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.

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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).

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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.

Cookie recipes for dogs and cats

These cookies always go down well with the animals! Recipes by our vet nurse, Sally!

Doggy Crunchies

  • 300g whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2tbs peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • water

-Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and slowly add the water by the spoonful, until the mixture forms a firm dough

-Flour a surface and roll out the dough to a 1cm thickness

-Cut out various shapes using a cookie cutter

-Bake at 170oC for 40 minutes until hard

(The recipe can be flavoured using beef or chicken stock but only if they DO NOT contain any onion or garlic)

Tuna cat treats

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 6 oz/180 ml can tuna in oil, un-drained
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 egg

-Preheat the oven to 350ºF

-Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl

-Knead the dough. If it become a little too dry or thick, add drops of water until improved

-Roll the dough out on a floured surface. Press down to about 6mm/1/4″ thick

-Make or cut small shapes suitable for cat size treats. Play around with the shapes until you’re happy with them

-Set the shapes out on a lined baking tray/sheet

-Pop in the oven for about 20 minutes or until the treats become firm

-Remove from the oven. Cool on a wire cooling rack

Let us know if you make them and if your pets like them!

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 pancreas fails to produce enough insulin so that glucose cannot be used by the body cells for energy. Instead, fat is broken down to provide energy, and acids known as ketones are produced. This caused Roscoe to become very sick and he required emergency stabilisation. He received intensive fluid therapy, antibiotics, pain relief, and insulin.

Roscoe’s condition remained critical and he required intensive overnight hospitilasation. Despite all the tests and intensive management that Roscoe received, he was incredibly brave throughout and battled through what was a very worrying time for everyone involved. Continue Reading

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:

  1. Raisins, grapes and mince pies
  2. Onions and garlic
  3. Chocolate
  4. Alcohol
  5. Batteries
  6. Christmas decorations and tinsel
  7. Mistletoe, holly and poinsettias
  8. Macadamia nuts
  9. Fatty foods and bones
  10. Christmas pudding
  11. Antifreeze
  12. Ribbon

This list is not exhaustive. If you think your pet may have eaten any non-pet food items or you have any concerns, please call us immediately – we have 24 hour cover even during the festive season.