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Offering a wide range of surgical and diagnostic services

Our practice is well equipped and can offer a range of diagnostic services. These include digital x-ray, ultrasound, in-house blood testing, microscopy, rigid endoscopy, ECG, and blood pressure monitoring. We carry out a wide range of soft tissue surgery and dental procedures. We perform routine operations Monday to Friday.

We have good working relationships with many specialists working across Scotland. We are always keen to offer the best standard of care for our patients which, in some complex cases, may involve referral to such a specialist.

For further information on specific topics please see our links below.

  • Emergencies
  • House Visits
  • Planning Your Visit
  • Pre-Op Guidelines
  • Vaccinations
  • Neutering
  • Microchipping
  • Parasite Control
  • Pet Travel Scheme
  • Time to Say Goodbye

Emergencies

No matter what time of the day or night, one of our vets is here for you in an emergency.

One of our practice vets is on call for emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Unlike many other practices, we carry out all our own emergency cover based at our practice. This means that, in what can be a stressful situation, you and your pet are familiar with our location, environment and staff. It also means we can provide the best immediate care as we have full access to your pets medical records.

In any emergency situation please phone the practice as soon as possible to ensure any vital instructions can be given by phone and any delay in treatment is minimised.

Outside of normal hours, you may hear a recorded message directing you to call a mobile number. This will put you through to our vet on call.

Emergency treatment is always more effectively administered at the surgery and in most cases even a severely injured animal is able, with care, to be moved and transported quite safely. This advice is in line with the current Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons "Code of Professional Conduct" which states:

"Owners are responsible for transporting their animals to a veterinary practice, including in emergency situations. The RCVS encourages owners to think about how they can do this and make plans before an emergency arises. Examples include their own transport, a family member, friend or neighbour’s transport, an animal ambulance or a taxi service that will transport animals. In all but exceptional circumstances, the interests of companion animals will be best served by being taken to a veterinary practice, where the attending veterinary surgeon has access to a full range of equipment, veterinary medicines and appropriate facilities."

House Visits

In certain cases,  such as end of life care, owners would rather that their pet remains in their own environment. We are happy to arrange such visits within normal working weekday hours. However, for cases where prompt attention or a more thorough examination is required the best care can be given by an owner bringing their pet to the surgery.

Planning Your Visit

Cats

Always bring your cat to the surgery in a secure basket as this will prevent any risk of escape or injury by another animal in the waiting room. You will be offered a loan crate if you arrive without one as we cannot allow cats or other small animals held in your arms in the waiting room for safety reasons.

Dogs

Please keep dogs on short leads at all times in the surgery. Allowing them to wander is risky and can upset cats and other already stressed dogs. We have lead on loan if required.

If your pet is particularly noisy, aggressive, hard to control - or may be contagious (e.g. Kennel cough) then please keep them outside and inform reception of your arrival.

Pre-Op Guidelines

Animals coming in for an operation need to be starved from 8pm the night before. This is to ensure their stomach is empty so that they don't vomit with the anaesthetic. They can have water overnight as normal.

Animals are admitted between 8:30am and 9:00am. One of our nursing assistants will be on hand to answer any questions you have and provide reassurance, as we know it can be a worrying time for owners. Most routine ops result in patients going home the same day during the afternoon.

We offer pre-anaesthetic blood testing to assess the patient's liver and kidney function. This is agreed with the nursing assistant at admission and the in-house testing is carried out before any pre-med is given. This is advised particularly for older animals over the age of eight or sick animals, to ensure they are fit for the anaesthetic and assess if other measures, such as intravenous fluids, are required.

Vaccinations

Why Vaccinate?

We strongly recommend that all pets are fully vaccinated to reduce their risk of infectious diseases which are difficult or impossible to treat once the animal is infected and in many cases are fatal.

The initial and booster vaccination visits always include a full examination of the animal which is in itself invaluable for picking up problems which may not be apparent to the owner. These visits also offer a useful opportunity for owners to discuss any concerns they may have regarding the animal's health or behaviour with a vet.

Dogs

Dogs should be vaccinated against Distemper (D), Hepatitis (H), Parvovirus (P), Parainfluenza (Pi) & Leptospirosis (L).

Puppies can be vaccinated from 6 weeks of age (we advise 8 weeks old). They then receive a second vaccine two to four weeks later at a minimum of 10 weeks of age and are able to go out 5 days after this second visit. The earlier they complete this course, the better so that they can be safely taken out and socialised with other animals, people, traffic etc.

Booster vaccinations are required annually to maintain immunity to these diseases. However, different parts of the vaccine provide immunity for different lengths of time. To ensure that we don't 'overvaccinate' animals we give a full DHPPiL vaccine every third year and in the intervening years only a partial LPi vaccine.

Some dogs will also need to be vaccinated against Kennel Cough. This is required for animals when they will be mixing with many other animals in close proximity eg. dogs going into kennels, working dogs at shoots, dogs attending training classes. This is a live vaccine given as a small amount of fluid up their nose. It provides one year's immunity and must be given at least 3 full days before the period of risk.

Cats

Cats should be vaccinated against Calicivirus and Herpesvirus (cat flu), and Panleucopaenia (cat parvovirus).

Kittens can be vaccinated from 9 weeks of age. They receive a second vaccination 3 to 4 weeks later. They then require an annual booster vaccination.

Cats can also be vaccinated against Feline Leukaemia. This is not part of our standard vaccination policy as there appears to be a low incidence of FeLV in our rural area. However, we are happy to continue vaccinating animals new to the practice that have been previously vaccinated or where an owner specifically requests it. In these cases, we advise booster vaccinations every 2-3 years until around 10 years of age, after which the risk of infection is low and the animal's immunity is sufficient in most cases.

Rabbits

Rabbits should be vaccinated against Myxomatosis and Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD).

Rabbits can be vaccinated from 6 weeks of age. A single vaccine provides one year's protection with the strongest immunity over the first six months. For this reason, we recommend annual boosters should be given in the spring to give the most protection over the summer/autumn risk period.

Myxomatosis is spread via fleas from wild rabbits. VHD is spread directly by other rabbits or indirectly by a number of other animals, or people, if they have contact with an infected rabbit.

Don't Worry, We'll Remind You...

We all lead busy lives, so our practice operates a free booster reminder service whereby our staff will identify if your animal becomes overdue for their booster vaccination and post a reminder card to your address.

Neutering

We recommend that all female cats and dogs are neutered to prevent unwanted pregnancies and to reduce the risk of mammary cancer. Male cats should be neutered to prevent urine spraying in the house and aid population control. Male dogs should be neutered if they show aggressive tendencies or nuisance behaviour such as straying.

Cats can be neutered from 6 months of age.

Bitches should be neutered at 6 months old before their first season. Dogs should be neutered from 6 months onwards. Older bitches can be spayed at the 3 month point from the end of their last season, this is the midway point to ensure hormones are settled.

Microchipping

We recommend that animals are microchipped to enable a speedy return home should they become lost and ensure that they can be positively identified if required. It is now a legal requirement for all dogs over the age of 8 weeks. However, given that cats are the most likely to go walkabout, we also strongly advise that they are chipped to help track them down.

The procedure involves inserting a small microchip (the size of a grain of rice) under the skin between their shoulderblades. Insertion causes minor discomfort only and most animals tolerate the procedure very well. We use Identichip microchips which is one of the leading brands because of their reliability and anti-migration technology to ensure the chip stays in the correct place under the skin. The microchip has a serial number that can be read using a scanner device. This serial number is registered against the animal and owner's details on a central national database called Anibase. Vets, police and animal rescue organisations are all able to scan lost animals on arrival and have access to the database to quickly obtain the owner's contact details. This is far more reliable than tags on collars as these tags and/or collars are often lost when an animal goes missing. Once implanted the microchip should last a lifetime.

We have had many cases over the years where we are contacting an owner before they even know that their pet is missing (e.g. dogs that have escaped from the garden).

Parasite Control

At Crieff Vets we stock a wide range of worm, flea and tick products. It can sometimes be confusing and difficult to find the correct product(s) for your pet given the large number of product choices, routes of administration and combinations of parasites treated. Therefore, one of our team will be happy to advise you to ensure you get the most suitable product for your pet.

Worms

Puppies and kittens are infected with roundworms from their mother and should be wormed several times at fortnightly intervals. Adult dogs & cats should be wormed every 3-4 months on a public health basis to reduce roundworm infection of children. Dogs that scavenge may need to be wormed more often for tapeworm. Outdoor adult cats usually need to be wormed every 3 to 6 months for tapeworm, depending how much they hunt. Occasionally, very successful hunters might need treatments at shorter intervals.

Wormers are available as powder, liquid, tablets and spot-on preparations. The right choice depends on the age of the animal, round or tapeworm control and ease of administration.

Lungworm is known to be an increasing problem in the UK. Animals are infected by contact with slugs and snails. Lungworm can cause respiratory problems and bleeding disorders which can be difficult to diagnose and treat. Control programmes for round and tape worms often do not control lungworm and specific products are required.

Fleas

There are a number of different products available to prevent fleas. There are several different spot-on products which provide 4 weeks protection or a tablet for dogs which provides 3 months protection. These products kill all fleas on the animal within 48 hours of administration. Some products also treat worms, lungworms and mites or protect against ticks.

If an animal is already infested with fleas then they should be treated with one of the above products but it may also be necessary to treat their environment. The majority of fleas live in the environment and can then re-infect the animal, so regular vacuuming and insecticidal sprays for the house will also be required to control a flea outbreak.

Ticks

Ticks are a significant problem in our area. Although still relatively rare, there is an increasing awareness and risk of tick-borne disease in the UK. It is, therefore, important to prevent the tick biting the animal in the first place rather than just removing them once they are attached and feeding.

Ticks can be prevented on dogs using products that either repel them to prevent attachment or kill the ticks very soon after they have attached and before there is any chance of spreading infection. These products include spot-ons, tablets and collars.    

As some insecticides used in the dog products can be toxic to cats, the choices for prevention in cats is slightly more limited. The spot on products for cats, therefore, do not repel ticks but will kill them within 48 hours of attaching. There is a collar available which does repel ticks and prevent attachment but some cats will not tolerate, or lose, collars.

Pet Travel Scheme

The Pet Travel Scheme allows dogs and cats to travel abroad to countries which are also members of the scheme and return to the UK without having to undergo 6 months quarantine. All EU and several other countries are members. During this time of uncertainty due to Brexit we recommend you check current advice from the government found here.

The practice is experienced in dealing with PETS applications. Animals must first be microchipped to allow their identification. They then receive a vaccination against rabies which protects them for three years. A pet passport can then be issued. Animals can leave the UK three weeks after their rabies vaccination. They can then return to the UK without the need for quarantine as long as their rabies vaccination is kept up to date. At least 24hrs but no more than 5 days before their return to the UK animals must be taken to a vet in the country of departure so that tapeworm treatment can be administered and certified.

In some cases, for example where an animal is travelling by air, the company require the animal to be examined by a vet within 48 hrs of leaving the UK to ensure that they are healthy enough to travel. We can arrange this at a convenient time for you and provide the necessary documentation.

It is also possible to arrange the export of animals to countries that are not included in the pet travel scheme, for instance where owners are emigrating rather than just holiday travel. These countries all have their own individual requirements for pre-movement testing and treatment of the animal, so have to be dealt with on a case by case basis. Quarantine would normally apply on return from such countries.

For more information on the Pet Travel Scheme or travel to non-EU, non-PETS countries please visit the UK government website.

For information on the costs involved, please contact us.

Time to Say Goodbye

Sadly, over the years, many of us at Crieff Vets have had to say goodbye to one of our own beloved pets so we understand just what a difficult time this can be.

We can offer guidance and support to help owners decide when the right time is. As we are less emotionally involved, we can advise what the options are and what may be best for your pet. 

We understand that it can be more difficult when you feel you have little or no control over your pet's fate. We can help you focus on what you can control, such as ensuring they go peacefully, that you can be with them in a quiet, or home, environment, and that you have the time you need with them. 

You will also be able to decide where your pet's final resting place will be. We can arrange routine and private cremations with a large range of options for ashes return. We treat all animals with respect and use a trusted provider for this. 

Grieving

The loss of a pet can be similar to mourning a close friend or family member. Many of our pets can be with us for such a long time that they can have been one of the few constants in our lives, with us when we change jobs, move houses, have children and go through difficult times. Some people who haven't had animals don't understand this, but it is completely normal to have feelings of intense grief, loneliness and isolation. It is also normal to feel guilt. As pet owners, we have to make difficult decisions for our animals and when we are grieving we often over-analyse these decisions trying to find fault with ourselves. The strength of all these feelings can take us by surprise and last longer than we might expect ourselves, but they do get better with time. As vets, we are happy to offer support during this time.

Many owners find that seeking reassurance, being able to discuss the decisions made and speaking to people who understand the way they are feeling, can help them to move forwards. For further support there are a number of useful resources such as the Pet Bereavement Support Service.