TOP PET CARE TIPS

Choosing a new puppy or kitten

Pet dogs and cats can be with us for the best part of two decades, so it’s worth spending time getting the decision right and making sure you’re ready for the commitment. The following should give you an idea of how to go about the process and remember your veterinary practice is always there to help.…

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Spring pet advice

It’s been a long winter; it seems we have been bundled up in big coats forever! As the nights start to draw out, many of us are looking forward to enjoying some spring gardening and getting out and about for some long awaited country walks. Dogs and cats are pretty good at avoiding hazards most…

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How to get rid of fleas

Prevention is always better than cure If you are a member of the Healthy Pet Club, then you will get all your monthly flea and worm preventative treatments included in the scheme. These help to keep your pet healthy and flea free. Flea species have lived on our planet for hundreds of millions of years.…

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Travelling with your pet at Christmas

Christmas can be a stressful time for everyone and having to make arrangements for your pets if you’re going away, can be a nightmare. We’ll give you some tips and advice on how to make travelling with your pet at Christmas easier and what other options are available if you choose to leave your pet…

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How to include your pet in the Christmas festivities

Christmas is a time to look forward to every year and, it’s nearly here again! We of course look forward to spending the festive season with members of our family and our pets too. We want to involve them and of course indulge them. The supermarkets and pet stores are full of merchandise to tempt…

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Christmas dangers for pets

Christmas dinner The biggest cause of poorly dogs and cats over the festive season is sometimes our own fault. We want to treat our beloved pets as part of the family during the festivities including giving them a taste of our own Christmas indulgences. This is not just the Christmas dinner itself, but anything that…

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Pet passports

If you are planning to travel to the EU post 29th March 2019 Brexit with your pet, it is important you contact your local veterinary surgery as soon as possible for an update of any potential new requirements.   We advise clients to think well in advance of travel and allow at least 4 months before…

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Keeping your pet safe in the dark

We humans are probably not looking forward to the shorter days of autumn and winter. For many people this often means getting up in the dark and coming home in the dark too. It can have implications for our pets as well, so now is a good time to review what we can do to…

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Autumn safety advice for your pet

After such a long hot summer, it’s hard to imagine that soon we’ll be back to darker nights with cold, damp days. Some diseases are seasonal and can be more of a threat at this time of year. By learning about them, we can keep our pets safer – read on to find out more.…

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Fireworks and Halloween

Advice on helping your pet stay calm and safe Celebrating Halloween has become as, if not more, popular than fireworks night, meaning October and November can be a scary time for our pets. They can find some of our human antics frightening causing unnecessary stress and anxiety. Cats in particular are creatures of habit and…

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Weight Management

Weight Management Did you know that nearly 60% of dogs and 40% of cats in the UK are currently overweight or obese? Being a little overweight can lower your pet’s quality of life and can affect their ability to perform natural behaviours such as grooming or playing.  Like humans they can also suffer from many…

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Body Condition Scoring

Body Condition Scoring Is your cat or dog a healthy shape? As we move into 2018 we all become very conscious about our New Year resolutions and many of us take the opportunity to book in at the gym or start a diet to help us improve our weight and health. What about our pets…

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Dental Disease

Dental Disease Did you know dental disease is one of the most common problems seen by our vets? Dental disease isn't very nice for our pets and they often don't show any noticeable signs until it's really severe! The main causes are two nasty substances called plaque and tartar, which build up on our pets' teeth and makes…

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How Can I Help My Pet In Hot Weather?

How Can I Help My Pet In Hot Weather? Unlike us, cats and dogs only have sweat glands in their paws and around their nose which makes it difficult for them to regulate their temperature – this can lead to overheating and heat stroke on hot days. To help keep your pet cool… Make sure…

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Itchy Skin

Itchy Skin Vets see dogs with itchy skin almost every day. Not only is itchy skin uncomfortable and irritating for any dog, it can also be very upsetting for us owners to see our pets in discomfort. Some dogs may have obvious sores or areas of hair loss, whereas other cases may show no other…

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Fireworks

Fireworks Increasingly popular at celebrations, fireworks can be very traumatic for our pets.  For some pets the loud sudden noises, bright colours and flashing lights are scary but the fear is eased with some home remedies.  For other pets the fear of fireworks is a sign of true noise phobia. How to help at home…

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Easter Dangers

Easter Dangers Easter is a fun time of year filled with spending time with family and pets, warm spring weather, Easter egg hunts and of course chocolate! But for our pets, there are lots of hazards around which could turn a lovely day into an emergency trip to the vet very quickly! To help prevent…

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Chocotox

Chocotox We all love nothing more than a bar of chocolate – The International Cocoa Organization estimates that the average British citizen eats over 11kg of chocolate a year! Although harmless to us (apart from to our waistline) chocolate can make dogs very poorly indeed!  This is due to a toxin called Theobromine, a chemical…

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Basic First Aid

Basic First Aid Emergency situations can arise for your pet at any time. As an owner, would you know what to do if your pet required first aid? It’s understandable to be worried and concerned, and the thought of trying to stay calm while your pet is in pain or discomfort isn’t easy. However, there…

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Toxocara Canis

Toxocara Canis Toxocara canis is a roundworm which primarily affects dogs. Although it doesn’t commonly cause disease in adult dogs, symptoms can be severe in young puppies. More importantly, Toxocara Canis can infest humans as an intermediate host, causing several different syndromes. How is Toxocara Canis spread? Dogs are infected with Toxocara by: Ingesting eggs…

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Benefits of Neutering

Benefits of Neutering Many people consider neutering to be a procedure purely to prevent unwanted breeding.  While this is a major benefit, there are many other health and social benefits to neutering your pets. Why castrate my dog? Castration is removing the testicles from a male dog.  This renders the dog infertile while also eliminating…

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Exercising Your Pet

Exercising Your Pet As with us, one of the main benefits of exercising your pet is for health and fitness reasons. This ensures that their muscles remain strong and supple, and to also ensure that they don’t become overweight. As you may appreciate, different animals have different requirements, which we will explore below. Dogs It’s…

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Signs of Arthritis

Signs of Arthritis Arthritis is a common progressive condition affecting the joints of both dogs and cats. It’s more common in older animals, and can happen in many different ways. It’s not curable, but we have many ways to successfully manage the pain and discomfort arthritis causes. What is arthritis? Arthritis simply means inflammation of…

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Antifreeze

Antifreeze Antifreeze toxicity is one of the most common causes of poisoning seen in cats in the UK. Cases are often seen throughout the winter, usually due to accidental ingestion rather than deliberate poisoning.  Antifreeze is also toxic to dogs; however they are less likely to encounter it. Most people have antifreeze around the home…

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Pet Dangers at Christmas

Pet Dangers at Christmas Although Christmas should be a relaxing, peaceful, family time, it’s often one of the busiest times of year for veterinary practices. The holiday season poses a host of hazards for our pets, and being aware of these means you can keep your pets happy and healthy throughout the holiday season. Chocolate…

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Lungworm

Lungworm As a vet, canine Lungworm (Angiostrongylus vasorum) is a very worrying parasite indeed. Infections seem to be increasing in number, and the fact that the parasite can cause a whole range of symptoms makes it very difficult to diagnose. Although the parasite is very easy to treat and prevent, animals can die as symptoms…

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Winter Fleas

Winter Fleas Unfortunately, it’s very common for vets to see serious and severe flea infestations in the winter months. A survey performed by the PDSA revealed that there is a 20% drop in the sale of flea products in the winter months.  Owners often believe that due to the cold weather, fleas aren’t a problem…

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Pet Food Dangers

Pet Food Dangers Sometimes it’s tricky working out what you can and can’t feed your pet. A lot of the foods that can make our pets unwell are foods that we humans eat with no problem! To help avoid any poorly pets and panicked trips to the vets, we’ve put together a list of foods…

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Self Medicating Your Pet

Self Medicating Your Pet Why giving your pet human medication is dangerous A recent study by the insurance company MORE TH>N has revealed some very worrying trends relating to owners choosing to self-medicate their pets. It was shown that over a third of owners have given their pets human medicine in order to avoid paying…

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Fleas and Worms

Fleas and Worms One of the major benefits of being a member of the Healthy Pet Club is the treatment against both fleas and worms is covered as part of the plan. Fleas and worms are the most common parasites that we see at the vets, and can cause our pet’s considerable harm if untreated.…

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Why is My Pet Drinking More Than Normal?

Why is My Pet Drinking More Than Normal? There are many reasons a dog or cat may appear to drink more than normal. Some common causes include: Warm weather Increased exercise Switching from wet food to dry biscuits. In some pets however, especially older animals, increased thirst can be an early warning sign of disease.…

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Travelling With Your Pet

Travelling With Your Pet Any pet owner will appreciate how stressful it can be to travel with your pets; however there are various ways in which this can be made a pleasanter journey for all. Travelling with your cat The first thing to consider is a suitable carrier – ensuring that it is secure and…

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Keeping Pets Cool

Keeping Pets Cool Pets rely on us as owners to keep them cool during warm weather. Even in the UK we get heatwaves and warm spells, so here are a few hints and tips to help keep your pets cool. All pets: If your pets are outside, keep them in a cool or shady area.…

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Keeping your pet calm when visiting the vets

Keeping your pet calm when visiting the vets A visit to the vets can often be an ordeal. It starts with a friendly and relaxing trip in the car, your pet is thinking they are just going for a lovely ride in the car and maybe a longer walk. But really, they're in for a…

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Fireworks and Pets

The firework season is just about to start – a time that many pet owners dread. From October through to the New Year fireworks will be going off. Although great to watch, fireworks season is a very stressful and frightening time for many of our pets. Your pet’s distress, caused by the flashes and bangs,…

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How to prevent against fleas

How to prevent against fleas Three signs that indicate your pet has fleas: Frequent scratching Tiny dark specks or small browny-black insects in your pet’s fur Mysterious bites on your own skin If in doubt, a good way to check for fleas is to groom your pet using a fine-toothed comb held over a white…

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Travel tips

If you're travelling with your pet this summer, here are a few tips that will help things run smoothly. Ensure your pet is microchipped and the contact details are up-to-date – microchipping is FREE with the Healthy Pet Club Check that there is secure fencing at your accommodation, as well as access to dog-friendly areas…

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Hot Weather Tips

Hot Weather Tips To keep your dog, cat and other furry friends safe, in hot weather, it’s best to be prepared. Dehydration and Heat Stroke Pet dehydration and heat stroke are serious and not uncommon in the summer. Animals should always have fresh, clean water available – regardless of the weather – and owners should…

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Essential first aid for your pet

Do you know how to provide your pet with first aid if an emergency occurs? Here are a few tips to help you prepare for an unexpected pet health issue: Wounds If your pet sustains a wound, wash it with clean running water. If there is a lot of bleeding, apply pressure for at least…

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Summer dangers

Summer dangers The summer months can present a variety of hazards for our pets so it is important to be vigilant. Ticks One of the biggest summer dangers is ticks, especially if your pet likes being outside. Check your pet for ticks at least once a day; dogs are often more affected than cats, and…

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