Sending your puppy to school

puppy-playing-ballHave you just got a new puppy? Why not enroll him or her on one of our puppy training courses?

Every puppy needs to be taught good manners and socialisation skills. These include: responding to his or her name, good behaviour around other dogs, coming back when called, walking nicely on the lead, sitting, and being calm and patient when groomed, or at the vet’s. Puppies learn very quickly with proper training and instruction. 3-12 weeks old is actually the most impressionable learning time for dogs.

We really promote playing with your puppy (or dog of any age)! Playing with your dog is not only the fun part of canine companionship, it’s really important as it enhances your relationship. Your dog will enjoy it and it’s a great form of exercise. Make certain toys ‘special’ and keep them hidden away, and use these when playing together. Continue Reading

Lymphoma in Dogs and Cats

lymphoma-cellsIn the last few weeks I have seen an increase in the the number of cases of lymphoma at our clinic. Lymphoma is a type of cancer of the white blood cells that commonly affects the lymph nodes anywhere in the body. The early signs are variable but often we find a pet may have inappetence, weight loss and lethargy. If your pet is showing any of these signs for more than a couple of days it would be advised that you take him to see your vet.

Of all the cancers that an animal may get in its life-time, this is one of the most rewarding to treat. Treatment typically involves a course of medications, given over several months with a 70-80% success rate. Because we have to make the decisions for out pets, treatment is therefore always considered carefully, compassionate and with our pets welfare given the highest priority.

More information about the disease can be found written here.

Pets’ Problem Behaviour

persian-on-chairInspired by Francesca Riccomini, veterinary surgeon and animal behaviourist

People often don’t realise something is amiss with their pet’s behaviour until something goes wrong, and then it’s too late! Since pets can’t talk, their behaviour is the only indication of illness, bar any physical symptoms. When a pet is acting normally, it’s reassuring – it means our pet is happy and well. A change therefore, may suggest something is wrong. The change may be physical, psychological, emotional or a combination. Continue Reading

Free Dental Check in June

Did you know dental disease is probably one of the most common health problems we see in cats and dogs. In fact, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of dental disease by the age of 4. If left untreated it can lead to painful infections and loss of teeth.

Why not take advantage of our FREE dental examinations this month in association with National Dental Month. Call 0208 977 3955 to make an appointment, get peace of mind and receive a free packet of Dentastix.

Rescue Remedies

Rescue Remedies have been rescuing dogs since 2002. They have grown from small beginnings and have helped to re-home and give life saving treatment to hundreds of dogs in some very desperate situations. The charity does not have a call centre but is internet based. At any one time they are caring for up-to 90 dogs which can be seen by going to their website. Lynne who founded the charity has expertise and specialist knowledge with Terriers.

Their key principals are are accepting dogs with more difficult backgrounds. Many have run out of time and are in council pounds, about to be put to sleep and are in desperate need of a rescue place. They will ensure all achieve good health are neutered, vaccinated and achieve a well-balanced temperament. Their aim is to home the dogs in a loving environment that can provide stability for the rest of their lives. They offer their dogs “back-up for life”and their families friendship for life!

All the team here at Vet4life are delighted be have the opportunity to meet and help so many lovely dogs and feel inspired by the ceaseless efforts of Lynne. If you are think you might be able to offer a home to one of the many lovely dogs, please click on the link and see how you might be able to help.

Easter and Royal Wedding Opening Hours

Please note our opening hours over the Easter and Royal Wedding break. If we are closed, and it is an emergency, please telephone 02089773955 for details of our out of hours cover. Happy Easter, stay safe and don’t eat too many chocolates.

Itchy Skin?

dog-scratching-behind-earDog allergies affect nearly one in seven dogs and that number is increasing year on year. Skin allergies are the most common form of allergy seen. Although certain breeds such as West Highland White Terriers seem to be over-represented, any breed or mixed-breed can be affected.

A lot of allergies seem to be seasonal and now is the start of when you often get flare-ups. More information about this condition and what you can do to help manage the itch can be found here.

Puppy School

Julie and Donna are now running puppy classes on Thursday evenings.

The positive reward-based methods we use are fun, kind and proven to be the most effective way of training your dog.

We aim to take each puppy on a four week course at the end of which they will have learned essential socialisation skills. We will also advise you on how to teach her not to jump up, how not to run off and the best way of house training. Our Vet Nurse training means we can also give appropriate and impartial advice over a wide range of health issues that can crop up in the first few months of a puppies life.

Class sizes are deliberately kept small so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. You can call us on 020 8977 3955 or pop into the clinic for more information.

Vet4Life officially open!

Gyles Brandreth entertained the crowd with witty anecdotes about his posh poodle called Phydeaux at the opening of Vet4life in Teddington. Many thanks to everyone who came and of course Gyles

Top 5 Dog Walks in Teddington

deer-in-parkWe put our heads together this morning and came up with our favourite 5 places to take our dogs for a walk around Teddington.

The Riverside

In our opinion the Thames is the most beautiful place to walk your k9 friends and is right on everyones doorstep. My favorite Stretch is between Richmond bridge passing Ham House untill you reach Teddington Lock. Starting your walk at either end, at the pubs in Teddington or a dog friendly cafe at Richmond Bridge. Its a great place to walk with lots of interesting things for you and your dog athough watch out for the tides, cyclists and be prepared for mud. Continue Reading