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  1. Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life.
    Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
  2. Neutering provides major health benefits for your male.
    Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer.
  3. Your spayed female won’t go into heat.
    While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they’ll yowl and urinate more frequently-sometimes all over the house!
  4. Your male dog won’t want to roam away from home.
    An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate! That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. And once he’s free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males.
  5. Your neutered male will be much better behaved.
    Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.
  6. Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat.
    Don’t use that old excuse! Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds-not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.
  7. It is highly cost-effective.
    The cost of your pet’s spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered tom escapes and gets into fights with the neighborhood stray!
  8. Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community.
    Stray animals pose a real problem in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, damage the local fauna and frighten children. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets.
  9. Your pet doesn’t need to have a litter for your children to learn about the miracle of birth.
    Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is not a good lesson for your children-especially when so many unwanted animals end up in shelters. There are tons of books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a more responsible way.
  10. Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation.
    Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.

Contact us today to discuss having your pet spayed or neutered


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 Posted by at 4:35 pm
Feb 102017

We are now taking boarding bookings for the summer period


Our newly renovated Dog boarding kennels are located at our Kildare Surgery which is situated on 3 acres of beautiful Kildare countryside.

Our kennels are fully heated and we pride ourselves in our hygiene management of our boarding area.

For the little ones we offer a separate small dog boarding area, which is fully heated and nicely decorated to give your little ones a friendly  home from home setting.


Dogs are walked twice daily across the fields and we also have three enclosed playpens which pets will spend the rest of the day enjoying.


We also offer a complementary wash and dry service for pets who have been with us for over a week.

We offer a transport service, available for €12 from our Portarlington Clinic to the boarding kennels in Kildare.

All dogs mush have up to date Booster and Kennel cough vaccinations which we can provide if needed.


For our feline friends we offer a separate cattery area in both clinics.


Our cattery in Portarlington covers the entire top floor of our Portarlington clinic.

Our cattery in Kildare is located at the front of the surgery and consists of fun houses and play areas for your feline friend to enjoy

Our cat pens consist of three levels of climbing fun and are a very generous 10ft x 8ft.


As a veterinary practice we specialise in boarding of pets with special needs and ongoing medical requirements which we can care for in your absence while your pet is in our safe hands.


Contact us today to talk to us about your pet boarding requirements


 Posted by at 4:38 pm
Feb 012017

Worming Schedule for Puppies, Kittens, Cats & Dogs


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Parasites don’t want to kill your kitten or puppy; they just want to use them as a dinner plate! Our goal is to prevent that from happening. Intestinal parasites have been around forever and are not going away, but you can control them with the proper deworming schedule. Hookworms and roundworms are by far the most common intestinal worms found in puppies and kittens. Roundworms compete with your pet for food, while hookworms live on blood, causing anemia. Rough hair coats, diarrhea, malnutrition progressing to intestinal obstruction, and anemia are common issues with worms. We want to feed our pets – not the parasites. That is why we deworm dogs and cats. Don’t wait until you are sure your pet has parasites because they have already caused damage at this point.


Worms in puppies and kittens are common. This growth phase of their life is when they are most susceptible! Knowing when to worm puppies and kittens is important.

  • Deworm puppies and kittens at 2, 4, 6,8,10 & 12 weeks of age, then again at 16, 20 & 24 weeks of age.
  • Deworm then every 3 months for their entire adult life.



We are recommending the standard here. If your dog or cat is a big hunter, they will need more frequent deworming – you must assess the risk for your pet.

  • General Dog or Cat Worming: Four times a year for life.
    • Dogs put everything in their mouth and need deworming more frequently to eliminate the parasites they will pick up.
  • Cats that like to hunt: worming more frequently may be necessary.tapeworm 2


No matter what the history or age, assume they have parasites!

  • Deworm immediately and repeat in 2 weeks.
  • Then put on the above adult program.


Worm Medicine we recommend for Dogs and Cats.


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  • Milbactor tablets
  • Nexgard tablets (also covers external parasites)
  • Endogard tablets
  • Parazole liquid
  • Prazitel tablets


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  • Broadline spot-on (also treats external parasites)
  • Profender spot-on
  • Prazitel tablets

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Talk to us today for help in treating your pet with the correct worming treatment.

 Posted by at 10:40 am
Jan 242017

New Notice


New Prices


Due to new prices negotiated with our suppliers and wholesalers,

we are now in a position to pass on savings in drug costs to our customers


Check out our new pricelist, listed on your right.




 Posted by at 3:16 pm
Jan 132017

 Winter Tips For Pets.

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In or Out?

Does your pet spend most of the time in the backyard? You might want to keep her indoors during the freezing months, especially if you live in bitterly cold areas. No one wants an icicle for a pet — they’re simply not that cuddly.


2. Bare Naked Truth

If you must keep your pet outdoors, consider this: Would a fur coat alone (even if it is faux mink) keep you warm against the elements? No? Well, your pet’s fur coat isn’t enough protection for your pet during winter, either. Be a pal and provide your dog with a warm, dry, and draft free shelter outside; the shelter should also comply with any  laws that apply.

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3. No More Frozen Dinners!

Because it takes more energy to stay warm when it’s cold, outdoor animals eat more during the winter. Likewise, fresh, running water is vital for maintaining your pet’s health. Keep an eye on the water bowls and make sure they haven’t turned into little skating rinks for fleas (boo, fleas!). While ice pops might be a fun treat, your pet really doesn’t want to have to lick a frozen lump of ice to get his water.


4. Latest Fad Diet?

Indoor animals, meanwhile, have different dietary needs. They conserve energy by sleeping more in the winter. Dogs and cats also exercise much less when they do go outside, so you may need to adjust the amount of food accordingly. After all, no one wants an overweight pet.

5. Frosty the Biting Snowman

We’re not talking about the latest horror movie offering from Hollywood. Frosting is a serious problem during winter, especially for paws, tips of tails, and ears. This makes it even more important in keeping your pet warm, especially if they’re an outdoor pet. Get special booties, coats, and maybe a hat for your pet during her walks, and look for early warning signs of frostbite such as firm, waxy skin and blisters.


6. The Deadly Drink

The worst of all the wintertime chemical spills is antifreeze, which often leaks from a car’s radiator. It may taste delicious to your cats or dogs, but it is extremely deadly — even the smallest sip can be fatal. If your pet starts acting “drunk” or begins to convulse, take him to the vet immediately. Better yet, keep all pets away from the garage and clean up any accidental spillage. You should also not let your dog wander too far during his walks. Who knows what dangers lie in your neighbours’ driveways?


7. Salty Solution

During cold weather sometimes salt is used on footpaths and roads. However, the types of salt (typically calcium or sodium chloride) used to melt ice and snow and keep it from refreezing are somewhat harsh on delicate paws — not to mention they corrode concrete and damage the beautiful vegetation. Protect your pet’s paws, and keep him warm during walks, by outfitting him with booties.


8. Joy Ride

Cars are particularly attractive to animals in the winter-time, especially frigid cats that love to climb up under the hood and curl up on the warm motor. This, as you can imagine, has led to many mishaps when motorists start their car … ouch! Avoid such accidents by tapping your car’s hood before starting the vehicle. Sure, you may wake Kitty from her deep slumber, but she’ll thank you in the long run.

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 Posted by at 1:01 pm
Dec 302016

Healthy pet plans include everything your pet needs for the entire year


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Two Great Value-Driven Services For 2017

The Groome Vets Healthy Pet Club

Club Membership gives your pet ALL THESE SERVICES FREE-

  • Annual Booster and Kennel Cough
  • Full Deworming treatment 4 times in the year
  • Full DeFlea and Mites treatment  6 times in the year
  • Twice yearly free consultations and check-ups with Des
  •  Anal Glands checked , Nails clipped/checked AND Wash and Dry Twice Yearly
  • 10% Discount in our Boarding Kennels ALL YEAR

ALL this is worth 340 for a small dog and 390 for a Large Dog

Small Dog 250; Medium Dog 275; Large Dog 300

Payable NOW MONTHLY by monthly standing order for your convenience

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The First Year Healthy Pet Plan 

  • Full Course of Puppy Vaccinations
  • Full Deworming Treatment at 12, 16, 20, 24, 36 and 48 weeks of age
  • Microchipping procedure and registration of pet
  • Full Deflea and Mites Treatment  3 times in the year
  • Monthly Weigh-In and Vet Nurse Nutritional Consultation
  • Neuter- male- and Spay -Female- operation between 7 and 11 months of age as per gold standard

ALL THIS is worth 350 for a MALE DOG and 390 euros for a FEMALE DOG

Small Dog 250; Medium Dog 275; Large Dog 300

Payable NOW MONTHLY by monthly standing order for your convenience

 Posted by at 3:56 pm
Dec 202016

Christmas Opening Hours

Portarlington Clinic

    Christmas eve                              9am-12pm

Christmas Day                          CLOSED

St Stephens Day                          CLOSED

Tuesday 27th                                 CLOSED

Wednesday 28th                      9am -1pm


Thursday 29th                            9am-1pm


Friday 30th                                 9am-1pm


Saturday 31st                                     9am-12pm

Sunday 1st                                         CLOSED

Monday 2nd                             Closed

Tuesday 3rd                              9am-1pm


Kildare Surgery

Christmas eve                               9am-1pm

Christmas Day                             CLOSED

St Stephens Day                                10am-12pm

Tuesday 27th                                     10am-12pm

Wednesday 28th                               9am -6pm


Thursday 29th                                      9am-1pm

Friday 30th                                             9am-6pm

Saturday 31st                              9am-1pm

Sunday 1st                                    CLOSED

Monday 2nd                                    10am-12pm

Tuesday 3rd                               9am-6pm


Wishing all of our clients a very Merry Christmas

 Posted by at 3:10 pm
Nov 092016

Feeding Your Senior Dog


Dogs begin to show visible age-related changes at about seven to 12 years of age. There are metabolic, immunologic and body composition changes, too. Some of these may be unavoidable while others can be managed with diet. When feeding your older dog, the main objective should be to maintain health and optimum body weight, slow development of chronic disease and minimize diseases that may already be present.


Your Pet’s Size Will Determine When to Begin a Senior Diet
As your dog ages, health issues may arise including deterioration of skin and coat, loss of muscle mass, more frequent intestinal problems, arthritis, obesity, dental problems and decreased ability to fight off infection. Since smaller dogs live longer and don’t experience these age-related changes as early as bigger dogs, size is used to determine when it’s time to feed your canine a senior diet.

A good guideline to follow is:

  • Small breeds and dogs weighing less than 20 pounds—7 years of age
  • Medium breeds and dogs weighing 21 to 50 pounds—7 years of age
  • Large breeds and dogs weighing 51 to 90 pounds—6 years of age
  • Giant breeds and dogs weighing 91 pounds or more—5 years of age


Avoid “Senior” Diets That Have Reduced Levels of Protein
Studies have shown that the protein requirement for older dogs does not decrease with age, and that protein levels do not contribute to the development or progression of renal (kidney) failure. It is important to feed older dogs diets that contain optimum levels of highly digestible protein to help maintain good muscle mass.

Older dogs have been shown to progressively put on body fat in spite of consuming fewer calories. This change in body composition is inevitable and may be aggravated by either reduced energy expenditure or a change in metabolic rate. Either way, it is important to feed a diet with a lower caloric density to avoid weight gain, but with a normal protein level to help maintain muscle mass.

Talk To Your Veterinarian About Increasing Your Senior Dog’s GLA And FOS Intake
Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) is an omega-6 fatty acid that plays a role in the maintenance of healthy skin and coat. Although it is normally produced in a dog’s liver, GLA levels may be diminished in older dogs.

Aging can affect a dog’s intestinal bacteria, which can result in symptoms of gastrointestinal disease. Senior diets for dogs should contain FOS (fructooligosaccharides) to promote the growth of beneficial bacteria.

Look For Foods with High Levels of Vitamin E and Beta-Carotene
Antioxidants such as vitamin E and beta-carotene help eliminate free radical particles that can damage body tissues and cause signs of aging. Senior diets for dogs should contain higher levels of these antioxidant compounds. Antioxidants can also increase the effectiveness of the immune system in senior dogs.

We recommend gain senior dog and Burns adlut/senior

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Maintain Consistency
Routine care for geriatric pets should involve a consistent daily routine and periodic veterinary examinations to assess the presence or progress of chronic disease. Stressful situations and abrupt changes in daily routines should be avoided. If a drastic change must be made to an older pet’s routine, try to minimize stress by introducing the change in a gradual manner.

 Posted by at 4:09 pm