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
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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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Big Bear Award – Lola

Our latest recipient of a Big Bear Award is Lola, a courageous West Highland White Terrier. Despite being only 11 months old, Lola has already undergone two orthopaedic surgeries to treat the painful skeletal condition Avascular Necrosis of the Femoral Head (the ball of the hip’s ball and socket joint).

In May Lola developed a limp in her left back leg and was brought in to see Ian at Vet4life. On examination, Ian found that Lola had wastage of her thigh muscles and had a lot of pain in her left hip. To investigate Lola’s limp we took a number of x-rays of her hips under sedation. The X-rays revealed deformity and remodelling of the bone of the femoral head. These findings were consistent with the condition Avascular Necrosis of the Femoral Head. Continue Reading

New Lyme Disease Vaccine Available Now

Ixodes-ricinusWe are excited to now offer the Merilym 3, the first and only Lyme disease vaccine in the UK and Ireland.

What is Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in Europe in both humans and pets, caused by bacteria of the Borrelia species. Lyme disease is transmitted by ticks on hosts such as deer, sheep and hedgehogs. Habitats where ticks are likely to be found include heathland, mooreland, rough pasture and urban parks, such as local Bushy Park and Richmond Park. Continue Reading

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