Minor Procedures from our mobile vets
Our animals regularly get in scrapes – although we want to, we can’t keep our eyes on them all of the time. Luckily, The Roaming Vet service means that a minor injury can be treated in the convenience of your own home.
There’s also other instances or routine treatment that are vital to our pet’s health, but for some with busy schedules this can feel like a chore. Luckily, The Roaming Vet allows your pet to receive routine care at home at a time that works for you.
Microchipping is a simple procedure that involves inserting a small chip smaller than the size of a grain of rice underneath your pet’s skin. This microchip remains for life and carries a unique number that is registered to you as an owner through a database. This permanent form of identification can be absolutely vital in reuniting you and your pet should you become separated and is now a legal requirement for all dogs over the age of 8 weeks.
This simple procedure can be performed with minimal fuss in your home environment. The implantation process takes seconds to perform and because we use a local anaesthetic spray before we place the chip, most pets do not even notice the procedure being performed.
We advise that you do not bathe or apply any spot on products to your pet for 48 hours after the microchip has been implanted as the tiny hole in the skin where the chip has been placed must be allowed to heal.
We are able to offer routine wound care at home rather than at the clinic in most cases. At home we can assess and treat small wounds such as those requiring the hair to be clipped away, disinfection and flushing and even stapling of a wound under local anaesthesia.
Following surgery pets often require dressings to be checked and replaced, particularly for paw injuries which can take longer to heal. Dressing changes such as these can be performed at home, unless sedation is required due to the nature of the injury.
Fine needle aspiration
If your pet has a lump or growth on their body it is usually difficult to accurately diagnose the problem by the look and feel of the lump. Often a small sample is taken from a lump to obtain some cells which can then be analysed in order to give a better idea of the diagnosis.
Usually the pets hair is shaved or clipped so that the skin surface can be cleaned. Local anaesthetic spray is used and following this a small needle is inserted directly into the lump and moved around a few times to obtain a cell sample. An air filled syringe is used to express the sample in the needle onto a glass slide which is then smeared. Initially these samples can be looked at in house but most need to be sent off to verify the results.
Sore ears and itchy skin can have many causes, in order for our vets to establish the cause and administer the most appropriate treatment we can take some simple samples from the skin at home.
We routinely take ear swabs for rapid analysis of cell types and bacteria or yeast under the microscope, these are analysed the same day to guide treatment.
Impression smears from spots, cellotape strips from red or scurfy skin and hair plucks from certain areas can also be used to assess the skin. Finally skin scrapings may need to be performed for certain parasites. All of these tests are analysed on the same day at our practice.
Detailed eye examination
A thorough eye examination includes not only looking at all of the external eye structures but also the use of an ophthalmoscope to visualise the deeper structures of the eye including the lens and the retina. We can also simply use test strips to measure the tear production and a special dye to assess for problems with the corneal surface. Some pets may show signs that the pressures in the eyes are abnormal, either high or low, after applying local anaesthetic we can check the individual pressures in the eye to quickly assess if there is a problem.
Ear exam and cleaning
After looking at the outside of your pets ears it is important that our vets check the deeper structures of the ear including the ear drum to ensure that the correct medication can be prescribed to resolve the problem. Occasionally ear swabs need to be taken and assessed at the practice to ensure the correct drug is used for rapid resolution of any infections.
Blood pressure measurements
Both elderly cats and dogs can suffer from high blood pressure (hypertension), if undiagnosed it can lead to kidney damage and vision loss due to damage to the fine blood vessels at the back of the eye. Blood pressure readings are obtained similarly to the method used in people, with a cuff inflated on the leg and a doppler machine used on the paw to measure the blood pressure.
A major advantage of performing this in the home environment is the reduction in the impact of ‘white coat syndrome’ where the blood pressure raises due to being placed in a medical environment. At home readings are far more representative of the patient’s normal blood pressure and results are instant.
This is a simple procedure which is often better performed at home, when in the clinic may pets are more anxious and therefore their tolerance of certain procedures such as nail clipping is low. At home, when they are naturally more relaxed, nail clipping is often a simple stress free task.
Often our pet birds beaks can overgrow which makes eating and grooming more challenging, our vets can use clippers to shorten the length of the beak and keep your bird healthy.
Areas covered include: Lymm, Hale, Bowdon, Wilmslow, Holmes Chapel, Mobberley and Alderley Edge.