Pet Advice

Advice from the experts

  • Neutering
  • Vaccinations
  • Microchipping
  • Time To Say Goodbye



  • Females – We recommend neutering 3 months after their first season. If you wish to avoid your puppy having a season we can neuter as early as 6 months of age. 
  • Males – We recommend neutering from 6 months of age, although there may be reasons to delay this such as behaviour or breed.


  • Females – We recommend neutering from 6 months of age
  • Males – We recommend neutering from 5 months of age 

We advise booking a pre-neuter check with our Vet to ensure the timing is right.



  • Primary vaccinations can begin from 8 weeks’ old and require a 2nd injection due 4 weeks later
  • Given annually once primary course complete


  • Primary vaccinations can begin from 9 weeks’ old and require a 2nd injection due 3 weeks later 
  • Given annually once primary course complete


The government passed a law in April 2016 that makes micro-chipping compulsory for all companion dogs over 8 weeks of age; if a dog is found not to be micro-chipped the owner could face a fine of up to £500.

Dog breeders must ensure that puppies are microchipped and recorded by the time they are 8 weeks old and before they are sold.

Puppy buyers should not buy a dog from a breeder unless it has been microchipped and recorded on a database. When buying a puppy, you will be provided with microchipping documents which will allow you to transfer ownership on the database (though your breeder may do this for you). If you do not receive microchipping documents then you should reconsider buying the puppy, question the integrity of the breeder and be aware of any signs of puppy farming.

It is also essential that the pet’s microchip details are kept up to date. Not only is micro-chipping now a legal requirement, it is also a crucial part of good dog ownership and animal welfare. Making sure a dog is micro-chipped greatly helps in reuniting lost dogs with their owners. Here at Clockhouse Veterinary Hospital we recommend all companion animals are micro-chipped, especially dogs and cats.

What is a microchip?

A microchip is a permanent method of electronic identification. The chip itself is about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted subcutaneously (just under the skin) between the shoulder blades at the back of your pet's neck. Each chip has a unique number that is detected using a microchip scanner. This number is then registered on a database along with the pet’s details and the owners contact information. To update your pet’s micro-chip details you will need to contact the micro-chip provider. If you are unsure which company you need to contact you can either bring your pet in for us to scan the chip or check online at

Time To Say Goodbye

As pet owners we endeavour to make sure that our faithful companions stay fit and healthy enabling them to live to an old age. Unfortunately our pets do not live as long as us and at some point we will have to prepare to let them go. Sadly, few of our pets pass peacefully away in their sleep. We all therefore wish to do the right thing at the right time fulfilling our responsibility and commitment in their final days. We hope these words will help you and your family in a time of conflicting emotions.

Nobody knows their pet better than you and your closest family and friends so let them help and share in making a reasoned judgement on your pet's quality of life.

Some of the many indications that things may not be well may include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • A reluctance to play and move around as normal
  • Restlessness or becoming withdrawn from you

When the time is right to put your pet to sleep you may see evidence of a combination of all the above indicators and your pet may seem distressed, uncomfortable or disorientated within your home.

Is there nothing more I can do?

As your vet we will discuss all treatment options available for your pet to relieve their symptoms but there will come a time when all forms of treatment have been exhausted, we have discovered the disease is incurable or you feel your pet is suffering too much. You and your family may wish to talk with your Veterinary Surgeon to help you all come to this final decision; in this case we will arrange an appointment for you.

When and where can we say goodbye?

We hope this section will help you and your family understand your pet's end-of-life journey. This is known as 'euthanasia' but often referred to as 'putting to sleep'. After discussing with your family and your vet and having decided that the time has come you can contact your surgery and make an appointment. We will always endeavour to make this appointment at a time that is convenient for you and at a quieter time of the day.

It may be possible to arrange this appointment to be performed in the comfort of your own home via the Clockhouse Veterinary Hospital (link to contact Clockhouse page). In these cases, a vet and a nurse will visit your home, when they have put your pet to sleep they will either take their body back to the surgery for cremation or leave them with you to bury at home. Additional charges will apply for this service and certain times of day may be restricted.

Will I be able to stay with my pet?

Being present when your pet is put to sleep will be both emotional and distressing but the majority of owners feel that they give comfort to their pet during their last moments and can make their final goodbyes. But this is not comfortable for everyone and we understand if you do not want to stay in the room with your pet but make your goodbyes afterwards, we will always make time for you and your family to do this. What will happen? Initially your vet or another member of our team will ask you to sign a consent form to give us permission to put your pet to sleep. You may have already discussed with your vet what you then wish to do with your pet's body but we will confirm this on the consent form.

Many owners are surprised by how peaceful euthanasia can be. Euthanasia involves injecting an overdose of anaesthetic. Some of our vets would have previously inserted a catheter into the vein or sedated your pet if they are particularly nervous or uncomfortable.

After the anaesthetic has been injected your pet's heart will stop beating and they will rapidly lose consciousness and stop breathing. Your vet will check that their heart has stopped beating and confirm that they have passed away. On occasion the pet's muscles and limbs may tremble and you may see your pet gasp a few times, these are reflex actions only and not signs of life but may be upsetting. If they occur, they are unavoidable. Your pet's eyes will remain open and it is normal for them to empty their bowel or bladder as the body shuts down.