In our lab we have the capability for many in house tests such as complete blood count, blood chemistry, urinalysis, faecal examination and many more. We also work closely with Idexx laboratories for any out of office lab work.
This unique form of identification is an easy, yet permanent way to bring your pet home quickly should he / she become lost. The microchip is a tiny electronic device, about the size and shape of a grain of rice. It is implanted beneath your pet's skin between the shoulder blades and stays there for his / her entire life. This procedure is as easy and as painless as a vaccination.
Each microchip has a unique number. This number, along with information about the owner and pet, are added to a national pet registry. Most veterinary Practices and animal rescue centres have electronic scanners for detecting and reading these implanted microchips. If a lost pet is found and a microchip is scanned it is easy for you to be contacted.
Clean teeth and healthy gums are essential to your pet's health. Dental disease is very common in cats and dogs and can cause significant discomfort (as you will know if you have every experienced a toothache!) However, it can go unnoticed for a long period of time because dogs and cats very rarely show obvious signs (like drooling, pawing at the mouth, or stopping eating) of dental pain.
Whenever your pet comes to see the vet or nurse they will check their teeth and gums; we recommend all pets receive a thorough dental examination at least every 6 months. We are happy to advise you on preventative dental care at home, to stop problems before they begin.
Some Signs of Dental Problems include:
- Bad breath - one of the first signs of dental disease
- A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
- Red and swollen gums
- Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
- Decreased appetite or difficulty eating (only in advanced cases)
- Loose or missing teeth
Dental problems, if left untreated, can often lead to larger systemic problems in your pet due to oral bacteria entering the blood stream and damaging the kidneys, heart and liver.
At the Welling Practice we have a dedicated Dental Suite for all your animals' needs, including the facility to take dental x-rays, to detect problems below the gumline. Just give one of our practices a ring if you need any more information, and one of our friendly Oval staff would love to help you.
Eye problems are very common in cats and dogs; they can cause irritation, pain, and in the more severe cases can endanger the pet's vision. Examination of the eyes can also give us clues as to other health problems, such as high blood pressure.
At the Oval Pet Centre we have all the equipment necessary to perform a thorough ocular examination on your pet, including measuring tear production, looking at the retina, and measuring the pressure inside the eye using tonometry.
We highly recommend this young Artist Emma Parker, she has recently finished a commission of our gorgeous Elsie and we are thrilled with it. Please have a look at Emma’s artwork below, including Elsie’s portrait.
Emma is currently taking bookings and can be contacted directly using the information below.
About the Artist:
I am a local-based artist specialising in Animal Portraiture. I believe that beautiful artwork comes from what you love, and so animal portraiture really did come as a natural progression to me as I have always had a passion for art and a love of animals. Growing up, I was surrounded by horses and my two beautiful spaniels who were the subject of many a drawing - my current puppy, Bella, has now filled that position!
I officially set up my Pet Portrait business in Spring 2017 after a close friend asked if I could draw a portrait of her cat. I loved seeing how happy the finished artwork made her and decided that I wanted to dedicate my career to spreading that happiness to as many pet owners as possible.
For enquiries, please contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or through my Facebook page (https://m.facebook.com/emmaparkerart/).
Looking for some tips on administering medicine to your pet? Or would you like to know the best way to groom your pet and check them for lumps and bumps? Our informative videos from My Family Vets are here to help!
Below are a few examples of the how-to videos that we have for your viewing.
To view our full range of how-to videos, please visit our My Family Vets YouTube channel.
How to Give Your Cat Eye Drops
How to Apply Flea Treatment to Dogs
How to Brush Your Dog's Teeth