Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question in mind, then take a look at our FAQs below. Our FAQ about small animals is designed to provide advice relating to the health and care of your pets. We have compiled a list of commonly asked questions to help you find the answers you are looking for. If you need further advice or have an emergency, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Generally, cats can be neutered from five months old. Before the procedure takes place we will examine the animal to ensure it is fit and healthy.

Male and female dogs can be neutered from six months old.

We ask that you do not feed your pet after 8pm the night before the operation. It is important that the animal has an empty stomach before the operation to ensure that they do not vomit while under the anaesthetic.

It is now compulsory for all dogs to be microchipped. The law came into effect on the 6th April 2016.

Cats are not currently legally required to be microchipped unless they travel under the Pet Travel Scheme, however, we do advise having cats microchipped to safeguard from theft and make it easier to reunite them with you if they become lost.

It is important that your cat or dog is vaccinated against diseases. Vaccinations should commence at around nine weeks. This is because the natural immunity passed on from the mother begins to wear off. When you have your dog or cat vaccinated we will provide you with a vaccination record so you can keep track of the vaccination dates. Some vaccinations will require yearly boosters, so we will inform you when the next ones are due.

Common vaccines for cats include:

  • Feline herpesvirus (Cat flu, FHV-1)
  • Feline leukaemia virus (FeLV)
  • Feline infectious enteritis
  • Feline calicivirus (FCV, Cat flu)
  • Bordetella bronchiseptica
  • Chlamydophila felis
  • Feline panleukopenia virus (FVP, feline infectious enteritis, feline parvovirus)
  • Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) 
  • Canine Parvovirus (CPV)
  • Canine Distemper Virus (CDV)
  • Canine parainfluenza virus (CPi)
  • Canine Adenovirus (CAV)
  • Canine Leptospira
  • Bordetella bronchiseptica
  • Canine Rabies
  • Kennel cough

We recommend vaccinating rabbits against myxomoatosis, R(V)HD (Viral haemorrhagic disease) and R(V)HD2.

We offer a pet cremation service, so speak to us to find out more about this.

We advise worming cats and dogs regularly to prevent them from getting a worm burden. Kittens and puppies should be wormed every month until they are six months old. Following six months of age they should be wormed every three months.

There are several symptoms associated with a worm infestation. They include visible worms in faeces, poor coat, weight loss, diarrhoea and abdominal enlargement.

Normally if a hamster is hibernating, they may show small signs of life if you tickle their whiskers. If you think it may have died then it will be stiff, have no heartbeat and will be noticeably cold to touch.

Contact West Ridge Vets

If you have any further questions that we have not covered above, then please do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to offer advice to ensure your pet stays healthy and happy.