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Keeping the old dog fit, why muscle matters

Have you have watched the Trust me I am a Doctor or other wellness programmes on television? The new big thing that they are using more to determine longevity is muscle mass and strength.

 
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Assessing your pet’s dental health at home

Just like us, dental health is a cornerstone of our pet's wellness. There are so many factors to dental health but one of the largest issues is pain.

 
fireworks

Fireworks

With autumn upon us it’s time we turn our attention to the season that is often dreaded by owners of anxious pets.

 
hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy - fitness or therapy?

Hydrotherapy is an exceptionally useful tool for promoting wellness in your pet, this tool can be divided into two forms.

 
Christmas Gift Ideas for your Pet

Christmas Gift Ideas for your Pet

The market is awash with gifts for your pet and it’s often difficult to decide on what to buy.  We’ve separated our top gifts into four categories to help that decision making a little easier.

 
facts about kennel cough and your dog

Kennel Cough and your dog, the facts

There seems to be an increase in Kennel Cough cases at the moment so we thought we would remind you of what to look out for.

 
keeping your dog safe

Keeping Your Dog Safe

There have been increasing news reports of dogs being stolen. We thought we would write a few tips to help keep your dog safe.

 

 
Preparing your dog for normality

Preparing your dog for normality...

How can you prepare your dog for our return to a new normal? We’ve written a few tips…

 
Winter Fitness

Winter Fitness

With the winter just outside our door we often feel like staying at home, and for some of us, with the current virus, we have to.

 
What if my pet goes missing

What if my pet goes missing?

When pets go missing it can be extremely stressful for all involved but we’ve written some tips to help reunite you with your pet. 

 
Dogs and Face Masks

Dogs and Face Masks

It’s already difficult for us to see expressions on other's faces or hear them at the moment and our dogs are no different. Many of our pets are finding things confusing.

 
Taking your dog on a Great British Holiday

Taking your dog on a Great British Holiday

With lockdown easing, we are now able to take our faithful canine companions on holiday with us to various locations around the UK. Here are some of our tips and what to look out for in various holiday spots…

 
Dogs and the importance of sniffing

Dogs and the importance of sniffing...

Does your dog sniff at every opportunity? It has been calculated that dogs sniff 33% of the time they are moving and can identify at least 1,000 smells better than us.

 
Painkillers and your Pet

Painkillers and your Pet...

We are receiving many questions asking if you can give your pet paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin. We understand that during lockdown combined with the difficulty of bringing your pet to the vets that the easier option may be to medicate them yourselves. Unfortunately, poisoning is common and we advise strongly against this.

 
Frosty Feet amp Keeping Your Dogs Safe in the Winter

Frosty Feet & Keeping Your Dogs Safe in the Winter

When the skies are blue and the air is crisp there's nothing better than a walk with your dog. We've written a few tips on what to watch out for in this cold spell.

 
Alabama Rot and your Dog

Alabama Rot and your Dog

We are sad to say there has been a confirmed case of Alabama Rot in Paddock Wood. This brings the total number of cases to 216 since 2012.

 
Doras Dental Issue

Dora's Dental Issue

Dora the 10-year-old spaniel came to see our vet Sarla at Langley Park one Wednesday morning looking rather sorry for herself, with a swelling below her left eye.

 
Restraining your Dog in the Car

Restraining your Dog in the Car

Research has revealed that one in five dog owners regularly travel with their dog unrestrained in the passenger seat of their car and 10% place their pooch in their lap whilst at the wheel. 

 
Pet BBQ Safety

Pet BBQ Safety

We are well into summer and the BBQ season so we wanted to remind you of a few things for pet safety while you are grilling.

 
Adder Bites and your Dog

Adder Bites and your Dog

We have received reports of the first adder bite of the year, in a dog walking in the Ashdown Forest. Luckily he made a full recovery, but here is some useful information about these dangerous snakes.

 
Lance Canine Tooth

'Lance' Canine Tooth

Have you ever heard of Lance Canine Tooth? One of our veterinary surgeons had a case recently in an eight-month-old labrador puppy and we thought you may be interested.

 
Walking your dog safely in the dark

Walking your dog safely in the dark

At this time of year, the majority of us are walking our dogs in the dark.

 
Your Pet and Malassezia

Your Pet and Malassezia...

What is Malassezia?

Malassezia pachydermatis is a type of yeast found on the skin and ears of most dogs. In most cases, these yeast organisms cause no harm. However, in some dogs, an abnormal overgrowth of Malassezia can result in the skin and/or ears becoming inflamed and sore. 

 
Dog Walking Etiquette

Dog Walking Etiquette

How often when you’re walking your dog do you encounter another dog – that’s on the lead? How do you respond?

 
Urine Testing

Urine Testing

Have you been asked to provide us with your pet's urine sample recently? Do you know what tests we run and what your pet's sample can show?

 
Grass Seeds

Grass Seeds

It’s that time of year where grass seeds are becoming a problem. Shaped like darts, they cling to your pet's coat with their bristly fibres, and their pointed shape means they easily pierce the skin. They cannot escape so push their way forward burrowing deeper and deeper.

 
Charlies Weight Loss

Charlie's Weight Loss

We love hearing success stories from our clients, and here is a lovely letter from Charlie’s owner Dawn, telling his weight loss story...

 
Blue Green Algae - What Exactly Is It

Blue Green Algae - What Exactly Is It?

You may have seen reports of blue-green algae contamination in ponds and lakes during this hot spell of weather.

Here is an update on what you need to know about this potentially fatal toxin.

 
Wispas Worries - Desensitisation

Wispa's Worries - Desensitisation

Coming to the vets is not meant to be stressful for either the owner or the pet. However, there are many pets which fear coming to see us and as such owners’ dread bringing them in. At Pennard Vets, we try and make your pets visit as stress-free as possible, but sometimes they simply have a disliking for a place. To help we run desensitisation clinics.

 
Seasonal Skin Disease - and what you need to know

Seasonal Skin Disease - and what you need to know.

Now the summer is here you may find that your pet is itching more than normal.  This could be the result of things such as Parasites or Antigens.  

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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 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.

 
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;

 
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.

 
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.

 
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!