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At mile house we see a big variety of dogs from working to showing, big to small and the friendly to the …cheeky. We vets at Mile House are always happy to answer any questions on the services we offer, such as vaccinations or routine operations.- Ed Bulman BVMS MRCVS

Soxx Roxburgh casually posing for a picture.

Vaccinations
vacAnnual vaccinations are a great point for our clients and their pets to get to know our vets. It is a good opportunity to ask the vet any questions while also allowing our vets to bond with their patients. All pets receive an annual health check at this point along with a worm and flea checkover. In order to keep our pets healthy and free from disease it is important that their inoculations are kept up to date.

One of our favourite jobs at Mile House is carrying out puppy health checks, which we offer from 8 weeks of age. At the puppies first consult we like to spend a lot of time bonding with the puppies while also providing a thorough health check and starting the vaccination course. Puppies require a course of two injections spaced 2 to 4 weeks apart, followed by annual vaccination boosters. At this point we also like to discuss Microchipping which will help your pet be identified if it is lost/stolen.

We also provide Kennel cough vaccinations for any dogs going into kennels, Rabies vaccinations for the frequent travellers and herpes vaccines for breeding dogs.

Castrations
We recommend that all dogs are castrated unless intended for breeding or showing. Castration is generally performed at 6 months of age. Having your dog castrated can prevent him from straying, developing specific health issues later in life and help to avoid some behavioural issues which can come with owning an entire male. The procedure itself is quick and with a great nursing team and strong pain relief, we can make the recovery as stress free as possible. We ensure that your dog will have the best after care possible and will remain under observation until he returns home with you later that day. Our prices  also cover post op check ups to ensuring the healing process is coming on nicely and you will be given written information regarding the home recovery of your dog (which can be found in the links above.)  
Spaying
vacIt is very important from a health point of view that entire bitches are spayed unless intended for breeding. It prevents the development of nasty mammary tumours later in life and other reproductive diseases. We recommend spaying bitches 3 months after their first season, which for the average dog works out at around 14 months old.
Micro-chipping
From April 2016 all dogs must be micro- chipped under the Micro-Chipping of Dogs (England) regulations (2014).

Why micro-chip your pet?

  •  Millions of pets become lost each year; tragically few are reunited with their owners. While collars and tags are still essential, they can fall off or become damaged. Micro-chipping your pet provides a permanent method of pet identification.

What is a Micro-chip?

  • A micro-chip consists of a tiny computer no bigger than a grain of rice. The micro-chip is inserted between your pets shoulder blades under the skin with a needle and special applicator.

When is a dog exempt?

  • There are no exemptions with regard to age, however a dog may legally be exempt from being micro-chipped for health reasons. This needs to be approved on a form completed by the Secretary of State.

Is there a fine if I don’t get my dog micro-chipped?

  • Yes. If you do not comply with regulations then a notice maybe served. You then have 21 days of the served notice to micro-chip your dog or you will be liable to a fine of £500.00.

Is there a fine if I don’t keep my database details up to date?

  • Once your pet is micro-chipped it is your responsibility to keep your details up to date on the database. If you do not you can face fines of up to £500.00.

When should a puppy be micro-chipped?

  • There is no minimum age specified in the regulations. A puppy should be micro-chipped and recorded on a database by 8 weeks old. Between 6 and 8 weeks is the optimum time to get the puppy micro-chipped.

Pet Travel Scheme
 For the frequent travellers at the practice we are a fully accredited ‘Pet Travel Scheme’ practice which enables us to provide your cats, dogs or ferrets with their very own passport. The Scheme allows Pet dogs, cats and ferrets to travel freely within the European Union without any need for quarantine, provided that they meet the schemes specific requirements. Pet passports also allow our animals to travel around the world, as long as they meet the requirements of the specific country they are entering. For further information please give us a call or see the DEFRA website; www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel