How Long Since Your Pet Had a Tooth Check?

The majority of our pets will suffer from dental problems at some point in their lifetime. It’s really important to have their teeth checked regularly as, if caught early, we can help you to reverse the changes and improve their dental health. If things have progressed, we can spot the signs that they may be in pain and do what is needed to make them more comfortable. Cats and Dogs When we examine your pet’s teeth, we can give them a grade. Grade 0 means they’re perfect, lovely and clean, with no gum disease – the pet equivalent of a [...]

Passport Particulars

The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) introduced in 2010 by many EU countries permits the movement of pet dogs, cats, and ferrets to and from the UK without the need for quarantine. Many diseases that occur abroad are not seen in the UK, and are often are transmitted by biting insects and ticks. UK pets will not have met these diseases before and are susceptible. PETS allows for travel, but it should not be undertaken without serious thought. You need to consider if your pet is likely to be affected by the stress of long-distance travel, high temperatures in many southern [...]

Get Out and About With Your Dog!

Now that summer has arrived, and we can finally head outside without four jumpers and a raincoat, it’s the perfect time for you and Man’s best friend to get out and about! Today, we will give you some different ideas to keep your dog entertained and exercised during summer, as well as advice on looking after them in the hot sun. For those of you who love the great outdoors, summer is the perfect time to introduce your dog to new routes and environments. The countryside has miles and miles of walking routes which are great to explore. Most dogs [...]

Protect that pooch! Taking control of ticks and fleas!

The last thing you want is for your dog to be plagued by fleas or ticks; they’re bad for your dog, bad for your home, and bad for you! Let’s review ways to prevent these nasty critters from annoying your pet. Fleas Who’s at risk? Interestingly, the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) is the most common flea on dogs AND cats. All dogs and cats without regular flea treatment are at risk; as is your home! These long-named unwanted friends can infect humans. Why are they bad? Fleas love your dog, but not the way that you do! The adults will [...]

Will my puppy grow properly if I neuter?

We get a lot of questions about neutering… and that makes sense, because there are a lot of factors to consider! However, in this blog, I’m going to try and clear up any confusion you might have! What is neutering? Neutering is a surgical procedure whereby the dog is rendered permanently sterile (unable to bear or father puppies), and no longer produces significant amounts of sex hormones (mainly testosterone in dogs, oestrogen and progesterone in bitches). This is achieved by removing the part of the reproductive tract - the ovaries and (usually) womb in the bitch (a procedure called a [...]

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