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Whatever their age, annual health checks are an important part of your pet’s healthcare routine. Our pets are unable to tell us when they are feeling poorly so regular checks by your vet team are recommended to ensure they stay fit, happy and healthy and so we can spot signs of any issues sooner rather than later. We’ll work with you to provide the best advice and treatment.

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We will discuss your pet’s general health and daily routines give them a full clinical examination. The preventative approach really is the best way to ensure we give your pet the best care.

Your appointment will cover*:

  • Vaccinations and re-start if required
  • Parasite check and advice
  • Weight check and advice
  • General wellbeing and behaviour
  • Lumps and bumps
  • Listen-in to heart and lungs
  • Skin and coat
  • Eyes and ears
  • Movement and mobility
  • Teeth and gums
  • Internal organs
  • Anal glands

If you haven’t seen your vet in while or are behind with routine treatments, don’t worry - we’ll get you back on track and ensure your pet is in the best shape as we head into the spring.

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How can I make an appointment for a health check?

You can call us at our Warwick practice to book an appointment, at a time to suit you.

How often should my pet have a health check?

It really depends on the individual pet. For most, a health check can be combined with your annual booster appointment although if you haven’t seen us in a while, it’s advisable to book a health check at least once a year so we can provide the best options for you in terms of re-starting vaccinations, general health and parasite control. Regular health checks will also help us to spot the signs of any problems sooner.

Do you offer a preventative healthcare plan that covers essential services and treatments?

Yes, we have our Healthy Pet Clubs which covers routine healthcare such as vaccinations, annual health checks, parasite control and more. Click here to find out more and to sign up today.

What happens during a health check appointment?

One of our vets or nurses will check your pet’s skin, eyes, ears, paws, teeth and gums and chat to you about any changes to their daily routine so that we can provide the best healthcare advice and identify any concerns as soon as possible. We’ll talk you through some advice for home care and may also recommend additional treatments or services as a result.

As we head into the spring and summer months, what will my vet be looking for?

We often see an increase in skin diseases and in particular flea cases when we start entering into spring, as warmer conditions are ideal for flea pupae to hatch. Now would be a good time to check you are up to date with your parasite treatment. As we start to head outdoors and enjoy the warmer weather with our pets, our team will also discuss additional vaccinations with you to ensure your pet is protected against diseases like kennel cough which affects dogs.


*Health check will be charged at our standard consultation rate. Any additional services or treatment will be charged separately.

At Avonvale Stratford and Kenilworth, we’re proud to be an accredited Silver level Cat-Friendly Clinic and Avonvale Warwick to be reaccredited as members of the ISFM (International Society of Feline Medicine) 

We recognise that cats are unique creatures with specific needs and it’s important to us to demonstrate our commitment to the animals you entrust into our care. Working with International Cat Care (iCC), we have looked at how we can make Avonvale the best it can possibly be for our feline patients. 

Cats by their nature are sensitive to changes in their environment, and by understanding and accepting this we can recommend measures to make your cat’s journey to the vets, and their visit to Avonvale a less stressful experience than anticipated. 

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In order to achieve our Silver Cat Friendly Clinic accreditation, we have had to meet carefully selected criteria as stipulated by iCC. We have demonstrated that we:

  • Understand the needs of cats and strive to make visits to the vet clinic cat friendly
  • Approach and handle cats gently and with care through ongoing staff education
  • Follow the ISFM Feline Friendly Handling and Nursing Care guidelines and have made the pledge to be ‘Scruff free’
  • Have invested in equipment to manage the specific care requirements of cats
  • Have an appointed Cat Advocate member of staff to implement and oversee our cat friendly clinic status

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As a Silver Standard Cat Friendly Clinic, we are trained to handle cats in a manner that minimises stress, fear and anxiety, as well as advising you on the best way to safely and comfortably transport your cat to Avonvale Stratford and Kenilworth.

We have an in-house cat advocate who is available to answer any questions or concerns you may have, and to provide information and advice on caring for your cat.

Our cat friendly facilities include: 

  • A separate cat waiting area. There are raised areas on which to place your cat carrier which will be away from areas where other animals may be waiting. There is also a visual barrier to give the cats an extra sense of security
  • The use of feline pheromone diffusers to help calm and reassure
  • A quiet, well equipped consulting room suitable for cats to feel calm in
  • A range of equipment such as blood pressure monitors and cat specific weighing scales to provide a high level of care to our feline patients
  • A hospitalisation ward where there is a visual barrier between the cat and other species. We provide comfortable, soft bedding and cat igloos or perch and hide boxes to allow your cat privacy during their stay with us
  • Facilities for surgery, dentistry, lab testing and diagnostic imaging are available to allow procedures to be performed to a high standard of care for feline patients

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Further reading:

What is a cat friendly clinic [PDF]
Bringing your cat to the clinic [PDF]
Taking your cat home from the clinic [PDF]

Read our cat care advice

Canine infectious hepatitis is an adenovirus that attacks the liver, blood vessels, immune system, kidneys, eyes, lungs, and heart. Symptoms can vary depending on which body systems are affected.

Infectious hepatitis spreads in bodily fluids (urine, faeces and saliva). Thankfully, canine infectious hepatitis has largely been eliminated due to excellent vaccination programme at Avonvale Veterinary Centre.

What is infectious canine hepatitis?

Infectious canine hepatitis is a virus that attacks the liver, blood vessels, immune system, kidneys, eyes, lungs, and heart.

Can humans get infectious canine hepatitis?

There is no risk of transmission of hepatitis between dogs and people. The form that dogs can get is different from the human version (hepatitis B or C).

What are the symptoms of infectious canine hepatitis?

A mild case may only cause slight symptoms for a few days, but a severe case can cause a whole range of symptoms which also depend on which body systems are affected. These include:

  • inappetence
  • lethargy
  • coughing
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • fever
  • bruising
  • swollen stomach
  • disorientation
  • pale or yellow (jaundice) gums
  • seizures.

How is infectious hepatitis in dogs diagnosed?

Blood tests, ultrasound scans as well as biopsies of the liver or collecting small samples of fluid may be performed to diagnose canine infectious hepatitis.

For more information about hepatitis vaccines for your dog please contact us

Distemper is a virus that attacks several body systems including the respiratory and nervous system.

It is spread in the air and via contact with infected dogs and things they have touched. There is no cure for distemper; treatment can only be given to ease the symptoms. Distemper is a very serious illness that is often fatal, if a dog does survive initially, there are often long-term neurological problems that can include: seizures, limb paralysis and muscle spasms.

Don’t be too alarmed, we have your dog covered with a simple vaccination. Contact Avonvale Veterinary Centre in Warwickshire today! 

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What are the symptoms of distemper in dogs?

Symptoms of distemper vary a great deal, depending which organs are affected, symptoms are usually:

  • cough
  • fever
  • inappetence
  • lethargy
  • runny eyes and nose
  • diarrhoea.

This can then progress to more severe symptoms including:

  • thickened nose and foot pads
  • tremors
  • paralysis
  • seizures.

Can a dog recover from distemper?

Distemper can often be fatal, if a dog does survive initially, there are often long-term neurological problems that can include: seizures, limb paralysis and muscle spasms. Treatment can only be given to ease the symptoms; therefore, we recommend vaccinations.

What is distemper in dogs?

Distemper is a virus that attacks several body systems including the respiratory and nervous system. Distemper can be fatal, however, if a dog does survive, they are left with long-term neurological symptoms, therefore, we recommend vaccinations.

Can cats get distemper?

Dogs cannot transmit canine distemper to a cat, however feline panleukopenia virus (FPV) can also be referred to as feline distemper or feline parvovirus – is a viral disease that can cause severe illness in cats, attacking the immune system.

Can cats get distemper from dogs?

Dogs cannot transmit canine distemper to a cat, however feline panleukopenia virus (FPV) can also be referred to as feline distemper or feline parvovirus.

How do cats get distemper?

Feline distemper is predominantly spread through the air and then this is transmitted by breathing in the virus from an infected cat or environment. It can also be transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids (saliva, faeces, nasal discharge, or urine) of an infected cat.

How can canine distemper be prevented?

Distemper can be prevented with vaccinations. Contact us today to book a vaccination appointment for your dog.

Dog herpes virus is a common virus and it is thought that as many as 80% of dogs will have been exposed to it in their lives.

Like all herpesviruses, dogs are infected for life once exposed. It hides in nerve cells and reactivates at times of stress. This disease is most serious in young puppies less than one month old and sadly most infected puppies will fade and die.

Infections in pregnant dogs can cause stillbirths, infertility and miscarriage, this is why a vaccine is usually advised for breeding dogs. Older dogs can also get eye and respiratory symptoms, but this is rare.

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What are the symptoms of canine herpes?

Symptoms of canine herpes include:

  • sneezing
  • eye discharge
  • ulcers in the eye (cornea)
  • nasal discharge
  • weepy eyes
  • nasal congestion
  • conjunctivitis (inflammation of the tissues that line the eyelids)
  • squinting or difficulty opened the eyes
  • fever
  • lethargy
  • reduced appetite
  • enlargement of the lymph nodes.

Please contact us if your dog is showing any of the above symptoms.

Can dogs get herpes?

Yes, dogs can get the canine form of the herpes virus known as canine herpes (CHV-1).

Can you catch herpes from a dog?

No, dogs cannot transmit herpes to humans. The human strains are HSV-1 and HSV-2 and these viruses are only able to live and reproduce in humans, the canine form is CHV-1 which can also live and reproduce in dogs.

Can dogs give humans herpes?

No, the canine herpes virus can only live and reproduce in dogs.

Can cats get herpes?

Yes, cats can contract herpes but only the feline variant, this can be also referred to as feline viral rhinotracheitis (FVR). 

Can cats give humans herpes?

No, cats cannot transmit herpes to humans. The herpes virus is species specific in all dog, cat or human variants.

Is feline herpes contagious?

Yes, feline herpes is highly contagious to other cats but can be prevented with vaccination protection.

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