News

30
Mar
2015

Facts about fleas

What do fleas look like? They are small, wingless insects, approximately one-eighth of an inch, with long back legs that are great for jumping! Where do fleas live? Eggs are laid on the animal but fall into the environment, for example into the pets’ bedding or onto the carpet. Only 5% of flea population is on the animal. 95% are... View Article

25
Mar
2015

Collar injuries in cats

Tatty is a 4 year old domestic short haired cat who turned up at her owners front door after being missing for 3 weeks.  Unfortunately in this time her collar had become caught under her front leg leading to a nasty  injury which required a skin flap to get it to heal. When choosing a collar it is important to... View Article

24
Feb
2015

Dental Disease in Dogs

Dental disease is one of the commonest routine conditions we see in our dogs.  Some dogs can go through the whole of their life without building up much plaque and tartar whilst other dogs, particularly the toy breeds will have significant tartar by the age of 2 years.  Plaque and tartar is a combination of food debris and bacteria. Bacteria... View Article

10
Feb
2015

Antifreeze and pets – warning and advice

Sadly we see a number of antifreeze poisoning cases in Bridgwater and Burnham-On-Sea each year. Anti-freeze is very tasty to cats and dogs, but it is also very toxic.  The Animal Health Trust has produced a useful guide to antifreeze and pets which we wanted to share with you. If you think your pet has been poisoned, then please seek veterinary help immediately.  Common... View Article

3
Feb
2015

Blake Vets Charity for 2015

Every year the Blake Veterinary Group staff choose a charity for the practice to support. In the past we have raised money for Hounds for Heroes and PetSavers. This year, we have chosen the Bridgwater branch of the Cats Protection. Cats Protection branches are run solely by volunteers who give up their spare time to raise money towards the care... View Article

23
Jan
2015

Should I neuter my cat?

Clients will on occasion delay having their female cat spayed as they believe it would be a nice experience for their cat to have kittens and for them to have kittens in the house.   Whilst this may seem a nice idea, not every pregnancy goes smoothly and you must always plan for the worst e.g. caesarian section in the middle... View Article

7
Jan
2015

Household pet looking a little too cuddly?!

Hopefully by now we are all getting over the excesses of the Christmas period. People always joke that health clubs get you to join in January when the memory of your new year’s “get fit” resolution is fresh in your mind.  Well your pet may need the same attention, and it could help you too. An overweight pet is far... View Article

29
Dec
2014

Other Christmas risks for your pets!

This is Bob. Bob is a 2 year old Labrador and like most Labradors is driven by his stomach!  Unfortunately, Bob is also quite protective of his toys and will do anything to stop you taking his toys off him.  This is not always a good plan, as when the owner went to take a soft 11cm long x 7.5cm... View Article

5
Dec
2014

Christmas – the food risks for your pets

We all overeat at Christmas and our pets are no exception. Whilst it is tempting to give our pets treats that we ourselves enjoy, some of these can be harmful to them. The most common ones to avoid are: Chocolate This is probably the best known hazard, particularly at Christmas when there is more lying around. The toxic compound in... View Article

25
Nov
2014

Nurse Clinics at Blake Vets

 Did you know that Blake Vets nurses regularly hold free advice clinics in Bridgwater and Burnham-on-Sea on: Puppy and Kitten advice pre first vaccination with the vet – this gives you the opportunity to discuss the best puppy/kitten diet for your new pet, socialisation for your puppy, worming, flea treatment and how best to settle your pet into their new... View Article