Consultations are available at all three surgeries by appointment only. The surgeries are run by our experienced and dedicated team of veterinary surgeons. Please ask if you wish to see a particular vet and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
Routine surgical procedures take place Monday to Friday at all three branches. In the majority of cases, animals are able to return home the same day. Those animals that require hospitalisation will be transferred to our main hospital in Garstang, which is staffed 24 hours a day to provide the highest level of care for your pet.
We recommend pre-anaesthetic blood testing prior to anaesthesia for all animals. Modern anaesthetic procedures, drugs and monitoring are employed throughout the practice and high priority is given to pain relief and nursing care for your pet throughout their time with us.
Hospitalised patients are cared for 24 hours a day at our Garstang branch by qualified, registered veterinary nurses assisted by student nurses, under the supervision of our veterinary surgeons. Owners are kept up to date on the condition of their pet and on-going treatment at regular intervals. Owners are most welcome to visit their pets if they are hospitalised for any length of time and we feel this is often beneficial in aiding recovery of the patient.
Our veterinary nurses carry out consultations advising on all aspects of preventative health care including flea control, worming, feeding, weight management, dental health, training and behavioural problems. The majority of our nurse clinics are free of charge although products and procedures (e.g. nail clipping, anal gland expression and blood testing etc.) carry a charge. Nurse clinics run alongside the veterinary consultations and require an appointment.
Our veterinary nurses are able to offer some health care services in your home. Using our Pet Ambulance, nurse visits can be arranged for procedures such as nail clipping, anal gland expression, administration of medication and much more. This service does incur a charge, please phone for details.
In accordance with RCVS recommendations, all pets receiving long term prescription only medication are required to be re-examined regularly by a veterinary surgeon. The frequency of the re-examination, which carries a charge, is dependent on the nature of the drug prescribed and the condition being treated. Your veterinary surgeon will advise you how often your pet needs to be seen. This is generally four times a year.
Written prescriptions are available on request and incur an additional charge. Long-term drugs obtained on a written prescription are still subject to the same re-examination protocol as prescription drugs supplied in house. Please give 48 hours notice for repeat prescriptions, written or otherwise, including food orders.
In most situations, the best place for an examination is in the clinic where we have the full support of the team and full access to the facilities – vets carry no drugs or equipment routinely in their cars. However we do appreciate that, under certain circumstances, a home visit is preferable and we will always try to accommodate this where possible in normal working hours. Out of hours, this may be more difficult due to reduced staffing levels. An additional charge is made for home visits.
Lanes Vets strongly supports the principle of insuring your pet against unexpected illness or accidents. As a Pet Plan affiliated practice, our staff are able to advise you on Pet Plan insurance products specifically but can also give more general insurance advice. It is your responsibility to check the level of cover and any exclusions or excesses due on your pet’s insurance policy.