Vets for Pets & Small Animals
Caring for Your Pets
At Williams Vets our dedicated and experienced team of vets and nurses provide a wide range of services to our small animal clients. We provide a high level of care for all species including exotics and poultry.
We have a range of diagnostic and surgical equipment to enable accurate diagnosis.
At all three branches, we have designated consulting and operating times. We suggest that you phone to make an appointment in order to prevent you having to wait, which may distress your pet.
Williams Vets work closely with The Dogs Trust and Cats Protection. This allows us to offer discounted neutering for certain breeds of dogs for both farm pets and those who are in receipt of benefits. We also accept neutering vouchers from The Cats Protection which can be applied for directly from The Cats Protection. Please contact us for more details and to see if you qualify for assistance.
There are many reasons for neutering:
In bitches it prevents unwanted puppies and the inconvenience of coping with a bitch on heat and in female cats it prevents unwanted kittens. It also avoids reproductive problems and uterus infections, and reduces the risk of mammary tumours.
In male dogs it can help with some behavioural problems and in tom cats it reduces the urge to wander , so they are less likely to have traffic accidents or get into fights, it also reduces the tendency to spray urine, and prevents the distinctive "Tom Cat" smell.
Please contact us to discuss the possible benefits of neutering and the optimum timing for the surgery.
We advise that any dog or cat is weighed accurately before treatment; you may bring your pet to the surgery for a free weigh-in.
Puppies and Kittens - against toxocara/roundworms thoroughly. Worm with Panacur every 2 weeks up to 12 weeks of age, then monthly until 6 months.
Adult Dogs and Cats - Worm every 3 months against roundworms and tapeworms. Scavengers /hunters may need worming every 2 months.
Pregnant Bitches and Queens - We advise worming daily with Panacur from day 40 of pregnancy; this prevents Toxocara larvae infecting the pups through the placenta, and later the milk.
Lactating Bitches and Cats - Worm against roundworms at the same time as puppies and kittens.
FLEAS AND TICKS
We recommend that cats and dogs are treated regularly with a veterinary prescription product. Treatment intervals can range from monthly for dogs, depending on the individual situation and the product being used. Preventative control should continue throughout the year.
We also advise that the house be treated once a year using a specially designed household flea spray unless you are using a product which combines two active ingredients in a single spot on to protect both your pet and your home from fleas. Fleas can also carry a type of intestinal tapeworm so we recommend that worming and flea treatment should be carried out together to maximise the health of your pet. Your vet can recommend a broad spectrum wormer to use alongside your regular flea control.
In some cases your pet may require a vet or a nurse appointment prior to treatment. This enables us to give your pet a health and weight check so confirming drug suitability and to authorise the purchase of flea treatment.
VACCINATING YOUR DOG
It is possible to vaccinate against the following diseases:
- Canine Distemper
- Infectious Hepatitis
- Parainfluenza (a cause of kennel cough
- Bordetella (Kennel cough)
- Rabies (for the Pet Travel Scheme)
Early vaccination is recommended, as it means your puppy can be safely taken out and can socialise with other dogs and people at an early age.
The initial course consists of two injections, given 2 weeks apart.
We recommend starting from 8 weeks old, the second injection cannot be given until at least 10 weeks old.
Many of the vaccines need only be administered every three years, but Leptospira and kennel cough need to be given annually.
During the booster consultation your dog will receive a thorough health examination, which will help us to identify symptoms of early disease. Also advice can be given on worming, flea treatments, diets, behaviour etc.
It is important to ensure your pet's immunity does not lapse, as many of the diseases vaccinated against are potentially fatal. Also vaccinations are essential if your dog needs to go into kennels.
VACCINATING YOUR CAT
It is possible to vaccinate against the following diseases:
- Feline Enteritis
- Viral rhinotracheitis ('cat flu')
- Feline calicivirus ('cat flu')
- Feline Leukaemia
- Feline Bordetella
As well as the 'cat flu' and enteritis it is advisable to vaccinate against feline leukaemia, as this is a fatal disease that is predominantly spread through fighting and mating.
We can now vaccinate against Bordetella - a respiratory infection that is especially likely to occur in multi-cat environments and when mixing with other cats at shows or in catteries.
Kittens need two doses of vaccines 3 weeks apart, starting from 9 weeks old.
Yearly vaccinations against the main feline infectious diseases are advisable.
During the booster consultation your cat will receive a thorough health examination, which will help us to identify symptoms of early disease. Also advice can be given on worming, flea treatments, diets, behaviour etc.
It is important to ensure your pet's immunity does not lapse, as many of the diseases vaccinated against are potentially fatal. Also vaccinations are essential if your cat needs to go into a cattery.
A microchip is very small (the size of a grain of rice), and is implanted under the skin between the shoulder blades. Your pet’s unique microchip number is registered with a national database, along with your name, address, phone number and details of your pet. These are held securely and only passed onto registered premises such as vets, dog wardens and re-homing centres if your pet is lost so that you can be contacted.
On 6 April 2016 the UK law was changed so that all dogs over 8 weeks old must be microchipped. The law means that:
•Any dog over 8 weeks old must be microchipped.
•Owner details must be kept up-to-date and stored with an approved database company.
•Your dog must still wear a collar and tag with your contact details on when in public.
•If your dog is scanned and found not to have a microchip you’ll have 21 days to get them microchipped. If you don’t, you’ll face a fine of £500.
PETS Travel Scheme
The EU Pet Travel Scheme permits the movement of pet animals (dogs, cats and ferrets) to the UK without the need for quarantine, providing they meet certain conditions, such as having the correct documentation, identification, vaccinations and treatments. Please contact any branch for more details or follow this link https://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad.