Anicare Veterinary Group run four accredited Small Animal Hospitals and one accredited Small Animal Surgery in Dublin. We offer a full range of services from preventative healthcare to advanced diagnostic, medical and surgical procedures.
We at Anicare Veterinary Group witness every day just how much their pets mean to our clients. We all want to protect & do our absolute best for those we love. Because of this we at Clontarf Veterinary Hospital & all at Anicare Veterinary Group strongly advise taking out pet insurance for your pet.
Pet insurance will allow you to provide your pet with the best treatment options for your pet in the unfortunate event of an accident or illness. Not only that – it will also give you peace of mind.
Most insurance policies offer a wide variety of benefits to you and your pet:
Boarding kennel or cattery fees if you are in hospital
Holiday cancellation if your pet is hospitalised or goes missing
Advertising and rewards if your pet goes missing
Third party liability and legal costs if your pet damages property or injures another person
Death of your pet from illness or accident
Theft or straying of your pet
Here at Anicare, we always endeavour to provide the best possible standard of care. Realistically, however, we appreciate that this can be expensive, and it can be very difficult when a pet’s health is compromised by financial constraints. Hence, we strongly advocate taking out pet insurance for that extra peace of mind.
There are a number of pet insurance companies working in Ireland. Choosing the right company & policy for you and your pet can be confusing so remember to read the small print. Ideally pet insurance should be taken out early in your pet’s life (before any pre-existing conditions affect what the insurance policy will and will not cover). However, it is generally possible to take out insurance on any pet up until they reach 8 years of age (selected breeds to the age of 5).
Preventative treatments such as annual vaccinations and worming are not covered by insurance policies but we at Clontarf Vets & all the Anicare Veterianry Hosptials will soon offer Health Care plans that allow you to budget for these precentative treatments
With Easter just over we at Clontarf Veterinary Hospital thought what better time to remind all rabbit owners how best to take care of your furry friends. Rabbits are the third most common species (after dogs and cats) for our Anicare vets to see at our Dublin based vet clinics. Rabbits can make great pets and our aim is to ensure we have great rabbit pet owners too!
HOUSING:- Rabbits can be indoor or outdoor pets. If they are outdoor pets they should have a large hutch and the freedom of the garden daily for a stretch of the legs. Rabbits can be litter trained and learn to live indoors. Again it is important that indoor rabbits can have daily exercise within the house. Be warned that rabbits tend to chew through cables so you will need to rabbit proof your home before letting your pet loose!
DIET:- is probably the most important consideration in looking after your pet rabbit. The most important component of your rabbit’s diet is a good quality grass and or hay. This keeps the intestinal tract healthy and ensures good dental health. Unlimited fresh hay or grass should always be available. Approximately 80% of your rabbit’s diet should be grass or hay, while the remaining can be made up of good quality pellets (e.g. ‘Burgess Excel’)10% and fresh fruit and veg (greens are best e.g. cabbage, brocolli spinach)10%. Clean fresh water should be available at all times. Signs of dental disease will be a reduced appetite, drooling or wet chin or your rabbit not being himself.
VACCINATION:- Anicare vets highly recommend vaccinating your rabbit against two serious viral diseases – Myxomatosis and Viral Hameorrhagic Disease (VHD). A combined vaccination is available at our Dublin vet clinics. It can be given from 5 weeks of age and a booster vaccination is required annually. A thorough health check and consultation with one of our vets is performed at vaccination time.
NEUTERING:- – Anicare recommends that your rabbit is neutered at 6 months old. Neutered rabbits are generally healthier and live longer than un-neutered rabbits. Female rabbits can commonly suffer from womb cancers and these are virtually eliminated by spaying your female rabbit. Neutered rabbits tend to be calmer, easier to litter train and handle, less destructive and less aggressive. If a male and female rabbit are housed together neutering may need to be performed at 4 months of age.
Signs of Illness - If your rabbit stops eating or passing poo, it is very important to make an appointment to see the vet immediately. Rabbits can suffer with ‘gut stasis’, where their intestine stops functioning properly. This can be potentially life-threatening. There are numerous causes but poor diet, dental disease or stress are some of the more common causes. The vet can give important effective treatment if detected early by owners at home.
Please call any of our Dublin vet branches to make an appointment if you have any concerns or if your rabbit is due a checkup.
& Remember Jennifer who works in Palmerstown Veterinary Hospital – part of the Anicare Veterinary group has a special interest and additional qualifications in the care of exotics so can be on hand if specialised advice is needed.
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We have posted blogs in the past on poisons & pets but today Easter Sunday we at Clontarf Vets thought me might just remind you about some poisons that may be more likley to cause a problem over the Easter period.
Chocolate:- Most pet owners know chocolate can be poisonous to pets. Baker’s chocolate is the most harmful and more so to dogs than cats. Cats tend not to like the taste of chocolate but dogs love it – good to remember today Easter Sunday – so enjoy your Easter eggs but do not feel tempeted to treat your pet.
While lilies are well-known as a serious danger to cats, certain varieties are highly toxic to dogs as well.
Alcohol:- Bit of a no brainer you might think but it does happen – most often at parties when a dog might lap up beer spills. Alcohol affects a dog’s brain and liver in the same way it affects us but they have smaller organ so there is potential for more harm.
Happy Easter from Clontarf Vets & all the Anicare Team
We at Anicare Veterinary Group have always encouraged pet owners to microchip their pet, and since March 31st 2016 all dogs must be microchipped by law.
However now nearly 2 years on we know there are still alot of dogs out there who are not microchipped or who’s chip details are not correctly registered.
Estimates reveal that in the region of 100,000 microchips are incorrectly registered in Ireland and that if those animals are lost, the data registered would probably not result in the animals being reunited with their owner.
So if you are not sure if your dog is microchipped or registered correctly then please call into one of our five veterinary clinics on Dublin’s northside. We can easily check your pet for a microchip and also check if he/ she has a chip that is registered on an approved database. This is a free of charge service that we provide and only takes a couple of minuttes.
Alternatively , if you know your dog’s microchip number and want to check for yourself if it’s registered, then go to www.chipcheck.ie
If your dog’s is microchipped but not registered then just follow the instructions on the site & for a small fee you can get the details correctly registered with an approved database.
Alternatively you can make an appointment to have we at Anicare register the chip for you. You will need to bring in your proof of address and proof of identity & there is a small fee involved.
If your dog is not yet microchipped then please make an appointment for this to be done as soon as possible at one of our veterinary clinics in Clontarf, Glasnevin, Santry, Blanchardstown or Palmerstown. The cost is €35, including implantation and registration. It only take 10 minutes to do.
It is a simple procedure that involves the insertion of a small microchip approximately the size of a grain of rice under the skin of your pet. It can be performed during a consult and is a procedure that is quick and well tolerated by your pet.
For the appointment you will need to bring in a proof of address (e.g recent utility bill) and photo identification (e.g. passport or drivers licence)…and of course bring along your precious pooch!
All microchips inserted in our Anicare Dublin vet surgeries are registered on the Fido database that is part of the umbrella Europetnet scheme. So if your pet is chipped in Marino but found in Milan your pet can still be traced back to you.
And don’t forget about cats – whilst the microchipping of cats is not required by law we highly recommend it.
Lasly check out our facebook page for some interesting facts & stories about microchipping and a chance to have youe pet microchipped for free.
It can be a minefield trying to choose the best product to protect your pet.
No dog or cat owner would disagree their pet adds an extra dimension to their life:
whether it’s companionship, the fun element or simply a friendly soul with whom to
share their life. However, one thing no pet owner would want to share are parasites.
Parasites such as fleas, ticks, mites lice and worms can cause discomfort to your petbut perhaps more serious they can cause fatal diseases such as Lungwormwhich can be life-threatening to dogs. It really is a jungle out there, but thankfully thereare safety measures you can take.
Clontarf Veterinary Hospital and all Anicare Veterinary Group branches has a comprehensive range of parasite treatments, which will help to keep your pet parasite – free. Moreover, we can advise you about your pet’s individual parasite
requirements based on its individual life – style and the parasites – both internal and
external – to which it is susceptible.
Just call our team in Clontarf on 01 8330744 now to make a Free Veterinary Nurse appointment to help you …
‘Keep your Pet Parasite Free’
& for a chance to win some free parasite treatment this monthcheck our facebook page
Keeping your Pet Fit not Fat – New Year’s resolution from Clontarf Vets – a North Dublin Veterinary Clinic
Its that time of year again when we are all full of good intentions & New Year’s Resolutions – not to mention a determination to shed those few extra pounds we gained over the Christmas & New Year festivities.
Clontarf Veterianry Hospital and all the Anicare Vet Team thought why not take time to think about our own pet’s weight.
Can you pinch more than an inch?
Survey’s show that up to 50% of pets are overweight and this would certainly reflect what we see at Clontarf Veterinary Hospital
Read below some of Clontarf Veterinary Hospital’s Top Tips for keeping your pet fit not Fat
Feed a Good Quality Pet Food. Today pet foods are very advanced and scientifically researched so that they meet your pet’s exact nutritional requirements.
Exercise Regularly. This keeps your pet healthy both in body & mind. Well exercised dogs are less likely to get up to mischief!
Weigh Your Pet Regularly. Weight checks are free at all Anicare Veterinary Group’s clinics in Blanchardstown Clontarf, Glasnevin, Palmerstown and Santry.
Feed for Your Pet’s Life stage. All good quality pet foods will have a range of foods tailored to suit your pet’s life stage. For example neutered pets and older pets have very different requirements to puppies or kittens.
Follow the Feeding Guidelines
Be cruel to be kind - If giving treats choose healthy, low calorie treats like vegetables such as carrots, peas.
Feed Titbits. Be strong and ignore those big brown begging eyes and feed titbits.
Feed left overs
Ignore Weight Gain – Obesity will reduce the length and quality of your pet’s life.
Forget the recommended guide is total daily amount - not the amount at each meal.
Let your pet be a couch potato. Choose inventive locations for food i.e. place it at the top of the stairs or move its location around the house.
Want more help or advice just call Clontarf Veterinary Hospital on 01 8330744 or check out our facebook page which is all about weight watchers in January 2018
The first of December has arrived so we can now officially mention the ‘ X ‘ word ie CHRISTMAS!
We at Clontarf Veterinary Hospital are big fans of the festive season as no doubt your furry friends are too.
But just a timely piece of advice from Anicare’s Dublin Vets - when you start the Christmas decorations think PET!
Plants look pretty but may be confused as food by dogs and cats and can cause mild to severe tummy upsets. So remember to keep them out of reach. Mistletoe, Holly and Ponsettia come to mind but don’t forget Lillies. Normally associate with Easter – these can very toxic to animals especially cats.Ornaments, tinsel and ribbon and wrapping paper can all look like enticing toys but if eaten can cause anything from an upset tummy to a bowel obstruction
So think before your decorate – that’s the advice from Clontarf Veterianry Hospital
To keep you in the festive mood we will be posting lots of fun Christmas things on our facebook page