Surgery Opening Times
Mon to Fri: 8:00 - 20:00
Sat: 08:30 - 16:30
Sun: 10:00 - 14:00
Tel: 01709 760301
Surgery Opening Times
Mon to Fri: 8:30 - 16:00
Sat: 09:00 - 10:00
Tel: 01709 893647
Find Wath Surgery
6 Doncaster Rd
Wath Upon Dearne
24 High St
Services for our clients
Consultations are available 7 days a week at the Wath surgery and 6 days a week at the Goldthorpe surgery.
All consultations are by appointment only and in 10 minute intervals. A specific vet can be requested in order to keep continuity with a case or patient.
When telephoning please let the receptionist know how many animals you are bringing and for what reason as sometimes more time may need to be allocated, for example, pregnancy diagnosis by ultrasound, or advice given to you prior to fetching your pet, for example, requesting you bring a urine sample or starve your pet.
Most days during the week we offer nurse clinics at the Wath surgery. These too are run on an appointment only system with different times being available each day and each week.
Our team of nurses can offer free advice on routine flea and worm control, vaccinations, neutering and can supply you with literature on a range of other topics.
The clinics are also used for removing sutures from neutering operations, microchipping, removing ticks and administering tablets, injections or other medications we have prescribed that you may be struggling with.
In addition to our nurse clinics one of our nurses (Cheryl Almand) runs free weight clinics.
Unfortunately more and more pets are becoming overweight.
This affects mobility, can predispose to diseases like diabetes and arthritis, and can worsen heart disease. It can also affect an animal’s coat condition if they are unable to groom themselves properly.
It affects dogs, cats and rabbits too! The nurses will offer dietary advice, regular weighing and support for the tough times!
Vaccinations are available for dogs, cats and rabbits. We prefer all new puppies, kittens and rabbits to have been in their new homes for 7 days before we start their vaccinations to ensure that they are well, have got over any rehoming stress and are not incubating any infections picked up before you acquired them.
We are happy to offer a free check up on any new puppy, kitten or young rabbit when you first get them if you would like an examination to make sure that the new member of your family is fit and well when they first arrive.
The vaccinations for puppies (and older dogs whose vaccinations have lapsed) start at any age from 8 weeks onwards with a second part given 2 weeks after the first. Please bear in mind that it is a further week before your puppy is protected and safe to go out for walks.
The vaccinations for kittens (and lapsed cats) can start at any age from nine weeks of age onwards with a second part of the course to be given 3 weeks after the first. At least it is usually easier to keep kittens in compared to puppies until they are fully protected one week after the second injection.
Rabbits are luckier in that they only need one injection, but are not fully protected until 2 weeks after this.
All the pets need an annual booster to keep them protected against the otherwise often fatal diseases that they have been vaccinated against. The annual booster also enables your pet to have a full health check up and for you to discuss any worries you may have.
Neutering is available for the majority of pets from approximately 6 months of age. It can prevent unwanted pregnancies and other diseases, for example, mammary tumours and prostate problems and be an aid in some behavioural problems.
Your vet can discuss this further with you. The surgery is performed Monday to Friday at the Wath practice with overnight hospitalisation usually unnecessary.
fleas and worms in your pet
A regular flea prevention and worming routine is important in keeping your pet fit and healthy. Your pet can encounter worms and skin parasites anywhere out on a walk where other animals have been or even in your own garden.
What worms are out there? There are many different types of worms that can infect your dog and cat in the UK or if your pet travels abroad with you.
The main species in the UK are roundworm, tapeworm, whipworm, hookworm, heartworm and lungworm. Some of these can be potentially harmful to humans as well, namely roundworm and tapeworm.
How does my pet get worms? Most transmission of worms is where the eggs or larvae are shed in the faeces of infected animals and are ingested by your pet as they graze or snuffle in the grass.
Once inside the pet, these mature into adult worms, which shed more eggs, and so the cycle continues. Worm eggs can also be brought into the house on shoes and transmission of some worms is via an intermediate host such as snails or fleas so indoor pets can be affected too.
What skin parasites should I be concerned about? Cats and dogs can be affected by a number of skin parasites including fleas, lice, mites that live on the skin or in ears and ticks. These can be contracted from other affected pets, from wildlife ie foxes, or from the environment (this includes your home if one of your pets has brought in fleas!).
Signs can include itching (but not in all cases), hair loss, head shaking, reddening of the skin or even sightings of the parasites on your pet.
Speak to us to advise you on the best course of treatment for your pet
Some animals are required to stay on medication or require it at regular intervals. In these cases it may not always be necessary for you to fetch your pet for a consultation with the vet.
Provided a vet has authorised a repeat prescription, then these can be collected from either surgery. Authorisation will require your pet to have been seen for its condition that is being treated within the last 6 months or less depending on the severity of the condition.
We ask that you order the prescription at least 24 hours in advance of collection so that we can ensure that it is in stock or advise you when we will be able to supply it.
Unfortunately we cannot offer everything but should the need arise for your pet to require specialist treatment then we can refer you to a number of different specialists throughout the country.
Implanting a microchip under the skin between the shoulder blades enables a unique number to be allocated to your pet and your details registered on a 24 hour accessible national database. It is a requirement that all dogs in the UK are microchipped by March 2016.
A portable scanner reads the chip and most vets, police, local dog wardens, rehoming charities and the RSPCA have access to one. This means that you can be informed as quickly as possible if your pet is found or involved in an accident. It is usually a painless procedure to insert the chip and once inserted it remains in your pet for life.
Many different pet insurance providers now exist. As with all insurance we recommend that you look around and compare what services are offered, the amount covered, the length of cover per condition (e.g lifelong or 12 months), the excess you will have to pay per condition and the cost of the policy.
Although some policies allow us to claim direct from your insurance company this is not always the case. Payment at the time of treatment may be necessary with the insurance company then reimbursing you, or in some cases completion of a pre-authorisation form before treatment.