Holistic and conventional medicine
A vaccine is a biological preparation containing antigenic material - that is biological material that will induce an immune response in an animal against a specific infection. The response induced by vaccines is an active one involving the production of antibodies against the infectious agent, by the vaccinated animal. Once sufficient antibodies have been produced, and the animal's immune system has been "primed" against the infectious agent, the vaccinated animal has a degree of protection against infection, and in some cases it may have cross-protection against other infections as well. Depending upon the type of vaccine and the infectious agent involved, protection may be life-long following a vaccination - or it may reduce with time, requiring repeat vaccination at regular intervals.
Dogs should be vaccinated for the first time when they are young puppies from 8 weeks old with a second vaccination at 10 weeks old, this is the primary vaccination course. This course is followed by annual booster vaccinations to maintain protection. Dogs are vaccinated against canine parvovirus, distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza and kennel cough (Bordetella bronchiseptica). The kennel cough vaccine is a separate vaccination that is squirted up one nostril to give a local protection.
New puppy pre-vaccine check: free
Puppy health check and vaccination course: £60
Annual dog wellness check and vaccine: £38
Kennel cough vaccine: £24.50 (or £18.50 with annual booster)
Puppy pack: £49
Cats should be vaccinated at 9 weeks old followed by a second vaccination 3 weeks later. This is followed by yearly boosters to maintain protection. Cats can be vaccinated against cat flu viruses, feline infectious enteritis and feline leukaemia virus. The feline leukaemia vaccine is an optional vaccine and is recommended for outdoor cats.
New kitten pre-vaccine check: free
Kitten health check and vaccination course: £55.50 (£60 with feline leukaemia)
Annual cat wellness check vaccine (flu and enteritis only): £36.00
Annual cat wellness check and vaccine (with leukaemia vaccine): £39.00
Puppy and Kitten packs
Our puppy and kitten packs are a great way of making sure you have all bases covered for the first 6 months of your puppy/kitten’s life. The pack includes:
The primary vaccination course (or second vaccination and KC vaccine)
Four weeks’ free pet insurance
First flea and worming treatment
A free monthly weight check with our nurse
A 6 month developmental check up with the vet
An introduction to raw feeding (optional)
Pup pack also includes 4 free days of puppy day care
Pup pack also includes free entry to puppy learn and play party
Packs are £49.00 each!!
Antibody titre testing
At Vet crèche we are happy to introduce VacciCheck. VacciCheck is a blood test that we can perform at the practice to measure antibody levels in your dog for Parvovirus, Distemper, and Infectious Hepatitis. By doing this we can determine their vaccination status and prevent consequences associated with over or under vaccination.
VacciCheck can be used in puppies around 18-19 weeks old to make sure that they have developed the antibodies they need to fight these diseases. Thereafter it can be used on a yearly basis as part of your dog’s annual wellness check to ensure that your dog is not over vaccinated. Over vaccination has been linked to inflammatory diseases such as encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), arthritis, and colitis and also immune mediated diseases and cancer.
We still advise a yearly kennel cough vaccination as there is currently no antibody test for this and kennel cough infections are much less severe if a dog has been vaccinated often not requiring any treatment.
We will accept antibody titres as proof of core vaccinations for entry into our dog day care service but dogs are also required to be vaccinated against leptospirosis and kennel cough.
The antibody titre test is £50
This price includes taking the blood sample, running the test and an annual wellness check.
Vaccinations are given at a reduced price when combined with antibody titre testing:
Lepto only: £15
Lepto + Kennel Cough: £30
DHPPiL only: £15
DHPPiL + Kennel Cough: £30
Further articles about over vaccination ….
A microchip is a small electronic chip, about the size of a grain of rice, which is implanted under your pet's skin and contains a unique number that can be read by a scanner.
Your contact details relating to each number are logged on a central database, so should your pet ever go missing or be stolen it can be scanned and returned to you swiftly and safely. It is vital that you take responsibility for updating your details with the database should your circumstances change. It is now a legal requirement to have your dog microchipped with up to date information stored on the database.
A microchip at Vet Crèche is £15
Worm, flea and tick treatment
Your pet’s anti-parasite treatments will depend on each individual pet’s risk factors, for example, if a dog eat slugs or snails it would be advisable to cover against lungworm; if they go for lots of country walks in long grass then tick treatments would be a priority; maybe your cat won’t take tablets so a spot-on treatment is easier to administer. We can discuss your pet’s individual risk factors and advise and appropriate anti-parasite programme so they are protected effectively while also avoiding overuse of insecticides.
Bitch spay – we advise spaying female dogs after they have their first season to allow for growth and development. There are several benefits to neutering your female:
No false pregnancy, which is common in bitches and can occur after each season. It can result in distress to the bitch. A bitch undergoing a false pregnancy may produce milk, lose her appetite and exhibit adverse behavioural problems and anxiety. You may need to buy a medicine to stop milk production which can be expensive.
Pyometra and other uterine diseases are avoided - unspayed bitches can develop pyometra later in life which is a fatal bacterial infection of the uterus, which requires expensive life-saving surgery. Spaying a healthy bitch does not involve the risks of spaying an older unwell bitch with toxaemia (toxins in the bloodstream) arising from the pyometra. Although rarer, pyometra can also occur in younger females.
It reduces the risk of mammary tumours as the relative risk of mammary tumours increases progressively with each successive season. Bitches spayed before the second season have a lower prevalence of mammary tumours than entire bitches.
No oestrus: oestrus (season or "heat") occurs about every six months in entire bitches. During this time bitches have to be kept away from other dogs and walked under close supervision.
There are some reservations about spaying but most are not justified when examined more closely. Spaying may predispose to weight increase but dietary management can control this. Urinary incontinence can occasionally be associated with spaying but whether that relates to the age at which the bitch was spayed is unknown. The British Veterinary Association (BVA) believes the benefits of spaying a female dog outweigh any potential risks that are involved with the procedure. All patients receiving this surgery have an IV cannula as standard, allowing instant access to the vein.
1 - 15kg £200
16 - 30kg £240
31 - 50kg £290
51kg + £320
We advise castrating dogs when they are fully developed, this is usually around 9 to 12 months for small breed dogs and 12-18 months for large breed dogs. The benefits of castration include:
It limits straying, particularly in response to bitches in season, which causes nuisance and unwanted litters
It can be used as a treatment for excessive and unacceptable sexual behaviour towards bitches, people and inanimate objects
For medical reasons e.g. to prevent or remove testicular tumours or reduce perianal adenomas (cancer of the anal glands) or prostatic hyperplasia (a benign but very painful condition of the prostate gland which can cause blood in the urine and lethargy).
16 - 30kg £180
31- 50kg £220
50kg + £240
Male and female cats can be neutered from 5 months old welfare benefits of neutering cats include:
reduction in the numbers of roaming cats injured or killed in road traffic accidents
reduction in fighting, and thus a reduction in infected wounds, abscesses and spread of FIV infection
prevention of unwanted pregnancies – there are already way too many kittens in our rescue centres!
Prices: cat castration £65
cat spay £85
Dental scale and polish
Dental disease is the most common infectious disease of our pets. It is estimated that over 80% of cats and dogs over the age of 3 years require dental treatment now! Our pets are very good at hiding dental disease so it can be difficult to recognise the signs of a sore mouth. Smelly breath, poor appetite, weight loss and ulcers are just some of the symptoms of an unhappy mouth. Dental disease has also been linked to poor general health and damage to internal organs such as the kidneys through the spread of harmful bacteria from the mouth.
During the treatment we use an ultrasonic scaler to remove any build-up of tartar and calculus on the teeth. We then probe around the teeth, record any damage and remove any teeth that require extraction. Pets that have significant dental disease may have severe damage to the gum and the ligaments holding the tooth in place. These teeth are painful, infected and at risk of forming an abscess. Unfortunately, once the gum and tooth are severely damaged, there is no way to reverse the disease and repair the tooth. Usually, pets with significant dental disease need to have multiple extractions to remove infection and stop severe pain. At Vet Crèche we do everything to make sure this is as painless as possible, using pain relief injections and medication to go home with.
Finally, we perform a polish to smooth out the tooth surface and restore nice resistant enamel. This has to be done under a short anaesthetic, otherwise we can’t see all the teeth (and we might lose a few fingers in the process!).
Regular cleaning of your dog or cat’s teeth combined with yearly dental check-ups (which are part of the wellness exam) are a vital part of ensuring your pet is happy and healthy and from preventing further extractions. Feeding a raw food diet, especially raw meaty bones is a great way to keep your dog’s mouth clean and healthy.
Extractions incur an extra charge as there is extra time and work involved in extracting teeth, especially large teeth like the molars. Canine teeth have an extremely long root and require a special extraction technique called a ‘buccal flap’ to allow access to the root and removal of the tooth.
We also offer intravenous fluid therapy (IVFT) which is a ‘drip’ used to support your pet’s blood pressure and circulation during anaesthesia, this makes it safer and results in a quicker recovery time.
The cost of fluid support is £50.
Nail clips for dogs and cats are £10.00
Anal Gland Empty
Anal gland expression is £15.00
Pet Travel (coming soon)
Rabies vaccination £50
Issue of new pet passport £50
Fitness to travel examination £28.50
Ultrasound scan from 30 days £40
Puppy vaccinations 1st vaccine only £24.50
1st and 2nd vaccine £45
Raw feeding mother and pup package tailored individually