Our Super Slimmer of 2018

We’re incredibly proud of our vet nurse Nicki for her amazing work with Aji. Aji the Yorkshire Terrier came to see Nicki because his owners were concerned about his health. With dedicated owners and under Nicki’s guidance, Aji won the inaugral Canine Slimmer of the Year 2018 award from Hill’s pet food! Amazing!

Here’s what Nicki had to say:

“I first met little (or not so little) 8 year old ‘Aji’ in February this year. As I opened the consult room door, I came face to face with an extremely rotund, hairy little dog. His coat was of poor quality and he had severe trouble breathing. When I invited Aji and his family into the consult room I could immediately see that he difficulty mobilising himself. Aji’s owner explained that she was worried about Aji’s health and I could see that she really wanted to change Aji’s lifestyle. His owner and family had plans to move back to Korea later in the year and were concerned that Aji’s health would deteriorate should he remain obese and be unfit to travel. Continue Reading

Talk invite – fireworks and senior pets

fireworksWe’re inviting you to a couple of talks. Please call the Teddington clinic (020 8977 3955) or Surbiton clinic (020 8390 5270) to confirm your free space. Book quickly as spaces are limited.

Anxious Pets – Wed 24 Oct, Teddington

A talk on pets and anxiety with a focus on fireworks at The Anglers in Teddington on Wednesday 24th October. Starts at 8pm with drinks at 7.30.

Senior Pets – Mon 12 Nov, Surbiton

A talk on senior pet health and care at Vet4life Surbiton on Monday 12th November. Starts at 8pm with drinks at 7.30.

Please call or email us to confirm your attendance. You will receive a certificate of attendance.

RHD-2 outbreak in Teddington

rabbit-in-grassUnfortunately there has been an outbreak of RHD2 in Teddington recently leading to the death of a number of pet rabbits.

RHD2 stands for “Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease” and the 2 is because this is a second version of the disease. The first version (RHD1) is included in standard vaccination alongside myxomatosis. RHD2 is spread by flies and can affect rabbits of all ages and the first symptom can be sudden death. As it is spread by flies it can affect both indoor and outdoor rabbits housed either together or separately. You can find out more about RHD2 here.

Rabbits which have been vaccinated against RHD1 and Myxomatosis will not be protected against RHD2, this requires another vaccination.

Vaccination against RHD2 is available at Vet4Life and can protect against this fatal disease. We recommend calling the practice to book in for this vaccine.

Dog Athletics 2018 registrations now open

dog-olympicsThe Dog Athletics returns to Udney Hall Gardens, Teddington on Sunday 9th September! You can register your dog for any of the games on our simple dog athletics registration form.

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 can spread diseases such as Lyme Disease and Babesiosis.

In the summer, be extra aware also of hot pavements, sunburn, bee stings, grass seeds… and, if you have a rabbit, Flystrike and RVHD-2. Of course, please do not hesitate to contact us if you’re ever worried.

Happy Reading!

The Vet4Life Team Continue Reading

Top 10 cool ideas for summer

Perfect Pooch, dog grooming salon in Teddington, gave us their top 10 tips for keeping dogs cool during the UK heatwave!

1. The ideal solution is to remove that big heavy fur coat. Have you ever worn a woolly jumper during a summer dog walk? Ask your groomer about summer grooms during your next visit.

2. It is better to head out on very early morning or sunset walks when the temperature is a lot cooler.

3. If your pooch stays at home during the day, ensure a fan is left running or if possible a window left opened.

4. Leave an extra bowl of ice cold water, leaving a few ice cubes in the dog bowl is a great way of keeping the water cooler for longer.

5. If you can, arrange for a  friend or dog carer to drop in on your pooch on those exceptionally hot days to ensure your pooch is cool and rested.

6. A cool towel left on the tiled floor is another great way of cooling down your pooch and is a far cleaner than the local river! (dampen your towel then pop into the fridge for a few hours before putting it down to ensure it’s not too wet)

7. Perfect Pooch offer a day care service 8-4:30 Monday-Saturday. We are happy for your pooch to spend the day in our air conditioned salon. Please call the salon on 020 8977 3033 to arrange your complimentary trial day!

8. In our house our children love inviting the pooches into the paddling pool, it’s great fun and keeps everyone cool. There are many ‘dog friendly pools’ on the market.

9. Ice cubes to snack on can be a great distraction for your pooch and great to hydrate and cool down.

10. Remember pooch owners, if you can’t walk bare footed on the pavement, your pooch won’t like their little paws touching the pavement either!

Perfect Pooch are always available for any advice, and are happy to help.

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 had a huge fluid filled prostate. Using ultrasound guidance, 40mls of puss was drained from his prostate and a catheter passed to relieve his obstructed bladder!

Prostatic abscesses are uncommon and usually only found in entire old male dogs. Branston is young and castrated so this was an incredibly unusual finding. Continue Reading

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 big wide world. Baby animals may seem as if they have been abandoned, even though their parents are often very close by. Although it is tempting to assist these babies in acts of kindness, we recommend leaving them where they are and contacting your local wildlife rescue centre for advice. Wildlife Aid in Leatherhead is nearest to us (their number is 09061 800132).

Happy Reading!

The Vet4Life Team Continue Reading

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 other products struggle to kill)
  • Mite cover including fox mange, ear mites and demodex
  • A longer duration of activity which ensures effectiveness

Simparica tablets are useful for pets who do not like spot on medications, owners who do not like spot on medications and pets who go swimming frequently and thus wash off the topical products.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

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 the cause was, and unfortunately chest x-rays showed he had a tumour in his lung.

Reggie needed a special scan of his chest called a CT scan to see if it was able to be removed, and luckily, it did show that this could be done! In December, Reggie had surgery to remove the tumour in his lung. Surgery in the chest is quite challenging so we all had our fingers and toes crossed that he would do well… Fortunately, by the next day after surgery he was up and walking around and eating well! He stayed in hospital for a few days to ensure there were no post-operative complications and was home with his owners soon after!

One month later Reggie has continued to do really well and feeling much more like his old self again; enjoying walks and plenty of his favourite food. Well done Reggie! We are all so pleased that you have recovered really well after such a big surgery.