Top 10 tips to keep your pet healthy at Christmas

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Christmas is a great time for everyone. Unfortunately, at this time of year we often see animals that are quite poorly. In many cases it is very avoidable especially if you follow our ten top tips to keep your pet healthy at Christmas.

  1. Avoid feeding your pets Christmas cake or mince pies, as raisins (and grapes) can, in some cases, be toxic and cause kidney failure.
  2. Make sure that your pets have somewhere quiet they can take themselves off to, particularly if you are expecting lots of noisy guests.
  3. Wrap up shorthaired dogs, (and those that are young or old), with nice warm jacket, if you are walking outside in cold weather.
  4. Wash your dog’s feet if they have been walking on gritted pavements. The salt can be very irritant to their paws.
  5. Keep Christmas decorations and wrapping out of reach; pets are attracted to bright and shiny things, and cats will chase bits of string. If eaten they can cause serious stomach issues. Most pets including rabbits will chew through the fairy lights if given half a chance.
  6. Don’t feed Christmas dinner leftovers as human food can be too rich and cause diarrhea and vomiting. Bones can be potentially lethal and block or perforate the intestinal tract.
  7. Chocolate can cause real problems for dogs, as they are very sensitive to the theobromine, which can act like an overdose of caffeine.
  8. Take care with floral arrangements and plants especially if you have cats; Lilies are toxic to cats and the pollen can easily get on their coats if they brush past. Ponsiettas are also a common addition to the home at Christmas and they are toxic to your pet if eaten.
  9. Avoid frozen ponds and canals and finally…
  10. Please don’t give a pet as a surprise present; a dog is for life not just for Christmas!

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Festive opening hours 2018

Teddington & Surbiton

Monday 24th December – Christmas Eve : 7.30am – 5.30pm
Tuesday 25th December – Christmas Day : CLOSED
Wednesday 26th December – Boxing Day : CLOSED
Thursday 27th December – 7.30am – 7.30pm
Friday 28th December – 7.30am – 7.30pm
Saturday 29th December – 8.30am – 5pm
Sunday 30th December – 10am – 4pm (TEDDINGTON ONLY)
Monday 31st December – New years eve – 7.30am – 5.30pm
Tuesday 1st January – New Years Day – CLOSED
Wednesday: Normal opening hours

Shepperton

Monday 24th December – Christmas Eve : 8am – 4.30pm
Tuesday 25th December – Christmas Day : CLOSED
Wednesday 26th December – Boxing Day : CLOSED
Thursday 27th December – 8am – 6.30pm
Friday 28th December – 8am – 6.30pm
Saturday 29th December – 8.30am – 12pm
Sunday 30th December – CLOSED
Monday 31st December – New years eve – 8am – 4.30pm
Tuesday 1st January – New Years Day – CLOSED
Wednesday: Normal opening hours

You will still have access to 24 hour emergency vet care.

Vet4life features on CBeebies

CBeebies came to film us recently at Vet4life Surbiton! Rory from Ferne and Rory’s Vet Tales came to meet one of our owners and their superstar dog Otto and bring them in to meet our vet Lily! Otto belongs to the great charity Broken Biscuits who help disabled dogs get the help and homes they deserve. Otto is a dog who injured both of his back legs in an accident a few years ago and gets around easily with a wheelchair.

Lily spent the day filming with the CBeebies team and said, “it was so much fun being filmed for the day and all of the CBeebies team were so lovely. They got to watch us kitting Otto out with his new wheelchair and also watched us seeing some of our other patients. Otto and his owner (also called Lily!) were stars and it was such a fun day filming all together.”

Catch up on the episode here and watch out vet Lily at work!

Pet travel after Brexit

Pet owners will still be able to travel to Europe with their pet after the UK leaves the EU, whatever the outcome of the Brexit negotiations. However, in the event of no deal, they may need to take some additional steps to be able to travel with their pet to the EU. Continue Reading

Our Super Slimmer of 2018

We’re incredibly proud of our vet nurse Nicki for her amazing work with Aji. Aji the Yorkshire Terrier came to see Nicki because his owners were concerned about his health. With dedicated owners and under Nicki’s guidance, Aji won the inaugral Canine Slimmer of the Year 2018 award from Hill’s pet food! Amazing!

Here’s what Nicki had to say:

“I first met little (or not so little) 8 year old ‘Aji’ in February this year. As I opened the consult room door, I came face to face with an extremely rotund, hairy little dog. His coat was of poor quality and he had severe trouble breathing. When I invited Aji and his family into the consult room I could immediately see that he difficulty mobilising himself. Aji’s owner explained that she was worried about Aji’s health and I could see that she really wanted to change Aji’s lifestyle. His owner and family had plans to move back to Korea later in the year and were concerned that Aji’s health would deteriorate should he remain obese and be unfit to travel. Continue Reading

Talk invite – fireworks and senior pets

fireworksWe’re inviting you to a couple of talks. Please call the Teddington clinic (020 8977 3955) or Surbiton clinic (020 8390 5270) to confirm your free space. Book quickly as spaces are limited.

Anxious Pets – Wed 24 Oct, Teddington

A talk on pets and anxiety with a focus on fireworks at The Anglers in Teddington on Wednesday 24th October. Starts at 8pm with drinks at 7.30.

Senior Pets – Mon 12 Nov, Surbiton

A talk on senior pet health and care at Vet4life Surbiton on Monday 12th November. Starts at 8pm with drinks at 7.30.

Please call or email us to confirm your attendance. You will receive a certificate of attendance.

RHD-2 outbreak in Teddington

rabbit-in-grassUnfortunately there has been an outbreak of RHD2 in Teddington recently leading to the death of a number of pet rabbits.

RHD2 stands for “Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease” and the 2 is because this is a second version of the disease. The first version (RHD1) is included in standard vaccination alongside myxomatosis. RHD2 is spread by flies and can affect rabbits of all ages and the first symptom can be sudden death. As it is spread by flies it can affect both indoor and outdoor rabbits housed either together or separately. You can find out more about RHD2 here.

Rabbits which have been vaccinated against RHD1 and Myxomatosis will not be protected against RHD2, this requires another vaccination.

Vaccination against RHD2 is available at Vet4Life and can protect against this fatal disease. We recommend calling the practice to book in for this vaccine.

Dog Athletics 2018 registrations now open

dog-olympicsThe Dog Athletics returns to Udney Hall Gardens, Teddington on Sunday 9th September! You can register your dog for any of the games on our simple dog athletics registration form.

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.