How we can help your pet

We provide a full veterinary service throughout the life of your pet. We're just like your local GP, but with pets for patients. Here are some of the ways we can help.


Care of in-patients

If your pet comes to stay with us for the day for a routine or non-routine procedure, we will take every step to make them comfortable. Vets and nurses will carefully monitor your pet throughout their stay.


Should your pet require overnight care then you will need to transport them to Vets Now at Bradford (our out of hours provider) or transport by a veterinary ambulance can be arranged. They will monitor and treat your pet overnight until we are back open again. Their contact details are:

1 Lorne Street

Bradford

BD4 7PS

Telephone: 01274 722721


They are also available while we are closed to offer free telephone advice or to book an appointment in an emergency. At Vets Now, initial consultations are £142 before 11pm and £177 after 11pm. Back to top


Fees and charging structure

You can view and download our current price list here. Back to top


Referrals

If a case is beyond the clinical or surgical ability of the veterinary surgeons in the practice, the case will be referred, with the client permission, to a veterinary surgery with more specialised knowledge and equipment. Any client wishing to have a second opinion on a case may freely do so and the relevant history will be sent to the second opinion practice. Back to top


New pet check

We provide a free health check for all new patients. We will look at the general health of your animal and give you any advice you need on diet, vaccination, neutering or anything else. Back to top


Free weight clinic

We also have a weight clinic run by our experienced qualified nurses. Your pet will be weighed and a weight loss program provided if necessary. Back to top


Free geriatric clinic

We offer free health checks for our more senior patients (10+ years). You will initially be seen by a nurse and this will be followed by a veterinary consultation if necessary. These check-ups are essential for picking up early signs of diseases such as diabetes, osteoarthritis and kidney disease along with other geriatric ailments. Back to top


Pet food

We stock a comprehensive range of pet foods and snacks, including Natural Instinct and Eden Holistic dog and cat food. Back to top


Vaccinations

Dogs, cats and rabbits should all be vaccinated soon after birth and receive regular boosters throughout their lives. Many serious diseases are entirely preventable. Remember if you're planning a holiday, your pet's vaccinations must be up to date before a kennel or cattery will accept them. We'll let you know when boosters are due so you can call and book a convenient appointment. More information follows for each animal:

Dogs

The primary vaccination course includes immunisation against distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza, leptospirosis and bordatella. The course can be started at eight weeks of age with the second vaccination (including kennel cough) given two weeks later. Puppies will not have full immunity and be safe to go out for a walk until at least one week after their second vaccination.

Cats

The primary vaccination course includes immunisation against cat flu, enteritis and leukaemia. The first injection is given at nine weeks old with the second three weeks later.

Rabbits

A combined myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease vaccination can be given at 5 weeks of age and takes three weeks to be fully effective. A booster is required once a year. Back to top


Parasites

We stock several effective products for protecting your pet against various parasites that cannot be bought 'over the counter' so please call in for advice. More information follows:

Worms

It is vital to regularly dose your pets against worms. To do this we will need an accurate weight for your animal. If you are having difficulty administering the treatment at home, please make a nurse appointment and the nurse will do it for you.

Roundworms

Most puppies and kittens are born with a burden of roundworms which has been passed from the mother in the womb or via her milk. This can cause digestive upset, poor growth and a pot-bellied appearance. It is therefore important to start worming from two weeks old and have a regular regime in place for the lifetime of your pet. From a public health point of view, regular worming is also very important as pet faeces can contain worm eggs. This can be dangerous to human health, especially children, and can even lead to blindness.

Tapeworms

There are two main sources of tapeworms for your dog and cat: fleas and hunting wildlife.

Rabbits

The most common parasite seen in rabbits is called Encephalitozoon Cuniculi. Signs of disease include hind limb weakness, blindness and a head tilt. It is a potentially fatal disease that spreads between mothers and babies via the urine. We recommend using Panacur Worming Paste 2-4 times a year.

Fleas

Fleas are easily picked up from the environment and other animals. The difficulty with eliminating fleas is that a large percentage will live in the environment, including carpets and soft furnishings. It is therefore important to regularly treat your pets and if an infestation occurs your house must also be treated.

Ticks

In this area, we have a particular problem with ticks as they thrive in moorland landscapes grazed/previously grazed by farm animals and deer. Ticks may carry Lyme disease which can affect humans. Lice and mites are other parasites which can affect your pet. At Baildon Vets we are happy to advise on the various products available. Back to top


Neutering

We'll give advice on neutering and can answer any concerns you might have. Neutering is performed under general anaesthetic. Castration involves the removal of both testicles. Spaying involves the removal of the ovaries and the womb. Like any operation, there is a very small risk with the anaesthetic. Neutering alters your pet's metabolic rate, making it easier for them to gain weight. We can advise on nutrition post-neutering. The main reason most people neuter their pets is to avoid litters of unwanted puppies and kittens. There are also several benefits for your pet:

- Lowers the risks of fatal cancers.

- It is quite common for older un-neutered bitches and queens to get an infection of the womb (pyometra) and this is potentially fatal.

- Many un-neutered cats and dogs can be dominant and/or aggressive and tend to wander excessively.

- Un-neutered male cats have a pungent tom cat smell and tend to spray strong-smelling urine.

Rabbits

Both male and females are neutered at 4 months old. Back to top


Microchipping

This involves the injection of a tiny microchip under your pet's skin. This holds information unique to you and your pet (this information can be modified by contacting identichip). If your pet is lost or stolen, he will be scanned and you will be contacted immediately.


Taking your pet on holiday

Passports to EU countries require your pet to be:

- Up to date with boosters.

- Micro-chipped

- Given one rabies injection three weeks prior to your intended return from holiday.

- No less than one day but no more than five days before your return to UK you must visit a vet to have your pet treated for tapeworm.

-Treatment for fleas is no longer a requirement but we would strongly recommend you do so due to many tick mosquito and sandfly bourne diseases.

If you have any questions regarding your passport please call the surgery.

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Dental care

At Baildon Vets we offer free dental checks and advice on maintaining the health of your pet's gums and teeth. There are various toothpastes and water additives available which we can recommend. We will also advise if your pet needs a dental which will be performed under general anaesthetic. Back to top


Our facilities

At Baildon Veterinary Centre we provide full surgical and medical care. Our equipment includes a state of the art digital x-ray machine, an ECG machine, a blood pressure monitor, anaesthetic monitoring equipment, dental equipment and in-house laboratory facilities.


Home visits

While it is often better for you to bring your pet to the surgery where we have the best facilities for treatment, we are happy to arrange home visits. This will incur an extra charge.


Dispensing of medicines

Repeat prescriptions - animals with ongoing conditions need to have periodic check-ups with a vet. Requests for repeat prescriptions must be made the day before you wish to collect items as we may need to place an order with our suppliers. Written prescriptions for the dispensing of medicines elsewhere can be provided on request. There is a charge for this service. Back to top


Out of hours service

Our out of hours service is provided by Vets Now in Bradford (PDSA building):
1 Lorne Street

Bradford
West Yorkshire
BD4 7PS
Telephone: 01274 722721 Back to top


Payments

We are happy to accept the following payment methods:
- Credit or debit card
- Cheque with valid cheque guarantee card
- Cash
You may also use online banking - just call for our account details. Back to top

All accounts are due for settlement immediately. If you have pet insurance, large claims can be settled directly with your insurance company. (We strongly advise that all pets are insured in case of unexpected illness or accident). A late payment charge of 2.5% of your balance will be added to any overdue accounts. After due notice, overdue accounts will be referred to a Debt Collection Agency.