Year Round Worm Control

Saving up to £52.99 per year.

Dogs from – £15.50 per month to include: 

Annual Vaccination and Health Check

Kennel Cough Vaccine

Six Monthly Comprehensive Health Check

Year Round Flea and Tick Treatment

Year Round Worm Control

Saving up to £134.66 per year.

For all  the above small animal discount schemes there is more. – we offer 10% of additional consultations, neutering, routine dentals,food, and long term medication.

As an additional offer microchipping will be complimentary for those who require.

For further information please contact the reception who will be delighted to assist.

  • For any of your animal friends travelling abroad, all our vets are governed approved “Official Veterinarians”, and are authorised to issue you with passports. These can only be completed after the Rabies Vaccination has been administered.

Please be aware of the following before travelling abroad (within the EU):

  1. Pets travelling within the EU will require a PET Passport
  2. They must also be microchipped
  3. Rabies vaccine must be given at least 21 days prior to travel
  4. Treatment for tapeworm with an approved treatment must be administered by a veterinarian in the country you are visiting, and signed for in your passport 1-5 days prior to your return to the UK

For full details and advise please visit the government website, or get in touch.
www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad

  • Comprehensive blood profiles for both small and large animals
  • Phenobarbitol monitoring for those animals undergoing treatment for epilepsy
  • Faecal worm egg counts and other faecal examinations
  • Other microscopic examinations i.e dermatological samples
  • “SNAP” tests to assist the diagnosis of various common conditions such as giardia, pancreatitis, feline aids
  • For any tests we are not equipped for, we will send samples to the appropriate lab as soon as possible
  • X-ray
  • Ultrasound (including full cardiac functions)
  • ECG
  • Endoscopes

Your dog or cat does not have to live with the pain and reduced mobility of arthritis, bone and ligament injuries and other conditions. Beyond the traditional pain relief and anti-inflammatory therapy we can offer a number of treatments to alleviate the symptoms of arthritis.

Stem Cell Therapy has been used successfully on thousands of dogs and cats (and horses) here in the UK and in the USA and Australia. We can carry out stem cell preparation and treatment in-house using the Lipogems technique. This is a “day stay” treatment.

What are Stem Cells?  They are cells which have the ability to develop into many different types of cell. They play a part in tissue healing. They are found predominantly in the blood stream and in body fat. When injected into arthritic joints they develop into cells capable of producing cartilage.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is used to stimulate healing within the joint. It can also be used in combination with stem cells and seems to give better results than stem cells alone.

What is PRP? This is an extract of the patients own blood in which the platelets have been concentrated. We can obtain an increase the platelet concentration of approximately 8x over the natural blood. (This has been checked by an independent  laboratory, Idexx ltd)

What are Platelets? Platelets are cells are naturally found in blood and promote clotting and tissue repair.

Why are they helpful? Platelets contain over 5000 growth factors which stimulate tissue healing.

How are Stem Cells and PRP used?

After extraction and processing of the cells and/or PRP, the affected joints are cleaned and prepared for injection. The skin needs to be prepared in the same way as for joint surgery. A sterile needle is then introduced into the joint space and the prepared sample injected intra-articularly.

Does this treatment cure arthritis? No, there is as yet no definitive cure for the condition but these therapies can make a huge difference in the affect the condition has on the patient. Owners have reported far better mobility after treatment and a reduction in the use of the pain killers and anti-inflammatory.

Our highly experienced Vet Steve Jones is qualified to carry out acupuncture. He has some very good results with this with a variety of applications. Please contact the practice to arrange an appointment to see him.

Laser therapy has many applications including:

  • Management of pain & inflammation associated with arthritis or soft tissue injuries
  • Speeding healing of wounds, or following orthopaedic surgery

There are various approaches to feeding dogs. Dogs are, like us, omnivorous and can utilise both meat and vegetable food sources. You can feed home produced diets but it should be remembered that many dogs do not cope well will a constantly changing diet, so you need to stick to a core diet.

Commercial diets are more convenient and should supply everything that a dog requires. However some brands may contain excessive amounts of fat and sugars to increase palatability.

Raw feeding is becoming popular at the moment. This gives more roughage and fibre then commercial feeding but does require ‘whole carcase’ feeding, not just muscles. Parasites and bacterial infections are unfortunately a greater risk with this type of feeding.

How much to feed. Young pups need to be fed little and often. We would suggest four meals a day to begin with. As they get older, and tummies get larger, the amount fed per meal can be increased and the frequency dropped.

The amount fed will vary from dog to dog. If they are walking away from the bowl before finishing the meal then amounts offered should be decreased, if the food is being wolfed down and the dish knocked around the room the amount should be increased. Watch the pups weight and body condition and use this to judge if your calorie amount is in the correct area. If you are concerned about feeding your pup please contact us for advice. Remember that less food will be required once the body has stopped growing.

Exercise after feeding. As with us, rigourous excerise immetdiately after a meal is not good. In some larger chested breeds it can even result in stomach twisting, which is a life threatening emergency. We would suggest that dogs are not exercised for one to two hours after eating.

All routine surgeries are carried out in house, by our own vets. We have a wealth of experience in orthopaedic procedures, particularly:

  • Fracture Management
  • Cruciate ligament ruptures – multiple approaches, as different procedures will suite different patients
  • All routine surgeries
  • Neutering
  • Dentals & tooth extractions
  • Lump removals

Its a very exciting time welcoming your new puppy or kitten to your family and we have tailored a puppy and kitten pack to help you and your pet be one step ahead for all your pets needs.

The Pack Includes:

  • The 1st and 2nd Vaccination (3 weeks apart)
  • Worm treatment
  • Flea Treatment
  • 4 weeks free insurance offer
  • File packed full of essential information
  • Full Health Check

Emergency Contact

Please be aware that out of hours visits and consults have a surcharge. Please do not call a vet for routine matters. Thank you for your understanding.

T: 01834 860378

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We will contact you when you medication is ready.
Prescription orders only accepted for registered clients.

For long term medications each animal must be up to date with health checks as advised the royal Veterinary college. If this is due we will contact you to make an appointment before dispencing further medicines.