Posts By: Ian Stroud

Summer 2018 newsletter

Summer ailments Did you know that changing weather patterns (the warm, wet winters that the UK has been experiencing) mean an increase in ticks? Ticks are blood sucking parasites related to spiders. Ticks can cause localised irritation to pets and, if they are scratched off and the mouthparts left behind, small abscesses can result. Ticks… Read more »

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Big Bear Award – Branston

Branston’s story Branston is a cocker spaniel who presented to vet Jodie one morning as he was struggling to urinate.  On examination he had a massive bladder and it was clear that something had blocked his urethra and it was preventing him from urinating. Branston was rushed in for x-rays and ultrasound which revealed he… Read more »

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Spring 2018 newsletter

‘Orphan season’ is usually from March until August each year. This is when there are a high number of wildlife young born such as baby hedgehogs, fox cubs, badger cubs, fawn and lots of baby birds. Each animal has a variety of ways they help their babies grow up and leave their home, venturing into the… Read more »

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New flea, tick, mite treatment for dogs

We’re pleased to offer Simparica for dogs that are on the Vet4Life Family plan. Simparica is an monthly oral tablet for treating (or preventing) fleas, ticks and mites. The key strengths include: A much faster speed of kill for fleas and ticks A wider spectrum of activity (specifically the second commonest tick, Ixodes Hexagonus, which… Read more »

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Big Bear Award – Reggie

Reggie’s story Reggie is an 11 year old Westie who has been with us at Vet4Life for just over a year; he came to see us in October last year as he had been coughing for a while and it had been getting worse. Several tests were done in the clinic to work out what… Read more »

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Big Bear Award – Roscoe

Roscoe’s Story Roscoe is a lovely little dog that came to us after he became very lethargic and didn’t want to eat. He was dehydrated and had a very painful abdomen. A urine test and blood test revealed that Roscoe had pancreatitis and a condition called diabetic keto-acidosis. This is a life-threatening condition whereby the… Read more »

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The 12 dangers of Christmas for your pets

Christmas is a fantastic time for us but please be aware that there are many potential dangers for our pets! We have listed 12 common ones below: Raisins, grapes and mince pies Onions and garlic Chocolate Alcohol Batteries Christmas decorations and tinsel Mistletoe, holly and poinsettias Macadamia nuts Fatty foods and bones Christmas pudding Antifreeze… Read more »

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Autumn 2017 newsletter

Hello, We’re really pleased to let you know about our new video section on the website and to introduce our new customer care adviser, Taniya. Firework time is coming up and planning ahead can help you, help your pet. Please read our firework advice for all the things you can do this year. If you… Read more »

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