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Services

See the services we offer below

Services

See the services we offer below

What do we offer at Oakmount Vets?

  • Endoscopy - Is a way of viewing the inside of the body using an endoscope. This instrument uses fibre-optic technology and allows the vet to look inside the gastrointestinal tract or respiratory tract. It is less invasive than other surgical procedures. This technique is used to explain frequent or persistent vomiting or internal bleeding and as well as being used for diagnosis it can also be used for treatment such as removing foreign bodies.

  • Home Visits - While we realise some clients find it difficult to attend our surgery, we highly recommend this for most cases. We are able to offer much better treatment at the surgery since this is where all our equipment is located. We offer a pet transport service to the surgery at an economical rate. However, we will always visit your house if there is no reasonable alternative.

     

  • Neutering - If you do not intend to breed from your pet we would always recommend castration or speying. The benefits of neutering from a health point of view far outweigh any disadvantages. Please call the surgery to discuss any issues concerned with the operation.

  • Parasite Control - It is very important to treat young animals for worms to allow the pet to develop healthily. Older pets still require regular worming to maintain health and also to reduce any risk to humans from these parasites. Fleas also pose problems and regular treatment is recommended.

  • Pet Products - We aim to ensure our clients can buy everything they need for their pet from us. We carry a range of toys, collars, leads and foods which can be seen in the reception area. If you cannot see what you need please ask one of our receptionists if we can order it for you.

     

  • Ultrasound - Scanning provides a safe diagnostic technique in which very high frequency sound is directed into the body. It is used on soft tissue and as fluid conducts the ultrasound well it is useful for diagnosing cysts, pregnancy and problems in the urinary or biliary systems. When used on the heart it is known as echocardiography and can help determine congenital heart disease, artery disease and other heart problems.

  • K Laser Therapy
  • Radiology
  • Acupuncture
  • Annual Check Ups & Vaccinations
  • Laboratory Tests
  • Nurse Clinics
  • Operations
  • Pain and Rehabilitation Centre

K Laser Therapy

K Laser Therapy

The painless application of laser energy promotes increased circulation by drawing oxygen and nutrients to the affected area. 

This creates an optimal healing environment reducing inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, pain is relieved and function is restored. 

Laser Therapy can help with:

Osteoarthritis, Joint Pain, Muscle Sprains, Puncture Wounds, Post-Surgical Pain, Hip Dysplasia, Post-Orthopedic Surgical Recovery, Burns and much more.

What to Expect

There is no patient sedation or restraint required and the experience is usually pleasant and comforting to them. 

Laser Therapy treatments are cumulative in nature. The length and frequency of treatment varies with your pet's condition. Even though improvement may be seen after the first visit, most patients require several treatments for the greatest benefit.

Our registered nurses will recommend a treatment plan specific to your pets needs. 

Radiology

Radiology

Radiography or X-rays are used to diagnose bone injury or disease, disease of the lungs or heart and for other diagnostic tests where barium or dye mediums are used to show up defects in internal organs.

Patients often require sedating to get a good picture. For health and safety reasons holding animals still during X-ray is not permitted.

It may be necessary to withhold food for several hours prior to the X-ray. The Vet will advise you of any preparations you need to observe before you bring in your pet for this procedure.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the practice of inserting fine solid needles into the body to give pain relief or in some cases to help the body deal with other diseases.

It works through the nervous system - the needles block pain messages and encourage the brain and central nervous system to produce more of the body’s natural painkillers. In conditions that are not painful acupuncture may help to reset the body’s normal functioning.

Will it hurt my pet?

No. Acupuncture needles stimulate nerves that send messages to the brain which over-rides the messages of pain that their nerves are sending. Sometimes animals may react to this sensation as though they are expecting pain, but then they relax because it does not occur.

Most of the time they accept the fine needles very well and become relaxed and sleepy during the treatment. Often they even appear to look forward to treatment when they next come back to the practice. It is uncommon for animals to be sedated for acupuncture - this would only be necessary where the underlying condition is extremely painful.

Acupuncture is very safe in the right hands. Legally it must be performed by a veterinary surgeon. There are only a few cases in which we would have to be very cautious about using acupuncture and your veterinary acupuncturist can advise you if these are relevant for your pet.

How often would my pet be treated?

The usual course is once a week for four to six weeks. After four weeks we will know whether acupuncture is working for your pet and then, depending on the condition and how they have responded, we will work out a plan that usually involves tailing off the treatment so that the effect is maintained for as long as possible.

For more information, or to make an appointment please contact us on 01282 423640.

Annual Check Ups & Vaccinations

Annual checkups and vaccinations

Our policy is to encourage preventative care so that your pet can enjoy the best health possible.

For this reason we strongly advise puppies should be vaccinated against Parvo virus, Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis and for pets entering kennels or doggie daycare centres - Kennel Cough Vaccine.

For kittens we carry out vaccinations against Cat flu, Enteritis, and perhaps most importantly Feline Leukaemia. Vaccinations start from 9 weeks with a second vaccine 3 - 4 weeks later.  They should be kept isolated until at least 1 week after this second vaccination to allow the protection to build up.

For puppies the vaccinations can start from 8 weeks of age with a second vaccination 2 weeks later. They should be kept isolated until at least 1 week after this second vaccination to allow the protection to build up.

Rabbits are becoming increasingly popular as pets and like all pets, your rabbit needs to visit us from time to time for routine health examinations and vaccinations.

Myxomatosis is a distressing viral disease spread by rabbit fleas and other blood sucking insects. The first symptoms are usually swollen eyes rapidly progressing to blindness. Affected rabbits become very ill and even with medication and nursing care, most will die as a result of the disease. A vaccine is now available and can be given at 6 weeks of age.

Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD) is a very infectious disease that spreads easily between rabbits or via contaminated hutches, bedding, food and contaminated ground. It can also be inadvertently transported by people or birds, fleas, flies and mosquitoes and can survive for many months on clothing and contaminated ground. Affected rabbits are usually very unwell and sadly most will die. There are two strains of this disease RHD1 first diagnosed in 1984 and RHD2 first diagnosed in 2010. Both strains are found in rabbits in the UK. Vaccines are available for both strains of the disease. Nobivac Myxo VHD can be given from 5 weeks of age, a single combined vaccine providing 12 months of immunity against RHD1 and Myxomatosis. Filavac VHD KC +V can be given from 10 weeks of age, a single vaccine providing 6 months immunity against RHD2. Oakmount Veterinary Centre have both these vaccines in stock, helping keep your rabbits safe.

Racing Pigeon owners requiring their pigeons vaccinated against Paramyxovirus (Newcastle Disease) are invited to contact the surgery to arrange this service.

Rabies vaccinations are carried out under the requirements of the Pet Passport scheme and for animals being exported.

We follow the manufacturers recommendation based on their extensive testing that an annual booster vaccination should be administered to all dogs, cats and rabbits.

We take this opportunity to check your pet and you may ask any questions concerning your pet's health at this time.

Please contact the surgery for more information on this and other required treatments.

Laboratory Tests

Laboratory Tests

We offer the following laboratory services

In-house laboratory services

  • Full Haematology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Feline Leukaemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus testing
  • Skin investigation microscopy

Outside laboratories

  • Bacteriology
  • Hormone assays
  • Thyroid testing
  • Histopathology

 

Nurse Clinics

Nurse Clinics

Our dedicated Practice Nurse holds free clinics to advise on many aspects of Pet Health Care.

These include:

  • Puppy and Kitten Clinics
  • Weight Control Clinics
  • Older Pet Clinics
  • Insurance Advice
  • Dietary Advice
  • Behaviour Advice
  • Dental Checks
  • Neutering Advice
  • Flea and Worm Control

Visits can be arranged to speak to schools and other groups.

A Bereavement Counsellor is also available.

If any problems are found during these clinics you will be advised on their treatment and control or an appointment with a Veterinary Surgeon will be arranged.

Operations

Operations

Operations are by appointment.

We have a fully equipped operating theatre at our premises in Burnley.

Patients requiring a general anaesthetic may be allowed food until midnight the previous day and water until the morning.

A short comfort walk is advisable before coming to the surgery.

Pets can be left with us between 8:00am and 9.00am.

Pain and Rehabilitation Centre

Pain and Rehabilitation Centre

Our Pain & Rehabilitation Centre is for pets of all types and ages, covering a range of conditions. It is our goal to make sure that we help your pet be as pain-free and comfortable as possible. In addition to traditional veterinary treatment we can provide complementary therapies such as acupuncture, hydrotherapy and physiotherapy where we feel these would be beneficial to your pet.

We will undertake an in-depth examination of your pet, including:

  • Gait analysis
  • Full pain assessment
  • Evaluation of your pet’s lifestyle
  • Assessment of exercise regime

An individual treatment plan, tailored to your pet’s needs and lifestyle, will then be produced. In addition to traditional veterinary treatment we may recommend complementary therapies such as acupuncture, hydrotherapy and physiotherapy where we feel these would be beneficial to your pet. You will also receive a comprehensive written report detailing the proposed treatment plan.

For more information or to make an appointment at the Pain & Rehabilitation Centre, please contact us on 01282 423640.