Even if happy and healthy, your pet should have yearly check-ups to ensure they stay that way! During a routine health check, we will conduct a weight check, oral exam and auscultation of the heart and chest. Following the physical examination, we will recommend or administer preventative care as required-vaccination, flea control, heartworm and intestinal worm prevention.
We understand your concern when your beloved pet is admitted for surgery and we will do everything to ensure you are well informed and at ease while we perform the procedure. Surgery is conducted from Monday to Friday, and while day procedures are most common, your pet may be required to stay with us overnight following more complex procedures.
We will ask you to drop off your pet in the morning on the day of the surgery to allow your pet to settle in and our nurses to administer a pre-anaesthetic sedative. We recommend an in-house pre-anaesthetic blood test for patients with existing medical conditions and those over 8 years of age.
Surgery is performed under sterile conditions by an experienced veterinarian and at least one nurse assisting the surgery and monitoring anaesthesia.
Following surgery, your pet’s recovery is closely monitored until your pet is awake and ready to go home. We will advise you of post-operative care and give you specific instructions to ensure there are no complications at home following the surgery. The following day, we will contact you to check on your pet’s progress and answer any questions you may have.
We are prepared to take all the time necessary to ensure you have full understanding and confidence before, during and after the surgery.RADIOLOGY
X-rays can give us a valuable insight into your pet’s health. We can diagnose and monitor many health problems, from arthritis and broken bones to heart disease. We will soon be making the switch to Computed Radiography, which will allow us to view digital X-rays of your pet within a minute or two of taking them! By upgrading our X-ray equipment, we hope to increase our diagnostic capabilities and improve the level of veterinary care we deliver.
The endoscope is an optical instruments that allows us visual examination of a hollow body organ. At some stage, as a pet owner, you may need us to look at one of your pets’ orifices. The use of an endoscope can potentially shorten the length of procedure, increase diagnostic capabilities and is less invasive than previous techniques.
Unfortunately, many people overlook their pet’s dental health. It is important that a vet checks your pet’s teeth at least once per year to prevent tooth and gum disease. Tooth and gum disease not only causes bad breath, but can be extremely painful.
We offer preventative care such as dental scaling to remove all plaque, tartar and calculus, followed by a polish to ensure your pet’s teeth stay cleaner for longer.We have a dental system similar to the one you may see at your dental clinic.
We are also able to perform more complicated dental procedures such as extractions and treat tooth root abscesses.
It is not always easy to get your pet to the vet. In some cases we may be able to come to you, please speak to our staff if you would like to make arrangements.
Puppies develop social skills and life-long behaviours at a very young age. We run weekly puppy training classes to help your puppy become a happy member of the family.
Christine Geary, a dog training instructor with over 15 years experience in the industry hosts puppy classes at John the Vet.
Christine’s company, Baybark Pet services, also offers dog walking, pet transport, in-home pet care and in-home dog training consultations. We have received excellent feedback from clients who have attended puppy classes with Christine, as well as those who have continued adult dog training classes with her.
What can you expect from puppy classes at John the Vet?
Puppy classes are held in a safe environment. Puppies are mostly off lead, and we teach control without chaos. Owners learn the value of puppy play and learn how to control their puppies within a hugely distracting environment. Puppies of all breeds play together, teaching each other lessons about bite inhibition and doggy social etiquette.
We teach basic obedience - sit, come, stay, down, heel etc. Any issues we see, such as bullying, fearful behaviour of bad habits we can nip right in the bud and teach you how to fix these things at home.
We also cover other topics, including grooming, nail clipping, dog park etiquette and much much more.
You will receive quality hand-outs that will answer any questions you may have, and a lifetime of support from Baybark via email. Each graduating puppy will receive his or her very own “graduation certificate” as well as a puppy starter pack.
A large bath specifically designed for washing your pooch is available at all times. We will provide you with towels, dog shampoo and conditioner and one of our friendly staff will show you how to use the bath.
Alternatively, you may wish to leave your dog with us for an hour and return to a clean, great-smelling pooch.
Please make an appointment for a dog wash.
We have a large room in the clinic dedicated solely to your feline friend. We provide everything to ensure your cat has a pleasant “holiday” while you are away or simply unable to look after him/her for a short period of time:
· Individual double storey cages
· Two meals per day or as instructed
· Play area with scratching posts
· Warm blankets, towels and bedding
Most importantly, trained veterinary nurses will be looking after your cat!