Specialist Feline Clinics

Dr Sarah Caney is one of only fourteen RCVS recognised Specialists in Feline Medicine working in the UK and one of two feline Specialists based in Scotland! Sarah’s Specialist training involved an extra 6 years at University during which she obtained a PhD (studying feline immunodeficiency virus infection) and two post-graduate qualifications in feline medicine including the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’ Diploma in Small Animal Medicine (Feline), a qualification held by less than ten vets in the world. 

Sarah’s career has involved more than twenty years of feline-only clinical work and she has worked in both University Specialist hospitals and in private practice.

Dr Caney provides clinical support to cat owners through offering:

Referral appointments at Inglis Veterinary Hospital

Telephone referral appointments

Inglis Veterinary Hospital, Dunfermline, Scotland

Sarah is happy to see any cats where their carers would appreciate Specialist medical advice and support and she visits Inglis vets on a Tuesday:

  • Mornings at Dunfermline hospital, 120 Halbeath Road, Dunfermline, KY11 4LA
  • Afternoons at Hospital Hill Clinic, 142 Hospital Hill, Dunfermline, KY11 3AU

All cats seeing Sarah need to be referred by their normal vet and appointments last between 30 and 60 minutes (first appointment 60 minutes). If you are interested in seeing Sarah you can contact her or ask your vet to make an appointment by calling 01383 722818.

Clinic Location

Typically, cats seeing Sarah will be assessed with the following tests:

Detailed history taking

Dr Caney will collect information on your cat and any symptoms of ill health they may have. The history is a vital part of the assessment and in complicated cases this can take 30-40 minutes to collect.

Clinical examination

Your cat will be examined from top to toe to look for clues as to the cause of their illness and any complicating features.

Blood tests

Blood tests are often needed to confirm a diagnosis and assess the severity of a condition.

 

Urine analysis

Assessment of a urine sample is a vital component of the assessment, especially in older cats where kidney and thyroid problems are common. Samples can be collected with the cat at home or in the clinic and for many tests, the results are available instantly.

Imaging

X-rays and ultrasound examination can be very helpful in assessing cats with medical problems and provide a non-invasive way of learning more about the cat’s health.

Blood pressure assessment

High blood pressure (systemic hypertension) is common in older cats and is a cause of serious complications such as blindness, stroke and even death. Blood pressure measurement involves similar techniques to those used in people and this is a procedure which only takes a few minutes to perform in the consulting room. High blood pressure is treatable with oral medications.

Selected fees charged (2016)

Service Fee Information
First consultation £240 + VAT One hour duration
Check-up consultation £120 + VAT 30 minutes duration
Blood pressure measurement £75 + VAT Also includes Specialist eye examination
Specialist eye examination £21 + VAT  
Specialist interpretation of laboratory results £30 - £75 + VAT Fee depends on the number of tests interpreted

 

If your cat is insured then the above fees can be claimed on your pet insurance.

Telephone referral appointments

Cat Professional offers a telephone referral appointment service to pet owners at a cost of £250 + VAT (£300 in total). This service includes an initial one-hour telephone consultation with Dr Sarah Caney, production of a detailed report for owners and their vet, one follow-up phone consultation and email support for one month following the initial consultation. Further support is available at an additional fee. Pet owners wishing to pursue this option should follow these steps:

  1. obtain permission from your vet to pursue a telephone consultation with Dr Sarah Caney.
  2. ask your vet to fax or email all of your cat’s clinical records (including copies of original laboratory reports, where applicable) to Dr Sarah Caney: fax 44(0)131 777 8025; email: info@vetprofessionals.com
  3. contact Vet Professionals to confirm the request for a telephone consultation and to pay for this service. Payment can be made using a credit or debit card or a paypal account. A date and time (usually within one week of making the request) can then be made for a mutually convenient time.

Telephone referrals may be covered by Pet Insurance - owners are recommended to contact their insurers first, as appropriate.

 

Some feeback from previous recipients of this service:

I really appreciate what you are doing to help Milly - I can tell how much you care about the cats you work with. Best £300 I've spent!

– Cat Owner

Thank you so much for the consultation today. I do feel more positive that there is much more that can be done for Mac to help with his CKD.

– Cat Owner

Thank you so much for our discussion, it helped me enormously (you cannot imagine how desperate I was!) and gave me some hope. I am so grateful.

– Cat Owner