At Blackrock Veterinary Clinic our aim is to provide excellent care for our patients and their owners at all times. We believe in providing the best medical, surgical and preventative health care for your pets, all delivered in a warm, welcoming and personable environment. Compassion at all times for you and your pet is a priority.

Our surgery opens daily from 8am to 7pm Monday to Friday, and 9.30am to 12:30pm on Saturdays, with patient clinics held each morning, afternoon and evening. To minimise waiting times and improve efficiency we do operate an appointment system, and would ask you phone ahead for an appointment time. However, we do strive to see all pets on the day, if required, and of course we will see your pet as a priority if they are urgently ill, or have an accident.

Outside of our opening hours there is full dedicated emergency cover for your pet, all details of which are on the After Hours link above.

Our ethos , and our promise to you, the pet owner,  is to provide a modern , up to date medical , surgical and preventative health care service for your furry, feathered or four-legged family member.  We are mindful that your pet is indeed a very important and well loved family member, and to this end we have a team of qualified and experienced Vets, Veterinary Nurses and support staff – all animal lovers ( and owners ) themselves – dedicated to looking after your pet.

Our practice is located in a beautiful old Victorian red brick cottage-called Wilton Cottage- dating from the 1870’s. This  building has been fully modernised internally to function as an up to date Veterinary Clinic and in fact, our new premises very readily achieved and maintains accreditation in the Veterinary Council of Ireland’s practice premises accreditation scheme.

Opening Times:

Monday – Friday (by appointment) 8am - 7pm

Saturday (by appointment) 9:30am - 12:30pm

Our Services

  • Consultations
    We offer full 15 minute consultations by appointment, whether for…
  • Surgery
    Our clinic offers a full range of surgical procedures for…
  • Anaesthesia
    We strive to adhere to gold standards of anaesthesia, and…
  • Hospitalization
    There are two main reasons that your pet may need…
  • Laboratory
    At Blackrock Vet Clinic we have  our own   in…
  • Radiology
    At the clinic we have invested in a very modern…
  • Dental
    We regularly examine and treat your pet for all sorts…
  • Weight Checks
    We are pro-active in helping to keep your pets weight…
  • Pharmacy
    At Blackrock Veterinary Clinic we stock and supply a wide…
  • Food
    Using appropriate nutrition to prevent some diseases and to treat…

After Hours

We open until 7pm each evening and until lunch-time on Saturdays. However, occasionally your pet may need treatment after-hours ( sudden illness, accident, poisoning etc ) . Dublin Animal Emergency…

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Useful Info / FAQ's

  • Caring for your New Puppy

    Caring for your New Puppy @ Blackrock Veterinary Clinic

    Vaccinations
    Your new puppy should be vaccinated against five main diseases: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza and Leptospirosis (we give all of these together in one injection to make it more comfortable for your pup).
    They need one vaccination at 6-8 weeks old and then a second vaccination between 10-12 weeks old.
    These must be at least two weeks apart and your puppy must be at least 10 weeks old to have the second vaccination.
    Puppies can then go for normal walks 5-7 days after the second vaccination is given.

    We also now recommend that your puppy is vaccinated against contagious cabin cough. This vaccine in administered into your pup’s nose.
    Your dog will then need annual booster vaccinations every year after this.

    Worming
    Puppies can pick up worms from their mother and from their littermates.
    It is important to treat your pup with regular worming treatments to prevent weight loss, diarrhoea and ill-thrift which can be caused by parasites.
    Pups should be wormed every 2 weeks until 12 weeks old, then every month until 6 months old, and then every 3 months ongoing for the rest of their lives
    We recommend coming in to the clinic monthly to weigh your pup as they grow and pick up your monthly worming treatments (this also gets your pup used to coming into the clinic) – you don’t need an appointment to do this.

    Anti-Flea treatment & Lungworm
    Once your pup is fully vaccinated and going for normal walks, you should treat them with an anti-flea ‘spot-on’ treatment monthly.
    This not only prevents flea infestations, but it also prevents lungworm (which can be picked up when dogs eat slugs and snails), ear mites, and certain types of skin mites and worms. It also prevents and treats fox mange.
    ‘Advocate’ is the name of the product we use, and is recommended to be used monthly

    Neutering
    In females a neuter is called a ‘spay’, in males it is called ‘castration’.
    A spay is removal of the ovaries and the womb, a castration is removal of the testicles.
    Recent studies show that neutered dogs live longer, are less prone to developing certain types of cancers, and prevent infections directly related to the reproductive tract such as pyometra in females – which can be fatal.
    We recommend neutering from 6 months of age onwards (later in large breeds).
    One of our team of vets or nurses  will advise you on the best plan for neutering or spaying your pet.

    Microchipping
    It is a legal requirement in Ireland for all dogs to be microchipped.
    Most dogs are microchipped with the breeder. If not, we can easily microchip your pet here in the clinic.
    A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted under the skin at the back of your pet’s neck/ in between the shoulder blades.
    The procedure is very quick and can be performed by a vet or a nurse.
    It is vitally important to register your contact details to your pet’s microchip number so that you can be contacted in case your pet goes missing.

    Food
    It is important to feed your pet a high quality puppy food.
    Puppy foods contain a higher level of nutrients necessary for growth.
    We recommend Burns, Hills, Royal Canin, James Wellbeloved, to name a few.
    Initially feed your pup four meals a day until about 3 months old, then wean down to three meals a day until 6 months old, then down to two meals daily.
    If your pup has soft stools, try changing them onto a ‘sensitive’ puppy diet as the food they currently have might not suit them

  • Caring for your New Kitten

    Caring for your New Kitten @ Blackrock Veterinary Clinic

    Vaccinations

    • Your new kitten should be vaccinated against three main diseases: Feline Herpesvirus, Feline Calicivirus (collectively known as cat flu) and Feline Panleukopaenia (also known as ‘feline parvo’). We give  all of these together in one injection to make it more comfortable for your kitten.
    • Another vaccination which we offer is Feline Leukaemia virus (FeLV) – which can be combined with the above.
    • They need one vaccination at 8-9 weeks old and then a second vaccination after 12 weeks old.
    • These must be at least 3-4 weeks apart and your kitten must be at least 12 weeks old to have the second vaccination.
    • Your cat will then need annual booster vaccinations every year after this.

     

    Worming

    • Kittens can pick up worms from their mother and from their litter-mates.
    • It is important to treat your kitten with regular worming treatments to prevent weight loss, diarrhoea and ill-thrift which can be caused by parasites.
    • Kittens should be wormed every 2 weeks until 12 weeks old, then every month until 6 months old, and then every 3 months ongoing for the rest of their lives.
    • ‘Broadline’ is a product we use which is a monthly spot-on treatment vs worms and fleas. If you prefer tablets, we use ‘Milbemax’ cat wormers.

    Anti-Flea treatment

    • Cats should be treated with an anti-flea ‘spot-on’ treatment monthly.
    • Fleas can be a huge problem in cats, and can lead to a severe skin condition called Flea Allergy Dermatitis (F.A.D.) – so prevention is very important.
    • The cat flea can also be passed onto dogs, and if your cat has fleas, you almost definitely have fleas in your house!
    • ‘Broadline’, ‘Advocate’ and ‘Effipro’ are some of the flea treatments we use.

    Neutering

    • In females a neuter is called a ‘spay’, in males it is called ‘castration’.
    • A spay is removal of the ovaries and the womb, a castration is removal of the testicles.
    • We highly recommend spaying or neutering your cat as this will prevent unwanted pregnancies, reduce the risk of certain types of cancer and can reduce undesirable behaviour such as wandering & urine spraying in males.
    • We recommend neutering from 6 months of age onwards
    • One of our team will advise you on the best plan for neutering or spaying your pet.

     

    Microchipping

    • We highly recommend microchipping your cat as it provides proof of ownership, and a form of identification if your cat goes missing.
    • A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted under the skin at the back of your pet’s neck/ in between the shoulder blades.
    • The procedure is very quick and can be performed by a vet or a nurse.
    • It is vitally important to register your contact details to your pet’s microchip number so that you can be contacted in case your pet goes missing.

    Food

    • It is important to feed your pet a high quality kitten food.
    • Kitten foods contain a higher level of nutrients necessary for growth.
    • We recommend Burns, Hills, Royal Canin, James Wellbeloved, to name a few.
    • If your kitten has soft stools, try changing them onto a ‘sensitive’ kitten diet as the food they currently have might not suit them.
  • Taking your pet abroad / Pet Passports

    In recent years there have been many changes to the regulations regarding international travel with your pet, the most important of which is the lack of quarantine requirements for most pet travel- a very welcome development . This is great news for owners wanting to relocate to different countries, and also for owners who want to take their pet on holiday with them.
    Travel within Europe has been harmonised, and is relatively straight forward:
    -you will require a Pet Passport, which we here at Blackrock Veterinary Clinic can supply for you within a few days
    -your pet will also require a rabies vaccination at least 3 weeks before travel
    -your pet must also have a microchip before any of the above can happen ( this is now a legal requirement for your dog in Ireland , even if you don’t intend on travelling abroad ).

    There are some strict regulations to be adhered to before you return to Ireland from abroad, but our staff can advise you of the exact requirements before you travel.

    For owners travelling further afield with their pet ( usually when relocating ) such as Australia or South Africa, the rules, regulations & requirements can be a lot more complex, but we have lots of experience at Blackrock Veterinary Clinic in aiding clients through the protocols for allowing their 4 legged family members to travel with them.
    We can also introduce you to some excellent carrier companies who are highly experienced in assisting with the logistics of some of the more long-haul journeys.


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Our Team

  • Lucy Nolan RVN
    Veterinary Nurse
  • Katie Morris MVB
    Veterinary Surgeon
  • Eamonn Moore MVB
    Veterinary Surgeon
  • Brona Culhane MVB
    Veterinary Surgeon
  • Claudia Fitzsimons RVN
    Veterinary Nurse
  • Grainne Gilsenan RVN
    Veterinary Nurse
  • Holly Maguire
    Animal care Assistant
  • Melanie Corcoran
    Practice Administrator

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Contact Us

  • Our address
    25 Stillorgan Park
    Blackrock, Co. Dublin
    A94-XT71
  • Phone
    Tel: 01-2889641
    After Hours: 01-2609920
  • Email
    info@blackrockvet.ie
  • Opening Hours
    Monday – Friday
    (by appointment) 8am - 7pm
    Saturday
    (by appointment) 9:30am - 12:30pm

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