On arrival you will enter our spacious, air conditioned waiting room.
Our friendly team of receptionists will greet you, log your arrival on our computer system, and help you with any questions or worries you may have.
We have a large walk-on set of scales for dogs, and smaller sets of weighing scales for cats and small pets.
There is a large display area where you can treat your pet with various pet accessories or pet food can be purchased.
We have four air-conditioned consulting rooms, each equipped with computers linked to reception and other parts of the practice.
They are also linked to our branch surgery at Dovercourt.
Behind the consulting rooms is our large, fully stocked dispensary. Your vet can quickly collect any medicines required by your pet.
There is also a nurse on duty here who will assist the vet to carry out an examination, or to administer any treatment required.
At our Little Clacton surgery we have two fully equipped operating theatres to meet the requirements of different surgical and diagnostic procedures.
In the preparation room blood samples are taken, intravenous drips are given and animals are prepared for surgery before being moved to the main operating theatre. Minor operations and dental treatments are also carried out in the preparation area.
Whilst anaesthetised your pet is constantly monitored by the vet and the operating nurse.
When the operation is completed a nurse monitors the animal's recovery until it is time to go home.
Bad breath ( halitosis ) is often the first sign that your pet requires some dental attention.
This is caused by plaque which is a build up of saliva, bacteria and food particles building up on or between the teeth. When this hardens it becomes tartar. This in turn will lead to infected gums, pain, loss of teeth, abscesses and other forms of infection. In severe cases this can make an animal very ill, as well as extremely uncomfortable.
Dental scaling and polishing should be carried out well before the condition deteriorates to the stage of advanced dental disease. This is done under general anaesthetic using one of the latest models of dental machine. The machine incorporates a high speed drill, ultrasonic scaler and polisher. After this procedure has been done it will reduce the chance of recurrence if the owner then regularly cleans the pet's teeth.
This is often not easy!
Radiographic procedures ( X-rays ) are performed in our dedicated X-ray room.
In the vast majority of cases patients are anaesthetised. This is essential to eliminate movement when taking an X-ray. This image is produced on a digital processor and viewed on a computer screen or laptop. which also enables us to send X-rays by e-mail, if we wish to ask the advice of a specialist.
Ultrasound scans are done within the practice and in many instances will provide us with very useful information without causing any great distress or discomfort to the patient.
It is particularly useful for examining internal organs, such as the liver, spleen and kidneys, and is also of great value when examining heart function.
Most pets will not require any sedation at all for ultrasound, but if they are a little anxious we will sometimes use a mild sedative to make the whole procedure easier for them.
The hospital wards for dogs are air conditioned and can accommodate the smallest Chihuahua to the largest Great Dane.
We also have a separate isolation room.
This is vital if we have to hospitalise any potentially infectious patients.
All in-patients are monitored by designated nurses who complete their individual record charts.
We have oxygen cages, incubators, infusion pumps and monitoring equipment, but most importantly a caring team of nurses to make your pet's stay as comfortable as possible.
Our feline friends have their own accommodation in the cattery, well away from any noisy dogs. This helps to reduce any stress to them.
In our laboratory we are able to examine many types of sample including blood, hair, urine and skin. A blood sample may be advised before administering a general anaesthetic, especially for older pets, as this can often pick up previously undetected problems like kidney or liver disease or diabetes. We are able to test the sample immediately and have the results within minutes.
Certain types of blood profiles are sent to a specialist laboratory. We usually will have the results back within 36 hours- sooner in many cases.
We are therefore able to diagnose and treat your pet as quickly as possible.