With our blog, we want to raise awareness about different aspects of our pets' health.
If you need any advice, please get in touch.

Lumps and bumps

We are all familiar with finding a lump here and there around our pets' bodies. They come in all shapes, sizes, natures, locations and textures.

None of us veterinary professionals can tell 100% what a lump is only by observation (adspection) or having a feel by hands (palpation). We've seen too many lumps which have been referred to as "just a fatty lump", but turned out to be life-threatening. The longer we hesitate to do something about it, the larger the mass will grow, the more of a potential health risk for our pet can become and the more challenging to remove they are.

Meet handsome Cody, one of our bravest patients who recently had surgery to have two lumps removed and analysed. His owners received the good news which put their minds at ease and, equally important, they know what they can expect in the future.

Unlike in Cody's case, not every lump needs to be removed surgically, however, we encourage to get them all checked and investigated. 

Their nature should be confirmed in the laboratory. There are different levels of diagnostic tests for every budget. 

Please, get in touch with us if this is your case and we will discuss how we can be of help.

Dental procedures, scale and polish in dog and cat

Healthy mouths, healthy pets

Canine and feline dental health It is not only about aesthetics. 

In these photos, you can see our patient Seren, who came on Sunday 11th of September for a dental treatment. Her owner told us Seren had very bad breath and felt a bit uncomfortable when eating, so after an initial evaluation, it was recommended to have a dental procedure.

Fortunately, Seren's dental disease wasn't very severe, and it only needed a scale and polish by which we removed all the tartar from her teeth and leaving her smile white and healthy.

Severe dental disease can be very painful for your pet and cause serious health issues such as infections, malnutrition or even heart and kidney disease.

When our pets eat, remnants of food remain around their teeth. These leftovers of food will start mixing with the bacteria that live within their mouths and form a film around their teeth called Plaque.

When Plaque is left untreated it will start to solidify and discolour forming becoming Tartar. This is when it becomes serious, since Tartar will make their teeth bleed, potentially causing infection, and it can be as painful as not allowing our pet to eat.

The only way of removing Tartar from our pets' teeth is under anaesthetics, since it needs to be cracked and they will not hold still for us :)

We can detect dental and gum disease in our pets if we note one of these early signs: redness around the gum line, bleeding inability or discomfort when eating and bad breath. 

We can also take action to protect our cats and dogs by brushing their teeth regularly (USE ONLY PET TOOTHPASTE, HUMAN ONE IS TOXIC), feeding them clinically designed Dental Diet or using other dental care additives to their water. 

Please, get in touhc if you would like to discuss your pet's dental hygiene with us or need any advice.

Prevention by vaccination

We all want the best for our pets and for them to live long and healthy lives, and a very important part of this endeavor lies in prevention.

There are several diseases that can cause severe illness to our companions, and, sadly, in some cases, death. We are all familiar with names such as Leptospirosis, Parvo, Kennel Cough, Feline Leukemia and more...

Years ago, the impact that these viruses and bacteria had in our pets' population was far greater than it is now and this is because of vaccinations, which helped to reduce dramatically the development of these diseases.

However, after the long lockdown and the lapse of some vaccination cycles, we are starting to see an increase in the number of cases of otherwise quite rare diseases. 

That is why it is so important to get your kitten or puppy vaccinated as soon as they get home, and to keep on top of their yearly vaccinations. 

If your cat or dog need their booster vaccinations, or need a restart of their course, please, get in touch with us and we will be able to help.

In the meantime, we would like you to meet Otto and Pixie, two of our lovely patients who we visited recently for their annual booster vaccinations. They are both Siberian Forest cats and enjoy, as you can see, getting in all sorts of places in which they can both fit in. 

We are here when you need us; we remember

Making the decision to say goodbye to a long life companion is probably one of the hardest decision to make. In those moments, an overflow of emotions can leave us with conflicting thoughts and feelings about what to do next.

Whether it is the case of a long-existing health condition, a severe decrease in our pet's quality of life, or mobility, or even a change in our own life circumstances, we are here to guide you and your family during these complicated moments.

After many years of experience in providing end of life appointments, we have found out how important is a home, individualised and hassle free appointment. 

Taking place in your pet's own environment, surrounded by their beloved family, we provide a gentle, dignified, and compassionate last appointment for your beloved companion.

In cases of dogs, as pack animals, they might get confused if they see another dog leave the house and not come back, or suddenly disappear. So it is important that they see that their friend has passed. Even then, dogs often cry and search for a deceased animal after it's gone.

Our mission doesn't end up there. With our "Remembrance Wall" initiative, we encourage our clients to participate and share with everyone the stories and lives of their recently departed companions.

As one of our first clients said: "the big hole they leave when they leave, is the price to pay for the love they bring into our lives". 

We will remember them, always.

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