Frequently Asked Questions
Can I be registered with more than one vet?
Yes, absolutely! Many people are registered with more than one vet. What?s important is openness. It’s crucial that all involved vets share the relevant information about your pet: medications that have been prescribed, blood tests that have been done and any other important findings. This way we can ensure that nothing important is missed.
What happens if my pet needs surgery?
If I diagnose a condition that requires surgery, you will need to contact your vet clinic to make an appointment. I will forward all clinical notes to your vet clinic. This should be a very straight forward process and I’ll be on hand should there be any queries. Depending on the individual case, post op care may take place in your vet clinic or at home. If your pet needs specialist investigations or surgery, I can refer you straight to a referral clinic.
Do you prescribe medication?
Yes. I carry a range of medications with me, ready to be prescribed on your visit. For anything that I don’t carry with me, I’ll order it in and post or bring it out to you, or I can write you a prescription if you prefer.
My dog bites- can you still see him?
Yes. Many dogs that get aggressive in a vet clinic (or anywhere else where they feel anxious) are totally fine at home and allow the exam and any treatment just fine. In some dogs the exam will be a lot less hands on, but I gain a lot of information by simply observing. Occasionally it’s safer for all involved if the dog is muzzled. Very rarely dogs are so anxious, that they can only be examined under sedation in a clinic, but it usually makes sense to have a first check up at home, to establish whether that’s needed or not.
What happens in an emergency?
It?s crucial that you are registered with a vet clinic as well as with me. I’m more than happy for you to contact me, but in an emergency, a vet clinic is usually the better place to go. Make sure you know your vet clinic’s phone number and their Out Of Hours arrangements. You can also contact Pet999 in Mossley on 01457 839 399 if you have an emergency Out Of Hours.
Will my pet insurance pay for your service?
Most of the time: Yes! It may depend on the level of insurance that you have taken out, though it’s always worth to check with them first.
Do you do blood tests?
Absolutely. I’ll need your help to steady your dog or cat, but don’t worry, I’ll show you what to do. In most cases this works really well. For very fractious pets I can come together with my nurse Rachel (if you think we?ll need her help, please let me know before the appointment, so that I can make arrangements for us both to come out together).
I live outside you catchment area – what now?
If you live a short distance outside of the area I cover- get in touch! I may still be able to come to you. There may be an additional fee for extra mileage and time spent travelling. If you live further away and are interested in my holistic services- get in touch! If you’re willing to travel, you can come to me. I don’t have any practice premises, but I can arrange for a suitable place where we can meet. Alternatively I may be able to put you in touch with a holistic vet closer to you.
Having the vet come to you is easy.
Call me on 01457 337688 and we'll arrange a suitable time for an appointment.
I visit your home
I'll come directly to you for your appointment and provide any assessments or treatments.
We?ll arrange any follow up appointments as needed.