- Endoparasitic Treatments (wormers)
- Ectoparasitic Treatments (flea, tick and mite treatments)
- Ash Regulars Pet Healthcare Club
- Body Condition Scoring and Nutritional Advice
Consultations for Specific Concerns
Investigations, Tests and Procedures
- Blood Pressure Monitoring
- Blood Sampling
- Dental Procedures
- ECG Analysis of Heart Function
- Skin Tests
Education and Advice
Why Vaccinate at Ash Veterinary Surgery?
… because we believe that a quality vaccination is vital for your pet and we promise the quality service your pet needs!
At Ash we use the latest range of vaccines which will protect:
- Your dog against six diseases including kennel cough
- Your cat against five diseases
- Your rabbit against two diseases (including both strains of HRD)
- Your pet against rabies if needed
At Ash you get more for your money. Because we only want the best for your pet, vaccinations are only carried out after a full health check.
When vaccinating your pet you also get:
- Time to discuss your pet with a vet
- A free six month follow up consultation with a nurse
- Discounted top of the range wormers to help keep your pet fit and well
At Ash our vets are supported by a team of fully trained & qualified veterinary nurses. The nurses who look after your pets have undergone 2 years of intensive training and examinations with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons before becoming listed veterinary nurses
Now that’s peace of mind & real value for money!
We recommend Milbemax wormers or Nexgard combined wormer and flea treatment for dogs and cats or Broadline spot on for cats which treats both fleas and worms. Both are available at the surgery.
There are a huge range of worming products, which can be bought from a variety of sources. The veterinary products are are more effective than those the alternatives. More information about worming can be found here.
If you would like to receive reminders by email or text message that you pet is due for worming go to here.
We recommend Advantix for dogs and Broadline for cats. Both these products protect against fleas for a month.
Advantix is also an effective prevention against ticks. It repels ticks, mosquitos and sandflies; they do not have to bite your dog to be killed by Advantix. This prevents exposure to many serious diseases. It is most effective against these parasites if applied fortnightly.
Broadline prevents ticks in cats and also treats worms.
Taking X rays allows a look at the internal organs, and particularly bones and joints. Normally an anaesthetic is needed because the patient has to stay very still.
Blood samples are taken looking for anaemia or infections and can also measure how well the organs are working.
Blood samples can be taken from most dogs and cats whilst they are held by a nurse – there is usually no need for a sedation or anaesthetic.
Ultrasound is used to look at internal organs such as the heart, liver, spleen, kidneys and bladder. This investigation can generally be done without an anaesthetic, although we do need to clip a small amount of hair.
In April 2016 it became compulsory for all dogs in Wales to be microchipped. Here at Ash Veterinary Surgery we are strongly in favour of microchipping. We think it is a fantastic idea that all dogs (an indeed cats) should be chipped, to encourage responsible pet ownership and make sure lost pets get home safely.
A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted under the skin in the scruff of the neck by injection. The chip has a unique code number which is recorded on a national database. It is read by a bar code reader which is passed over the back of the neck. The database can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to make sure your missing pet gets safely back home.
If your pet goes missing, is brought in as a stray, or is involved in an accident, we can read the chip number and contact you to tell you that your animal has been found. Many rescue organisations and the dog warden also have microchip readers.
Dogs and cats can be safely microchipped without the need for sedation or anaesthetics, meaning it can be done at any of our surgeries by a vet or a nurse. Just give us a ring and we can make you an appointment.
Many older pets suffer from dental disease, although this often goes unnoticed by owners. The signs to look for include:
- reddening of the gums
- yellow or brown deposits forming on the teeth
- worn or broken teeth
- bad breath
- change in eating habits eg eating with their head on the side, or only eating certain types of food
- behavioural changes – your pet becomes grumpy, withdrawn, miserable or just quiet.
If your pet is showing any of these changes, then please make an appointment to have their mouth examined.
We have a state of the art dental system, identical to those that the dentists use on our teeth, combining ultrasonic scaler, high speed dental drill, polisher and water-wash and air-flush system. We can clean teeth and extract diseased, painful teeth.
The FAB Cat Friendly Practice Scheme aims to help cats, owners & veterinary staff alike achieve less stressful and more successful visits to the practice.
We follow as many of their recommendations as possible to make your visit as pleasant as possible for you and your cat.
Book an appointment with a fully qualified nurse for:
- Vaccine Health Checks
- Older Pet Healthcare
- New Pet Healthcare
- Nutritional Advice
- Weight Monitoring
- Dental Care & Advice
- Worming & Flea treatments
- Nail Clipping
- Post Operative Checks
- Stitches Removed
All of our Veterinary Surgeons are DEFRA registered LVIs, meaning that they can all perform the tests and complete the paperwork for pet passports.
In order to take your pet abroad to an eligible country and bring it back again, avoiding quarantine, you must complete the following in order
- Microchip your pet
- Vaccinate your pet against rabies
- Collect your completed pet passport
The process takes at least three weeks from the vaccination until your pet is eligible to return to the UK, so travel needs to be planned in advance. Only certain transport routes can be used.
Your pet must also receive worming from a vet in the country you are visiting between one and five days before they return to the UK.
More information about Pet Passports can be found at the DEFRA Website. Please contact DEFRA or the surgery for more details.
We advise all our clients to consider the benefits of pet insurance. In most cases it is advisable to insure your animal as soon as you get them, before they experience any health problems.
If you would like to discuss a policy for a particular animal, please contact the surgery.
Did you know 1 in 3 pets may require unexpected veterinary treatment each year? (source Petplan) Whilst advances in veterinary medicine mean we can do more for your pet, treatment costs can soon mount up. We recommend Petplan insurance to all our clients to help cover unexpected vets bills.
You may be surprised to hear that you are more likely to claim on your pet insurance than your car or household policies (Allianz Insurance plc). In fact, in our experience if you are one of the few people who don’t need to claim on your pet insurance you really are very lucky indeed!
It’s important to be aware that not all pet insurance is the same. Some policies limit the amount of time or money that you can claim for. Don’t just shop around on price alone.
At Ash Veterinary Surgery we recommend Petplan insurance for the following reasons:
- With Petplan’s Covered for Life guarantee your veterinary fees cover is renewed each year no matter how much you claim.
- Petplan doesn’t place exclusions at renewal on their Covered for Life policy so on-going conditions such as eczema continue to be covered by the policy.
- Petplan won’t increase your premium or excess just because you make a claim.
- Petplan is a pet insurance specialist so they understand the animal market and work closely with vets, charities and breeders.
To find out more about the different types of pet insurance look here. It sends you to a Petplan site, where there’s lots of very useful information about all different kinds of pet insurance, not just their policies.
For four weeks free insurance for dogs, cats and rabbits with Petplan, click here.
We have organised a number of interesting and educational evenings for clients on topics including First Aid and Firework/Noise Phobia. Other less formal client education demostrations have included X rays, Ultrasound, Endoscopy and Exotic Pets.
Members of staff have given presentations to many interested groups including veterinary societies, breed and species organisations, school classes, boy scouts and guide groups.
If there is a topic which interests you, or a group you would like us to speak to, please contact the surgery.
We offer Behavioural Consultations for a variety of species to help with a range of behavioural problems.
All our veterinary behavioural programmes begin with a consultation and examination by a veterinary surgeon. This ensures that there are no underlying medical problems which are contributing to your animal’s abnormal behaviour. A lengthy history will then be taken and appropriate advice and medication offered.
In some cases further investigation such as blood tests and X rays may be required.
Often behavioural treatments involve changing your behaviour towards your pet, rather that medication and this requires committment and investment of time. Such treatments can be incredibly rewarding when this pays off.
All our nurses and vets can offer general advice on common training and behaviour problems, but if they are concerned about your pet they will internally refer you to a Rachel Thomas a vet with a special interest in animal behaviour.
We are happy to accept referrals from other veterinary surgeons for a second opinion on a behavioural problem.
An endoscope is used to investigate the windpipe, oesophagus, stomach and bowels. An anaesthetic is essential for the comfort of the patient and to prevent damage to the endoscope.
Many different types of skin tests can be performed at the surgery.
- skin scrapes
- hair plucks
- skin biopsies
- food and environmental allergy blood sampling
- diet trials
Kidney failure and overactive thyroid glands are common problems in older cats. These can cause high blood pressure, leading to further kidney damage and other problems such as blindness. This procedure is carried out with the animal fully conscious often in the consult room.
Dogs with certain kidney problems also need to have their blood pressure regularly monitored.
In both dogs and cats, medication can be used to treat the underlying cause of the high blood pressure and also to reduce the blood pressure itself.
ECG traces can give a wealth of information on the function of the heart, showing us irregularities in heart rate and rhythm and demonstrating enlargement of cardiac chambers.
In most cases this is performed without sedation or anaesthetic.
Our Regulars Club is a great way to cut the cost of veterinary care for your pet. We encourage you to join this club because routine care is an important part of responsible pet ownership. It keeps your pet in the best possible health and helps them lead a happier life.
You can make great savings on the annual costs of what we call preventative maintenance – all the things that are essential to keep your pet in tip-top condition. We give you 25% off vaccinations, wormers and flea treatment .
Additionally, we reward your loyalty with exclusive Ash Regulars Club discounts on routine neutering, dentals, diets and microchipping. Our Regulars Club does not replace a good insurance policy, but does provide for all the things that are not normally covered by insurance.
We can’t emphasise enough how important it is to provide routine veterinary care and joining Ash Regulars Club will help you do so for an affordable fixed monthly cost. If you have any questions, we’ll be delighted to provide the answers.
To sign up, complete a direct debit form for each of your pets, and bring the forms to us at the surgery.
We perform all types of surgery, from daily and routine castrations and spaying operations to complicated soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery. Our surgeons are experienced in a range of procedures and happy to discuss your animal’s needs pre and post surgery.