Vet Practice Services
Our friendly vet practice offers the following services to pet owners…
Complete, worry-free preventative healthcare for your pet
Your Healthy Pet Care Plan membership provides the most comprehensive and cost-effective way to give your pet everything they need to stay healthy including unlimited consultations!
Read about all the benefits that your pet will receive when they become a member of the Healthy Pet Care Plan.
Our forward-thinking ethos helps us keep abreast of new techniques and ensures your pets always receive the most up-to-date surgical procedures.
The laparoscopic method involves passing a camera along with instruments through small incisions in the skin; the surgeon carries out the procedure without physically handling tissues. This technique is far less invasive compared to traditional methods where the surgeon handles tissues and organs directly. Patients generally feel less pain after the operation and coupled with smaller incisions; recovery times are usually quicker.
Pet dental care with a difference
It may surprise you to learn that the vast majority of cats and dogs will develop some form of dental disease by the age of just three.
Vets and cat owners have become increasingly aware of this problem. So, frequent scaling and polishing under anaesthesia are helping us to battle against bad breath and poor pet dental hygiene. These dental treatments help to preserve your pet’s teeth and prevent significant future discomfort and poor health.
If your pet requires pet dental treatment, then our vets will assess and clean the whole mouth so that they revert to a clean state as soon as possible.
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Acupuncture for Pets
Acupuncture uses fine needles placed in your pets pressure points to help ease pain and other symptoms of illness.
This is the perfect drug-free complementary therapy for pet owners who prefer to try alternative methods of pain relief for their pets.
Ciara Tinkler (practice owner and head vet) is a member of the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncture, so is extensively trained to deliver this versatile therapy to any Strand Vets clients that require an alternative approach.
Read more about acupuncture and how it works for pets here:
Cat and Rabbit Friendly
Cats and rabbits have instincts and attributes that are unique to their species; these can make them feel especially vulnerable outside of their usual territory. Our dedicated team provide a calm healing environment for your pet and have all undertaken additional training to ensure these important protocols are maintained during your pets stay with us.
We are immensely proud to be accredited as a Bronze award cat-friendly clinic. This means that our feline friends can expect high standards of care when they visit and stay with us.
We offer cat-only clinics on Wednesday afternoons so that your cat will not be intimidated by dogs. We are trained to handle your cat in a way that does everything to minimise stress to them. We can recognise stress and anxiety and will take action to reduce it. We also have designated cat advocates who continuously assess and improve our protocols.
Rabbits make lovely hobby pets and have specific medical requirements which is why we are pleased to offer a full complement of rabbit veterinary care.
We have been awarded the RNVA silver award as a ‘Rabbit Friendly Vet’, and as a result, we take care in how we handle your rabbit, how we house them and what advice we give to you as well as which medications and procedures we will choose for them.
Nobody likes to be away from their pets, especially when they’re unwell. We understand that this and make a special effort to ensure our wards are like a home from home.
The nurses at Strand Vets will care for your pet as if they were their own, making every effort to provide for their medical needs and emotional well being too. In our pet hospital wards, your best friend will always feel comfortable with clean, soft bedding, regular checks, nutritious food, plenty of one-to-one grooming and all the mental stimulation they require.
At Strand Vets we have our own in house laboratory where we can process blood, urine and faecal samples quickly as well as using our microscope for ear and skin samples. This means we often have results the same day allowing us to make decisions quickly which is essential when your pet is poorly. There are still some tests that need to be done off island which always takes longer, but all the main essentials can be done right here.
Our nurse team are the backbone of our practice, ensuring your pets receives the love and care they need during all their routine appointments.
Apart from their amazing friendliness, their wealth of experience and veterinary knowledge will give you the confidence to know your pets are always in the best hands.
Nurse clinics at Strand vets cover all these routine procedures (and more!):
- Second vaccinations within a primary course
- Administering medications
- Anal gland emptying
- Nail clipping
- Dressing changes
- Blood sampling at the request of a vet
- Blood pressure monitoring
- Dietary, neutering and parasite advice
- Diabetes clinics
- Pet Physiotherapy
- Puppy Parties
- Weight Clinics
We are proud to offer a pet physiotherapy service.
Our diploma-trained veterinary nurse, Gemma, will conduct these sessions and use a combination of physiotherapy techniques. The techniques involve careful manipulation of joints and muscles, which help to increase blood flow and increase range of movement. The sessions are proven to decrease inflammation and improve overall mobility. Gemma also uses ultrasound and laser massage treatments as part of this fantastic pet therapy.
We recognised that careful early exposure to positive experiences will help a puppy grow to be a well socialised, well-adjusted adult dog.
Puppy parties provide you and your new puppy with a fun-stimulating experience as well as learning valuable information, advice to encourage careful interaction and puppy playtime.
Your puppy will have fun and feel more comfortable during vet appointments. You’ll have an invaluable opportunity to quiz the nurses on everything you need to know about puppy care.
We often use ultrasound to help us work out what is causing problems for your pet. Ultrasound uses ultrasonic sound waves to create images of body structures based on the echoes reflected from the tissues. It is most helpful in evaluating inner organs and can give us lots of essential information to help us make the best treatment plan for your pet.