Our emergency line is open 24 hours a day, so if your pet becomes suddenly ill/injured we are here to help.
We have an x-ray machine, ultrasound scanner, practice lab with haematology, biochemistry and microscope, operating theatre and kenneling for in-patients.
Ultrasound scan of a dog for pyometra
Vaccination and routine check ups:
It is important that cats, dogs and rabbits alike are vaccinated against some of the most severe diseases they can get.
First vaccination can be done from 8 weeks. At this point we can do a full check over and give worming tablets and a vaccination booklet. We then give a booster 2-3 weeks later and annually after this. You will need your vaccination booklet if you ever put your dog into kennels. Microchipping will help your pet be identified if it is lost/stolen and can be done at any time, although we prefer to do it at the second vaccination or later. Ideally flea treatment should be done monthly and worming once every 3 months.
If your dog will be going in to kennels at any time he/she will need vaccinating for Kennel Cough which isn't included in the normal vaccinations. Some kennels require this to be carried out a few weeks before entry. This is repeated annually to keep it up to date and can be done at the same time as normal vaccinations.
We can castrate your male dog from about 6 months and it is recommended that this is done if you are not planning to breed from him, as it prevents him wandering and getting certain health problems.
Female dogs are best spayed approximately 3 months after their first season, if you are not planning to breed from her. This massively reduces the chances of her getting very nasty mammary tumours and certain other diseases.
These are routine operations which will involve us having your pet in for the day, as we will have to put them under a general anaesthetic.
Kennels for in-patients
It is also important that cats are vaccinated. At Mile House we offer a basic cat vaccination against some common cat diseases and an extra one against Feline Leukaemia Virus, which we can do if you wish. This is a nasty disease which is spread when cats bite each other, usually whilst fighting. Cats can have their first vaccination from 9 weeks of age, followed by a booster 3 weeks later. We will give your cat a full check over at each vaccination and provide you with a vaccination booklet. You will need this if your cat needs to go into a cattery. Worming is done once every 3 months in adult cats and flea treatment monthly.
Neutering of cats is very important for population control, as there are already so many cats without homes. We can do this from about 5 months and it will involve us having your cat in for the day, as we need to operate under a general anaesthetic.
Most cats and dogs don't have their teeth brushed twice a day like we do. Through the course of their lives this leads to the build up of plaque, which can become mineralised due to some of the constituents of saliva. This provides an ideal environment for bacteria, which can lead to gum disease. This can be painful and lead to difficulty eating, as well as tooth loss.
Small furry animals such as rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, ferrets etc are also treated at Mile House. We understand how important these small pets are to you and will always treat them to the best of our ability.
Pet Travel Scheme:
The Pet Travel Scheme is the system that allow:
- Pet dogs, cats and ferrets to enter the UK without quarantine as long as they meet the rules
- People in the UK to take their dogs, cats and ferrets to other countries and territories, and return with them to the UK without the need for quarantine
Pet travel rules changed on 1 January 2012 when the UK brought its procedures into line with the European Union. From this date all pets can enter or re-enter the UK from any country in the world without quarantine provided they meet the rules of the scheme, which will be different depending on the contry of territory the pet is coming from. The rules are to keep the UK free from rabies and certain other exotic diseases. The UK has been free from rabies for many years, but because of the existence of the disease in other countries there is a continued need for an effective system to be in place to manage the risk of rabies being introduced by imported animals. For further information, see the DEFRA website www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel