A hedgehog story…..

by admin on August 14th, 2013

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A little baby hog was brought in to us at PetCare by one of our long-term clients after he was found out during the day time and struggling to breathe. When he came in, he was clearly in respiratory distress. He was breathing through his mouth, his chest sounded bubbly and wheezy and the poor little hog was struggling to take every breath. We suspected he had a condition called lungworm, which they pick up through eating their usual diet of slugs and snails – this is how dogs can also pick up these worms. As a secondary complication, his fragile lungs were battling pneumonia. This condition is treatable but can take a while before the animal makes a full recovery.

We started the little hedgehog on a treatment regime of antibiotic, steroid, bronchodilator (to open up his airways) and an appropriate wormer to start killing the worms. Eating was a problem for him as he was obviously trying so hard to catch his breath that chewing and swallowing food was a struggle. We started syringe feeding him small amounts of liquidised food throughout the day, knowing that he needed the nutrients to fight this infection and recover. It was touch and go whether he would last the night as he was so poorly, but we wanted to give him the chance.

The next morning, remarkably, little hog was still with us! He was still mouth breathing but seemed stronger as he started stomping around his cage on his little spindly legs, trying to make his escape through the bars. We continued with his treatment regime and syringe feeding, and added in some Olbas oil in his cage to help clear his airways and ease his congestion.

This little fighter was not easily defeated and slowly but surely began to make progress with his recovery. He stopped mouth breathing and finally seemed to be showing some interest in eating by himself. We had been concerned that his appetite would not return, in which case his prognosis was not good, but once he stopped mouth breathing it came back with a vengeance. 

He had dropped weight initially but then gained 100g very quickly after he started eating again. We were very encouraged by this progress and now have high hopes that he will go on to make a full recovery.

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by admin on August 6th, 2013

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Truth is

 The flea cycle is a tough thing to battle. Most people with flea issues find that fleas seem to keep coming in waves, again and again, making the fight nearly impossible. It isn’t. We’ll agree that it is hard, and it takes a lot of work, but you can end your flea problem once and for all by adjusting to the life cycle and striking from multiple angles.

Truth is

One little flea can quickly become one big problem. In fact, in only 21 days one flea can become 1,000. Just take a look at the life cycle below.


Truth is

If you see fleas on your pet, there will certainly be flea eggs, larvae and pupae in your home too.


 Truth is

 Only 5% of a flea problem is on your pet, and 95%is in the home as eggs, larvae and pupae.


How?!  (We hear you say)

  • Fleas live and feed on your pet and the females lay upto 50 eggs a day.
  • Eggs fall off your pet where ever it goes – on the sofa, the carpets, beds and perhaps even in your car.
  • Eggs hatch into larvae, which move away from light, deep into cracks and crevices, carpets and furnishings and spin cocoons (pupae) to develop into adult fleas.
  • Pupae hatch out when they sense warmth, carbon dioxide and vibration – a meal is nearby!!!

Fortunately, there are things you can do to protect your pet, yourself and your home from them and the problems they cause.



Flea control MUST start with your pet(s), because they are the blood source for the flea – without it, the fleas can’t live. The best flea protection available on the market comes in the form of veterinary recommended topical flea products. We have products that kill adult fleas on your pet and prevent the development of eggs, larvae and pupae in your home; they are easy to apply and affordable.


After treating EVERY pet in your household, it’s time to move on to the house itself. This is often the toughest part.

Again, the best and most effective protection available on the market comes in the form of veterinary recommended environmental sprays. We have a product that is long lasting and has a triple action formula to break the flea cycle and will protect your home for up to 12 months – it even has a pleasant floral fragrance!

It is vitally important to use environmental sprays according to the manufactures guidelines – and follow this link ‘five steps to success guide’.

Ensure to wash your pets bedding above 60 degrees to remove any eggs, larvae and pupae. Regularly vacuum your home for the same reason and ensure vacuum bags are emptied immediately – flea eggs can hatch in your vacuum cleaner, starting the life cycle all over again.

By allowing your treated pet into all the infested areas of your home ensures that any new fleas that hatch out will jump onto your pet and be killed off that way, before they have the chance to feed and lay new eggs.

 It is worth mentioning at this stage that as with many things – PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE.

Should you need further advice and guidance please do not hesitate to contact us. For additional information click here.

Good luck!


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Summer time travels getting you down?……

by admin on August 6th, 2013

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With the summer finally here, we’re sure you’re all looking forward to those summer holidays with the family pet in tow? or not………

Some pets feel very unwell in the car, especially over long distances, which can be upsetting for all if several stops along the way are needed to attend to sick pets.

There are medications available however, that can stop sickness in it’s tracks and are specifically formulated for this condition.

For more advice and guidance call us on 01903 782387 or visit

There are other products available to help reduce travel anxiety. DAP (Dog Appeasing pheromone) can be used in a spray form or worn as a collar. Feliway can be sprayed in carriers and works to ease those worries away on journeys. These products are available from the practice. Please call us or pop in for more information.

For some useful guidance call us on 01903 782387 or click here.


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