Job opportunity 6/10/16 – veterinary nurse

helloQVNs – are you looking for a new start?

We are looking for an enthusiastic registered veterinary nurse to join our lovely team on a full time basis based in Teddington, Middlesex.

If you are veterinary nurse that enjoys training and coaching student nurses this would be a great advantage (we would be happy to support you becoming a clinical coach, if not already qualified.).

You will be joining our fantastic team of 7 Vets, 5 RVNs , 3 SVNs and a customer care team of 7, across our 3 clinics in SW London.

By joining us you will be part of a friendly, supportive and progressive team at a family-owned first opinion practice providing excellent standard of clinical care for our patients.

We have a varied caseload and encourage our nurses to be fully involved in all aspects of patient care including nurse lead consultations.

Our clinics have superb levels of equipment including K-laser treatment (nurse lead), laparoscopes, digital x-ray processors, direct digital dental equipment, endoscopes, video otoscopes, colour flow doppler ultrasound, orthopaedic equipment, tonometry and excellent in-house laboratory equipment.

This is a wonderful opportunity for someone wanting to experience an exciting and challenging position whilst ensuring the highest level of patient care is maintained.

For more information about Vet4life and to apply online go to or please email

Big Bear Award – Charlie

Charlie’s Story

Charlie came to see us recently when his owners noticed a swelling on the back of his right leg behind his Achilles tendon. Charlie was very brave and had several tests done to try and work out what the swelling was. He eventually had surgery to remove it. The surgery was quite complex because the mass was surrounded by lots of important tissues, but luckily it was removed completely and found to be a benign lump (a fibrolipoma) which was a relief.

Charlie has recovered very well and has been especially brave for his bandage changes as he gets very anxious about having his feet touched.

During his surgery he also had X-rays of his chest and samples taken from his lungs, due to having had a cough for quite a long time. The results showed no infection or cancer, but long term inflammation. He is starting treatment for this soon and we wish him a speedy recovery from his surgery and a good improvement with his coughing.

10 common conditions in old cats

Crossbreed cats in the UK have an average life expectancy of 14 years, this is significantly longer than some breeds of dog. The first thing to remember is that age is not a disease. If your beloved pet is slowing down, or losing weight or acting strangely, it might not be just because they are getting older. Generally, cats over the age of 8-10 years are regarded as “senior” this means we could have a whopping 6 years + of caring for a “senior” pet.

Taking any cat to the vets can be a daunting experience, especially those who are older. It is very important for the older cats to have regular health checks to help early diagnosis of common conditions which can improve prognosis and help create a better quality of life.
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Big Bear Award – Bubble

Bubble’s Story

Bubble is a gorgeous 5yr old black and white domestic short haired cat, who has been extremely brave over the past few months throughout lots of treatment and surgery at the clinic.

He has a history of cystitis and was brought to see our vets at the Surbiton clinic back in December, as he had been struggling to pass urine. His bladder had become blocked which means that he was unable to pass urine, which is very painful and if not treated quickly, due to a build up of toxins within the body can be fatal. Continue Reading

Our Teddington refurb

Our Teddington practice might look a little different next time you pop in!

Our inspiration for our reception refit was to make it the very best place for you and your pet. We know that our pets love to be outside, as do you, which is why we have brought the outside in and made our reception a walk in the woods! We hope you like it as much as we do. Here are some pics! Continue Reading

Big Bear Award – Fudge

Fudge’s Story

On the 21st of November 2016, little Fudge the cat, was found between two parked cars. She was soaked through to the skin, freezing cold and she wasn’t weight bearing on her back leg. Her owner had noticed some blood and thought maybe she may had been hit by a car so she rushed her down to Vet4Life, where Elle examined her.

Elle thought that poor Fudge hadn’t been hit by a car, but had been attacked by another animal. There was extensive bruising to her tummy and and there were puncture wounds on her leg. Fudge was very unwell, so after stabilising her and giving her pain relief, she still required overnight care.

In the morning, she continued to receive pain relief and antibiotics to treat her wounds. She went home that night on fluids and a strict care regime. Continue Reading

Big Bear Award – Storm Allen

Storm’s Story

This month’s Big Bear Award goes to Storm! Storm is a lovely 11 year old Siamese.

Storm has been through a lot in his life, has a history of getting into cat fights and is always coming in for treatment.

Earlier this year he came in due to a decrease in appetite, weight loss, and a small mass on the side of his face.

Storm’s owners were concerned as the mass on the face was getting bigger so they brought him in to see our vet. The vet carried out a FNA (Fine needle asprite) of the mass to be sent off to the lab. The results came back confirming that Storm has Salivary Gland Adenocarcinoma. Continue Reading

Christmas 2016 opening hours

christmas-tabby-cat-under-treeThursday 22 December

Teddington 7.30am-7.30pm

Shepperton 8am-6.30pm

Surbiton 8am-7pm

Friday 23 December

Teddington 7.30am-7.30pm

Shepperton 8am-6.30pm

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Top 10 tips to keep your pet healthy at Christmas

Christmas is a great time for everyone. Unfortunately, at this time of year we often see animals that are quite poorly. In many cases it is very avoidable especially if you follow our ten top tips to keep your pet healthy at Christmas.

  1. Avoid feeding your pets Christmas cake or mince pies, as raisins (and grapes) can, in some cases, be toxic and cause kidney failure.
  2. Make sure that your pets have somewhere quiet they can take themselves off to, particularly if you are expecting lots of noisy guests.
  3. Wrap up shorthaired dogs, (and those that are young or old), with nice warm jacket, if you are walking outside in cold weather.
  4. Wash your dog’s feet if they have been walking on gritted pavements. The salt can be very irritant to their paws.
  5. Keep Christmas decorations and wrapping out of reach; pets are attracted to bright and shiny things, and cats will chase bits of string. If eaten they can cause serious stomach issues. Most pets including rabbits will chew through the fairy lights if given half a chance.
  6. Don’t feed Christmas dinner leftovers as human food can be too rich and cause diarrhea and vomiting. Bones can be potentially lethal and block or perforate the intestinal tract.
  7. Chocolate can cause real problems for dogs, as they are very sensitive to the theobromine, which can act like an overdose of caffeine.
  8. Take care with floral arrangements and plants especially if you have cats; Lilies are toxic to cats and the pollen can easily get on their coats if they brush past. Ponsiettas are also a common addition to the home at Christmas and they are toxic to your pet if eaten.
  9. Avoid frozen ponds and canals and finally…
  10. Please don’t give a pet as a surprise present; a dog is for life not just for Christmas!

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Big Bear Award – Jake Allen

jake-allen-rabbitJake’s Story

This month our Big Bear award goes to Jake. Jake is a 6 and a half year old dwarf lop rabbit. This is picture of him relaxing at home.

Poor Jake has a history of bad dentition (teeth) which can be a common problem in rabbits. We initially saw Jake for a second opinion after he had been treated at another vets. Rabbit teeth continue growing throughout their lifetime and this can be problematic if they are not worn down or if the jaw is misaligned.

Dental examination revealed that Jake’s incisor and molar teeth were not meeting properly and needed attention as they were preventing him from chewing properly. The molar teeth were burred down and the incisors needed to be removed. We advise that all rabbits have regular dental checks to ensure they have good teeth. Feeding the right diet with enough hay is also very important to wear down the teeth.

Jake was managing well with his teeth and coming in regularly for dental checks every few months to have his remaining teeth trimmed. During this period, his owner noticed that he had a reduced appetite and was passing smaller drier faecal pellets. Since rabbits are grazers, it is really important that they eat regularly to maintain good gut health. Jake was brought in for a check up. We diagnosed Jake with a condition called ileus – this is when the guts stop working effectively. Continue Reading