Flea Facts

9 Jul 2020

Fleas have a lifecycle which requires owners to treat their pet with a parasite preventative at regular intervals to keep these critters at bay.  Depending on the product used, this could range from every 4 weeks to every three months.

Sadly there isn’t just one product that treats for all kinds of parasites but on the whole, with just two products, you would be providing full parasite protection for your pet.

The purpose of a flea treatment is to break and continue to break the lifecycle of a flea.  If a flea can’t grow to maturity, it can’t lay eggs.  If eggs don’t hatch, they can’t turn into egg laying adults etc. etc. 

A big myth is that if you treat a pet once that will solve the problem either completely or at least for a long while.  However, all it takes is the introduction of just ONE flea and an untreated pet or one whose treatment has wained, and the whole reproductive lifecycle starts again and BOY can fleas reproduce!!!  One adult flea can lay up to 50 eggs a day and up to 2000 in their lifetime.  If you see one or two fleas on your pet, you can be pretty sure that this only represents around 5% – 10% of an infestation.  Once you have a problem of this scale, it can take up to three months to get it under control.  We also recommend regular treatment of the home as part of the flea control regimen.

Download our flea facts HERE and call the team today to discuss your specific needs and the best products to manage this issue.

The simple answer is YES!

It’s a common myth that indoor cats don’t or can’t get fleas.  This means that in many cases they don’t receive regular if any flea treatment which leaves them susceptible to this parasite without this protection in place.

Fleas can jump up to 150 times their own body length which is like a human being jumping over 300 meters!!!  Humans can also transport fleas in all of their stages, into the home where the lifecycle of the flea begins and before you know it, they have taken hold of your pet AND your home!

Download our “Flea Facts” information HERE and get in touch to discuss your specific needs and find out what products are available to protect your cat.

Staff are getting used to working in a much different way than they are used to. Face masks are often used in our clinical environment. They are a part of our routine clinical infection control protocols and we pride ourselves on the high standards we set and maintain. However, they are being used more widely across the practice and by all staff to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Over the past few weeks staff have been getting used to wearing masks more often and with the addition of visors in some cases. It’s made for an interesting transition but essential in ensuring a COVID secure workplace.

Here, Kelly and Rachel, who wouldn’t usually need to wear either mask or visor for their role, are modelling this new equipment and getting into a new routine of wearing them while still undertaking their reception duties to help protect the team and in the future, our clients.

Are you #wormwise?

1 Jul 2020

Do you know your roundworm from your tapeworm?  Do you know if your pet is at risk from worms?  Don’t worry if you don’t, we’re here to help.  Being #wormwise is easy.  All you need to do is:

1.   Educate yourself about worms.

2.   Assess your pet’s risk.

3.   Call the team and ask for advice about your specific needs.

4.   Use the right product to protect your pet.

Start your journey to being #wormwise HERE and download further information HERE. Call us now to discuss your pet’s needs.

Cuddle Consultation

30 Jun 2020

#didyouknow that Labradors originated in Newfoundland in the 1500s and not from Labrador, Canada.  They were owned by fishermen and jumped into icy waters to bring back fish that had fallen off the fishing hooks. 

They were brought back to Poole, England in the 1800s and are now a popular breed with families because of their friendliness to humans, particularly children.  Although they don’t need much grooming, they do need a considerable amount of daily exercise and enjoy regular and vigorous walks and a good swim!

If you have a new puppy, why not book in for one of our FREE cuddle consultations.  Your puppy will receive a full health check, a free flea treatment AND a fabulous goody bag.

Download your puppy information leaflet HERE and call the team and book your cuddle consultation!


26 Jun 2020

It can be a worrying time for owners making the decision to neuter their pet.  To help answer some questions and to hopefully alleviate some of the concerns, download our information leaflet HERE to find out more. 

Please bear in mind that we are doing things a little differently at the moment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so after reading the leaflet, please do call the practice to discuss your specific needs and how we can get you booked in.

Heat Stroke

25 Jun 2020

Cartoon Summer Hot Sun

As the beautiful weather continues and the temperatures soar, we need to remember that our furry friends can become susceptible to heat stroke very easily and VERY quickly.

Consider not exercising or walking your dog at all in this kind of weather. If you have to, walking them early in the morning or late in the evening when the temperature has dropped considerably, is a less risky option.

To understand and recognise the signs of heatstroke, click HERE. Heat stroke must be treated as an emergency so you should contact your vet as soon as possible to seek further advice.

Download our Top Ten Tips HERE on how to cool your pet if they are suffering from heat stroke and information HERE on keeping our other small pets cool and safe during the Summer months.

It’s going to be a scorcher today so we wanted to remind owners about the dangers of leaving pets in their car.

This is a terribly slow and painful situation for a pet to find themselves in and can lead to their death.  Please, don’t leave any pet in a car for any length of time, even with the windows down.

Don’t forget about our small furries.  Download information HERE on how to keep our rabbits and guinea pigs or any other small animals more comfortable and safe.

And humans, you’re not off the hook either.  Don’t forget that sunscreen.  Stops the burn and keeps you looking youthful in the long term. 

Separation Anxiety

23 Jun 2020

For some pets, it’s been fantastic having their owners at home a lot more than normal, but now people are able to go back to work after a long period at home, it’s worth understanding that your pet, particularly dogs,  might need some time to adjust to this change.

Separation anxiety may not have affected your dog in the past but you might notice some changes in their behaviour once you go back to work. This might suggest your pet is suffering from separation anxiety.  These behaviours can range from urinating and/or defecating in the home whilst you are out where previously this hasn’t been an issue, persistent barking and howling when left or chewing and destroying household items such as door frames or window sills.

There are some behaviours that which suggest they are experiencing separation anxiety that are not so easy to spot because your pet displays them when you are not home.  These are pacing or moving around in a circular pattern or back and forth in straight lines as well as defecating and then eating the excrement.

do what can you do to help your pet through this change?  Download our leaflet HERE which explains more about separation anxiety and some steps you can take to help them transition to this new routine. 

Give the team a call to discuss your specific needs to receive ideas, advice and information on products that can help to ease their stress.

Staying Happy

13 Jun 2020

Mental and physical stimulation is not just important for you, it’s also important for your pets. Staying at home can present some challenges to the normal pet care routine but there are plenty of things you can do to keep your pet – and ourselves – happy and healthy.

We have put together a couple of activity sheets, one for dogs and one for cats, to help you keep those furry friends occupied and healthy and they might just keep you and the kids out of trouble for a little while too!

Download the sheet HERE for dogs and HERE for cats. Enjoy!