Small Animals

We offer a complete range of services and facilities to provide the highest standard of care for your pet.

Our group offers all the facilities you would expect from a modern veterinary practice, as well as access to a range of specialist services. Our vets are here to help you with any questions you may have about your pets.

Routine and Preventative Healthcare

  • Free health checks for puppies & kittens that are too young to start their vaccinations
  • Free 4 week insurance with initial puppy and kitten vaccinations
  • Free flea and worm treatment with initial puppy and kitten vaccinations
  • Routine vaccinations for dogs, cats and rabbits
  • Kennel cough vaccination for dogs
  • Flea prevention advice
  • Worming advice
  • Dietary advice

Heart disease is a fairly common problem for cats and dogs causing issues such as breathing difficulties, collapse and exercise intolerance. Being able to offer this specialist Veterinary cardiology in-house for our clients and referrals for surrounding veterinary practices is of great benefit to the local pet owner. So we are really pleased to announce that Rachel James is going to be a regular visitor to our Mona. Rachel is able to undertake heart scoring for local breeders.

Rachel James MA Vet MB Cert SAM Cert VC DVC MRCVS
RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology

After graduating from Cambridge University in 1999, Rachel worked in small animal general practice for 4 years during which time she gained her certificate in Small Animal Medicine. She then undertook a residency in Veterinary Cardiology at the University of Liverpool, achieving her Certificate and then subsequently her Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology. In 2007 Rachel established the cardio-respiratory referral service at Nantwich Veterinary Hospital. In 2009 Rachel achieved RCVS recognised specialist status in Veterinary Cardiology. Rachel then worked at the University of Nottingham as an Associate Professor in Small Animal Medicine and Rachel is the current supplements editor for the Journal of Small Animal Practice and has previously been the secretary for the European society of veterinary Cardiology. Rachel now works as a freelance cardiologist (James Specialist Veterinary Cardiology) in the northwest where she visits veterinary practices seeing cardiorespiratory referrals. . Rachel presents both at nationally and internationally and has published widely in her field. Rachel’s research interests include syncope in dogs and feline cardiomyopathies. Outside of work Rachel loves all outside pursuits with her family and animals.

Rachel has always been passionate about cardiology and respiratory medicine, scanning hearts since 1999 and presenting her first abstract at BSAVA from general practice back in 2000. She aims to provide an experienced, personal and friendly service with 24 hour back up as needed whenever possible. Rachel has already been looking at cardiac cases for us and is making a big impact on managing these difficult cases.

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Pet Plan

Microchips are a valuable aid in the attempt to reunite lost or stolen pets with their owners. Microchips are small glass beads approximately the size of a grain of rice that have a chip inside. Each microchip has unique identification number, this will then be registered on a national database with their owners contact details. Microchips are implanted under your pet’s skin by means of a simple injection. This can be easily done during a consultation. As of the 6th of April 2016, it will be compulsory for all dogs to be microchipped in Wales.

Dogs and cats traveling abroad to selected countries can return to the UK without spending 6 months in quarantine if they travel in accordance with the Pet Travel Scheme (Pet Passport). In addition to having a microchip implanted, dogs and cats must be vaccinated for rabies at least 6 months before they re-enter the UK. We can provide the complete package of services required to provide your dog or cat with a pet passport.

For further information from the pet travel scheme leaflet - click here .

The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) is the system that allows pet dogs, cats and ferrets from certain countries to enter the UK without quarantine providing they meet specified rules. It also alows people in the UK to take their dogs, cats and ferrets to other European Union countries, and return with them to the UK.

Also you can, if you have taken taken your dogs, cats or ferrets to certain non-EU countries, bring them back to the UK without the need for quarantine. The rules are to keep the UK free from rabies and certain other diseases.

Further details are available on the DEFRA website.

The procedures

  • Have your pet microchipped - Before any of the other procedures for PETS are carried out, your pet must be fitted with a microchip so that it can be properly identified.
  • Have your pet vaccinated - After the microchip has been fitted your pet must be vaccinated against rabies. There is no exemption to this requirement, even if your pet has a current rabies vaccination
  • Get PETS documentation - For animals being prepared in an EU country, you should get an EU pet passport. If you are preparing your animal in a non-EU listed country you will need to obtain an official third country veterinary certificate although note that Croatia, Gibraltar, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland are also issuing passports.
  • Before your pet enters the UK, it must be treated against ticks and a tapeworm - Your pet must be treated against ticks and tapeworms not less than 24 hours and not more than 48 hours before it is checked in with an approved transport company for its journey into the UK.

Repeat prescriptions are available to our clients at reception, 24 hr advance telephone notice would be appreciated by the nurses so that your medications can be made up in advance and avoid unnecessary delay.

It is a sad fact that many animals are re-homed or even put to sleep due to behavioral problems. Early advice and intervention in most cases can often help. Our qualified animal nurses at the Mona, Bangor and Menai Bridge surgeries would be happy to discus and problems you may have. We also provide behavioral consults if required. For further information please contact Bangor Surgery.

The group has full surgical facilities and carries out the majority of procedures on the premises. We will, however, refer cases to local specialist centres when required e.g. spinal or cataract surgery. Where necessary we are happy to refer cases to specialist referral centres for more advanced treatments and we have good working relationships with a number of such centres.

Dental problems in pets are much more than just a cause of bad breath. Lack of dental hygiene is a preventable cause of pain and illness in pets. The bacteria living in the tartar on a dog or cat’s teeth cause periodontal disease and weakening the teeth roots. The bacteria are also in constant battle with your pet’s immune system. The long term effects of this battle can lead to damage to your pet’s internal organs - especially the heart and kidneys. Rabbits and guinea-pigs often have problems associated with overgrown or deformed teeth. These can lead to difficulty in eating and abscesses.

We provide:

  • Routine dental checks
  • Advice on preventative dental care (brushing & specialist diets)
  • Routine trimming of rabbit’s and guinea-pig’s teeth
  • Ultrasonic removal of the dental calculus that builds up on your pet’s teeth
  • Polishing after the removal of calculus to slow the build-up in the future
  • Extraction of teeth that have severe periodontal disease or cavities that are beyond repair

Regardless of the circumstances euthanasia is almost always a difficult subject to contemplate. However, if you are well aware in advance of the options available and the costs involved, you will be better able to make the correct decision for you and your pet when this choice has to be faced.

Unless it is an emergency situation you can decide on the location for euthanasia.

At the surgery - we will use a separate consulting room and you will not feel at all rushed during this difficult time. You will be asked to sign a consent form to state your wishes regarding euthanasia and possible cremation. Your pet will be handled sympathetically by experienced staff. The vein will be exposed by clipping away some hair on the leg and then a concentrated anaesthetic will be injected. You can stay with your pet as long as you wish afterwards.

At home - This will involve the least disturbance to your pet as it will remain in familiar surroundings but it is not always a feasible option. Many pets are more easily handled at the surgery where everything is to hand including experienced staff. Euthanasia at home is also a more expensive option as it incurs a visit fee.

Many owners are not sure whether they should remain with their pet during the procedure - it can be a very distressing time. This decision can only be made by the individual. It is important to ensure that the welfare of your pet always comes first. Some people wish to take their pets home and bury them in the garden, but for some this is not an option. Cremation or burial is provided by the pet funeral services, (details available at who are an excellent company and if the owner wants the ashes back then an individual cremation is guaranteed.


We can arrange cremation after your pet has been put to sleep, or you may wish to bury your pet at home. Please discuss these options with the staff.