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Puppy and Kitten Developmental Checks

We like to monitor your puppies and kittens as they are growing and developing which is why we will make an appointment to see them 1 month after their second vaccination. This consultation, with one of our qualified veterinary nurses, is part of our vaccination package at PVH. It is a great opportunity to monitor any weight gain, which in turn will affect the quantity of food you are feeding your growing puppy or kitten. We also carry out a thorough health check and give you a chance to ask any questions that you may have.

6 Month Puppy and Kitten Checks

These health checks, which are part of your vaccination package, are vital to ensuring the normal growth and development of your pet. At the 6 month health check we will examine your pet from nose to tail. We will ensure that there has been normal weight gain, check on tooth development, arrange parasite treatment and prevention and discuss diet and neutering. It is also a useful time to discuss any issues which might be of concern to you.

Weight Clinics

Obesity is a common problem in pets, so ensuring that your pet is in optimal body condition is very important. Weight clinics are provided free of charge at all of our branches. We will weigh your pet and check them for signs of excess body fat.

If your pet is overweight we will help you establish a proper diet and exercise plan or perhaps advise that you enroll your pet in a weight loss programme. Such programmes typically involve placing your pet on a specific weight loss diet and committing to monthly weight checks with a veterinary nurse. Your pet’s target weight should be achieved within 4-6 months, leading to a healthier and happier pet. The initial weight clinic cost €23 and lasts 45 minutes. Each additional weigh in is free of charge.

Conversely, if your pet has lost weight since he or she was last weighed, with no change in diet or exercise, this could be a sign of a health problem and should be investigated.

Feline Stress Management Clinic

Stress plays a huge part in cat behaviour problems and some common diseases.

Cats are very good at hiding their problems so it is important for owners to appreciate the subtle signs of stress in their own cats in order to provide the best possible care. Our experienced nurse, Paula, offers a clinic for cat owners to discuss how we can reduce any levels of stress within the home environment through a variety of ways. This may range from adding more resources (like water bowls) to incorporating your own furniture into providing high resting places for your cat.

Contact us on 01 6237044 for more information on this clinic



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