Nurse Clubs & Pet Health Counsellors
Our team of qualified veterinary nurses are able to provide a range of services and helpful advice to assist you in caring for your pets throughout their life.
- Post operative checks, stitch removals and dressing changes following surgery
- Nail clipping
- Administering flea and worming treatments, medication and advice on parasite control
- Puppy parties to help develop your puppy’s socialisation skills
- Oral care
- Weight management clubs
- Healthcare from birth through to your pet’s senior years including puppy and kitten clubs, junior and senior clubs
- Travel Clinics
- Advice before obtaining a pet
- Advice on insurance and the policies available
We also have a qualified Royal Canin Pet Health Counsellor at each of our branches. This is a service run by Cinque Ports Vets to help with the common questions and problems which so often arise with caring for your pets. We can help you ensure a long and happy life for your pet companion.
Including the services mentioned above, Pet Health Counsellors can offer free, in depth advice on:
- Nutritional consultations including advice on feeding and our range of Prescription and Lifestage diets available from your local branch. We can calculate your pet’s individual calorie requirements ensuring that they receive their exact requirements
- Mobility clubs including advice on weight control, exercise, diet, long term NSAID’s (non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs) and supplement support, laser therapy, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and acupuncture
- We can also support you and your pet if they are diagnosed with a medical condition for example diabetes, kidney disease, hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.
- Feline and Canine behavioural and training advice such as noise phobias or house soiling
We also have a qualified behaviourist available at our Lydd branch who is happy to help with a range of canine behavioural problems and basic training issues.
Early socialisation is one of the most important factors in bringing up a balanced and well behaved dog. At Cinque Ports Vets we run puppy parties at some of our branches, aimed at puppies who are under 14 weeks of age and in between their first and second vaccinations.
Although you cannot allow your puppy to be out and about until after their second vaccination, the parties give your puppy a chance to meet other puppies in a controlled and safe environment. You will be able to gain advice on nutrition, parasites, neutering and training and have a guided tour around the surgery and meet some of the team.
Weight Management Clubs
With nearly 50% of the pet population overweight, it is more important than ever to monitor your pets’ weight closely. Although obesity can be caused by some diseases the main reason pets become overweight is because the food they eat contains more energy than they use up.
Several factors can make it more likely that your pet will become overweight including their breed, age and whether they have been neutered. Ultimately this leads to serious health problems including heart disease, arthritis and joint problems, diabetes and respiratory disease.
We run free clubs to assess your pets’ weight and offer the best advice to improve your pet’s quality of life. This may be just working out a reduction in their everyday diet, increasing their daily exercise or it can mean calculating a tailor made weight loss program with a calorie controlled diet to help your pet reach their target weight. It is very important to lose weight safely and to ensure your pet only loses fat tissue rather than muscle mass. We recommend attending the club every 2 to 3 weeks so their weight loss can be closely monitored. It is not advisable to drastically reduce your pet’s usual food as this reduces the amount of nutrients they receive and can affect their health. Real weight loss success stories.
Dental disease in dogs and cats is one of the most common and untreated conditions in our pets. Prevention is always better than cure but all too often we see pets with tooth problems when their teeth are beyond saving.
We would like to encourage pet owners to look after their pet’s teeth just as they do their own with regular, free check- ups and advice on the best way to care for them from weaning right through to their golden years. We can even show you how best to brush their teeth! It is a good idea for your pet to have regular check- ups with your veterinary nurse to assess the condition of their mouth just as we have regular checks with our dentist.
We run free Mobility clubs at some of our branches, to help support you and your pet cope with the problems osteoarthritis and aging can cause. We can offer advice on weight control, exercise, diet, long term use of non steroidal anti inflammatory medications and supplement support, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and acupuncture.
Nutrition and weight loss plays an important role in managing joint problems. Diets are also available which can aid in managing the signs of osteoarthritis and contain cartilage building blocks to help repair the cartilage and prevent further damage caused by the aging process. Close monitoring and pain scoring of your pet’s mobility with your veterinary nurse and veterinary surgeon may also allow a reduction in their dose of NSAID’s, which will be beneficial to both you and your pet.
Puppy and Kitten Clubs
We offer free puppy and kitten checks to help advise you on vaccination, diet, microchipping, parasite control, insurance and much more. We can help you monitor their growth and development during this important stage. This can be an ideal opportunity to ask any questions you may have which you may have thought of since their vaccination with your veterinary surgeon.
We offer free Junior Club appointments for your growing puppy and kitten from 2 months up until 6 months of age. This can be an ideal opportunity to ask any questions you have which you may have thought of since their vaccination with your veterinary surgeon. At 6 months of age it is the equivalent of a human reaching their teenage years and your pet will be reaching puberty so this is often the ideal time to discuss neutering!
As well as ensuring your pet is protected against Rabies, it is important that you remember to protect your pet against the parasites they will be exposed to when you travel. Travel regulations are not designed to protect pets against parasites. There is no single treatment that covers all the parasites.
An assessment of the risks facing your pet is needed, which will depend on which countries your pet will be going to and the time of year the travel will be taking place. To find out more about appropriate disease prevention measures, please contact your local branch of Cinque Ports Vets and ask for a free Travel Clinic appointment with your qualified veterinary nurse. Ideally the travel clinic appointment should be made one month before your intended departure abroad as some of the disease prevention products need to be given well before potential exposure to parasites. We will also confirm that your pet’s microchip is still active.
Senior clubs are the ideal opportunity to discuss the changes which may be happening as your pets reach their golden years. Dogs are classed as senior depending on their size. Smaller breeds are senior from around 8 years of age but the larger/giant breeds can be classed as senior from 5-6 years of age. For cats they are usually senior around 8-10 years of age.
The aim of the club is to ease your pet into their senior years as comfortably as possible. Age related problems can creep up on you and your pet. There may be subtle signs, for example starting to slow down on walks or being stiff when getting up from lying down. It is important to remember this does not have to be an inevitable problem of getting older. Your pet may be more prone to lumps and bumps, weight changes, behavioural changes and dental disease as they get older, as well as kidney and liver problems. Their nutritional needs also change and we can offer advice on the best diets to feed your pets.
We offer a free urine test and if necessary we can perform blood tests which can aid in the early detection of problems. We may refer you to see your veterinary surgeon for further discussion of any problems. Regular check ups with your veterinary nurse can help detect any problems early to aid with treatment.
Small Furries Club
As well as dogs and cats you can also bring your small furries to see your veterinary nurse where they can offer advice on caring for your small furry pet. This includes advice on their nutritional requirements, dental care and also on worming and parasite control.
Please telephone your local branch of Cinque Ports Vets to book your appointment with one of our veterinary nurses or Pet Health Counsellors.