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Thursday, 1 November 2018 - 11:11am

Our first November focus is Feline Heart Disease.

Feline heart disease, specifically hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) can effect any cat, but is genetically predisposed to Maine Coon's, Ragdoll's and other breeds. However, if undiagnosed, hyperthyroidism and hypertension (high blood pressure) are well known to cause similar heart changes.

HCM is characterised by a thickening of the muscle of the left ventricle, leading to abnormal relaxation and reduced stroke volume,...

Monday, 29 October 2018 - 9:17am

With bonfire night coming up, it can be a stressful time for our pets, but there are measures you can take to minimise this.

  • Knowing when firework displays are scheduled can help, as this means you can prepare early. 
  •  Keep your pet in their normal routine. Changing their routine can be upsetting for them, though you may need to ensure cats are shut indoors and dogs have been for their evening walk earlier than usual. 
  •  Close curtains and keep lights on, to...
Monday, 15 October 2018 - 2:58pm

Autumn is an exciting time for St Boniface Vets. With the change in the season, comes a focus on changes in Endocrine (hormone) conditions.  

Over the next few months, we will be focussing on some of the key Endocrine conditions that can affect your pet. Cushings Disease in September, Diabetes in October and diseases that can affect our older feline friends in November and December.

Keep your eyes peeled for details, offers and more information on these conditions, which could...

Friday, 13 July 2018 - 3:54pm

ST Boniface Veterinary Clinic of Exeter Road, Crediton has supported local families and their pets for more than six decades.

St Boniface Vets has grown from a two-vet mixed practice to a 13-strong veterinary team; offering dedicated small animal, equine and large animal services.

Despite this expansion it remains a family-run business committed to providing the best in veterinary care.

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Friday, 6 July 2018 - 5:58pm

Please read below for advice on heat stroke, how to cool your dog, rabbit and guinea pigs, plus the signs of dehydration

How to cool off your dog on a hot day:

1. Offer a cool pack or wet towel for them to lay on
2. Put ice cubes in their water bowl
3. Dip their paws in said water bowl (Dogs sweat through their paws)
4. Offer access to a paddling pool with shallow, cool water
5. Early morning and late evening walks (DO NOT EXERCISE...

Friday, 6 July 2018 - 5:48pm

Tony Kemmish, St Boniface Veterinary Clinic

As reported in the last issue of Livestock Matters, St Boniface vet Tony Kemmish has won the award for Dairy Vet of the year in the 2018 CREAM Awards. Here, he outlines his GROW philosophy for working with dairy clients, and how for Devon farmer Richard Daw this has underpinned the continuous improvement in his herd’s health, performance and profitability.

GROW

Dairy farming clients of St Boniface Veterinary...

Wednesday, 4 July 2018 - 6:48pm

St Boniface Equine Haemo Tonic is a liquid supplement that provides a range of B vitamins, iron and cobalt.

St Boniface Equine Haemo tonic may be useful for:-

  • For horses recovering from illness or post-surgery
  • As a pick me up in horses that are dull or lethargic with low energy levels, for example after a viral infection
  • Horses with a poor appetite or restricted diet
  • Horses with anaemia
  • Horses with an exceptionally high worm egg count...
Friday, 29 June 2018 - 1:46pm

Nobody likes to think of their beloved pet harbouring worms, but it is an unfortunate possibility when owning pets. Most cats and dogs that venture outside and explore their environment will come into contact with parasitic worms.  You may notice your pets ‘scooting’ their bottom on the floor, having diarrhoea or vomiting, but very often they do not show any outward signs of being infected.

The common worms that dogs and cats suffer from are intestinal worms such as roundworms,...

Wednesday, 6 June 2018 - 1:44pm

At St. Boniface Vets, many of our dairy herds are Autumn block calving and will shortly be considering their selective dry cow management. Therefore, we thought we’d share a few reminders as to why a selective approach is the best approach:

  • There is no sense in giving antibiotic dry cow therapy to an uninfected cow
  • In fact, if you do give antibiotics to low somatic cell count cows, their risk of coliform mastitis in the next lactation actually increases
  • Of 52 UK...
Monday, 4 June 2018 - 12:43pm

 

ANTIBIOTIC use within farming continues to be a topic with a lot of public and industry interest.

This has mainly been focussed on the use of antibiotics that have been classed as critically important due to their vital role in human medicine.

Meaning these are the only remaining treatments for critical human problems like severe infections in children.

Their use should be therefore limited to reduce the risk of antibiotic resistance developing to these...

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