Nurse clinics

Our team of helpful nurses run regular clinics for your pet. These include:

In some breeds of dog the scent glands may become blocked. This can be due to a number of factors, and your dog may display rubbing or scooting on their bottom. The nurse will express the glands and explain why this may be happening and offer advise to help with this.

We will examine and attend to any nails that need trimming. We can advise on how to know when this needs doing so avoiding any nails becoming too long and growing into the pads.

Obesity is a growing concern in cats and dogs. This can often lead to health problems including Diabetes and arthritis. We encourage you to weigh your pet at every visit to the practice. By doing this they also become more familiar with us, inturn making a visit to the vets less scary. We record all weights and can then help with any dietary advise needed. We can discuss feeding regimes and advise on how you can reach target weights.

We perform these checks approximately 3 days after surgery. If necessary we will check temperature, pulse and respiration rate. The nurse will examine the surgical site to check that all is healing well, and discuss any concerns you may have with your pet.

We will check blood pressure, test a urine sample and discuss changing needs of your pet. We also check ears, eyes, nails and teeth. If necessary we will advise a consultation with one of our vets.

We can offer advise on ways to stop your pet licking at the operation site and keeping dressings dry.

The vet may request that your pet has their blood pressure checked if on medication for this. We usually carry this out in a quiet room where your pet is settled and relaxed.

We can advise on diet, which is essential to prevent serious health issues and dental problems. Also vaccination advice and husbandry.

The nurse will weigh your pet and explain the various treatments we offer to treat fleas, ticks and worms. If needed we are happy to show you how to apply this to your pet and tips on giving tablets.


As pet owners ourselves we understand how difficult and emotional it can be to say goodbye to your much loved pet. We want to be able to give them the dignified end they deserve. We can make an appointment at the surgery for a time convenient to you, and where possible we will make available a private room, so you can spend as much time as you need with your pet. We also try to accommodate wishes for home visits for euthanasias, at a time which is mutually convenient. We can help with making arrangements for either communal or private cremations. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have, and give advice on costs and any further information that you may need.

Repeat prescriptions

We ask for 48 hours notice for all prescriptions. If your pet is on long term medication we will request that you attend a “ Prescription check” appointment with the vet. In most cases this will be requested every 3 months. The vet will examine your pet, and discuss how your pet has been on the medication. This visit is to ensure that the correct dose and treatment is being received . There is a small charge for all written prescriptions.


When the unexpected occurs with your pet, insurance cover can be there to help. We strongly recommend you consider cover for your pet. Although we do not recommend any one insurer, we are happy to offer help and advice with any queries you may have. Please be aware it is your responsibility to settle your account with us, and then reclaim your fees from your insurer, unless other arrangements have been discussed with the vet prior to treatment. We do not charge to complete any insurance forms for you.


From the 6th April 2016 , it will be made law for all dogs from 8 weeks of age to Microchipped. This can be done at a routine appointment with one of the nurses. We inject a small microchip ( approximately the size of a grain of rice) under the skin between the shoulder blades. This unique microchip number is then added to the database with your contact details . If your dog should go missing and somebody hands them into the practice or Police station/ Kennels etc then they would be routinely scanned. This unique chip number would be rung through to the database and matched up with the owners contact number and you would be contacted immediately. This is why, should you ever change address or telephone number , you must update these details with the database. Failure to do this would delay reuniting you with your much loved pet.

Puppy Parties

We are now holding “Puppy Parties” once a week at the practice. This is run by our Head Nurse and a Behaviourist. We invite puppies that have had their 1st vaccination with us to attend a four week course. Although we do not charge for this service we do ask for a £10 deposit to secure your place, as numbers are very limited. This deposit is refunded once your puppy graduates. During this four week programme you will learn some essential information on making your puppy a well rounded adult. Children are welcome to attend as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Topics covered include- General handling and socialisation

  • How to prevent biting
  • Basic training
  • How to prevent toilet accidents
  • Preventative health care
  • Dental hygiene
  • Mental stimulation
  • Positive praise
  • Trouble shooting

If you would like any further information or to check that your puppy is eligible to attend please call the practice to secure your place first.

Emergency care

We know your pet can become ill or suffer accidents at any time. To make sure you have access to high quality care at night, weekends and bank holidays, we have chosen to partner with Vets Now, the leading provider of out of hours care.

The team at Vets Now are always there when we are closed, so you can rest assured that you and your pet will have a vet and nurse on hand, whether it’s four in the morning or half-way through Christmas. Their fully qualified staff will provide free advice over the phone and advise wheather you need to take your pet into their clinic for immediate treatment. Please don’t hesitate to call them if you’re at all concerned.

By using Vets Now to cover our Out of Hours Emergencies it enables our vets and nurses to get a good night’s rest at nights and weekends so we can continue providing the high quality care during the day that we pride ourselves on.

Vets Now takes over from us when we close in the evenings and at the weekends from Saturday lunchtime onwards. We do hold short surgeries on Saturday evening, and Sunday morning and evening. It is always best to call us first as we will either be there to answer your call, or will have an answerphone machine with Vets Now’s details for you. Vets Now can give you advice over the phone and arrange immediate appointments to see them if required.

Please be aware that because of the nature of Out of Hours emergencies, a night-time or weekend appointment will be more expensive than seeing a vet during usual hours. Vets Now will discuss this with you at the time of your appointment and before commencing treatment. Please consider pet insurance to give you peace of mind that your pet will be able to receive the best possible treatment 24hours a day.

Your nearset Vets Now clinic is Vets Now Hull, 20 Brunswick Avenue, Hull, HU2 9AY. 01482 908169. For a map and directions visit

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