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Services

We offer quality, professional care

  • Consultations
  • Surgeries
  • Dental
  • Laboratory services
  • X-ray and Ultrasound
  • Hospitalisation
  • Prescription / Food Order
  • Rabbits and other species
  • Blood Donation

Consultations

Our consultations here at Beaufield are run on an appointment only basis. We see a wide variety of cases here at Beaufield, from puppy and kitten vaccinations through to senior pet checks, annual boosters, health checks, and of course all the pets coming into us with runny noses, itchy skin, upset stomachs and sore legs!

Appointments are available between 10:00 and 12:45 every weekday morning, with evening appointment clinics between 16:00 and 18:45 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays and on Saturday mornings from 10.30 until 12.45. If you wish to see a particular vet, please let us know when making your appointment so we can check their availability.

You can also use our online booking tool which you can fine here https://www.beauvet.ie/booking

Please ring us on 01-6270402 to schedule an appointment.

We will always do our very best to deal with any emergencies as a priority.

Surgeries

Here at BVC we perform a wide range of surgeries on a daily basis. This includes neutering, tumour removal, biopsies, abdominal surgery and orthopaedic surgery to name but a few. All pets will be assessed before surgery and the anaesthetic and pain relief tailored to their needs. Pre-anaesthetic blood testing is recommended, especially in older pets, as it can help us to identify any issues that may be impossible to detect on physical examination. Other pre-anaesthetic testing may be advisable depending on other underlying health problems.

We use human-grade intravenous and gas anaesthesia to allow for the safest anaesthetic possible. From the time of pre-medication with sedatives to recovery they will be monitored by a trained surgical nurse. The use of modern monitoring equipment allows us to monitor heart rate, body temperature, oxygen saturation, blood pressure and electrical activity in the heart.

After surgery we monitor pets closely until they are awake, mobile and ready to go home. As part of our surgical service we include post-operative checks and suture removal to ensure that your pet recovers as smoothly as possible. We are also always at the end of the phone to assist in any questions you might have about your pet’s recovery.

Dental

Dental disease is one of the most common issues we see in dogs and cats. They are masters at hiding their discomfort so many people are surprised to hear their pet has dental disease. However, by three years of age, approximately 85% of pets will have some signs of gum disease so your pet is not alone!

Food debris and saliva leads to a build-up of sticky plaque on the surface of your pet’s teeth. This plaque hardens to form visible tartar. This is far from just a cosmetic issue as over time plaque and tartar lead to tooth decay and gum disease. In severe cases bacteria can enter the bloodstream causing infection in other organs.

Plaque can be managed with home brushing but the only way to remove these tartar deposits is with a professional cleaning. This is a descale and polish, exactly like we have at the dentist. The main difference is that pets will require a short anaesthetic. This allows a thorough assessment of each tooth and protects against any water going down the throat.

We have full modern dental facilities at BVC in a dedicated dental room. This includes dental x-rays, ultrasonic descaler and high speed dental drills for extracting teeth.

If you are concerned that your pet has signs of tooth or gum disease give us a call on 01-6270402 to schedule a dental check. We can also advise on ways to reduce the build up of plaque and tartar.

Laboratory services

Here at Beaufield we have a well equipped laboratory with state-of-the-art equipment.

Our haematology analyser allows us to assess the health of your pet’s platelets and also their red and white blood cells. This aids us with the diagnosis of clotting problems, anaemia, infections and inflammatory disease.

We have a biochemistry analyser that has a wide variety of uses. We commonly use it to check the health of your pet’s internal organs including liver, kidneys and pancreas. This enables us to check for diseases affecting these organs, as well as determining whether it may be safe to give an animal an anaesthetic, and to ensure there are no adverse effects from any long-term medication a pet may be on. We have also invested in further equipment that allows us to check your pet for a range of metabolic illnesses, including thyroid diseases and conditions affecting the adrenal glands. By having this equipment in-hospital, it allows us to make rapid diagnoses in case of illness, often on the same day, enabling us to start treatment quickly.

In addition, we have a high-powered microscope, which we use to analyse samples including urine sediment, blood smears and tissue aspirates, aiding in the diagnosis of conditions varying from cystitis and bladder crystals all the way through to anaemia and certain types of tumours. Results are usually available within 24 hours, again aiding in the rapid diagnosis and speedy treatment of your pet.

X-ray and Ultrasound

Digital Radiography

At Beaufield Veterinary Centre we have invested in a state of the art digital X-ray machine. There are many situations in which we will take x-rays. If your animal is limping, we use x-rays to assess the health of their bones and joints. If they are coughing it allows us to assess their heart and lungs. If your pet is having trouble passing urine, it can help in the diagnosis of bladder stones. These are just a few examples of the many uses of x-rays in the diagnosis of illness in our pets.

Digital X-rays have significant advantages over film x-rays in that we are able to produce x-rays of a higher quality in a shorter period of time. This helps us to more accurately diagnose and treat your pet, which is great news for all concerned!

Ultrasonography

Here at Beaufield we have a modern ultrasound machine which we use regularly. Ultrasound can be used alone or in combination with x-ray to look for abnormalities in the heart and abdominal organs, and in pregnancy diagnosis. In the years that we have been using it, ultrasonography has become a very useful tool in our diagnostic arsenal!

Hospitalisation

In cases where your pet is quite unwell, and more intensive care is required, it may be necessary for pet patients to be hospitalised overnight with us. We know they’re not just pets, they’re family, and we always treat your pet as if they were our own.

When your pet is staying in the hospital, we will keep in close touch with you every day that they are in. We always endeavour to keep their stay as short as possible, however with very serious illnesses pets may be in for a few days. We always aim to keep your pet as comfortable as possible, and if they have a favourite blanket or toy you can leave that with them also. Some pets will be on intravenous fluids and have blood tests while staying in the clinic, which means a little shaved patch on their paw and neck after they go home.

Our canine inpatients are brought outside for a short walk if possible several times per day. We feed our sick pets a convalescent diet while they are with us; this is usually a prescription diet, but at times we will need to fall back on chicken!

Rest assured that our nurses and vets give each pet the time and attention they need until they are well enough to go home, and that we will keep you informed every step of the way.

Prescription / Food Order

If your pet has been diagnosed with an illness that requires ongoing medication, please contact us here at the clinic whenever you need a refill of this medication. This allows us to have your prescription ready upon arrival to the clinic.

Injury and disease can affect our pets’ lives in the same way they can affect our own. Advances in Veterinary Medicine mean we can effectively manage and improve most conditions to give our furry loved ones a happy and comfortable quality of life.

In most cases, these prescriptions have a 6-month validation period. At this point a revisit with one of our vets is necessary to renew the prescription for a further 6 months. This visit allows the vets to assess your pet’s health and response to the medication. From this we can see if any alterations are needed such as a reduction or increase in the dosage, or indeed the addition or removal of another medication.

If you have any queries about your pet’s prescription please call us here at the clinic to discuss.

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Rabbits and other species

Exotic pets are considered to be any of the ‘small furries’ (rabbits and rodents), birds and reptiles. We know that all pets are members of the family and we regularly see rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, rats, hamsters, gerbils and birds for routine and emergency care, both medical and surgical. This may include respiratory conditions, arthritis, neutering, tumour removal and amputations but the list is endless! Their care can differ greatly from that of dogs and cats and we would be happy to advise on any concerns you may have.

Find more about neutering your small furry

Blood Donation

Just like in human medicine animals sometimes need a blood transfusion and here Beaufield Veterinary Centre we are always on the lookout for donor dogs and cats. The blood that we collect from these donors will be used in a range of life threatening emergency cases such as road traffic accidents, poisonings and complicated surgeries to list a few.

Unlike the human blood transfusion service, we only call for these donations when we need them; so you know that very donor animal is giving blood only when it is needed. We maintain a list of donors at the practice that we can call upon when necessary.

Our donors’ owners appreciate the important and lifesaving role their companion can play in veterinary medicine. Canine donors can be family pets, retired greyhounds or working dogs, and our feline donors can be pedigree cats or domestic moggies!

We are greatly appreciative of the kindness and commitment of our pet donors and their owners. If you would like your animal to become one of our registered blood donors that can be called upon to help save the life of a critically ill animal, please send us an email to info@beauvet.ie and we will be in touch to arrange a consultation with one of our vets.

Blood Donations

Before being accepted there are certain criteria that each donor dog has to meet:

  • Healthy and friendly
  • Aged between 1 – 8 years
  • Weigh over 25kg
  • Up to date on vaccinations – Parvovirus, Distemper, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis and Parainfluenza
  • Not travelled outside Ireland and the UK at any point in their life
  • Not on any medication
  • Never received a blood donation

Our donor cats also need to meet some criteria:

  • Healthy and friendly
  • Aged between 1 – 8 years
  • Weigh over 4kg
  • Current with vaccinations – Feline Panleukopenia, Feline Herpesvirus and Calicivirus (Cat Flu)
  • FIV/FeLV test negative
  • Not travelled outside Ireland and the UK at any point in their life
  • Not on any medication

The process of collecting is quite simple. If your animal is suitable your dog or cat will receive a small sedation if required, and then a small area on the neck will be clipped and surgically prepared to prevent contamination. A qualified veterinary surgeon will draw about 450ml of the dog’s blood or about 50-70ml of the cat’s blood from the jugular vein, while a nurse will gently restrain the donor.

Once the donation is made your dog or cat will be monitored for a short period, and the sedation is reversed if required. Once awake they will receive a well earned drink and snack before going home after a good day’s work!