Fireworks Awareness Campaign

by admin on February 17th, 2010

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We are supporting the ‘Remember, remember your pets this November’ campaign which aims to provide worried owners with hints and tips on how to look after their pets during the firework season and the precautions that should be taken to help pets cope with their fear of loud noises.


We have prepared worried owners a comprehensive pack of information, which includes current offers and promotions. To obtain your copy, please visit the practice.

We can offer a wide range of advice from using synthetic copies of natural pheromones, D.A.P.® for dogs and Feliway® for cats, which help comfort and reassure pets, to getting pets microchipped. The ‘Remember, remember your pets this November’ campaign will help both you and your pets relax during the firework festivities.

To ease the worries of the approaching firework season we are offering owners:

The Sounds Therapy Dual CD Programme at the special price of £9.99. Owners can also get a further 10% OFF when they buy a D.A.P or Feliway.

The Package contains:

  • Two CD’s of Noises of Rain, Hail, Thunder, Fireworks and gun shots.
  • The complete manual with information to help you understand and treat your dog’s phobia problem.
  • The Quick reference guide, to get therapy started quickly and advise to get you through firework and thunder events as they happen.

Sounds Scary - Therapy programme for dogs with a fear of firework, thunder and gunshot noises

Throughout October, November and December we are offering owners 20% OFF D.A.P & Feliway plug-ins and refills.

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The importance of ID chipping

by admin on February 17th, 2010

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We feel it is also important that pets are micro chipped especially during this stressful time. If they do escape, frightened animals can easily find themselves lost. You can get you beloved pet micro chipped for as little as £15.73, to find out more information telephone the surgery for more details on 01903 782387.

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Coughing Problem?

by admin on February 17th, 2010

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Kennel Cough (or Infectious canine tracheobronchitis) is derived from its regular occurrence among groups of dogs in boarding or breeding kennels and animal shelters, but individual dogs may also contract the disease from training classes, shows, neighbouring dogs, popular dogs walks or other areas where close contact is unavoidable.

The disease is spread by direct contact with an infected dog or by inhalation of infected airborne droplets, so your dog could well be exposed to it by something as routine as a walk in the park.

The cough is harsh, persistent and usually dry, producing little or no mucus or phlegm, although dogs will often gag or retch during a coughing bout. It can be very distressing for both owners and their dogs. Fortunately the risk of developing a severe cough can be greatly reduced by vaccination for as little as £25.96. The vaccine is administered in the form of a nasal spray, which now gives your dog protection for at least 12 months.

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Pets have teeth too you know!

by admin on February 17th, 2010

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We all want to do our best to ensure that our pets stay healthy. Yearly boosters, regular worming, a balanced diet and plenty of exercise are all important, but do you ever think of their teeth?


Regular brushing is the most effective way of keeping your pets mouth healthy. Signs of a healthy mouth are:

  • White teeth
  • Acceptable breath odour
  • Pink gums closely encircling each tooth


Without sufficient dental care your pet may start to suffer from dental disease. The major signs of dental disease are:

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Red, swollen and sometimes bleeding gums
  • Reduced appetite
  • Discoloured, loose, or missing teeth

Feeding soft foods that do not provide sufficient crunch can cause the above. This leaves a sticky film on teeth known as ‘plaque’. If not removed this plaque hardens into a calculus of tartar that can dig into the gums causing inflammation. Bacteria can enter the bloodstream through a large network of blood vessels located near the gums. Recent studies have shown that the heart, liver and kidney disease can be associated with these bacteria, especially in the older pet whose body’s defences are not as good.


  • Regular brushing with a pet toothpaste (not human as these can cause stomach upsets)
  • Choose a diet which helps reduce the build up of plaque. Royal Canin’s Dental Diet is specially structured to clean your pets’ teeth as they eat.
  • Regular dental checks, just as for us, are very important. We offer a FREE 6 MONTHLY DENTAL CHECK, with our nursing team. If there are signs of dental disease it may be recommended that your pet have a general anaesthetic to allow a thorough examination, cleaning and polishing of their teeth. This enables efficient cleaning around and under the gum line as well as on the surface of the tooth, which provides a smooth tooth surface and so slows down the formation of plaque.
  • Enzymatic toothpaste. This helps break down plaque with the aid of gentle brushing.
  • A variety of unique treats are available specifically shaped to aid in plaque removal.
  • Special toothbrushes designed to make brushing easier!


  • Choose a toothpaste and brush suitable for the size of your pet, the surgery can offer a poultry flavoured enzymatic toothpaste which is generally accepted by pets.
  • Try your pet with a little toothpaste on your finger to see if they like the taste.
  • Put a little paste onto the bristles of the brush and let your pet lick it off to get used to the feel of the bristles in their mouth.
  • Next moisten the bristles and put on some more paste. Start by brushing just the incisors and canines (front teeth only). Hold the animal’s lips up and gently move the brush in small circles along the gums and teeth.
  • If your pet tolerates this a few times, move to brushing the molar teeth along the sides of the mouth in the same circular action as the fronts.
  • There is no need to brush the insides of the teeth; your pet will move the paste to these areas with their tongue.
  • There is no need for your pet to rinse after brushing as unlike our toothpastes, animal pastes don’t foam up, don’t contain fluoride and are sticky so that they adhere to the teeth. This allows the enzymatic compounds in them to work on the teeth to kill the bacteria that cause gingivitis.
  • You will need to be very patient and approach brushing in a stepwise fashion, it may take several attempts/days to get your pet used to the first step.
  • Try not to make brushing a chore for you or your pet, praise them afterwards and allow plenty of time for training sessions.
  • Remember that brushing is most effective when done daily but this is not always practical, so see our dental products guide for products that you can use on the days when you can not brush or if you can’t brush at all.


Finger toothbrushes

These can be used as a training aid or and an alternative to a toothbrush if your pet will not tolerate brushing.

Logic Gel

This is a gel that is applied to the gums or the paws so that the animal licks it off. It’s based on a multi enzyme complex that inhibits the bacteria responsible for plaque. It is not as effective as brushing but it can help.

Dent Rasks and Denta Stix

These are chews for dogs that are shaped specially to help reduce tartar build-up on the teeth.

Royal Canin Dental Diet

When brushing is completely out of the question, DENTAL DIET with its specially formulated kibbles, is an effective substitute. Dental kibbles can act in many ways to help maintain dental health.

  • Mechanical Action
  • Chemical action on salivary calcium
  • Tougher action on plaque.

Royal Canin Oral Bars

These are nutritional supplements, which have been formulated to promote dental health. They increase the efficacy of Dental diet and can be given with any complete diet. They act on dental plaque and tartar by

  • Mechanical action
  • Action on calcium
  • Action on bad breath

Plaque Off

ProDen Plaque Off is a patented, unique and natural preparation, suitable for both cats and dogs.It is a natural product which contains a special type of seaweed (D1070) which has been discovered to have specific beneficial effect for oral care. It comes in a granulated form, which is easily added to food every day. It is rich in iodine and contains important vitamins and minerals.

Plaque Off works systematically i.e. through the blood stream. It is thought to affect the ability of plaque to ‘stick’ to surfaces in the mouth and softens hard tarter deposits.

Keeping your pet’s teeth healthy will help to keep your pet healthy. Our team are always happy to answer any questions you have about your pet’s dental care and to help decide on a homecare plan to suit you and your pet.

Dentagena – NEW PRODUCT

Clinically proven to control plaque is a novel approach to plaque inhibition

Dentagena contains the active principle RF2 (surface biofilm control) which is clinically proven to control dental plaque.

A unique integrated approach that is easy to use and is available in two formulations.

Dentagen Wax

Applied after a dental procedure provides protection against plaque from the moment it’s applied.

Dentagen Chews for Dogs

Highly palatable, chews that supplement the levels of the RF2 to maintain the inhibition of plaque formation. The special design and shape of the chew provides mechanical cleaning right to the gum line.

These chews are available in two sizes and contain nine foil packed chews suitable for 18 days plaque control.

Dentagen water available now for cats.

See Guide for Brushing Teeth – Cats

See Guide for Brushing Teeth – Dogs

See Post Dental Care Guide – Dogs

See Post Dental Care Guide – Cats

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We are Waist Watchers!

by admin on February 17th, 2010

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As many as 40-50% of pets in the UK are overweight and obesity is associated with many serious health problems such as arthritis, heart disease and liver disease to name but as few. At Pet Care, we run a Waist Watchers Club to provide help to any of our clients who have questions or problems with an overweight pet. This information is provided to our clients as part of our continuing commitment to improve health.

Our Pet Nutrition Advisers who run the clinics are always happy to give advice on all aspects of your pet’s dietary needs. The practice stocks a range of specially diets to aid with your pet’s weight loss if adjustments to the normal diet are unsuccessful. These are available in a tin, pouch or biscuit form.

We recommend that all pets that are on a diet have their weight checked at regular intervals – normally every two-four weeks. This is a good opportunity for you to discuss your pet’s progress with our pet nutrition advisors. Waist Watchers appointments can be booked at reception and are COMPLEMENTARY.

Reward your pet with cuddles, games and going for walks rather than with food. If you feel the need to reward with treats, you can either give some from your pet’s daily allowance or you could give raw fruit/vegetables. Encourage your pets to play more and therefore us up more energy. We recommend a re visit to the surgery for a re-weigh every three to four weeks.

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There’s no NHS for pets

by admin on February 17th, 2010

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Each year 1 in 3 pets suffer some form of illness or injury, and with the advancement and sophistication of the veterinary care available for our pets so inevitably does the cost of treatment rise. Having your pet insured gives you peace of mind that should your pet need veterinary treatment; they can receive the treatment they require, without you having to worry about the cost.

We strongly recommend insurance cover for veterinary fees. Various levels of cover are available depending on the policy and the company.

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Itchy Subject?

by admin on February 17th, 2010

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Media coverage in the form of advertisements for treatments for parasitic fleas and worms has been extensive. We believe we can advise owners on the best products available to keep their pets free from fleas, worms and other parasites.

Due to central heating, fleas are now a year round problem. 95% of fleas affecting your pet come from flea eggs in your house and not from outside as is commonly believed – an effective flea control programme therefore means treating your house as well as your pet. We’re will be happy to recommend the most effective and safest products and advise you of the best combination for your specific problem. Treatment will be as a 4-5 weekly application (depending on the product advised) and is available as spot-on or pump action sprays. For long-term control of fleas in the environment, we recommend R.I.P Fleas household spray.

We recommend worming kittens every 4 weeks until 3 months old with Panacur granules or paste given over a 3-day period. This provides the best possible treatment for Roundworms, which every kitten picks up when they suckle from their mother. This is important as Roundworms can cause ill thrift, and diarrhoea as well as posing a potential risk to children. The first dose of adult wormer – DRONTAL CAT- should be given 1 month after the last dose of Panacur, and every 3 months thereafter, for life. This is the safest and most effective all-in-one wormer, for Roundworms and Tapeworms. New spot on multi wormers for cats who don’t like tablets are now available, please contact us for further information.

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Feeding the best diets?

by admin on February 17th, 2010

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Our nurses can advise you or suitable diets available. Beware of cheaper dried foods as they often contain high salt levels (a cheap flavour enhancer) and can cause bladder and kidney problems. Home dental care is as important in cats as it is in us. Ideally, we should clean their teeth daily and it is much easier to start this when they are young.

Advances in nutrition now enable nutritional support of pets to help maintain good health with age.

  • By neutralising free radicals
  • By supporting renal function
  • By supporting brain function
  • By promoting a healthy coat and skin
  • By supporting the digestive system.

Royal Canin studies have enabled the development of diets specifically catering for the nutritional requirements of neutered dogs and cats through to old age.

For further information on how we can help keep your pet healthy and happy, please talk to a member of the team, or book an appointment to discuss health matters with our nurses or the Veterinary Surgeon.

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