Friday, 5 June 2015 - 5:55pm

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

Since 2001 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.

Marie Kemmish, Small Animal Director, is very proud of...

Friday, 5 June 2015 - 1:21pm

As the weather begins to improve and we put on our shorts, flip flops and sun hats – bear a thought for your four legged friends in their thick fur coats. The hot weather can severely affect animals and in some cases can unfortunately cause death, so below are some tips for keeping our canines cool…..

Not all dogs are equal
Beware if you have a dog with white coloured ears or nose as these areas are more prone to sunburn and more susceptible to skin cancer. Use...

Thursday, 14 May 2015 - 10:55am

Devon County Show marks the start of the show season in the South West and St Boniface Veterinary Clinic of Crediton will, for the first year, be the show’s honorary vets.

Tony Kemmish BSc BVMS GPcert(DCP) MRCVS Practice Principal says: "We are proud to be continuing the Wolfgar tradition, by providing veterinary surgeons to treat the magnificent livestock"

St Boniface Vets have been there, for farmers of Mid Devon for more than six decades. Since 2001 St Boniface Vets has...

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 - 10:38am

We're joining TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham and the University of Bristol’s Big Tick Project this summer to look at rising tick numbers and the risk to our dogs and ourselves from tick-borne diseases such as Lyme Disease.

As one of the vet practices across the UK taking partTasha and Lisa, will be carrying out tick checks on dogs coming into the surgery and sending any ticks found to the...

Thursday, 16 April 2015 - 11:49am

One of our nurses, Katie, was recently invited to present at the BSAVA (The British Small Animal Veterinary Association*) to share her finding of predisposing factors to proliferative ileitis in the Syrian hamster.  Detailed below is an abstract...

Proliferative ileitis in hamsters is associated with a grave prognosis, thus prevention is essential. The causative organism is Lawsonia intracellularis, which results in...

Thursday, 9 April 2015 - 7:10pm

In 2011 St Boniface Veterinary Clinic became one of a very small number of practices in the South West who offer keyhole neutering.  Laparoscopic neutering is less invasive than open spay surgery resulting in a much shorter recovery time for your pet.

What is the difference between normal (open ovario-hysterectomy) and keyhole neutering (laparoscopic ovariectomy)?

Bitch spays are one of the most common operations performed in dogs at the clinic.  The...

Thursday, 9 April 2015 - 6:33pm

1) Prevention of pregnancy
This is the most common reason for neutering a rabbit; ideally a male and female should be kept as a neutered pair. There are an estimated 67,000 unwanted pet rabbits registered through rescue centres every year in the UK, we want to avoid breeding more! Beware….Does (female rabbits) are fertile within 24 hours of giving birth. 

2) Prevention of uterine cancer
This is the most compelling medical reason to neuter...

Thursday, 9 April 2015 - 6:25pm

Male and female kittens can be neutered from around 3 months of age as long as they weigh over 1.5kgs, however, we usually recommend they are done at 5/6 months. There are many advantages to neutering your cat at a young age.

Female cats usually come into season at about 5 months old and can become pregnant. If left unneutered they will start calling for about 1 week in every 2-3 weeks during most of the year to attract male cats.

Spaying will stop all this immediately and will...

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 - 10:21am

The disturbing truth about fleas is only 5% of the infestation lives on your beloved pet, the other 95% live in your home!

Fleas are a persistent problem for many households not only in the summer months but all year round due to central heating. They cause many problems including severe discomfort and self-trauma, allergic skin disease, transmission of tapeworm and anaemia.

Worry not as there is a solution to eliminating these unwanted parasites from your home...

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 - 9:51am

Adult fleas are small reddish-brown, wingless insects approximately 2-3mm long. Their bodies are flat with long strong legs giving them a massive jump.

Fleas can be found on most animals and there are several different species, but the most common is the “cat flea”.

The life cycle of the flea has 4 stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult. Eggs fall off the host into the environment, which form larvae that live in dark areas feeding on organic debris. Larvae form pupae; these cocoons...