Here at West Bar Veterinary Hospital, we would like to wish you and your pet a long, healthy and happy life together!
We provide our own 24 hour emergency care from West Bar Veterinary Hospital to animals of all shapes and sizes including dogs, cats, parrots, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, and other small furry creatures.
Why not attend one of our free Client Education Evenings? Take a look at the list here for dates and topics!
Call us on 01295 262332 to arrange a consultation
Health Plans, Insurance and Budgeting
We all recognise that veterinary care is not free. In recent years a number of 'Health Plans' have been developed. These generally involve setting up direct debit payments to your vet in return for cheaper routine preventative treatments such as flea and worm control and 'percentage reductions' on certain treatments. It is difficult to calculate the benefits of joining a 'Health Plan'. At West Bar Veterinary Hospital do not operate a 'Health Plan' but aim to help you with costs of veterinary care. Our experienced team will help you make the right choices for you and your pet.
- We strongly advise our clients to consider a good insurance policy for to cover their pets for illness or accident. We can give you guidance on this - just ask.
- In the unfortunate event that you have to make a claim on your pet insurance , we provide our clients with a 'Free Claims Service'. Many vets charge for this service - some as much as £25 for each claim form. These fees are not recoverable from your insurer.
- We offer our 'Protect for Life' Vaccination Plan for £98 to help with annual check up and booster costs.
- We supply a large range of quality pet foods and 'prescription diets' (including Hills, James Wellbeloved and Purina) to hundreds of our clients every month - at very keen prices. We can also give you very specific feeding advice 'tailor made' for your pet.
- We offer a range of 'loyalty discounts' on medicines for pets on long term treatment.
- We always have a range of attractive offers for regular flea, mite and worm control.
- And if you are at all worried about parasites like fleas, mites and worms - you can book a free consultation with one of our vets to discuss your concerns and recommend the best way forward.
Don't get lost - get a microchip! Every year more than 300,000 treasured family pets go missing and many don't find their way home. From April 2016 it will be a legal requirement for ALL dogs by the time they are 8 weeks old to be microchipped and contact details up-to-date. For more information on compulsory microchipping please visit this page. We advise that you consider a 'microchip' for your pet. A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice that is quickly and simply inserted under the skin during a normal consultation. A unique 15- digit code is stored in each microchip. If a straying pet is found and scanned, the chip can be read. With this number, vets and registered welfare organisations can obtain your details from PetLog. Lost pets and worried owners can quickly be re-united.
Neutering your cat
Should I neuter my cat? We advise that you consider neutering your cat. Neutering reduces the incidence of fighting in male cats and prevents unwanted kittens being born. When should I book my cat in? If you do not plan to breed from your cat, we strongly recommend that she be spayed at 5-6 months of age or 8-12 weeks after she has been on heat. Male cats can be neutered from 5-6 months. How do I book my cat in? Neutering is booked as a day case procedure. It is normally booked a few days in advance. You can arrange for your cat to admitted at one of our branch surgeries the evening prior to the operation or at West Bar Veterinary Hospital on the morning of the procedure. Your cat is usually collected the same day, by appointment, after 4pm. A member of staff will admit your cat and discuss any concerns you have. You will be asked to complete and sign a consent form. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us on 01295 262332
Neutering your Dog
Should I neuter my pet? We advise that you consider neutering your pet around 5-6 months of age. Neutered males are less likely to be 'upset' by bitches on heat. Neutering can also help with some behavioural problems. Male dogs are attracted to a female dog in heat and will climb over or go through fences to find her. Male dogs are more aggressive and more likely to fight, especially with other male dogs. As dogs age, the prostate gland frequently enlarges and causes difficulty urinating and defaecating. Neutering will solve, or greatly help this. Spaying is the removal of ovaries and uterus and offers several advantages. A bitch's 'heat' lasts about 2-3 weeks. This can be quite annoying if your dog is kept indoors. During this period she is attractive to any male dogs in the neighbourhood. Your bitch will have a heat period about every 6 months. In some cases despite of your best efforts the bitch will become pregnant. Once spayed the heat periods no longer occur and thus unplanned litters of puppies are prevented. What is a 'keyhole spay'? Most vets still neuter a female dogs through a long incision made in her tummy. At West Bar Vets we are one of the few practices in the area offering a less painful 'keyhole' surgery. Click here to see the advantages of keyhole surgery for your pet. When should I book my dog in? If you do not plan to breed from your dog, we strongly recommend that she be spayed at 5-6 months of age or 8-12 weeks after she has been on heat. Male dogs can be neutered from 5-6 months. How do I book my dog in? This is a day procedure that is normally booked a few days in advance. Your pet can be dropped off in the morning of the operation at West Bar and usually collected the same evening. For more information please phone 01295 262332
Would you like to have a fun evening with your new puppy? Then why not come to a fantastic puppy party? Puppy Parties are an hour long and are held regularly at West Bar Veterinary Hospital. Your puppy will get to meet other puppies and people which is great for their socialisation. There will be lots of fun and games to take part in. It will also be an informative evening for you where you will have the opportunity to discuss diets, wormers and flea treatments and any other issues you may have. PUPPY PARTIES ARE NOW FREE OF CHARGE - please be advised that places do book up quickly so call to book your space! NEXT PUPPY PARTY: 18th January 2016 @ 8pm (approx 1 - 1.5 hours) How can you take part? You and your puppy will be invited to a party after their first vaccination. For more information please contact Linda on 01295 262332
Senior Health Check
West Bar Vets Senior Health Check!Our Senior Health Check is only £24!, and includes a FREE Senior dog/cat Blood Test, Plus 15% off your first bag of senior food. Call us on (01295) 262332 to book an appointment
Vaccinations for your pet
Puppies: Puppies can have their 1st vaccination from the age of 6 weeks. They can have their 2nd vaccination 2-4 weeks from the date of their first injection. However they are unable to have their 2nd vaccination until 10 weeks of age. If your puppy has already received a vaccination and it is compatible with our vaccines, only one vaccination may be required complete the course. Kittens: Kittens can have their 1st vaccination from 9 weeks of age. They can have their 2nd vaccination 3-4 weeks from the date of their 1st injection. However they are unable to have their 2nd vaccination until 12 weeks of age. Our vet will thoroughly check over your new puppy and kitten and answer any questions you may have. Flea and worm treatment will be given (free of charge) and free insurance cover will be organised. You will also receive a booklet full of useful information. Call us on 01295 262332 or click here to book your vaccination appointment or for a Free Puppy or Kitten check.