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Thursday, 23 November 2017 - 1:40pm

Vivi was presented to one of our vets Kate with a long history of vomiting on a daily basis.  Vivi’s biological sister had sadly passed away earlier that year with suspected Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) infection. Vivi’s owners were understandably concerned regarding her health and wanted to ensure Vivi wasn’t going to meet the same fate as her sister.

Vivi underwent several blood tests, in order...

Thursday, 23 November 2017 - 1:17pm

Out the back’ is a place you may have heard of and is a place of love and cuddles; where the nurses assist the vets with fractious pets or potentially painful (but necessary) procedures, to ensure as little stress and discomfort is caused to your pet as possible.  It also ensures that procedures are quick and painless.

You and your pet have arrived for your appointment at the vets and you’re apprehensive as to how the visit is going to go, due to your pet being...

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 - 11:02am

This November, we bring our successful cardiology campaign to a close.  The campaign has been very effective and, an integral part of that success is down to our dedicated Cardiology Support Nurse (CSN).

The role of our CSN is to support the patient, owner and vet following a diagnosis of heart disease. They work closely with the vet to ensure continuity of care and follow up examinations with the responsibility of history taking, physical examination and continued monitoring of...

Friday, 17 November 2017 - 11:59am

St Boniface Vets are planning a 2 day course in cattle foot trimming, suitable for complete beginners or those wanting a detailed refresher. 

The course will run from 10.30am to 3pm on 23rd & 24th January, here at the surgery in Crediton, with lunch provided.

Places are limited, to ensure a high quality personal delivery, so please let us know if you are interested to avoid disappointment. 

We will also be offering a unique one-to-one follow up session, on your farm...

Thursday, 16 November 2017 - 1:37pm

“Sales of antibiotics for use in animals in the UK have fallen to their lowest level since records began, exceeding a government target to combat the threat of antibiotic resistance (AMR) two years early”

This is a statement from Defra that has rightfully been spread far and wide in farming press, though probably not far enough in the general media! UK farming industries have really taken the reduction of antibiotics seriously and are pulling more than their weight in the...

Thursday, 16 November 2017 - 12:52pm

One of the more frustrating problems faced by anyone caring for dairy cows is the ‘downer cow’.  Defined most simply as a cow that remains recumbent for more than 24 hours; often very bright and alert with a good appetite, they seem very content!  Often these cows do not walk off the farm, which is a demoralising result and costly too, with the difference between a cull value and fallen stock bill several hundred pounds, and for a very good cull over £1000.

Are we doing enough...

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 - 12:52pm

Milly has recently been diagnosed with diabetes. As a diabetic patient she requires continual monitoring as well as daily insulin injections.

As part of her care plan, Milly was required to spend the day with us to carry out a ‘blood glucose curve’. This involved taking a small pin prick sample of blood and testing the level of glucose. Just like human patients - Click the link to watch the video - Milly's Blood Glucose Curve.

The...

Wednesday, 1 November 2017 - 4:25pm

Sox is super friendly and likes nothing more than winding up his sister and stealing food from next door!  Tilly takes life more seriously and is very much more at home on her owner’s beanbag, venturing outside only to ensure Sox is not up to too much mischief!

They always come yearly for their routine vaccinations and whilst here, as part of their pre-vaccination health check, we noticed changes in Sox and Tilly.  They are both beginning to enter senior years, so a few conditions...

Friday, 20 October 2017 - 6:08pm

Here is an easy to accomplish example of monitoring.

5cm increments are drawn on the race, the heifers are measured against it and their withers height recorded.

These heifers are 12 months old. A Holstein heifer should have a withers height of 124cm by this time.

If heifers are not achieving good enough growth rates, and we discover this early enough, feeding can be altered so that service can still be achieved by 13-15 months of age.

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Monday, 16 October 2017 - 3:28pm

Most pet owners now know that chocolate can be toxic to dogs, causing nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, abnormal heart rhythms and occasionally death but there are many other “hidden threats” lurking at home.

Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine, which are both methylxanthines. The amount of methylxanthines present depends on the type of chocolate. The darker the chocolate generally the more toxic it maybe. Chocolate can cause nerve stimulation, rapid heart rate...

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