Nurse Arthritis Clinic
Osteoarthritis is a non-curable condition which affects your pet's joints. There is no known cure, so treatment is focused on controlling pain, improving joint function and slowing down the degenerative process within the joint.
We are able to offer you a free consultation with a Pet Arthritis Counsellor if your pet has recently been diagnosed with osteoarthritis. We aim to provide continuing support and hope to see your pet once or twice times a year, or more frequently if necessary.
Our aim is to implement a management plan to improve the quality of life for your pet. After an initial assessment with a Veterinary Surgeon and Pet Arthritis Counsellor, your pet's arthritis will be managed by some or all of the following:
- Anti-inflammatory medication to reduce pain and inflammation.
- Joint Supplements to prevent further damage within the joint.
- Weight Management and Nutrition as being overweight is a major contributing factor. Weight loss helps decrease lameness and pain and increases joint mobility in patients with existing osteoarthritis.
- Hydrotherapy can help with maintaining muscle mass by allowing non-weight bearing exercise. It can also help with weight reduction. This is available out with the practice using an independent physiotherapist.
- Acupuncture is tolerated very well in dogs and cats. It is available within the practice and is individually tailored according to the condition and response achieved. Many dogs with osteoarthritis will improve following acupuncture treatment. An initial course of 4-6 weeks is required with follow up treatment depending on the individual response.
If you would like to make an appointment with a pet arthritis counsellor, please phone the practice.
Nurse Senior Clinic
As your pet reaches middle age and gets older, certain health problems are far more likely to arise, for example heart disease, kidney failure, diabetes, arthritis or cancer. Often the symptoms of age-related illness develop slowly. They can easily be missed until the disease becomes advanced.
Modern veterinary medicine means that we are better able to care for older pets to help them enjoy healthier, happier and longer lives.
Fit for Life Program
Our experienced veterinary nurses run a free Fit for Life Program for pets aged eight years and over. These nurse consultations cover all aspects of your pet's health, to identify any early warning signs, and include advice on how to help your pet in their later years.
If you would like a free Fit for Life consultation for your pet, please phone to book an appointment.
Before your appointment we ask you to complete a short pet health questionnaire to highlight any areas of concern and, as part of the program, we will do a free urine test for your pet. Questionnaires and sample pots can be collected from reception at any time.
If possible, your pet should be fasted on the day of the clinic, but can have free access to water.
Nurse Weight Clinic
All clients are welcome to bring pets to our surgeries for weight checks at no charge. You can do this as a one-time-visit or come back regularly (we usually suggest every four to six weeks). This can be particularly helpful for:
- Growing youngsters to check that you are giving the right dose of routine worm or flea treatments.
- Poorly or older pets to help monitor their progress and well-being.
- Overweight pets to help keep track of weight loss goals.
Obesity is becoming more common and for many pets the weight gain happens gradually over a long period. The risks of diabetes, arthritis and other diseases are much higher in overweight pets, shortening their life expectancy and leading to chronic pain.
Our qualified veterinary nurses offer weight clinic consultations free of charge to registered clients (register online here). During the consultation, the nurse will weigh your pet and assess their body condition score. They'll give you tailored guidance on feeding and exercise, taking into consideration any illnesses your pet may also be dealing with.
You can book an appointment for your pet by calling your branch surgery.