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Monday, 11 September 2017 - 4:15pm

Controlling fleas is a challenge, particularly in multi-pet households and with flea infestations a year round threat, it’s important that you treat all pets in the household regularly to deny fleas the opportunity to survive and breed.

Why not take advantage of a parasite consultation with us? We can review your pet’s lifestyle and parasite control history, look for signs of flea activity and check its skin for signs of Flea Allergy Dermatitis. With our knowledge of the latest...

Tuesday, 5 September 2017 - 5:27pm

During the next couple of months, we are running a campaign to help owners recognise signs of heart problems in cats and dogs, and urging you to seek prompt attention.  Heart disease affects around 10% of cats and dogs in the UK.  Early detection is a major factor in helping to manage the condition and increase life expectancy.

Heart problems sadly affect pets as well as people. However, heart disease in pets tends to result from problems with the heart valves and muscles, rather than...

Monday, 4 September 2017 - 6:28pm

Molly is a 4 year old English Springer Spaniel who started on the Specific S.H.A.P.E campaign in February.

Molly attended regular weight clinics with one of our nurses, Ali, and Molly has lost an amazing 5kg! 

She started the campaign weighing 20.1kg, but with careful food management, using the Specific Weight Reduction Diet, attending regular weight clinics and hard work from her owner, Molly now weighs 15.1kg.

She has also lost 15cm from her waist, 12cm from around her...

Friday, 25 August 2017 - 3:29pm

These two cheeky chaps came in recently for castration, both were very well behaved and recovered quickly post operatively.

Here is 'their day at the vets' in pictures - we hope you enjoy!

WHAT ARE SUGAR GLIDERS?

Sugar gliders are marsupials native to New Guinea and Australia. In the wild they live in open forest, love to climb and are nocturnal.

They can glide up to 50 metres using a special gliding membrane which runs from their wrists to their...

Friday, 25 August 2017 - 11:41am

As part of our pre tuppling series, we focus on teaser rams.

Vasectomised rams (which are therefore infertile but produce testosterone) can be used to synchronise ewes and to encourage ewes early in their breeding season to cycle. Surgery needs to be conducted at least 6 weeks before the teaser ram goes in with the ewes.

Please contact the surgery for further information 01363 772860.

Friday, 25 August 2017 - 11:35am

As part of our pre tupping guidelines, we discuss the benefits of semen testing.

We can check the semen quality of rams by examining a sample under the microscope – this should be done on any ram with questionable findings at a physical examination and for newly purchased rams, or rams intended for sale.

Contact the surgery if you are interested in this service for your rams - 01363 772860.  

In the meantime, please click on the link for further information on our...

Friday, 25 August 2017 - 11:24am

Rams:

Poor conception rates (too many barren ewes) are mostly due to sub-fertile rams, so being sure your rams will work is critical to a productive lambing.

Sperm production takes 49 days (7 weeks), so it takes that long for a ram to become fertile again after any problems.

Production can be disrupted by lameness (because inflammatory markers spread through the blood stream), fever (because sperm production is very...

Friday, 25 August 2017 - 11:22am

Abortion Vaccines:

If you’re using vaccines against toxoplasma and enzootic abortion, these need to be given 1 month before the rams go in. Please order toxovax in plenty of time as it is only manufactured after orders have been placed and therefore takes longer to come in than most.

Worming:

Fit ewes should not need worming pre-tupping but thin ewes should be done. Fluke treatment may be a good idea depending on risk – given the wet...

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 - 4:22pm

We now have an electronic copy of our Puppy and Kitten Packs, these include some very useful information on:-

  • Vaccination
  • Treating & Preventing Worms
  • Preventing Fleas & Ticks
  • Neutering
  • Diet
  • Tooth Brushing Tips
  • Useful checklist 
  • And much much more...

Click the buttons below to view each electronic guide.

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 - 3:48pm

Gastric Ulcers in a Nutshell!

As part of our series discussing gastric ulcers, a common but often preventable and treatable condition, we ask:  How can we prevent and treat them?

How to treat and help prevent gastric ulcers

As the horse’s digestive system was designed for roaming the Great Plains and eating almost constantly, the key to managing our domesticated companions is to mimic nature as closely as possible.

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