Signed Newcastle Falcons shirt – selling on eBay all funds going to SHAK rescue Please share so we can raise even more money for this fantastic charity 🙂

We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who came along on our Open Day on 17th November 2012.

We’re proud to announce that we managed to raise £500 for SHAK Rescue (Safe Homes And Kindness)


A huge thank you to everyone who donated a raffle prize to help us raise funds for SHAK rescue. As a result of their generosity we were able to raise £500 for this fantastic charity.

Due to popular demand we are offering FREE dental checks until end of November 2012, we are also offering 20% off if your pet needs a dental procedure too.

Remember, your pet needs their teeth cleaned too…

Step 1

Choose a lifestage for your pet

a)      Puppy/Kitten

b)      Adult

c)       Senior

Lifestage diets are specifically formulated for the changing needs of animals as they go through life.


Step 2

Choose a diet appropriate for the lifestyle of your pet.  Most foods are for the average pet but if your pet fits into a particular category (examples below) then you should really aim to target the diet to be more specific to your pets lifestyle.  Feeding the wrong lifestyle diet can lead to clinical problems from inappropriate weight loss/gain to vomiting, diarrhoea and skin disease.

a)      Light diets – for animals that are prone to weight gain

b)      Working/performance diets – for animals that receive greater levels of exercise than the average pet

c)       Sensitive/hypoallergenic diets – for dogs with skin/gut problems


Step 3

Choose the type of food you feel is appropriate.   There are advantages and disadvantages of every diet type but generally you need to ensure that somewhere on the label is the word “complete”.  This ensures everything in the bag/tin/pouch is balanced with all the nutrients necessary.

a)      Wet food – tins, pouches, trays of food.  These have a higher water content than dry foods and are best for animals with kidney or bladder problems.  In cats there is an argument for using these routinely to ensure adequate water intake to prevent kidney/bladder problems

b)      Dry food – This is a concentrated food that requires less to be fed and also has the advantage of helping to prevent dental disease.  It is also generally cheaper on an ‘amount per day’ basis

Step 4

Check the ingredients list.  The ingredient present in the highest concentration is legally put first on the ingredients label.  The sign of a good quality food is one that lists a particular meat such as ‘chicken’, ‘turkey’, ‘duck’, ‘lamb’, etc.  The term ‘meat and animal derivatives’ which is on most supermarket foods.  This is defined as “any meat or animal by-product” There is no requirement to specify what it is – or even what species it comes from. This term can be used to hide unhealthy or undesirable ingredients, and to enable the manufacturer to change the protein source with every batch without changing the label.


For more information about choosing an appropriate diet for your pet contact the surgery and speak to our vet or nursing team


There is a decreasing scale of consciousness:-

  1. Awake
  2. Sedated
  3. General Anaesthesia
  4. Coma
  5. Death

As you go down that scale a patient’s respiratory system and blood system becomes more and more compromised, leading to increased risk of permanent damage to body cells.


Back in the middle ages potions containing bile, opium, lettuce, bryony and hemlock were used for general anaesthesia .  Unfortunately the combinations used are so toxic they often lead to patients being far too deeply anaesthetised and often this resulted in coma or even death.  If recovery were to occur this usually took days.


Inhalational anaesthetics started to become more popular in the 18th century with the discovery of nitrous oxide (laughing gas), which is often used at the dentists.  This unfortunately is not strong enough for more extensive and painful operations as it generally leaves the patient somewhere between sedated and general anaesthesia.  The advantage is the patient is much further away from coma and death and this lead to increased survival from minor procedures and faster recovery times.  This gas was often administered via a face mask so control of the patients breathing was poor.


From the 1950’s an anaesthetic gas called Halothane was discovered and has revolutionised anaesthesia in both humans and animals.  It is a much safer product with a higher level of safety.  Unfortunately it takes quite a long time to give the right level of anaesthesia and the depth of anaesthesia is quite slow to change.  It also has a lot of side effects on the heart and lungs so is not very safe in very ill or older patients.


A newer anaesthetic gas increased in popularity over the 1970’s and was the gas of choice in human medicine and this was called Isoflurane. Veterinary medicine caught up in the 1980’s and today the majority of veterinary practices use Isoflurane for anaesthesia due to the better heart and lung safety and quicker recovery times.


There is a newer anaesthetic gas now available that is the latest veterinary gas anaesthetic called Sevoflurane.  It is the anaesthetic agent of choice for human surgeries, especially for children.  This has been shown to be safer to the respiratory system compared with Isoflurane, it has a much wider area of safety to maintain animals within the state of general anaesthesia and is much smoother for induction and recovery.  This gas also has a much less pungent owner so does not irritate the respiratory system as much as the other gases.  This means it is the safest anaesthetic available for pets, particularly older animals.


At St Clair we are pleased to announce we have recently converted all of our anaesthetic machines to use the state of the art sevoflurane anaesthetic gas.  This means you can be reassured that your pet is in the safest hands possible when it comes in for any general anaesthetic.   You should also notice a quicker, smoother recovery from the anaesthetic compared to other practices that are still using isoflurane.


At St Clair, we are different as all of our anaesthetised patients are monitored by a qualified and Registered Veterinary Nurse, meaning each anaesthetic is safer for your pet.

Rory has his 15 minutes of fame as he appears in the News Post Leader for his comments promoting Canine Prostate Awareness Month. Rory will be sporting a moustache during the month of November to promote ‘Movember’

Timed to coincide with ‘Movember’ when thousands of men grow moustaches to raise funds for male prostate and testicular cancer, Canine Prostate Awareness Month aims to highlight the prevalence of the disease and to encourage owners to test for it.