News

4
Aug
2015

Pet Savers It’s a Knockout

On Sunday 5th July 11 veterinary practice teams descended on the unsuspecting town of Taunton and took over the local rugby club to fight it out for the title of ‘Its a Charity Knockout South-West Regional Champions’, all in aid of PetSavers. The charity’s champions came from far and wide, but with Blake Veterinary Group mustering two teams (most of... View Article

14
Jul
2015

Grass Seeds

It is that time of year again when grass seeds will be found in the feet, ears and even in the eyes of your pets. Grass seeds love hairy sites and dogs with really furry feet – in particular Springer Spaniels and Cocker Spaniels are at risk of getting these little monsters caught between their toes.  Owners often don’t notice... View Article

30
Jun
2015

Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy. The commonest form of hydrotherapy is swimming.  All animals can swim by instinct, but how much they enjoy it depends on their confidence in the water and this can be increased by gradual acclimatisation.  Hydrotherapy is now widely available in the veterinary world.  It is useful to aid treatment for a variety of conditions but is particularly useful in helping with... View Article

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