Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine involving thin needles being inserted into the body at specific points. It can be very helpful for osteoarthiritic conditions in some patients, as well as in a variety of other conditions.
Our Senior vet Jenny Davies BVetMed MRCVS carries out acupuncture at our Macclesfield hospital and Congleton surgery. Please contact your branch for further details.
Cardiology cases can be seen by a visting Cardiologist at our Macclesfield Veterinary Hospital. For more information please contact our Macclesfield surgery 01625 501500.
Cat friendly clinics
Please note our Cat Friendly Clinics are currently suspended due to COVID-19.
We aim to ensure that your cat has as friendly and stress-free time at the practice as possible.
To aid this we have some special facilities just for cats:
- A hospital ward dedicated to cats
- Larger cat friendly cages for hospitalised cats
- Additional facilities and other special equipment
We also run Cat Only consultation sessions on a Wednesday morning, to avoid your cat encountering dogs up close in an already stressful situation. Our staff are trained to have a gentle, caring and empathetic approach when handling cats.
Our cat clinics are held every Wednesday between 11:00am and 12:10pm these appointments are held with a consulting vet. To arrange an appointment please contact our Macclesfield surgery 01625 501500.
We have a portable dental x-ray machine which means we have the facilities for dental x-ray at all of our branches. With cats and dogs around 60% of their teeth are below the gum line therefore the only way to do a full assessment of their mouth and teeth is by x-raying the tooth roots. Cats especially are prone to a painful problem called tooth resorption where cells in the body start to breakdown the tooth enamel leaving the painful pulp exposed - these lesions start in the root therefore we can pick up problems much earlier with x-rays, that's why every cat dental we do includes a full set of tooth x-rays. X-rays also enable us to plan any tooth treatment properly and do the best and safest job possible for your pets during their dental procedures.
Veterinary Dermatologist Claire McArdle BVSC CertVD MRCVS visits our Wilmslow branch on a regular basis to meet with our clients and their pets with problem skin! For more information please give us a call on 01625 501500.
Laboratory investigations & blood samples
Just like your doctor may want to get blood samples for investigation, we also look at organ function by means of blood tests. Just like the nurse at your doctor’s surgery might obtain the blood, we too have nurses who help us with samples. At our hospital we have analysers for blood and for organ function. The results are generally available within half an hour.
Pre-anaesthetic blood testing
A common way of using blood samples is to check whether it is safe to anaesthetise a patient, or to at least know what precautions we must take during the procedure. We commonly look at kidney function, liver function, protein levels, and glucose levels. Wilmslow and Congleton also have biochemistry analysers so that they too can look at samples before anaesthetics and surgery.
Laparoscopic Bitch Spay
The benefits of having your bitch spayed via key hole is that it is much less painful, the wounds heal sooner and so they can get back to normal exercise sooner!
Jenna was our first laparoscopic spay a few weeks ago, her owners are really pleased with how much better she recovered than bitches they had done in the past the usual way.
During the procedure we insert a needle and inflate the abdomen with carbon dioxide. We then insert a 5mm camera port and a 5mm instrument port. We then remove each ovary via one of the small 5mm incisions.
Jenna's owners noticed her quick recovery. They told us:
"Beyond thrilled with how well Jenna recovered from her surgery. She was basically back to normal the following morning - the hardest thing was keeping her calm, and stopping her playing with the other dog. Could not recommend Laura and the team highly enough."
If you are interested in having your bitch spayed this way or would like more information please call and speak to Laura on 01625 501500.
X-rays can tell us a lot about the heart, lungs and the abdomen and obviously we use them to look at broken bones and damaged joints. Special techniques also allow us to look the drainage and direction of blood or of urine. If we use materials that show up on x-rays and we then take pictures to follow it so these pictures show contrast filling the bladder to show us its outline, and another shows contrast filling the shoulder joint.
Commonly we will also use ultrasound to examine the organs in the abdomen such as the liver. Here can look at the density of the tissue, something that changes a lot with many medical conditions. Cancerous lumps within an organ change its appearance allowing us to identify cancer in organs, and to identify it when it spreads from elsewhere.
Similarly, we can look at the shape and size of the kidneys, the intestines, the bladder and it can also be used elsewhere on muscle, eyes, tendons, in fact we are learning more and expanding the use of ultrasound all the time. A common use in humans and in animals is to use it to confirm pregnancy.
Ultrasound scanning is routinely available at our Macclesfield hospital but can also be arranged at our Wilmslow branch. All of our vets are trained to use ultrasound, but for difficult or complicated cases we sometimes bring in an external specialist - Jerry Shimali, BVSc CertVDI DipECVDI MRCVS, European Veterinary Specialist in Diagnostic Imaging. Please give us a call on 01625 501500 for more information.
Bronchoscopy & endoscopy
We use a bronchoscope at the hospital to look down into the lungs of an anaesthetised patient. We can look at the width of the airways, collect samples using tiny little brushes and flush fluid down a tube, retrieve it in order to use samples to look at the cells, and identify any bacteria that may be present. It is very useful for investigating causes of coughing such as bronchitis, and looking at allergic bronchitis or asthma. It can also be used to look for foreign bodies. This is the term we give to any items that might be inhaled and end up lodge in an airway such as seeds, twigs, and bones. Once located, tiny instruments can go down the instrument and be used to grasp the offending item.
Endoscopy is basically the same technology used to look down the oesophagus and into the stomach. It can be carefully navigated into the small intestine. Its uses are mainly to diagnose conditions by obtain small samples of tissue for examination. It avoids the need for a major surgery, although sometimes, surgery is necessary to get samples that are of good enough quality and sufficient size to make a confident diagnosis. It is also incredibly useful for retrieving things from the stomach that dogs often swallow but this does depend upon what it is and whether we have an instrument capable of holding it for removal. For instance a sock may well be retrieved by this method but we rarely would be able to firmly hold and remove a stone.
Our visiting surgical Vet is Gareth Harries BVMS CertSAS MRCVS. Many of you will know Gareth from his former position as a partner at Wright and Morten. In 2005 Gareth passed his Certificate in Small Animal Surgery awarded by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and since then his focus has become more orthopaedically and surgically orientated. Gareth now runs his own bespoke surgical consultancy service and visits us at Macclesfield weekly, seeing a range of orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery cases.
Commonly, Gareth is involved in identifying the cause of lameness in patients. Common problems he sees are those involving the knee or stifle joint. The cruciate ligament in dogs is a very common problem. Please get in conatact to find out more.
Please note that our Puppy Parties are currently suspended due to COVID-19.
Wright & Morten invite you to a puppy party!!
A fantastic way of socialising your puppies with others of a similar age.
These sessions are run by local animal behaviourist, Jez Frith and one of our vets or nurses.
They are suitable for puppies aged between 8-15 weeks who must have had at least their first vaccination.
These parties are not just for the pup but the owner too, providing information on training, dealing with problems, nutrition, neutering and dog care. Your pup will get to socialise with other pups of a similar age and also gain a positive introduction to the veterinary environment. It won’t be all work, we will manage to squeeze in some puppy play time!
The sessions cost £10.00 per puppy, which is payable on arrival.
We have a limit of 6 puppies per session so book now to avoid disappointment! Parties are held at our Macclesfield surgery, on the third Wednesday of each month 7:00-8:00pm
If you wish to attend please call us on 01625 501500 or ask us at your 1st vaccination visit.