Hot dogs in hot cars!

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During the summer it is easy to forget that our furrier friends are often as hot as we are, if not more so.
Here are a few tips to make sure your pet does not get too hot – especially when out travelling.

1 – If you are too hot or cold in your car, your dog probably is too.

2 – Take regular stops to allow your dog to go to the toilet and for a refreshing drink (just as you would yourself).

3 – Avoid leaving your pet inside the car without someone with them.

4 – Keep the windows slightly open so that your dog can get some fresh air while travelling.

If you spot a dog locked in a car, on a warm day, with no sign of the owner about, please tell someone about it (either a shop keeper, or the closest facility) so that they may make an announcement about it and alert the owner to the issue.

When it’s hot and the sun is shining, cars become something like greenhouses, and the temperature can rise very quickly. It is important that dogs at least have a fresh supply of air in the car and water at the very least, but it is best not to leave them in there at all.

If you’re popping by the practice, please take a thermometer, which also has some handy tips on the back about staying cool.

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Skin allergies starting in spring!

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Its all good fun, playing in the long grass on a summers day or running through the flowers. Until your dog starts scratching.

This can often be caused by antigens, or irritations in the environment. This can include anything from pollen to grass, from dust mites to flea bites.

Your pet may be showing signs such as hair loss, skin infections, ear or eye discharge.

The sooner it is treated, the easier it will be. Something as simple as changing the route you walk on to avoid a certain type of grass can help. Even a quick rinse off in the bath or hose down after a walk can reduce the effects just by removing the irritation, and soothing the skin.

Please speak to our receptionist to book an appointment with the vet if you think your pet may have skin allergies.

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Microchip your dog – it’s the law!

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Yes it’s true, after April 2016 it will be illegal for any dog over 8 weeks old not to be microchipped. This is great as microchips allow us to identify lost and stolen animals so we can get them back to you quickly and easily. Don’t fret though microchipping your pet couldn’t be easier. Book an appointment with us and we will insert a tiny (grain of rice sized) chip under the skin between the shoulder blades. It is a really quick procedure and is well tolerated by most. It only costs £10 and we register all your details on a national database so that if something happened to your pet you can be contacted. Then all you need to do is keep your details up to date on the database.

See? Easy!

Yorkie hip to chipCat with barcode