News

23
Jun
2015

Dental disease in rabbits and guinea pigs

  Rabbits and Guinea Pigs Did you know that unlike cats and dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs have teeth that continually grow? A rabbit’s front teeth can grow by as much as 2mm a week. The reason for this is they are by nature a grazing animal and have evolved over time and adapted themselves for this continual search for food. ... View Article

8
Jun
2015

Travelling abroad with your pet

If you are travelling abroad with your pet there are pet travel scheme regulations and procedures to follow. Your pet will need a microchip, rabies vaccination and a pet passport before it can travel. The process is simple but needs to be carried out in a certain order.  The entire process takes as little as 21 days until your pet... View Article

3
Jun
2015

Fly strike in rabbits – pet summer hazards 4

Our final article in our series on the hazards our pets may meet in the summer. The other hazards we have written about are bee and wasp stings, heat stroke and sunburn. Some rabbits, particularly if overweight, don’t manage to keep their bottom free of poo. The poo becomes stuck to the rabbit and this acts as a magnet for... View Article

3
Jun
2015

Sunburn – pet summer hazards 3

The third of our series of articles on the hazards our pets may meet in the summer. The other hazards we have written about are bee and wasp stings, heat stroke and fly strike in rabbits. Sunburn is more common in cats Sunburn is more commonly seen in cats than dogs and principally in white cats or cats with white ear... View Article

2
Jun
2015

Heat stroke – pet summer hazards 2

Here’s the second in our series of articles on the hazards our pets may meet in the summer. The other hazards we have written about are bee and wasp stings, sunburn and fly strike in rabbits. Most common cause is dogs left in cars We all know that dogs should not be left in a car on a sunny day.... View Article

2
Jun
2015

Bee and wasp stings – pet summer hazards 1

In the summer we and our pets are outside more often. This brings us into contact with hazards that we wouldn’t find at other times of the year. We have written four articles on the hazards our pets may meet in the summer – bee and wasp stings, heatstroke, sunburn and fly strike in rabbits. Other common summer hazards are... View Article

1
Jun
2015

Mr Sooty the diabetic cat – a Blake Vets brave pet

Mr Sooty is a 16 year old cat. When his owner died Mr Sooty was taken on by the owner’s daughter.  In 2014 he was diagnosed with diabetes but with a lot of work and dedication from the owner has been brought under control with twice daily injections. Mr Sooty was not the easiest of patients to start with but with perseverance... View Article

19
May
2015

Ticks – the tiny terror

Where do the ticks live? Wherever you live, your cats and dogs could get ticks. It could be from rural areas, public parks or even your garden.  Tick infestation is highest in woodland, heath and moorland areas populated by deer or other livestock.  Locally, the most likely area your pet will pick up ticks is the Quantock Hills. Are ticks... View Article

22
Apr
2015

Diabetes in Dogs and Cats

Diabetes is a disease of the pancreas.  The pancreas has 2 types of cells.  The beta cells are responsible for producing insulin. Unfortunately, in diabetes, the beta cells have gradually been destroyed meaning that insulin is no longer produced.  With a lack of insulin in the body, glucose in the blood stream is no longer able to enter the body’s cells.... View Article

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