Veterinary Nurses play a key role in our practice. They provide supportive care for our patients, and undertake minor surgical procedures, monitor anaesthetised patients during operations, conduct some diagnostic tests and administer medication, all under the direction of a veterinary surgeon. Our nurses are committed to promoting preventative health care and they are delighted to run a series of clinics for pets registered at this practice.
Our nurse clinics run from the Penwortham surgery. Please note that these clinics are intended for healthy pets. If you believe your pet may be unwell, please make an appointment with a vet or come along to one of our open surgeries; by law, only veterinary surgeons can prescribe the medication that may be necessary for your pet.
The nurse clinic times for Penwortham are as follows. Appointments can be made via telephone or in person: at the time of booking, please specify that you require an appointment for the nurse clinic.
Monday – Friday
New Puppy and Kitten Clinics
Welcoming a new puppy or kitten into your family can be a very exciting time. The first six months of your pet’s life can be very important to their future development, and our veterinary nurses are on hand to offer you advice and guidance every step of the way. Your new puppy or kitten can have FREE monthly check-ups until six months of age with advice on diet and feeding, training and behaviour, flea and worming treatments, as well as microchipping and insurance. We also provide a free information pack, and don't forget to read our new puppy and kitten information pages.
New Rabbit Clinics
Rabbits can be very rewarding pets, but looking after them can take some thought and planning. Our veterinary nurses have much experience of rabbit care and this clinic is offered to clients who have just taken a new rabbit into their home or to clients who would like general advice on rabbit husbandry. We can offer you FREE, professional advice on various aspects of your rabbit’s health, including diet, vaccinations, neutering, grooming, fly strike prevention, housing and bedding, litter training, fleas, worms and mite treatments, as well as a free information pack.
Carrying around only a few extra pounds can have a negative effect on the body. Excess weight long term can make it harder for your pet to enjoy exercise and play, and is likely to result in result in a range of conditions such as heart and liver disease, diabetes and arthritis. These conditions will shorten your pet’s life. Unsuitable diets and feeding regimes can be the cause of pets piling on the pounds, and if calorie intake exceeds calorie output, your pet will put on weight.
Our weight clinics are designed to help your pet not only lose weight, but also keep the weight off. The nurse will provide you with advice and helpful hints on diet and nutrition, and feeding and exercise regimes to help your pet look and feel great again. An initial consultation gives the opportunity to devise an individual weight loss plan for your pet. Following this, monthly appointments can be made for weigh-ins, further advice and to monitor your pet’s progress.
Whether your pet needs to lose one kilogramme or twenty, our FREE nurse weight clinics will provide you with all the support you need to achieve this important goal.
Post-Operative Wound Management
After your pet has undergone surgery, we like to make sure that he or she is comfortable and feeding normally, and that any surgical wound is healing well. We offer a FREE nurse clinic consultation to check your pet’s progress and offer you the opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have regarding your pet’s recovery. Our nurses are also on hand to remove stitches, staples and drains – we will advise you of the appropriate time to return for this free procedure when we discharge your pet.
Additionally, some pets may need bandage and dressing checks and changes. We will advise you on any aftercare your pet needs and arrange these appointments for you at the time of your pet’s discharge. (Please note bandaging and dressing changes are chargeable services.)Nail clipping
Dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs can all benefit from a nail clip, and it is worth starting this with your pet from an early age so that the pet becomes used to the procedure. Frequent trimming is always better than letting the nail get too long, which can impede mobility and, in some cases, lead to infection if the nail grows into the skin. If you’re not confident to clip your pet’s nails, our veterinary nurses can do this for you, and can show you how it’s done to help you gain the confidence to perform this task yourself. There is a small charge for this service.Dental Checks
Like ourselves, we recommend that pets have a dental check up every 6 months. The dental clinics are FREE and include a full examination of your pet’s mouth and a demonstration on how to brush your pet’s teeth. You will also receive a free information pack, and we often have special offers and discounts available exclusively to clinic patients. Our nurses strongly believe that dental checks can contribute towards good dental health, and it is always better to prevent dental disease than to treat it.
Administration of Worming Tablets and Other Medication
Our Nurses are available to help if you struggle to give worming tablets to your pet, or you need assistance with any other applications such as eye or ear drops.Flea Checks
If you are worried that your pet may have fleas, you want to know how to apply the appropriate flea control product, or you would like advice on keeping your pet and your home flea-free, then our nurses are on hand to assist you. Their advice is free, but there is a charge for the products. Please see our further information on flea and worming treatments for dogs and cats.
Emptying Anal Glands
All dogs (and cats) have anal glands, which are two small pouches or sacs situated at the 4 o’clock and 8 o’clock position around the anal opening. The anal glands produce a strong-smelling secretion which is deposited whenever the pet defaecates. Sometimes, these glands can become overly full, and occasionally they can become infected. If your pet seems troubled by his or her anal glands, you can make an appointment for one of our nurses to manually empty them. This is a chargeable service.
Some pets are more prone to recurring anal gland trouble. Signs of having full anal glands can include nibbling around the back end, dragging his or her bottom along the floor ('scooting'), bad smell, pain/difficulty on defaecation and constipation. It is thought that diet may contribute to this problem, and we do see more dogs with this problem that are fed on soft food than those fed a high-quality dry food. Please feel free to discuss the options available, including preventative care, with our vets or nurses.
Ticks are wingless creatures that live exclusively on the blood of animals for three of the four stages of their life cycle. They feed by embedding their mouth parts into the skin of the dog (or cat) and feed until they become engorged with blood. Ticks can be picked up in areas such as woodland or long grass. They can be vectors of disease, and it is therefore important that they are removed as soon as possible. Care should be taken when attempting to remove a tick as it is easy to pull the body off, leaving the head still embedded in the skin. If you've not removed a tick before, you can make an appointment with one of our nurses and they will remove the tick for you. They can also demonstrate how to use a tick removal tool for future use. There is a charge for this service.