Monday, 22 May 2017 - 6:37pm

She was asked to present the research project which she undertook while studying at the Royal Veterinary College.

Outlined below is a brief summary of the study:

The objectives of the study were to compare the measurements of lymph nodes of dogs suffering from lymphoma taken using calipers during a physical exam, and measurements taken from a CT scan. The CT images were looked at in two different ways- firstly in the transverse slices taken along the dog’s body from nose to...

Saturday, 20 May 2017 - 5:20pm

During Tick Awareness Month we are highlighting to pet owners in and around the South West the risk of tick-borne disease and the need for tick control measures.

We aim to help pet owners be more aware of the risk from ticks and the need to use control measures to protect your pets from the challenge that an increasing distribution and prevalence of ticks could bring to human and animal health.

During Tick Awareness Month we will highlight the longer season of tick activity and...

Monday, 24 April 2017 - 1:49pm

As part of this latest issue, to focus on Crediton, we asked veterinary practice owner Tony Kemmish a few questions, to get to know him a little better and learn more about St Boniface Vets.

How old were you, when you realised you wanted to work with animals? There was a big age gap between me and my big sister and she married a farmer when I was only 10. For as long as I can remember I’ve grown up around all types of animals working on the farm. We’ve always had dogs...

Friday, 31 March 2017 - 2:20pm

Controlling worms is a challenge, often not visible they may remain unnoticed for many weeks; causing harm to your pet and putting the health of your family at risk.  Protecting your dog against worms can be tricky, as not all wormers are effective against all worms your dog maybe at risk from.  However, now it's easy with a tasty tablet that not only prevents lungworm, but also all other major worms as well.

Why not take advantage of a free parasite consultation, with a Nurse, where...

Friday, 3 March 2017 - 6:03pm

Vets and Veterinary nurses have seen an 81% increase in pet obesity in the past 2 years alone, meaning pet obesity is becoming a major problem. Being overweight can seriously decrease your pets quality of life, as well as causing numerous health problems, such  as, Diabetes, Osteoarthritis and anaesthetic complications, to name but a few.

Studies have shown that dogs fed to their ideal Body Condition Score lived 1.8 years longer than dogs that were overweight. Obesity is also directly...

Friday, 27 January 2017 - 3:58pm

Our nursing team is headed up by Sarah Woodvine (pictured below, top right). She is a fully qualified veterinary nurse with many years of practical experience. She is ably assisted by Sadie, Ali & Sammi (top row) who are fully qualified RVNs.  We also have our two trainee nurses, Deanna (bottom left) and Leanne (bottom right).  Finally, we have Grace, who is an ANA (pictured in the centre of the bottom row with Tarn and Alfie).

Together, they look after the day to day running of...

Friday, 20 January 2017 - 6:30pm

Did you know that every year, our dogs and cats age 7 times faster than we do? By the age of 7 (dogs) and 8 (cats), our pets are considered to be senior, or geriatric.

Like humans, being aware of the first signs of ageing, is the first step to ensuring your pet lives a long and comfortable life.

The signs of ageing and age-related diseases in dogs and cats are not always obvious. Even pets that appear normal can have an underlying problem, which is why regular visits to the vet...

Friday, 30 December 2016 - 4:09pm

A more unusual patient visited the practice recently...

Buzzby was brought in by a very kind and thoughtful member of the public who saw a car in front knock the buzzard over.

The buzzard was knocked into a puddle and presented to Kate in respiratory distress, soaking wet and cold.  On admit he wasn't moving, and open mouth breathing. 

After a very hands off approach, to begin with; to include warming and supplemental oxygen Kate was able to examine him. He was in good...

Monday, 19 December 2016 - 12:55pm

Our pets love a routine and the holidays can seem like a very strange time for our cats.  Their usual environment is filled with trees, flowers and other decorations, plus, unfamiliar visitors popping in every day can be very unnerving.

This, teamed with crackers and fireworks, can result in an unhappy cat.  Be aware of these changes and try and provide a 'staff zone' for your cat over the festive season.

There are also additional hazards for our cats, so we have put together a...

Saturday, 10 December 2016 - 3:04pm

Rabbits are well adapted to deal with cold weather, they have thick fur and choose to reside in burrows which keep them insulated from severe cold and sudden changes in winter weather, although they do prefer temperatures between 10-20C. Unfortunately domestic bunnies live above ground so are more prone to the cold weather. Here are 5 top tips to keep your rabbit warm and happy over the winter months

1. Keep the hutch damp and draught free

Use a tarpaulin,...