E-Cigarette Warning

E-Cigarette Warning

E-Cigarettes are becoming an increasing concern for vets all over the country. A puppy in Cornwall has died from biting into and consuming the content of an E-Cigarette.  Unfortunately he is one of many.
A single E-Cigarette or a refill cartridge/bottle contains enough nicotine to kill a small animal such as dogs, cats and rabbits.
Nicotine poisoning is rapid and can be fatal.
This Monday a Staffie cross Rottweiler puppy in Basingstoke chewed into a refill.  Her owners called us straight away and Read More »

“My pet has fleas”

“My pet has fleas”

This is a statement heard every day in general practice and every single one of these cases could easily have been prevented. This article will help you to understand fleas, how the problem evolves so quickly and methods to control your problem
 
Step 1: The Flea itself
Adult fleas are the most common mammalian parasite seen all over the world. They favour warm, dry conditions and usually are more active in the summer months. The most common flea seen is the cat Read More »

Having a BBQ this weekend?

Having a BBQ this weekend?

BBQ’s are perfect at this time of year! With a lovely cold drink and a burger everyone is happy. However don’t forget BBQ’s can be dangerous for your pets!
 
 
Dangers include:

Corn on the cob
Bones from chicken drumsticks
Foil and plastic wrappers
Hot grease or meat juices
Wooden/bamboo skewers for kebabs or satay chicken
Burning noses or paws from jumping up onto the BBQ
Alcohol is toxic to animals
Smoke travelling into bunny or bird cages with potentially hot embers onto dry hay

If you suspect your pet has eaten Read More »

Chloe needs a home!

Chloe needs a home!

Chloe is a 8 year old slightly chubby tabby!
Chloe has been signed over to us at Basingstoke Vets due to unforeseen circumstances with her owners. She is a lovely cat who just wants cuddles and to be with people.
She needs to live in a house with no other pets and no young children because she enjoys to take life slowly so would not fit in well to a busy home. Ideally Chloe would sit on a lap all day so Read More »

Early Cat Neutering

Early Cat Neutering

Traditionally kittens would be spayed (female) or castrated (male) at 6 months old. However we are now encouraging neutering at 4 months old. This is because cats reach sexual maturity at this time meaning if you let your kitten out at this age it is likely they will reproduce!
Benefits of neutering include:

No pregnant females producing on average 6 kittens at a time
No smelly male cat urine being sprayed around your house
Some cancers can be prevented or the risk minimised
Male cats are less likely Read More »