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Bringing Your Rabbit To The Vets

Bringing Your Rabbit To The Vets

A visit to the vets does not have to be stressful for you or your rabbits. 

Here are a few helpful tips:

 
What can you do to help your ageing cat

What can you do to help your ageing cat?

One of our vets has written some tips on how to make your cat's autumn years that little bit easier.

 
Bringing Your Cat To The Vets

Bringing Your Cat To The Vets

A visit to the vets does not have to be stressful for you or your cat.

Here are a few helpful tips;

 
Low Impact Activities for our Golden Oldies

Low Impact Activities for our Golden Oldies...

As our pets grow older exercising can become increasingly difficult. They are more reluctant to go outdoors, play and can develop conditions such as osteoarthritis which can make it challenging. It is still, however, important to encourage the right kinds of exercise to help sustain a healthy weight and to maintain mobility.

 

 
Bringing Your Dog to The Vets

Bringing Your Dog to The Vets

A visit to the vets does not have to be stressful for you or your dog.

Here are a few helpful tips:

 
Easter Warnings

Easter Warnings

So spring is apparently upon us, and with the lengthening daylight hours, and increasing temperatures comes the first of the spring bank holidays to be celebrated.

 
Alabama Rot

Alabama Rot

A lot of you will already have heard or read about Alabama Rot, but as so little is known about it we wanted to give you the facts that are available to date.

 
Obesity

Obesity

As vets, it is one of the most common conditions we come across on a day to day basis, and it is one which is sometimes very difficult to discuss. Obesity is not just a condition affecting humans,  but is now being seen far too often within our pet population. However, there seems to be a great stigma when it comes to discussing pet's weight, understandably, as no-one wants to hear their beloved pet is overweight.

 
DentalCaries

Dental Caries

Caries are formed due to the decay of dentine of the tooth following demineralization of the surface enamel of the tooth. They have a similar pathology to tooth decay in humans.

 
Christmas Poisons

Christmas Poisons

It’s Christmas again; the time of year when we have a spike in patients coming through the door after having eaten something they shouldn’t. For  us  it is a time for festive treats, but a lot of these can be toxic to our pets.

 
Fractured Teeth

Fractured Teeth

Teeth can fracture just like bones. If there is exposure to the sensitive pulp of the tooth this can be extremely painful for our animals, and, as such, will create a reluctance for them to eat.

 
Olivers Oral Issue

Oliver's Oral Issue

Gingivitis is a term to describe inflammation of the gums, where stomatitis is inflammation of any of the other soft tissues within the mouth, including lips, back of the throat, tongue etc. Combined they lead to a painful and often debilitating disease in cats called Chronic Feline Gingivostomatitis, where they are often too painful to eat anything.

 
Case Study: Rosie\\\\\\\'s Rosy Cheek

Case Study: Rosie's Rosy Cheek

Rosie presented to Pennard Vets with a large red swelling on her cheek. After several bouts of antibiotics which seemingly helped, but did not fully resolve the swelling, further investigation was indicated.   

 
Oral Hygiene

Oral Hygiene

There are many ways in which we can keep our pet's mouths healthy and clean for as long as possible. These range from chews to toys, to specially formulated diets, to the gold standard – dental treatment.

 
Parasite Control

Parasite Control

The term parasite describes any creature which uses another ‘host’ to live. They range from endoparasites (within the body), including lungworm and tapeworm, to ectoparasites (outside the body), including fleas, ticks and mites. Our pets are very prone to being infected by any of these parasites, but with effective parasite control it is preventable.

 
Flystrike

Flystrike

Flystrike (aka Myiasis) is a condition which can affect any animal. It is incredibly distressing and if not caught early enough it can progress rapidly and lead to death. Rabbits are predominantly affected, especially if they have a pre-existing illness which limits their ability to clean themselves, primarily over their rear-end. As owners we need to be particularly vigilant through the summer months.

 
Stings

Stings

Unfortunately, it’s that time of year where we see plenty of pets with swollen faces or paws. Some of you will see your pet being stung, which means you can identify the type of sting, but many of you will simply notice a swelling.

 
Grass Seeds

Grass Seeds

It’s that time of year where grass seeds are becoming a problem. They cling to your dog’s coat with their bristly fibres, and their pointed shape makes it easy for them to dive deeper and deeper. Shaped like darts, once they pierce the skin they can’t get out so push their way forward.

 
Mycotoxicity

Mycotoxicity

Mycotoxicity has been highlighted recently on the BBC Programme 'Trust Me, I'm a Vet' and we are incredibly sad to announce that we have recently had two cases.  The first patient we managed to successfully treat and after lots of intensive care eventually went home.  The second patient unfortunately we couldn’t save.

 
It\'s Acupuncture Awareness Week

It’s Acupuncture Awareness Week

As its acupuncture awareness week, we thought it would be good to highlight how acupuncture helps a lot of pets.

 
It's Heart Month

It's Heart Month

Every February the British Heart Foundation celebrates heart month encouraging everyone to make small contributions to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

 
Winter Fitness

Winter Fitness

With winter just outside our door we often feel like staying at home, warm and cosy. I’m not as enthusiastic about walking the dog as I am in the summer months.

 
Its Chrismas!

Its Chrismas!

As with many posts this Christmas, it’s all about those goodies and decorations that are toxic to our pets. So we’ve written just a quick reminder of a things to help keep your four legged friends safe this festive season.

 
Saying Goodbye

Saying Goodbye

I’m sure most of you have seen the recent press coverage lately of ‘Walk with Walnut’ BBC Walk with Walnut. We’ve talked about this in the practice and thought it was a wonderful, kind gesture from a heartbroken owner to his ageing best friend.

 
New Rabbit Vaccination Now Available

New Rabbit Vaccination Now Available

We have had some enquiries regarding the new variant of Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (RVHD) and wanted to give a brief overview for those that haven’t come across it before.

 
Microchipping and the Law

Microchipping and the Law

There are two parts to the new legislation on microchipping in the Animal Welfare Act 2006 that take place on the 6th April 2016 that we want to ensure you are aware of

  • Dog owners in England will have to have their pet microchipped from the 6th April 2016
  • Owners need to maintain up to date contact details on an authorised commercial database
 
TIcks and Babesiosis

TIcks and Babesiosis

There has been a lot of talk in the media recently about a possible small outbreak of a relatively new disease in dogs in the UK, Babesiosis, caused by the bite of a specific tick which transmits the protozoal parasite which causes the disease. At the moment the affected cases are mainly in Essex, but they could potentially spread.

 
You CAN teach an old dog new tricks

You CAN teach an old dog new tricks!

Boris is a 12.5 year old springer spaniel who used to hate coming to the vets for any treatment or vaccinations. No matter how gentle we were with him it didn’t matter as he was so scared and used to tremble as soon as he walked into reception until he left. 

Boris’ owner thought there was no hope for him ever being able to enjoy coming to the vets as he was now a senior dog and she thought you could not teach an old dog new tricks.

 
Firework Fears in Cats

Firework Fears in Cats

Animals have very acute hearing, (particularly cats) so loud bangs and whistles will startle them and cause them stress.

 
Firework Fears in Dogs

Firework Fears in Dogs

We all know Firework season can be a stressful and scary time for a lot of dogs so why not try building a den to hide away in, it can really help. Starting preparing this now in advance giving your dog plenty of time to get used to using it.

 

Good Dental Care is Essential

Dental disease is a problem that affects many of our pets both young and old and studies have estimated that 80% of cats and dogs have some degree of dental disease, from the age of 3 onwards.

 
Arthritis, my dog and me

Arthritis, my dog and me

Arthritis only happens in old pets… right? Not all the time, it can happen in the young too. If your pet is diagnosed with it, what are your options?

 
Its Chrismas….

Its Chrismas….

We’re not sure about you but it seems Christmas has arrived early this year. We all know it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also a time when we need to take steps to avoid any harm coming to our beloved pets. A recent survey revealed 1 in 10 Dog lovers have had to go to the vets over the christmas period due to feeding them human food. Here at Pennard Vets we’ve put together a top five list of things to watch out for.

 
Mucky Pups

Mucky Pups

I’m not sure about you but this past winter has played havoc with my carpets. Having a long haired young dog means I’ve had towels at the ready to wipe his feet the moment we arrive home. On the right is a picture of my boy who always, always finds the mud!

We get asked a lot about how to go about washing dogs so we’ve listed ten steps to make bathing your dog as easy as possible;

 
Mxyomatosis outbreak starts early this year

Mxyomatosis outbreak starts early this year

Sadly we have just seen our first case of myxomatosis this year, some what earlier than normal with the unusual weather over winter.

 
Flooding spreads disease

Flooding spreads disease

With dogs now starting to go back on the areas that have recently been flooded we have been asked a lot of questions regarding any concerns about going on these areas.

 
Pennard Vets Pet Slimmer of the Year 2013

Pennard Vets Pet Slimmer of the Year 2013

Last year was the first year of running the pet slimmer of the year competition, over the year nurses see many clients regularly for weight checks to help support them with their animals in loosing weight. With the help of hills we decided to give them something back and an incentive to really get to grips with helping their animals loose weight and so came up with Pet Slimmer of the Year. The winners were chosen and given the good news in January

 
Helping Hendrix

Helping Hendrix

Laser therapy helps Hendrix get back on his feet.

 
What happened to Winston

What happened to Winston?

Winston was a 3 Month old British Bulldog puppy who came to the practice on the 17th July as his owner was very concerned about him.

Winston had vomited that morning and did not want to go for a walk at all; his owner also noticed he was breathing differently and just wanted to lie down.

 
Spring has finally sprung!

Spring has finally sprung!

Spring is in the air and new life will be arriving soon. This can sometimes be a stressful time for animal loving cat owners, as their companions bring in feathered and furry ‘presents’ to surprise them.

 
Easter Warnings

Easter Warnings

To most of us this Easter will involve enjoying a chocolate egg or two! Please remember that chocolate is also delicious to dogs, less so to cats, but potentially lethal to both. 

 
Felix finds his confidence

Felix finds his confidence

Felix is a 2 year 8 month old Labrador who has a sad story with a happy ending!

 
Ivan and the mysterious object

Ivan and the mysterious object

Ivan a 7 month old puppy, training to be a guide dog, was brought in to the practice after being sick and refusing his food. This was very unusual for Ivan particularly as he is a Labrador!