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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, 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,...

Friday, 1 June 2018 - 9:26pm

St Boniface Vets has grown considerably over the last few years. We are proud to be able to say that this is largely through personal recommendation and word of mouth. This is very gratifying for us as it means that you, our clients, think we do a great job caring for your pets!

We are all passionate about keeping your dogs, cats and rabbits healthy but we like to think that our approach is a very personal one. We offer longer appointments so that you have time to tell us about your...

Friday, 1 June 2018 - 2:30pm

ANA stands for Animal Nursing assistant.

Did you know an ANA does more than assisting the vets and nurses?  Here at St Boniface vets we have 1 animal nursing assistant, Grace. 

You may have seen her on our Facebook page before or at the practice. Grace helps keep the practice clean throughout the working day, keeps clinical areas fully stocked, assists the inpatient nurse which includes cuddles and handfeeding, laboratory work, hydrotherapy assistant, helping run the Facebook...

Friday, 1 June 2018 - 2:27pm

A Student Veterinary Nurse, often known as an SVN, is someone in training to become a qualified veterinary nurse.

They usually wear a green and white stripey uniform with green trousers, but this can vary between veterinary practices with some students wearing blue, blue striped and even purple!

Most Student Veterinary Nurses have carried out an Animal Care or Animal Nursing Assistant course before starting their Veterinary Nurse training, though this isn’t always the case, but...

Friday, 1 June 2018 - 2:24pm

Did you know…

The Veterinary Nurse role is widely variable and covers everything from seeing your pet in a Nurse Consultation through to monitoring their anaesthetic during a surgical procedure. 

Nurses are responsible for:

  • Blood sampling patients
  • Placing intravenous cannulas
  • Providing and monitoring intravenous fluid therapy
  • Administering medications
  • Monitoring anaesthesia
  • Recovering from anaesthesia
  • Ensuring...

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