Consultations

Consultations are booked in advance by calling 0208 167 4477 and take place in a cat or dog specific room keeping our patients happy and calm. Our standard consultation time is 15 minutes but we prefer to book a longer consultation for new patients and for certain health conditions.

Vaccinations

We want our patients to be vaccinated so much that we do not charge for vaccination, only for health checks! Call 0208 167 4477 or book an appointment online.

“Imagine the action of a vaccine not just in terms of how it affects a single body, but also in terms of how it affects the collective body of a community.” Eula Bliss
“Vaccines are the tugboats of preventive health.” Jeffrey Klueger

Vaccination is safe, vaccination is effective, vaccination is the kindest way to protect your pet.

 

Canine and feline vaccines continue to save millions of lives a year. Vaccines have saved more lives than anyone can understand. Smallpox vaccination saved 130 million lives and eradicated the disease, the measles vaccine has saved 120 million lives so far, tetanus vaccination 60 million lives. Rinderpest, the terrible and painful cattle infection, was eradicated through mass vaccination. We are desperate for a Covid-19 vaccine, the current human health crisis is an example of what happens when a vaccine is not available.

Wolfe Vets recommends the following preventative healthcare strategy for cats and dogs: 

 

  • Juvenile and young pet vaccination course followed by annual, bi or tri annual boosters.
  • Kittens have their first vaccine at 9 weeks old, then boosters at 12 weeks old and another at 16 weeks old. This is boosted again 1 year later. Cats’ vaccination schedules then depend on their lifestyle, most cats go on to have Cat Flu & Enteritis and Feline Leukaemia virus vaccines on alternating years.
  • Puppies have their first vaccine at 7 to 8 weeks old, then boosters at 10 and 16 weeks old. The puppy course is boosted again 1 year later. We then vaccinate against Leptospira and Bordetella every year and Parvovirus, Distemper, Adenovirus and Parainfluenza every 3 to 4 years.

What we vaccinate against:

 

Dogs require protection against: Canine Parvovirus (life threatening gastroenteritis and bone marrow disease), Canine Distemper Virus (life threatening respiratory and neurological disease), Canine Adenovirus (life threatening liver disease), Leptospirosis (life threatening liver, kidney and red blood cell disease). After the initial course and first year booster all of the diseases other than Leptospira are boosted every 3-4 years. Dogs require annual Leptospira protection, this condition is spread by rats and is present locally. We also provide annual Bordetella vaccination as infectious tracheobronchitis is so common in London.

 

Cats require protection against: Feline Calicivirus & Feline Herpesvirus (CVR – Cat Flu), Feline Panleukopaenia virus (FPV – Fatal Gastroenteritis) and Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV – Fatal bone marrow and cancerous disease). After the initial course and first year booster the CVR+FPV and the FeLV are given on alternate years.

 

Cats and dogs age faster than humans, if we pick up an illness early we can often cure it or manage it before it does permanent damage. It is very important to schedule health checks twice a year.

Parasite control

We don’t want our pets to suffer from skin or internal parasites. They are uncomfortable, dangerous and spread further disease. Roundworms can also spread to humans.

Cats:

 

We protect cats against fleas, ticks, hair lice, skin mites and intestinal roundworms using a monthly spot on product. 

Dogs:

 

We protect dogs against lungworm, fleas, ticks, hair lice, skin mites and roundworms with a monthly medicated chew treat.

Dogs and Cats:

 

We protect against tapeworms with a tablet every 3 months for hunters, scavengers and animals that regularly eat raw food, or every 6 months otherwise. 

Neutering (SPAY / CASTRATION)

Wolfe Vets recommend surgical sterilisation. Unsterilised animals are at a higher risk of developing common cancers and infections. We can help cure or manage these problems if they do arise but prefer to prevent them through neutering. We understand that neutering your cat or dog is a personal choice. We keep you informed so that you can make logical and reasoned choices. There are reversible medical alternatives to surgery but these only possess some of the benefits. Please call 0208 167 4477 to book a consultation in order to assess your pet’s suitability for neutering and to discuss the procedure.

Diagnostics

When your pets aren’t their usual selves you naturally want to get to the root of the problem quickly, and return them to being the pets you know and love. We understand that the whole process can seem confusing and daunting but we will help you and your pets through it, with simple advice and calm, tender care. Wolfe Vets makes use of state of the art, human hospital standard diagnostic facilities in order to help us diagnose and successfully treat pets’ illnesses. Your pets will be hospitalised to have their diagnostic procedures as day patients in our quiet, comfortable, temperature controlled wards. They are normally discharged later the same day with a treatment plan.

 

Facilities include:

 

  • Digital Radiography (Canon)
  • Ultrasound (Philips) suitable for cardiac, thoracic, abdominal, ocular and musculoskeletal imaging
  • Endoscopy of the airways and gastrointestinal tract with associated biopsies
  • Arthroscopy
  • In depth in house lab analysis with immediate access to a full service external reference laboratory (IDEXX)
  • Diagnostic ophthalmology including tonometry
  • Diagnostic dermatology including otoscopy, microscopy, and aural lavages

surgery

The most important work we do is turning sick, sore and sad animals back into happy, playful pets. We understand that the journey to reach that point can be worrying and we are here to ease your distress and support you all the way. It is natural to be concerned about your pet’s treatment. When you arrive we will talk you through our surgical service from end to end, answering any questions and alleviating any worries you may have. We can show you the clinic and where your pet will be looked after and cared for, so that you can always trust in our care.

 

Wolfe Vets is an advanced facility. Our founder, James Bennett, is recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as an Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery. We have invested in state of the art equipment and the best staff to care for your pets. We are able to carry out a wide range of surgical procedures, from the management of complex conditions: surgeries that most veterinary clinics are not able to perform, through to simple and routine procedures. We have two specialised operating theatres, dedicated imaging facilities and diagnostic areas equipped with minimally invasive diagnostic equipment.

 

Soft tissue surgery includes most areas of the body apart from the bones, joints and spine or nerves; it ranges from routine neutering through to removing of objects a pet should not have eaten, on to curative cancer surgeries, skin grafts and ocular procedures, with many other problems in between.

 

Examples of conditions that we treat:

 

  • Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome
  • Cancer – tumour removal and reconstructive surgery
  • Eye surgery – corneal wounds via conjunctival pedicle graft, entropion, cherry eye, tumours
  • Reproductive tract surgery – sterilisation, pyometra, testicular tumours, mammary tumours
  • Ear, nose and throat surgery – otitis, BOAS, tumours, thyroid, stick injuries
  • Wound management – injuries
  • Intestinal surgery – exploration, foreign bodies, tumour removal, sub-total colectomy
  • Urinary tract surgery – blocked cats, cystotomy, perineal/prescrotal urethrostomy
  • Perineal surgery – anal gland resection, perineal hernia repair, perianal tumour removal
  • We also carry out orthopaedic surgery

Dentistry

Pets suffer toothache and sore gums but they typically suffer in silence, their urge to eat or play overwhelming any obvious display of pain. After examining your pet’s teeth we can advise on the best way to look after them and provide full dental care from hygiene through to complicated extractions and oral surgery. Our nurses carry out free dental health checks and dental examination can be included in any veterinary consultation. Please call 0208 167 4477 or click on below to book a visit.

Orthopaedics

Cats’ athletic feats are incredible. A dog chasing a ball is a joyous sight. When your pets are injured we are here to put them back together, get them moving comfortably and living life to the full again. It is natural to be concerned about your pet’s treatment. When you arrive we will talk you through our surgical service from end to end, answering any questions and alleviating any worries you may have. We can show you the clinic and where your pet will be looked after, so that you can always trust in our care.

 

Wolfe Vets is an advanced facility. Our founder, James Bennett, is recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as an Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery. We have invested in state of the art equipment and the best staff to care for your pets. We are able to carry out a wide range of surgical procedures and are proud to offer an orthopaedics service. We have two specialised operating theatres, dedicated imaging facilities and diagnostic areas equipped with minimally invasive diagnostic equipment.

 

Examples of orthopaedic conditions and procedures: 

 

  • Cranial cruciate ligament rupture: Tibial Plateau Levelling Osteotomy, Tibial Tuberosity Advancement, Lateral Suture
  • Patella luxation: Tibial Tuberosity Transposition, WRS, Block Sulcoplasty, Ridgestop
  • Total hip replacement
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Fracture repairs and dislocations
  • Corns
  • Joint sprains and tears
  • Bone tumours
  • Septic and immune mediated arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis / Degenerative joint disease

Travel advice and Pet Travel

Wolfe Vets is approved to certify pets for travel into and out from the UK: James, our founder, is an OV (Official Veterinarian) and will stamp and certify documents to allow you to travel with your pet. The requirements vary depending on your destination. When booking your appointment please state your destination and date of travel, you may be allocated a longer consultation slot if required. It is a joy taking your pet on holiday with you, we can help manage the bureaucracy and keep the whole process stress free.

Stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine

We are at a crossroads in medicine, we are learning that the body holds stores of tissue that can help fight diseases. Conditions such as arthritis, tendon and ligament ruptures have already been shown to benefit from regenerative medicine. With early diagnosis of these conditions we can help the body to repair when previously we thought that it could not.

 

Stem cells are pluripotent regenerative cells, they can transform to replace damaged tissue while releasing beneficial chemicals that speed up the healing of the damaged tissue. Platelet rich plasma is a concentrate of naturally occurring healing cells that acts as an anti-inflammatory, reducing arthritis and pain in damaged joints and tissues. Wolfe Vets offers both Stem Cell Therapy and Platelet Rich Plasma therapy to help pets recover faster and more comfortably. If you have a pet that suffers from arthritis or other joint problems, please call 0208 167 4477 to book an appointment or click below to book a consultation.

Hospitalisation

Our state of the art veterinary clinic has separate cat and dog facilities, waiting areas and wards. We have dedicated treatment and diagnostic areas and two fully equipped operating theatres. We have designed Wolfe Vets so that our patients have a peaceful time during their stay, they do not enjoy the stress of sharing a room with a strange species. Our cages are sound buffered, our wards are temperature controlled and benefit from a specialised hygienic air exchange system. 

 

Our highly trained nurses love and care for our patients, giving regular updates during any period of hospitalisation: we know how worrying it is to have your pet stay away and we look after our patients like they are our own pets, that way we get them home happy and healthy. We work day and night to look after your pets. We are happy to show you around, we want you to know where your pets will stay and who will be looking after them. We will explain the whole plan of action and then stay in touch so that you can be confident you are in safe hands.

Dedicated clinics

Wolfe Vets wants to fix your pets problems. We run advanced clinical services for some of the most common presentations of illness: lameness & arthritis, breathing difficulties, brachycephalic airway problems (BOAS), skin complaints, growths, long term or recurrent coughs, heart murmurs, recurrent vomiting and diarrhoea, increased thirst & urination and incontinence, to name a few. If your pet suffers any of these problems please request a ‘Dedicated Clinic’ and you will receive a 30 minute consultation, this allows patients a comprehensive service from the very first time we treat them so that we can get your pet better, faster.

Lameness and arthritis: 

 

Limping, stiffness, being less fit and active on walks, slowing down, becoming unwilling to use stairs, dogs hesitating to jump in & out of the car, cats grooming less or being withdrawn. Any of these symptoms can signify spinal or musculoskeletal pain. Wolfe Vets offers a longer consultation to allow a complete gait evaluation, orthopaedic examination, full history taking and then leave time to explain what tests and treatment are required to obtain a diagnosis and get your pet back on his or her feet properly again. Wolfe Vets makes use of a wide range of surgical and non-surgical therapies such as intra-articular treatments (joint injections), physiotherapy and hydrotherapy.

 

Breathing difficulties, coughs and sneezes: 

 

Respiratory distress is a life threatening condition. If your pet is suffering a sudden difficulty breathing please call 0208 167 4477 now, it is an emergency. If your pet has a longer history of noisy, hoarse or wheezy breathing, and can wait for a scheduled appointment, or, if a cough or severe sneeze has not gone away in a fortnight, it needs to be investigated. Wolfe Vets is fully equipped to diagnose and treat these problems. Wolfe Vets offer a longer consultation time so that we can obtain a full history, perform a detailed examination of your pet’s respiratory system, take initial samples and advise on the next steps required to obtain a diagnosis and help your pet breathe easy again.

 

Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS):

 

Bulldogs, Pugs, Pekinese, Boston Terriers and many other shorter nosed breeds of dogs suffer a whole lifetime of compromised breathing. Noisy breathing is difficult breathing. If your pet is panting or noisy after light exercise, when walking around the house or even sleeping then your pet needs help. We have considerable experience managing BOAS: dogs lives can be improved immeasurably. We run longer consults so that the problem and solution can be fully examined, explained and planned. A fixed price package is available for surgical BOAS correction.

 

Heart murmurs:

 

A heart murmur is not necessarily a life threatening problem, but it can be. Correct diagnosis allows appropriate planning and management. Wolfe Vets has human quality ultrasound facilities. Early diagnosis of cardiac diseases improves and prolongs high quality life, it is good for your pet’s welfare. Wolfe Vets can help you look after your pet’s heart for longer.

 

Skin conditions:

 

Itchy or red skin, hair loss, overgrooming, scabs and crusts or dandruff. A complete skin examination allows detailed planning and diagnosis of skin conditions, a comprehensive dietary history and record of the symptoms needs to be taken, samples are often required. Wolfe Vets books 30 minute consultations for long term skin complaints. Skin conditions are often long term problems requiring repeat visits and detailed consultations, more time for you and your pets means that we can manage their skin complaints better, for life.

 

Growths:

 

Dogs and cats are prone to lumps and bumps. These are often benign but frequently malignant. Wolfe Vets prefers to examine and sample growths as soon as possible in order to plan any surgical or non-surgical intervention that may be needed. We like to book a longer consultation to run a full nodule clinic: giving added time to take a full history, perform a complete clinical examination, obtain samples and discuss our plan. Growths and the potential for cancer is a worry for pet owners, we are committed to diagnosing and treating tumours compassionately and effectively.

 

Recurrent vomiting or diarrhoea:

 

A prolonged bout of vomiting or diarrhoea can suggest a significant underlying illness. Wolfe Vets take our time to obtain a full dietary and clinical history, perform complete clinical examination and evaluation, determine and discuss possible diagnoses and testing, and enact that plan. There are many possible diagnoses for gastro-intestinal upsets, therefore a logical and comprehensive diagnostic and treatment plan is required.

 

Increased thirst and urination or incontinence:

 

Polyuria, Polydipsia or Urinary incontinence are classic symptoms of a variety of non-surgical and surgical illnesses. A relaxed and complete history and clinical examination will lead on to a discussion of the laboratory testing and diagnostic imaging that may be required to determine the diagnosis and start treating your pet.

 

Perineal problems:

 

We are not shy of talking about bottoms. There are a range of lower intestinal, rectal and perineal (around the anus/bottom) issues that benefit from early surgical or non-surgical intervention. Please book a dedicated clinic in order to have time to diagnose and discuss the problem, tests required and possible treatments. It can be life changing to return a patient’s bottom to normal.