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"...sophisticated diagnostic medical and surgical facilities..."

Cibyn Veterinary Clinic have highly qualified, trained staff and advanced facilities. We provide preventative healthcare and advice for healthy pets, including nutrition, training, flea and worm treatment, vaccination and neutering. Alongside this, we have sophisticated diagnostic medical and surgical facilities to give your pet the best possible care if they become unwell.

Consultations

All consultations are by appointment, which helps to reduce waiting times. Urgent cases will be seen as soon as practical. Wherever possible (and if requested), we try to ensure follow-up appointments with the same veterinary surgeon.

A single consultation lasts 10 minutes and is intended as a consultation for one animal. If you are bringing two or more pets, please inform us at the time of booking an appointment so we can allocate an appropriate time.

Microchipping

Microchips can be a very useful way of permanently identifying your pet. This can help with tracing owners if a pet strays and is essential if you plan to travel abroad with your pet.

Compulsory microchipping of all dogs was introduced in April 2016.

The microchip is inserted under the skin in dogs and cats, between the shoulder blades and cannot normally be felt. Insertion can be done by a vet or nurse and only takes a few minutes. Microchips legally need to be inserted before 8 weeks' old in dogs (around the time of the vaccination in puppies). Other species of animals including rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and reptiles can also be microchipped – please contact the surgery if you have any specific questions.

We also have 'Biotherm' microchips available which, in addition to carrying the unique identifying number of your pet, can measure their body temperature. They can be used for basic screening of temperature, although we do sometimes need to confirm precise temperature changes with the traditional rectal thermometer.

Microchips are FREE on the Pet Health Club.

Diagnostic & Investigation

We have many cases that require investigation using our diverse diagnostic equipment.

Our operating rooms are well equipped with digital radiographs, endoscope, up-to-date ultrasonography, a slit lamp, blood analyser and an ECG machine.

Surgery

We perform many surgical operations here at Cibyn, ranging from neutering (cat, dog and rabbit) lump removal, eye surgery (made easier by an operating microscope), ear and orthopaedic surgery, emergency foreign body removal, routine and emergency operations, as well as dental work.

Our team of qualified/trainee nurses monitor all patients throughout the anaesthetic and we use electronic monitoring equipment.

Neutering

Neutering is also known as spaying in females (removing the uterus, womb and both ovaries) and castration in males (removing both testicles). The decision to neuter (or not) is an important one for a responsible owner to make. This applies to cats and dogs, but also to rabbits and ferrets.

Benefits of neutering can include:

  • Avoidance of unplanned pregnancies (all species) and reduction of stray population (especially cats)
  • Reduced risk of prostate disease (males)
  • Reduced risk of mammary cancers and womb infections (females) which can be life-threatening
  • Reducing unwanted behaviours such as fighting and wandering, and associated risks of diseases such as FIV (cat AIDs – particularly in male cats)
  • Reduction in food intake requirements – the metabolism slows a little, meaning that less food is needed to maintain a healthy bodyweight

 

Risks can include:

  • The risks associated with any surgery or anaesthetic – much lower in planned operations on fit & healthy animals, as is the case with most neutering
  • There is debate on whether urinary incontinence in some breeds of female dogs as they get older can be a result of spaying – this is normally well controlled with medication and not life-threatening

We are always happy to discuss the risks and benefits to your particular pet and your individual circumstances, and to help you make the best decision for your pet.

Receive 20% off neutering when you join our Pet Health Club.

Behaviour

We all want our pets to understand us and behave in an obedient and friendly manner. We also want them to be content and relaxed in our normal day-to-day environment. It is an owner’s responsibility to ensure that their pet is safe, well socialised and able to exhibit normal and natural behaviours, allowing them to lead a happy life.

Here at Cibyn Veterinary Clinic, we strive to help our clients in training and socialisation of their pets. There is a lot we can do to help sort out unwanted behaviour with desensitisation, medication and behavioural modification techniques.

We provide behavioural support from an early age, with longer appointments for first vaccinations to discuss any concerns. Our nurses run regular puppy parties and we support and treat animals with phobias and behavioural problems, including noise phobias, separation anxiety, aggression and training/handling problems, by running detailed behavioural consultations. Michelle, our qualified nurse, has gained her NVQ level 3 in Canine behaviour and she is almost at the end of her Level 4. Please call us to arrange an appointment with her. (Charges apply).

Breeding

When it is done well, breeding from your pet can be a very enjoyable experience for all. As a responsible breeder, you need to put your pet’s health and needs, and those of the litter, first.

It is important to breed only from healthy and good-tempered animals. This means considering character and temperament, age, health and your own situation. You should try to breed only from animals free from inherited health conditions in order to maintain the future health of our pets. We are happy to check your animal for conditions such as heart murmurs, hernias and undescended testicles, and may advise further tests such as eye testing (which can be done with us by Mrs Hubbard, as we are lucky enough to have her as an eye panel member on our team) or x-rays for hip and elbow scoring.

You will need to read up before you breed, and know the basics about breeding and parturition (birth) so that you know when to contact us if things are not going to plan. It is also important to have some idea of the involvement it will require from you in terms of possible costs, and time. The litter will normally be with you for around eight weeks, and by this time they need to be well socialised in order to avoid later behavioural problems.

If you are considering breeding from your pet, please come and see one of the vets for a discussion.

Puppy & Kitten Care

Vaccination consultation, 20 minutes, which includes:

  • Full Health check
  • Vaccination injection
  • Veterinary surgeon advice on behaviour, feeding, worming, flea control

We recommend first vaccination for puppies at seven weeks and the second at eleven weeks, or four weeks after the first injection.

Kitten’s first vaccination recommended at eight weeks and the second injection three to four weeks later.

Freebies for new additions:

We encourage plenty of socialisation for young puppies and adolescents and therefore invite puppies to our parties between their first and second vaccination.

Find out about joining your new addition to the Pet Health Club for lifelong preventative health care and more.

Ophthalmology

The BVA Eye Panel investigates and certifies inherited eye conditions in pedigree dogs. Jill Hubbard has been on the BVA/KC/ISDS Eye Panel since 1977 and achieved the RCVS ophthalmology certificate in 1983, which is kept updated by sitting an annual exam.

Anna Jackman has gained her Certificate in Ophthalmology and is now dealing with eye cases and referrals.

The practice is extremely well equipped for eye-related work; operating microscope, slit lamp, retinal camera, tonovet and specialised surgical instruments. We are therefore able to help with the majority of eye cases. We are also happy to assess and refer those cases which need more specialised facilities e.g. phacoemulsification cataract surgery, or laser treatments. If in doubt, phone for advice and discussion of the particular problem.

Any case that has been to another practice will only be seen after all the history is received from the 'home' practice.

Acupuncture

Michaela provides veterinary acupuncture for both cats and dogs at Cibyn Vets. 

Acupuncture is the placement of specialised needles into particular body sites. Only veterinary surgeons who have completed a training course, (or veterinary nurses who have completed the course and are working with the supervision of a trained vet) may perform acupuncture on animals.

It can be used for many cases:

  • Soreness secondary to arthritis
  • Can be used in certain situations as an appetite stimulant
  • Can be helpful in some cases of mega colon in cats
  • Lick granulomas and interdigital ‘cysts’
  • Non-infected wounds that are slow to heal
  • Muscle spasms secondary to painful abdominal conditions such as cystitis or pancreatitis*
  • Muscular pain of the back and limbs that has not adequately responded to other pain relief medications, or where these are inappropriate

* The acupuncture does not treat the primary condition, just the painful locations that can arise secondary to them.

Travel

Pet Passports have recently been simplified. We are happy to provide you with the microchip, Rabies vaccination and passport needed for travel. We are also happy to advise you on the best preventative healthcare for your pet, such as tick treatment, mosquito and sandfly repellent. Getting these treatments right can help protect your pet from exotic diseases which can otherwise cause unpleasant illnesses and in some cases, death.

Although we try our best to keep up to date, it is impossible for us to know the legal requirements of every country, so it always remains your responsibility to check the latest information with DEFRA, and to ensure that you comply with any specific rules set out by the corresponding authorities in the country or countries you are visiting.

Receive 10% off the cost of your Pet Passport by joining the Pet Health Club.

Practice information

Cibyn Vet Clinic

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  • Mon
    8:30am - 6:30pm
  • Tue
    8:30am - 6:30pm
  • Wed
    8:30am - 6:30pm
  • Thu
    8:30am - 6:30pm
  • Fri
    8:30am - 6:30pm
  • Sat
    8:30am - 12:30pm
  • Sun
    Closed

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