Our popular First Aid evening for dog owners is back this month!  It is being held on Tuesday 24th October here at the hospital, starting at 7.30pm.  The evening will include practical demonstrations, interactive teaching and talks from some of our vets.  There will also be refreshments provided during the evening.  Places are limited so please book now to avoid disappointment.  You can book by calling our reception team on 01572 722646 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The evening costs £10 per person or £5 if you are a member of our adult dog club or puppy club.

This lovely little pup, Murray Brown, a Hungarian Wirehaired Visla came in to see vet, Catriona Laird as an emergency case one Sunday afternoon.  Murray, who was only fifteen weeks old, had eaten a quantity of chewing gum (which contains Xylitol) while out on a walk.

Xylitol is a natural, sugar-free sweetener commonly found in chewing gum, mints, sweets and toothpaste.  Ingestion of this substance in dogs can cause acute, life-threatening low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia) within 15 minutes.  A larger ingestion can result in acute liver necrosis and ultimately, liver failure.

by Will Bayton BVMedSci BVMBVS


Most of us enjoy a good fireworks display, but as we move into Autumn towards the festive period many pet owners are unable to enjoy this time because of the effect fireworks have on their dog or cat.  Some pets seem genuinely traumatised by the loud bangs and crackles, or the flashes of light from the sky, and this can leave owners feeling distraught.  No one wants to see their pets so anxious but is there really anything we can do?  Are some pets beyond help?

Our nursing team has a reputation for providing gold standard patient care. As a result, we are able to recognise and reward our nurses’ skills, professionalism and dedication. Our clinical team is growing and we would very much like to hear from registered vet nurses, with at least three years’ nursing experience who are keen to contribute to and share in our success.

Enthusiastic, self-motivated and resilient, you will enjoy keeping pace with our wide and varied caseload and demonstrate strong communication skills.

A generous rota and package is offered. With lots of scope for personal development, CPD is encouraged and funded. Why wouldn’t you want to join us? Have a look at our website and Facebook page.

For more information please contact Helen Franklin, Head Nurse, on 01572 722646. Apply with CV and covering letter to Dawn Wright at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In a recent client survey 93% of those who responded would like to use an online booking service for routine vet appointments.  VetBooker is a client interaction portal for veterinary practices which will work alongside our Practice Management System to allow registered clients to book online appointments.

The system has now gone live, initially just for booking vaccination appointments and other options will be available soon.  To register with VetBooker you need to have the email address you want to use listed on your client records with us.  To do this you can give our reception team a call on 01572 722646 or alternatively send them an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Once your email address is set up on your client records go to:

https://www.vetbooker.com/login/index.html#/userlogin and follow the instructions to sign up - our clinic code is 244793.

Please contact Tina Edwards, our VetBooker co-ordinator, for more details on 01572 722646.



In a recent client survey over 90% of those that responded chose email as their preferred method of contact.  We've taken this feedback on board and aim to use email as much as possible in the future for our client communication.

We already send out a monthly e-newsletter with seasonal advice, recent hospital cases, information on our monthly promotion and staff news.  If you have an active email address on your account you will already receive this automatically on a monthly basis.

Dental problems are very common in our pets.  They usually start with a build-up of sticky plaque that hardens to form tartar.  If left untreated, this can lead to gingivitis and eventually periodontal disease may develop.  Cats and dogs could then lose teeth and can be prone to oral infections.

Common causes

Age             Dental disease is more common in older cats and dogs.

Breed          Small dogs are more likely to have misaligned or overcrowded teeth that are difficult to
                    keep clean, making them more prone to dental disease.

Food           Feeding predominantly wet food might lead to a more rapid build-up of plaque and 

Whilst it's true that most dogs love a trip to the beach it's also worth remembering a few handy tips to keep them safe and happy on your day out.  Check before you travel that the beach you want to visit is dog friendly all year round.  Increasingly, popular beaches do not allow dogs certain times of the year or in specific areas.  Be aware that if it is dog-friendly there will probably be lots of other dogs about not on leads, if your dog is not very sociable this may not be the best day out for them.

Although travelling with your pets has become more commonplace in recent years the majority of us do still choose to leave them in the UK while we go away on holiday.  This can be with a registered cattery/boarding kennels or in the care of a friend/family member.  In either case this needs organising well in advance as whoever is caring for your pet will need to know the following:

  • Your pet's dietary requirements
  • How to perform a daily health check (particularly for small furries)
  • How and when to exercise them
  • If they need medication and what the dosages are
  • Your vet's details and your emergency contact details on holiday

In short, a lot less than we would like, Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy (CRGV) or, Alabama Rot, as it is more commonly known, continues to frustrate vets worldwide.

It was covered in the UK national news in recent weeks following a spate of confirmed cases seen across the country since the start of the year.  The disease was first diagnosed in America in the late 1980's, hence the nickname.

Woodland walks this time of year are a must but do stick to the designated paths and try to avoid your dog foraging about in the undergrowth.  Adder bites are very rare but the majority do happen in the spring/summer months if they are disturbed or scared. 

Most pets live around poisonous plants all their lives and instinctively know not to eat them.  However, inquisitive puppies might be at risk from common spring bloomers such as Azaleas, Daffodils and Rhododendrons.

In a recent survey over 90% of our clients chose email as their preferred method of contact.  In light of this we would like to send out more of our client information via email.  This might be alerts about upcoming client evenings, our monthly e-newsletter or reminders about your pet's annual vaccinations.

If you don't currently receive our e-newsletter at the start of each month then we don't have an active email address for you on our system.

Please send your email address details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your full name and postcode.

Email addresses are held securely in our Practice Management System and are never passed to third parties.