Helping your pet lose weight

As we enter February, many of us may be putting our New Year’s resolutions to the back of our minds. Maybe this is the perfect opportunity to share the weight loss motivation with your pet? In fact, actually forming a team with your pet, to both lose weight together may help - the extra walkies will have dual purpose! Obesity is a serious disease which can be avoided, unlike many other diseases. It affects both humans and animals in a very similar way. Obesity is caused when a pet’s intake of calories (Kcal) is more than the energy they are [...]

Winter Hazards

As the weather gets colder, we need to think about how we can help our pets stay healthy throughout winter. We also need to provide our elderly or unwell pets with extra care, as they are more vulnerable to the effects of cold and icy conditions. To keep our pets safe there are several small changes that we can make that will allow us all to enjoy winter. Antifreeze Poisoning Ethylene glycol is commonly found in antifreeze products, such as screen wash. It is a highly toxic substance so it only takes a small amount to poison an animal. Unfortunately, [...]

Which vaccines do my cat and dog need?

Vaccines are essential to preventing life threatening illnesses in both humans and animals. We strongly recommend that all pets in our care receive vaccinations. The length of immunity provided by the vaccine varies between different vaccine brands, and for different diseases - it isn’t a “one size fits all”! What is a vaccine? A vaccine is a substance which contains weakened or genetically manipulated disease cells to make them harmless. Vaccines are made in many different ways but they all have the same effect - the vaccine is similar enough to the actual disease that it makes the body [...]

Contagious Cough Vaccine – what is it and does my dog need it?

Contagious Cough is a new name for the disease previously known as Kennel Cough. The old name suggested that it was only a problem for dogs in kennels. Unfortunately, as the disease is airborne and highly infectious, this is not the case. Any contact with other dogs can result in your dog becoming infected. Transmission of the disease is either by breathing in airborne particles, or when your dog encounters objects such as food bowls or beds that have been coughed on by infected dogs. Therefore, it is possible for a dog to pick it up in any area where [...]

COVID-19 Practice Update

For the foreseeable future due to the COVID-19 outbreak we would ask our clients to: 1: Phone and make an appointment; if you have more than one pet to be seen, please tell us so that we can put aside more time for each clinical examination. 2: Phone ahead for prescriptions; if possible give us 24 hours’ notice. 3: Phone ahead for worm, flea and tick treatments plus any food requirements. 4: If you are feeling unwell or displaying symptoms of COVID-19 and you don’t have anyone to fulfil your appointment or collect a prescription etc, then please phone the [...]

What are anal glands and the problems associated with them?

Dogs have 2 anal glands which are located just inside their rectum. They are very small and you cannot see them from the outside. These glands contain a very smelly fluid which is supposed to be released whenever they produce faeces. The smell helps our animals to mark their territory, but the fluid can also help to lubricate the opening of the anus, helping faeces to leave the body more freely. How can I tell if my dog has problems with their anal glands? Dogs that are affected by anal gland issues are commonly seen ‘scooting’. This is when the [...]

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