From the smallest Chihuahua to the largest Great Dane, we see all breeds of dogs at Swaffham Veterinary Centre. Our spacious reception area and longer consultation times mean that our canine patients aren’t kept waiting with other animals for long periods which helps avoid excitement and stress. A pot of treats behind the reception desk is always full to keep your dog or puppy looking forward to their next visit!
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Dogs are vaccinated against Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvo virus and Leptospirosis. As a practice, we are offering the latest leptospirosis vaccine (Lepto4) which covers for twice as many strains of the disease as the older vaccines. Dogs visiting for their annual booster are advised to have a second vaccine after 4weeks which we offer free of charge. A vaccine for Kennel Cough is recommended if your dog is socialising with other dogs. In puppies the initial course of two vaccinations is administered at 8 and 12 weeks of age. Socialisation can begin a week after the initial vaccination.
Rabies vaccination, for obtaining a Pet Passport, is required at least every three years although, when visiting certain countries, annual vaccination is needed.
We recommend that puppies are wormed every 4 weeks until they are 6 months old. Adult dogs should be wormed according to their lifestyle but as a rule of thumb we advise every 3 months.
We always advise popping in to weigh your dog or puppy to make sure we can accurately dose them.
We strongly recommend preventative flea treatment. There are several different products on the market and we have researched the most effective and easiest to use. Every pet is different and we can tailor a protocol to suit their needs and personality. Please contact us to discuss further.
If you decide not to breed from your dog then we highly recommend neutering them.
Neutering can help prevent:
Unwanted pregnancies with the associated costs.
Unwanted aggressive behaviour which could include fighting, mounting and being destructive.
Unwanted straying or territory marking, male dogs can be quite persistent in getting out if there is a bitch in season nearby.
Significant health risks associated with pregnancy as well as the possibility of potentially fatal womb infections (pyometra).
The mess and inconvenience of seasons.
Reduce or remove the risks of some cancers in both male and female dogs ( including testicular and mammary cancers).
Every year, more than 6,000 pets go missing. There’s no guarantee that a collar and tag will stay with your pet but there are no such worries with a microchip. A microchip is a tiny electronic chip (the size of a grain of rice) which is injected into your pet as simply and quickly as any other injection. Stray pets are routinely scanned for the microchip by vets, rescue kennels, stray dog homes, etc – there are over 4000 scanners in the UK. This brings up the computer record with your details and in moments the pet’s owner and details will be known. We can microchip your pet and give you instant peace of mind.
Microchipping will be compulsory for all dog owners by April 2016