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We believe that all pets should be vaccinated for their protection against a number of debilitating and potentially fatal diseases. It is important that your pet has a regular health check as part of their vaccination programme.


We have chosen the Nobivac range of vaccines as we believe they allow us to give your pet the best overall protection, while allowing us to individualise a regime for each animal.  Vaccination is like an insurance policy, a risk assessment is made when choosing which vaccine is best for your pet. We do not vaccinate against every disease every year as this is not necessary. Nobivac Vaccines allow us to vaccinate against some diseases every third year. In so doing we minimise the risk, albeit low, against adverse reactions that vaccination can occasionally cause. We believe that the extra effort taken in formulating your pets vaccination is well worth it, even if we reduce one minor adverse reaction.


Dogs only need to be vaccinated against Parvo Virus and distemper every third year using Nobivac vaccines. It is critical however that dogs are vaccinated against Leptospirosis (Weils Disease) every year to protect from this often fatal disease.


Cats need vaccinations against "Flu" each year, but only need vaccination against enteritis every three years. Indoor cats should also be vaccinated against cat flu as it is so easily transmitted on our own shoes and clothing.


We can discuss with you your individual animals situation and help you make an informed decission.


Your pet's first visit

Pet Insurance

Keeping up with your pet's health needs can become expensive. As Veterinary medicine becomes more and more advanced, certain medications are needed for life and some specialist operations and diagnostic work can run into the thousands.


As a result the market for pet insurance has become huge. It can be very confusing to know which company and then which policy is best for you and your circumstances. We do not offer our own insurance scheme and due to FSA restrictions are unable to advise you on financial matters. However, we do advise that your pets are insured and that your policy is suited to you and your pet. Often the cheaper premiums exclude many treatments and are only valid for 12 months; for example would not cover a heart condition in the second year. There are many companies offering complete life policies and these are the policies we would advise.


If pet insurance is not for you, many clients choose to set up a separate bank account for their pets with regular payments being made and use it as a bank of funds in times of need.


Whichever you decide on, planning for the future is important as there is no NHS for pets and very few charities in our area who are able to help.



Telephone: 0800 197 5860

When you decide to get a new pet there are a thousand things to think of when deciding what pet is right for you and your family. Where you live, your work commitments, the age of your children - all just a few of the important factors you will no doubt be considering. One thing that we can never know is the future health of our new pets, but we can arm ourselves with the knowledge of what we could be potentially getting in to. Did you know for instance that West Highland Terriers make wonderful family pets, but are prone to lifelong skin problems? Or that Degu's need a zero sugar diet?


Some of the conditions that our companions may suffer from are genetic and therefore passed down in their genes. It is a good idea to research the breeder and see the parents of  the pet you are considering before selecting an individual pet as this gives you a good idea of the genetic make up of the individual you end up getting.  Welfare problems in companion animals is a very serious and topical issue and as responsible pet owners we should all do our best to know as much as we can about possible problems before they happen.


A very useful website has been developed by the Universities Federation For Animal Welfare (UFAW) and can give you guidance for many breeds of dog, cat and small animals, to help you make an informed decision.


We hope that this information helps, if you would like any more guidance in choosing a new pet then any member of the team will be happy to help you. Between us we have more than  30 pets including skunks, parrots, cats, dogs and Rodents so we are well equipped to share our experiences with you.


This link will take you to a useful site run by the kennel club which will help you when looking for a new dog.


This link is the latest guidelines of how to avoid buying from puppy farmers, provided by the dogs trust.


For cats, this link from the Cats Protection League is really useful.


If you are looking for advice on keeping exotic species, please call and ask us for advice. Specialist advice can be found on line from exotic pet vets and a number of informative forums. This link is a great place for finding the basics from the R.S.P.C.A.

Choosing a new pet

1066 Veterinary Centre


201 Battle Road

St Leonards-on-Sea

East Sussex

TN37 7AJ


Telephone: 01424 839010






When you bring your pet to the vets for whatever reason, it can be stressfull for you and your pet especially. You may be a first time pet owner and unsure of the process so here is a guide of what to expect:


Many pets have a sixth sense and can read your thoughts and actions better then we can, so you may find it difficult to find or catch them, especially cats!


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When you bring your pet to the vets for whatever reason, it can be stressfull for you and your pet especially. You may be a first time pet owner and unsure of the process so here is a guide of what to expect:


Many pets have a sixth sense and can read your thoughts and actions better then we can, so you may find it difficult to find or catch them, especially cats!


Try to reasure them and keep them calm. If you have the time, leaving a cat carrier out for a couple of days before your visit can help cats get used to them and dogs may be "bribbed" with promises of walks and treats.


We are more than happy for you to bring your pets on social visits to get them used to coming to the surgery. Cats and small animals need to be contained in a secure travel crate, preferably with a cover to minimise stress.


When you arrive, register at reception giving your name and your pets details, and make the most of our separate dog and cat waiting areas, making the wait easier on your pets. Please keep your animals under control in the waiting area, with dogs on leads and cats in their crates.


When in the consultation room our vets will try and learn as much about your pet as possible. Try to remember things like when they last ate and drank, changes in behaviour and the last time they went to the toilet.


Whatever the vets diagnosis, try and make sure you understand all of the instructions. If you feel you do not understand something, please feel free to ask the vets questions until you fully understand.


Sometimes you may need to book a follow up check for your pet. We do not charge revisit fees within a six month period for the same condition.


If any medication has been given or a special diet/exercise regime recommended, please make sure you follow instructions carefully. Getting anything wrong could delay recovery, so if you are at all unsure about anything, check our recovery pages under the animal care section of the website or feel free to call the surgery.


Rest is often needed after a visit, so somewhere warm and quiet should be made available, and maybe even a treat!!