Bicester Vets Pet Care and Advice
From buying a new puppy to dealing with fleas, ticks and worms, find out all you need to know with our Pet Care articles
Bringing home a new pet will be a very exciting time for the whole family. A little research and forward preparation can ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible.
Regular health check-ups are important for the long-term health and welfare of all pets. Routine examinations allow us to take a pro-active role in preventive health care.
Cranial cruciate ligament failure is a common orthopaedic problem in dogs. The ligament helps to stabilise the knee joint whilst allowing it to flex & extend.
It is natural to be concerned about anaesthesia and surgery. Whilst no-one has yet devised “risk-free anaesthesia” modern drugs, techniques and protocols can minimise these risks.
Medium & larger bitches can have keyhole surgery for their neutering procedure – improving recovery and return to exercise.
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) in association with the Kennel Club (KC) and the International Sheep Dog Society (ISDS) run a screening programme for hereditary eye diseases in dogs.
We all know the importance of eating sensibly and of avoiding obesity. Bicester Vets can provide comprehensive dietary advice and products to suit individual pets and owners.
Microchipping is a modern way of identifying your pet and helps to reunite lost pets with their owners. The chip is about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted with a needle.
Puppies and Kittens Puppies can have roundworms from birth and can pick up more from the bitch’s milk whilst suckling. They can re-infest their mother from about three weeks of age.
Good Flea control plays an important role in ensuring your pet’s welfare. Flea bites cause irritation and discomfort and in some allergic animals, more severe skin disease.
Ear mites, as their name suggests, live in the ear and are the commonest mite affecting dogs and cats. Infected animals tend to have large amounts of brown, crusty wax in the ear canal.
Should you spay or castrate your pet? For the general pet population, spaying or castrating is highly recommended.
If your pet has a lump, Bicester Vets may advise you to have it removed. There are several possible reasons for the removal.
It is generally recognised in clinical practice, between 70-80% of cats and dogs over three years old will have some dental disease.
Losing a pet is a hard and painful experience. Pets are members of the family. The decision to euthanase is a very hard one, but the advice of your vet will be invaluable to help you in your decision.
We are involved with work for the RSPCA rehoming centre at Blackberry Farm. Bicester Vets are proud to be associated with the centre and the excellent work they do in finding homes for unwanted and abandoned animals.