Why not come and pay us a visit at this local dog show on Saturday 8th September?

We will have a stall and will be there armed with gravy bones and plenty of fuss for your furry friends. We hope to see you there 🙂

Ever wonder what ‘water fetch’ looks like from the other end???

A photographer in California decided to take a few of his furry friends, a ball and a high resolution underwater camera.

 

Meet Sammie.

 

 As a vet it seemed only appropriate to adopt a rescue dog.  With the long working hours my wife and I decided to adopt an older dog with the hope that we could have a few nice walks at weekends but have a dog that enjoys sleeping for most of the day while we work.

 

 

As a rescue dog it is not sure exactly how old Sammie is.  We know from her microchip records that she was microchipped in 2000, which makes her at least 12 years old now.  She does not quite understand what old age means and still jumps around like a puppy at times.

 

 

She came to visit the practice this week and demonstrated her agility by jumping onto the reception desk to greet clients as they came in.  She was so proud of her new role as receptionist she even decided to try on the uniform but unfortunately this was a bit big for Sammie!

 

Did you know….?

  • It is estimated that there are between 1.6 and 2 million pet rabbits in the UK.
  • In 2004, 4.6% of UK households owned a rabbit.
  • There are 67 breeds and 531 varieties of rabbit. The smallest breed is the Netherland Dwarf Rabbit, weighing just 1kg when fully grown, and one of the largest is the Flemish Giant Rabbit, which weighs up to 6kg.
  • Female rabbits are called does, male rabbits are called bucks and baby rabbits are called kittens. Litters usually contain between six and eight kittens. However, the largest litter ever recorded had 24 kittens.
  • Rabbits usually live to about seven or eight years old, but many live over 10 years.
  • Rabbits and hares are not rodents like rats, mice and guinea pigs – they’re known as leporids.
  • Rabbits produce two types of droppings, the first of which they re-ingest.
  • Rabbits commonly suffer from osteoporosis if they are not allowed enough exercise. Osteoporosis can also be the result of a diet low in calcium.
  • A rabbit chews 120 times a minute and has 17,000 tastebuds. That’s 7,000 more than humans and 15,000 more than dogs.
  • At least 80% of rabbits in the UK are not being fed correctly. One of the most common reasons for rabbits becoming ill is a poor diet, often lacking essential components such as forage.
  • 30% of rabbits in the UK are obese, possibly due to their sedentary life as domestic pets, compared to their life in the wild.
  • 75% of rabbits seen by vets are diagnosed with dental problems. Rabbits’ teeth grow continuously by about 2-3mm a week and whilst in the wild gnawing on rough vegetation wears them down, many domestic rabbits don’t get the opportunity to do this and their teeth often need to be filed down by a vet. A rabbit’s nails may also need to be clipped if the rabbit doesn’t get enough exercise.

We are participating in Rabbit Awareness Week – from 15th September to 22nd September. Read on for more information 🙂

Rabbits are the UK’s 3rd most popular pet! This is because they are highly intelligent, social, interactive and fun creatures that are extremely clean and can even be litter trained. They have very individual and distinct personalities, and often live over ten years of age – making them every bit as worthwhile investing in as dogs and cats!

Despite all this there are still a lot of myths and misinformation around the best care for pet rabbits, and indeed their welfare needs. It’s actually very easy when you know how……

So Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW) was created as an annual event, where rabbit experts such as vets, pet retailers, welfare charities and manufacturers work together during a dedicated week to educate the pet owning public about proper rabbit care and welfare.

During the week thousands we are offering FREE health clinics for local rabbits and their owners. It doesn’t matter if your rabbits have never been to the vet before, it’s never too late to get them health checked by the experts!

Together we aim to improve the lives of the UK’s rabbits and stop them getting a RAW deal

 

Free beanie toy with any purchase of 2kg or over bags of James Wellbeloved food for a limited time 🙂

Why not pop in and get yourself a bag of high quality dog food for only £5.99 (cheaper than local pet shops) and get yourself a cute and cuddly toy too 🙂

James Wellbeloved offer – 2kg bags food are now only £5.99

We only have a limited amount of bags in the offer and once they’re gone, they’re gone, so act fast 🙂 (only applicable to bags with a promotional sticker on)

James Wellbeloved complete dog foods specially selected wholesome ingredients make them naturally healthy, completely satisfying and very tasty for your dog.

With no beef or pork, no wheat or wheat gluten, no dairy products or egg our complete dog food is hypo-allergenic and free from many of the ingredients which are renowned for causing food intolerances.

It contains no added artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. James Wellbeloved complete dog food has been developed to be easy on your dog’s digestive tract and soothe itchy coats. With your dog’s wellbeing in mind, our recipes contain a single source of meat protein – either turkey, duck, lamb or ocean white fish of the finest quality. The carbohydrate content of our food comes from rice, oats and barley. They are not only a valuable energy source but delicate on your dog’s digestion too.

Compare the ingredients list of James Wellbeloved complete dog food with other dog foods and you will see why your dog will love the taste of James Wellbeloved.

 

We now stock Pet Odour Eliminating candles. £9.99 for ONE or TWO for £16.

They not only look great and smell fantastic but more importantly their unique enzyme formulation attacks and REMOVES pet odours when burning. Pet Odour Eliminating Candles also remove smoke and household odours. Each 13oz candle burns approximately 70 hours.

Available a range of delicious scents.

 

Many pets become very scared of sudden loud bangs and any unusually loud noises. This can develop into a full-blown phobia, often most apparent in response to the sounds of fireworks or thunder. Dogs in particular might tremble pitifully, while attempting to hide in wardrobes/under the stairs, or chew through doors and the like to try and escape. Cats and other small pets (living indoors or outside) will often sit wide eyed and terrified, not knowing what to do or where to go.

There are a number of things which can be done to help. Some of these are simple and easy, others involve more planning and preparation. Here are some of the things to bear in mind:

  1. Keep animals safe. They are much better kept indoors. Cats should be locked inside (remember the cat flap) and dogs should be exercised before the noises start. Ideally have pets microchipped, so that if they do get out and try and escape, they can be traced more easily.
  2. Close all doors and windows to help keep the noise out. Close curtains where possible, to help muffle sounds and control flashes of light. Playing music can also help to distract them.
  3. Try and stay with your pet, and be as calm and relaxed yourself as possible. Do not try to reassure your dog or cat, or make a fuss over him/her, it does not help. Also never show any anger, or try to tell him/her off. Ideally you should shut your pet into a safe area, and stay there yourself. Have something to do, such as read a book or interact quietly with other family members, and ignore what is going on as much as possible. If a dog comes over to you, it is OK to give him/her a quiet stroke, then stop and get back with what you were doing. Making any sort of fuss about things just signals to your pet that there really is a problem and it is worth getting scared about it.
  4. Try to provide a den or safe place. It should be enclosed and have lots of soft bedding. A wardrobe or cupboard might work. Lots of blankets or old duvets will help to make it cosy and absorb some of the sound. Cats like to get up high and be out of the way. If possible try to leave them in a hiding place. They are best left there if this is what they choose, but try to remain quietly nearby if you can. Being there and being relaxed is a great help.
  5. Dog Appeasing Pheromones (DAP) or Feliway (the equivalent for cats) can be a significant help. Diffusers which release these calming chemicals into the room are not noticed by us, but are picked up by the animals’ more sensitive noses, encouraging a feeling of being at ease.
  6. Zylkene is a non-prescription food supplement which is available for dogs and cats. It can have a dramatic calming effect on some individuals, and can be given for the whole of the firework period. For more information on Zylkene, I recommend that you see this article.
  7. Sometimes mild tranquilising drugs are appropriate, and your vet can probably prescribe useful medication if it is needed. Vets can also provide contact details with qualified animal behaviour therapists, who might be able to help.
  8. If you know your dog is going to be scared of fireworks, then you can buy the Sounds Scary CDs. These come with a lot of helpful information and can be used to teach your dog to be less afraid of loud noises, including fireworks. It is advised to use this along with a DAP Diffuser.

 

The Sounds Scary CDs can help with other fear-associated loud noises, such as thunder and gunshots

Everyone seems to love standing at our reception counter, they all just want to stand and say hello, either that or they just want to stand up and join in on the conversation.