Across our four surgeries, we have excellent facilities and up-to-date equipment so that we can provide a comprehensive medical and surgical service for your pet.
We are equipped with separate sterile operating theatres at Chalks Rd, Westbury Park and Chipping Sodbury with digital x-ray , on-site blood testing facilities along with a portable ultrasound machine, ECG and endoscopy. This means that, in most cases, pets can be treated quickly and effectively within Animal House Vets. However, if referrals are necessary, we have excellent relationships with a range of referral specialists who are able to advise on the best option for you and your pet.
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We use modern intravenous and inhalation anaesthesia suitable for day case surgery.
All sites have access to anaesthetic equipment with pure oxygen. On sites with sterile operating theatres, we have oxygen generating facilities.
We have on-site blood testing equipment which can help manage the risk of anaesthesia particularly in older or ill pets. We are also able to administer intra-venous fluids to maintain both hydration and blood pressure and we would always recommend this in older pets, ill pets or in certain other circumstances.
Blood Pressure Monitoring
We have a veterinary specific doppler blood pressure monitor which we can use to measure blood pressure in a range of pets both whilst under anaesthesia or for regular monitoring when they may have hypertension (yes it happens especially in older cats!)
We have excellent dental equipment across Animal House Vets.
Our Chalks Rd, Westbury Park and Chipping Sodbury sites all have high speed, air driven dental drill units, along with ultrasonic polishing units. We have also recently invested in vet specific dental Xray unit s which are compatible with the digital Xray at both our Chalks Rd and Chipping Sodbury Surgeries.
It is the law now that all dogs must be micro-chipped by 8 weeks of age. We can micro-chip your pets – please ask the team for further details and the best age to “chip”.
Puppy & Kitten Checks
A new puppy or kitten is a fun experience, but there is a lot to learn about looking after the new member of your family. Our nurses can offer advice on all matters of healthcare including diet, microchipping, worming, behaviour and basic training and parasite control.
At 6-9 months old your pet starts making the transition from puppy or kitten to adult. We now offer a free of charge examination with one of the vets or nurses to check that everything is progressing as expected and to discuss with you important changes you may need to make such as diet, exercise, parasite control and neutering.
After anaesthesia, surgery and/or dental work we normally request a post-operative check with one of our nurses so they can check your pet has fully recovered.
General Nutrition & Weight Reduction Clinics
Putting your pet on a diet is not easy, but the effects of obesity in our pets are just as severe as in humans (heart disease, arthirtis, diabetes, etc.) We find many owners benefit from a helping hand with a weight reduction programme and advice from our qualified Pet Healthcare Advisors. The nursing team have had some fantastic success with the new Hills Metabolic Diets – if you want some help – just speak to one of the team and they will point you in the right direction.
Our nurses can help you maintain a gleaming pet smile! They are able to advise on many methods of dental care including teeth brushing, enzymatic toothpastes and the Hills t/d and dental sticks/chews.
These are run by our nurses for pets over the age of 8. They are a screening service – running diagnostics to ensure your pet is healthy or to be up disease at an earlier stage – so that an appropriate management strategy can be implemented to reduce or minimise the effects of the disease.
We are offering a range of discounted tests for both dogs and cats for £60 – saving you up to £60 on the normal costs. Please note this screening is only available for “healthy” pets that are not under any treatment.
Retail & Prescription Pet Food
We stock a range of pet foods at all of our surgeries.
WE always have on site a range of Hills Vet Essentials Science Plan Diets for Dogs and Cats.
We also source our own brand food and now have 2 ranges:
The Animal House Vets Hypoallergenic pet food – available in a range of proteins both for dogs and cats at different life stages. For Dogs we stock Puppy Chicken & Rice, Adult Chicken & Rice (small and normal kibble), Salmon & Potato, Duck & Potato and a light/senior diet which is white fish based and is supplemented with chondroitins and glucosamines.
In January 2015 we have introduced our new GRAIN FREE range for dogs. This has a number of benefits over conventional food as follows:
- The diets have a minimum 50% meat content – it tries to replicate a more natural wild type diet.
- The food is steamed rather than boiled to preserve its nutritional values.
- For adult dogs it comes in a range of single source protein variants including lamb, salmon and trout & turkey. The light and senior bags are trout and salmon (ie more trout than salmon).
- The puppy range contain a mixture of protein sources including chicken, turkey and salmon along with Sweet Potato, Peas & Carrots.
- The main carb source is Sweet Potato
In short, it approximates to a raw, meaty bones diet – but is gently cooked to remove harmful bacteria such as Salmonella and Campylobacter and the bone content is ground to ensure it cannot cause bowel blockages or perforations.
We also stock the Hills range of Prescription Diets.
If there is a specific food that you would like us to get for your pet – just speak to us and we will endeavour to source it at a competitive price for you.
If you are travelling abroad, we are able to handle the complete process of microchipping, vaccinating against rabies and issuing a Pet Passport.
Please note your pet must be microchipped and have a rabies vaccination given a MINIMUM of 3 weeks before the date of intended travel.
If you are travelling outside of the Pet Passport qualifying countries then you will need to take advice from DEFRA as to the exact requirements for travelling. We have an LVI (licensed veterinary inspector) within the team who is able to process the paper work for you.
Puppy Parties & Socialisation
Having a new Puppy is a very exciting time but can also be quite daunting with all the information that is given, we can help you understand all that is required for the best care to be given whilst having a fun time by attending one of our FREE puppy parties.
It is also essential that during the first few months of your puppies life he/ she is properly socialised in order to have a well adjusted, easy going, non aggressive, confident adult dog. Here at Animal House Vets we help you to achieve this by running a 3 week puppy socialisation course – over the course of the 3 weeks you will be taught how to handle your puppy and also various training commands including sit, down, wait, leave, recall, fetch, thus teaching your dog good manners. The cost for attending this course is £30
Puppy Socialisation is the ideal opportunity for your puppy to meet other similar aged pups in a safe and controlled environment, allowing him / her to develop their characters and teach them how to socialise before being let loose in more public places
For the latest availability of the courses please contact your local surgery for further information.
Referral Orthopaedic Surgery
We are lucky to have a visiting orthopaedic surgeon who is able to take on some of the more complex surgical procedures that can now be undertaken on your pet and which will often offer a better prognosis for your pet. This includes complex knee surgery (cruciate disease and luxating patella), fractures and arthroscopy.
We have recently invested in a referral standard ultrasound machine. This machine is portable and therefore we can transport it to any of our surgeries for use. Not only do we use this for things like pregnancy diagnosis, but we are increasingly using this for advanced diagnostics – both scanning abdomens and hearts of our patients.
We have invested in digital Xray in our practices where we undertake advanced surgery (Chalks Road, Westbury Park & Chipping Sodbury).
The key advantage of digital is the quality of the radiographs. In addition, as the files are digital, these can easily be sent by email or dropbox to specialists for an expert opinion where this is required.