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Village Vets  Centre Liverpool    0151 428 8600   0151 428 8600

Services We Offer

We believe that prevention is much better than cure, doing so means our patients have a reduced risk of suffering from a range of conditions and their owners are spared from heartache and unexpected medical costs. We offer a variety of preventative health schemes and keep abreast of recent local developments so we can provide you with the best advice to protect your pets. In many cases, regular check-ups can lead to detection and specific treatment of diseases in their early stages. However, even with regular checks there is no guarantee that all cases of disease can be prevented. We are dedicated to our patients and proud of the service we offer; we invest a great deal of time, money and effort into keeping our standard of work and equipment at the very highest level available.

 

If your pet is already ill, we will administer rapid treatment using as stress-free a method as possible. A summary of our services is shown below, for species specific information look under the relevant tabs at the top of the page.

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Outpatient Treatment and Advice

  • General examination and treatment of dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small rodents, ferrets, reptiles and birds.
  • Routine vaccinations for dogs, cats and rabbits. We only advise vaccinations for ferrets in high risk situations such as those used in showing or when going into boarding premises.
  • Check ups for dogs, cats and rabbits.
  • Microchipping
  • Nail clipping, anal gland emptying and de-matting.
  • Nurse clinics.
  • Pet Fitness Amnesty weight clinics for all pet types and regular weight monitoring.
  • Advice on feeding puppies, overweight animals and rodents and in certain cases of illness (food allergies, diabetes, liver and kidney diseases). We also provide prescription diets in these cases.
  • Advice and sale of products to control worms, fleas and other parasites.
  • Advice on housing and care of exotic species.

Laboratory Diagnostics

  • We can perform basic blood testing for diabetes, kidney and other diseases in the practice, other testing is sent to experienced external laboratories. 
  • Tests for fungal and bacterial infection. Antibiotic resistance is a frequent problem and we will routinely advise testing before we start any treatment. 
  • Microscopic examination of blood, faeces or skin for various parasites. Some of these can be done in the practice, others may be sent to external laboratories.
  • Tests for Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV), Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) and Feline AIDS (FIV) is sent to external laboratories as their results have a higher accuracy than in-house tests.
  • Urine analysis and sediment examination.
  • Allergy testing is quite complex, it requires blood sampling among other tests and we frequently refer your pet to a skin specialist for in-depth analysis.

Please note a lot of laboratory work is done by external laboratories. We will only use registered laboratories in UK and Europe who have been certified for experience, accuracy and quality. For more information on the procedure and importance of diagnostic testing see laboratory tests.

An example of a parasite egg found under the microscope in a fresh sample of faeces.

Dental Care and Treatments

  • We routinely examine your pet's teeth during any visit to the practice, we may advise you on methods to improve your pet's dental health and hygiene, such as dietary changes or brushing.
  • More severe cases may require dental surgery such as ultrasonic plaque removal, polishing and extractions.
  • We are able to take dental x-rays of your pets teeth, similar to the way human dentists do using medical grade equipment for the very highest quality. Few veterinary practices can do this! Dental work differs greatly between practices - we are happy to explain in detail how we do dental procedures in our patients. For example, it is important wherever possible to suture over the holes in the gum following removal of a tooth.
  • We have special, small equipment designed for correcting tooth problems in rabbits and rodents and are one of the few practices to offer this service routinely. We frequently have cases redirected to us from other veterinary practices, especially when they are complex and are always happy to offer advice.
  • Advanced orthodontic cases are referred to a veterinary dental specialist.
This is an example of a dental x-ray showing the teeth sitting in the gums, their roots can clearly be seen. Many veterinary practices are unable to look at individual teeth in this way, this equipment allows us to make very accurate assessments.

X-rays

  • X-rays are commonly used to detect fractures, foreign bodies, internal disease (bladder or kidney stones) and tumours.
  • We have a lot of experience in radiographing exotic species due to our case load.
  • We use a modern form of x-rays called digital radiography and find it extremely useful, particularly for exotics. It enables us to generate high-quality x-rays quickly for rapid assessment and diagnosis.
  • We may use contrast radiography, where a special dye is used to highlight problems in hard to view areas such as the bladder. This is very useful when looking for bladder stones. 

 

Endoscopy

  • Endoscopy is a useful, less invasive procedure than exploratory surgery.
  • It is used to look inside the mouth, stomach, intestine, ears and urinary tract of patients of sufficient size. 
  • We can use this to examine these systems for signs of disease, to take small samples for biopsy and to remove foreign bodies or flush them out.

Electrocardiography

  • Electrocardiography (ECG) is a technique commonly used to assess heart problems in pets. It measures the electrical activity of the heart and is used to identify dysrythmias (irregular heartbeats) which can be a sign of heart disease or underlying problems.
  • It can be combined with xrays and ultrasound to investigate heart problems.
  • This procedure is non-invasive and causes little stress for pets but may require your pet to be admitted for a short while as it takes up to half an hour to perform.

Blood Pressure Monitoring

  • Monitoring blood pressure is a useful tool for identifying problems and monitoring patient progress over time.
  • High blood pressure can be a symptom of several diseases including heart problems, kidney problems and hormone disorders (such as hyperthyroidism in cats). It is a helpful indicator of the severity of disease.
  • Low blood pressure is less common but can indicate problems with the circulatory system and shock.
  • We can use this to determine the most appropriate medication to give our patients and to help us tailor treatment protocols to each individual, improving the likelihood of successful treatment.
  • We use a special tool called an aneroid sphygmomanometer to perform this test, a similar technique to that used on human patients.
  •  This procedure is non-invasive and causes little stress for pets but may require your pet to be admitted for a short while as it takes up to half an hour to perform.

Ultrasound

  • Ultrasound testing is a modern method of detecting certain diseases, tumours and pregnancy
  • The quality of information you get depends on the quality of the machine you use. Often there is a need for detailed ultrasound and we refer you to a specialist for this.

Surgery

  • We perform routine neutering of dogs and cats. We can also neuter ferrets and rodents. Please look at our Ferrets section for specific information about neutering ferrets.
  • Soft tissue surgery is commonly performed and covers anything from biopsies and tumour removal to correction of a twisted stomach or foreign body removal.
  • We frequently perform sutures to repair skin wounds.
  • We do a lot of surgery on very small animals right down to 20 grams in weight. It is very important to ventilate birds and reptiles during general anaesthesia, we have special ventilators to allow us to make the anaesthetic safer for these patients. This is one of the reasons you may have been redirected by another practice to see us as few practices have this equipment.
  • We also have magnifying surgical glasses and a dissection microscope that we use  in some operations for very fine surgery. This is another reason you may have been redirected by another practice to see us as again this is very special equipment. 
  • We use doppler ultrasound to monitor the heartbeat of our smallest patients as it helps to make anaesthetic monitoring more accurate and safer.
  • We often use feeding tubes in patients that refuse to eat, such as tortoises.
  • We are happy to show clients the operating theatre and kennels. We appreciate that some animals and clients are anxious about the anaesthetic and often clients will stay until their pets are very drowsy from their premedication injection so they don’t notice the owner leaving them.

Contact

Opening Hours

Monday        09.00 - 18.00

Tuesday       09.00 - 18.00

Wednesday   09.00 - 18.00

Thursday      09.00 - 18.00

Friday           09.00 - 18.00

Saturday       09.00 - 12.00

Village Vets Centre Ltd

65 Quarry St  

Liverpool

L25 6EZ


Tel.: 0151 428 8600

 

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