Thursday, 13 March 2014 - 11:36am

As the weather starts to warm up, hopefully, now is the time to start thinking about preparing for turnout.
To ensure everything gets sorted, four key points should be considered:B

  • Biosecurity – Fencing, tracks, gateways and water supplies
  • Parasite control – Correct use of anthelmintics and vaccination
  • Disease control – Vaccination
  • Nutrition and Mineral Supply

Good fencing obviously...

Thursday, 13 March 2014 - 10:51am

Healthy Feet Programme

Most of you are probably already aware that the 3rd round of funding from The Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme (FFIS) has now been launched. The round will close on Friday 4 April 2014.  Unlike previous rounds, they will start processing applications as soon as they arrive. Therefore, you are strongly advised to apply as soon as you can.  Grant is paid in arrears, so successful applicants will need to purchase and install the items before claiming the...

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 - 6:53pm

Calf Scour - Dehydration and Rehydration

Scour accounts for around 50% of all UK calf deaths and causes significant financial losses to both beef and dairy enterprises.

The age at which the calf is affected will give an idea of the likely pathogen and therefore appropriate treatment;

  • 1-3 days old is commonly bacterial in origin, therefore antibiotics may be appropriate
  • 7-14 days are more likely to be affected by viruses and/or protozoa
  • ...
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 - 6:42pm

New Years resolutions can be for pets too!

Has your dog gained a few pounds in this cold wet weather ? Have you been meaning to get his creaky joints checked out?

We like to run a series of FREE senior health checks in the middle of winter, as this is often when the wear and tear on an older pet can starts to take its toll. Colder weather makes joints ache and some fitness is lost as walks get shortened which adds to arthritis problems. 

In addition pets may be...

Monday, 7 October 2013 - 10:00am

Here at the practice we see how a good diet can benefit a pets health, which is why we keep the cost of our Royal Canin Veterinary diets as low as we possibly can, ensuring we are competitive with internet prices. We want our clients to be able to feed their pet a veterinary quality food for not much more (or sometimes less!) than commercially available food. Quite often, feeding a better quality food can mean you actually need to feed your pet less per meal, and therefore can work out...

Tuesday, 1 October 2013 - 10:00am

In Autumn 2013's Livestock Matters, Ruth wrote a fantastic article on targeting environmental mastitis pathogens which you can view here.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013 - 10:00am

The end of the year brings many reasons to celebrate and unfortunately this also brings many reasons for your pet to be nervous. If you have a pet suffering from a noise phobia, fireworks on Bonfire Night and New Year’s Eve can make the party season stressful. Preparation is the key when trying to address the problem; the sooner you start the better.

What is noise phobia?
It is an over-exaggerated fear of loud sounds. Whilst some form of response is natural, if...

Saturday, 15 June 2013 - 10:00am

Fleas are a very common external parasite in cats and dogs. During warming weather, the flea population can explode; a female flea can lay up to 50 eggs per day and 1,500 in a lifetime. Left untreated, they can cause excessive itching, skin irritation and damage  and even anaemia. They can also affect you and your family too! Fleas don't just live on your pet - it is estimated that 95% of flea eggs, larvae and pupae live in the environment – on beds, rugs, carpets and sofas.


Tuesday, 7 May 2013 - 10:00am

Reported Outbreak of Neurological Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) in North Devon
Many of you with horses will be aware that the neurological form of Equine Herpes Virus 1 (EHV 1) have been identified in North Devon.

St Boniface Vets have been in discussion with the Animal Health Trust (AHT) in Newmarket and other leading experts on the subject in order to present you with appropriate information.

The disease
Equine herpes virus is a common virus that...