Nurses are able to give second vaccinations, apply spot on treatments and administer oral medications as well as topical ear and eye drops or give injections at the direction of a vet. They will also clip nails, express anal glands, take blood pressure readings, reapply bandages, take blood samples, remove stitches and clean wounds. If you are a member of our pet healthcare plan, our RVN’s will also carry out your pets VIP health check. There may be a fee for some of these clinics, please ask at time of booking.
Sadly many of our patients are nervous for all sorts of reasons. Luckily we have our lovely nurse Jess who runs confidence clinics for petrified pooches and cowardly cats!
“My goal is to make every animal’s experience of the vet’s a fun and happy time. In these clinics I build confidence in visiting and handling for dogs through the use of treats, praise and play to make it a less stressful and upsetting experience. I can also discuss cat cases over the phone and give advice and tips about how to reduce stress before you’ve even arrived.”
Jess’ confidence clinics can be booked at times to suit you when the practice is quieter. Please call to arrange.
Animals, just like humans, often need more care as they get older. The nurses will examine your animals and highlight any health concerns. They can then make suggestions as to how we might help keep your pet active and healthy. We will discuss exercise, mobility, nutrition, mental health and senility, dental health, sight and hearing.
Please try and bring a fresh urine sample from your pet to this consultation.
Nurses will examine your pets mouth, discuss dental health and any concerns, show you how to brush their pets teeth and keep teeth healthy as well as discuss things to look out for.
Weight Clinics (free)
A pet being over or underweight is an indicator in many different diseases. Nurses are trained and enthusiastic about pets maintaining a healthy weight and they can help design a healthy diet for your pet. Ongoing clinics to check progress can be arranged.
All clinics are run from the Hospital at Christchurch unless indicated.