Dogs

Bringing your dog to the surgery

Please always use a simple short lead attached to a head collar to ensure the comfort and safety of all our clients and their pets.

Occasionally, over-excitement or nerves may make your dog sick, so it is not a good idea to feed your dog directly before coming to the surgery.

Please allow your dog time to pass urine and faeces before entering the waiting room.

The dog - Canis lupus familiaris - is a domesticated form of the grey wolf. Dogs have long lived up to the nickname of "man's best friend", being extremely valuable as working, hunting and companion animals. There are estimated to be about 400 million dogs in the world.

Dogs were first domesticated at least 17 000 years ago (and possibly even as early as 150 000 years ago). In this time, the dog has developed into hundreds of breeds with a great deal of variation in height, build, colour and other characteristics.

Dogs are pack animals, and it seems that they view their human family as part of their pack, making them extremely loyal and companionable animals. Although long associated with humans, their role purely as companion animal only really advanced in the years after World War II, when their keeping rose in line with an increasingly suburban population. However, dogs were still largely kept outdoors and often had a role such as guard dog, as well as pet. Over the last thirty years or so, dogs are more than ever being kept solely as companion animals with pet dogs being viewed very much as part of the family.

Dogs are a source of emotional support and comfort to their owners, and the bond between dogs and humans has never been greater.