Veterinary Nurse Corner is written by Gabby Wright SVN and Karolina Szczecina RVN, Station House Vets
Getting a new puppy or kitten is an exciting time, but it also brings a lot of responsibilities.
There are lots of things to consider when adopting a young animal including socialisation with other humans and animals to prevent any future fears. Coming to the vets can become a fearful experience so its important to build a positive association from an early age, with the help of our nursing team. We offer the following nurse clinics that both you and your puppy or kitten could benefit from:
Puppies and kittens should be vaccinated to prevent any serious diseases. For your second vaccination you usually come to see a nurse so that we can introduce them to other members of the team
If you are not planning to breed we recommend neutering your puppy/kitten . As nurses we offer pre-operative and post-operative checks where we can discuss your individual pet’s needs
Flea and worming
This should be started from an early age and can be given in the form of a tablet/spot on. Our nurses can give you advice and help you with the administration.
Effective training techniques use positive reinforcement to reward the desired behaviour. We can give you advice on house training, socialisation classes, exercise and general behaviour.
We always advise that once you get your puppy or kitten, leave them to settle in for a couple of days before bringing them to the vets, as this can be a very stressful time for them!
Starting from scratch with a puppy or kitten can be expensive so we offer a healthy start bundle at a cost of £99, which includes vaccinations, micro-chipping and flea and worming as well as a veterinary health check.