We now offer a range of both routine and advanced services...
Our Clinical Services
Protect your pet from severe, life threatening infectious diseases with a primary vaccinaiton course, and annual booster injections.
Dogs from 6 weeks of age:
Core: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis
Optional: Kennel cough, Rabies
Cats from 9 weeks of age:
Indoor only: Calicivirus and Rhinotracheitis, Panleucopaenia
Outdoor: calicivirus and Rhinotracheitis, Panleucopaenia & Leukaemia
Rabbits from 6 weeks of age:
Myxomatosis, Viral Haemorrhagic Diarrhoea 1 and 2
Full vaccination, microchipping and lots more are included in our Puppy and Kitten Starter Packs
Pet Export & Travel Certification
Whether it be for a holiday, or for permanent relocation, pets leaving the UK with their owners need to comply with specific regulations and require special documentation. From 1st Jan '21, Pet Passports are not longer valid for travel from the UK to the EU, and have been replaced by Animal Halth Certificates (AHC's). Our vets are certified by the UK Government to issue the necessary paperwork, and can advise you on Rabies vaccination, and how to prepare for a trip.
Flea & Worming Treatment
All parasite treatments available through Thistle Vets are prescription only, and are far more effective than those bought 'over the counter'. Prescription parasite control covers a much wider range of parasite types than supermarket products and are available as tablets, 'spot-ons' and even by injection. Our products not only protect against flea and roundworms, but tapeworm, lungworm, ticks and mites too! If you need advice on when to give parasite treatment, or help applying parasite control medication, then our practice nurses would be pleased to assist you.
Our Pet Health Plan helps spreads the cost of vaccinations and parasite prevention over the year, and offers a range of other discounts and benefits
As well as working as one of our qualified nurses, Teri is a certified canine behaviourist and operates a weekly behaviour clinic dealing with cases ranging from aggression to anxiety. First consultations with Teri are 1 hour long to allow for in depth history taking and treatment discussion.
A microchip is a small device about the size of a grain of rice which is inserted under your dog’s skin by injection. Once implanted, the last's for your pet's lifetime. When a microchip is scanned, it provides details of the pet's ownership and allows lost pets to be reunited with owners. Under UK law all puppies must be microchipped by 6 weeks of age. Whilst there is no law for cats, we recommend all cats are microchipped, ideally whilst under anaesthetic for their neutering procedure to reduce discomfort.
Neutering your dog or cat will prevent them from reproducing, but also provides a range of other health benefits...
A neutered female dog is completely protected from developing uterine and ovarian cancers, uterine infection (known as 'Pyometra') and will have a much reduced chance of developing mammary cancers. Un-neutered females will also have regular 'seasons' which can be very messy with up to 3 weeks of bleeding each time. Female cats will frequently have undesirable dramatic behaviour changes when in heat, and can be extremely vocal (''calling'').
Neutering male dogs not only eliminates the risk of testicular cancers and reduces the incidence of prostate disease, but will curtail undesirable 'male' behaviours driven by testosterone such as mounting, roaming, and dog-to-dog aggression. Urine spraying is a common problem in adult tom cats, as is roaming. Feline viruses such as leukaemia virus (FeLV) can be spread by fighting so are more common in un-neutered males too.
We recommend neutering dogs from from 6 months of age, and cats from 5 months of age
Our vets Catriona, Gail and Mimi provide an acupuncture (including 'electroacupuncture') service alongside conventional veterinary medicine techniques for the treatment of a variety of disorders, particularly management of chronic pain. Acupuncture is frequently used in the control of arthritic and neuropathic pain in both dogs and cats.