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.
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, is easy. We offer vaccinations for cats, dogs and rabbits, including yearly boosters. Yearly vaccinations are included with membership of our Healthy Pet Club
We have a certificate holder in small animal medicine as well as the facilities, and enthusiasm to investigate and treat all of the common – and not so common – medical problems seen in pets. If you have any concerns, it is always prudent to make an appointment and have them examined sooner rather than later as earlier diagnosis of problems leads to better outcomes.
We offer full cancer investigation and management. If your pet has a lump which you are concerned about, we can examine it and if required, perform biopsies. If warranted, surgical removal of growths is normally the first line of defence, but certain cancers respond well to drug therapy, which may also be an option that we will discuss.
If you are intending to breed from your bitch, we can assist you every step of the way. We can help to determine the optimal time to mate and advise you on the care of the pregnant bitch and whelping. We offer ultrasound for both pregnancy diagnosis and monitoring – and are always available should you have any concerns when the big day arrives!
We thoroughly recommend that you get your pet microchipped! It’s inexpensive and increases the chance you will be reunited with your pet should they ever get lost or stolen. We implant a tiny electronic microchip between your pet’s shoulders, ensuring that they can always be identified. Please note that it is a legal requirement to microchip all dogs by the age of eight weeks.
We perform routine and more advanced soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery every day, using the most up to date techniques and equipment. If your pet requires surgery, we realise that this can be a stressful time for owners and will endeavour to discuss all options and procedures with you carefully beforehand and afterwards.
Neutering refers to the removal of the sex organs, and has health benefits for your pet such as reducing the risk of certain cancers, as well as preventing unwanted breeding. We recommend neutering from six months of age in cats and dogs, and we are happy to discuss each case with you individually. Members of our Healthy Pet Club receive a discount on neutering procedures.
Pets with behavioural problems can be difficult to handle and cause stress at home. Often, issues can come down to diet, health and training. We are happy to advise on how best to encourage your pet to be happy and friendly, especially during the key early months when they are most impressionable.
Sometimes owners may want to try alternative and complementary therapies such as homeopathic treatments, and we are happy to advise on this and to arrange to make it happen.
There are a myriad of treatments available to pet owners, not all of which are appropriate. We can advise you on the effective treatment and prevention of parasitic problems, including how and why to treat and prevent them. Our Healthy Pet Club includes monthly protection for your pet.
Dental disease is an extremely common problem, and can cause your pet a lot of unnecessary distress. Our dental suite enables us to clean and polish teeth, as well as performing extractions when required. If you are concerned about your pet’s teeth, we offer free appointments with our super nursing team.
Free Dental & Weight Clinics
We offer free nursing appointments where we check your pet’s dental health, weight and nutrition, as well as giving advice on parasitic problems and neutering. Many pets are overweight to some extent, which leads to health problems later in life. Our weight management scheme has had great success in tackling this all too common problem.
We strongly recommend that you purchase an insurance policy for your pet. Veterinary medicine is always advancing, but modern techniques carry associated costs. We advise that you do not necessarily pick the policy with the lowest monthly premium and pay attention to small print. Be careful to take out a policy which will provide insurance cover throughout your pet’s life and not just the first year of any illness.
As your pet ages, their dietary needs will change. We can advise you on how best to cater to their needs, as well as stocking a full range of both maintenance and specialised prescription diets which we use to help manage and treat a number of commonly occurring conditions.