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!

New Laser Therapy for Pain Relief and Healing

k-laser-catWhat is Laser Therapy?

It’s never a good thing when an animal is ill but when it does happen our aim is to make them as comfortable as possible and back to health as quickly as possible. We’re really pleased to now offer laser therapy as an advanced pain relief option at the clinic. Laser therapy uses specific wavelengths of light to help reduce pain, improve circulation and decrease swelling. Continue Reading

Veterinary Nurse Vacancy at Vet4life

Teddington TeamAre you just about to qualify and looking for a great place to start your nursing career?

Vet4life in Teddington are looking for a qualified and registered veterinary nurse to join our small, friendly team. We are looking for someone with great communication and organisational skills. In return we can offer a job within a modern and progressive practice with facilities that include laparoscopy, ultrasound, digital x-ray, endoscopy and a new class IV laser! Salary is negotiable dependent on experience and other benefits include a generous CPD allowance and payment of RCVS and VMD fees. Continue Reading

Big Bear Award – Rocky

schnauzerRocky’s Story

Rocky, a 16 week old black and white Schnoodle (Schnauzer/Poodle cross), had only been with his new family since Christmas when disaster struck in early February. He was a clever puppy and was settling into his new home well. Although his family were constantly trying to stop him chewing tempting items like toys and clothing, he was always up to mischief!

Very early one morning Rocky woke up his owners to go outside to the toilet. After a small treat to reward his excellent toilet training he looked suddenly ill and began to vomit. Again at breakfast time he vomited several times and he also seemed quite flat.

Rocky was brought straight to the Vet4life clinic for assessment of his vomiting.  Continue Reading

Big Bear Award – Nina

black-catNina’s Story

Late one night, Nina, a 3 year old female black Domestic Short Hair cat, was crossing Teddington High Street when she was hit by a passing bus. Tristan, Vet4life’s out of hours vet, received a call from her worried owners and rushed to the clinic to assess Nina’s injuries. The accident scene was just down the road from the Vet4life clinic and so emergency treatment was started almost immediately following the accident. Continue Reading

Emergency First Aid for Pets

vet4life-first-aid-kitsWe were lucky enough to be entertained and informed by local vet Zara Boland last week, who delivered a great presentation on “Emergency First Aid for Pets”.

First and foremost, the best thing you can do in an emergency is not panic! Of course this is a lot easier said than done, but it’s incredibly important to remain calm and act cautiously. Assess the situation and ask yourself whether there’s anything you can do straight away or is it crucial to get to the vet immediately?

Remember, if in doubt, a vet is only ever a phone call away (24/7 hour care is available on 0208 977 3955). Continue Reading

Big Bear Award – Sweepy

Sweepy, a 10 year old black and white cocker spaniel, was brought to see Ian Stroud at Vet4life in November 2012. In just a few days Sweepy had gone from being a bright and happy dog to becoming very quiet and sleeping a lot. He was also refusing all food. When Ian examined him he found that Sweepy was lethargic. His gums were also pale and jaundiced. Continue Reading