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Nurse Clinics

What our nurses can do for your pets

At Mintlaw Vet Surgery, our nurses play a very important role in the smooth running of the practice. The nurses see clients for a number of clinics, and are also responsible for admitting and discharging patients for surgery. They see clients for minor procedures such as nail clipping, anal glands, microchipping, blood samples and suture removal. In addition, Laura is a qualified pet arthritis counsellor.

  • Admissions and Discharges
  • Dental Checks
  • Weight Clinics

Admissions and Discharges

When you bring your pet in for a scheduled operation or procedure of any kind, you will usually find it is the nurse who will see you. The nurse will check you understand the operation your pet is about to have, the estimated costs, and answer any queries you have. You will be given an appointment to collect your pet later in the day, and the nurse will discharge them, and discuss any post operative instructions with you. If needed, they will make another appointment for your pet to come back and have any stitches removed.

Dental Checks

It is a fact that many of our pets have problems with their teeth. In some cases, anaesthetic is required so your pet can have a 'dental', which may include a scale and polish, or even some extractions depending on the degree of the problem. Following these, the nurses will invite your pet after two months for a FREE dental check, to ensure that all the good work doesn't go to waste!  If there are no problems, then further checks are carried out every six months. They will be able to give advice on teeth cleaning and products to keep plaque at bay, and hopefully delay or prevent any further dental treatment in the future. If you think your pet has problems with their teeth, then the nurse will be happy to advise you.

Weight Clinics

As we all know, as we get older, it is much easier to put on weight, and your pet is no different. Whether caused by less exercise, the wrong diet, or hormonal changes caused by neutering, many pets are susceptible to weight gain as they age. Our nurses run weight clinics to address these issues.  

All pets are invited back for a free weight check 2 months after neutering. This allows you to keep a check on your pet's weight and to notice any weight gain early. The nurses will advise you on diet, which may mean a change in feeding amount, or even a change in food, to keep your pet in good body condition.

The nurses also run a weight watcher clinic for pets who may have more weight to lose. Again, they will weigh your pet on a regular basis, and give you advice on diet. The aim is to help your pet to reach and maintain a good body weight, which will help them to live a longer, healthier life.

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