NEW: Acupuncture clinics

Did you know we now offer pet acupuncture to help alleviate suffering? Acupuncture can be particularly useful where it’s proving difficult to control a pet’s long term symptoms conventionally, and can be used as a complementary therapy, or for some conditions, as a stand-alone treatment.

Pets that may benefit from acupuncture are those suffering with long term pain, be it arthritis – or a by-product of an accident or long term medical condition – inflammatory bowel disease, chronic allergic skin or ear problems, seizures – infact almost any long term disease.

Appointments are with our vet Carole who has undertaken her training with the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists.

We recommend an initial course of 4 sessions (first appointment of 45 minutes and 30 minutes thereafter).

Please do get in touch if you feel acupuncture could help improve your pet’s quality of life.

Cat-friendly appointment times

We’re delighted to announce that 387 Vets is a Gold Standard Cat Friendly Clinic. This means we work really hard to reduce stress where ever possible during your cat’s visit. With this in mind, we’ve launched cat friendly appointment times where the waiting room will be dog-free. These currently run on Wednesdays and Fridays between 2pm and 3pm and you’ll see our vet Emma who holds a Certificate in Feline Practice in addition to her veterinary qualification.

Please do ask us too, at any time, for cat box covers and facilities for raising cat boxes off the ground to help your cat feel safer and less stressed.

For more information about our new Cat Friendly Clinic Status and what this means for you and your cat, visit our About Us page, or click here for access to more detailed accreditation criteria on International Cat Care’s website.

Free Veterinary Nurse Clinics

We are proud to offer a wide range of appointment-based clinics run by our fully qualified veterinary nurses, giving you easy access to FREE support, health checks and advice all year round. Clinics include:

  • Weight checks and dietary advice (see below too)
  • Dental checks
  • Puppy and kitten checks
  • Insurance advice
  • Behaviour and anxiety management
  • Rabbit and guinea pig health and dental checks
  • Parasite treatment advice

Ask at reception for details, and look out for information about our Nurse Clinic of the Month in our waiting room when you are next in. Alternatively register your interest using our online enquiry form.

We are an Approved Weight Management Centre of Excellence

Our free nurse clinics also extend to weight clinics. Obesity can be a contributing factor in contracting many serious illnesses such as cancers, heart and kidney disease and diabetes. And more than 50% of the UK’s pets are deemed to be overweight. At 387 Vets, we are dedicated to helping your pets enjoy optimum health, which is why we have introduced a new referral system to encourage overweight pets to attend our weight clinics – and begin the journey to more energy, increased life expectancy and a happier, healthier life!

On referral:

You’ll be asked to complete diet and lifestyle questionnaires to return before your first clinic with your dedicated qualified nurse.

At clinics:

You’ll receive great on-going free weight loss and nutrition advice, and clinics include:

  • Learning how to body condition score your pet
  • Demonstration of different feeding methods
  • Personalised feeding programmes
  • Personalised exercise plans
  • Weight checks
  • Progress charts
  • Incentives to keep you and your pet on track!

The weight clinics have been a great help: they have offered fantastic dietary advice for my dog. My dog now has more energy and is losing weight steadily. A great service with friendly supportive advice.” Mrs Redfern on cavalier Charlie who has lost 2.3kg

“Since changing her food to the Royal Canin … she is a lot more active and seems to be fuller for longer … Millie also now sleeps less and ventures out for longer.” Mrs Haddock on cat Mille who has lost 1.3kg and is now at her ideal body condition score.

“As the weight came down, we saw dramatic changes to his activity levels. He seemed more settled during mealtimes and started to take himself outside on a regular basis. He can now jump and climb freely again and has started to regain his natural instincts for play as a skilled hunter.” Mrs Forth on cat Monty who gained weight during recuperation from a road traffic accident. Monty was at the top end of our body condition scoring scale, but since attending weight clinics he has lost 2.3kg to reach his target weight.

“Since Patch has started dieting and exercising he has a lot more energy. He can also get up from a lying down position easier and get up and down the stairs better. His dog walker has said he is getting faster everyday. He still has a long way to go but thanks to the help of the vets we are heading in the right direction.” Mrs Foster on collie Patch who has lost 5kg of his 12kg target since embarking on the weight clinics in September.

Senior Pet Clinics – for cats and dogs over 8 years old

There are lots of age-related illnesses and conditions we can be unaware of in our pets until disease has really progressed, such as kidney, heart and thyroid disease as well as diabetes. And arthritis is now the most common disease seen in veterinary practice: over 20% of dogs over 8 have the condition, and over 90% of cats over the age of 12.

Why are Senior Pet Clinics recommended?

Animals can be very good at hiding chronic (i.e. low level, long term) pain. But spotting common age-related conditions early can avoid untold distress, and help us to manage underlying conditions successfully. Our new senior pet clinics are designed to do just that.

What does a Senior Pet Clinic involve?

Step 1:

You and your pet will have an initial appointment with one of our qualified veterinary nurses to talk through a health and lifestyle checklist and discuss any concerns.

Step 2:

We’ll admit your pet for the morning for:

  • A health examination with a vet including a dental health check
  • Mobility scoring for arthritis
  • Urine testing (checking urine concentration for kidney function; a diabetes screen; checking blood protein levels)
  • Blood pressure monitoring (cats only)
  • Eye pressure testing for glaucoma (dogs only), using our Tonovet®

Step 3:

We’ll discuss results from your pet’s health screen at your discharge appointment with a vet or fully qualified veterinary nurse.

Step 4:

We’ll advise on any revisits or further courses of action, and give you supportive advice on keeping your pet active, healthy and fit.

How much is the Senior Pet Clinic?

Senior Pet Clinics cost just £20 (including VAT).  This includes all tests listed above as well as use of specialist equipment and time taken by a vet and veterinary nurses to thoroughly examine your pet.

For more information

Speak to our veterinary nurse team about booking a Senior Pet Clinic on 01922 411755. Alternatively register your interest using our online enquiry form.

Book your Pet First Aid Course at 387 Vets – Meet CasPeR our CPR dog!

Would you know how to handle an emergency situation before you can get to the vet?

Our pet first aid course combines theory with hands-on practical activities so that by the end of our training sessions, you will be able to:

  • Understand the types of emergencies which could affect your pet
  • Recognise a genuine veterinary emergency
  • Apply first aid to sick or injured pets
  • Handle distressed pets, apply bandages and perform canine CPR

Run by our Head Nurse Nicky Smith, you’ll be taught how to assess gum colour, hydration, temperature, pulse, and respiration and how to spot warning signs.

You’ll learn how to cope with a whole range of situations that require first aid or emergency care: from heat stroke, hypothermia and seizures to eye problems, fractures, road traffic accidents, bleeding and much more.

And you’ll also get to perform first aid, supported by one of our 387 team: practise bandaging techniques, perform CPR on our special mannequin dog CasPeR and check for his femoral pulse. And test yourself on our set of scenario incident cards too!

Our Pet First Aid course costs £40 and includes:

  • 2 x 2 hour sessions: one theory, one practical
  • All handouts and materials used in the course
  • Refreshments
  • A certificate on course completion
  • A specially customised pet first aid kit to take away

For information about our forthcoming sessions and to book your place, call 01922 411755. Alternatively register your interest using our online enquiry form.

“Opens your mind. Should have done it a long time ago. Feel much more prepared in event of emergency. Very well presented with great tips.” Penny T

“A great course and very informative. Essential for any dog owner.” Matt S