Did you know that May is Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month? This gives us an opportunity to focus on the great work our nurses do, and how they can support you in keeping your pets healthy! Coming to the vets is not just about seeing the vet when your pet is sick – our nurses are here to support you at every stage of your pet’s life!
Our nurses provide a number of supportive services through their consultations, often at a reduced fee or free of charge:
Puppy or Kitten consultations:
If you are thinking of, or have just acquired, a new addition to your home, then why not come in and have a chat with one of our nurses? They will be able to give you great advice around diet, exercise, socialisation, dental health, environmental enrichment and healthcare. If you have questions on any topics ranging from vaccinations and neutering, to how long you should walk your new puppy for and how to stop your new kitten swinging from the curtains, our nurses are here to help you give your furry family members the best start in life.
In the same way that we often find our waistlines creeping up as we get older, so do our pets. This has a huge impact on their quality of life – it puts extra strain on their hearts and joints and can lead to illnesses such as diabetes. We know how hard it can be to resist those puppy dog eyes, or stop that cat paw sneaking out for an extra treat – so our nurses are here to help and provide support. They have a wealth of knowledge on diets and ways to get even the laziest cat, or reluctant pooch, to increase their exercise! They can also advise on what diets and treats are out there with less calories, and advise where you can cut back to give the best results. Most importantly, they will be a source of support for you, with regular scheduled weigh-ins and moral support through the process. They will celebrate with you when your pet reaches their goal weight and you see their quality of life improve.
As our furry family members age, they can often have other problems start to develop. These can include slowing down and struggling to get up and down stairs, having accidents in the house, getting confused and losing their hearing or their eyesight. While a lot of these conditions will need to be seen by the vet for a diagnosis, and possibly treatment, our nurses are on hand to give practical supportive advice. They can help you find a way to best support your older pet with normal daily activities, and adapting your house and routine to best help them. They can do routine monitoring such as testing urine samples to make sure their kidneys are still working well, and if needed check their blood pressure to make sure there are no problems sneaking up on them. If either of these tests show an abnormality, they will recommend your pet sees the vet to have further investigation.
Our nurses are also able to provide a number of supportive services such as microchipping, giving puppies and kittens their second vaccinations, applying flea treatment and helping you with giving tablets. They are also able to clip claws and express anal glands as well as give advice.
Our nurses have so much to give and we are so proud of the level of knowledge and expertise they work to attain – all to help your pets live the happiest and healthiest lives possible. Next time you have a question – please do ask one of our team, they will be happy to help.