Posts By: Sarah Holliday

Travelling with a cat – reducing feline stress

Although it may seem as if sedation is the best option, we do not recommend pets are sedated for stressful times such as fireworks and travel. Sedatives prevent them from acting normally but actually do little to reduce the fear they are experiencing. However, we do have a number of products you can try to help… Read more »

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Big Bear Award – Agatha

Agatha is a 30g 10 month old Meditarranian spur thigh tortoise. She first visited Alex in the beginning of March, as she had stopped eating and became lethargic. Nothing was found on initial examination but the owners were worried as she was such a tiny tortoise. As tortoises rely on external heat sources to maintain… Read more »

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Caring for injured wildlife

If an animal is injured or distressed, we can offer some general advice to enable you to help the animal in the best way possible: First of all NEVER handle badgers, foxes or deer by yourself. Call your local wildlife rescue centre immediately and they will often come to treat the animal at the sight…. Read more »

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Pet care whilst you are on holiday

Going away on holiday or planning a short trip takes lots of organisation and preparation, but the added pressure of organising care for your beloved pet can often add extra strain. For some pets, being in a cattery or boarding kennel is a fun trip away from home. For others, especially cats, it can be… Read more »

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Things that are poisonous to pets

If you have a veterinary emergency over the Christmas period, you can rest assured we are on call 24/7. Please call 020 8977 3955. Chocolate Chocolate contains a stimulant called theobromine (a bit like caffeine) that is poisonous to dogs. The amount of theobromine differs in the different types of chocolate (dark chocolate has the… Read more »

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Tempting pets to eat

Throughout your pet’s life, their diets will change depending on their age or health status. Any change to your pet’s food can be stressful for both you and your pet so we have prepared these handy tips to help your pet to accept the new diet and ensure the transition is as stress free as… Read more »

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Fireworks advice

Some advice from our head veterinary nurse Sarah, on supporting your pet during fireworks. Helpful changes to the environment Try to keep your pets inside during the evening Walk dogs at daytime/during light hours Close the curtains/blinds to reduce visual stimulation Background noise such as a television, fan or low music can help block out… Read more »

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The Vet4life team help a tawny owl’s eye

This beautiful Tawny owl is a patient being cared for at The Wildlife Aid Foundation in Leatherhead. He was not responding to any treatment tried for his left eye, which he continued to hold tightly closed. WAF were concerned he may have had glaucoma so urgently needed to test the intra-ocular pressure of the eye to diagnose… Read more »

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Wildlife advice and guidance

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… Read more »

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Feeding Mediterranean tortoises

Tortoises are herbivores and therefore eat plant material and need a high percentage of fibre in their diets. This not only acts as a bulking agent, it also helps maintain healthy gut motility, aiding fermentation, which is vital for vitamin/mineral absorption. We recommend the majority of their diet should be composed of vegetable matter of… Read more »

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