Welcome to Blackheath Veterinary Surgery
We are a two vet practice and are renowned for our caring and expert advice. We offer full support and a professional service, providing the highest standard of care for your family pets.
A large number of services are available including high quality x-rays, ultrasound and laparoscopic/keyhole surgery.
For all first kitten and puppy vaccinations you will receive a free pack with samples and useful information such as insurance, microchipping etc.
Free parking is available outside the surgery, which is located in Westcombe Park on Humber Road, Blackheath, South East London.
We are a well established vets based in South East London and pride ourselves on the expert and professional care and services we provide. Offering many years of experience we have become one of the leading vets in London with a variety of pet owners arriving on a daily basis.
Here at Blackheath vets we specialise in animal care, not only providing animals with the utmost care and attention but also providing you, the owner, with the information and advice you may require. Looking after pets can be a difficult decision on its own and we don’t want you to have to go through it alone. Animals are not able to speak for themselves which can often result in pet owners becoming worried or scared for their pets. Here at Blackheath Vets we can helpprovide you with the assurance you need.
Blackheath Veterinary Surgery provides a range of services including:
- Free puppy checks
- Free kitten checks
The importance of yearly booster health checks
Not only do yearly booster vaccinations protect your pet against disease, the yearly consultation also includes a free health check, which:
Involves listening to their heart, feeling the abdomen, checking teeth, eyes, ears and any lumps etc.
Last year Alan found abdominal tumours, diabetes, high blood pressure and hyperthyroidism (just to name a few), through some routine booster consultations.
In many cases, your pet may not show obvious symptoms until later stages of disease.
If diagnosed early, many diseases can be treated or managed with medication or surgery.
Please remember your pets' yearly health checks are important, not only to protect against disease, but also to assess their general health and well-being.
Thousands of pets are lost every year and many are sadly never reunited with their owners. Microchipping can change that. It gives your pets the best chance of being identified and returned to you if they become lost or stolen.
Most pets can be microchipped and we recommend this for cats, dogs and rabbits. The procedure is simple and relatively pain free as the video below demonstrates.
Microchipping and the law
On 6 April 2016 it become law for all dogs in the UK to have a microchip. It is your responsibility to ensure your dog is microchipped and registered on one of the authorised commercial databases. It is also your responsibility to keep contact details up-to-date on the databases.
Key facts about the law change are highlighted below:
All dogs must be microchipped and registered by the time they are 8 weeks old
If you are served with a notice requiring you to have your dog chipped, you will have 21 days to comply
If you do not microchip your dog within 21 days of the served notice, then you will be liable to pay a fine of £500
If you do not update your details within 21 days of the served notice, then you will be liable to pay a fine of £500
- Geriatric clinics
Please contact us for information or to book into a clinic.
Puppy and kitten
For advice on worming/flea treatments, neutering, basic behaviour, toilet training and socialisation.
This clinic is a great opportunity for your new pet to learn that coming to the vet isn't always a bad experience!
Even if you want to bring them in for a play and little treat please feel free.
If your pet is 7 years old or more, did you know he/she is classed as geriatric?
Our clinics advise you on tell tale signs of age related illnesses, for example, kidney problems, tooth decay, high blood pressure, hyperthyroidism etc. Some diseases, if caught early, can be treated or managed successfully with medication.
A simple urine test may be all it takes to diagnose or rule out kidney problems. Any urine or blood testing will be charged but with a discounted rate through our clinics.
For those pets needing to either gain or lose a few pounds. Our nurses will be able to give advice on diet food, exercise and create an individual weight plan for your pet.
Blood glucose monitoring and urine sample testing will be available for a small fee, as obese pets are susceptible to diseases such as diabetes. The fee for these clinics is £5.50
- Weight clinics
- Behavioural medicine consultations
- Home visits
We are able to provide house visits Monday - Friday between 12 noon and 3.00pm.
Unfortunately we cannot provide a specific time for house calls. This means that house visits would be arranged around appointments and operations scheduled for that day.
We prefer to see your pet at the surgery where possible, as we are limited to what we can take on a house call and we have all treatments available on hand at the surgery.
- Dental care
Pets have the similar problems with plaque, tartar, gingivitis and periodontal disease as humans, but unlike us they do not have regular dental check ups. Poor dental hygiene can lead to bad breath, infection, pain and the loss of teeth. Dental disease is more common in older pets but can occur in younger animals too.
If you are not sure whether your pet has dental problems please see the following list of common signs:
Loose teeth or tooth loss
Pawing or rubbing at the mouth
Yellow or brown tartar on the teeth
If you would like further advice on what to do if you suspect your pet may be suffering from dental trouble pleaseconсtact usat the surgery.
Pet Smile Month
We run Pet Smile Month every November offering 15% off all dental treatment and a free dental check up.
- Laparoscopic (Key Hole) Spays
What is Laparoscopy?
Laparoscopy is commonly known as ‘key hole surgery’. It has been used in human surgery for years and now has been developed for use in veterinary surgery. Instead of a large incision into the abdomen to perform surgeries, we are able to use very small incisions and using a camera along with small instruments to perform surgeries.
When do we use Laparoscopy?
We are using it for abdominal surgeries such as ovariectomies (spay), cryptorchid surgery (undescended testicles) and organ biopsies.
What are the benefits?
- incisions are significantly smaller, so there is less trauma to the muscles and other tissues
- recovery time is much reduced
- there is less pain associated with the surgeries
- a lower risk of infections
- reduced surgery time and therefore time spent under anaesthesia and a happier pet!
Please contact reception if you would like to book in your pet on 0208 858 5151
Laparoscopic Surgery (Keyhole Surgery)
At Blackheath Veterinary Surgery we have the facilities to perform keyhole surgery. We are one of the only surgeries in south London to provide this service. Alan has undergone extensive training in France and UK. The service is part of the surgery’s commitment to provide the best possible treatments.
What does this mean for your pet?
Quicker recovery after the surgery.
Considerably less pain from the surgery.
Much smaller wounds so generally no need for anti-licking collars.
Please call the surgery to ask for more details.
Pets have the same problems with plaque, gingivitis and calculus (periodontal disease) as humans, but unlike us they do not have regular dental check-ups. If your pet has bad breath, difficulty in eating, pawing at the mouth or bleeding from the mouth, he/she is likely to need dental treatment. We have a state of the art dental machine for de-scaling and polishing.
Radiography and Ultrasound
X-Rays and Ultrasound are routinely used in the diagnoses of many conditions. They help to speed up or confirm diagnoses and ensure more rapid treatment.
Blood samples, urine tests and microscopic examination of blood, skin and urine help with diagnosis and treatment.
An electrocardiogram (ECG) is an electrical recording of the heart and is used in the investigation of heart disease.
We have fully equipped operating theatres which means that we perform all routine procedures such as neutering on site, as well as some non-routine procedures including orthopaedic surgery. We have a state of the art laparoscopic surgical suite for key hole surgery.
Facilities are available for the hospitalisation of all pets. We prefer, however, to keep hospitalisation to a minimum as most pets prefer to recover in their own homes.
- Tonometry (Eye pressure checks for Glaucoma)
- Microscopy and Cytology
- Pet passports
- Flea treatment
Blackheath Veterinary Surgery
105 Humber Road
London, SE3 7LW
Tel: 020 8858 5151