Our nurse clinics

January 13, 2023

Welcome to 2023 – we want to tell you a bit about things at Larkmead that you might not necessarily know we offer.

Our wonderful nursing team is an incredibly important part of our practice. Between them our nurses have years of experience, lovingly caring for our patients as well as their own pets. Did you know that as well as keeping things ticking over behind the scenes, they also run their own clinics and appointments?

Clinics are currently held at our Cholsey and Didcot branches with Great Western Park Clinics starting soon. Pre-bookable appointments are available Mondays to Fridays and include the following:

  • Puppy and Kitten weigh and worm checks
  • Tick removal
  • Nail clipping
  • Anal gland expressing
  • Second and third injections of Librela, Solensia and Cytopoint (N.B. a vet appointment is required to review the patient at the first of every set of 3 appointments)
  • Final post-op check appointments

As well as the above, our nurses also can support you and your pet with other problems that may need more time for a detailed examination of your pet and in-depth discussion. Our nurses will work with you to formulate a healthcare plan and can offer ongoing advice and support in conjunction with the vets where needed.

Examples of these clinics include:

Canine de-sensitisation and confidence clinics
These clinics are particularly helpful for dogs who exhibit anxiety when attending the practice or for those pets that have had bad experiences and who are worried about coming to see us. We use tailor made sessions to help your pet feel more comfortable with us and reassure them that coming to see us at the surgery is a fun and rewarding time.

Dental hygiene and care
Our nurses will assess your pet for signs of dental disease and can advise on management and long-term dental hygiene. These clinics are also useful for teaching teeth cleaning techniques and sharing tips on how to continue at home with your pet.

 Weight management
These clinics are very popular for helping overweight pets. Our nursing team will cover all aspects of weight control techniques and advise you on the most successful weight loss food and program suited to your individual pet. Weight clinics are free to anyone choosing to purchase our recommended weight control diets from the practice and continue to be free during weight loss and successful long-term management of your pet.

Blood pressure measurement and monitoring
This is particularly important for all senior cats and some dogs too. Often signs of high blood pressure remain undetected until irreversible damage has occurred. Our nursing team will help with diagnosis and monitoring of our hypertensive patients.

As well as the clinics mentioned above, our nurses can help with many aspects of pet care that require an extra hand or further advice such as medication administration and grooming. Periodically we also run additional clinics and promotions focusing on Senior Healthcare and Mobility.

If you’d like to book to see one of our nurses, please speak to our Reception Team on 01235 814991/01491 651379.

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