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Facilities

What can we do for your pet?

Our veterinary clinic boasts a wide range of modern diagnostic aids and surgical and dental facilities, which allow us to diagnose and treat most conditions rapidly and provide an extremely high standard of veterinary care.

You can be sure your pet will receive the very best care and treatment.

Reception

You will be welcomed by one of our receptionists or nurses - please let us know when you arrive for an appointment.

Please feel free to make enquiries about the practice, items on display in the waiting area or ask for advice. The receptionists and nurses will be happy to advise you or point you in the right direction of someone who can help.

We offer appointments at 15 minutes intervals, using double appointments where necessary.

We always aim to keep to time but we hope you appreciate this isn’t always possible if dealing with unexpected events and emergencies. We ask you to be patient as we hope you understand sometimes very ill animals will need to be treated first. We will keep you informed of any delays and offer alternative appointments if you are unable to wait.

Consulting Room

We take the time to:

  • Gather a history of your pet
  • Listen to your concerns
  • Give your animal a full clinical examination

We will involve you in all the decisions to be made about your pet’s treatment and/or medication.

Laboratory Services

Blood Tests

We can run a variety of in-house blood tests with accurate results available on the same day. This enables the vet to reach a correct diagnosis quickly and plan the appropriate treatment for your pet.

A small number of tests will need to be sent to an external laboratory with results available in 1 - 5 days.

Urinalysis

We can perform tests on urine in-house, giving us an insight into the health of your animal’s kidneys, test for diabetes, and assess urine infections rapidly allowing for further tests to be performed immediately if we have any concerns. This ensures your pet gets the appropriate treatment as soon as possible.

Cytology

We can perform cytology (the study of cells) tests in-house. Samples may be taken from the skin or ears or sometimes with a fine needle from lumps and bumps. This gives us an opportunity to make a diagnosis on benign problems, avoiding unnecessary surgery.

Dental Treatment

We have modern dental equipment including a high speed drill and ultrasonic scaler. This means your pet can receive the very best in dental care.

X-Ray and Ultrasound

We have a brand new digital x-ray machine, ensuring diagnostic films can be produced very quickly. This means your pet is exposed to the minimum amount of radiation required to obtain high quality x-ray films for the vet to make a diagnosis rapidly.

Our ultrasound machine enables us to see the organs inside your pet whilst conscious (e.g. for pregnancy diagnosis or in very sick animals unsuitable for anaesthesia), or combined with x-ray to give a faster, more accurate diagnosis.

Operating Theatre

We have a modern operating theatre with monitoring equipment and the safest anaesthetics available.

ECG

ECG allows us to assess the electrical activity of the heart enabling us to rapidly diagnose cardiac cases or as a monitoring device during anaesthesia.

Anaesthetic Facilities

We all worry about our pet’s safety when we are told that they require anaesthesia. Even procedures requiring minimal sedation still involve anaesthetic drugs. It is extremely important to gain as much information regarding your pet’s health as possible prior to anaesthesia to allow us to anticipate any problems and tailor a suitable drug regime for your pet’s needs.

Please inform us of any illness, increased thirst, cough, recent unexplained weight loss, poor exercise tolerance or history of seizures, if your pet is to receive sedation or anaesthesia.

We adhere to very strict protocols within the practice with respect to care of elderly animals and provision of safe anaesthesia with good post-operative pain control.

Older animals

We recommend routine intravenous fluid therapy to all animals over eight years old receiving anaesthesia. If you do not know the exact age of your pet it is better to assume that they are older and give them fluids. We also recommend a pre anaesthetic blood test for senior pets.

Why do we do this?

All the drugs and gases we use to keep animals asleep cause a decrease in blood pressure. This means that when your pet is asleep it has greatly reduced blood flow to vital organs such as the kidney and brain. If these organs receive less oxygen from the blood than normal, then they may be permanently damaged as a result.

To prevent this happening we give your pet intravenous fluids to help maintain better blood flow to vital organs and to keep blood pressure within safe limits. We can also measure your pet’s blood pressure during anaesthesia to make sure that all is well.

Practice information

Ballymena Clinic

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  • Mon
    8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Tue
    8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Wed
    8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Thu
    8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Fri
    8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Sat
    9:30am - 5:00pm
  • Sun
    Closed

Emergency Details

Please call:

028 2563 1999
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Find us here:

133 Galgorm Road Ballymena County Antrim BT42 1DE
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Please call this number for emergencies:

028 2563 1999

Antrim Clinic

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  • Mon
    8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Tue
    8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Wed
    8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Thu
    8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Fri
    8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Sat
    10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Sun
    Closed

Emergency Details

Please call:

028 9446 9911
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Find us here:

1 Windmill Court Greystone Road Antrim County Antrim BT41 2TX
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Please call this number for emergencies:

028 9446 9911