A microchip is a small implant that is inserted under your dog or cat’s skin, like an injection.  The microchip has a unique identification number programmed into it.  This number can be read by a microchip scanner.  If your dog or cat was to go missing and was found, the microchip can be read and it can be determined who the owner is so you can be reunited with your pet.

Since March 2016, it is compulsory for all dogs in Ireland to be microchipped.  If your dog is not yet microchipped, it is important that you arrange to have this done as soon as possible.

It is now required that you hold a valid Pet Passport and certified Rabies Vaccination to travel to the UK or Europe with your pet.

To obtain a Pet Passport, you will need to make an appointment with us.  Your pet will be scanned for a microchip.  If they don’t have one, they will need to be microchipped as a means of identification for the passport.  Your pet will be vaccinated against Rabies and this will be certified on the passport.  A rabies vaccination involves an injection given under the skin around the back of the neck of your pet.  In Ireland, the Rabies vaccination is valid for 3 years but depending on what countries you intend on travelling to, this vaccination may need to be given yearly.

Your passport will be issued by the vet and ready for you to take home just after your appointment.

NOTE-It is possible to have a photo of your pet on the passport.  If you wish to have a photo on the passport, please bring a photo with you to your appointment.  (Dimensions 5cm x 7cm – Landscape photo).

For further information or the cost of getting a Pet Passport for your dog or cat, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Fleas can be spread very easily, from other pets and wildlife and the eggs can lie dormant in the environment for a very long time awaiting the right time to hatch and search for a host.  Fleas can cause many problems. They can be very irritating for your pet.  They play a part in transmission of tapeworms.  Flea bites can lead to secondary infection which often need to be treated with antibiotics.  Also, some animals are allergic to the flea saliva and after a flea bite, suffer from a condition caused Flea Allergy Dermatitis or FAD. This condition causes severe irritation and hair loss.

To prevent fleas and other external parasites, it is important to apply a spot-on treatment to the skin at the back of your pet’s neck. These treatments should be used monthly and can be used all year round.

Prac-tic, Frontline, Bravecto, Advocate and Advantage are some of the spot-on treatments that we recommend.

Routine health checks are important to ensure your pet is in tip top condition and identify any problems early.

During a routine health check, your pet will be checked over by one of our vets from nose to tail!!!  The ears and eyes will be examined, we will examine the mouth and teeth.  A chest examination involves auscultation of the heart and lungs.  This is particularly important in breeds prone to heart problems or older patients, who more frequently suffer with heart or lung disease.  The abdomen (your pets belly) will be examined by touch and gentle squeezing to identify if any organs feel enlarged or abnormal.  Your pet will have a temperature check.  As part of the routine health check, it may be advised to run a routine blood panel to determine liver and kidney health and rule out conditions like diabetes.  Most routine bloods are run in our in house laboratory so we will have results for you that day.

Early diagnosis plays a key role in the success of treating certain conditions so routine health checks and screens are important for good health.

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