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We have developed a range of services to allow you to keep your pets fit and healthy. We want you to have maximum enjoyment from these special companions and for them to live a full and happy life.

We recommend that whenever you acquire a new pet you arrange a consultation with a Veterinary Surgeon so that a thorough health check can be performed. This also provides an opportunity to discuss pet health care including correct feeding, vaccinations and parasite control.

The nurses offer free development, weight and dental checks throughout the life of your pet.

We are here throughout your pet's life to help your pet stay healthy. Regular examinations allow the earlier detection of abnormalities and these are much easier to treat, and usually have better outcomes the earlier they are diagnosed.

We recommend an annual health check for all pets but when they are older a 6 monthly check is very beneficial.

Vaccinations have been very effective in reducing the incidence of many life-threatening infectious diseases, but these diseases do still exist.
Dogs, cats and rabbits should be vaccinated from a young age to protect against the worst infectious diseases. A vaccination does not last for a pet's life and an annual injection is required to maintain protection.
We understand that every patient is unique and the veterinary surgeons will discuss the vaccine protocols offered and tailor them to your pets needs. At the time of vaccination a full clinical examination is also performed.

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Parasite Control
It is very important to use safe and effective products which give full protection against the wide range of parasites.
For clients taking their pets abroad the choice must be compatable with the PETS passport scheme.
Please consult us so that we may tailor our recommendation to your pet's needs.

Parasites include:

Lung worm: a very significant life threatening risk to your dog. We strongly recommend monthly treatment with advocate to protect against this and the majority of other parasites.

Roundworm: which can be passed from animals to humans and cause blindness.

Fleas: can set up an infestation at home and cause serious skin disease on your pet.

Ticks: these are a problem here and a more serious one in mainland Europe, where they transmit a number of diseases.

Other parasites include skin and ear mites, tapeworm and other worms.

Rabbits are particularly at risk from fly strike (maggot infestation) in warm weather and can also have serious ill health from a parasite E cuniculi.

Nutrition and other Pet Care Products
Your pet's health and appearance will benefit greatly from being fed a correct diet. Diets can be chosen to achieve certain aims, treat certain conditions and should reflect your pet's lifestyle.

We recommend ROYAL CANIN diets which can be purchased from our surgeries. Please visit www.royal.canin for more information.

A significant amount of ill health in Rabbits relates to incorrect feeding.

We also stock a range of items such as shampoos, toys, training aids, ear cleaner and toothpaste. These products have been specifically selected to enhance the health of your pet and advise on their use is available form our trained staff.

We recommend that male and female cats can be neutered at 5 1/2- 6 months of age.
Male dogs are usually castrated from 6 months onwards, although individual client attitudes to this vary and so it is best discussed with our veterinary surgeons or nurses.

We advise that female dogs are spayed, unless they are to have a litter. It is possible for the operation to be performed before the first season or more than 3 months after a season.

Rabbits can be neutered from 4 months of age; there is a high incidence of cancer of the womb in female rabbits and so neutering is especially advised.

Female ferrets should be neutered before their first season because they may otherwise devleop life threatening anaemia.

A microchip is a permanent ID system, it involves a chip being injected under the skin of the scruff. This can be done from any age; although the injection is quite large and so for small patients it is often better to wait until they are more fully grown. In cats they are ideally microchiped while they are being neutered at 6 months of age.

Dental Care
Dental disease is common in dogs, cats and rabbits and the potential for this can be improved by a Dental Care Plan. If started at a young age, dogs and cats can be trained to accept teeth brushing; there are also feeding plans to minimise tartar build up. In rabbits correct feeding can all but eliminate dental and digestive problems. Nurses all perform free dental checks, and can tell you when your pet needs a Scale and Polish to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

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Home Visits
We provide a home visit service for non urgent cases; these are by arrangement and usually between 11am and 3pm Monday to Friday.
We also encourage home visits for pets, in particular cats, who dislike coming to the surgery

We do advise that for urgent or emergency cases you call the surgery and immediately bring your pet to the hospital as we have all the required facilities and nursing staff available 24 hours a day.

Pet Passports
We are authorised to provide PET passports. The procedure consists of inserting a microchip and then a rabies vaccination.The pet cannot travel on the passport for another 21 days.

For up to date information please contact our Veterinary Hospital on 01252 721191 or DEFRA on 01189 596695. For the DEFRA website please click and visit the website.

Pet Insurance
Each year 1 in 3 pets is injured or becomes ill* and needs urgent veterinary treatment. Insurance can help you cover the cost of these unexpected bills leaving you free to concentrate on helping an important member of your family recover.

We recommend having your pet insured and are accredited as an Appointed Representative of Vetsure Pet Insurance ®. Through working relationships with the veterinary profession Vetsure aims to offer the best value for money premiums and access to the highest standards of treatment through their network of trusted practices.

We promote Vetsure Pet Insurance® because...

Vetsure make it simple: We are part of the trusted Vetsure network. This means that Vetsure are happy for us to settle the bill directly with them when you make an eligible claim. After treatment you simply pay us the policy excess.

Vetsure for tailored cover: Pick and choose from a range of benefits and benefit levels to suit your budget. To further adjust your monthly premium, you can choose from a range of excess levels (£69, £109 or £149).

Vetsure cover for life: If your pet develops an ongoing condition like arthritis or diabetes, the vet treatment benefits offered will recharge every year for each condition**. Vetsure also only charge the excess once per unrelated condition – many insurers charge the excess every year – which can soon make costs add up.

For more information about Vetsure Pet Insurance - or to obtain a quote - visit the Vetsure website or call 0800 050 20 22.

Alternatively, ask a clinic staff member to arrange a call from the Vetsure team at your convenience!

*source: Datamonitor - UK Pet Insurance 2008.
**provided your premiums are kept up to date and your policy remains in place.

We offer acupuncture for conditions such as chronic joint pain and back problems. This procedure can be carried out at either our Farnham Hospital or Aldershot Surgery by Sarah Moore.

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