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Preventative health care

At vet crèche we believe prevention is better than cure, we offer a wide range of preventative health services at a reasonable cost...

 

 

Please phone  or click here to book your treatment, please notify us by phone or email us if you are unable to make your appointment.

 

Raw feeding consultations and allergy testing 

Vet crèche is a pro-raw vet clinic, Adele is one of the only vets in Scotland that is an advocate of responsible raw feeding and has seen first-hand the difference raw feeding has made to her three dogs Fidget, Fergie and Tig. Tig the bulldog always had soft faeces until he started eating raw food! Fergie the French bulldog has skin allergies and will lick her feet; by performing an allergy blood test Adele was able to find out what specific meat proteins Fergie was allergic to and formulate a raw diet around these results, a truly bespoke diet just for Fergie and Adele can do this for your dog too!

 

If you are interested in raw food, then please have a read though our raw food section which contains an introduction to raw feeding and a raw feeding guide as well as a list of all our products and prices.

 

If you would like to change your dog to a raw food diet, then Adele can help you with a raw food consultation. During this consultation Adele will perform a thorough health assessment of your dog including a weight and body condition check, and a heart, skin and teeth check. Adele will have a thorough chat with you about your dogs level of exercise and any food intolerances you may have noticed for example anything that has caused vomiting, diarrhoea or itchiness in the past. By measuring your dog’s weight and body condition score Adele will advise you on how may grams of raw meat to feed per day. She will advise on the amount of meals your dog should have per day, for example large breeds should be fed a minimum of twice daily to prevent a gastric torsion. She will also advise you on appropriate raw treats for the size of your dog, for example a toy breed or small dog can be fed a chicken wing but a medium or large breed dog might try to eat this in one go and choke!

Allergy testing is a blood test which allows us to look for allergic reactions to food in your dog’s blood.  All the test involves is a sample of blood taken from the blood vessel in your dog’s neck, this only takes a few seconds. We send this off to the lab and get a full food profile back within 7 days. Adele will spend time analysing these results, she will then formulate a full food profile for your dog and list everything they can and can’t eat. She will also advise on supplements. You can be safe in the knowledge that you are providing your dog with a healthy, balanced and nutritious diet. After all, you are what you eat and we want your dogs to be as healthy as possible! Allergy testing for environmental allergens such as grasses, trees and weeds is also available, this can be done at the same time as the food panel or separately. When treating allergies we are aiming to lower the amount of allergens so your dog is not pushed over their 'allergy threshold.' If your dog is still displaying allergic signs after a food trial we may need to investigate environmental allergens also.

Please click here for prices and call us to book a raw food consultation and/or allergy testing

Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture

At Vet crèche we are very lucky to have Reagan Carnwath of Herbal Vet Scotland working with us. Reagan is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the Raw Feeding Veterinary Society, the British Association of Veterinary Herbalists and the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and specialises in herbal medicine and acupuncture.

Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into the patient’s body to relieve symptoms of disease or promote wellbeing. It has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. Under UK law the act of acupuncture can only be performed by a Registered Veterinary Surgeon.

 

Before acupuncture is given your pet will be examined to assess the condition being treated. Once the needles are inserted they are left in place for around 20 minutes. Patient response can vary, however, many animals become relaxed and even fall asleep. Acupuncture can be used to inhibit pain pathways and can also cause the release of hormones and chemical messengers in the body resulting in more generalised pain relief.

 

Acupuncture can be used for a range of clinical conditions or diseases including:

 

  • Arthritis

  • Chronic pain

  • Skin conditions

  • Digestive conditions

  • Behavioural problems (often associated with pain)

  • Chronic respiratory conditions

  • Urinary Issues

Reagan is qualified in both the western approach to acupuncture and she holds a diploma in traditional Chinese acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society.

 

Herbal medicine has been used for thousands of years. It is the prevention of illness or treatment of disease with plants. The plants can be given internally as teas, tinctures, dried herbs and capsules or externally as ointments, creams, teas or gels. Herbal medicine can be used for preventative care, as part of holistic practice and in a range of clinical conditions including:

 

  • Arthritis

  • Cancer

  • COPD

  • Digestive issues

  • Diarrhoea

  • Heart problems

  • Kidney problems

  • Laminitis

  • Liver problems

  • Nervousness

  • Respiratory problems

  • Sinusitis

  • Skin problems

 

If you think your pet would benefit from any of these therapies, then please contact us.

Rainbow Bridge at home euthanasia service

At vet crèche we know that your pet is part of your family, and the most difficult part of owning a pet is when you have to make the decision to say goodbye to them. Having been in practice for nearly 9 years Adele can appreciate that a veterinary clinic is not always the most appropriate place for euthanasia to be performed. Your pet is in a place they may only have visited once a year, the vet may be rushing between consults and there may be a queue of people in the waiting room. For this reason, Adele has created an ‘at home’ euthanasia service called Rainbow Bridge. If you are unsure whether it is the right time to say goodbye Adele can come to your house for an initial visit to assess your pets condition and quality of life, she will help you to decide when the time is right. When you have made this decision Adele will make a second visit to perform the euthanasia. For more information please call us on 0141 370 0282.