When you come to the clinic with your pet for the first time, it is likley that the consultation will last anything from 45 – 90 minutes. A dermatology consult involves quite a lot of time getting the history of the case and asking a lot of questions about the management of your pet, such as feeding, where housed, contact with other animals, parasite control, travel etc and then questions on the actual history of the dermatological or ear condition regarding age of onset, how it has developed and responses to treatments already given plus questions about any other diseases or conditions your pet may have. Your pet will then be thoroughly examined with a full clincial examination to check general health and then a thorough dermatological examination is made. In house diagnostic tests such as skin scrapings, trichograms, cytology tests etc will then be conducted and we can show you the results on the HD screen that is attached to our powerful microscope. Depending on the condition, then we may ask you to leave your pet for further tests or procedures such as skin biopsies or deep ear cleaning with the video otoscope. It is wise, therefore, to make sure that you pet is starved before the appointment in case these blood tests, skin biopsies or ear flushes under anaesthetic are necessary. Alternatively, you can make a second appointment for these tests/procedures to be done, but we appreciate that for clients that have travelled some distance, most would prefer these to be done on the same day.
Parking is available on road in the vicinity of the clinic and there is a car park opposite belonging to the nearby Stamford Arms pub, which we have permission for our clients to use. Groby (pronounced “Grooby”) is very close to Junctions 22 and 21a of the M1 and the A46 Leicester Western Bypass, making it very easy to get to from all parts of the East Midlands and beyond. We have had clients come from as far away as London, Lancashire and Norfolk. The clinic is in the centre of the old village sandwiched between Cathy Stevens Jewellers and The Nottingham Building Society.
If your pet has to stay with us for a few hours for further diagnostic workups, deep ear cleaning or ear surgery, then there are many places you can visit during that time. The local pub 40 yards away, The Stamford Arms offers a relaxing atmosphere and great food. If you enjoy the countryside, Martinshaw Woods and Groby Pool, the largest natural water space in Leicestershire are both right next door to the village. The beautiful 800 acre Bradgate Park is just over a mile away. This ancient deer park is home to some of the oldest Oak trees in the country and contains the ruins of Bradgate House, the folly “Old John” and a lovely brook with several weirs which feeds the nearby Cropston Reservoir. The entrance to Bradgate Park is in the next door village of Newtown Linford, in which several quaint tea rooms can be found.
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