At Fishguard Vets we offer a range of different classes to support the growth, development and health of your pets.

Puppy Parties

Give your puppy the best start in life

Starts: Usually Thursday’s, sometimes on a Saturday
When: Thursday
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Duration: 3 weeks

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The first few months of a puppies life are the most important time for his/her development. Positive experiences and social skills gained during these months will give your puppy the best start in life.

Our puppy parties will help you to understand, train and really bond with your pet in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Each session will be led by one of our trained staff who can answer any questions and on week two there will also be an opportunity to chat to one of our vet’s with any questions too.

The parties run on Saturday mornings for 45minutes and are three weeks long (you must attend all weeks to obtain the certificate at the end). All puppies must have had their first vaccination and be under 17 weeks of age at the start of the course. We run Puppy Parties once a month and they start on the first Saturday of each month.

Our puppy parties are designed to help you to socialize your puppy in a safe environment with the help of our trained staff and vets. Each session will include lots of play time, discussions on important health topics, toilet training, basic commands and a behind the scenes tour of the practice. There will also be a goodie bag for each puppy who completes the three weeks.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

Yes, a collar and a lead for your puppy and a few food treats. If your puppy has a favourite toy, bring it along too.

How many puppies will be there?

There will be a maximum of 6 puppies per class. We like to have low numbers, this way we can ensure all puppies have the same amount of attention and there is no overcrowding. Over boisterous or over excitable puppies may be assigned to another class.

How do I book?

Please either call reception or drop in and we can book you on the next available party.

What will we do each week?

Week 1:

✓   Introduce your puppy to the other puppies in the session.
✓   Discuss microchipping and vaccinations
✓   Home management
✓   Toilet training

Week 2:

✓   Discuss flea and worming treatments
✓   First aid training with a vet

Week 3:

✓   What happens with lost and found dogs
✓   Tour of the practice
✓   Socialisation
✓   Outside walks and lead training
✓   Neutering

Weight Management Clinic

Help monitoring your dogs health and wellbeing

Week 1: Initial consultation with a vet
Week 2-4: Weekly weighings
Week 5: Second consultation with a vet
Week 6 onwards: Process repeats until desired weight is reached.

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If you feel your dog or cat is overweight, this clinic is here to help get your animal’s health back on track again. If your not sure about your animals ideal weight please ask one of our vets who can weigh your animal and best advise on the best course of action.

Successful weight loss is likely to improve the health and wellbeing of your pet, and help him/her to live a happier and more contented life.

The initial consultation will be with a vet who will discuss your pet’s current diet and exercise, will weigh your pet. After this we ask to weigh your animal once a week for 4 weeks. This can be done anytime from 8:30am – 12pm at the practice with our staff.

Obesity can decrease an animal’s life span and lead to many health conditions. At Fishguard Vets’ Weight Management Clinic, we are dedicated to helping tackle this condition. Obesity puts extra strain on the joints and heart. It can lead to problems with the liver and is a cause of diabetes. It also increases anaesthetic risks and makes surgery more difficult should your pet require an operation.

How will I tell if my pet is overweight?

Every animal has an ideal weight, unique to their individual body composition. Pet obesity can be diagnosed by assessing you pet’s body condition. Even within individual breeds, there are a range of shapes and sizes in which pets are presented. Here are a few simple checks you can carry out at home:

Simple home checks:

➀   Run both your hands along either side of your pet’s ribs. Are the ribs difficult or even impossible to feel? You should be able to feel the outline of your pet’s ribs without feeling excess fat.

➁  The waist should be clearly visible when viewed from above. Can you see a defined waistline on your pet?

Have you had to loosen your pet’s collar?

➃  Does your pet have difficulty when out for walks, is slower on walks or is sleeping more than usual?

➄  Is there any shortness of breath during light exercise?

With help from our clinic we can successfully create a tailored weight loss program that meets the needs of both you and your pet. With the correct diet, controlled calorie intake and appropriate levels of exercise, you can help ensure your pet maintains a healthy weight.

Weight loss or weight gain can take anywhere between 3 months to a year.

What happens once my animal reached the ideal weight?

When your animal has completed the weight loss and has reached an agreed ideal weight, we will then advise on the most suitable plan to help sustain. Like humans keeping the weight off once an ideal weight has been achieved, can also be difficult so it is important to continue with the advice of your vet. For those who have reached their ideal weight, will be invited back every 3-6 months for an informal weight check to make sure those kilos stay off!

When you attend your first weigh-in you will receive a card to keep a track of your pets weight.