Brand New, Innovative, Microchip Scanner

halo-scanner-on-catWe are excited to have just bought a clever new microchip scanner! The ‘Halo Scanner’ is quite different from the traditional microchip scanner – it immediately alerts us if the microchip being scanned belongs to an animal that has been reported missing or stolen.

It reads all FDX-B 15 digit microchips. The 15 digit microchip is used almost exclusively in the UK and rest of Europe.

We are pleased to have this new piece of equipment and hope it will reunite missing pets with their owners!

Big Bear Award – Toby

toby the west highland white terrierToby is an 8 year old West Highland White Terrier. Toby is a very happy, active dog but one day on his walks he ruptured the cruciate ligament in his knee. This caused him to limp on his leg, and despite rest and anti-inflammatories this lameness did not improve. Surgery was the next step and the angle in his knee joint was changed in order to stabilise the knee.

Unfortunately after the operation Toby got a bit carried away with a canine friend at the park and actually fractured his leg! He underwent another surgery to fix the fracture and was on very strict instructions to rest until everything had healed. The 8 weeks of recovery were aided by our brand new, surgery-free, pain-free, drug-free ‘K-laser’ which is a great tool to promote healing. After 8 weeks Toby’s leg had finally healed and he is now able to play rough and tumble with his friends again. Well done Toby, you have been such a star patient!

A Recent Kennel Cough Outbreak

border-collie-in-kennelWe have seen a lot of cases of coughing over the last few days. There is clearly an outbreak of Kennel Cough in the Teddington area. I will therefore write a few notes on what it is and what we can do to prevent or treat the condition.

Signs of Kennel Cough

Kennel Cough is an infectious disease that causes a harsh, hacking cough in dogs. It often makes people report that their dog is acting like they have something stuck in their throat.

It may be mild and require no treatment or may lead to severe and life-threatening pneumonia (although thankfully this is very rare). There is always lots of coughing whether they are feeling poorly or continuing to run around full of energy. Continue Reading

New, Longer Opening Hours (Teddington)

We’re pleased to let you know that we’ve just extended our hours of opening and consultation times at our Teddington practice.

New Opening Times:

Monday to Friday 8am-7.30pm
Saturdays- 8.30am-5pm

New Consultation Times:

Monday to Friday- 8am-1pm and 3pm-7pm
Saturday- 9-12pm and 3-4.30pm

We hope our new extended opening times and increased availability of consultations will be more suited to everyone that works. What do you think? Will our early morning and late evening appointment options be easier for you? We value your feedback, so please let us know.

Big Bear Award – Sammy

sammyOur latest Big Bear Award goes to Sammy. Sammy is a 6 month old little girl who was hit by a car. Sammy was rushed in by her owner. Sammy had a severe blow to her right side. She had severe concussion and was showing advanced neurological signs. The swelling and bruising to her brain meant she couldn’t stand and her head was only turning to one side, she was also blind. At that point it was difficult to know whether Sammy would make a recovery or not. Sammy also fractured one of her back legs that needs a cast for 4-6 weeks to help it heal. Continue Reading

Big Bear Award – Laszlo

lazsloLaszlo is a beautiful Hungarian Viszla, who is a regular visitor at Vet4life. He has been awarded a Big Bear Award for bravery following an extensive investigation for an insatiable thirst and consequently a major operation in May.

At 11 years old Laszlo had seemed to be doing amazingly well despite his old age. He still loved exercise and would run several kilometres daily. However, over several months his owners started to notice that Laszlo was suffering from an increase in thirst (termed ‘polydipsia’). Then, in early 2013, Laszlo began to lose weight.  Continue Reading

Big Bear Award – Esme

golden-labradorEsme’s Story

Our Big Bear Award for bravery goes to Esme, a 12 year old labrador and ex guide dog. At the end of 2012 Esme had split a nail on her front right paw. Initially the split did not seem to bother Esme, however over time the appearance of the affected toe slowly changed and the nail failed to heal. Continue Reading

Vet4life on ITV Daybreak

overweight-pug“Fat Pets on the Rise”

Did you spot our clinic on ITV Daybreak yesterday morning? Yep, some of the team were up very early for live filming which took place inside the surgery!

Local vet Zara Boland talked about pet obesity and showed us a couple of ways to tell if our pets are overweight. Unfortunately fat pets are on the rise but the Pet Food Manufacturing Association (PFMA) has launched a national campaign to promote good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle for UK pets, called Friends for Life.

Part of this campaign involves a “Weigh in Wednesday” each week in May, promoting pets to be a healthy bodyweight, which can extend their lifespan by up to 2 years. The campaign launched yesterday and Vet4life were delighted to be of help!