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See a comprehensive list of our veterinary services and how they can help your pet

Routine Health Checks

Regular examinations of your pet are important for the early diagnosis and prevention of disease. Often, these examinations are performed at the time of a pet's annual vaccination when it is then quite common for us to discover problems of which the owner is quite unaware, such as ear and mouth infections, heart conditions and even tumours. This is also an opportunity to discuss your pet's diet, weight and behaviour.


Annual vaccination after an initial course  is vital for all dogs, cats and rabbits. We always combine vaccinations with a free health check. Please take this opportunity to ask any questions you might have about your pets health.


Vaccination provides protection against Distemper, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis, Infectious Hepatitis and Parainfluenza. Additional protection against Kennel Cough  and Rabies is available.


We recommend vaccination against cat flu (Herpes and Calici viruses), Feline Infectious Enteritis and Feline Leukaemia virus. For cats living in colonies we would also advise protection against Chlamydia.
 If you are planning to take your cat abroad will he/she additionally need a vaccination against Rabies. 


Vaccination is now available against two fatal diseases - Myxomatosis and  Haemorrhagic Viral Disease. Both diseases can be carried by insects, so house rabbits are still at risk. We strongly recommend that all pet rabbits are vaccinated annually.

Parasite Prevention


Dogs and Cats are both susceptible to round and tape worms. Round worms can cause problems in humans, especially to young children, and so a good worming program is vital. We recommend worming every month, depending on your pets lifestyle, with an all-in-one wormer or a combined flea treatment and wormer which the surgery supplies.


Warm summers and centrally heated winters mean that fleas are now a year round problem. Treatment can be frustrating with the wrong products. Please come and discuss your needs with us and we can recommend the most effective products for you.

Diet & Dental Care


It is now recognised that diet is vital in keeping your pets fit and healthy in all stages of their lives. We endorse this by stocking various diet foods and have trained members of staff to answer any questions. We also stock a range of special prescription diets designed to treat diseases such as diabetes and kidney disease.

Dental Care

Pets have teeth too. At the Virginia Water Veterinary Clinic, we can offer treatment for all pets, including ultrasonic scaling, polishing and endodontic treatment. Preventative health care is just as important and we offer a range of products - from toothpaste and dental chews to diets - which are designed to help keep your pet's teeth clean.



Unspayed bitches are prone to false pregnancies, mammary cancers and pyometras (womb infections). The latter are common, may be fatal, and treatment is often a emergency ovariohysterectomy, which is not always safe when the dog is old and sick. Choosing to have your bitch spayed at an earlier date avoids such dangers.

Male dogs may be castrated, when necessary, to stop unwelcome behaviour such as vagrancy, hyper-sexuality and aggression, or later in life, to control prostate problems.


Both males and females are routinely neutered at six months of age. Un-neutered males may spray urine and become territorial, seeking out other cats to fight.

There are many fallacies about neutering pets. If you have any doubts about neutering your pet, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Laparoscopic (Keyhole) Spays

What is Laparoscopy?

Laparoscopy is a minimal Invasive technique for performing abdominal surgery. A small camera is introduced into the abdomen. The camera magnifies the internal organs and structures, allowing the image to be displayed on a TV monitor. Additional small incisions are made to facilitate the insertion and use of surgical instruments to allow surgery to be performed.

Traditional spays

Traditional dog spays usually require a minimum of a 6-7 cm surgical incision through the abdominal wall, through which the ovaries and uterus are removed. This requires significant tension to be applied, which causes pain and potentially bleeding. Patients need 10 days roughly of rest after surgery, and most require pain relief for several days.

Laparoscopic spays

Laparoscopic spays are performed through 2-3 very small surgical incisions (usually 6-10 length). The procedure is performed with magnified views of the organs allowing for greater precision. Using specialised surgical equipment, the ovaries are carefully cauterised and removed, resulting in less trauma and less discomfort for the patient.

Advantages of Laparoscopic spays:

  • Clear, bright, magnified images allow the procedure to be performed with greater precision
  • Reduced risk of bleeding, infection and wound healing complications
  • Smaller incisions and reduced trauma to tissues. Usually, no stitches are needed
  • Excellent visualisation of the abdominal cavity (very limited through a traditional spay wound)
  • Less post-operative pain than a traditional spay
  • Faster recovery of your pet, many patients being back to their normal selves the following day

Common Questions:

1. As the Uterus is not removed, does this make my dog more likely to develop pyometra later in life?

Pyometra is entirely hormonal driven. If the source of the hormones has been removed (the ovaries) there should be no risk of pyometra.

2. Are there any increased risks associated with laparoscopic spays?

Due to the minimal invasive nature of the surgery, and the clear magnification obtained, the risks tend to be less than of a traditional spay. As with humans undergoing laparoscopic surgery, we do ask that we are given permission to convert to a traditional approach in the unlikely event of unforeseen circumstances or rare complications

3. Does a laparoscopic spay cost more than a traditional spay?

The specialised surgical equipment required to perform laparoscopic spays, together with the extra training that a surgeon has to take, does result in a higher cost than a traditional spay. However, the extra costs involved are far outweighed by the numerous advantages offered by this procedure.

4. How does the recovery time compare to that of a traditional spay?

Patients spayed by traditional open surgery require strict rest for 10-14 days. Patients spayed laparoscopically typically only need 2-3 days, with may of them wanting to play around as normal the same evening.


Surgical procedures are carried out every morning, Monday to Friday.

Patients are admitted between 9:00am and 10:30am and discharged, usually on the same day, between 4:00pm and 7:00pm. All pets being admitted for general anaesthetic must not be fed after 7:00pm the night before.

We understand that surgery and anaesthesia on your pet can be a worrying thought. To minimise anaesthetic risk and give you peace of mind, we offer the following services:

  • Pre-anaesthetic blood testing to help pick up potential problems which may not be obvious on examination
  • The very latest and safest anaesthetic agents
  • Fully trained member of staff monitoring the anaesthetic, aided by state of the art vital signs monitors

Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Nurse Clinics

We are offering to all registered clients a free veterinary nurse clinic every Thursday from 2:00pm - 3:00pm. Our qualified veterinary nurses will perform straight forward nail clips on most species, will give dental and dietary advise and will help with the administration of medication to client's' pets. An appointment has to be booked in advance and availability might be subject to the nurse's work load on the day.

An appointment can be booked by phoning 01344 841801 during normal surgery hours. If you are not registered as a client yet, you can easily register here.

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Practice information

Virginia Water Veterinary Clinic

  • Mon
    9:00am - 7:00pm
  • Tue
    9:00am - 7:00pm
  • Wed
    9:00am - 7:00pm
  • Thu
    9:00am - 7:00pm
  • Fri
    9:00am - 7:00pm
  • Sat
    9:00am - 11:00am
  • Sun

Find us here:

447 Stroude Road Virginia Water Surrey GU25 4BU
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