Arthritis Awareness

Arthritis Awareness Month: 24.03.2021 – 21.04.2021

It’s been such a long time since we have seen many of you and we just want to let you know we are still here.

Although we are carrying out essential and emergency work we want you to know that if you have any concerns at all with regards to your pet we are doing everything we can to answer those questions.

This is why we thought we would offer you all a complementary, short survey to answer some questions at your own time without needing to travel to the vets.

This survey is designed to anticipate if your pet is currently going through some arthritic changes.

  • Have you got a cat or dog or both in your family and thought:-
     “they have slowed down a bit”,
  •  Are they a little fussier with their food?
  •  Have they an old injury sight that you feel may have been affected by the colder weather?

Please do take this survey it will allow us to monitor to see if your pet may be in need of a little veterinary assistance. Even if you’re not sure if there are any changes with your cat or dog why not take the survey for a little fun.

If you have arthritis you know how painful it can be and it’s not left untreated.



Please note we can only offer advice and treatment to patients registered at our practice, if you have completed the survey and you are registered with another practice and we feel your results show veterinary assistance is required we will recommend you contact your practice for advice. All information will be collected at the end of the survey and all patients will be contacted in due course if veterinary assistance is required.

Please note that this survey is not a diagnosis and that for a definite diagnosis an appointment may be required, subject to current restrictions.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE 1st September 2023

Dear Valued Client,
There have been some recent changes in legislation, which are designed to reduce the impact of drug resistance in certain categories of drugs. These have impacted the way we prescribe medicines to your pet.

Specifically, medicines used to treat parasites, including all prescription flea and worm treatments, can only be dispensed by our team if your pet has been examined by their registered veterinarian within 12 months. Although this has always been our policy the vet now has to annotate the clinical notes (rather than rely on automatic systems) with the exact flea and worming product and duration needed for the following year. Please bear with us as this logistical change may take a little more time than usual.

The other major change is that courses of antibiotics cannot be dispensed, extended or changed without your animal being physically examined. 

We are in the process of updating our recording systems to facilitate this process.

If you require prescription parasite treatment for your pet and they have not been examined by one of our vets within 12 months, you will be required to arrange an appointment.

We anticipate this will not affect the vast majority of pets, as they do receive their annual vaccinations or are otherwise regular visitors, for various reasons. They will therefore have received the necessary checks to be eligible for parasite treatment, without the need for a parasite consultation.

Thank you for your understanding.
Arberth Vets