Veterinary consultations are available daily Monday - Friday by appointment. Please contact reception to arrange an appointment to suit your needs. If you would like to see a specific vet then please indicate this at the time of booking. We endevour to see you at your alloted time but the nature of the job means that sometimes emergency cases will come in that require urgent attention. We will aim to let you know if we are running late and how long you may need to wait.


Scheduled operations are carried out in the mornings Monday-Friday. We carry out a variety of different surgical operations and our vets will be happy to discuss the procedure with you before hand. Most surgical procedures will require a general anaethetic and we will formulate an anaesthetic regime that best suits your pet. We have a fully equiped operating theatre with gaseous anaesthetic and your pet will be monitored throughout by one of our nursing team.

Appointments for admission of animals for surgery are between 8.50 and 9.30am.

Cats and dogs should be starved from 8pm the night before (unless otherwise advised) but please leave with water overnight. Please take dogs for a short walk before hand so they can empty their bowels.

Rabbits and guinea pigs should not be starved before an operation so please feed them as normal the night before and bring a small amount of their normal food with you on the day.



Our nurses are happy to see your dog for a free appointment to discuss neutering and ensure there are no reasons why neutering should be delayed in your pet.


Dogs: We can castrate dogs from 5-6months old


  • Reduced risk or treatment of prostatic disease and perianal adenomas
  • Removes risk of testicular tumours
  • Reduced wandering episodes and sexually motivated behaviours


  • Metabolism slows, therefore some dog may gain weight if food intake is not adjusted
  • Coat may change

Bitches: We can spay bitches from 6 months of age.


  • Reduced risk of mammary tumours.
  • Removes risk of ovarian and uterine tumours
  • No seasons and no risk of becoming pregnant
  • They don't suffer from false pregnancies
  • Can't develop a life threatening condition called pyometra (pus in the womb)


  • Metabolism slows, therefore tendancy to gain weight if food intake is not adjusted
  •          Coat may change
  •          Risk of urinary incontinence in later life can be increased


In line with the BSAVA, we strongly support the practice of neutering cats to prevent unwanted kittens and the problems associated with finding themhomes and increasing the stray population.

Queens: We usually spay cats from 5 months onwards. Unless you plan to breed we would highly recommend that you spay your cat to remove the risks of pregnancy, its complications and also ovarian and uterine disease. Spaying also reduces the risk of mammary tumours.

Toms: We can castrate male cats from 4-5months old. We strongly recommend that you castrate your cat to reduce urine spraying in the house, reduce the likelihood of fighting and reduce roaming.


We recommend that all non-breeding rabbits should be neutered soon after they attain sexual maturity to prevent unwanted pregnancies. The exact ages varies with breed from 4months up to 9 months in giant breeds.

Additional benefits include

  • reduced sexual mounting behaviour and hormonally related aggression
  • prevention of false pregnancies
  • medical reasons including prevention and treatment of uterine cancers and other uterine disease.


We have a special dental table and�all the equipment required to scale, polish and extract your pets teeth.� Just like people, pets require regular dental check ups and our nurses are happy to check your dogs teeth or advise on brushing and prophylaxis at one of our free clinics.� Unlike people, we cannot expect our patients to sit back and say ah so if your pet requires attention to its teeth it will require an anaesthetic.� Our vets are happy to discuss this with you.




Puppies can be vaccinated from 8 weeks of age onwards with a second innoculation 2-4 weeks later.  The core vaccine protects against Canine Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Leptospirosis. To maintain life long immunity a booster is required every 12 months. Since the increased incedence of parvovirus in Hawick, we also recommend an additional parvovirus vaccine when the puppy is more than 16weeks old to ensure maximum protection until their first booster.

Kennel cough (or infectious canine tracheitis) is a very contagious disease of the respiratory system. Kennel cough vaccination is often required if your animal is going into boarding kennels. However, despite the deceiving name, kennel cough can be transmitted any where that dogs mix. Vaccination will not always completely prevent your dog from catching kennel cough but the symptoms tend to be milder and recovery is swifter. We offer a discount to dogs receiving the kennel cough vaccine along with their vaccine course or booster.

Rabies vaccination is only required for those animal travelling abroad under the Pet Passport scheme.  The vaccine we use is licensed for 3 years but if you are spending more than 3 months in a country please check local regulations.

Antibody testing

Our current knowledge of these diseases means that annual boosters are required to ensure that a high level of immunity is maintained. However, some animasl will have immunity that extends beyond this. The only way to know is to test for antibody levels to the individual diseases. If you would like to discuss this further please contact the surgery to speak to one of the veterinary staff.


Kittens can be vaccinated from 9 weeks onwards.  Cats require two inoculations 3 weeks apart, which will provide immunty against Cat flu, enteritis and Feline Leukaemia.  Your cat will not be fullyprotected until 2 weeks after their 2nd innoculation.  Feline leukaemia virus is spread by sexual contact or fighting so indoor cats do not require this vaccine.  Booster vaccinations are required annually to maintain lifelong immuntity.


Rabbits can be vaccinated from 5 weeks of age and we use a combined vaccine which protects your rabbits from myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease (VMD).  A single vaccine provides 12 months protection.  Both of these diseases can be fatal so we highly recommend vaccinating your rabbit.  


Microchipping your pet involves inserting a small microchip under the skin using a specially designed needle. Each chip has a unique number which is logged on a national database linked to your details. If your pet is lost or injured and presented to a vets then a microchip allows quickly identification of the owner so that you can be reunited and the pet can be treated.

As of April 2016 it became a legal requirement to have all dogs identichipped and to keep the registration details up to date. Please remember to update the data base if contact details change.



Medications and pharmacy

After a consultation our vets will dispense any medication which your pet requires. We carry a wide stock of medications but occasionally we will need to order an item in. Orders for collection are usually available by 1pm the next working day as we have daily deliveries.

Repeat prescriptions

If your animal is on long term treatment then we can provide medication on repeat prescription. Please give us 24 hours notice so that the medication can be dispensed and authorised by one of the veterinary staff.  We are required to ensure that we are only treating 'animals under our care' so your pet will require a check up every 6 months, or more frequently if clinically necessary.


Blood pressure Monitoring

Blood pressure monitoring may be required if your animal has certain medical conditions or to monitor the response to some medications. We can carry out blood pressure testing in the consult room but try to do it during a quiet time so that your animal does not become too stressed before testing.  It can take some time to allow your pet to become familiar with the surroundings and relax so please ask for a double appointment.


Diagnostic Imaging

Radiography (X-rays)

Radiography allows us to look at the organs and bones inside your animals body.� We have a dedicated x-ray room and our x-ray machine is capable of taking images of all sizes of pet from tiny hamsters to giant�Great Dane dogs.� Your pet will usually require some sedation or anaesthetic as it is important that they lie completely still.� Digital processing means that images are available to view within minutes and if required images can be e-mailed to a specialist for a second opinion.


We have a high quality ultrasound machine allowing detailed imaging of your pets internal organs, ultrasound guided biopsies and pregnancy diagnosis.� Ultrasound is not a painful procedure but your pet may require a light sedation to relax your pet and allow us to visualise the organs more fully.


We have different sized endoscopes to allow us to visualise the inside of your pets respiratory or gastrointestinal tract.




Euthanasia and loss of a pet

It is always a difficult decision to end a pets life but sometimes when your pets quality of life has deteriorated, it can be the last kindness you do. When the time comes we would like it to be a peaceful as possible. The staff are all pet owners who have lost pets in varying circumstances and so we understand the feelings of distress, guilt and grief that may be experienced. Below is some general information about what you can expect but please feel free to contact the surgery to discuss any questions with a member of staff.

Some people find that their pet is more relaxed and comfortable in their own home so we are happy to arrange house visits at a mutually convenient time.� Equally if you choose to bring your pet to the surgery we will try to do it at a quiet time so that you can take all the time you need and the waiting room is not busy.

The actual procedure involves injecting an overdose of anaesthetic into a vien, usually a leg vien in a dog or cat. This will require us to clip a little hair and then a veterinary nurse will assist the vet by raising the vein to inject.  We encourage owners to stroke and talk to their pet throughout the procedure. Animals fall asleep very quickly and then will pass away.  Some animals will not move at all after they have been euthanased but it is not unusual to see some muscle movements or even what appear to be gasps after the heart and brain have stopped working. These are reflex muscle movements and are not a sign of life. We will ensure that your pet has passed away by checking his or her heart and reflexes.

Afterwards, you can take your pet home for burial or we can arrange for your pet to be cremated.  At Hawick Veterinary Practice we use The Pet Crematorium which is ISO9001 accredited so you can be reassured that your pet will be looked after with care and professionalism even after they are gone. Depending on which service you choose your pet will be cremated with other companion animals, with token ashes stored or your pet can be cremated individually and the ashes returned to you. Please talk to one of our staff and we can take you through the various services available.

If you are struggling with the loss of a pet the Blue Cross Pet Beareavement Support line may be able to offer you some comfort.