VetCare Dog & Grog Pocket Bar

In Residence With VetCare

Our local Veterinary Clinic VetCare has been caring for pets in our community since 2004.  THE GOOD PET HOME was recently a special guest at their monthly event Dog & Grog and we've asked them to be a regular contributor to our blog providing you what we hope will be useful tips for the health and wellbeing of your pet.

We caught up with its founder Dr. Alex Melrose recently to learn more about the practice and his team.  

What made you decide to become a Vet?

Alex: From the first moment I could speak I wanted to grow up and save animals' lives, I’d try and help road traffic accident victims from the time I could walk.

Why did you decide to open VetCare? 

Alex: I had a vision to create an amazing environment to gather a superstar team around me and deliver the very highest inpatient care for my pet devoted clients.

What's unique about your practice? 

Alex: We treat our patients as if they were our own and our clients as if they are our family. Our family culture paired with our holistic and preventative medical approach helps your pets live better longer.

Natural and homeopathic remedies for pets are becoming more and more popular, what is your view on this? 

Alex: I’m all for adjunctive natural therapies, in addition to, and to assist with, core medical and surgical treatments.

Do you own a pet? 

Alex: I have an amazing black Brussels griffon called Prince, he believes he is a human though so I’m not sure if he counts as a pet. His favourite things are sitting on humans and playing at the beach. We also have a resident clinic cat called Tank who runs the show.

How did Dog & Grog start? 

Alex: Dog & Grog started when I first opened the practice. Then two years ago we started it back up every month and haven’t looked back!  We have a huge passion for bringing the pet community together and enjoy creating vet-pet owner relationships so our pet devoted clients never feel hesitant to come and visit or call us.

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