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.
The milder temperatures during the spring/summer months provide fleas and ticks with the perfect conditions to survive and reproduce. Fleas feed on your pets' blood then mate and produce more eggs. Flea bites can cause irritation and result in skin allergies; they can also transmit parasites such as tapeworm. Ticks are particularly good at transmitting diseases via feeding on our pets' blood and that of other animals. The only way to prevent them is to use a certified product on a regular basis.
We offer one of the leading flea & tick treatments for cats and dogs at 25% off for a one year dose (4 chewable tablets for dogs or 4 spot-on treatments for cats). These must be for the same animal who needs to have been seen by a vet in the last year. Each dose purchased is logged on a loyalty card for each individual pet, with the fourth effectively being free of charge. The doses do not need to be purchased all together for the offer to apply.
With summer holidays looming make sure you're looking after your pets in the hotter temperatures. Every year vets and animal charities champion numerous campaigns to raise awareness of how life-threatening it can be to your pet to be left in a car on a hot day, yet it still happens. At only 22 degrees centigrade outside the inside of a car can reach 47 degrees within the hour. If dogs are too hot and are unable to reduce their body temperature they will develop heatstroke, which can be fatal.
Until 31st August 2017 we are offering 10% off our Small Animal First Aid Kits.
During the summer months when you're out and about more with your dogs there is an increased chance of them being bitten/stung or injured on a walk/day out. This might even be on a week away when you don't have the back up of the provisions that you may usually keep at home. Our first aid kits are ideal for packing in the glove box/boot of your car. They are fairly small and the soft canvas bag allows for it to be stored in compact spaces.
It includes all of the essentials that you would need to deal with a wound by yourself, or for something more serious, to temporarily manage the wound whilst you transport your pet to the nearest vets.
The first aid kits are available from our Small Animal reception at the reduced price of £18 throughout July and August, or until stocks last.
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
With temperatures hotting up it's time to start thinking about taking action to prevent some of the conditions that can affect our small furries at this time of year. In warmer weather rabbits are vulnerable to a condition called Flystrike, which can progress quickly and ultimately can be fatal.
Flystrike occurs when flies lay their eggs around your rabbit's bottom, these hatch into maggots which in turn chew into the rabbit's skin. Rabbits with dirty bottoms (loose stools) and wet fur are at risk which means that rabbit's who struggle to clean themselves are more prone to the condition.
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.
Email addresses are held securely in our Practice Management System and are never passed to third parties.
Catriona recently saw a 13 year old Jack Russell terrier in clinic, Lottie Dickinson, who presented with an enlarged stomach. Her owner had noticed no change in appetite or exercise and cutting down on her food had made no difference to the apparent weight gain.
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Click here to read about our Pet Club promotion to celebrate National Pet Month (NPM), advice on 'safe' toys, Easter tips to keep your pets safe and staff news.
To celebrate National Pet Month (NPM) we are waiving the joining fee for our Adult Pet Club packages until 31st May 2017.
Our Pet Club packages have been specially designed to give your pet all the preventative healthcare they need from worming and flea treatment, to important vaccinations. These healthcare packages can reduce the likelihood of your pet suffering from preventable illnesses. As well as doing the best for your best friend you'll also make a significant saving on the cost of your pet's healthcare...what have you got to lose!