Dentistry is commonly needed as cats and dogs get older. Prices start from £100.00, and include advice on preventative care to avoid unnecessary dentistry in the future.
As with ultrasound, endoscopy helps us to diagnose issues without painful surgery. Examples for endoscopy include retrieving objects from greedy dogs' stomachs, biopsy of bowel without the need for surgery, and we will soon be offering laparoscopic bitch spays – removal of the ovaries without the need for traditional surgery.
Having our own full laboratory means quicker results for anxious owners, and for most tests reduces our reliance on the postal service.
Our friendly team of nurses operate clinics daily. Some services such as weight counselling and suture removals are free, other services such as nail clipping incur a small fee, typically £7.00 - £8.00.
With the exception of top-end eye and spinal surgery, we have the equipment and expertise to do most surgeries on site without the need for referral. We remove tumours from awkward areas, repair fractures etc. on a regular basis.
X-ray and Ultrasound
We pride ourselves on having some of the most up to date equipment and expertise in the area. In particular, ultrasound can help avoid unnecessary operations where an animal's ailment cannot be diagnosed by other means. We have a new powerful digital x-ray system, big enough to achieve excellent x-rays of even the largest bred of dog and resulting in faster x-ray taking, along with the ability to email x-rays to specialists for expert advice, where needed.
Referrals - Cats & Dogs
Laurence Doddy, one of the owners of the practice, has an additional qualification – the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Veterinary Medicine (CertSAM). Since 1999, he has accepted referrals from other vets in the area of internal medicine.
Examples of cases accepted include animals with undiagnosed coughing, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, nasal discharge etc. The practice is well equipped to investigate such disorders with equipment such as 4 different endoscopes, ultrasound, and top-end veterinary laboratory facilities.
To arrange referring a case to us, first discuss with your own veterinary surgeon. If it is agreed that we can be of help, or if you are unclear whether an animal can benefit from referral, your veterinary surgeon can ring 01274 531010 to discuss the case with Mr Doddy.
If you feel you really need a home visit please call before 10:00am for a visit that day (or preferably the day before). We cannot do home visits on weekends or after 4:00pm.
We do find home visits to be of limited value as we cannot bring our whole medicine cabinet with us, we cannot bring all diagnostic equipment with us and we do for health and safety reasons have to send both a nurse and a vet on visits, making the visits expensive. Please note a lot of insurance companies will not cover for home visits.
We often find we end up being a very expensive taxi service having to bring the pet into the surgery anyway. There are some very good pet taxis in Bradford. Please call us for details.
If of course you wish your pet to be put to sleep at home we will try our best to accommodate this. Please note we are usually unable to offer this service after 4:00pm or on weekends. Do call and discuss this with our friendly reception team and they can advise you.
Services at Idle Veterinary Centre
Most routine procedures can be done here: neutering, minor operations, dentistry, blood tests etc. Major cases requiring detailed investigations and animals requiring hospitalisation are usually sent to Shipley Veterinary Centre, less than 3 miles away.