Vet4life Family now launched – your pet’s health plan

family-logoIan Stroud and the team at Vet4Life have created a fantastic new health plan that’s now available at each of our clinics, Teddington, Shepperton and Surbiton. The Family plan will help clients old and new, ensure that their beloved pets have consistent access to the very highest levels of care.

The Family plan covers the cost of all annual preventative health care, with tailored plans available for cats, dogs and rabbits. Worming and flea treatments are all taken care of, with one annual fee that is spread into affordable monthly payments. Routine vaccinations are also included, along with six-monthly check ups and FREE and unlimited consultations with any of the Vet4Life nurses or vets. Continue Reading

Join us in Bushy Park for the Teddington #GetPetsFit

teddington-getpetsfitCome along to Bushy Park this Wednesday 7th May to help raise awareness of pet obesity

This Wednesday 7th May sees the launch of the Pet Food Manufacturers Association (PFMA)’s #GetPetsFit campaign, a fantastic initiative to help pet owners ensure a healthy future for their pets by keeping them at their ideal weight.

Ian Stroud and Julie Carrig from Vet4life are involved to run Agility, free weigh-in sessions and individual advice for your pet.

Your pet may need to lose a little weight or you may just want some extra tips and advice on fitness, any pet owner can get involved. Spread the word to friends, family and colleagues, and make sure you come down to the campaign launch at Teddington Cricket Club on 7th May!

When:

Wednesday 7th May, 9.30am-12.30pm

Where:

The Clubhouse at Teddington Cricket Club

Schedule:

9.30-10.30am
Pre-Launch Campaign Photoshoot!:
An opportunity for Teddington’s dogs to be stars of the #GetPetsFit PR photoshoot

10.30am-11am
Introduction to the #GetPetsFit Campaign with tips and advice from guest experts, including Ian Stroud

11am-12pm
Kick-off Activity: Dog Agility Class
Put your dogs through their paces with an action-packed dog agility class!

12.00-12.30pm
Refreshments

To reserve your place, please telephone 0208 870 6777, email PFMA@saltlondon.com or just turn up on the day.

My dog has dry, itchy skin – what can I do?

dog-scratching-behind-earA question we commonly hear is, “My dog has dry itchy skin. He occasionally gets rashes, bumps or hot spots. What can I do?”

There are many reasons why a dog has dry itchy skin, below is a list of different problems and the way to treat and prevention. Continue Reading

Why castrate my cat

ginger-tom-catSome pet owners ask us whether their (male) cat has to be castrated – after all, there isn’t the risk of pregnancy and kittens with a male cat.

We recommended that cats are castrated for several reasons:

  • A castrated cat is less likely to fight with other cats, which reduces the incidence of bite wounds, other injuries and risk of contracting Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV, otherwise known as ‘cat aids’).
  • A castrated cat is less likely to wander, which reduces the likelihood of him getting caught up in road traffic accidents, or getting lost or stolen.
  • A castrated cat smells much nicer! A ‘tom cat’ loves to mark his territory by spraying smelly urine in the house.

A cat castration is a short operation, done under a very brief anaesthetic and the cat can often go home as quickly as one hour after the operation.

Please contact us to book an appointment for your little man or read more about cat castration.

What to do if you have found a baby bird

baby-birds-nestWhat can I do if I find a baby bird?
It’s “orphan season” for wildlife from the end of March and usually at this time of year we receive many phone calls about what people should do if they find baby birds, foxes and squirrels, etc.

During the spring or “orphan season,” baby animals are born and face dangers from animal predators, and from man-made predators (such as cars, roads, litter on the streets, etc.).

When we see a baby animal who appears orphaned or on its own, the caring instinct in us tempts us to jump in and “rescue” it, but actually, the best thing we can do for it is to leave it alone. Continue Reading

Socialising your new kitten

kitten-sleeping-on-childWe hear a lot about the importance of socialising puppies when they are young but did you know that it is just as important to socialise kittens too?!

Kittens, like puppies are most receptive to learning in their first few weeks of life (usually between 2-7 or 8 weeks of age). This means that, as pet owners, we should take advantage of this window of opportunity and ensure that our kitten receives a range of positive experiences with a variety of people, other pets and household stimuli. This will ensure that they grow up to be happy well-adjusted cats.

As cats do not have an innate ‘need’ to be with people, early handling by different people during this time is essential. Funnily enough, the pleasure for cats of being around people is a learned behaviour. It is very difficult to socialise kittens that have had no human contact after weaning so a well-structured socialisation plan is crucial. Continue Reading

Brand New Dental X-Ray Machine

dental xray machineDental X-rays

We have invested in the latest equipment providing cutting edge dental treatment for your pets. With our brand new direct digital X-ray machine, we can take dental X-rays (radiographs) which are essential for detecting serious mouth problems. Using a very safe, low amount of radiation, these X-rays provide a lot of detail and allow us to find cavities, check the health of the tooth and surrounding bone.

Our aim at Vet4life is to provide the best care for your pets and we will use dental radiographs on every case where appropriate. This helps reduce complications and ensures only the most optimal dental care for your pet is performed. Continue Reading

Big Bear Award – Sasha

sashaThis Big Bear Award goes to Sasha for being so brave throughout all her recent treatment. Sasha is a 6 year old whippet who ruptured her Achilles tendon back in October. Her treatment has included two surgeries and months of rehabilitation.

What happened?

The Achilles tendon is attached to the heel bone of the hind limb and is responsible for keeping the heel elevated off the ground. Sasha presented to us with a very sore hind leg and a peculiar “flat footed” stance. The diagnosis was confirmed with x-rays and it was decided to take her to surgery to repair the tendon and give her the best chance for a full recovery. Continue Reading

Am I feeding my cat too much?

cat-eatingObesity is a very common disease in cats. It is a serious problem which can lead to other issues, such as diabetes and arthritis. Have a look at this Body Condition Score and see how your cat compares to the healthy ideal. A cat who is of a healthy weight should appear like this:

  • Ribs felt easily and may or may not be seen with a thin layer of overlying fat
  • A clear waistline can be seen
  • A very slight belly present and a tiny fat pad may be felt Continue Reading

How can I get rid of fleas?

cat-scratchingSometimes pet owners come to us exclaiming that, despite de-fleaing their pet regularly, their pet is still scratching. We first make sure that they are using the correct flea treatment. Most supermarket flea treatment products are not strong enough to get rid of fleas. It is important to use a safe and effective veterinary recommended flea product.

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