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Health Checks

Give your young pet the best start in life by bringing them to see our team regularly

A new pet is always an extremely exciting addition to the family, especially if they’re your first household animal. However, it’s important that they receive lots of care and attention during their first few weeks and months to make sure they grow and develop properly, and are free from any uncomfortable or dangerous health conditions.

That’s why we strongly recommend that you bring your new pet in to see us for a health check with a nurse once a month until they’re six months old. This allows us to monitor their progress and identify any problems at the earliest stages. It also helps them to get used to being in a veterinary environment with plenty of people fussing over them, which will help to reassure them if they need to have any tests or procedures done in their adult life.

Vaccinations

Regular vaccinations help to shield your pet against nasty diseases

When it comes to the health of a young animal, any veterinary professional will explain to you the importance of vaccinating them.

A vaccination is an injection that is given to an animal to prevent them from developing some of the nasty diseases that they’re susceptible to. In the majority of cases, two initial injections are required a couple of weeks apart. Once your pet has received these they will only need a ‘booster’ vaccination once a year to make sure their immunity remains high.

Puppies should have their first vaccination at 8 weeks of age and their second 2-4 weeks later. They should be vaccinated against:

  • Canine Parvovirus
  • Canine Distemper Virus
  • Infectious Canine Hepatitis
  • Leptospirosis
  • Parainfluenza

Rabies and kennel cough vaccinations should also be given if you are intending to take your dog abroad with you, or if they will be spending time in kennels or daycare with other dogs.

Kittens should have their first vaccination at 9 weeks of age and the second 3 weeks later. They should be vaccinated against:

  • Feline Influenza Viruses
  • Infectious Enteritis
  • Feline Leukaemia Virus

Kits (baby rabbits) should be vaccinated against Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD) from 5 weeks old.

Emergency Care

We’re here to help your pet, no matter what time they need us

Just like humans, animals can’t control when they fall ill or have an accident. That’s why it’s important to know that no matter what time of the day or night they might require veterinary assistance, there’s always someone on hand to help.

We can guarantee same day appointments for any sick pet who needs our help during surgery hours. Simply call us on 01775 766646 (Spalding) or 01778 422863 (Bourne) and explain the situation to a member of the team, who will arrange the appointment for you.

Should your pet ever need urgent medical help after the practice has closed for the day, simply ring our reception number on 01775 766646 (Spalding) or 01778 422863 (Bourne) as normal. You will then be redirected to our 24 hour Emergency Hospital in Peterborough.

You will be asked to describe what has happened to your pet, and the severity of any injuries or symptoms they might have. The professional on the end of the phone will then decide if you need to bring your pet in to the surgery for treatment. If the problem is not urgent, they will advise you on how best to keep your pet comfortable until the morning when you can attend a normal surgery appointment.

Microchipping

A simple microchip could reunite you with your pet if they ever wander too far from home

Did you know that it is now a legal requirement to have your dog microchipped? This could be the essential piece of equipment that reunites you with your pet if they ever wander off and get lost.

A microchip is the size of a grain of rice and is inserted almost painlessly underneath the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades. The chip carries a unique number that (when scanned) links to your contact details which are stored in the national pet database.

Microchipping allows your pet to be reunited with you as quickly as possible if they ever go missing. This is beneficial not only in terms of the emotional stress it relieves, but also ensures they receive treatment quickly if they are ill or have been injured.

When your pet is chipped, you will be required to pay a one-off fee. After that no further maintenance is required – you simply have to remember to update your contact details on the database if you move house or change your telephone number.

Microchipping is a more reliable method of identification than a collar and tag, which can easily fall off or be removed. Once it is inserted the chip will be kept in place by the surrounding body tissue.

Neutering

Neutering your pet has more advantages than you might think

You may already know that neutering your pet prevents them from reproducing. But did you know that there are also a number of other health-related benefits to having your pet’s sexual organs removed?

The benefits of having a female animal neutered are:

  • Prevention of uterine and ovarian cancer
  • Prevention of uterine infections (Pyometra) in older age
  • Prevention of unwanted pregnancies
  • No longer coming in to season which prevents bleeding, unwanted attention and mating behaviour from males

The benefits of having a male animal neutered are:

  • Prevention of testicular cancer
  • Reduction of the incidence of prostatic diseases, including cancer
  • Prevention or reduction in aggressive hormonal behaviour
  • Prevention of urine marking and roaming

If you don’t plan to breed from your pet, neutering is the most responsible action to take. Litters of puppies or kittens require lots of hard work and attention, and also a significant financial commitment to make sure they are all healthy and developing normally.

Neutering is a straightforward surgical procedure, and in many cases your pet will be able to return home the same day with ongoing pain relief to aid their recovery. The veterinary team will update you on your pet’s procedure and current situation, before giving you some advice on keeping them comfortable at home until they’re back to normal again.

At Alder Vets, we offer for you to stay with your pet while they have their pre medication , this is particularly helpful with the more nervous dog to have their owner around and avoids the need for them to be in a kennel. If you would like to do this, then please enquire at reception at the time of booking so we can arrange this for you. All of our contact information can be found here.

Nurse Clinics

Our specialist nurse clinics provide you with bespoke tailored advice about your pet’s healthcare

When it comes to your pet there are a lot of elements involved in keeping them healthy and happy. In many cases, any problems may not be immediately obvious and a little professional advice can go a long way.

That’s why we provide a number of nurse clinics here at Alder Vets, offering a variety of advice and tips to help you keep your pet in the peak of health.

Physical Examinations – Our nurses can examine pets to ensure they are in the best possible health and not experiencing any obvious physical problems. These appointments are the perfect opportunity to ask any questions you may have about your pet’s behaviour or state of health, or voice any concerns or observations you may have.

Diet & Weight Clinics – If your pet struggles to maintain an appropriate and healthy weight, you are invited to bring them along to one of our weight management clinics. A member of our nursing team will weigh your pet regularly and advise you on a suitable diet for them to help with their situation, whether they’re over or under their ideal weight.

Post-operative Checks – It’s important for any pet that has undergone surgery to have regular appointments in the days and weeks afterwards to ensure that they are healing well and any pain is being managed appropriately. No matter how minor their procedure, our nurses are always happy to assess any of our patients to ensure they’re recovering properly and getting back to normal.

Suture Removal – If your pet has had stitches for an injury or after surgery, we always invite them back for follow-up appointments to make sure they are recovering well and that the wound is healing nicely. Eventually they will need to have their stitches removed, which can be done with minimal discomfort by one of our skilled vet nurses.

Puppy and Kitten Packs

We know how challenging pet ownership can sometimes be, so for this reason everything that your young pet will require to develop into a fit, strong and healthy dog or cat is included in our bespoke puppy and kitten packages.

PUPPY PACKS

When you pay for your puppy’s first course of vaccinations with us, we will also give you:

  • FREE flea & worming pipette
  • 15% off neutering voucher
  • FREE 4 weeks insurance with Petplan
  • Identichip (for an extra £6)

Our puppy vaccine courses are given two weeks apart and prices are as follows:

Standard Vaccine Course with L2 £39.00

Please note that these courses are based on the L2 vaccine but we also have L4 vaccines available – please speak to your vet for more details on these.

KITTEN PACKS

Our kitten packages are all inclusive, they include:

  • Primary Standard Vaccination Course (£20 Extra to include Feline Leukaemia)
  • Neutering (Within 1 Year)
  • Microchip
  • General Health Check
  • One Milbemax (Worming Treatment)
  • One Stronghold (Flea Treatment)
  • One Nurse Consultation – To discuss feeding, dental care, worming and nail clipping
  • 4 Weeks FREE Pet Insurance with Petplan

The Price for this package is only £70.00 for males and only £85.00 for females.

Geriatric Wellness Checks

If you have a dog or cat that’s 8 years old or older, then why not consider booking them in for our geriatric check.

When dogs and cats become older they can suffer from a number of problems; arthritis, dental disease, kidney disease, diabetes and heart disease to name just a few.

Our older pets are also very good at hiding these problems from us so it’s important to get them checked out regularly by a veterinary surgeon.

We are offering for only £60:

  • A full consultation with an experienced veterinary surgeon
  • A urine test
  • A dry eye test (if applicable)
  • A blood test which gets sent to an external laboratory which will pick up any kidney or liver problems, hypo/hyperthyroidism, diabetes and other abnormalities your pet may not be showing signs of yet

Practice information

Bourne

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  • Mon
    8:30am - 6:30pm
  • Tue
    8:30am - 6:30pm
  • Wed
    8:30am - 6:30pm
  • Thu
    8:30am - 6:30pm
  • Fri
    8:30am - 6:30pm
  • Sat
    One practice is open 9-4, contact us
  • Sun
    One practice is open 9-4, contact us

Emergency Details

Please call:

01778 422863
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Find us here:

15 Exeter Street Bourne Lincolnshire PE10 9NW One of our surgeries will be open on weekends, please check which surgery by contacting us.
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Please call this number for emergencies:

01778 422863

Spalding

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  • Mon
    8:30am - 6:30pm
  • Tue
    8:30am - 6:30pm
  • Wed
    8:30am - 6:30pm
  • Thu
    8:30am - 6:30pm
  • Fri
    8:30am - 6:30pm
  • Sat
    One practice is open 9-4, contact us
  • Sun
    One practice is open 9-4, contact us

Emergency Details

Please call:

01775 766646
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Find us here:

58 Bourne Rd Spalding PE11 1JW One of our surgeries will be open on weekends, please check which surgery by contacting us.
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Please call this number for emergencies:

01775 766646