SMALL ANIMAL ADVICE, WALSALL
Advice for owners of Small Animals
All our small animal clinics are by appointment only. These are run mornings and evenings, Mondays through to Fridays. We have a routine Saturday morning surgery, together with an emergency Sunday morning clinic.Appointments can be available at other times by arrangement, please telephone to enquire. Obviously in an emergency situation we are only a telephone call away. We provide a primary care service for pets from Brownhills, Aldridge, Streetly, Pelsall, Walsall, Willenhall, Great Wyrley, Cannock, Hednesford, Heath Hayes, Chasetown, Burntwood, Hammerwich, Lichfield and some clients travel from as far afield as Stafford, Sutton Coldfield and Tamworth, knowing they will have no further to travel at night or at week ends.
Please scroll down to the bottom of this page for answers to some commonly asked questions about our small animal patients.
Just click on the appropriate heading.
FAQs General Advice for Our Small Animal Patients
VACCINATIONS We recommend that your kitten is vaccinated against the 3 major cat diseases, Feline Respiratory disease, Feline Enteritis and Feline Leukaemia. Whilst the first two are the main requirements for entry to a cattery, it is the Leukaemia that is the killer disease. Luckily, Feline Enteritis is now quite rare.
We use the Intervet vaccines, with the Nobivac Tricat immunizing against infectious respiratory disease caused by Feline Herpes Virus (feline viral rhinotracheitis) and Feline Calicivirus and against Feline Panleucopaenia (Feline infectious enteritis). The Nobivac FeLV protects against infection with the Feline Leukaemia Virus.
At 9 weeks of age – the first dose of Nobivac Tricat is given, together with an optional Nobivac FeLV. At 12 weeks of age or after an interval of no less than 3 weeks, the second dose of Tricat (and FeLV) is given.
Whilst we recommend that your cat/kitten is blood tested for Leukaemia prior to vaccination, vaccinating an infected cat will do no harm.
An ANNUAL BOOSTER is required. This is important as the immunity to the above diseases must be boosted every year to ensure your animal has 100% protection.
NEUTERING QUEENS – We recommend spaying at between 6 and 7 months, depending on the degree of maturity. TOMS – Castrate between 7 to 9 months of age, or before if they are becoming a nuisance or starting to wander.
WORMING ROUNDWORM – We recommend that you worm your kitten every 2 to 3 weeks, until he/she is 6 months old. We include a suitable wormer in the cost of your kitten’s 1st vaccination. TAPEWORM – Ideally de-worm every 6 months from about 6 months of age. If your cat has fleas or kills and eats birds and/or rodents more frequent de-worming may be necessary e.g. every 2-3 months and flea treatment executed.
DOGS VACCINATIONS We recommend that your puppy is vaccinated against Canine Distemper, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Canine Parvovirus, and Canine Leptospiral strains. The vaccine we use also reduces clinical signs of disease caused by Canine Parainfluenza virus infection. We also recommend vaccination against Bordatella Bronchiseptica and parainfluenza (major components of Kennel Cough), particularly before going into kennels.
We use the Intervet vaccines and combinations of Nobivac DHPPi, Nobivac Lepto2, Nobivac PPi and Nobivac KC.
At 8 – 9 weeks of age – the first dose of Nobivac DHPPi and Lepto 2 are administered. At 12 weeks of age – the second dose of the first vaccine is given. (Recent research has shown some individuals do not even respond well to the second vaccine as early as 12 weeks, so although often clients would prefer to finish the vaccination course by 10 weeks, we as a practice would advise finishing no earlier than 12 weeks. In some cases of high risk puppies (such as breeding colonies, Dobermans and Rottweilers), we would recommend a further dose at between 16 and 20 weeks.) If your puppy is 12 weeks old or older we start with the first dose as above, but only give Nobivac PPi and Lepto2 3 to 4 weeks later.
Nobivac KC – from 8 weeks of age.
An ANNUAL BOOSTER is required. This is important as the immunity to some of the above diseases must be boosted every year to ensure your animal has full protection.
NEUTERING Bitches – routine spaying at least 2 months after their first season and preferably no longer than 4 months after a season. We prefer not to spay puppies before their first season. Dogs – we prefer to castrate when they are sexually mature, ideally about 12 months old.
WORMING ROUNDWORM – We recommend that you worm your puppy every 2 to 3 weeks, until he/she is 6 months old. We include a suitable wormer in the cost of your puppy’s 1st vaccination. TAPEWORM – Ideally de-worm every 6 months from about 6 months of age. If your dog has fleas or catches birds and/or rodents more frequent de-worming should be employed e.g. every 2-3 months and flea treatment executed.
WE DO NOT DOCK PUPPIES TAILS OTHER THAN IN CASES OF SEVERE INJURY.
We are happy to discuss Rabies vaccination of your dog or cat for travel abroad, together with all aspects of the Pet Travel scheme.
Please phone for details.
RABBITS VACCINATION As an aid in the prevention of myxomatosis in the rabbit, we use Intervet’s Nobivac Myxo.
From 6 weeks of age a single dose of Nobivac Myxo is given.
Annual revaccination is recommended, although, in high risk cases, re-vaccination every 6 months is preferable.
FEEDING To avoid the dental problems due to Calcium deficiency to which the domestic rabbit is prone, we strongly advise that you do NOT use a pet shop rabbit mix, which contains cereals high in phosphorus. We recommend that you feed a combination of a good quality soft hay, fresh vegetables, such as carrots and a form of commercial rabbit pellets, which have the correct balance of calcium to phosphorus. If you have problems acquiring these pellets, please contact us.
NEUTERING We do not recommend the routine neutering of rabbits, unless males are vicious or unless males and females have to be kept together. Then we prefer to castrate the male.
We are able to spay and castrate ferrets and recommend castration, to avoid unpleasant odours, is performed before 6 months of age. It is essential that non-breeding Jills are spayed, as they are very prone to fatal hormonal disease.
We can microchip any pet for you. It is a once in a lifetime injection of a tiny microchip under your pet’s skin – with a lifelong nationwide registration record of your pet’s identity. If he or she gets lost or is stolen, you have proof of ownership. If this is performed with either a vaccination or operation, we give a £5.00 discount off our standard microchipping price. Please enquire.
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Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Consultations by Appointment Only
We provide a friendly personal and professional service, with our OWN 24 hour, 7 day a week emergency cover.
This Out of Hours service is for registered clients only.
Phone: 01543 373033
Fax: 01543 375852
Lichfield Road, Brownhills, West Midlands WS8 6LS