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Consultations

 

Consultations (15 mins)

 

If you are a Pet Health Club Member your consultation is included in your monthly fee

When you are concerned about your pet your first step should be to phone your local branch or contact us by PetsApp to arrange a consultation at a time to suit you. We offer 15-minute consults at our clinics to allow the veterinary surgeon to perform a full clinical examination and discuss your concerns and observations. If necessary, further investigations and treatment will be advised.

 

PetsApp consultations

 

We can offer consultations with our vet or veterinary nurse via video call through our PetsApp. So, if your pet becomes incredibly stressed in the car or at the branch it may be a better option. Click the link of to download the app:

PetsApp download link for Sevenoaks

 

Euthanasia Consultations

 

It is a sad fact that someday it will be time to say goodbye to your best friend and we at Pennard Vets understand how difficult this can be. We strive to make this event as compassionate and as painless as possible for both you and your pet. We can offer home burial or communal and individual cremation at a dedicated pet crematorium. Your pet will always be handled with respect and dignity.

 

Home visits

 

We do offer home visits, ideally, they are organised well in advance. However, we appreciate that this is not always possible. Please call your local branch to find out more.

 

Nurse Consultations

 

Our Registered Veterinary Nurses have an abundance of knowledge on issues such as diet, weight loss, puppies, kittens, behaviour and senior pets. We love that they often study further in areas of their interests, in our eyes they are the best qualified to advise you on such matters.

Click here to look at the clinics that they offer.

 
 

MEDICAL CARE

 

Diagnostic imaging

 

What scans are available for my pet at Pennard Vets Sevenoaks?

At Pennard Vets (Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Maidstone), we offer a digital radiography service.

We also offer ultrasound, ECG and endoscopy for pets, allowing full investigations to be carried out for a variety of medical diseases.

Full cardiac scans are offered at Pennard Vets Tonbridge.

Specialist diagnostic imaging with Audrey Petite

We offer on-site specialist ultrasonographic examination by Audrey Petite, Dr.Med.Vet., DVDI, DipECVI, MRCVS, RCVS recognised Specialist in Diagnostic Imaging and a European Veterinary Specialist in Diagnostic Imaging. Audrey Petite uses the latest generation portable ultrasound system and will come in on an ad hoc basis, whenever our patients require specialist diagnostic imaging or ultrasound-guided procedures.

 

Internal medicine

 

We offer on-site internal medicine consultations at our Tonbridge and Sevenoaks branches with Dr Kaye Gugich, BVSc MANZCVS (Small Animal Management) MRCVS. If your vet at XX feels it necessary to refer your pet, they will advise you.

 

Endoscopy

 

We offer on-site endoscopic examination at our Tonbridge and Sevenoaks branches by Dr Elise Robertson, BS BVetMed MACVSC (Feline) DipABVP (Feline) MRCVS. If your vet feels it necessary to refer your pet, they will advise you. 

 

Dental services

 

Dental disease is the most common disease we treat here at our Pennard Vets. Almost every pet will suffer some degree of dental disease, so we ensure we can offer a range of dental services to cats, dogs and small animals.

Scaling, polishing and extractions can be performed if we feel this is the best for your pet. Our emphasis is on preventative dental care, so we offer advice on dental diet and dental care for animals. This enables us to hopefully prevent further dental treatments.

We have a digital radiography machine, specifically for taking dental radiographs of your pet. This enables us to offer a superior service of imagery as we can take radiographs of diseased or damaged teeth and assess any further damage to jawbone, roots or soft tissue.  All our pet dental care prices are fixed, this includes great after-care to hopefully prevent the need for further treatment.

 

Laboratory Services

 

What diagnostic services are there for pets in Sevenoaks?

Pennard Vets at Sevenoaks is proud to offer full in-house laboratory services. We use:

    • Modern biochemistry analyser allowing us to monitor organ function
    • Haematology machine, which counts red and other types of blood cells
    • Full range of laboratory tests, allowing us to further aid diagnosis

As well as our in-house services, we use professional veterinary laboratories to process diagnostic samples promptly and accurately.

 
 

Surgical

 

Keyhole Surgery / Laparoscopic Spaying

 
 

We understand and appreciate how important and special your pet is, so we know you always want the best for your pet. Neutering is a decision that is very personal to each pet owner, but if you are not planning on breeding from your pet we do advise if for may reasons.

In female dogs neutering is called Spaying, which involves going into the abdomen to remove reproductive organs, which is unavoidably invasive. This is why we are thrilled to offer an alternative way to carry them out which is less invasive, reduces discomfort and has a quicker recovery time.

Laparoscopic or Keyhole surgery offers a less invasive way of performing the procedure. Two small 0.5mm incisions are made to allow the laparoscope (surgical camera) and specialised instruments into the abdomen to do the procedure with minimal manipulation. This reduces discomfort and the two small wounds are less likely to be noticed, reducing the risk of infection and allows a faster return to normal activity.

We don’t offer keyhole surgery for cats as the incision required for this is generally very small and there are not the additional benefits we see for dogs.

You may have heard of ‘Keyhole Surgery’ in humans but this is something fairly new in veterinary medicine. At Pennard Vets, we are always looking for ways to improve our level of expertise and care we can provide and are pleased to be able to bring you this new service.

It also means we can offer other procedures via keyhole such as taking biopsies for liver, pancreas and intestines in a less invasive way.

How do I make an appointment?

Please get in touch by phone or email:

Email: sevenoaks@pennardvets.com
Call: 01732 452 344
 
 
 
 

Neutering, spaying and castrating

 

Neutering is carried out by a veterinary surgeon at XX. Neutered pets cannot get pregnant, or impregnate other pets; and it can reduce the risk of certain diseases. It will also reduce roaming, territorial behaviours and aggression.

Dogs

Females

Why do we spay bitches?

  • Prevents unwanted pregnancies and seasons
  • It reduces the risk of mammary tumours later in life
  • It reduces the risk of an infected uterus
  • Prevents the risk of ovarian tumours
  • Prevents bitches from roaming

We recommend spaying at six months of age, before her first season. There are, however, certain breeds where we recommend spaying after her first season. At our Sevenoaks branch we offer Laparoscopic Spaying (Keyhole Surgery), please click the link if you’re interested to learn more.

Males

Why do we castrate dogs?

  • Prevent testicular tumours
  • Decrease the risk of prostate disease
  • Reduce roaming
  • Reduce territorial marking
  • Reduces aggression

We recommend castrating dogs at six months of age.

Cats

We recommend neutering male and female cats from four months of age, as per current guidelines.

Rabbits

We recommend neutering male and female rabbits from four months of age.

 

Surgical Services

 

All our vets at Pennard Vets are general surgeons, offering a high standard of care. We use the most current anaesthesia and pain relief, meaning your pet will wake up calmly and in the best nursing hands.

 
 

Rehabilitation

 

Physiotherapy

 
 

Physiotherapy is the application of physical stimuli, through cold, heat, light, pressure and movement. Techniques include soft tissue mobilisation, stretching, joint immobilisation, therapeutic exercise and advice.

Its aim is to improve your pet's quality of life by reducing pain and speeding their recovery.

What effects can it have?

  • Reduce swelling
  • Reduce pain
  • Improve mobility
  • Improve function
  • Encourage healing by improving circulation
  • Provide muscle stimulation

When can we use Physiotherapy?

  • Orthopaedic Issues
  • Pre & Post Operatively
  • Neurological Issues
  • Skin & Wound Care
  • Sports Medicine
  • Respiratory Patients
  • Intensive Care

What Happens Next?

Once you have been referred...

The first session is normally one hour so our animal physiotherapist can get to know you and your pet. Follow up sessions are normally shorter.

How do I make an appointment?

Get in touch to discuss your pet's condition and what we can do to help.

Email: rehab@pennardvets.com
Call: 01732 452 344
 
 
 
 

Caron Stone

Animal Physiotherapist

 
 

Hydrotherapy

 
 

Hydrotherapy is one of the oldest treatments known to mankind - it's the therapeutic use of warm water in the treatment of different conditions.

The water:

  • Assists with pain relief
  • Relieves swelling and oedema
  • Helps to relax muscles
  • Enables non-weight bearing exercise
  • Can significantly improve the quality and speed of healing
  • Gives the pet a sense of well being

Commonly treated conditions include:

  • Hip/Elbow Dysplasia
  • Pre & Post Surgical Conditioning
  • Neurological Cases
  • Spinal Cases
  • Cruciate Ligament Injuries
  • Fracture Repairs
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Cardio-respiratory conditions
  • Weight Loss
  • General Fitness & Exercise

Here at Pennard Vets Sevenoaks, we offer the underwater treadmill ensuring we have complete control over the temperature, height of water, speed, length and type of walk. 

For your pet to undergo hydrotherapy with us your veterinary surgeon must have referred you to our team.

What Happens Next?

Once you have been referred...

The first session is normally one hour so our hydrotherapist can get to know you and your pet.

Bring any favourite treats or toys.

Follow up sessions are normally thirty minutes.

We have washing, shampooing and drying facilities available at no extra cost.

How do I make an appointment?

Get in touch to discuss your pet's condition and what we can do to help.

Email: rehab@pennardvets.com
Call: 01732 452 344
 
 
 
 
 

Preventative Care

 

Parasites, worming and ticks

 

Parasite prevention

How do I know if my pet has a parasite?  

The veterinarians and veterinary nurses can help  you work out whether your animal friend is infested with parasites. They will then help you to treat  the problem and offer preventative advice to avoid a recurrence. Some common parasites include fleas, worms, and ticks. 

Fleas

How do I treat my cat or dog’s fleas?  

Fleas are a common parasite in pets. They are a major cause of skin disease; their bites cause discomfort and irritation. Fleas can also act as a host for one type of tapeworm. 

The most effective and easiest way of preventing fleas is to use a spot-on treatment which involves parting the hair and applying the product to the back of the neck. 

Your nurse will be able to advise the best product for your pet and apply it every month should you wish. 

 
Worms

Does my dog have worms?  

Roundworms

These are found in your pet’s intestine. They look like pieces of string and can occasionally be seen either in the faeces or in vomit. The majority of infections are not obvious. 

Tapeworm

Found in your pet’s intestine and are long and flat with segments that look like grains of rice. Tapeworm can be picked up from fleas or eating raw meat. 

Lungworm

Only occurs in dogs and is carried by snails and slugs which can be ingested by your dog either voluntarily, or involuntarily when rummaging through undergrowth or drinking from puddles. Lungworm can cause a variety of symptoms and be potentially life threatening. It has been an increasing problem in the South East of England. 

Your practice vet or nurse will advise you which product would best suit your cat or dog.

 

Microchipping

 

Where can I get my pet microchipped?

Here at Pennard Vets we are great believers in pet microchipping. Pet microchipping is a permanent means of identifying your pet. The microchips are implanted in the loose skin on your pet's back. Unlike collars and tags, pet microchips cannot get lost. Should your pet go missing, our pet microchipping service is a great way to ensure that the best efforts are made to reunite you with your pet. However, it is only effective if you remember to keep your contact details up to date.

Each microchip carries a unique number which can be read by a portable scanner and will allow authorities to contact you. Your information is kept on file on a national database.

Since April 2016 it has been a legal requirement for all dogs in the UK to be microchipped and recorded. Another legal requirement is that all dogs should wear a collar/tag with the owner's name and address attached.

 

Vaccinations

 

How can I protect my family’s pets from disease?

Routine vaccination provides protection against life-threatening disease which may be contracted from the environment or other unprotected pets your animal may meet in Sevenoaks