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Welcome to Abbeyfields Veterinary Centre.

Welcome to Abbeyfields Veterinary Centre, which is an independent, single branch, friendly practice based in the village of Rocester. We treat companion small animals – Dogs, Cats and smaller Pets – but do also treat the odd Alpaca and pet Chicken!

We aim to provide a high level of service to our Clients and their Pets. Our consultations are scheduled for at least 15 minutes to allow you time to discuss your concerns. We have the latest technology including Blood testing machines at the Practice, Digital X-ray, Endoscopes and Ultrasound Scanning services.

Our Surgery Suite allows operations from routine neuterings to complex surgery. Visiting Referral Specialists join the Practice on occasion when something really out of the ordinary arises.

Our Out of Hours 24 Hour Emergency Service manned by VetsNow. Simply call 01782 417882 and our Colleagues at VetsNow will be able to assist with free advice or arrange an immediate appointment to see your pet.

Abbeyfields Veterinary Centre is located on Rocester High Street, ST14 5JU on the Staffordshire and Derbyshire borders, close to the market towns of Ashbourne, Cheadle and Uttoxeter. You can find the award winning JCB main Factory just down the road.

Clients also visit us from the surrounding villages of Alton, Denstone, Sudbury, Tutbury, Marchington, Tean, Bramshall, Ellastone and Stramshall to name but a few.

The Surgery has RCVS Practice Standards Accreditation . Our most recent Practice Standards Inspection was January 2015, and we are pleased to say that Our Inspector was happy with every aspect he needed to reivew – from paperwork and Health and Safety, to our Training and patient care.

Abbeyfields is also a Registered Training Practice for Vet Nurses. Our trainee Veterinary Nurses train on a weekly day release at Bottle Green Training at Melbourne.

We are happy to take care of dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, small furries, backyard chickens and exotics.

Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative joint disease, evolves due to continuous inflammation in our pet’s joints that leads to progressive deterioration of the joint’s cartilage. The cartilage is the smooth material located between the bones that form the joint, which prevents them from grinding against each other when the animal moves.
The cartilage will degenerate as the animal ages and many other causes may also contribute to an abnormal wear of the normal cartilage, such as a traumatic injury, joint instability, abnormal conformation, abnormal activity or being overweight.
Most cats over 12 years of age will show some degree of osteoarthritis and clinical signs include decreased activity, difficulties grooming, vocalising more than usual, avoiding interaction, increased irritability and urinating outside the litter box as many cats often feel pain when trying to access the litter tray. Some cats display stiffness, lameness and swollen joints.
If you notice any of these signs bring your pet to the vet. Although osteoarthritis is not a curable disease there are several options that can help your pet, by reducing the pain and discomfort caused by this condition as well as slowing down its progression.
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