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» Rabbit Awareness Week #HopToHay


This week is Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW) where we highlight how rabbits should be cared for. Rabbits are the most misunderstood and incorrectly looked after pets in the UK. They are highly intelligent and social animals that hide illness well due to being a prey animal.

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» Cool Cats - how to keep them that way

Cats are usually pretty awesome at not getting themselves in a hot pickle, but sometimes we have to intervene.

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» Aeroplane Anxiety

Every August Eastbourne gets descended on by a lot of people and a lot of aeroplane noise. This usually leads to some very distressed animals, but there is so you can do to help your pet get through Airbourne.

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» Escape to the Country - Part One

Lots of people are holidaying in this country and many to coastal towns like ours. Dog owners are spoilt with the coastline and South Downs here, but there are things to think about in rural areas whether you are a resident or a tourist. Here in part one we talk about the danger of Adders.

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» Escape to the Beach - Part two

Jellyfish have been in the news recently with a dog being stung in Scotland this month. Dogs are always curious of jellyfish whether dead or alive, but did you know they can still sting you even when they’re dead? Usually this sting causes pain and swelling when they touch the skin or mucous membranes. Over the last 25 years the VPIS has dealt with 182 cases of dogs coming into contact with jellyfish.

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» Struvite Crystals - A Very Common Case

You may have just been told that your cat has struvite crystals and you’re wanting to know a little bit more about what they are, how they’re formed and perhaps most importantly; how to get rid of them.

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» The Yellow Dog Campaign

Some of you may have heard of the ‘Yellow Dog Campaign’ where owners whose dogs need space can let other dog owners know by wearing something yellow. If you have a dog who is worried about other dogs then taking them to a park for a walk can be stressful and cause anxiety for the dog and the owner.

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» Fight the Firework Fear

Firework season is definitely upon us and for many pets and owners it is quite a stressful time too. But we are here to help! There are so many ways we can make it a little less scary!

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» Diabetes - why its not a death sentence!

November is diabetes month in the human and the animal world. Diabetes is a fairly common condition that is often misunderstood. There are 4 T’s that could indicate diabetes.

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» Missing pet? Heres what to do!

What do you need to do when your pet goes missing? It’s an extremely difficult and stressful time when a pet goes missing.

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» Human medicines - what can harm my pet?

The average household has plenty of the over the counter medication as well as prescription drugs. These items should be out of reach for children and pets, but we usually see cases each year. So what are the common ones and how quickly do you need to seek veterinary attention?

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» Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month

Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month occurs in the month of May, this is just to highlight the amount of things that Vet Nurses do in their day to day job. It’s probably one of the most versatile jobs out there and there are definitely no two days the same.

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» What is the St. Anne's Pet Healthcare Plan and what will I save?

Do you give your pet regular worming and flea treatment and get them vaccinated each year? If so then signing up for the pet healthcare plan is a no brainer.

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» Fleas are Tricky Customers

I can feel you scratching after just read the title, great now I am too! The life cycle of the flea is complex and their resistance to insecticides is frustrating.

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» Spring has Sprung

Each season seems to present new and different potential problems than the last. Spring is thought of to be a month where you see the new life come up after a bare and bleak winter.

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» Osteoarthritis

What is osteoarthritis? It's a very common process where the cartilage starts to breakdown. Apparently 20% of all dogs have OA and 80% of geriatric dogs, which is quite considerable number.

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» I Support #teamvet

The British Veterinary Association and the British Veterinary Nursing Association have launched a new campaign to bring the veterinary family closer together. The ‘I support team vet’ campaign has been launched in the wake of last year’s Brexit outcome.

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» Healthy New Year

Now that we're near the end of January and we're over the new year, new me resolutions that have mostly been broken, it's time to look at realistic goals.

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» Signs your dog might be in pain

Like humans, animals deal with pain in different ways, they also have different pain thresholds. The dog that is whimpering and crying is obvious but many are more subtle in the way they exhibit pain.

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» Be Aware of Illegal Puppy Dealers

You’ve probably seen in the news recently about the increase in illegal puppy imports over the last 3 years. According to the BBC officials found 208 illegally landed dogs in 2014, rising to 688 in 2016. People aren’t aware of the conditions the puppies are born in.

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» Happy New Year - 2017 - an exciting year!

Happy New Year everyone! 2017 promises to be an exciting year for St. Annes and for our lovely clients. We are hoping to be having reception and dispensary back downstairs and I had a look around the other day when the builders left and it looks amazing!

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» Christmas Hazards

 It's Christmas time! We're already seeing the mince pie and chocolate poisonings coming in. But it surprises me how each year I speak to people in my school talks, in the park, chatting to clients in reception who still don't know about the common poisons we find at Christmas time.

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» Cat Vaccinations

 What do cats really need to be vaccianted against and when? Find out more here.

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» Dog Vaccines

So, last week we started speaking about vaccines and why they're so important, this week we will talk about what our vaccines cover. Whilst I'm on the subject of vaccines, this week for what must have been at least the hundredth time in my career that I was told that someone's dog didn't need a kennel cough vaccine because they never go into kennels! 

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» How do vaccines work and why do we use them?

How do vaccines work and why do we use them?

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» Mature Cat Life Stage

 7-10 years – Humans 44-56 years

 
Your cat at this life stage may not show any signs of ageing but you could start closely monitoring your cat by knowing what kinds of signs to watch out for!
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» Senior Cat Lifestage

 11-14 years – Humans 60-72 years

At this stage your cats may start to show signs that are more obviously visible to you. If you see any of these symptoms please give us a call and make an appointment

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» Bonfire Night Needn't be a Nightmare!

Bonfire night is something that many pet owners dread every year, with lots of dogs especially getting very anxious and distressed, but it doesn't need to be that way!

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» Do my cats actually like each other?

44% of cat owning households have more than one cat. This can present some problems that might be peeing up your furniture obvious or it might be more subtle. Find out how you can help your feline friends live in harmony.

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» Sammy's Story from Skopelos

One of our clients met a little cat on holiday on a Greek island and fell in love with her. Alone, poorly and unloved she would have died on the streets if it wasn't for this determined lady. She is finishing her treatment with us and is doing really well! Read Sammy's story here.

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» Puppy Socialisation and Habituation

Socialisation and habituation is the key to a happy dog and home life. Putting in the hard work when your puppy is young will without doubt make your life easier as long as you are together. Here we will look at what you need to do to get you there!

 

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» Junior Cat Lifestage

 The junior life stage is 7 months to 2 years old and in human years that equates to 12-24 years old.

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» Did you know rabbits need worming too?

We all know the importance of worming our cats and dogs, but did you know about rabbits and how important it is to worm them too?

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» Kitten Lifestage

This part of the life stages is vital for interaction to humans and other animals, so they can learn how to behave and be a sociable cat.

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» Cat Life Stage

Thought you knew everything about cats? Think again! Here is the first in a series where we will be going through cat's life stages and what they would need during in each stage.

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» Considering Castration?

Not sure whether to get your dog castrated? Here we will talk about why you should!

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» Lungworm

You’ve probably heard about lungworm in the media.

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