Can my cat get ticks?

12 Feb 2018

A recent study found that 6.6% of cats in the UK are infested with ticks.  Ticks are closely related to spiders, with adults having eight legs. They feed on blood and attach to their hosts by anchoring into the skin using their mouths.  They are most commonly found in areas of grassland and woodland but can also be brought into urban environments by small mammals like hedgehogs.

Cats appear to be relatively resistant to the effects of Lyme disease but can suffer from other tick-borne diseases such as anaplasmosis, a mild infection that can be treated with antibiotics.

Ticks can be managed by physical removal or the use of preventative products so being prepared and looking to prevent the issue is key!

For further information on effects, removal and treatment products call and book in for a complimentary consultation.

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Here’s a little leaflet on what can be done to help you keep your pet’s teeth sparkly clean and their breath fresh.


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A surprising number of cat-owners are completely unaware that their pet has fleas.  False beliefs about fleas, such as the myths that they don’t appear on indoor cats and don’t enter clean homes, can lull you into a false sense of security.

If the infestation is severe, the blood loss can be serious and lead to anaemia, particularly in kittens and cats that are weakened by other health problems.

Many cats are distressed not just by the biting, but by developing an allergy to flea saliva.  Fleas can also give a helping hand to a different type of parasite – the tapeworm.  Fleas can carry tapeworm eggs, so a cat that accidentally swallows a flea or two while grooming its itchy skin could also swallow a tapeworm along with it.


Prevention is key to avoiding all flea-related health problems in your cat, from skin allergies to potential worm infestations.  Call us to book in for your complimentary flea consultation for further details on the effects and treatment options and see the short videos below detailing the risks, how you can prevent them and how easy the products are to apply.

Paw…fect Memory!

31 Jan 2018

A little while ago, members of the Reception team attended a training day on “Pet Loss and Bereavement”.  The training was designed to raise the awareness and increase the understanding of how staff can provide the advice and support needed by clients during the incredibly difficult and emotional process of having their beloved pet put to sleep, and how this can affect them afterwards.

The staff really enjoyed the day and learned a lot but one area of the training stood out particularly for them.  They empathised with the importance and value owners placed on wanting to keep a little part of their beloved pet, and the key role it had in helping them through the bereavement process.  Many of our staff are pet owners themselves and have been affected by this so this really resonated with them.

The team came back with the idea of developing something that we as a practice could offer to our clients as a small keepsake.  As a result, we are very pleased to share that we are now able to offer our clients the opportunity to recieve a complimentary paw print and fur clipping that owners can treasure and help to remind them of the happy memories they had of their fur baby.

If this is something that is currently affecting you and your family, or you would like to discuss or ask any further questions, please do call us.  We also have an information leaflet which helps guide owners through the process Time to Say Goodbye

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Why We Vaccinate Dogs

29 Jan 2018

This is a question asked regularly by dog owners.  This short video explains the diseases we are trying to protect against, the frequency of the vaccination and the alternatives.

For further information, click on the link below for our leaflet or call us on 01772 639800 for our Freckleton practice or 01253 766352 for out Blackpool branch and the team will be happy to help.

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It’s that time of year when we are all thinking of making changes to either the way we eat, exercise or manage our money.  Whatever your resolution is, we want to help with one that many owners stuggle with and that’s your pet’s weight.  Here’s a little video with some information and if you need further advice, download our leaflet or please do call us and book in for a complimentary weight clinic consultation.

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Dental Health in Cats

16 Jan 2018

Another way to help keep your feline friend in tip top condition is to have their teeth regularly checked.  Cats are notoriously good at hiding their pain so it may not be that obvious there is anything wrong, and with dental problems in eight out of ten cats over the age of three, it’s something to consider.

Here’s a little video for further information and if you’d like a complimentary dental assessment, please do call our main practice on 01772 639800 or our branch practice in Blackpool on 01253 766352.

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Job Vacancy.

9 Jan 2018

Excellent 7 vet team.   Enthusiastic, friendly and sociable colleagues. Working between two newly renovated sites of our established independent practice.

A strong focus on mental wellbeing within the veterinary profession. Striving to promote a healthy and happy workforce. Exceptional support from management and peers.

Excellent case continuity of both surgical and medical cases. We are looking for someone who will embrace the workplace and wider local community.

We are proud to offer our own OOH service, encouraging excellent case continuity and work up of hospitalised patients. The successful applicant will be expected to partake in the OOH rota, with time off given for nights and weekends worked.

For more information please feel free to call Ruth Mackay or Drew Milner on 01772 639800 for an informal chat.  Application deadline is Friday 2nd February 2018.

To apply, please complete the Application Form and return to

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This is a question we get asked a lot so we thought we would put it all together into an information sheet for you to download and refer to when needed.


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Dog Vaccinations The What and the Why

It’s that time of year where we are looking to make some positive changes in our lives, whether it be to start a diet or exercise regime, become more organised or manage our finances better.

When it comes to our pets it can sometimes feel like another thing on the list to do so we want to help.  From 1st January 2018 to 31st March 2018 we are offering you a 25% discount on some of our flea and worming treatments to help save some money AND get organised.

We are also looking to improve access to the information you need to help care for your pet so look out for posts on Instagram, Twitter and You Tube.  We currently have a little video on the flea lifecycle on our YouTube channel which shows why it’s important to regularly treat your pet to keep on top of this parasite.

If there’s anything you would like to see then let us know as we always welcome ideas from our lovely clients!Flea 1