As we transition from lockdown, more of us are exploring the outdoors with our pets in the summer weather. With increased time outside, the chances of coming across injured or sick wildlife also multiply. If you encounter a wild animal in need, it can be hard to know what to do. Wild animals can be very unpredictable if approached by humans, especially when they are frightened or injured.
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If recent months meant you put your new pet plans on hold, you may now be starting to put the wheels in motion to extend your family and welcome a new member. Many people research reputable breeders or consider designer dogs based on celebrity social media profiles, however, considering adopting a rescue animal can be hugely rewarding. Animal rescue homes are currently overwhelmed with abandoned animals. The Covid-19 pandemic left many people unable to look after their pets due to financial constraints from being furloughed or made redundant, or the inability to give them the care and exercise they need due to medical shielding.
Whilst we're as keen as you - our clients - to get back to a normal way of operating across all our branch practices, Covid-19 continues to affect our ability to fully do so. With that in mind, unfortunately our Bath Road practice will be closed on Saturday mornings for the foreseeable future, due to staff availability. Our usual Saturday morning clinic will not be available.
Summer brings longer days, warmer climates, new adventures and outdoor socialising, which with pets in tow, can be made even more enjoyable! However, when the temperatures rise, the dangers to our pets increase too. To keep pets safe, you should be aware of potential hazards, as well as some top tips to help prevent your pet from endangering themselves throughout the summer months.
Grass seeds are a common problem during the spring and summer months. While your pet explores the outdoors, grass seeds can easily brush off the tops of long grass stems onto their bodies. The seeds have pointed ends and are exceptionally sharp, so they become trapped in your pet’s fur and due to their barbed/arrow shape they can only travel in one direction. This means they can often penetrate skin or move into ears and cannot work their way back out
We can now offer additional services for our patients, while still adhering to COVID-19 social distancing rules. Any additional services we can offer will depend on a risk assessment which considers the safety of our clients and teams along with the welfare of your pet.
It’s hard not to smile when you see a dog with it’s head out of the window in a travelling car. They look so happy and care free! But travelling with an unrestrained dog could be a real risk – to them, to you, and to other drivers.
Keeping our pets safe is important to all of us as pet owners. They trust us with their care and protection and, as well as feeding, exercising and cuddling them, that includes identifying them so that we can be reunited if we are parted.
During Diabetes Week, we wanted to raise awareness and share some advice about how you can help your pet by understanding what diabetes is, the causes and how to recognise the symptoms.
Having been in lockdown, and with schools closed for almost ten weeks, there has been a surge in parents getting rabbits for their children.