What is a microchip?
A microchip is a very small device (the size of a grain of rice) enclosed in a sterile and non-reactive capsule. It is implanted under the skin between the shoulder blades. Sedation is not necessary as this process causes minimal discomfort. Each chip has a unique number which can be read by a scanner. These are now widely available and most Vets, Local Authorities and Rescue Shelters own them.
Why should I have my pet ‘chipped?
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Travelling abroad with your pet, whether it is for a holiday or as a permanent move, can be stressful. Fortunately our Vets have a wealth of experience and are here to help. We can provide Pet Passports (link to https://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad), organise and complete the more complex paperwork required for some countries and advise you on how to avoid the exotic diseases which your pet can contract while travelling, even within Europe.
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The Veterinary Surgeons at St Kitts, Firgrove and Basingstoke Veterinary Centres provide a full range of Soft Tissue Surgeries from Spays, Castrations and Dental Procedures to more advanced procedures such as Orthopaedic Surgery. Our Vets are trained in state-of-the-art surgical techniques, should your pet require a surgical procedure.
During the surgery our Nurses are trained to monitor your pet’s heart rate, anaesthetic and vital signs to continually assess how well your pet is responding to treatment during the operation, under the supervision of Read More »
Across our 3 Surgeries we aim to be as accommodating as possible with appointments late into the evening and all weekend (from our Hartley Wintney branch.)
We do not charge any extra for appointments on Sundays.
We emphasise preventive care whenever possible to ensure a happy, healthy and long life for your pet. We offer:
Lungworm and parasite prevention for all small animals
New puppy and kitten programs
Dietary and nutritional clinics run by our qualified nurses
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If your pet is booked to have a General Anaesthetic or Operation:
Please bring them to the surgery between 8.30am and 9.00am on the day of the operation.
Do not give your dog or cat anything to eat after midnight the night before.
Water may be left down overnight.
Food should not be withheld from rabbits, rodents or birds.
Keep cats indoors overnight so that they do not eat elsewhere.
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Your pet has had an anaesthetic today and may be drowsy for the next 48 hours. The anaesthetic was injected into a vein in his/her front leg and a small area of fur may have been clipped in this area. There may be a bandage on a front leg where the catheter was placed – please remove this within a few hours of getting home. Please offer your pet a bland meal tonight of Sensitivity control or chicken and Read More »
We all know that having a pet can be costly. We therefore strongly advise pet insurance to enable veterinary fees to be claimed back (except for a small excess). Pet insurance can be used for most illness’ or injuries and gives great peace of mind if your pet is seriously ill – you know that the best treatment can be given.
We are happy to perform direct claims for treatment so that you only need to find the excess payment.
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Chinchillas originated in the Andes Mountains of South America. They have been trapped to near extinction for their luxurious fur. They are now a popular pet in the UK.
They can live from 8 – 15 years, and a normal adult bodyweight is 450 – 800g, depending on the sex of the chinchilla. They are clean, active, quiet and slightly shy, meaning that they are more appropriate as pets for older children and adults. They are naturally nocturnal, but adapt to Read More »
Degus make great pets for older children and adults.
They generally live for 7 – 10 years and a healthy adult should weigh 176 – 315g depending on age and sex.
Degus are very sociable and in the wild, they live in colonies of up to 100 animals! They are best kept in single-sex pairs or groups of up to 6 as they love to play together and snuggle up to one another, and can become very depressed if kept on their Read More »
Ferrets can make very friendly pets. They’re generally very clean, playful and are ideal for older children. Domesticated ferrets come in a variety of colours.
They tend to live between 8 – 10 years and a healthy adult should weigh 600 – 800g for a female, or 1.2kg for a male.
Ferrets are extremely sociable and should be housed in same sex pairs or groups. You can house mixed sex groups together if they have been neutered. Ferrets will often pile together Read More »