Choosing the sort of dog that would suit you & your family’s lifestyle is beyond the assistance that words on a page can provide. You’ll certainly find plenty of suggestions across the web, and for more tailored advice, please feel free to give us a call and we can pass on the experience gathered through our careers and experiences.
We have a book full of useful information for you when your kitten comes to see us for their first injection, and even if they have already had their vaccinations, we will see them for a complimentary checkover and hopefully answer some of your questions.
Rabbits are rapidly catching up dogs in popularity and are the third most popular pet in the UK today. They are no longer just thought of as children's pets and many people are realising that they can make friendly, inquisitive and intelligent additions to the family.
Most of us in the practice will have owned or do own much smaller pets and we couldn’t possibly cover all of them but we can direct you to some other reliable sources of information if you need help & advice.
We offer special additional checks for cats and dogs alongside their annual visits for their booster vaccinations.
As of 1st January 2012, the requirements for the Pet Travel Scheme will be altered significantly making it much easier for you to travel abroad with your pet. For many years now, it has been possible for pets to receive vaccinations for rabies and then confirming that these vaccinations have worked by looking at blood samples, a Pet Passport can be prepared for the pet. The requirement for the blood sample is no longer required and a vaccinated pet can return to the country just 21 days after its vaccination so no more waiting around! The implications of this are that any pets vaccinated between now and January would be able to travel at the same time!
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of canine joint & musculoskeletal disease. Signs that you may observe include limping, difficulty in getting up, stiffness along with a reluctance or inability to run, play or climb stairs. It is a chronic and progressive disease and currently there is no cure.
Bothered by bugs? Fleas can make the lives of both your pets and yourselves unbearable. They’re not fussy and will quite happily bite humans in their preferred host isn’t available. During the summer months, when the average temperatures are higher, they can go from egg to adult in as little as 14 days and with many hundreds of eggs produced, it doesn’t take long to go from one flea to a plague invading your house. Not only that but they can live in the environment for up to 6 months so can last for an incredibly long time before hopping back onto a passing meal.
As well as identifying what causes itchy skin, we can offer a variety of treatments, specialised shampoos, herbal remedies, and high quality supplements.
If you have an itchy pet, it may not just drive them to distraction but also their constant rubbing, licking and chewing may annoy you. Their appearance may also change quite markedly.
Your pet depends on their teeth to eat and chew properly. Routine oral health care is the key to maintaining good teeth and gums. Dental disease is the number one disease of companion animals and over 90% of dogs and cats will have some degree of dental disease by the time they are 3 years old.
How long can nine lives last? Cats have long been recognised as having an amazing capacity to recover from some of the insults that life throws its way and in these days of better diet and better healthcare, a cat’s nine lives are lasting longer and longer. We no longer consider cats of ten years or more as old, but we do recognise that their bodies change. With advancing years, a number of conditions tend to stand out as being seen most commonly in the more mature cat.
If your pet has had a few too many treats and titbits over the festive period, this might be just the right time to have a go at shedding a couple of pounds.