Cookie recipes for dogs and cats

These cookies always go down well with the animals! Recipes by our vet nurse, Sally!

Doggy Crunchies

  • 300g whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2tbs peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • water

-Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and slowly add the water by the spoonful, until the mixture forms a firm dough

-Flour a surface and roll out the dough to a 1cm thickness

-Cut out various shapes using a cookie cutter

-Bake at 170oC for 40 minutes until hard

(The recipe can be flavoured using beef or chicken stock but only if they DO NOT contain any onion or garlic)

Tuna cat treats

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 6 oz/180 ml can tuna in oil, un-drained
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 egg

-Preheat the oven to 350ºF

-Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl

-Knead the dough. If it become a little too dry or thick, add drops of water until improved

-Roll the dough out on a floured surface. Press down to about 6mm/1/4″ thick

-Make or cut small shapes suitable for cat size treats. Play around with the shapes until you’re happy with them

-Set the shapes out on a lined baking tray/sheet

-Pop in the oven for about 20 minutes or until the treats become firm

-Remove from the oven. Cool on a wire cooling rack

Let us know if you make them and if your pets like them!

Big Bear Award – Roscoe

Roscoe’s Story

Roscoe is a lovely little dog that came to us after he became very lethargic and didn’t want to eat.

He was dehydrated and had a very painful abdomen. A urine test and blood test revealed that Roscoe had pancreatitis and a condition called diabetic keto-acidosis. This is a life-threatening condition whereby the pancreas fails to produce enough insulin so that glucose cannot be used by the body cells for energy. Instead, fat is broken down to provide energy, and acids known as ketones are produced. This caused Roscoe to become very sick and he required emergency stabilisation. He received intensive fluid therapy, antibiotics, pain relief, and insulin.

Roscoe’s condition remained critical and he required intensive overnight hospitilasation. Despite all the tests and intensive management that Roscoe received, he was incredibly brave throughout and battled through what was a very worrying time for everyone involved. Continue Reading

The 12 dangers of Christmas for your pets

Christmas is a fantastic time for us but please be aware that there are many potential dangers for our pets! We have listed 12 common ones below:

  1. Raisins, grapes and mince pies
  2. Onions and garlic
  3. Chocolate
  4. Alcohol
  5. Batteries
  6. Christmas decorations and tinsel
  7. Mistletoe, holly and poinsettias
  8. Macadamia nuts
  9. Fatty foods and bones
  10. Christmas pudding
  11. Antifreeze
  12. Ribbon

This list is not exhaustive. If you think your pet may have eaten any non-pet food items or you have any concerns, please call us immediately – we have 24 hour cover even during the festive season.

Autumn 2017 newsletter


We’re really pleased to let you know about our new video section on the website and to introduce our new customer care adviser, Taniya.

Firework time is coming up and planning ahead can help you, help your pet. Please read our firework advice for all the things you can do this year.

If you have been to see us recently we hope you have had the very best care from the whole team. If so, we’d really appreciate your vote in the upcoming Pet Plan Veterinary Awards.

Happy reading!

Best wishes,

The Vet4Life Team Continue Reading

How Reiki can help animals

Some of our clients find Reiki healing very useful. We asked Gill Carrick, who does Reiki healing in Teddington and locally, to tell us a bit more about it:

Reiki can benefit animals experiencing a range of challenges, and my recent cases have included a sweet cat called Mia, and a brave dog called Sandie.

Mia’s owner approached me earlier this year, clearly concerned about the change to her ‘fur-bundle’ since the family moved into a new home a few months’ ago. Normally an outdoor cat, Mia’s now refusing to leave the house; spending hours hiding under the bed. She also meows constantly.

Mia’s been checked over by her vet and it seems there’s no underlying physical explanation, so the owner suspects it’s an emotional issue. It certainly seems to point that way. Continue Reading

New opening hours at Vet4Life – Surbiton

From Monday 2nd October, our Surbiton clinic will have longer opening hours.

This is great news  as our clients can enjoy appointments early in the morning and later in the evening in addition to extended opening hours on a Saturday! Their pet can be seen whenever they are ill and when it is convenient for them to be seen.

Our new hours at Surbiton are:

  • Monday-Friday 7:30am – 7:30pm
  • Saturday 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • (Sundays at Teddington 10:00am-4:00pm)
Consultations are:
  • Monday-Friday 8:00am – 1:00pm and 4:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Saturday 9:00am – 12:00 and 2:00 until 4:30pm
  • Urgent and emergency cases seen at all times

We hope that these hours work for you, please let us know if they do. Thank you for your continued support.

Chester goes to Puppy School – week 3

Our 3rd puppy class with Vet4Life was at the beautiful Surbiton practice. Chester was very excited, a good time to practice “settle” at our feet. In class we introduced sit and stay, walking through tunnels, high five and advanced attention exercise. Chester loved it! At home Chester has truly made it his own; crate training has been very successful and loves hanging out in his ‘safe space’ where he also eats and sleeps. At 11 weeks old Chester is rapidly growing and learning all the time!

(If you’d like your new puppy to join our puppy school, give us a ring on 0208 977 3955!)

Chester goes to Puppy School – week 2

Training is already beginning to pay off! Chester is becoming more confident each day; he is being exposed to new things outside the house as we carry him about: family, friends, a variety of strangers, other dogs, cars and the weather! At puppy class we continued to make friends with the other puppies and introduced some lead training.

(If you’d like your new puppy to join our puppy school, give us a ring on 0208 977 3955!)

Chester goes to Puppy School – week 1

This is Chester, a cockapoo puppy new recruit to puppy class. Follow our blog to read about Chester’s puppy school experience and training!

Chester, a cockapoo, has begun his journey to become the perfect puppy. At 9 weeks old Chester is beginning to learn his name, sit, down, come and where is acceptable to use the toilet. (Hint: Not the hallway!).

At home Chester is being crate trained and taught fun games such as retrieve and tug of war. The picture shows Chester at his first check-up at Vet4Life in Teddington!

(If you’d like your new puppy to join our puppy school, give us a ring on 0208 977 3955!)