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Slugs and Snails & Puppy-dog Tales… …..well, not just puppies but all dogs can be infected by a worm carried by snails and slugs which can threaten the life of your dog (Angiostrongylus vasorum). Routine non-veterinary supplied wormers are inneffective against this, so it is very important to consult us if your dog plays with or eats slugs or snails.
Flea season!!! .. ……is almost at its end and providing you have been careful to treat your pets thoroughly throughout the summer you should flea-free until next year. But if you are unfortunate enough to have any fleas or their nests left in the house they’ll be with you until next summer, and they will become active whenever the house is warm enough – like over the Christmas Period. As your veterinary surgeon we can supply a wider and more effective range of products than any other outlet or online supplier, and we will provide you with the best advice.
Make sure you keep your dogs, cats and rabbits up to date with their vaccinations.
They normally have a preliminary course in early life and then booster injections annually. It isn’t just so they can go into kennels, but more importantly to protect them from serious and life-threatening diseases.
Along with the vaccination the vet will examine your pet to make sure they are healthy, and will discuss any issues that arise from this as well as any matters that you wish to raise. Rabies vaccination is available for those which are to travel into mainland Europe and so need a Pet Passport.
Diarrhoea in your Pet
Poor digestive health is the second most common reason to take your pet to the vet and is typically caused by food, stress, bacteria, parasites or illness.
If your pet is having profuse or prolonged diarrhoea, diarrhoea with blood, is very depressed, painful or starts vomiting, weight loss, please contact us to arrange an appointment.
What can you do at home to help?
There are a number of measures you can take that can support your dog’s digestive health whilst they have diarrhoea;
- A bland, easily digestible, balanced diet given in frequent small amounts.
- Ensuring your pet stays hydrated.
- Promax is a unique formulation of natural ingredients (probiotic, prebiotic, montmorillonite clay, glutamine), each selected to perform a specific role in discouraging poor digestive health and quickly helping to aid normal intestinal function. It is dosed orally once daily from an easy to use dispensing syringe. This is available without prescription from any of our surgeries.
- If the diarrhoea does not improve after 4 days, please consult your vet for further advice.
It is important to remember to clean up diarrhea carefully and wash hands after doing so.