News

14
Jun
2017

Brave Pet – Sally the labrador cross and her bladder stone

Sally is a 10 year old Labrador-cross. She first came into the practice in April when her owners noticed urine infection type symptoms, such as frequently urinating and sometimes having small amounts of blood in her urine. After failing to respond to a course of antibiotics, she came back in for further investigation. An ultrasound scan and x-rays revealed a... View Article

20
Apr
2017

Arthritis in the older pet and the signs to look for

Living with an older pet can have its challenges and sometimes they require a little more help from us as their bodies age a little each day. Arthritis is a common condition seen in older animals. Arthritis is simply an inflammation of a joint but can leave your pet in pain as they go about their daily routine.    ... View Article

20
Apr
2017

Brave (and lighter!) Pet – Sheia the French Mastiff

Sheia is a 5-year-old French Mastiff who weighed in at a whopping 71.6kg in October 2016. Sheia had originally come into the surgery in September of last year with a left hind leg lameness. There was muscle wastage of the leg and she was obviously uncomfortable. We suspected a ruptured cruciate ligament (a common skiing and footballing injury). We recommended... View Article

18
Apr
2017

Promoting responsible pet ownership and health care

April is National Pet Month. A registered charity, National Pet Month celebrates the benefits of pets and raises awareness of the role of pet care specialists and the value of working and assistance companion animals. The charity’s other key aim is to raise the awareness of responsible pet ownership. That’s one of the key aims of Blake Vets too. However... View Article

16
Apr
2017

Coping with the loss of your pet

We understand how much pets mean to people. Most pets are considered members of the family and are loyal and faithful companions. So when a beloved pet dies, we know it is not unusual to feel overwhelmed with grief. Some people may not understand your feelings of sadness after losing a pet, but please remember there are people who understand... View Article

11
Apr
2017

24 hour Animal Poison Line opens for concerned pet owners

The Veterinary Poison Information Service (VPIS) has long been a support to us and other vets for cases of unusual pet poisoning and it helps us to ensure that poisoned animals are given the best care possible. VPIS will now be launching a telephone service for pet owners to let pet owners know if a trip to their vet is... View Article

14
Mar
2017

Have a pet carrying a few extra kilogrammes?

Most pets are naturally active but over the winter months their activity will fall and they can gain weight easily.  With the promise of spring just around the corner, now is the time to act to shed those extra kilo’s! An overweight pet is far more likely to have long term health problems. If you think your pet is a little... View Article

14
Feb
2017

Pets As Therapy – our charity for 2017

The Blake Vets chosen charity for 2017 is Pets As Therapy, a charity in which some of our patients volunteer for in their free time. Pets As Therapy (PAT) enhances the lives of those in hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other venues in the UK. They provide a visiting service through trusted... View Article

13
Feb
2017

Poppy – another Blake Vets Brave Pet

We have a lot of Brave Pets walking through the Blake Vets doors on a daily basis. Poppy, the 1 year old English Springer Spaniel is just one of those Brave Pets. Poppy has been a very regular visitor to the practice over the last couple of months. Poppy has suffered from Bilateral Cruciate Disease. This means that over a few... View Article

11
Feb
2017

Blake Vets Easter Quiz Night

Blake Vets are holding a Quiz Night with an Easter Twist on Wednesday 12th April 2017. Please come along to our Bridgwater surgery and put your General Animal Knowledge to the test! There’s a prize for the winning team and the best team name will win a prize too! The quiz starts at 7pm. Soft drinks and nibbles will be... View Article