Here are some of the services than Championvet.com can provide.
Read on, and you might find we can offer more than you expect!
If your pet is unwell at this moment, consider using our interactive symptom checker which will provide you with help and advice based on the information you provide. You can start this by clicking on the image below:
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Should your pet ever require further testing or treatment, we have the necessary facilities and expertise to help
Did you know the majority of conditions household animals are susceptible to don’t have any obvious symptoms? Add to that the fact that pets are good at disguising pain, and you could have a potential problem on your hands.
For that reason, here at Champion Vets we strongly advise you to bring your companion to see us once a year. That way we can ensure they’re in great health and monitor their development… we also get to see our furry friends regularly.
“When you bring your pet to see us they’ll be checked from nose to tail. We’ll also pay extra attention to their eyes, ears, teeth, claws, skin and coat before listening to their heart and lungs and checking their tummy for any abnormalities.”
Kate Davidson, Head Vet, Champion Vets Glasgow
During your pet’s examination please don’t hesitate to ask the vet or nurse any questions you may have. Here at Champion Vets we’re just as good at communicating with humans as we are with animals, and we don’t want you to leave us unsure about any aspect of your companion’s wellbeing.
After your pet’s health check you may be invited to attend one of our nurse clinics. This is nothing to worry about; it is merely an appointment that will be made with one of our knowledgeable nurses to focus on a specific area of your pet’s health, such as their weight, dental hygiene or age.
Finally, should your pet ever require further testing or treatment after their health check, they couldn’t be in better hands.
At our practice we have a number of veterinary surgeons with expertise in a wide area of veterinary medicine. Your companion will only ever see the professional best suited to their needs.
For more information about pet health checks, or to book an appointment for your companion, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Contact your local Champion Vets clinic.
Our puppy, kitten and rabbit packs are designed to help you give your pet the very best start in life
Getting a new pet is extremely exciting and providing you care for your companion correctly, they could go on to become one of the best friends you have. However, just like a baby human, it’s important you provide your young animal with everything they need early on in life to help them grow into a healthy and happy adult.
At Champion Vets we recommend you bring your new companion to see us once a month until they are 6 months old. While this seems a lot, it allows our veterinary experts to ensure your new companion doesn’t have any potential problems and that they are developing nicely.
Also, bringing your pet to see us regularly allows them to get used to a veterinary environment. While we don’t think we’re very scary, some pets can develop anxiety when taken to certain environments if they’re unfamiliar.
At Champion Vets we hav
e designed puppy, kitten and rabbit packs to help you ensure your pet gets the best start in life. In fact, we’ve spent the last 10 years listening to loyal pet owners and developing our starter packs so that your new companion receives everything they could possibly need during the first 6-12 months of their life.
For more information about our puppy, kitten and rabbit packs, please click the link that applies to you below:
If you would like to know more about young animal health checks, or to book an appointment for your pet, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Pets need protection against harmful diseases, just like you do
A vaccination is an injection that is given to your pet to protect them against nasty conditions – just like you had as a baby. In the majority of cases your pet will require two initial injections (administered a couple of weeks apart), and then one a year for the rest of their life.
ons work in exactly the same way as human vaccinations. A very small dose of certain diseases will be injected into your pet to encourage their immune system to develop the necessary antibodies to protect them from the condition.
As a result, your pet’s body will learn to fight off certain diseases at a young age, providing them with all the protection they need later in life. However, it is extremely important to remember that after your pet’s initial vaccinations they must not miss their annual booster injections.
Even if your pet is one week overdue their vaccination, they are at risk of potentially fatal conditions.
Puppies should receive their first vaccination at 6-8 weeks of age. They should then have their second 2-4 weeks later.
Puppies can be vaccinated against the following:
Canine Distemper Virus
Infectious Canine Hepatitis
Canine Herpes Virus
*Please note: The kennel cough vaccination is not included as part of your pet’s initial vaccinations. However, if your pet is likely to socialise with other dogs – for example at shows, at the park, in kennels – they should receive this vaccination.
Kittens should receive their first vaccination around 9 weeks of age. They should then have their second 3 weeks later.
Kittens can be vaccinated against the following:
Cat Flu Viruses
Feline Leukaemia Virus
Kits (baby rabbits) should be vaccinated at 5 weeks of age against the following:
Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD)
Myxomatosis and VHD vaccinations are now administered using just one injection.
If you would like more information about vaccinations, or to book an appointment for your pet, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Fleas and worms can be prevented; don’t let your pet develop parasites that can be passed on to you and your family
Fleas and worms are the most common types of parasite to affect household animals. They can cause your pet pain and discomfort, be passed on to you and your family and even be fatal if left untreated.
Luckily, both fleas and worms can be treated and more importantly, prevented. However, the type of treatment you give your pet depends on their species, breed, size and weight. For that reason, you are strongly advised to speak with a veterinary professional before administering any treatment, to ensure that it will be safe and effective.
Fleas are the most common type of parasite and they live in warm environments such as your pet’s fur, your furniture and in the grass in the warmer months. Because they can
have up to 50 offspring every single day, fleas can be particularly difficult to clear if they’re left to develop.
Fleas survive by drinking warm blood. However, their saliva is an allergen which is bad news for you and your pet, as it will result in small, red, itchy bumps should you get bitten.
The most common signs your pet could have fleas include:
Small brown/black specs moving in your pet’s fur – generally on the skin
Small red lumps ap
pearing on your pet’s skin, or on you and your family
Please note: If you have more than one pet, fleas can be spread extremely quickly. Additionally, rabbits and ferrets are at risk of developing fleas, especially in the warmer months when they play in the grass.
As if fleas weren’t bad enough, they’re actually the most common way for pets to develop worm infestations.
Fleas carry worm eggs and should your pet ingest a flea whilst grooming, it wont be long before they have worms too.
Worms hatch in animals’ intestines and survive by eating the food in your pet’s stomach. Depending on which type of worm your pet has, they can migrate to other areas of the body including vital organs such as the lungs. Left untreated, this can lead to fatalities.
The most common signs your pet has worms include:
Weight loss (despite the above)
Sickness and diarrhoea
What looks like grains of rice
Coarse, dry fur
Please note: Frogs, toads, slugs and snails can transmit Lungworm. You should keep your pet away from communal drinking bowls (where slugs/snails may have been) and monitor them near ponds, rivers and puddles. Additionally, try not to leave your pet’s toys in the garden overnight where they can become damp and attract slugs and snails.
At Champion Vets our vets and nurses have a wealth of experience dealing with parasites. If you ever have any questions regarding parasites, are worried your pet may have parasites or need advice regarding treatments, our friendly team will always be happy to speak with you.
For more information about parasites, or to book your pet an appointment, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Have you considered the time and cost required to breed from your pet?
In the majority of cases a baby animal requires as much attention as a baby child. They need to be fed regularly, will wake up during the night and need litter training. Additionally, they will need regular stimulation, cannot be left unattended and will need a course of vaccinations.
At Champion Vets we are often saddened to hear about baby animals that have been abandoned because their owners didn’t know what was expected of them. This is particularly upsetting when pregnancy can be prevented.
Neutering is a straightforward procedure that involves the removal of an animal’s sexual organs, making it impossible for them to breed. As well as preventing any unexpected pregnancies, this procedure can also prevent certain unwanted behaviours, and even cancer.
Neutering a female animal can:
Prevent mating with siblings
Prevent coming into season, bleeding and attracting unwanted attention
Prevent uterus infections
and breast cancer
Neutering a male animal can:
Prevent mating with siblings
Prevent unwanted behaviour such as roaming, spraying and aggression
Prevent testicular cancer
At Champion Vets your pet couldn’t be in better hands. We have fully equipped surgeries in all of our branches, expert veterinary surgeons with years of experience and separate recovery wards for cats and dogs.
Your companion will be monitored closely after their procedure, whilst receiving plenty of TLC from our friendly nurses. And in the majority of cases, our patients are at home recovering with their owners the same day as their operation.
Please note: It isn’t just cats and dogs that can be prevented, but rabbits and ferrets too.
For more information about neutering, or to book an appointment for your pet, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
In 2016 you will be legally required to have your pet microchipped; failure to do so could result in a hefty fine
Pets become part of the family, don’t they? For that reason, losing a companion can be devastating. However, by having your pet microchipped, you will be able to rest assured your pet has your contact details with them at all times.
Microchipping is a quick and cheap procedure that your pet will only ever have to have once. Each week 5000 pet owners have companions chipped and in 2016, all dogs will have to be microchipped by law.
A microchip is roughly the same size as a grain of rice and it is inserted underneath the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades. The chip will have a unique code (which can be read using a specialist scanner) and your contact details will be stored on a computerised database under this code.
“Every member of staff at Champion Vets has their pet chipped. We have each seen missing pets reunited with their owners, and therefore appreciate how invaluable the service is.”
Heather Kerr – Group Head Nurse
The computerised database can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So even if your pet decides to go walk about on a bank holiday, animal services will be able to scan them, access your contact information and get in touch straight away.
There are a number of animal services that carry specialist microchip scanners. These include:
All veterinary practices
The National Canine Defence League
Animal welfare organisations such as The RSPCA
Please note: Microchips can be inserted during surgical procedures.
The veterinary experts at our practice can act as your pet’s dentist, as well as their doctor
Did you know your pet’s teeth are extremely similar to yours? For example, their baby teeth will fall out, they’re susceptible to tooth and gum diseases and they should visit a dentist regularly.
It’s important to remember your pet can’t tell you when they’re in pain. Animals are also good at tolerating discomfort, which means your pet could have a tooth or gum problem you’re unaware of.
For that reason you are strongly advised to bring your pet to see one of our veterinary professionals once a year. They will be able to thoroughly examine your pet’s dental hygiene and identify even the earliest signs of tooth and gum disease, allowing for quicker and more effective treatment if needed.
“At Champion Vets our practices all boast the necessary equipment to de-scale, polish and remove teeth. In fact, the equipment we use is very similar to that which can be found in your own dental surgery.”
Adele Hennessey – Head Vet Champion Vets East Kilbride
If your pet doesn’t receive regular oral care they will begin to develop a build up of plaque on their teeth. This will lead to yellow/brown tartar and bad breath, before eventually attracting other bacteria that can cause inflammation of the gums and tooth infections.
In between visits to the vet you can keep your pet’s mouth healthy by:
Checking their mouth – your pet’s teeth should look similar to yours. They should be free from yellow or brown plaque, and the gums should be a pale pink colour
Brushing their teeth – this is the simplest way to keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy, and you’re recommended to start the process from a young age. Using a finger brush you should clean your pet’s teeth using specialist animal toothpaste (never human products)
Feeding them a dry/partially dry diet – biscuits act in an abrasive manner when chewed, removing any plaque
Giving them dental treats – these remove plaque and can prevent bad breath. You should be mindful of how often you give dental treats to your pet if they are overweight
Signs your pet could have a tooth or gum condition include:
Pawing at the mouth
Not eating/difficulty eating/chewing on one side of the mouth
Quiet or subdued behaviour
Visiting the food bowl keen to eat, but not eating
Face swelling (in severe cases)
If your pet ever demonstrates any of the symptoms above, please bring them to see us. Our vets and nurses have a wealth of experience examining and treating animals with tooth and gum conditions, and they will be more than happy to advise you about your companion’s oral care.
Putting on weight has exactly the same affect on your pet as it does on you
When it comes to feeding pets we’re all guilty of slipping them the Sunday lunch leftovers. However, it’s important you’re not making a habit of treating your companion to extra food because it could be bad for their health.
Just like you, your pet can gain weight if they eat too much, are not eating the correct diet or are not exercising regularly. Additionally, becoming overweight puts your pet at risk of developing a number of serious health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
“In the majority of cases pets will eat whatever they are given until it’s gone. This means if you’re feeding your pet the wrong diet for their breed and size, they could be consuming more energy than they’re using, which will lead to weight gain.”
Lauren Snedden – Head Nurse, Champion Vets East Kilbride
The best way to ensure your pet is fit and healthy is to make sure they are exercising regularly. By running, jumping and playing with your companion you will be preventing them from putting on weight, keeping their joints in good health, and develop a great relationship with your furry friend.
With the number of pre-packed diets available in supermarkets today you’d be forgiven for choosing the incorrect diet for your companion. For that reason, you’re always more than welcome to attend one of our free weight clinics where one of our knowledgeable nurses will be happy to create your pet a personalised diet plan, and monitor your their weight regularly.
There are 3 ways to check if your pet is putting on weight:
Can you see the outline of their ribs?
Can you see and feel their waist?
Is their tummy tucked up and out of sight when you look at them from the side?
If you answered no to any of these questions it is recommended that you speak with one of our nurses.
Please note: The age, breed, sex and neuter status of your pet can all contribute to weight gain.