Categories for Dogs

27
Mar
2019

Brave Pet Honey’s hips and hypothyroid hitches

Honey is an 8 year old Tibetan Terrier who has had her fair share of problems. From a very young age, Honey has struggled with itchy skin which particularly affects the lining of her ear canals leading to repeat ear infections.  In 2017, whilst the owner was cleaning Honey’s ears, Honey jumped off the sofa dislocating her right hip in... View Article

3
Dec
2018

New Ophthalmology Service Starting January 2019

        From 7th January 2019, Jim Carter from South Devon Referrals will be running clinics every other Monday morning. Jim is a Veterinary Ophthalmology Specialist and owns a referral centre in Newton Abbot, Devon. South Devon Referrals All surgical procedures will still be carried out at his hospital in Newton Abbot. Follow the link below for more information.... View Article

9
Oct
2018

Can your pet breathe properly?

  BOAS (Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome) Our furry friends with short noses (known as brachycephalics) are at risk of BOAS, which is a severe life limiting disease. 50% Pugs, French bulldogs and 45% of English Bulldogs are affected. The breathing problems they exhibit are due to the shortened skull. The length of the nose is reduced but the same amount... View Article

30
Jul
2018

Wet Eczema

            Wet eczema otherwise known as “hot spots” or “acute moist dermatitis” is the sudden onset of intense irritation of the skin and is most commonly seen in long haired dogs, particularly around the face, but can be anywhere on the body.  Wet eczema is most commonly seen in the summer months particularly when conditions... View Article

10
Jul
2018

Awarded Outstanding in Client Care by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

We are delighted to announce that both of our surgeries in Bridgwater and Burnham-On-Sea have received Outstanding Client Service Awards from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).We are currently the only practice in the area to receive the top level of this award.   The RCVS practice standards scheme helps pet owners to identify the areas in which veterinary... View Article

5
Mar
2018

Beware sleepy adders in the Spring

Adders are relatively common in areas of rough, open countryside and are often associated with woodland edge habitats. The adder is the only native venomous snake in the UK. They are less inclined to disappear into the surrounding undergrowth when disturbed and so are probably the most frequently seen of the three British snakes. With the rise in temperature during... View Article

5
Mar
2018

Brave Pet Scarlette – diabetes and pancreatitis

Scarlette is a 10 year old Weimeraner who lives with another Weimeraner, Mackenzie.  Over the years Scarlette has generally been a very healthy dog, but she presented to the surgery in January having had an increase in thirst and had started urinating in the house overnight. A simple dipstick test on her urine suggested likely diabetes and this was confirmed... View Article

8
Dec
2017

Brave Pet Bracken – Diabetes diagnosis

Bracken has been registered with us since 2007. He had had very little treatment until in 2014, the owners, Mr and Mrs Ashfold, noticed he was drinking two to three times as much water as he would previously have done. Initial tests suggested that Bracken had a condition called “Cushings Disease” when the adrenal gland produces too much steroid hormone.... View Article

4
Dec
2017

Canine Distemper

What is Canine Distemper? Distemper is a highly contagious disease seen in dogs but can also affect other species including foxes and ferrets.  Outbreaks of distemper are rarely seen in the UK due to the effectiveness of vaccinations. What is Canine Distemper caused by? Canine distemper is caused by the canine distemper virus and is spread by direct contact from... View Article

28
Nov
2017

Leptospirosis in Dogs

Leptospirosis in Dogs How does an animal catch leptospirosis? Leptospirosis is transmitted by contact with the urine of an infected animal, either directly or indirectly from the environment. A common example might be slow moving or still water which has been contaminated with the urine from infected rodents.  Infected rodents will often shed the bacteria in their urine for several... View Article