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Services

Explore our wide range of services

  • Behavioural Consultations
  • Cat Friendly Clinic
  • Nurse Clinics
  • Pet Passports
  • Prescriptions
  • Vaccinations - General
  • Vaccinations - Dogs
  • Vaccinations - Cats
  • Vaccinations - Rabbits

Behavioural Consultations

If you have a behavioural query with your pet you can book in for a behavioural consultation with Kathy, one of our veterinary nurses.

Included in the cost of a behavioural consultation is:

  • An initial consultation lasting 1-2 hours during which time Kathy can discuss your pet and their behaviour in depth.
  • Written information of what has been discussed and advised
  • Two follow up consultations (either a visit to the practice or a telephone call) to discuss progress. You can also call Kathy at any time during practice hours if you need any further support regarding the advice given.

For more information and to arrange a consultation with Kathy please speak to reception on 01538 752117 (Cheadle) or 01782 385285 (Meir Park).

Cat Friendly Clinic

We’re proud to be an ISFM (International Society of Feline Medicine) Accredited Cat Friendly Clinic. We understand that a visit to the vets is incredibly stressful for your feline friend. As an accredited cat friendly clinic, we have made significant differences in our approach and facilities for cats in order to make their experience as stress-free as possible.

To find out more about the main requirements at each level of accreditation, take a look at this information. If you’d like to chat to us further about our cat friendly clinic status, please do give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Nurse Clinics

Our registered veterinary nurses and student nurses offer a wide range of nurse clinics at Lime Trees Veterinary Surgeons, to help keep your pets fit & healthy – from youngsters to golden oldies!

Many of these clinics are free under our Health Plan, but please contact reception for all charges and to book in.

Clinics Include:

Puppy and Kitten Checks

If you have a new puppy or kitten, our nurses would be happy to give them a full health check to ensure that they have a clean bill of health, answer any questions you may have and give you their professional advice.

Its also a good excuse for us to have a cuddle with your puppy/kitten (our favourite part of our job) and for them to get used to visits to the vets.

Rabbit Checks

If you’ve just had a new rabbit or want to bring your rabbit along for a check up, just call the surgery and book an appointment with one of our nurses.

During the consult we will be able to sex your bunny, check them over, give our advice and answer any questions about your bunny that you may have.

Weight Clinic

Being overweight is a danger to your pet’s well being and can contribute to and even cause a number of different diseases, conditions and health issues.

If you are concerned about your pet's weight or would like to bring them in to get their weight checked then please book an appointment with one of our nurses; we are here to help. We can discuss their diet and exercise regimes and come up with a weight loss plan to suit you and your pet.

Your pet will be weighed each time they visit and we can monitor their progress. There are also special weight loss diets available to help your pet lose weight whilst helping them to feel full.

Dental Checks

Periodontal disease is one of the most common problems suffered by dogs and cats. It can lead to pain and suffering as well being unpleasant and smelly.

If you would like your pet’s teeth checking then book an appointment with one of our nurses.

During the consult we can check your pets teeth and advise you on any dental work your pet would benefit from at present. We can also discuss a dental hygiene routine to maintain your pets teeth in good condition.

We also offer:

  • Nail clipping
  • Repeat injections
  • Geriatric clinics
  • ID chipping
  • Flea & worm checks

Pet Passports

The Pets Travel Scheme allows the movement of dogs, cats and ferrets in and out of the UK without the need for quarantine. For full up to date information, click here.

We are able to provide all that is needed to comply with the pets travel scheme and can assist in the more complex export of dogs and cats to countries such as Australia and New Zealand. The basic rules of the pets travel scheme to EU and listed countries are as follows:

  • Your pet must be microchipped.
  • Be over 3 months of age, receive a rabies vaccination and be issued with a Pet Passport. You must wait 21 days after the rabies vaccination before travelling from or to the UK.
  • Dogs only, must receive a tapeworm treatment, administered by a vet, 1-5 days (24-120 hours) before re-entry into the UK.
  • Rabies booster vaccinations are currently every three years, with our rabies vaccination.

Please speak to reception for further information and to book an extended appointment if you require a Pet Passport. The vet will also be able to advise on prevention of exotic parasites and diseases while travelling abroad. Although no longer an official requirement we recommend tick prevention to be applied to all travelling pets.

Prescriptions

For pets receiving long term medication, repeat prescriptions can be issued and regular reviews with a veterinary surgeon are carried out. These consultations are a chance for you to discuss any concerns with the vet and for us to make sure that your pet is receiving the most appropriate medication. For prescription only medicines, a repeat prescription consultation will be performed every three months.

If you require a repeat prescription, please allow at least 48 hours notice for collection, as all repeat prescription only medicines must be authorised by a Veterinary Surgeon. Please allow additional time for weekends and bank holidays. Also, some items may need to be ordered in especially and require a longer period of notice.

Up to three months medication can be dispensed at one time but please bear in mind that we are unable to offer refunds on unused medication. Medication dispensed by Lime Trees Veterinary Surgeons may be returned to us for safe disposal.

You can order medication or food here.

Vaccinations - General

Most of the diseases listed below are either very unpleasant, difficult to treat or in some instances fatal.  Vaccinations are incredibly safe and have been through rigorous safety testing. Animals should receive regular boosters to maintain adequate protection. Remember with vaccination you are not only protecting your pet but those of other people too. Failure of enough animals or people being vaccinated can result in outbreaks of diseases; examples of which are the recent measles outbreaks in humans and continued outbreaks of parvovirus in dogs locally and nationwide.

For more information on vaccination click here

Speak to your vet for more advice on your pet’s vaccination requirements.

Vaccinations - Dogs

Dogs should be vaccinated against:

  • Canine Parvovirus
  • Canine Distemper virus
  • Canine Parainfluenza (as part of a kennel cough vaccine)
  • Leptospirosis – our vaccination includes the most up to date strains available
  • Infectious canine hepatitis.
  • Bordatella (kennel cough)

Vaccinations are also available against:

  • Rabies (required for dogs travelling abroad)

Puppy love

When puppies are born they are usually protected from infections by their mother’s milk, providing she has been regularly vaccinated. However, this protection only lasts a few weeks so they need regular vaccinations from an early age.

Puppies are typically vaccinated between 6 and 13 weeks of age, with an initial course of two injections. Your young pet should then be given a booster 12 months after their first vaccination.

Don’t forget that older dogs will need protecting too. All dogs need annual booster injections as their immunity declines. Speak to your vet about the regularity of your pet’s vaccinations.

Kennel cough

‘Kennel Cough’ is a general term used to describe infectious coughs in dogs. These are easily transmitted between dogs, so any dog mixing with a number of others is at risk.  This can be while out on walks in the park, at training classes, not just when going into kennels. Most kennels require vaccination to be given at least 2 weeks before going into kennels.

Kennel cough vaccination protects against the main causes of disease (Bordatella bronchiseptica +/- canine parainfluenza) and is given intra-nasally (into a nostril).

Vaccinations - Cats

Cats should be vaccinated against:

  • Feline herpes virus (cat flu)
  • Feline calicivirus (cat flu)
  • Feline Panleucopaenia
  • Chlamydia
  • Feline leukaemia virus

Cat protection

Like puppies, kittens gain some protection from infections by their mother’s milk, providing the adult cat has been regularly vaccinated. But kittens will also need regular vaccinations from an early age.

Kittens are usually vaccinated at 9 and 12 weeks of age, with an initial course of two injections. They will then need a booster injection at 12 months after their first vaccination.

Your older cat will also need regular vaccination and annual booster injections to help protect them as their immunity declines. Your vet will advise you about the timing of your pet’s vaccinations.

Vaccinations - Rabbits

Rabbits should be vaccinated against:

  • Myxomatosis
  • Rabbit haemorrhagic disease

Rabbit vaccination

Vaccination is recommended for rabbits housed both outdoors and indoors (‘house rabbits’) so this is a good time to check with your vet that your pet’s vaccinations are up to date to keep them safe from potentially fatal disease.

Myxomatosis is carried by rabbit fleas. Once infected symptoms include swelling and discharge of the eyes and most rabbits will die despite treatment. Vaccination is recommended once a year.

Viral Haemorrhagic Disease is highly contagious and is spread through contaminated hutches, bedding, food and on clothing. Often the only sign of this disease is sudden death of the infected rabbit. Vaccination is recommended once a year.

Other Useful Links

  • DEFRA: For government legislation regarding farming animals, pets and wildlife. Particularly useful for up to date information on the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) and taking your pet abroad.
  • RCVS: Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
  • International Cat Care: A charity formerly know as the feline advisory bureau, dedicated to improving the health and welfare of cats through improved feline knowledge.
  • Rabbit Welfare: Britain’s largest organisation for rabbit lovers.
  • Dogs Trust: The largest dog welfare charity in the UK.
  • Diabetes Advice from MSD: For information on management of diabetes in dogs and cats.
  • Pet Blood Bank: A charity which provides a national blood bank for veterinary practices. Collecting, processing and suppling blood products to veterinary practice. Find out how you can help.
  • PDSA - Coping with the loss of a pet: The PDSA have a dedicated webpage on dealing with grief and the loss of a pet. This may be very helpful during the difficult time of when your pet passes away.