Vaccinations are vital in protecting your pet from various diseases that cause pain, distress and can be fatal.
Annual vaccination appointments also provide an opportunity for regular health checks for your pet - and don't forget your vaccination cards.
Vaccinations for cats and dogs usually consist of a primary course of 2 vaccinations, followed by annual boosters as the initial immune response gradually fades over time.
It is important to keep your pet's vaccinations up to date, as a delay in their booster allows for a decrease in immunity, and may mean that your pet needs to restart their primary vaccination course.
Most of the objections put forward against neutering are unfounded worries. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to speak to us.
Male dogs can be neutered from 6 months to:
• Stop or reduce male sex-hormone driven behaviours
• Reduce wandering/roaming/straying (also reducing car accidents)
• Reduce the chances of a dog bite & reduce aggression towards other dogs
• Reduce territoriality
• Reduce prostatic disease and the risk of testicular cancer
Bad breath ( halitosis ) is often the first sign that your pet requires some dental attention.
This is caused by plaque which is a build up of saliva, bacteria and food particles building up on or between the teeth. When this hardens it becomes tartar. This in turn will lead to infected gums, pain, loss of teeth, abscesses and other forms of infection. In severe cases this can make an animal very ill, as well as extremely uncomfortable.
Dental scaling and polishing should be carried out well before the condition deteriorates to the stage of advanced dental disease. This is done under general anaesthetic using one of the latest models of dental machine. The machine incorporates a high speed drill, ultrasonic scaler and polisher. After this procedure has been done it will reduce the chance of recurrence if the owner then regularly cleans the pet's teeth.
This is often not easy!
Both dogs and cats are prone to becoming finicky eaters when fed a varied diet, causing problems for their owners later on. So don’t switch foods every other week. If you do need to change from one product to another, do so gradually by mixing the two diets together for a few days. This will help prevent diarrhoea from a too sudden change in food.
A dry food is best for your pet’s teeth and gums, so the majority of your dog or cat’s nutritional needs should be met with a DRY type food.
Canned foods are much more expensive to feed, as you are paying for a lot of water and extra packaging. Many people like to supplement their pet’s diet with some canned food, and this is fine as long as you pick a good one, and don’t overdo it.
Canned foods are more likely to have excesses of protein, which can cause or contribute to kidney disease as your pet ages, as well as being worse for your pet’s teeth. Ask us for advice.
The commonest problems that vets see in rabbits all stem from an incorrect diet – dental problems, facial abscesses, digestive disorders etc. This is why feeding your rabbit correctly is so important.
Remember: Grass! Grass! and more Grass!
Rabbits are adapted to a life of grazing and chewing and therefore constant wear on the teeth.
A diet lacking in fibre will mean that less time is spent chewing food, less wear on the teeth and so overgrown teeth will be the end result.
Feed pellets that are high in fibre (18% or more). Your rabbit should have access to fresh water 24 hours a day. If you keep your rabbit in an outside hutch throughout the winter, change the water twice or three times a day to prevent it freezing.