W VETERINARY L THE MOBILE VET Richard Sanderson BVSc certAVP(SAP) GDL MRCVS, Owner of Sanderson Vet and Honorary Lecturer at University of Liverpool talks all things veterinary. Veterinary care can be broadly split into routine and emergency treatment. Routine treatment’s such as vaccinations and parasite control can be relatively well planned for and will rarely cause financial hardship. Some practice’s offer direct debit schemes to help split this cost, but sometimes these can restrict choice and are often not tailored to the individual needs and risks of the patient. Additionally, sometimes they don’t even save you money! The most common routine question we get asked is about vaccinations, and whether a pet should have them and needs boosters each year. Each practice will have their own protocol, but we offer vaccination consultations, which take a look at the individual patient and their risk factors. We benefit from not having commercial tie-in to certain brands or companies meaning we can pick the protocol for your pet that meets their risk. For puppy vaccinations, we recommend they have an injection at 8 weeks and 12 weeks. Vaccinating at 10 weeks significantly increases the chance the vaccine won’t work. The first booster we recommend is given at 9-12 months to give the best protection. The same can be said for parasite treatment and we would advise caution about any practice using a standard parasite treatment for all patients – the best product will vary based on where you live, where they exercise and their diet for example. We think your pet deserves tailored veterinary care. However, it is emergency illness or surgery that is more likely to come unannounced and often costs significantly more. 28 wirrallife.com Whilst it can seem a good idea to shop around (we do it for car insurance don’t we?) it’s always worth asking what does the estimate include as not all vets are offering the same. Even nowadays some vets do not place IV catheters for surgery, or will reuse surgical needles! These things will make the treatment cheaper but is it a saving worth making? Sanderson Vet doesn’t think so! Our philosophy is to do things once, and to do them right. In the words of Aristotle “Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” A successful diagnosis often reduces how many drugs are used, and thus minimises side effects. A recent study showed that the use of antibiotics significantly increases the risk of developing MRSA for several months after. This poses a human and animal health risk and we recommend diagnosis rather than trialling treatment blindly, potentially compromising our pet and our immediate families health. For those larger bills (we offer many specialist procedures such as fracture repair, chest surgery and chemotherapy) we offer a 6-12 month interest-free payment plan to help spread the cost meaning at Sanderson Vet your pet can access the very best care available. For more information, call 07841 865855 or visit www.sandersonvet.com.