We are really looking forward to more in this series after seeing the helpful Cat Myths Busted, Ain’t Misbehaving short video. No matter what type of pet you have, there will always be helpful tips and hints that are worth knowing. There will also be myths that you might have heard about certain pets.
At Grove Vets in Ballymena we offer an extensive range of services and can cater for your every need in relation to the health and welfare of your pet. We are happy to discuss all services in detail with you and answer any questions that you might have. One of the most important things which any pet owner should address is the topic of vaccinations.
Vaccinations at Grove Vets in Ballymena
The RSPCA have some clear and helpful advice concerning vaccinations. Their main message is to make sure you protect your pets and keep them safe by keeping up to date with their vaccinations.
If the number of pets protected by vaccines drops our animal companions could be at risk from an outbreak of infectious diseases, some of which can be transmitted to humans. When to vaccinate
When puppies and kittens are born they are usually protected from infections by their mother’s milk, providing she has been regularly vaccinated. However, this protection only lasts a few weeks so they need regular vaccinations from an early age. Puppies are typically vaccinated at eight and 10 weeks, kittens at nine and 12 weeks, with an initial course of two injections. Your young pet should then be given a booster 12 months after their first vaccination. Rabbits need regular vaccinations too. Find out more about rabbit vaccinations. Older pets need protecting too, as their immunity can decline. Speak to your vet as the regularity of your companions vaccinations can vary depending on the diseases prevalent in your area. Vaccines against infectious diseases
Dogs should be routinely vaccinated against:
Canine distemper virus
Infectious canine hepatitis.
Cats should be routinely vaccinated against:
Feline infectious enteritis
Feline herpes virus
Feline leukaemia virus*.
*Current recommendations are that only at risk cats are given vaccine against feline leukaemia virus. See our cat vaccine factsheet (below) for more information.
Rabbits should be routinely vaccinated against:
Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD).
Prevention is better than cure and so we offer vaccinations for all species of pets (dogs, cats and rabbits). (Source)
At Grove Vets in Ballymena we offer a free puppy and kitten health check prior to vaccination. Unfortunately, not all owners in Ballymena vaccinate their pets, so we do still see regular and avoidable outbreaks of preventable diseases. Protection of your pet from the misery of such diseases (which can be fatal in unvaccinated animals) is easy.
Please call in with us at Grove Vets on the Grove Road in Ballymena for your vaccinations of it you have any other questions about vaccinations.
At Grove Vets we recommend microchipping your pet. Recently we blogged here about how we often use Facebook to reunite lost pets with their worried owners. However, if a pet is chipped and the details are kept up to date the process of uniting cats and dogs with owners in made much easier.
Grove Vets – Microchipping
NiDirect have very clear rules and advice about microchipping you dog in particular. If you are a dog owner pleas read the information below.
All dogs in Northern Ireland must be microchipped at eight weeks old.
All dogs must be microchipped before an owner applies for a dog licence.
Dog owners are responsible for ensuring that the contact details held against their dog’s microchip number are accurate. If the details are not accurate, the dog is not considered as microchipped and the dog licence will not be valid.
Dog collars and identification
Dogs, other than those mentioned below, must wear a collar with the owner’s name and address inscribed on it, or on a plate or badge attached to the collar.
Failure to ensure that your dog wears the appropriate collar identification is an offence which could result in a maximum fine of £1,000.
Collar tags are not needed for:
a dog which is a member of a pack of hounds
a dog being judged in a competition
a dog is being used for any sporting purposes, the capture or destruction of vermin or for the purpose of driving or tending sheep or cattle
Inexpensive and almost painless; Microchipping involves the implantation of a tiny electronic microchip between your pet’s shoulder-blades. This permanently identifies your pet as belonging to you and helps to ensure the return of hundreds of lost or stolen pets every year to their rightful owners.
Please call Grove Vets in Ballymena to arrange for your pet microchipping and please remember to keep your details up to date.
Here at Grove Vets in Ballymena we encourage local pet owners to follow us on Facebook. Grove Vets are a Ballymena vet using Facebook to reunite owners with pets. Facebook is a great tool to help us when a pet has been brought in who has got lost. We can quickly check the animal over and then get a picture up on Facebook to help us reunite owners with their pets.
Just take a look at some of the pets who we have been able to spread the word about.
This dog was found in Broughshane and got reunited with his owners quickly.
This Rabbit was found exploring Ballymena.
This cat was brought in after it was thought to have been involved in a car accident in the town.
Ballymena vet using Facebook to reunite owners with pets
If you would like to follow our Facebook Page please click here. By following us you will stay up to date with our news and updates. We often post pictures from our Hydrotherapy Spa, our Professional Dog Groomers, our Weight-watchers clinic and more. Follow Grove Vets Ballymena on Facebook now and you could also help us in the future to help a lost pet find their way homes.
Did you know that you can buy pet food and accessories from us here in Gove Vets in Ballymena? We have a section dedicated to the very best products which we have picked to keep you pet fit, healthy and happy.
We stock Royal Canin who make food for both cats and dogs. Here is some information from the Royal Canin website:
The animal comes first
At ROYAL CANIN®, everything we do is for the dog and the cat. We don’t do consumer surveys or market research. Instead, our innovations are based solely on the animals’ needs and scientific advances.
Focus on Health Nutrition
ROYAL CANIN® diets provide precise nutritional solutions to your pet’s needs. Each of our products is based on our extensive knowledge of cats and dogs, gained through years of studies at our own centre, partnerships with leading veterinary schools and universities, and continued input from veterinarians and breeders worldwide. We’re constantly expanding and improving on this knowledge in order to keep providing your pet with food that meets their exact dietary requirements.
Where we lead, others follow
One food doesn’t suit all. We take into account age, activity, breed, size and lifestyle when creating our diets, and we were the first to do so. In 1980 we were the first to introduce specific diets for large breed puppies, in 1997 we were the first to meet the different nutritional needs of small, medium and large breeds of dog, and in 1999 we launched the first food for a specific breed of cat, formulated for the unique dietary needs of Persians. Today, we continue to innovate, and you’ll find the latest releases from ROYAL CANIN® in our news section.
Our food is only available from vets and specialist pet retailers. This way, you can be sure that you are getting the right advice and exactly the right diet for your cat or dog.
We are one of the retailers who Royal Canin have chosen to stock their excellent products. If you have a cat or dog and would like advice about the best thing to feed them then please call in to Grove Vets on the Grove Road in Ballymena.
Here at Grove Vets we love meeting your beloved cats. Cat owners often come to us for vaccinations, and neutering but we also have a nurses clinic where we can give your cat a general check up and advice. We have already shared some advice for cat owners who are struggling with their cat using their litter box. In follow up to that blog post we want to look at the problem on cats scratching everything in sight and ruining you furniture, and possessions. WedMD gove this advice to cat owners who are struggling with these problems:
Scratching. It may seem like kitty is scratching your couch and curtains to annoy you, but she’s really doing it to work off energy, to play, to mark her territory, even to get rid of frayed bits of claw. Good news: “Scratching is easy to prevent,” Case tells WebMD. So you don’t have to settle for raggedy furniture or stop kitty from expressing her natural behavior. To prevent scratching damage:
Buy one or more scratching posts for your cat, then dab a bit of catnip on the posts to entice your feline friend to use them.
In the nurses clinic at Grove Vets our professional Veterinarian nurses can trim your cats nails. Bringing your cat in means that you know you will have the job done professionally, and it will also help with the damaging scratching behaviour which you want to tackle.
If your cat is causing trouble at home by scratching, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Grove Vets to book an appointment with the nurses clinic to get your cats nails trimmed.