Our experienced registered veterinary nurses work with you to keep your pets fit and healthy so they can live fuller, longer lives. At our dedicated nurse clinics, we run regular check-ups and preventative treatments that also make good financial sense for pet owners – prevention is always cheaper than a cure!
While our nurses are highly qualified, they will always refer you to a vet if necessary.
Below is a list of our clinics, but call us to find out how our nurses can help you with other issues including:
- Microchipping information and implantation.
- Clean ears.
- Administer second and third vaccines.
- General wellness checks.
- Administering medications.
Nurse clinics are run Monday to Friday on an appointment basis between 2pm and 4.30pm. Additionally there is some availability at the Brixham surgery.
Please ring the Totnes or Brixham surgery to check the most up to date prices and to book your pet in for an appointment.
Dental care clinic
Keep your pet’s teeth and gums in top condition and you won’t face the pain of dental operations or the costs of veterinary cleaning or removal of damaged teeth. Research has shown that by the age of two, around 80% of dogs and 70% of cats will have some signs of dental disease – don’t let your pet be one of them!
Learn how to brush teeth, the best products to use and the best diet for your pet’s teeth at their life stage at our dental care clinic.
Weight management clinics
These specialist weight clinics give advice on the best way to tackle any issues, whether your pet is underweight or overweight. Obesity is an increasing problem in our pets and can lead to, or worsen, many health problems such as arthritis, diabetes and heart conditions.
We know managing our pets’ weight can be challenging, so we provide regular weight checks and discuss different ways to help reduce or maintain your pet’s weight, such as exercise or recommending and supplying special dietary food.
Adolescent (pre-neutering) checks clinic – Youth Club
When your dog or cat is six months old, we like to bring them in for a fun session that helps them get used to being at the vet and also checks their growth and general wellbeing.
When they come along, we’ll get them used to having their paws and ears played with and have a look at:
- Flea and worm control.
Senior pet clinic
It’s natural that pets face more health risks as they age, just like us. So, as our animal clients get older, we like them to have regular health checks.
Cats from age 11 and dogs from five years (large breeds) and eight years (smaller breeds) are our “senior citizens”.
We’ll give your pet a proper “top to tail” exam, where we look for early signs of kidney/liver disease, arthritis, dental disease and tumours, blood pressure, and others. Your pet’s long-term wellbeing is our first priority, so, if we are concerned with any of our findings, we will refer you onto a vet.
Just like us, the sooner we detect any problems, the more we can do to help.
Book your senior citizen an appointment today. Call our Totnes surgery on 01803 8621423.
Post-operative care clinic
Following veterinary procedures involving a general anesthetic or sedation, your pet will need a post-operative nurse clinic with lots of TLC. These clinics are your reassurance that:
- Wounds are healing correctly.
- Stitches have been removed safely and dressings changed correctly.
- Any dental work, especially extractions, are looking good.
- In overall terms, your pet has recovered well from the procedure.
We’ll also talk to you about any aftercare you can do, such as preventative care following veterinary dental work.
Post-op checks are included in the cost of all operations.
Rabbits are increasingly popular pets in the UK and we love them, too. Did you know that with the correct daily care, they can live up to 10 years? Our nurses can advise you on housing, caring for indoor rabbits and litter training. We can also show you or your children how to correctly handle your bunny, and check their teeth and nails. We love rabbiting on! You can ask us about:
- Dietary advice.
If you’re learning to live with a pet who’s diabetic, you’ll appreciate our professional help and support. At our diabetic clinics, we will tell you all you need to know about diet and exercise and show you how to give insulin.
We’ll also teach you how to monitor your pet and manage their condition, as well as how to recognise the warning signs when something is wrong.
Managing diabetic patients can be time consuming and difficult but you are not alone. We are here to help.
Fleas, ticks and worming treatments
Prevention is definitely cheaper than cure when it comes to flea, tick and worm treatments. But there are so many different brands that do different things and often need to be administered differently. Which one is right for your pet and how often do you need to use them?
In our specialist clinics, we’ll talk you through all the options and demonstrate the cheap, easy way to remove ticks should your pet ever get one.
Giving your pet regular flea and worm treatment is important for you, your pet and the environment. Get some expert advice today.
Puppies and kittens club
At these clinics, a dedicated nurse will go through everything you need to know about preventative health care and diet advice. You’ll also get some invaluable advice about getting through those first, nerve-wracking weeks!
Kitten and puppies club
Getting a new puppy or kitten can be a very exciting time and we are here to help. To give them the best start and help keep them happy and healthy, we keep an eye on their weight, discuss neutering, talk about and administer flea and worm treatment, get them socialised by coming into the vet practice, demonstrate dental care and discuss behaviour.
Puppy socialising parties
Essential to your puppy’s successful integration into the larger pack outside your home. He or she can meet other pups and get used to strangers. There are also talks on behaviour, diet, neutering and basic first aid, among other topics.
- Dart Vale hold a one off class once a month at the Totnes surgery.
Anxiety therapy clinic
We’ve found these sessions are incredibly beneficial for our more nervous patients. Visiting the vet can be incredibly stressful for some pets and their owners. These sessions aim to get your pet to relax and sometimes actually enjoy coming to see us. These are reassuring consults – we don’t do anything worrying. All your pet will receive is a lot of fuss and treats.
We understand that bringing your pet in for neutering can be quite worrying. All our nurses can provide advice on neutering and discuss the benefits with you. We can also go through with you what the procedure involves and help discuss aftercare, so you can be sure it is absolutely the best option for your pet.
During adolescence and after neutering, our pets often require a change in diet to maintain their body condition, we’ll talk to you about that, too.
Nail clipping and minor grooming
Our nurses can keep your pets’ paws in good shape with nail clipping. Minor grooming procedures e.g. ear epilation or knot removing (dematting) can also be done with a nurse appointment.
Anal sac expression
Our nurses will help your pet feel more comfortable by emptying anal sacs. Any infections or unusual bottoms are referred to the vet for further treatment.
Blood pressure checks
Many older pets, or those with long term illness, can suffer from high blood pressure and require medication and monitoring. Our qualified nurses can provide a regular monitoring service for older pets and those on medication. Please refer to our senior pet clinic for details.
Qualified nurses may take blood samples if recommended by a vet. We recommend regular blood samples for all older animals and those on certain medications.
Palliative care is becoming more important in our patients. As our pets live longer and we diagnose illness earlier, there are some cases where we cannot cure but we can make your pet live more comfortably for the time they have. Our nursing team understands and will help you deal with this difficult time.