Comprehensive Services and Advice
Knowing what to feed your pet can be overwhelming and confusing. Pet food is available everywhere, from your local vet, to supermarkets, online and right through to discount stores. Feeding your pet the right food is critical to ensure their ongoing health and wellbeing.
Providing your pet with the right nutritional balance can prevent the onset of many other avoidable illnesses and conditions. All too often we see pets suffering from an avoidable illness that has resulted from a poor diet.
We can provide you with the right advice on the best food to feed your pet, also taking into account your budget.
We’ve all heard it before, and the same applies to our pets – you are what you eat!
In many ways, the health of our pets is no different to our own health. Regular exercise and a good diet is the key to prolonged health and wellness.
It’s also important to understand that your pet’s nutritional requirements will change as they age, or potentially as they face other conditions or illnesses throughout their life. Managing your pets weight can help avoid future complications that result from being overweight, such as pressure on bones and joints, liver and heart health and general mobility.
We will provide advice on not only your pet’s nutritional needs, but also tips and techniques on weight management.
Tick and Flea Management
There is a wide range of readily available tick and flea products. Our vets can review your specific situation (especially in your home environment, garden and surrounds) and provide advice on the best tick and flea solution for your pet.
Often, effective tick and flea control is a combination of measures – from preventative medications and collars, right through to regular washing of their bedding, carpet cleaning and other general hygiene measures. One solution alone typically may not work, as it may not address the core issue of the tick or flea infestation.
We always recommend seeking veterinary advice about the best flea treatments for your pet, as some treatments (if improperly used) can be harmful.
Our vets will speak with you about identifying fleas and ticks, and how to thoroughly check your animal should you be concerned.
Ear problems are quite common when it comes to your pets, and we regularly encounter ear problems in a wide range of cats and dogs of varying breeds and ages. We use an otoscope to look down your pets ears and identify the cause of any issues, discharges or general irritations.
Your dog may be repetitively scratching his ears – and often there is a primary cause that may not specifically relate to the ear. For example, an allergic reaction to a plant, product or food may manifest as an ear infection – so in most instance an Ear Check is combined with a thorough Skin Check.
Our vets will examine your pet from nose to tail to ensure the root problem is identified, and may take samples and conduct other tests to help in this identification process.
If you have ever had a skin problem, you know it can be sore, inflamed, irritating and in severe cases – lead to an infection. As with the ear checks, there is often an underlying cause.
Often the cause of skin irritation can be an allergy, parasites, skin cancers, ear infections, fungal disease or even immune related diseases.
We will thoroughly assess and treat your pet for the relevant skin condition and underlying cause. We are experienced in animal dermatology and allergy problems, and there is no better place to fully understand a pet’s environment than in their own home.
Anal Gland Expression
If your pet appears to be irritated by it’s bottom, it may have full or blocked anal glands. You may see you pet trying to chew it’s bottom, dragging or rubbing it on the ground or generally just showing signs of annoyance and irritation in that area.
When the anal glands become too full and are not being emptied properly, your pet risks infection. In a severe case, the glands may even rupture. In a healthy animal, the glands will empty when your pet goes to the toilet – however any slight abnormality may prevent this from happening.
If you observe any signs of your pet being irritated by their bottom, your pet may require help to express their anal glands.
Trust us, this is one job you want to leave to the experts.
Many lumps we encounter are harmless, but it is virtually impossible to tell what sort of lump you are looking at.
Lumps may result from many different causes, such as swelling, bruising, fluid build-ups, abscess, parasites and in some cases, cancer.
If in the process of washing, patting or generally checking over your pet you find any unusual lump or swelling, you should definitely ask us to come and check it out. Early detection is critical and you don’t want to leave any lump untreated. If in doubt, always contact us regarding any change to your pet’s health or appearance.
We will assess the lump and carry out any necessary tests, giving you the peace of mind that any unusual lump is being identified and ultimately, where relevant, treated.
Any injury that fully penetrates the skin, for example a bite wound or other laceration should receive immediate Veterinary attention. This is particularly important if it also involves a large portion of the body or an especially sensitive area.
Even minor wounds should be dealt with promptly, before infection sets in. If the skin around the wound is inflamed or pus is visible, more aggressive treatment may be required.
Fresh wounds will usually show some bleeding, swelling, missing hair, cut, scraped or torn skin and potentially result in limping, general tenderness or pain. If a wound is not seen when it is fresh, it can become infected.
If in any doubt, it is always best to play it safe and make an appointment with one of our vets.
Regular nail clipping, or trimming, should be part of the routine care of your pet. Both dogs and cats require nail clipping, with the frequency depending on their lifestyle. Indoor pets may need more regular nail trims whereas outdoor pets may naturally wear their nails and require less frequent trimming.
If a pet’s nails are allowed to grow, they can split, break or bleed, causing pain or infection in your pet’s feet and toes. Long nails can get caught and tear, or grow so long that they can curl backwards into a spiral shape that can make walking very painful.
Reduce the stress of clipping nails at home, and allow one our professional vets to quickly cut away your pet’s overgrown nails.
Pet behavioural problems can be due to either primary behavioural causes and/or medical causes. For some problems such as barking, escaping, aggression, or separation anxiety it is beneficial to see the pet in its natural environment, and there simply is no better way than one of our mobile vets seeing your animal in it’s own home.
Your Wet Noses Mobile Vet will obtain a full history and conduct a full examination including blood or urine tests to rule out underlying medical conditions and accurately diagnose an underlying problem.
Behavioural problems are often the combined effect of many factors, including your pet’s environment and learning. It is very important that professional advice is obtained as soon as the problem appears to effectively resolve it.
Diagnostic Testing – Urine and Blood Tests (Pathology)
We are able to carry out most laboratory tests without the need to take your pet from the comfort of their own home. We will contact you with pathology results within a short time-frame. We can then discuss the results and further treatment.
Our Vans come equipped and able to run basic diagnostics on your pet. We also are able to collect blood or other diagnostic samples from your pet – these will be couriered to an IDEXX laboratory on the same day.
This particular at home service will greatly benefit those pets that require regular blood tests (for example pets with Epilepsy or Hyperthyroidism).
Routine diagnostic testing is a vital part of monitoring your pets health. Many diseases will go unnoticed until it’s too late. Early diagnosis is the key to your pets wellness and longevity.
Blood Pressure Monitoring
Conducting a blood pressure test on your pet is not all that different to doing a blood pressure test on a human. An inflatable cuff will be placed on the pet’s paw or tail, and our blood pressure measuring equipment will check the pressure.
More commonly referred to as high blood pressure, hypertension occurs when your pet’s arterial blood pressure is continually higher than normal. When it is caused by another disease, it is called secondary hypertension.
Hypertension may affect many of your pet’s body systems, including heart, kidneys, eyes, and the nervous system. Early detection an treatment of high blood pressure will save your pets life.
Post-operative care refers to the care your pet receives following a surgical procedure. This may include pain management, wound care and possibly administering medication. The type of post-operative care your pet may require depends on the type of surgery they have.
Post-operative care can begin immediately after surgery, for the duration of your pet’s hospital stay, and can continue after your pet is discharged from the respective clinic or hospital.
It may be necessary for your pet to be given medication for a period of time following surgery depending on treatment required. If required, we help you understand and explain how to administer medication. We can monitor wounds and provide advice on physical therapy during your pets recovery.
We welcome and encourage you to contact us with your questions or any concerns throughout the recovery period of your animal.
When an animal develops an unusual illness or injury, there is often a need for specialised expertise and equipment to properly diagnose and treat the problem. If your pet has a problem that requires this level of expertise we can refer you to a trusted Specialist.
Wet Noses has a number of Partner Veterinary and Emergency Clinics where we will refer patients that may need specialised care, diagnostics, treatment or surgery. We can organise the appointment for you and immediately transfer your pet’s medical history to the respective practice.
We’re happy to discuss and organise a specialist referral if required for your pet.
Pet Insurance Processing
We will ensure you have the relevant paperwork required to be able to immediately submit your claim form.
If you don’t have a claim form on hand, we will be able to quickly supply you with one from your relevant insurance provider.
At Home Euthanasia
Making the decision to say goodbye to a much loved pet is very difficult and traumatic. There are a number of reasons that have led you to this decision, but it’s always still a very solemn and challenging time in our life.
The team at Wet Noses provides a caring, compassionate and personalised home euthanasia service for sick and terminally ill pets. By coming to your home, we can prepare a familiar, peaceful setting and surround your pet with the things and people they love.
For cats and dogs, euthanasia is a very humane way to terminate life and causes little to no pain or distress in our pets. Our team provide preparation guidance and advice, as well as bereavement support during and after this difficult time.
We are also more than happy to assist with the co-ordination of cremation, burial, or funeral services, to ensure your pet is remembered in the way they deserve.