Dog Owners professional recommendations
- Vaccination see our page on the Vaccination debate. Essential
- Neutering see our Factsheets page for information on neutering
- Identification a collar with a disc and
your contact phone numbers is the minimum legal requirement. We recommend micro chipping as its
- Regular worming adult dogs must be
wormed regularly. The current recommendation by the British Small Animal Veterinary Association is
every 3 months thats four times per year. Its irrelevant that you see no signs of
worms from your pet the roundworm eggs that are passed in your dogs motion are
invisible to the naked eye. Puppies need to be wormed even more frequently
- Regular exercise this is daily walks for
most dogs. The dog gets mental stimulation from being somewhere other than the house and garden.
It has some interaction with you. Not all dogs need the same type and duration of exercise. For
most dogs, however, running around the garden a couple of times is simply inadequate. Like me, and
you dogs often become bored in the same surroundings.
- Training and obedience often
incorporated into exercise. Some pets are much harder to train than others! It never ceases to
amaze me how many people walk dogs on a leash as they wont come back. Many of the behaviour
problems we encounter at this clinic, often relate to a general lack of training. Conversely, we
rarely see behaviour problems in working dogs. Time, patience and understanding are required. We
can give you pointers and contacts for classes if necessary
- Scoop the Poop! please pick up your dogs
faeces. It is illegal to let your dog mess in a public place without clearing up. It is also a
health hazard. (In spite of free poo bags from Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and dog
waste bins provided, 2 by this clinic, there is still a disturbing amount of dog faeces on
Cheddleton Recreation Ground).
- Grooming particularly for long haired
- Care and attention for the life of your dog.
Dogs length of life varies between breed, but the average is 12 years. We hope that he/she will be
a faithful companion for its life with the recommendations made above An excellent resource is The
Dogs Trust website: www.dogstrust.org.uk
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Rabbit Owners professional recommendations
- Vaccination Unknown to most rabbit
owners there are vaccinations available for rabbits against myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic
disease (VHD). A small percentage of infected animals may recover but most die. Both vaccines can
be given to rabbits over 6 weeks of age, but not at the same time.
- Neutering See "factsheets"
- Diet a suitable diet is very important
See "Services" page
- Companionship rabbits are very social
creatures and like company. Two rabbits will live together but the right combination is important.
Littermates are the best to avoid fighting, single sexes will normally be fine but females can
fight when in season and remember a male and female will breed like rabbits! (see
- Handling rabbits can be very
affectionate if handled correctly and frequently.
- Grooming - If done from an early age rabbits
will enjoy grooming and stroking in much the same way as dogs and cats will. As well as being
beneficial to coat and skin it bonds the owner and the pet.
- General health rabbits can have numerous
health problems (most are related to bad diet). Handling/checking your rabbit daily will help to
alert you to any potential problems. Rabbits can suffer from dental disease (overgrown
incisors/molars), fly strike (its as nasty as it sounds), snuffles and stomach complaints.
If your rabbit stops eating please contact the surgery immediately.
- Housing whilst some people welcome
rabbits into their home most still live in hutches in the garden. A good hutch needs two
compartments, one for daytime and one for a nest for night time. It should be placed in a in a
sheltered spot and elevated off the ground. you should clean the hutch on a regular basis, the
toilet area ideally should be cleaned daily, especially in warmer weather. Plenty of warm bedding
is necessary as rabbits like to burrow and make a nest of their bedding, high quality straw or hay
- Exercise/play rabbits need exercise and
mental stimulation. Rabbits can be frightened of large open spaces and prefer to play with objects
that they can hide in and explore. Having a large run attached to the hutch is ideal if your
garden isnt rabbit proof fill the run with boxes, plant pots, logs etc.
Hide food around the run so they have to forage for it like they would in the wild.
- Care and attention for the life of your rabbit.
Rabbits length of life varies between 8-12 years. We hope that he/she will be an enjoyable pet for
its life with the recommendations made above An excellence resource for further rabbit care is www.rabbit.org.
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What we expect of you, our client
Please provide us with accurate and complete information
about your pet's past and present illnesses, medication and any matters related to your pet's
Please report unexpected changes in the condition of your
pet as early as possible and keep us informed on your pet's progress.
Please tell us if you don't understand the diagnosis or
treatment given for your pet, or the cost of treatment.
Please follow the treatment recommended by our vets and
Please keep appointments.
Please ask for estimates on the cost of services
Please feel free to make an appointment for a health
assessment for your pet even if you think you need only reassurance. We are happier to see a
healthy pet, rather than something thats been left too long.
Please let us know what you think about the care and
service we provide for you and your pet. If you are not happy, we need to know why!
Same day appointments
We have a policy that all patients requiring urgent attention will always be seen the
same day. We run an appointment system to reduce the waiting time to a minimum.
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