The Cat & Rabbit Care Clinic

The Cat & Rabbit Care Clinic
1 Limehurst Square, Duston, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN5 6LP
Tel: 01604 205195
www.catandrabbit.co.uk

Providing over 10 years of quality veterinary care to cats, rabbits and guinea-pigs.

The Cat and Rabbit Care Clinic was established to provide veterinary care specifically tailored to the unique requirements of cats, rabbits and small mammals. Excluding dogs from our practice enables us to provide a more quiet, less odorous, stress free environment for our patients and their owners.

The Cat and Rabbit Care Clinic is situated in Duston on the western edge of Northampton (find us). It is within easy reach of Northampton town centre and is also within one mile of junctions 15a and 16 of the M1 motorway. While most of our patients come from the local area in and around Northampton, we also see a significant number of patients from further a field, seeking more specialist veterinary care for their cat, rabbit or guinea-pig.

Many of our staff (including both of our vets) have worked within the practice since it first opened its doors to patients in June of 2000. We therefore have over 10 years of practical day to day experience treating cats, rabbits and guinea-pigs in this setting. We have attended regular continuing education courses throughout the last 10 years and have close links to the Feline Advisory Bureau (FAB), the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM), and the Rabbit Welfare Association (RWA).

The Cat and Rabbit Care Clinic took part in the FAB’s ‘cat friendly practice’ awards available to veterinary practices nationwide during 2006 and 2007. The clinic received a Bronze Award (2006), a Silver Award (2007) and a Cyanthia special award for ‘great catitude’ in 2007.

Although the practice was originally established to provide dedicated cat and rabbit owners with veterinary care specifically tailored to these pets, we have also found guinea pig owners to be just as dedicated to their pets. Over the last few years our guinea pig clientele has grown rapidly and we now treat guinea pigs from across the midlands and beyond!

Services

The Cat and Rabbit Care Clinic aims to provide high quality preventative healthcare for your cat, rabbit or guinea-pig. We offer advice about diet, husbandry behaviour and prophylactic flea and worming treatments. We are a full service veterinary clinic offering both vet and nurse clinics by appointment. We have medical, diagnostic, surgical and dental equipment for the investigation and treatment of illness or accident.

Consultations

Veterinary consultations are by appointment only. In order to obtain an accurate history and carry out a full clinical examination, first consultations are 20 minutes and follow-up consultations 10 minutes long. If more time is required or if further tests need to be carried out, pets can be admitted to the hospital ward for the day.

Nurse Clinics

Our nurse clinics are run by our qualified veterinary nurses and allow an opportunity to discuss health, feeding and behavioural advice on a more informal level.

Weight clinics for overweight pets are the corner stone for successful treatment of obesity allowing accurate assessment of weight and body score. A dietary plan can then be formulated and the pet’s response monitored regularly.

Nurse appointments can also be booked for claw clipping, sexing new pets, administering medicine (including worming and flea treatments) and help with grooming.

Flea Control

We stock a wide range of flea products to treat both pets and their environment. The huge range of options now available to prevent flea infestations and to treat existing infestations can seem daunting. We offer helpful, practical advice to make the right decisions for your pets and household.

Worming

Cats should be wormed regularly. The frequency of worming should reflect life style with outdoor hunters requiring the most frequent worming. We recommend worming with a multi-wormer effective against both roundworms and tapeworms. Many products including both tablets and spot-on treatments are now available and we can advice on which products are most suitable and how frequently treatment should be repeated.

Routine worming of rabbits is more controversial. Panacur® rabbit is licensed for the routine worming of rabbits 2-4 times yearly and may also be useful as a prophylactic treatment for E. cuniculi. Please ask a member of staff for further information.

Sexing

Many rabbits, guinea pigs and kittens are wrongly sexed by pet shops and amateur breeders. This can cause great distress when several new pets are homed together and start breeding.

We can accurately sex rabbits, guinea pigs and kittens from birth and will always check the sex of new pets during their first consultation at the clinic.

Behavioural Advice

Our staff will be able to give helpful advice on many common behavioural issues including the introduction of new pets, inappropriate toileting, aggression and the role of neutering.

Senior Pet Advice

Senior pets require more frequent health checks and benefit from regular assessment of their appetite, thirst, weight and mobility. Regular claw clipping is often essential to prevent the claws growing into the pads and dental disease is commonly under recognised at home.

A regular health check involving a thorough history, full clinical examination, blood pressure check and senior health blood test (where indicated) are essential for recognising disease early. Many diseases of old age can be successfully managed if caught early.

Microchipping

Stray and missing pets are a huge problem in the United Kingdom. The implanting of a small chip (just a little larger than a rice grain) encoded with a unique number allows permanent identification of pets. This enables the details of previously micro-chipped lost and injured pets to be identified. The owners can then be contacted quickly and efficiently no matter how long the pet has been missing or how far they may have travelled. We can place microchips into the scruff of the neck of cats and rabbits during a normal consultation or microchips can be placed under anaesthetic if preferred, for example, during a neutering operation.

Dental Advice

Dental disease affects almost all pets during their lives and can be particularly severe and recurrent in rabbits and guinea pigs.

Rabbits and guinea pigs have teeth that grow continually throughout their lives. This means that poor jaw conformation or poor diet can cause elongation of the teeth which will lead to trauma of the soft tissues of the mouth. With correct feeding, most rabbits and guinea pigs can maintain healthy teeth throughout their lives. Please ask our trained staff for advice on how to correctly feed your rabbit or guinea pig.

For our feline patients, our staff will advise on the use of diets and prophylactic toothpastes and mouthwashes to help prevent dental disease.

Blood Pressure Monitoring

Hypertension (high blood pressure) is now recognised as a common complication of kidney disease in elderly cats. We offer prophylactic blood pressure checks for senior pets and will monitor for hypertension in pets already suffering from kidney disease. If caught early, high blood pressure is readily controlled by the use of tablets. Unfortunately many cats suffering from hypertension are only diagnosed after damage to the eyes (retinal detachment and bleeds within the eye) has occurred. Affected cats will either have severely reduced sight or even complete blindness. Early diagnosis and treatment of hypertension is therefore essential.

Nutrition

For cats we stock a wide range of life stage diets including the Hill’s Veterinary Essentials range and James-Well-Beloved diets. These diets provide balanced nutrition for all stages of a pet’s life as well as more specialised diets for the treatment of dental disease, furballs and obesity. We also stock a range of Hill’s and Royal Canin prescription diets that are used in the treatment of certain diseases.

For rabbits and guinea pigs we strongly recommend a predominantly grass and hay based diet. We stock a variety of hay and forage products including timothy hay from West Wales. We also stock a variety of dry foods (to be fed in small quantities) to supplement a grass/hay based diet, and a selection of suitable treats and toys.

All of our staff are happy to give general feeding advice and nurse consultations can be booked if more in depth advice is required or to help with weight management programs.

Accessories

We stock a range of collars, toys, dental hygiene products and grooming aids.


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