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Bonfire night keeping your pets safe

Bonfire night looking after your pets As Bonfire night approaches, we would like to offer some important advice to keep your pets safe. Pets can be extremely afraid and distressed with fireworks. Many dogs show signs of fear throughout Bonfire Night. We have put together a few steps to help reduce your pet’s anxiety making…

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Senior Pets

Looking After Senior Pets

It is important we look after our senior pets as they start to get older.

As dogs get to the age of 8 and cats to the age of 10 they are then classed as “seniors”. Although they can live for many years after the ages of 8 or 10, just like humans they may develop age-related diseases.

Pets can suffer from diseases such as; arthritis, diabetes, kidney problems, heart conditions and liver problems. Some of these diseases can be life-threatening but can be successfully treated with medication.

Nutritional needs and exercise can change as your pet gets older. Often changes in your pet’s health can go unnoticed and therefore, it is important they have a regular check up at our veterinary centre.

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Feral Cats

What are feral cats?

Feral cats are the descendants of domestic cats and their offspring, which now live in the wild. Often these can be the descendants of domestic cats which were abandoned or who have wandered from home and ended up lost. Feral cats are wild-living cats which quite often form colonies where they can find shelter and a food supply. Areas such as industrial estates, rubbish tips, farms etc.

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Pet Travel Dogs in Cars

Travelling with Dogs in hot cars

Travelling with dogs can be a problem in the summer as even in a shaded spot with the windows open cars can heat up extremely quickly inside. According to the RSPCA, it can be  22oC outside but the inside temperature can reach 47 oC within an hour. Dogs can overheat quickly and heatstroke can be fatal.

Pets and Travel Sickness

Many pets love to travel, however for some this can be a very stressful experience. Fortunately, there are lots of products out there which may help your dog with travel sickness.

Many pets l stress with travel sickness, we can prescribe tablets that may help relieve these symptoms such as Nutracalm.

Benefits of Nutracalm

  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • It’s fast acting
  • For dogs, cats and horses,
  • Easy administration

It has been specially formulated by vets to naturally calm anxious pets.

Another popular product we prescribe is Adaptil, this helps reduce your dog’s stress levels, in most cases this will also help reduce the travel anxiety and sickness as well. It helps with the following symptoms.

  • Agitation
  • Panting
  • Salivating excessively
  • Trembling
  • Vomiting
  • Barking
  • Whining

Travel sickness products can last for 24 hours. Please ask us for more advice before travelling with your pets.

 

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Rabbit Awareness Week 17th – 25th June 2017

What is Rabbit Awareness Week?

Rabbit Awareness week (RAW) is a very important week for rabbits. The UK is a nation of self-confessed pet lovers. Rabbits are the 4th most popular pet in the United Kingdom according to recent research with 0.8 million rabbits (PFMA PET Population 2016 report). Therefore rabbit welfare should be of great concern for pet owners, especially who own rabbits or are thinking of getting one.

During rabbit awareness week, thousands of veterinary practices throughout the UK offer free health clinics for local rabbits and their owners. This is the perfect opportunity for a rabbit which has never been to the vets before to get them health checked by an expert.

Many retailers, rescue centres and veterinary centres will be running fun and educational events to spread the word. Ensuring our little pet rabbit friends are kept happy and healthy.

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Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month

Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month (VNAM) Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month began back in 2005 originally as National Veterinary Nursing Day. Over a few years,  it has progressed to a week then Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month in 2012. It was established to spread the word of the importance of a veterinary nurse’s role within the practice. Each year more and more practices…

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Easter Treats That Can Be Dangerous For Dogs

Easter treats you should not give your dog

Easter treats such as easter eggs and hot cross buns may be a treat for humans, however, for dogs, these can be very harmful.

The chocolate in Easter eggs contains a chemical called ‘theobromine” which is toxic for dogs. A fairly small amount can cause hyperexcitability heart problems and convulsions.

Dark chocolate contains much more theobromine and is more toxic because of it. However giving any type of chocolate to dogs should be avoided.

If your dog eats more than 3.5g of plain or dark chocolate per kg body weight or 14g of milk chocolate per kg body weight, call your vet immediately. White chocolate does not contain theobromine, but it can be very fatty for dogs and does pose a potential risk for acute pancreatitis.

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The importance of Kennel Cough Vaccinations

Why is it important for your dog to have Kennel Cough Vaccinations?

The importance of kennel cough vaccinations for your dog.

Many dog owners will have heard of a kennel cough, but may have never come into contact with a dog suffering from the condition and are not aware of the signs and symptoms of this illness. It is a common canine health condition within the UK.  Due to the availability of kennel cough vaccinations, the disease is less common than it used to be.

To help protect their dogs from an outbreak, all owners of dogs should be aware of the signs and steps to take in preventing their dog contracting this condition.

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Gum Disease in Dogs and Cats

A common problem that affects dogs and cats mouths is gum disease. Probably one of the most common problems affecting cats and dogs mouths is gum disease. Your pets need dental care in the same way we do. Unfortunately, with our pets, it can often be overlooked. Very few owners regularly brush their dog’s teeth…

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Overweight Pets

Ways to check if your pet is overweight.

Is your pet overweight? According to veterinary research, one in three dogs are overweight and one in four cats.

Although weighing your is one of the first steps, there are other things you can do to check your pets body fat.

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Prostate awareness month

Canine Prostate Awareness Month Runs Throughout November Pet owners of entire male dogs which are five and over are encouraged to take them to their vet for a prostate check. The initiative aims to highlight this painful condition, which can often go unnoticed until it is at a more advanced stage. Campaign to run alongside…

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