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 parvovirus
- Canine distemper virus
- Infectious canine hepatitis.
Cats should be routinely vaccinated against:
- Feline infectious enteritis
- Feline herpes virus
- Feline calicivirus
- 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.
Grove Vets in Ballymena work hard to ensure that all of your pets needs are met. As well as a team of Vets there is also a talented and dedicated group of Veterinary nurses who run clinics and perform lots of minor procedure on animals from all over Ballymena. You can book an appointment for any of the following services which are offered by our Veterinary nurses.
- Animal Weightwatchers – If your pet has put on a few pounds the Weighwatchers clinic will be able to access if your pet needs a special diet or exercise regime to shift some weight. You will get regular weight ins and help.
- wound management – If a procedure has been carried out of a wound has been seen by the Vet you will get to bring your pet in to the Veterinary nurses to get is cleaned, redressed and looked after.
- Puppy/kitten checks – thee can be carried out in the nursing clinic.
- nail clips – Keep your pet well groomed and keep their nails well looked after.
- vaccinations – Vaccinations are a vital part of having a pet.
- bandage check & changes – minor bumps and bruises can be looked after at the nurses clinic.
- dental check ups – Especially important for cats, checking your pets teeth can be difficult so bring them along to Grove Vets.
The team are headed up by Janice who is our head registered veterinarian nurse and team members Charlene, Lynn and Tammy. Call 028 2565 6023 to make an appointment with our team who have been helping pet owners in Ballymena for many years.
Grove Vets blog regularly to give pet owners in Ballymena advice and news about pets and animals. Here are a few of our favourite blog posts which you can read from our archives.
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- Ever wondered how your pet copes when you are at work or out for the night? Read our blog post entitled “How to keep you pet occupied when you are out” and ensure that they don’t get too bored without you.
- Here is a serious reminder about why your pet should be wormed.
- If you suspect that your pet is overweight click here to find out about the associated health risks.
- Find out all about pet vaccinations here.
And finally click here for news about all that we offer for pets and their owners. We aren’t just here for emergencies – we have weekly clinics for everything from dental health to pet weight loss and we are here to help. Grove Vets love working with animal lovers in Ballymena and if you have any needs or queries concerning your pets then call us on 2565 6023.
Grove Vets in Ballymena offer a Cat Clinic in their Veterinary Practice on the Grove Road in Ballymena. The Cat Clinic is run by enthusiastic and experienced staff who will be able to help you with you cat care questions and problems. Our Cat Clinic is available Monday – Friday from 12.00-12.30.
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Commons Cat problems can include;
- Advice on Neutering your cat
- Caring for your cats teeth
- Vaccinations which you cat may need
- Does my Cat have fleas
- Worming Treatments
and our clinic can also offer advice about pet insurance and pet passports for cats who want to travel with their owners. If you are a cat owner in the Ballymena area call us here at Grove Vets on 028 2565 6023 to make an appointment at our Cat Clinic.
Grove Vets in Ballymena and Randalstown offer Pet Care Advice for Rabbit owners. Rabbits are a great pet for older children and can live for 8-12 years. Rabbits are best kept in a hutch with a run in the garden which will need to be cleared out regularly which can take up lots of time.
Rabbits need grooming and enjoy attention and interaction, it is advised that if you have a rabbit to get at least two as company for each other. DOn;t try to team a rabbit up with a guinea pig, or other small animal as they won’t get on as rabbits have a tendency to bully smaller animals.
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Rabbits need to be neutered and given yearly vaccinations. Grove Vets can give you advice and help with all these important treatments. Rabbits are a wonderful addition to a family – if you are considering taking on rabbits as pets get in touch with Grove Vets who can guide you through all that you will need. Call the Ballymena branch on 28-25656023 for Rabbit Care advice from Grove Vets in Ballymena.
At Grove Vets in Ballymena and in Randalstown, Northern Ireland, we have many dog owners who ask “Does my dog need Vaccinated?” Here are three important questions which Grove vets want to answer for local dog owners.
1. Does my Dog need Vaccinated?
At Grove Vets we advise that your dog does get vaccinated. Vaccination protects your dog against diseases which can cause pain, distress and are often fatal. By vaccinating your dog you have peace of mind, knowing that you have provided protection. As well as safeguarding your own pet, it also prevents diseases from being passed onto other animals.
2. My dog has little contact with other dogs, do I still need to vaccinate?
Yes. The infectious agents responsible for some of the diseases we vaccinate against can survive in the environment for up to one year and so there is no need for direct contact between pets for these infections to spread from one pet to another. This means that, for example, should your pet have contact with an area of ground which an infected dog has previously had access to, there is risk of infection to your pet.
3. Why do we need to give boosters each year?
The immune response stimulated by vaccination fades over time and so your pet can become vulnerable once again to infection. A booster refreshes the immune response and ensures that your pet remains protected.
Grove Vets want your dog to be happy and healthy and we highly recommend that you get your dog vaccinated with regular boosters. For more information about the diseases we vaccinate against and how often you dog needs treatment please get in touch with the Grove Vets practice in Randalstown or Ballymena on 028 2565 6023.