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We like to treat pet birds of all shapes and sizes at Blackness Vets, and have a variety of much-loved companions to keep healthy.

We are happy to advise on all aspects of care and investigate medical and surgical problems. We can examine samples using our in-house laboratory or send samples to specialist Avian Laboratories if necessary.

Birds tend to hide signs of illness until it is at a late stage, so a sick bird must be seen urgently.
Getting your bird used to being handled will make examination and treatment less stressful.


We offer a Free Kitten Check, where we will give advice about your new pet's general health, condition and weight.
We will also cover:

  • Feeding
  • Worming
  • Flea treatment
  • Vaccinations
  • Litter tray issues
  • Introductions to other pets and people
  • Normal behaviour development
  • Pet Health Club
  • Insurance
  • Safety in the Home!
  • A free kitten pack

The first vaccination can be given from 9 weeks of age, followed by a second injection at 12 weeks old.
Please contact us if you need any advice about your kitten.


We are always pleased to see your new puppy for a health check and to help you at this exciting stage.
We will ensure you are confident about feeding and basic requirements for the first week in a new home.
The initial examination of your new puppy is free and can cover many topics, including:

  • General health and condition
  • Breed Characteristics
  • Details of litter and parents
  • Feeding
  • Worming
  • Vaccination
  • Toilet Training
  • Night routine
  • Introductions to other pets
  • Weight
  • Pet Health Club
  • Insurance
  • Socialisation
  • Tooth-brushing techniques
  • Microchipping

A puppy pack is given to every new puppy.
Puppies require two initial vaccinations, and must wait until 1 week after the second injection before they go out.
At your pup's second vaccination, we will review all aspects of puppy development and you can discuss any concerns with us.
The next time we schedule a visit for your pup is at the FREE 16-week check-up.
This check-up is at an ideal stage to check the physical and behavioural development of your pup. We also offer a 3rd Parvo virus injection at this stage.
Remember: you can contact us for advice at any time or make an appointment with a Nurse or Vet.


We are always pleased to see your rabbit at Blackness Vets and look forward to advising you on all aspects of care, including:

  • Vaccination
  • Worming
  • Correct feeding
  • Weight management
  • Nail trimming
  • Dental problems
  • Fly strike prevention
  • Microchipping
  • Behaviour advice
  • Housing, handling and play
  • Fun activities for your rabbit

TIP: Regular handling from an early age makes examination and treatment much easier.
Remember a sick rabbit must be taken to the vet without delay.


Blackness Veterinary Surgery are happy to provide GP services for reptiles from Dundee and the surrounding area. Barbara Barnard has attended courses on reptile veterinary care and frequently carries out reptile consultations. Amongst our regular clients we have owners of Bearded dragons, Water dragons, Iguanas, Geckos, Corn snakes, Pythons and Boas; also Tortoises and Terrapins of various species, along with many less common pets. Most treatments are carried out on an outpatient basis as we have limited hospitalisation facilities for reptiles, but we are able to accommodate reptile patients in the short-term for day-surgery cases.
On occasion it may be necessary to refer patients to specialists such as Alasdair Lawrie's Veterinary Practice in Falkirk or to the Exotics service at the Royal Dick Vet Hospital in Edinburgh if advanced treatments are required.

Senior Pets

At Blackness Vets, we recommend that older pets are examined more frequently to detect problems early.
As your pet gets older, you may notice changes in their:

  • Thirst
  • Appetite
  • Weight
  • Stamina
  • Mobility  
  • Vision
  • Hearing  
  • Behaviour

A vet or nurse can investigate these changes at a Senior Pet Consultation. Please contact us to make an appointment.
Further investigation may include:

  • Blood tests, specifically for older pets
  • Urine sample analysis
  • Heart ECG, x-ray and ultrasound examination
  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Eye examination

We may also advise on lifestyle changes to help your pet stay healthier for longer, these may include:

  • Diet and supplements 
  • Medication such as pain relief for arthritis
  • Exercise routines
  • Keeping mentally active

Small Mammals

We love to see the wide range of little pets kept in the Dundee area.
Guinea pigs, rats, gerbils, hamsters, hedgehogs, chinchillas and all other small furries are welcome.
Our vets and nurses can give advice and recommendations on all aspects of care to ensure your pet enjoys a happy, healthy life.
TIP: Small mammals should be handled as often as possible when young to get used to being examined. It can make them much easier to treat if there is ever a problem.

Behaviour Advice

We use our knowledge and experience of cat behaviour to make their examination and treatment as easy as possible. We are always happy to devise special arrangements for anxious individuals to make their visit easier. We will soon be starting a Vet to Pet service, which may be of interest to cat owners.

General Behaviour advice is always available from vets and nurses. Behaviour Problems can be more complex and take time to investigate thoroughly. The problem has to be seen from the cat's point of view. Vet Graeme Buchan is keen to investigate cat behaviour problems. We ask you to complete a questionnaire before we decide if a home visit or surgery consultation will be most appropriate.

We work closely with you and your growing puppy to monitor normal behaviour development. We can then react quickly to help you if any behaviour is becoming difficult for you. Behaviour problems are so much easier to improve when caught early, as the sooner adaptations are begun, the more likely you are to resolve the unwanted pattern of behaviour.

Remember that general puppy behaviour advice can always be discussed in detail at a nurse clinic.
We always strive to prevent behaviour problems, but there are cases that come to us for help as the dog is causing concern. These cases take time and effort from everyone involved and often have to be seen in the evenings or at weekends.

All behaviour concerns are investigated thoroughly with a common-sense approach and we aim to give you a realistic expectation of what can be improved.

Vet Graeme Buchan has an interest in Dog and Cat behaviour, and is able to see cases at your home or at the surgery. A detailed questionnaire is completed first and then he will contact you to arrange an appointment. There can be a waiting list for this service.

Flea & Tick Control

Our Vets, Nurses and Receptionists are happy to advise on all aspects of flea and tick control. This is already a bad year for pets catching fleas and ticks.
We can recommend the best product to suit your pet and their lifestyle.
There are tablets and spot-on preparations available for your pet which must be used regularly throughout the year.

Check whether the Pet Health Club would reduce the cost of flea and tick products for your pet.
We recommend a spray to treat the whole house if there is a flea infestation, as only 5% of the total flea problem is on your pet. It is important to remember the life cycle of the flea when trying to control them.
Did you know that fleas can also spread tapeworms?
Ticks are now more common locally with recent mild winters. Remember the risk of Lyme Disease for pets and owners.
It is sensible to buy and apply Tick prevention products before you go on holiday to tick-infested areas.
Our plastic tick-remover tool remains very popular and is on sale at reception.
Why not contact us to make a nurse appointment to discuss flea and tick control?

Nurse Clinics

Our trained and experienced Veterinary Nurses are here to help you and your pet.
Please phone to make an appointment for a nurse consultation, which can be for:

  • Nail clipping
  • Worm and flea treatments
  • Puppy and kitten checks
  • Advice on feeding and training
  • Microchipping
  • Weight management
  • Post operation checks
  • Re-bandaging
  • Repeat blood sampling
  • Senior pet examinations
  • Monitoring chronic illness

These nurse consultations are FREE to members of the Pet Health Club.


At Blackness Vets, we feel that vaccinations play an integral part in keeping your pet healthy.

We aim to give the minimum number of vaccinations to keep your pet healthy and tailor our vaccination protocol to your pet's lifestyle.

If you have any concerns about vaccinating your pet, the vets will be happy to discuss this with you at an appointment.

For more information, see our Pet Advice page. 


Repeat Prescriptions

If your pet is on long term medication, please phone the surgery during reception hours to order your repeat prescription. 

We now have an online prescription service.

Please email your name, address, pet’s name, drug name, dosage and frequency to reception@blacknessvets.co.uk.

All our repeat prescriptions are checked by a vet before you collect them, so we would ask you to allow 48 hours between ordering your repeat prescription and collection.

To comply with Veterinary Medicines Legislation, we can only prescribe medication to animals under our care. This usually means that the animal must have been examined by one of our vets within the previous 3 to 6 months, depending on the condition being treated.

By requesting regular check-ups, we can ensure that your pet is receiving the correct medication at the optimum dosage.

You may obtain Prescription Only Medicines, category (POM-Vs) from the surgery OR ask for a written prescription and obtain these medicines from a pharmacy or another veterinary surgeon. You will be informed, on request, of the price of any medication that may be dispensed for your animal.