At Kiram Veterinary Surgery we strongly believe in preventive medicine, one of the important reasons for this is to detect and monitor conditions before they become untreatable. At our surgery we have developed different wellness care protocols for every stage of your pet’s life.
One of the mainstays of this approach is your pet’s annual health check. This is a routine medical examination of your animal’s body systems. It gives a chance for you to discuss any health concerns you may have with your pet and also for the vet to offer advice and any medication needed. This is the time when vaccinations are given, along with any deworming medication or other preventative treatments.
Usually, annual health checks are sufficient, but if your pet is older, or has a chronic condition, it may be necessary to see them more frequently, to avoid any deterioration in their condition and to ensure that any medications they may be taking are at the correct dose for their current status.
Since our non-human friends cannot tell you how they are feeling, you may not be aware of any problems they may have until they are quite progressed. Health checks and early detection gives us a chance to step in with care before diseases become too severe. If your pet has a health problem that is concerning you, please call us to book a consultation appointment at a time that is suitable for you.
During any consultation, our veterinary team starts by weighing your pet on our UK imported electronic veterinary scale. Your pet’s vital signs will be recorded and we will ask you about your pet’s history, eating habits, exercise and behaviour. We shall examine your pet from head-to-toe, system by system. If necessary, we can take blood and other samples to assist in diagnosing problems and we can also arrange x-ray services and ultrasonography, if needed.
To ensure the safety and cooperation of our feline patients we have a separate examination room and waiting room.
We have a recommended vaccination program for all our pets starting at mid pregnancy where the mother is given a vaccination to protect the developing babies from parvovirus. Then we have a vaccination schedule for puppies and kittens, which may vary slightly depending on whether they have already had a vaccination and what breed they are. To maintain protection, annual booster vaccinations are required in dogs and cats for the animal’s lifetime.
Our vaccination schedule for puppies is as follows:
6 weeks – Parvovirus vaccination
8 Weeks – 1st Parvovirus, Distemper, Leptospirosis, Hepatitis, Laryngotracheitis and Tracheobronchitis
12 weeks – 2nd Parvovirus, Distemper, Leptospirosis, Hepatitis, Laryngotracheitis and Tracheobronchitis and Rabies
6 months – Rabies booster
1 year booster for Parvovirus, Distemper, Leptospirosis, Hepatitis, Laryngotracheitis and Tracheobronchitis and Rabies
Annual booster vaccinations continuing
Our vaccination schedule for kittens is as follows:
12 weeks – 1st Cat Flu and Enteritis, plus Rabies
16 weeks – 2nd Cat Flu and Enteritis
Annual booster vaccinations for Cat Flu, Enteritis and Rabies.
At Kiram Veterinary Surgery, we only purchase veterinary vaccines from an approved, reliable supplier and we are always conscious to maintain a proper cold chain to ensure vaccine stability and efficacy.
Kiram Veterinary Surgery is inspected and licensed by the Uganda Veterinary Board for veterinary services. We are permitted to store and to administer these core vaccinations in the correct protocol to our patients.
Many people consider vaccinating their pet against Rabies, as it is a zoonotic disease that can cross from animals to people. However, in addition, at our practice we encourage proper and full vaccination for pets against all possible infectious diseases. As well as Rabies, there are a number of animal-only diseases that can seriously affect your cat or dog, which can be prevented by vaccination.
When your pet is vaccinated at Kiram Veterinary Surgery, you will always be given a vaccination certificate as legal proof of your animal’s vaccination, which is recognised internationally. This certificate will be signed by the vet and carry a registered practice stamp.
Kiram Veterinary Surgery offers in-clinic and house call appointments to all our patients who need our care from Monday to Saturday. Emergency appointments are available 7 days a week.
Our routine appointment times in the clinic are Monday to Friday 8am-11am and 3pm-5.30pm and Saturday 9am-1pm.
Our house call services cover areas of Kampala, Wakiso, Entebbe, Kira, Muyenga, Makindye and other areas strictly by appointment. During house calls we can offer health checks, vaccinations and basic treatments.
House calls may be necessary for owners with very nervous dogs and cats, or those clients who do not have transport available. However, it must be understood that not all conditions can be attended to during house calls due to the increased facilities available at our veterinary clinic. In cases of an emergency, or serious diseases, these are always ideally treated at the veterinary surgery, where our full equipment, staff and hospitalisation facilities are available.
To be able to offer house calls to our clients, it is necessary for us to make a charge for transport, dependent on fuel costs and time.
Kiram Veterinary Surgery provides a variety of surgical services. We take every precaution to ensure your pets safety during every stage of a surgical procedure. This starts with a full pre-anaesthetic physical examination and, if necessary, pre-anaesthetic blood tests. All surgical instruments and other materials used at Kiram Veterinary Surgery are steam sterilised using our surgical autoclave, to reduce the risk of any post operative infections.
Your pet will be monitored by our team, before, during and after surgery to ensure their comfort and safety and to provide necessary pain relief medication.
At Kiram Veterinary Surgery we offer the following elective procedures:
Castration (Male Neutering)
Castrating your pet has many benefits. The procedure, which prevents male animals from reproducing, can help your dog or cat live a longer, healthier life. Neutering will not change your pet’s personality.
By castrating your pet, you’re reducing or eliminating his risk for prostate and testicular cancer, as well as sexually transmitted diseases like Transmissible Venereal Tumour (TVT). Neutering will also reduce or eliminate undesirable and embarrassing behaviour, including roaming, fighting, mounting, and urine spraying. In addition, neutering your pet will help control the dog and cat overpopulation problem, keeping more animals out of shelters.
Castration, which involves removing the testicles, is a surgical procedure and needs to be performed with the pet under general anaesthesia. We follow strict protocols and continually monitor your pet’s vital signs to help ensure his safety.
To set up an appointment to have your pet neutered/castrated or to learn more about this procedure, please call or visit our clinic. If you are struggling with the decision of whether to neuter your pet, please call us so we can discuss your concerns.
This procedure involves removing of ovaries and uterine body, which prevents female animals from becoming pregnant and reproducing. The procedure can help your dog or cat live a longer, healthier life. Spaying will not change your pet’s personality.
By doing this procedure, your female pet, will be protected against potentially life-threatening diseases, including bacterial womb infection, reproductive tract diseases, hormone imbalances and several types of cancer. In addition, you won’t have to worry about her going into heat. Problems with roaming, bleeding and male dogs coming around are therefore prevented. In cats, roaming, crying and pacing are prevented.
As a routine at our practice, all surgical procedures are done under general anaesthesia and close monitoring of the vital signs is continually performed. For spay surgeries, pain relief medication is given as standard, and occasionally other medications.
Rear Dew Claw Removal
The rear dew claws in dogs are usually not formed. When they are formed, they are often hang loose and are prone to catching on cages, fences and clothes, causing injuries. It may be recommended to surgically remove the rear dew claws if your dog’s ones are affected in this way.
We have experience with other corrective surgeries such as: wound reconstruction; caesarian section; pyometra surgery; fracture management; ear surgery; intestinal surgery; tumour removal surgery.
Because we want to ensure that our patients receive the best possible outcome, we occasionally refer them for surgery to a veterinary specialist to perform complex operations when advanced equipment or expertise is required.
Since the world is a global village and our pets are close family members whom we can’t risk to leave behind when we are travelling, Kiram Veterinary Surgery has all the knowledge and professional connections to process the required travel documents for your pet within a short period of time.
We process documents including health certificates, import permits, export permits and help you get your pet’s Rabies antibody titres done without struggle. If you are considering a journey with your pet or leaving Uganda do not hesitate to contact our team.
At Kiram Veterinary Surgery we are equipped with knowledge, to diagnose and treat many of the illnesses and diseases your pet may encounter. For every patient we do a thorough physical examination, laboratory and x-ray services are available in required. We do our best to make sure your pet is treated with modern veterinary techniques and the range of veterinary medicines your pet deserves.
We are able to treat many medical and surgical diseases including (but not limited to): tick-borne diseases; skin disorders; digestive disorders; neurological diseases; reproductive diseases; gastro-intestinal diseases; allergic diseases; cases of poisoning; viral and bacterial diseases; joint diseases; bone problems. Our team is equipped with a great knowledge of emergency medicine in such cases, you can rely on us.
Every patient is accurately weighed to ensure that all medications are dosed accurately.
Sadly, with the best will in the world, we are unable to save every patient and we are all affected with sorrow in such situations.
Despite the sadness, we are able to help our animal patients out of their suffering in a humane way. We know this is always a very difficult decision to make but in some cases it is the kindest thing we can do.
At Kiram Veterinary Surgery, we understand the difficulty of saying goodbye and we are able to give you time to be with your pet, if you decide, either at our surgery, or at your home, whilst the euthanasia is performed. Every animal in this situation first receives a pain medication and sedative then we use a fast acting medicine that puts them to sleep immediately.
We plan to offer a boarding facility for your cats and dogs. This will provide our clients’ animals with a home away from home for those times when you may need to travel.
For sick patients who need to be hospitalised, we have a very spacious compound for walking them, bathing them and separate wards for resting and recovery from surgery.
We have a well-equipped pet store with many pet accessories. We aim to provide our clients with quality, genuine products which will be durable and beneficial for your pet. At our store we have dog food, toys, shampoos, bones, collars, leashes and cages.
Microchipping involves injecting a small, non-reactive, coated microchip under the skin of your pet. The chip is about the size of a grain of rice and helps us to permanently identify your pet. The chip has a fifteen digit number which can be detected by scanner.
In many countries now it is the law that all pets are microchipped for identification, as collars and name tags can be lost or removed.
If ever you decide to travel to another country, a microchip is a requirement and it also helps to identify your pet if he or she is ever lost and found by another veterinary practice.