Below is some information on commonly asked questions. Remember, if you have any questions of your own don’t hesitate to drop in or phone and one of our team will be happy to help.
There are some devastating infectious diseases of dogs, cats and rabbits that were once quite common but are thankfully now controlled with vaccines. Don’t be caught out, even cats that stay indoors should be vaccinated and these diseases, although much less common than they once were, are still out there.
Dogs: Two injections at 8 and 10 weeks of age followed by yearly boosters. Depending on your circumstances this may include yearly vaccination against Kennel Cough.
Cats: Two injections at 9 and 12 weeks of age followed by yearly boosters.
Rabbits: Two injections 2 weeks apart from 6 weeks of age and repeated yearly.
Parasites - worms, fleas and other nasties!
Unfortunately worms, fleas and mites are very common and easily picked up by your pet. Once infested they can be quite distressing for your pet and in some cases difficult to get rid of - including from your own house! You will not necessarily see fleas or mites and many worms will not be seen in faeces. Some worms, as well as not being very good for your pet, are a public health risk and in particular can infect young children. For this reason it is very important to worm your pet. Remember, prevention is better than cure.
Puppies and kittens should be wormed by the breeder and then at their vaccinations. After that we will advise on best worming practices at our free Puppy Clinics. Routine worming should be undertaken every 1 to 3 months depending on circumstances.
Pregnant bitches should be wormed daily from day 40 of pregnancy until 2 days after whelping. Puppies should then be wormed every 2 weeks until their vaccinations.
Flea, mite, lice and tick prevention should be given monthly. Some products also protect against certain worms, allowing the worming routine to be extended to a 6 month schedule. You will get a free worming dose with your puppy pack available at vaccinations.
At Buchan Vets we advise that all dogs and cats that are not intended for breeding purposes are neutered.
As well as the obvious welfare implications of unwanted puppies and kittens neutering your pet also protects against serious and life threatening diseases such as uterine infections and tumours. For more information please talk to one of our vets or nurses, for instance when bringing your puppy in for one of our free Puppy Clinics.
Dogs: Females can be neutered (spayed) before or after their first season which occurs at around 6 months of age. Waiting longer than this can reduce the protective benefits of neutering, particularly with regards to mammary tumours that can develop later in life. If your bitch has started her first season please wait for 3 months before booking her in or if you have any questions book her in to have a check up with one of our vets or nurses.
Male dogs can be neutered (castrated) from around 6 months of age.
Cats: Females (queens) and males (toms) can be neutered from around 5 months of age.
Rabbits: Females (does) can be neutered from around 5 months of age. Males (bucks) can be neutered from around 4 months of age. However, please separate entire males and females from 3 months to prevent unwanted kits (baby rabbits)!
Free Nurse Clinics
Our free nurse lead clinics are a great way to track your pets progress, either in their early growth stages or latterly if they have started to ‘put on’ a bit.
Attending a clinic gives you access to one of our nurses who will be able to guide you through these stages. It is also a great opportunity to get advice on many general health or pet-care issues.
Puppy Clinics: The first few months can be a difficult but very rewarding time with a new puppy. Our free puppy clinics are designed to help you through this period and to give your puppy the best start in their new home. Our nurses will monitor your puppy’s weight, give advice on worming and flea treatments and on the best time for neutering. These clinics are a great opportunity to make sure everything is going well and also gives you a chance to ask any questions you may have such as what to do about play biting, or tips and tricks on toilet training.
Weight Clinics: We are seeing overweight pets more and more frequently at our clinics and, just like for ourselves, once the weight starts going on it gets harder and harder to get off again! Weight clinics provide a regular check up of your pet’s progress along with tips and tricks and advice on diet choice and exercise. We all love to spoil our pets but a lean pet will generally be a more healthy pet. Weight can also be an important factor in certain diseases, for example arthritis or diabetes, where weight control can be a very important part of disease management.
Diabetic Clinics: It can be a worrying time when your pet is diagnosed with Diabetes. The vet will work with you to bring the condition under control but then we have found that many owners feel they would benefit from further help in long term management of the condition.
We are delighted to offer a new support service for our diabetic patients and their owners. Diabetes mellitus is a surprisingly common disease in both cats and dogs.
Therapy includes daily insulin treatment and monitoring, some diet and lifestyle changes and regular check-ups to look for possible urine infections and changes in weight, as well as proactive disease management.
To be told that you need to inject your pet once or twice daily can be a little daunting, but with our support we know that many pet owners soon feel at ease with the new routine of regular injecting. Our Diabetes Clinics offer guidance and support both for owners beginning their journey with a diabetic pet, as well as those we are old hands at it!
What happens at the clinic?
At the free clinic, which is bookable throughout the day, our qualified Registered Veterinary Nurse, Louise Leonard, will assess your pet’s weight, treatment, routine, lifestyle, diet and medicine handling. Any concerns can be discussed and a personalised plan is then made. You will usually see the same person, as Louise is the Diabetic Clinic Senior Advisor, so your pet’s individual circumstances can be fully taken into account.
We’ve found that many of the hiccups in treating diabetic pets can be prevented both by regular monitoring and excellent communication between pet owners and the veterinary team. Having someone who knows and understands you, your pet and your home circumstances gives you peace of mind and reassurance that you are doing the right thing for your pet. From the positive feedback from clients we know Diabetic Clinics have been a really positive addition to our range of Nursing Clinics.
To make an appointment for the Diabetic Clinics with Louise please call
Peterhead 01779 472 460 or Fraserburgh 01346 510 000
At Buchan Vets we would advise all of our clients to take out pet insurance.
There are various types of policies available depending on your requirements and budget. Generally, cheaper policies will pay out for emergency treatment (for instance if your pet is involved in an accident) and have a limit per condition, whereas more expensive policies may be unlimited in the amount they can pay out (for instance if your pet develops a condition requiring long term or specialist treatment).
Often an insurer will offer various levels of cover at different price points. By law we are not allowed to advise on specific policies but would urge you to have a think about the level of cover you require and the budget you have available. Taking out insurance allows peace of mind that should your pet become ill or be involved in an accident they will have access to the treatment you would like for them.
Remember, it is too late to think about insurance once a problem has been diagnosed!
Nurse and Puppy
We have a team of nurses who take pride in caring for your pet from kitten or puppy right through to the elderly geriatric dogs and cats. They run a variety of clinics covering puppy socialisation, weight control, and the challenges facing the older pet. Please call your clinic for details.