Rabbit Awareness!

Rabbit Awareness!

Rabbit are a popular pet however they are often not given the food or environment they need.
A rabbits hutch should only be considered as their ‘bedroom’. They should have a safe predator-proof run where they can exercise and stretch their legs whenever they want to. The run should be large enough that they can have three consecutive hops without obstacles and they can stand on their hind legs without their ears touching the top.
Rabbits should have their own individual hutches Read More »

Warning to Clients!

Warning to Clients!

Archie was found tied by a shoe lace to a post a few days ago in Hampshire.  He had been missing for a week from Hartley Wintney.
When a builder found Archie he was presumed dead however he was taken to St Kitts Veterinary Centre where they treated his wound and gave him fluids because he was very dehydrated.
On examination we believe this was deliberate because the knot used was a reef knot which takes skill to do. Also there was Read More »

Pet of the Month – Tyler

Pet of the Month – Tyler

Our pet of the month this month is Tyler. He is an 11 year old, male, Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
He was brought in to see the Vet because he had been sick and had diarrhoea. Tyler has suffered in the past from stomach upsets, he is on a special diet suited for this but occasionally has flare ups.
He had been at a BBQ with his owner the previous day and we thought maybe he had eaten something to make him feel Read More »

DOGS DIE IN HOT CARS!

DOGS DIE IN HOT CARS!

DOGS DIE IN HOT CARS!
When it’s 22°C/72°F outside, the temperature inside a car can reach 47°C/117°F within 60 minutes!
Your dog cannot cool down because the hot and stuffy car does not allow them to pant enough which is their main defence against the heat.
Opening windows does not help unfortunately.
Symptoms include:
heavy panting
profuse salivation
rapid pulse
very red gums/tongue
lethargy
lack of coordination
reluctance/inability to rise after collapsing
vomiting
diarrhoea
loss of consciousness.
If your dog had any of these symptoms they need to be brought straight to us for emergency Read More »

Tick Awareness

Tick Awareness

The wetter and warmer weather has brought an increase to the number of ticks seen in veterinary practice. Normally ticks are seen between spring to early summer and again in autumn. The warmer winters recently has seen an increase in the number of ticks seen all year round. A recent study picked up 300 ticks in a 1 meter square area!
I am sure you have seen these pests before on your animal. Most people see them as a mere pest Read More »

National Microchipping Month

National Microchipping Month

June is National Microchipping Month. Petlog is a national database holding microchip numbers for our UK pets.
By 2016 it will be a legal requirement to have all dogs microchipped AND to keep your address and contact details up to date (Don’t forget your kitty cats too!). When a lost pet is handed into the practice the first thing we do is check for a microchip and call the registered numbers, if your details are up to date we can contact Read More »