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Some of our expert vet services

  • Nurse Clinics
  • Weight Clinics
  • Puppy Parties

Nurse Clinics

At Cogges Veterinary Surgery we aim to deliver the highest level of healthcare and service to you and your pets.

To complement the consultations and surgery provided by our veterinary surgeons, our dedicated team of veterinary nurses run clinics covering various aspects of your pets’ healthcare. Many are free of charge to our clients. The clinics run throughout the day by appointment, Monday to Saturday.

The free clinics include:

  • Weight reduction
  • Puppy parties
  • 6 month puppy checks
  • Post surgery examinations
  • Dental healthcare
  • Suture removal
  • Dietary and nutrition advice
  • Basic behaviour and training advice
  • Flea and worm treatment administration (treatment products are chargeable)
  • General preventative healthcare advice

Additional clinics available with an RVN (Registered Veterinary Nurse):

  • Microchipping
  • Minor dematting
  • Nail clipping
  • Tick removal
  • Expressing anal glands
  • Re-dressings
  • Medication administration (under the direction of a veterinary surgeon)
  • Blood sampling (under the direction of a veterinary surgeon)
  • Blood pressure monitoring (under the direction of a veterinary surgeon)

The above clinics may be subject to a fee.

While our nurse team is unable to make a definitive diagnosis, they can refer you to a veterinary surgeon if they detect a problem, or suspect disease. If you have any concerns about your pet’s health or behaviour, however small it may seem, please call us to book an appointment with one of our nurses. Early detection of any condition will result in a better outcome for your pet.

To book an appointment with one of our nurses, please telephone the practice on 01993 772627, or pop in and speak with one of our nurses at reception.

Weight Clinics

Keeping your pets at optimum weight is vital for their well-being. For this reason, we at Cogges run a special weight clinic programme which will help you obtain the optimum weight for you pet. When you come to see us and your pet is deemed a little ‘hefty’, you will be referred to the nurse who runs the weight clinic. It is free and it is fun.

If your pet is overweight, it is usually because it is eating too much, or it is not getting enough exercise. However, it is always best to get your vet to check if there are any health problems.

Obesity can lead to:

  • Heart and circulatory problems
  • Respiratory problems
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Increased risk during surgery and anaesthetics

In addition, osteoarthritus can be more painful in obese patients. From all this it follows that weight management is crucial for a happier and more active life, especially in the senior pet.


How do I manage my pet’s weight?

Weight loss is obtained gradually, and while it takes time and effort, the results are worth it.

Dogs and cats should be fed a high fibre diet, split into at least 2 meals a day. Please discuss quantities with your vet or nurse.

Measure the exact recommended ration, and stick to the regime.

Try not to feed too many titbits. If  you do, make sure they are low-fat treats and maybe a little of the daily food ration.

There are a number of toys available to encourage exercise, so check them out and use them if suitable.

Do not give in to begging! Instead give dogs a low calorie treat when they have performed a positive task, such a fetching a toy. Remember, a good cuddle is often as rewarding as a treat.

Exercise! Exercise! Exercise!

It is very important to stick to the new regime, and to get the whole family involved. One person can spoil all the hard work. A drastic reduction in food is not usually necessary, and because we do not want your pet to feel hungry all the time, we can recommend high fibre foods that will make your pet feel more satisfied. Try to feed low-fat treats such a raw carrot.

In addition, ask us about special prescription diets.


Puppy Parties

One of our aims at Cogges Veterinary Surgery is to establish and maintain a special, life-long bond with you and your pet.

When your puppy has had her first vaccination you will be invited to bring her along to a Puppy Party. This is a free and fun evening for the family, including your new arrival, and an opportunity to mix with other puppies and owners.

Until they are around 16 weeks old, puppies still adjust quickly and easily to new situations. It is therefore important for your pup to meet other dogs and have new experiences as soon as possible. Socializing your puppy will help him to become confident and relaxed.

During the evening we will give you some basic training tips and our nurses will show you how to keep your dog in good shape.

The feedback we get from these parties is tremendous. If you have a puppy and we have not yet contacted you, please call us on 01993 772627.