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Our mission is to help pet owners like you to look after their pets in the most stress free and natural way possible.

Let’s face it, we all have more than enough stress in our lives already – the last thing we need, is to add to that by worrying about a visit to the vets (or how we could get our pet there in the first place!).

Many pet owners worry about the medication their pets are on, and wonder if there is a more natural way.

Or if there isnt something else that could help their animal friends.

We can help you with all of this.

All our consultations take place in your home, where your pets feel most at ease.

Our appointments are a comfortable 30 minutes long, giving us plenty of time for a thorough examination, and to discuss all your questions and concerns.

Or you can book an extended 1 hour Premium Consultation, to give us that extra time for all your questions and to take a real deep dive into your pet’s health.

Because the atmosphere is relaxed, you are much more likely to remember your questions – and the answers!

We can also assess your pets environment, diet and lifestyle.

Together we will make a treatment plan that works for both you and your pet.

The emphasis here really is ‘together’.

You know your pet best, and you know what works for you.

We bring in our expert knowledge and decades worth of experience in small animal vet care.

We use conventional medicine where its appropriate, and natural alternatives wherever possible. More often than not, we use both together.

Our goal is to help you feel empowered to look after your pet in the way that most resonates with you – conventional, natural, or both.

The Vets:

We both graduated from the university of Hannover, Germany, and went on to work as Veterinary Surgeons here in the UK in several busy clinics.

Between us, we have over 50 years of experience as vets, and we’ve each seen and treated thousands of pets.

But being great clinicians was never enough for us.

The missing piece, when working in clinic, was always that there wasn’t enough time, everyone was stressed, and too often we didn’t have the chance to really get to know our clients and patients on a deeper level.

We know that your pets are family.

It’s our passion to create an atmosphere where they can feel safe and relaxed, and to work with you as a team- empowering you to make the choices that are right for you, and to help your beloved pets thrive and flourish.

About Katja

FI’m the holistic vet here at Pets Relaxed.

I’ve always had a deep knowing and trust, that our bodies are naturally healthy, as long as we give them the chance.

My mum had a natural remedy for everything, and it was understood that we all have to take care of and be responsible for our own health.

And while I really didn’t like her onion syrup, I soon came to realise that it did cure any cold.

Our pet’s health is really no different (don’t give onions to dogs and cats though!).

There is so much we can do to support their health naturally: with good, nourishing food, healthy exercise, a healthy mind and reducing toxins as much as we can.

And it’s my passion to keep finding new ways to help them naturally.

I’m a qualified Animal Acupuncturist and I hold a certificate in Western Veterinary Herbal Medicine.

Fun Facts:

1 – After I finished school, I went travelling to New Zealand on a container ship, and worked there as a farm hand on a sheep and cattle farm. This is where I decided to become a vet!

2 – I love open water swimming and can regularly be found going for an icy dip in one of our local beauty spots.

3 – Foraging makes me ridiculously happy! My family have long got used to the fact that I always stop on walks to pick unexpected wild foods, and I make them all try some too.

About Thorsten

You know all those cats and dogs that ‘hate men’? Well, they tend to love me!

Pets find it easy to relax around me, and then their people can relax too.

This is what I love about my work as an independent mobile vet.

I get to take time and really get to know my patients and their families. To find out what works for them and what doesn’t.

During a home visit, I can see why a client might struggle to give medication as prescribed, or a pet might still struggle with their mobility, even though everything should be in place for them to feel better.

And then we can adapt the plan and get a much better outcome.

For over 20 years, while I was working in vet clinics, my passion was surgery. I have performed hundreds of complex operations on pets, and mentored younger colleagues to feel competent in doing the same.

Even though I don’t do surgery anymore now as a mobile vet, I understand the procedures, the risks and expected outcomes like the back of my hand.

I love to help pet owners to understand what to expect from a procedure that has been recommended for their pet, and to unpick whether or not they feel comfortable with it.

Fun Facts:

1- My number one hobby is landscape and wildlife photography. I love nothing more than spending hours out and about with my camera. Nothing helps me more to relax and unwind. Have a look @thorsten.babetzkiphotography and my website.

2- I also love cooking and all things food related. From making my own sausages, cold smoking salmon to making pizza in our wood fired oven.

3- And then there’s coffee. I’m picky- I like my espresso done properly, and more often than not, what I get when out and about, isn’t really that great. So I started roasting my own coffee more than 10 years ago.

Remember: In emergencies, you should take your pet to your registered vet for immediate care.

Why Choose Pets Relaxed?

We'll help you to look after your companion in a relaxed and natural way.

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Stress Free

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Natural & Conventional Treatments

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Over 20 Years Experience

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Fully Qualified & Insured Vets

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Flexible Appointments

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Saddleworth Based

Having the vet come to you is easy.

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Call or email

Call us on 01457 337688 and we'll arrange a suitable time for an appointment.

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We'll visit your home

We'll come directly to you for your appointment and provide any assessments or treatments.

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Aftercare
We'll arrange any follow up appointments as needed, and will keep your vet clinic informed.

Testimonials

We are so thankful to have found Pets Relaxed and we do feel part of your family.
Its so good to have peace of mind knowing that you have vets to take good care of your animals in the comfort of your own home.  It is also reassuring for me now that I am a carer for my partner and that you are aware of our home situation and try to accommodate us accordingly.
Bree is a character and has a red mark by her name at Medivet not because she is a red tabby.  When Thorsten first came I couldn’t believe the difference in the cats, Bree didn’t run away just looked at Thorsten adoringly and Finbar rolled over and purred. Bree now a bit warier as now seeing Thorsten usually means an injection but even so she doesn’t get as stressed as she used to having to travel to the vets, neither do I!
Again thank you and keep up the good work.  Also a thank you to your reception staff who provide such an efficient service through the pets app and are always friendly and helpful over the phone.
Would just like to say if anyone has a dog with arthritis to try laser therapy.
Shadow my Labrador cross who is suffering from arthritis has had 3 treatments and has improved since starting the treatment.
Shadow is a lot more relaxed and doesn’t seem to be in any pain the same it’s definitely improved her life would definitely recommend.

Katja's treatment of my 16 year old springer spaniels arthritis with acupuncture and subsequently electro-acupuncture has made a huge difference to her quality of life.

A huge thank you to Katja whose care and treatment I would highly recommend.

- Helen Peel

Thank you ever so much for the brilliant and prompt service by Katja yesterday;

it seems to have done the trick, and Dotty is now walking about perfectly normally!

Hi. I would just like to thank Thorsten and the staff at Pets Relaxed for making it as lovely as it could possibly be when we had to say goodbye to our lovely girl Paris.
Thorsten was so kind and gentle and made everything so much easier. Thank you.

I wanted to thank you as well for your customer care.

It has obviously been a difficult time with Tosca but you have been fantastic and caring every time I have spoken to you.

I just wanted to say thank you so much for coming to our aid with Lola on Monday, I honestly don’t know what we’d have done without you.

When I saw you coming up the path it was honestly like an angel had arrived. As soon as you came in poor Lola relaxed (and so did I).

You were marvellous and I wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.

You are simply wonderful

Thank you so much for your kind, courteous help today with Rowdy, we very much appreciated the help and advice.
Dingo had her appointment with Thorsten yesterday and I just wanted to say how very impressed and grateful I am to have such a lovely person visit my cat.
He was so kind and gentle and the nicest vet I have ever seen.
Well done for suppling such a wonderful service for our beloved animal friends.
Brilliant service from Thorsten today, I was amazed at how chilled and relaxed the cats were as well as myself. 
Thank you so much.
Also thank you for all the compassion and care you have shown - You have made something so awful a little bit more bearable.
Please also thank Katja for coming to us and for making it as bearable and least stressful for Bernie.
Hi, this is just to thank you for the very calm and compassionate visit to my home to euthanise Lenny you made the experience as good as it could be and my lovely Lenny ended his life not scared and anxious in the vets thank you again so much and I don't hesitate to tell everyone what a wonderful service you provide.
Thanks again for everything.
Saying our final goodbye to Freddie was without doubt the hardest and most painful thing I’ve ever done but that he went so peacefully, and with such kindness and compassion, definitely makes it easier to bear.
And for that I will always be grateful.