What are our opening times?
- Monday to Friday: 8am to 6.30pm
- 15-minute consultations: 8.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 6.30pm
- Operations: 9am to 1pm
- Saturday: 9am to 12 noon
- 15-minute consultations only (unless an emergency)
How much is a consultation?
Our consultations are 15 minutes long – 5 minutes longer than most of our neighbouring practices. Our consultation fee is £32.90, and related repeat visits are charged at a reduced fee of £27.90. Should your pet require medication, tests, further procedures or any surgery, an estimate will be given by the vet on a case-by-case basis.
What methods of payment do you accept?
We accept cash and card payments (except American Express). We regret we no longer accept personal cheques.
If you are making a claim for insured pets, we ask that you settle your account with us on the day and claim the cost of treatment back from your insurance company.
Direct claims are occasionally offered, but this is on a case-by-case basis with a pre-agreed insurance provider and on receipt of your original policy documents showing proof of cover. Please speak to a member of staff for more information.
We accept Cats Protection neutering vouchers.
Do you see second opinions and referrals?
We are very happy to see pets for a second opinion. Three of our vets are additional postgraduate certificate holders having undertaken considerable study, research and examination in various fields of interest: Emma Goncalves in Feline Practice, Carole Parsons in Advanced Veterinary Practice and Hamish Duncan in Small Animal Medicine (dogs and cats). Hamish is one of less than 100 vets in the UK with Advanced Practitioner status in this field. We will need to contact your existing vets for a clinical history so that we can familiarise ourselves with your pet’s condition and any treatment or tests to date.
We are happy to refer cases that warrant it or if requested. Referral centres will usually contact you directly to arrange a mutually convenient appointment, except in the case of emergency referrals where we will liaise directly with the referral centre.
Should you wish, it is your right to seek a second opinion at another practice, and this will in no way compromise our ongoing service to you and your pet.
Am I eligible for financial support?
Free vet care: If you receive Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit, means-tested help with your rent or Council Tax and live within a PDSA PetAid Practice catchment area, your pet might be eligible for free treatment funded by the veterinary charity PDSA. Visit the PDSA website to find out if you qualify (www.pdsa.org.uk). If you are eligible, you will need to attend a PDSA Veterinary Practice to receive free treatment. The nearest PDSA is the PDSA Pet Hospital, Wolverhampton (Tuxford Close, WV10 0JQ).
Means-tested cat neutering scheme: If you need financial assistance to neuter your cat, Cats Protection run a means-tested scheme and may be able to help. Contact their neutering helpline on 03000 12 12 12 (Mon-Fri 9.30am-1pm), or visit their website (www.cats.org.uk) to find out about current regional and national campaigns.
How will you use my data?
Your data is stored safely and securely on our Practice Management System and is used solely for us to get in touch with you with regard to your pet’s health and well-being or if we are running any initiatives we think may be of interest to you. Your pet’s clinical history is confidential and will only be shared with third parties with your permission should your pet require external services or support.
Can I access my records?
The Data Protection Act 1998 gives anyone the right to be informed about any personal data relating to themselves on payment of an administration charge. On request, you are entitled to copies of your pet’s clinical records. Radiographs taken on site remain the property of 387 Vets as x-ray fees relate to interpretation only.
How do I make a complaint?
We hope you’ll be very happy with the service you receive at 387 Vets. However, if you are unhappy, please do tell us so that we can work to improve our service for you and the rest of our clients. Do speak to one of our members of staff. If the person you need to talk to is not available, we will ask them to contact you, or if you prefer, please put your complaint in writing to our Clinical Director Hamish Duncan.
What happens if I have an emergency after closing?
Our out-of-hours provider is Pool House Veterinary Hospital in Lichfield. Should you have an emergency when we are closed, please continue to call 387 Vets on 01922 411755 and follow our answer machine instructions. The on-call vet will be able to advise you whether your pet needs to be seen.
Out of hours consultation fees (excluding any treatment) are as follows:
- Between 7pm and 11pm: £118.74
- After 11pm: £152.68
- Sundays and Bank Holidays:
- Daytime until 11pm: £118.74
- After 11pm: £152.68
Fees above apply to cat and dog consultations.
What overnight care is available if my pet has to stay in?
If your pet requires hospitalisation overnight, the vet will discuss care available to you. For pets that require close observation, our out of hours provider Pool House (in Lichfield) is staffed 24 hours a day, and night duty staff will be on hand to monitor your pet. You will need to transport your pet to the hospital facility, or we can arrange for a pet ambulance (fee applies).
387 Vets does not have staff on site overnight. If your pet stays at 387 Vets, the admitting vet and duty nurses will agree out of hours checks, but generally pets on the premises will not routinely be checked between 10.30pm and 7.30am.
When is the best time to neuter your dog?
We recommend neutering dogs, females (spaying) and males (castration), at six months of age. Research shows that there are no significant disadvantages to neutering dogs/bitches before puberty, that the surgery is simpler and that the animals recover much faster.
When is the best time to neuter your cat?
We now recommend ‘early’ neutering in cats – between four and five months of age – as advocated by Cats Protection. This markedly reduces the risk of unwanted litters.
What are the benefits of neutering?
The benefits of neutering include:
- No further seasons
- No unwanted pregnancies
- No phantom or false pregnancies
- No potentially life threatening womb infections (pyometra)
- Massive reduction in the risk of developing mammary cancers (if neutered at a young age)
- More biddable nature and easier to train
- Less frustrated
- Less likely to inappropriately mark territory (including indoors)
- Cannot develop testicular tumours
- Massive reduction in the risk of developing prostate disease
- Less male dominance aggression and in cats less fighting and roaming (statistically entire male cats are more likely to be involved in traffic accidents and more likely to catch fatal FIV infection from fighting).
- Entire male cats smell very bad!!
Should I neuter my rabbit?
Entire female rabbits can be very aggressive and difficult to handle. This is related to their hormonal cycles, repeatedly coming into season and then developing false/ phantom pregnancies.
Should I get one rabbit or more?
Rabbits are best kept as pairs or trios. Rabbits are not meant to live in solitude and have a deep need for companionship that can only partially be met by humans. Visit www.rabbit.org/faq-should-i-get-a-second-rabbit/ for more details. Rabbits do not always get along when kept together but once neutered it is far less likely for them fall out. Please be careful when buying 2 rabbits together – it is a very common story for a pet shop to sell you 2 rabbits of the same sex, only to find that one of them subsequently produces babies! The evidence actually indicates that the best pairs are usually a male together with a female, both of them having been neutered.
What age does my pet have to be to have its first vaccination?
Though you can start a dog’s vaccination course from 6 weeks of age we advise starting at 8 weeks old. Dogs must be at least 10 weeks old before they can receive their second vaccination but we advise waiting until 12 weeks of age if possible. The two vaccinations must be at least 2 weeks apart and no more than 4 weeks apart.
Cats cannot start vaccinations until they are 9 weeks old. They receive two injections which must be 3 to 4 weeks apart.
How soon after my dog’s vaccinations can I take it for a walk?
Puppies can be taken for a walk no sooner than 7 days after their second injection (unless advised otherwise at the time of vaccination).
Can I take my puppy in the garden before the vaccination course is finished?
The risk of your puppy catching one of the diseases we are vaccinating against in your own garden (as long as it is enclosed) is extremely low so we would advise that you toilet train and socialise your puppy in the garden immediately. Socialising puppies well is essential so we strongly advise exposing your puppy to safe, new experiences from an early age – please speak to one of our vets or nurses for more information and advice.
What should I consider before taking on a new puppy?
New puppies are absolutely gorgeous, but do be aware they require a lot of time, commitment and investment. To make sure your prospective new puppy is absolutely right for you and your lifestyle, carry out some research on the breed you are interested in. Do consider things like exercise requirements, temperament, potential health issues that may arise … even how big your puppy will get! And if you have a family, how will they take to a boisterous (if cute) new addition who will grow bigger and older and become one of the family too? Have a look at the Kennel Club’s Are you ready for a dog? check list. Find out as much as you can before you commit to make sure your new friend becomes your best friend!
Where is the best place to source a new puppy?
We strongly recommend sourcing a puppy through a responsible breeder. Responsible breeders will always let you visit a puppy’s home environment and see the puppy’s parents. The Kennel Club runs an Assured Breeder Scheme so you know the puppies you are going to see have been raised to good health and welfare standards. For more information, click here.
Do be mindful that newspapers, pet shops and internet forums are all places where puppy farmers can advertise. Puppy farms are usually sources of poorly kept breeding bitches who have little social interaction, have multiple litters each year and often produce weak and nervous puppies. These puppies may also carry infectious diseases such as potentially fatal parvovirus which can be expensive to treat.
Why should I insure my pet?
In recent years, veterinary medicine has become increasingly more advanced. We are able to diagnose and treat conditions that in the past would have been left undetected, sometimes with fatal consequences. But this more advanced treatment can be costly.
One of the hardest positions we find ourselves in, is when a client is unable to afford the treatment cost and the owner has to opt for a less effective treatment option, or a less effective treatment option. That’s where pet insurance can provide that peace of mind that you do not have to make these difficult decisions, allowing you to focus on caring for your pet.
Why is it important to choose the right insurance?
As with all insurance, premiums vary significantly and depend on a number of different factors. It is important to select an insurance policy that provides a long term commitment to the health and happiness of your pet, but is also convenient for you. It’s extremely important to get this right from the outset as in our experience, if you don’t purchase the right policy early on you may struggle to switch to a better policy at a later date. This is because changing insurer could result in a break in cover and may mean conditions you have claimed for previously become pre-existing.
Which plan and insurance is right for you?
Our practice promotes Petplan insurance for your pet as they are the UK’s favourite pet insurance provider. They offer a true lifetime policy and cover more things like dental and hereditary conditions as standard, making it no surprise that they are the UK’s No.1 pet insurance provider.
There are two main plans which Petplan provide, one being a 12 month plan called Essential, and the other being their signature lifetime plan called Covered For Life®. Take a look at Petplan’s full range of insurance plans here. 1
Our practice recommends Petplan’s Covered For Life® policies as you don’t have to worry about your cover reducing when you claim, as veterinary fees cover renews each year no matter how often you claim, as long as you renew your policy each year with no break in cover. By insuring with Petplan, your premium will not increase based on your claim history alone and you will also receive exclusive discounts on a number of pet related products and services.
Why not try before you buy…
Get the right insurance policy for your pet provided by Petplan. For 4 weeks’ free Petplan insurance simply pop into our practice and ask an insurance advisor, or go directly to Petplan’s website to activate your own voucher, which can be found here. 2
Need more information?
For more information about Petplan insurance please give us a call or pop into the practice and speak to one of our trained insurance advisors. You can also take a look at Petplan’s website, which can be found here. 3
Petplan is a trading name of Pet Plan Limited and Allianz Insurance plc. 387 Veterinary Centre Ltd is an Appointed Representative of Pet Plan Limited and is not part of the Allianz (UK) Group.
1 Link to http://www.petplan.co.uk/therightcover/aroundthecorner.asp?Campaign=VETWEB&BRAV=1300033448 2 Link to http://www.petplan.co.uk/voucher?agent=1300033448&campaign=VETWEBVC&Code=GVET
3 Link to http://www.petplan.co.uk/therightcover/aroundthecorner.asp?Campaign=VETWEB&BRAV=1300033448