Small Animals

The finest in small animal care

Small animals

We offer a complete service for all your pet needs, whether it’s Microchipping, Vaccinations, Neutering, Worming or anything else! Whatever your concern is, we are here to help you and your pet.

Vet Services

Most dogs will maintain their claws at the correct length whilst excercising on firm surfaces. If the claws become too long they may need clipping.

These insects can cause a lot of irritation to the skin and in heavy infestations can be
 debilitating to the pet. We would suggest regular treatment with a spot on to control infestations.

In the house flea eggs and larvae can survive in carpet edges for years, so it is important to control any infestations early. Depending on the species of flea, around 25 egg a day can be laid, these take around 12 days to mature. In 12 days the adult can have laid 300 eggs, each of which can lay 25 eggs a day on hatching. Within a couple of weeks one flea brought in could be responsible for 7,500 eggs!

A dental procedure in animals requires a full General Anaesthetic. A little time spent on dental care each week could prevent your pet having to undergo this, and avoid the pain and infection risks from gingivitis etc. There are 3 main options for dental care in dogs:

  • Bones
  • Special Diets
  • Tooth Brushing

Bones encourage the dog to chew and hence reduce tartar build up, but they can lead to tummy upsets and constipation if too much bone is ingested. If using bones select one that is large enough that the dog can chew chunks off it.

Special Diets for dental care have a larger kibble with a strong fibre structure. This means more time and effort spent chewing. However some smaller dogs seem to give up on this as they are expending too much effort and some larger dogs just swallow the kibble.

Tooth brushing remains the best way to clean the teeth. Do not use human toothpaste as it contains too much fluoride. The brushing action is more important that the paste used. Establish a ‘brush tastes nice’ scenario, where the pup sees the brush as a treat, before trying to brush the teeth. Once confidence in the brush is established, try brushing the small incisor teeth at the front gently. Gradually increase the number of teeth brushed until you can do the whole mouth without causing upset. The brush movements should be the same as you would use in your mouth. Choose a brush with a soft bristle so that you don’t irritate the gums.

Toothpastes and tooth brushes are available at reception.

If your pet has waxy ears do not attempt to remove it with water, and definitely not soap or shampoo. Even after swimming, water entering the ear can cause irritation and excess wax production. If you are concerned about your dogs ears please contact the surgery for advice.

Annual Boosters

Once the initial 2 part primary vaccination course is completed, an annual booster is required. This routine vaccination covers your pet against some unpleasant diseases. At the appointment we also carry out a full clinical examination and will discuss any concerns that you have about your pet.

  • Dogs: Canine distemper, Canine infectious hepatitis, Canine parvovirus, Canine parainfluenza, Leptospirosis are all included in the vaccination.
  • Cats: Feline rhinotracheitis virus, feline calcivirus and feline panleucopaenia virus, and feline leukemia
  • Rabbits: Myxomatosis & virul haemorrhagic disease

“Immunocheck” – For those concerned about vaccinating elderly pets. We offer a simple test that allows us to test the immunity of your pet. If they carry sufficient antibodies already, then vaccination can be skipped that year. If not, the pet is vaccinated as normal.

Kennel Cough – Many Kennels and groomers request that your dog is vaccinated against kennel cough. This is a very contagious respiratory tract infection. Please be aware that the onset of immunity following the vaccination is a week after the vaccination is given, so don’t get caught out

We offer a discount scheme which offers great savings for your pets preventative care.

Rabbits from – £13.00 per month to include: 

Annual Vaccination and Health Check

Six Monthly Comprehensive Health Check

2x Flystrike Treatments

Year Round Parasite Control

Saving up to £68.39 per year.

Cats from – £14.00 per month to include: 

Annual Vaccination and Health Check

Six Monthly Comprehensive Health Check

Year Round Flea and Tick Treatment

Year Round Worm Control

Saving up to £52.99 per year.

Dogs from – £15.50 per month to include: 

Annual Vaccination and Health Check

Kennel Cough Vaccine

Six Monthly Comprehensive Health Check

Year Round Flea and Tick Treatment

Year Round Worm Control

Saving up to £134.66 per year.

For all  the above small animal discount schemes there is more. – we offer 10% of additional consultations, neutering, routine dentals, food, and long term medication.

As an additional offer microchipping will be complimentary for those who require.

Click here to sign up or for further information please contact the reception who will be delighted to assist.

Travelling to an EU country or Northern Ireland

When travelling to an EU country or Northern Ireland, your pet needs:

These requirements also apply to assistance dogs.

Check the rules of the country you’re travelling to for any additional restrictions or requirements before you travel.If you have a pet passport

You cannot use a pet passport issued in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland).

You can only use a pet passport if the country you’re travelling to accepts passports for pets coming from Great Britain.

– Comprehensive blood profiles for both small and large animals

– Phenobarbitol monitoring for those animals undergoing treatment for epilepsy

– Faecal worm egg counts and other faecal examinations

– Other microscopic examinations i.e dermatological samples

– “SNAP” tests to assist the diagnosis of various common conditions such as giardia, pancreatitis, feline aids

– For any tests we are not equipped for, we will send samples to the appropriate lab the same day.

– X-ray

– Ultrasound (including full cardiac functions)


– Endoscopes

and so much more…

Your dog or cat does not have to live with the pain and reduced mobility of arthritis, bone and ligament injuries and other conditions. Beyond the traditional pain relief and anti-inflammatory therapy we can offer a number of treatments to alleviate the symptoms of arthritis.

Stem Cell Therapy has been used successfully on thousands of dogs and cats (and horses) here in the UK and in the USA and Australia. We can carry out stem cell preparation and treatment in-house using the Lipogems technique. This is a “day stay” treatment.

What are Stem Cells?  They are cells which have the ability to develop into many different types of cell. They play a part in tissue healing. They are found predominantly in the blood stream and in body fat. When injected into arthritic joints they develop into cells capable of producing cartilage.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is used to stimulate healing within the joint. It can also be used in combination with stem cells and seems to give better results than stem cells alone.

What is PRP? This is an extract of the patients own blood in which the platelets have been concentrated. We can obtain an increase the platelet concentration of approximately 8x over the natural blood. (This has been checked by an independent  laboratory, Idexx ltd)

What are Platelets? Platelets are cells are naturally found in blood and promote clotting and tissue repair.

Why are they helpful? Platelets contain over 5000 growth factors which stimulate tissue healing.


How are Stem Cells and PRP used?

After extraction and processing of the cells and/or PRP, the affected joints are cleaned and prepared for injection. The skin needs to be prepared in the same way as for joint surgery. A sterile needle is then introduced into the joint space and the prepared sample injected intra-articularly.

Does this treatment cure arthritis? No, there is as yet no definitive cure for the condition but these therapies can make a huge difference in the affect the condition has on the patient. Owners have reported far better mobility after treatment and a reduction in the use of the pain killers and anti-inflammatory.

Our highly experienced Vet Steve Jones is qualified to carry out acupuncture. He has some very good results with this with a variety of applications. Please contact the practice to arrange an appointment to see him.

Laser therapy has many applications including:

– Management of pain & inflammation associated with arthritis or soft tissue injuries

– Speeding healing of wounds, or following orthopaedic surgery

There are various approaches to feeding dogs. Dogs are, like us, omnivorous and can utilise both meat and vegetable food sources. You can feed home produced diets but it should be remembered that many dogs do not cope well will a constantly changing diet, so you need to stick to a core diet.

Commercial diets are more convenient and should supply everything that a dog requires. However some brands may contain excessive amounts of fat and sugars to increase palatability.

Raw feeding is becoming popular at the moment. This gives more roughage and fibre then commercial feeding but does require ‘whole carcase’ feeding, not just muscles. Parasites and bacterial infections are unfortunately a greater risk with this type of feeding.

How much to feed. Young pups need to be fed little and often. We would suggest four meals a day to begin with. As they get older, and tummies get larger, the amount fed per meal can be increased and the frequency dropped.

The amount fed will vary from dog to dog. If they are walking away from the bowl before finishing the meal then amounts offered should be decreased, if the food is being wolfed down and the dish knocked around the room the amount should be increased. Watch the pups weight and body condition and use this to judge if your calorie amount is in the correct area. If you are concerned about feeding your pup please contact us for advice. Remember that less food will be required once the body has stopped growing.

Exercise after feeding. As with us, rigourous excerise immetdiately after a meal is not good. In some larger chested breeds it can even result in stomach twisting, which is a life threatening emergency. We would suggest that dogs are not exercised for one to two hours after eating.

Complimentary weight checks are available on request, please email

All routine surgeries are carried out in house, by our own vets. We have a wealth of experience in orthopaedic procedures, particularly:

– Fracture Management

– Cruciate ligament ruptures – multiple approaches, as different procedures will suite different patients

– All routine surgeries

– Neutering

– Dentals & tooth extractions

– Lump removals

Our discount scheme

Here at Arberth Veterinary Centre, we know that a healthy and happy pet requires care and attention, and we have created our discount scheme to make preventive health care simple and affordable.

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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