A veterinary practice founded on the concept of providing exceptional pet care
We strive to be the best we can be. Whether through embracing the latest lifesaving medical techniques or investing in tomorrow’s leading technology, we are committed to maximizing your pet’s quality of life and wellbeing. You can be sure that you’ve found the best care available for your pets – your family members!
Protect your pet against many life-threatening diseases by vaccinating annually. We embrace modern vaccination protocols to ensure that your pet has the protection they need, whilst ensuring we do not vaccinate more often than is necessary.
Vaccinating your pet is one of the easiest ways to help him or her live a long, healthy life. Vaccines works by stimulating the immune system with an antigen, which looks like the disease-causing organism but doesn’t actually cause disease.
This prepares the body to fight invasion by the real disease, so that if your pet is ever exposed to it, the immune system can fight it off completely or reduce the severity of the illness.
Speak to our team for all the benefits of vaccination and the range of vaccinations we offer at an affordable price. We also run monthly offers in case vaccination slipped your mind.
We offer 20 minutes appointments as a standard for all consultations, giving you plenty of time to discuss your pet’s healthcare and ask any questions you may have. We are able to provide a range of services during the consultation and are always on hand to see your pet in an emergency if necessary.
In-House Laboratory Tests
Our facility is equipped with an on-site laboratory, allowing us to quickly evaluate and diagnose your pet’s health using tests such as routine faecal screenings, urinalysis, heartworm tests, complete blood counts, pre-surgical screenings, and blood chemistry profiles. Whereas other veterinarians send samples to independent laboratories for analysis, we can perform a variety of tests on-site, with precise results. The earlier you receive your pet’s results, the earlier he or she can get started on your pet’s treatment, increasing the chance of a full and speedy recovery. In a critical situation, our vet can immediately diagnose the problem and work to save your pet’s life within minutes. In addition to testing for the disease in an unwell patient, we also offer screening tests before your pet undergoes an anaesthetic to ensure that we identify any previously unknown problems, helping us to ensure the anaesthetic is as safe as possible.
Radiography & Ultrasound
Radiography (x-ray) and ultrasound are important diagnostic tools in veterinary medicine.
Our hospital uses the advanced technology of digital radiology to examine your furry friend internal organs along with their cardiopulmonary, gastrointestinal, reproductive, and urinary systems. The benefits of digital radiology compared to traditional film x-rays include a higher image quality, making it easier for our veterinarians to interpret. These digital images are available instantly, allowing for a faster and highly accurate diagnosis.
We use digital x-rays to:
- Find foreign objects or materials within the body that may have been ingested
- Diagnose fractures, bone and/or joint abnormalities, and various injuries
- Screen for abnormalities within the heart, lungs, urinary, and digestive organs
- Screen for some types of cancer
We have invested in a state of art Ultrasound machine so that we can offer you the best service. Ultrasound provides an even more detailed image of the internal organs, allowing our vet to assess the health of the heart, bladder, kidneys, spleen, lymph nodes, liver and can help us to identify and locate conditions such as tumours, cysts, stones, and inflammation. Ultrasound is also used to monitor pregnancies. Our vets use a combination of radiography and ultrasound in order to diagnose medical conditions with the greatest accuracy
- EndoscopyEndoscopy is a way of looking inside your animal using a small flexible tube containing bundles of fibre-optic cables and has a camera at the end providing high quality images. We can examine the insides of your pet and also obtain samples in a minimally invasive way. Endoscopy is painless, but does require general anaesthesia in our patients.Using the endoscope we can offer the following services:
- Bronchoscopy – used to visualise the lungs and airways
- Gastroscopy – used to examine the stomach and intestines
- Rhinoscopy – used to investigate nasal discharge, epistaxis or for the removal of a grass seed from up the nose!
- Foreign body removal – in some cases this can be used to retrieve objects from the stomach or intestines.
- Biopsies – in some cases this can be used instead of a surgical technique for example from the stomach, intestines or nasal passage.
- Orthopaedic surgery
We offer a full range of surgical services, operating to the highest standards. Orthopaedic services we offer
- CRANIAL CRUCIATE LIGAMENT DISEASE
- PATELLA LUXATION
- ELBOW DYSPLASIA
- MANAGEMENT OF HIP DYSPLASIA
- FRACTURE MANAGEMENT
- JOINT RESURFACING
- REGENERATIVE MEDICINE
- SOFT TISSUE SURGERY
Soft tissue surgeries most commonly requested are TECA-LBO, BOAS (alarplasty, staphylectomy, everted laryngeal saccules), laryngeal tye-backs, excision of masses including maxillectomy/mandibulectomy, perineal/perianal surgery, skin reconstruction, anal gland excisions, thyroidectomies, abdominal surgeries.
Please contact us for further details.
Dental care is one of the most important aspects of your pet’s overall health. Just as we take good care of our teeth, our pets need proper dental care to maintain a healthy mouth. When dental care is neglected, pets develop gum disease, also called periodontal disease. Gum disease can be very painful and even cause teeth to fall out. We will design a dental treatment plan that will include teeth cleaning, scaling and polishing, tooth extractions and minor oral surgeries.
At Stokewood Vets we understand that the thought of your pet undergoing surgery can be stressful or even scary. That’s why we take every precaution to maximize your pet’s safety.
Before performing any procedure, we complete a comprehensive physical exam and pre-anaesthetic blood work to confirm the anaesthesia will be safe for your pet. During surgery, we use complete, advanced surgical monitoring to ensure that your pet is safe throughout the entire procedure.
A Registered Veterinary nurse will be assigned to continuously monitor your pet’s vitals, including heart rate, respiratory rate, and body temperature. Following surgery, we will manage postoperative pain through continued examinations and the appropriate pain medication.
All of our theatres are fully-equipped to allow our veterinary surgeons to perform your pet’s operation, each with suitable monitoring equipment to ensure your pet’s anaesthetic is as safe as possible. We invest regularly in continuing education for our veterinary surgeons to ensure they are familiar with the latest techniques.
We perform a wide range of surgeries including:
- Spay & Neuter
- Fracture Repair
- Cruciate Ligament Repair
- Soft Tissue Surgery
- Foreign Body Removal
- Organ Biopsy
- Tumor Removal & Histopathology
Please contact us if you have questions about our surgical offerings or would like to schedule a consultation with a veterinarian.
We are pet owners ourselves, we know that the thought of losing a beloved pet is enough to make one anxious. We hope to minimize the risk of pet loss by recommending microchip identification for all our patients.
Microchipping is a simple, painless procedure that protects against permanent pet loss. The microchip, about the size of a grain of rice, is encoded with your contact information and implanted underneath the pet’s skin in the same way a vaccine is administered.
Should your pet ever be lost, veterinary clinics and animal shelters across the country are equipped with special scanners that can read the information stored in a microchip and make sure your pet is returned safely to you. We highly recommend microchipping as a safe, simple, and effective way to prevent pet loss.
Our nursing team play a central role in the care that we provide you and your pet. In addition to assisting our veterinary surgeons in providing care for your pet, they are also able to answer questions for you directly and provide a range of nurse-led services such as puppy classes, weight management clinics and senior pet care consultations.
Speak to our receptionists for details of classes and clinics available.
People tend to think it’s only older pets that get ill and therefore younger pets don’t need pet insurance but we know from the patients we see each day that that is not the case. In fact, the younger your pet is when you insure them the better as it means you are less likely to have any existing conditions, which may not be covered by the policy and you can then receive more help covering the cost of any future treatment your pet needs.
A current EU pet passport issued in GB will NOT be valid for travel to the EU or NI from 1st January 2021.
Before your dog, cat or ferret can travel to the EU or NI for the first time after 1st January 2021, you’ll need to apply for an animal health certificate.
What your pet needs to apply for an animal health certificate
- Your dog, cat or ferret must be microchipped.
- Your dog, cat or ferret needs to be vaccinated against rabies (NB: your pet must be at least 12 weeks old before it can be vaccinated)
- You will need to wait 21 days after any primary vaccinations before you travel so bear this in mind when you are planning your travel and AHC appointment
How do I get an animal health certificate?
An animal health certificate (AHC) can only be issued by an Official Veterinarian (OV). An appointment for this can be arranged by contacting us
An Animal Health Certificate normally includes details of:
- Pet owner’s details
- Your pet’s description
- Rabies vaccination details (your animal will need to have been vaccinated at least three weeks prior to the AHC appointment and have had a UK Rabies vaccine within the past three years)
- Rabies blood test (as required)
- Canine tapeworm treatment (as required)
- Intended country of entry (The AHC has to be issued in the language of the country in which you are entering the EU)
Which countries do I need an animal health certificate for?
You need an animal health certificate for your dog, cat or ferret if they’ll be travelling from the UK to an EU country and then returning to the UK. You can’t do this after your pet’s rabies vaccination has expired to the UK from an EU country, or another country the UK accepts animal health certificates from. If your pet is travelling from a non-E country then different rules may apply (for example additional documentation or blood samples). See www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad for government guidelines on which countries this is applicable to.
Why is an animal health certificate necessary?
An Animal Health Certificate, along with any other official documentation, is a legal requirement in order to bring your pet into the UK or take it to a European Union country mainland Europe without quarantine. The primary purpose is to keep the UK free from rabies, and other foreign diseases such as those transmitted by parasites that do not exist in the UK.
Who can issue an animal health certificate?
Your animal health certificate can only be issued by a vet who has been authorised by the government (an Official Veterinarian).
How long does it take to process an animal health certificate?
A animal health certificate can only be issued ten days to travel (ie: you will have 10 days to use it to leave this country). Please bear in mind that travel to some countries require blood tests and additional treatments, and in these cases, passports or travel certification can take significantly longer to prepare and issue. You should always contact us as soon as possible if you are planning to travel.
How long is the animal health certificate valid for?
Animal health certificates can then be used for travel between EU countries (including the UK) for up to four months from the date your animal enters the EU.
How old does my pet have to be to get their animal health certificate?
The EU Regulation requires pets to be at least 12 weeks old when vaccinated. Whilst some EU countries will allow young, unvaccinated pets to travel (subject to certain conditions) the UK does not permit this. This means no pet can enter the UK unless they are 15 weeks old (12 weeks and 21-day wait).
How many pets can one person apply for animal health certificates for?
The owner or authorised person can only be accompanied by a maximum of five pets. You cannot take more than 5 pets to an EU country or NI unless you’re attending or training for a competition, show or sporting event. You’ll need written evidence of registration for the event when you travel.
We prioritize preventative health care. Wellness care is important for every animal, from dogs and cats, to birds and exotic pets. We recommend annual wellness visits for all pets, and biannual visits for our senior companions because they are more prone to illness.
Through preventative measures such as vaccines, parasite control, and routine wellness visits, we are able to minimize the risk of many pet diseases. The foundation to your pet’s wellness visit is a thorough physical examination. We will inspect your pet from nose-to-tail, looking for anything out of the ordinary. He or she will listen to heart and lungs, inspect inside the ears, examine the eyes, feel the body for lumps and bumps, check your pet’s vital signs, and record your pet’s weight.
For healthy pets, physical exams help establish a baseline for your pet’s health. If signs of illness or injury are ever detected, your veterinarian will suggest the appropriate tests to run to diagnose the condition. The earlier a medical condition is discovered and diagnosed, the earlier our doctors can get started on its treatment, greatly increasing your pet’s chance of recovery and reducing medical costs
In the event that anything about your pet’s condition seems atypical, it’s usually best to bring him or her in for a visit with one of our vets. The challenge in diagnosing pets is that they cannot tell us how they are feeling. It takes special medical tools to reach an accurate diagnosis so that your pet can be treated safely and effectively.
We use modern diagnostic technology to pinpoint the source of your pet’s symptoms quickly and accurately. Once we have diagnosed a condition, we can get started on the proper treatment right away, so that your pet will be feeling his or her best as soon as possible.
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Our friendly, helpful staff are available throughout the day, ready to offer advice and information on all manner of topics related to your pet. We have a strong ethos of going above and beyond for the welfare of people’s animals.