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Pet Advice

Hints and tips for looking after your pet

Flea and Worm Treatment

How often should I worm my pet?

Your dog or cat should be wormed 2-4 times per year depending on how much they go out or hunt, or if they have fleas, as these little pests carry an intermediate stage of one of the tapeworms. We can worm your pet in the surgery with a single dose tablet. The vet will advise you of the best routine for your pet.

What flea products should I use?

No-one likes fleas and preventing an infestation before one takes hold is much easier than treating your pet and house afterwards. Remember 95% of a flea population during an infestation is not on the pet but in your home! Not only that but the skin condition Flea Allergic Dermatitis can be very sore and expensive to treat. Prevention is better than cure!

We recommend a monthly spot-on treatment applied to the skin on the back of your dog’s neck from 7 weeks of age. Not only will this kill adult fleas but also the larvae as well!

Free Flea Check

If you would like to be given advice on effective flea products then call us. For prescription products we are obliged by law to see your pet every 6 months. However, we will give them a thorough check for fleas at no charge.


At what age can I vaccinate my pets and against what?

Vaccinations protect your kitten or puppy against severely debilitating and potentially life threatening viral infections.

Kittens have a primary course of vaccinations consisting of two injections starting from 9 weeks of age. The second injection is given three weeks later at 12 weeks and both will include a full health check. An annual booster is required to provide ongoing immunity throughout the cat’s life.

We suggest puppies are first vaccinated at 8 weeks and then two weeks later when they are at least 10 weeks of age. These two injections are known as the primary course and it is advised puppies are not exposed to potential infection until 7 days after the second injection. An annual booster vaccination is required to maintain immunity throughout the dog’s life. We will remind you when this is due.

What if my pet is late having its annual booster vaccinations?

There is a little bit of flexibility with the timing of the booster vaccinations. However, it is advised not to be left too long as your pet’s immunity will be reduced, and the initial 2-part vaccination course may also need to be restarted.

Microchipping and Weight

Why should I microchip my pet?

A large number of pets go missing every year. If they are found and brought to a vet, pet charity inspector or the council warden they can be scanned and traced back to you in a matter of hours. The chip is implanted by injection and this can be done during a nurse or vet clinic. It causes very little or no discomfort on injection, and is inert so should cause no problem at all afterwards.

Is my pet overweight?

About 50% of pets are overweight! This is mainly due to lack of exercise and overeating. There are many serious health problems associated with obesity, such as heart problems, arthritis and even diabetes mellitus. If you can’t feel your cat or dog's ribs easily then it may be time to bring your pet to the surgery for a free weight check.

Pet Insurance

Why Pet Insurance?

Having a pet is a joy, but it is also a big responsibility. Part of being a responsible pet owner is to ensure that if the worst happened, your pet would receive the best treatment without compromise due to financial costs. Insurance is one way to try and make this possible, as it can provide cover for unexpected illness or injuries your pet may suffer during their lifetime. These can range from unexpected injuries such as broken bones, to unforeseen long-term conditions such as joint problems or eczema.

Types of policies

Having a reliable pet insurance provider is important, and you should try to look around to find the policy that suits you best. Here at Rushden Vets, we recommend Petplan, the UK’s No.1 pet insurance provider. 9 out of 10 vets promote Petplan, because of their comprehensive Covered for Life® policies, which:

  • Renew the amount of Veterinary Fees cover each year when you renew without a break
  • Provide continuous cover for ongoing illnesses and long-term injuries, such as cancer or complex fractures
  • Won’t increase your premium or excess just because you make a claim

Come into the practice!

Having insurance can be an invaluable asset to care for your pet, but it can also be quite confusing. So why not come in to the practice and talk to us about why insurance is important. We’ll be able to provide you with some information on the different policies available. What’s more, we can even provide you with 4 weeks’ free insurance from Petplan if your puppy, kitten or rabbit is aged between 6 weeks and 1 year!

Terms, conditions and excesses apply and may be varied on renewal.
Independent Vet Care Limited (Registered in England No. 07746795) is an Appointed Representative of Pet Plan Limited. Petplan is a trading name of Pet Plan Limited (Registered in England No. 1282939) and Allianz Insurance plc (Registered in England No. 84638). Registered office: 57 Ladymead, Guildford, Surrey GU1 1DB. Independent Vet Care Limited is not part of the Allianz (UK) Group.
Pet Plan Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Financial Services Register No. 311969. Allianz Insurance plc is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Financial Services Register No. 121849. Pet Plan Limited is a subsidiary of Allianz Insurance plc. Petplan's trading address is: Great West House (GW2), Great West Road, Brentford, Middlesex TW8 9DX. Email: petplan.info@allianz.co.uk.

Practice information

Rushden Vets

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