Gum and mouth disease occurs in 80% of dogs and cats older than 3 years and is also a common problem in rabbits and rodents. Here at Cedarwood Vets we recognise the importance of dental care and therefore have installed advanced dental facilities to carry out both routine oral hygiene work and treatment of more advanced dental and periodontal disease.
All pets undergoing Veterinary dental treatment will have a full oral examination alongside a full set of dental radiographs, taken using our state of the art digital dental x-ray system, to assess the health of the teeth below the gum line to ensure any problems can be correctly identified and treated.
A through dental cleaning process involving performing a scale and polish with our piezoelectric scaler is performed on every patient allowing treatment of periodontal and gum disease.
After oral examination and x-ray, teeth identified as too severely affected by periodontal disease to be treated via a scale and polish alone will then be extracted by the most appropriate method. The Veterinary surgeons at Cedarwood Vets are highly trained and equipped with the skill set to perform both non-surgical and surgical extractions in a safe and efficient manner. Local anaesthetics are used alongside general anaesthesia and appropriate painkillers to ensure a smooth anaesthetic & minimal post-operative pain.
Endoscopy is a high tech minimally invasive procedure that allows the Vet to see and record a live image of the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts. It involves the passing of a tube with a tiny camera on the end into the body. Diagnosis of some conditions can be achieved by taking small biopsies of the structures. In some situations it can also be used to retrieve foreign bodies such as fishhooks & grass seeds that your pet may have accidentally swallowed.
Food and Medication Repeat Prescription
You can order repeat prescriptions for medication and food via our website or via our automated telephone system when you call the practice.
Please be advised that the majority of our medications, including all of our flea and worm treatment are prescription only medication (POM-V). Every time a repeat medication is dispensed, it must be checked by a vet and cross referenced with the medical and dispensing history of your pet. This is a legal requirement. We therefore ask for at least 24 hours notice to dispense any repeat medications.
If your medication or food is not in stock, we can order this and expect it to arrive at the practice by the afternoon of the following day. The only exception to this would be any Dangerous Drugs which may take longer to arrive. If you are unsure if your medication falls in to this category, please ask a member of the team.
Neutering is a commonly performed procedure in Veterinary Practice that can carry many health and lifestyle benefits when carried out at an appropriate time. The procedure of neutering a male is termed castration and neutering a female is termed spaying.
Cats can be neutered from 4 months of age in order to prevent unwanted pregnancies, reduce injuries associated with straying and fighting and to prevent urine spraying.
The timing of neutering in dogs depends on the breed and temperament of the dog and we would be happy to discuss your individual dog with you in order to neuter at an appropriate age and time in their life. Some smaller breeds can be neutered from 6 months whereas in larger breeds it is often advisable to wait until 3 months after their first season in females and after a year to eighteen months of age in males.
At our nurse clinics the team offer:
- 2nd vaccinations
- Post operative checks
- Puppy and kitten checks
- Flea and worm treatment
- Anal glands
- Nail clips
- Blood and urine work
- Weight clinics
- Dental checks
- Healthy Pet Club 6 monthly checks
- Nutritional advice
- Behaviour advice
- Ear cleaning
- Long term medication administration
- Tick removal
- Pre puppy and kitten advice
Our Registered Veterinary Nurses perform the post operative checks on your pets after they have had a surgical procedure to check on the healing and recovery process of your pet. They will perform a visual and physical exam of the surgical site to be sure it is healing as it should be, perform a pain score exam on your pet to assess if they are painful or not and will advise you on how to care for your pet during the recovery period.
Soft Tissue Surgery
Our skilled team of Vets are highly trained in order to perform both routine and more complex soft tissue procedures. Surgeries that can be undertaken here include but are not limited to;
- Mass and tumour removals
- Ophthalmic surgery
-Cherry eye surgery
-Ectopic cilia removal
- Liver biopsy/lobectomy
- Bladder surgery
- Oral surgery
- Aural Haematoma and ear canal surgeries
- Hernia repairs
- Anal gland removal (anal sacculectomy)
If you wish to take your pet (dog, cat or ferret) on holiday with you to Europe, they need to be issued with a PETS Passport. At Cedarwood Vets we have Vets who have undertaken the additional training required in order to be licensed to issue these passports.
In order to be issued with a PETS passport your pet needs to be microchipped and vaccinated against Rabies, these can be done at the time of issuing the passport. Your pet will then be able to travel to Europe from 3 weeks after the date of vaccination.
The rabies vaccination should then be repeated every 3 years, and providing there is no lapse in vaccination they will be able to travel in and out of the UK to Europe as you wish, with an up to date passport.
Before re-entry into the UK your pet will need to be seen by a vet in Europe between 24 and 120 hours before your planned return. They will worm your pet with a wormer effective against Echinococcus; a nasty parasite that can be fatal if transmitted to humans (The species of Echinococcus in question is not currently found in the UK and it is government policy to keep it out). The vet will then stamp and sign the relevant section of the passport to allow your pet to travel back into the UK.
If you wish to take your pet outside Europe we recommend you contact us so we can advise you of the best way of finding out the individual requirements for the country you are visiting. These requirements vary drastically between countries.
Ultrasonography is a non-invasive way of assessing structures with the abdomen, chest, heart and the eye. In most animals it can be performed without the need for sedation or anaesthesia.
Ultrasound is a form of sound wave, which can pass through skin and tissues into the body. The sound waves are directed through the area the vet wants to look at and some of them are reflected back like an echo. These echoes are then organised into an image on the screen by the computer that the vet is then able to interpret.
To ensure good contact between the Ultrasound probe head and the skin of your pet, the hair will be shaved off and ultrasound gel applied.
Results of the scan will be discussed with you the same day. However in some cases ultrasound is used to facilitate taking samples which may need to be sent to the lab for testing, so these results may take a few more days to come back.
If your pet is due their annual health check and vaccination, is feeling under the weather, requires reassessment of a long-term health condition, has been injured or you are in any way worried about the health of your pet then you will be booked a consultation with one of our highly qualified Veterinary surgeons.
All of our consultations are 15 minutes long, although for more complicated issues some may take longer. During every consultation our vets will perform a full clinical examination of your pet and advise you of their findings and discuss with you the recommended treatment or investigations.
Radiography (X-ray) is very useful in diagnosing certain conditions, especially conditions affecting the bones and those affecting the chest but can also be used to look for objects your pet may have accidentally eaten, or masses within the abdomen.
Normally your pet would require sedation or general anaesthesia to ensure that they lie still enough while the image is taken in order to get a high quality diagnostic image.
Results of the radiographs will be available the same day, however in some cases we may send the images to Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging for a full report which may take up to a couple more days to come back.