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Read our advice before buying a small furry pet

When looking to get your child’s first pet, many parents will automatically think, ‘small furry animal’. Whilst some small furries can be rewarding first pets, they also require a lot of dedication and commitment to make sure they are looked after appropriately. Read our advice on what to consider before buying a small mammal for your child.

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Common small animals kept as pets include guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, mice, and rats. According to our Wiltshire and Somerset nursing team, they have many differences besides appearance, so it is crucial that you fully research the species and what their requirements are before committing to any of them. For example, guinea pigs are typically easier to handle than rabbits, meaning they might make a better option for your child.

Other things that need to be considered include:

  • Home setup – what do you need?
  • Who is responsible for cleaning them out and feeding?
  • Lifespan of the animal?
  • Do they need a companion?
  • Are they nocturnal?
  • Do they hibernate?

Having a good understanding of the above questions means that choosing the most suitable pet should be easier. Read our helpful guide on the different types of small furries you can keep as pets – download our Small Furry Pet Stats here.

Home setup needed for small furry pets

Some small animals need to be kept outside in a hutch (that can be brought inside a shed or indoors in very cold weather and has shade from the sun), whilst some need to be kept indoors in a suitable cage. Either way, they will need decent-sized housing with room to grow, especially if they need a companion. Small furries also need items inside their housing for enrichment, such as toys, hideouts, exercise equipment, and things to gnaw. All species need cleaning out regularly, so estimating how long this will take and deciding who is responsible is very important.

Life expectancy

Some small animals may only have a life expectancy of 1-2 years while others may live 10+ years. This may be a deciding factor when choosing your child’s pet, as it will give you an idea of the long-term commitment that you are making.

Veterinary care

Regular veterinary health checks will help our team to spot any problems that need addressing. Just like cats and dogs, each type of small furry pet comes with their own set of typical health problems you should make yourself aware of before buying one. For example, rabbits and guinea pigs can be prone to deadly flystrike if their housing is not kept clean. Some small furries have a higher risk of respiratory issues and lumps too.

Small furry pet companions

When it comes to companionship, some small animals may be happy to live on their own whilst others need a companion to be happy and healthy. Same or opposite sex pairings and groups will depend on the species (and the individual animal), as not all will get along – then comes the question of neutering. We advise that rabbits and male guinea pigs are typically neutered if living in same-sex pairs or groups. This is also important as multiple animals means more responsibilities and costs.

There are many places you can go to for advice on what small animal may suit your family most. These include speaking to our nursing team, experienced pet shops, reliable internet sources, and rescue centres. Doing the research at the beginning will make the whole process more rewarding and easier in the long run to ensure your pet is kept healthy and happy, and your child has a pet they can enjoy being responsible for.

Did you know that some animal rescue centres also have small furry pets in need of a loving home?

Remember to check out our helpful Pet Stats to aid your decision making:

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Our vet Sophie shares tell-tale signs of cat pregnancy

Did you know that female cats tend to be especially fertile every two or three weeks?

This is often described as being ‘in season’ or ‘in heat’ – and if you have a new female kitten, you need to start thinking about whether or not you’d like her to have offspring of her own. Our vet Sophie has advice for kitten and adult cat owners on this topic.

If you’re not planning on breeding, then neutering is recommended before their first season, which can occur as young as 4 months. But if you’re keen for a litter of kittens, it’s important to make sure your cat is healthy and properly supported.

In either case, we’d advise that you speak to our friendly team in Wiltshire and Somerset who can help you get prepared and give you all the relevant advice. Why not book an appointment to see one of our nurses or vets?

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What to expect when your cat’s expecting…

There are typical signs you can look out for along your cat’s pregnancy journey. These include:

  1. Cat pregnancy usually lasts between 61 and 72 days (but most often between 63 and 67 days)
  2. Symptoms include vomiting in the early weeks, followed by pinked-up nipples, a swollen belly, weight gain of 1-2kg, and increased appetite as the pregnancy progresses so it’s crucial to make sure that she is fed a good quality diet.
  3. Find out for sure whether your cat is pregnant by bringing her to see one of our vets, as it’s important to establish there are no other causes for her symptoms.
  4. Around 12 to 24 hours before labour begins, your cat’s body temperature will drop to around 37.8 degrees.
  5. Before labour starts, you may also notice a change in your cat’s behaviour. She may seek out a quiet place, seem restless, and lose interest in food.
  6. You’ll see some discharge as labour begins, soon followed by kittens. However, if the discharge is discoloured or your cat appears to be struggling (without producing kittens), you should contact us immediately for advice.

If you have any questions or concerns about your cat’s health during pregnancy, please remember that we’re here to help. You can make an appointment by popping into our practice, or by calling us on 01373 452225.

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Get our nurse Natalie’s dog-friendly holiday prep list

With summer just around the corner, you may be thinking about holiday plans. If you are taking your dog away with you, planning what they will need for the trip ahead of time will help to ensure your holiday is ‘smooth sailing’ or at the very least, you’ll be prepared for most eventualities. To help you, the dog-loving nurse Natalie has put together some advice for your dog-friendly summer holiday below.

If you need to update your dog’s vaccinations, flea & worm treatment, or anything else before your trip, book an appointment at our Wiltshire and Somerset vet practice.

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Taking your dog on holiday this summer

Taking your dog on holiday with you can be an exciting idea; not only do you get the enjoyment of bringing them along for the fun and not being apart from them, but your dog will get to experience lots of new sights and smells! To help you prepare for a happy and easy dog-friendly holiday, take a look at Garston Vets’ list below.

Dog-Friendly Holiday Prep List

Car travel

  • Safety – Use a harness, seatbelt, and car seat, or a crate; ensure you can take toilet breaks without leaving your dog in a parked car on hot days
  • Sickness – Get your dog used to car travel in advance; talk to us if they have severe travel sickness on 01373 452225
  • Comfort – Plan plenty of toilet & refreshment breaks for your dog along the way; travel early or late to avoid the heat wherever possible

Suitable living accommodation that allows pets

  • Safety – Will stairs or outdoor steps be a hazard? Is there an enclosed garden?
  • Comfort – Where will your dog sleep and go to the toilet (if there is no garden)?
  • Damage – Could your dog damage light-coloured furnishings?
  • Camping – Will your dog be safe in your tent with you at night?

Essentials – Take first aid kits, local Vet contact details for your destination who provide a good out of hours emergency service, food supplies, bowls, bedding, any medication they are on including scheduled flea & worm treatments, dog shampoo and towels, plenty of poop bags, lead & collar (with ID tag), and anything else your dog usually has. We cannot emphasise enough that this is the most important time to make sure that your dogs microchip details are up-to date. If you are unsure which company your dogs details are registered with just click on the Petlog link and type in their microchip number.

Sun safety – Take pet sunscreen, make sure your daytime plans don’t put your dog in the hot sun for long periods; always take water on your trips out and provide shade.

Daily plans – Are there lots of dog-friendly places to go? Check local dog beach bans. It’s normally a ‘no-no’ to leave your dog unattended in holiday accommodation.

Parasite prevention – Up-to-date worming, flea, tick control and vaccinations are a must when you are going away.

Overseas travel – Your dog will need an Animal Health Certificate, rabies vaccine (at least 21 days before travel), a health check by an Official Veterinarian (OV) qualified to certify pets ‘fit to fly’, and potentially other documents and treatments depending on your destination(s).

So, there you have it, Garston Vets’ comprehensive planning guide for a fun, safe, and easy dog-friendly holiday this summer. We hope you and your dog have a fantastic time away and our team look forward to hearing all about it at your next visit to our Wiltshire and Somerset veterinary practice.

Remember, if your dog needs anything before you go, or you just want them to have a health check to put your mind at rest, get in touch to book.

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Garston Vets’ nurses give vital pre-summer dog advice

Now the sun has joined us, it is time to think about what we need to do to prepare our pets for summer. Garston Vets’ nursing team have come up with a helpful list for dog owners in Wiltshire and Somerset.

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There are many ways in which you can prepare dogs for the upcoming warmer months. According to our Wiltshire and Somerset Registered Veterinary Nurses, these include:

  • Grooming
  • Parasite control
  • Vaccinations
  • Preparing for upcoming holidays
  • Reminders on keeping pets cool
  • Exercise guidance

Let’s look at each one in more detail so you can get your companion ready and raring to go for the summer fun ahead!

Dog grooming

The first action is to ensure your dog’s coat is ready for the warmer weather. Some breeds need to be groomed regularly to keep their fur under control. Breeds like cocker spaniels, poodles, and many others will also need a trip to the groomers for a fur clip to keep them cool in the heat. The groomer may be able to trim your dog’s nails too, or you can ask our nurses to take care of this for you. Nail clips are helpful as dogs are more likely to do lots of walking across softer surfaces like grass and sand and whilst these have many benefits, they do not help to keep nail length under control.

Parasite control

Next, it is essential to be on top of your dog’s routine parasite control. Again, because of the warmer weather, you are more likely to walk your dog across areas where other species may carry parasites such as ticks. Fleas also start to become more active with the warmer weather so make sure your pets are regularly treated to avoid any infestations. Daily vacuuming and the occasional home flea treatment can help even if your dog doesn’t have fleas, as they can arrive via other pets and on your clothes and shoes.

Vaccinations for dogs

Annually vaccinated dogs will have optimal protection against contagious, harmful diseases. With the hustle and bustle of daily life, sometimes booster jabs can become overdue. Without sufficient protection, your dog is at greater risk of exposure to infections whilst they are enjoying their summer adventures. Get in touch with our Wiltshire and Somerset team by calling 01373 452225 to make sure your dog is fully vaccinated.

Summer holidays

You may be starting to think about your holiday plans for the year, here are our nurses top tips:

  • If you are leaving your dog with someone, be sure that they are a registered, licenced, and insured business with good animal welfare regulations.
  • If you are unsure how your dog will cope in kennels, do a practice run where they just stay for one night at a time to get used to it. You will need to make sure all vaccinations are up to date and you have the signed certificate ready for when you drop them off.
  • If you are taking your dog on holiday with you, be sure to check that your accommodation is happy to have pets on-site, and you have an Animal Health Certificate and any other relevant documents if travelling abroad (you will need to organise these several weeks in advance).

How to keep dogs cool and safe in summer

Keeping dogs cool in summer can be challenging but vital to ensure they do not become unwell. Our Portway Vet Nurses recommend considering things like hydration, shade, changing when your dog exercises, and ways to cool them down and deal with emergencies. To help you, we have a handy guide on the subject – download it here:

Download our Summer Dog Safety Guide

Make sure to pop our contact number in your phone to get emergency care and advice, if you don’t have it already: 01373 452225

Did you know May is Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month? Why not share why your pets love our Vet Nurses on our Facebook page? If you include the hashtag #VNAM on your post, you can help to spread the word about our fantastic nursing team!

Bovine TB testing and the use of ancillary tests

In March we supported a meeting and farm walk by vet Dick Sibley who works with industry experts to try and update government policy on TB. An enlightening event showing undeniable parallels between TB and Johne’s disease. Frustratingly, we have a very successful national control plan for Johne’s, but an emphasis on testing for TB with very little focus on prevention.
Dick pointed out that only three countries use the Avian and Bovine comparative TB test. The rest of the world just use Bovine Tuberculin, culling animals with a bottom lump (of any size) on day two.He used a barrage of other tests for TB on any animals that had a bottom (bovine) lump whether they passed the traditional skin test or not. Staggeringly, 81% of these animals were positive to at least one of the alternative tests! This doesn’t suggest that all of these animals were infectious, but it does show just how many animals were infected with TB and probably had it sitting latent within their white blood cells.

Should cattle that pass TB tests but produce a bottom lump be regarded as TB risk animals in the same way that J2-4 cows are with Johne’s disease?… The same risk factors of stress, diet change and concurrent disease which precipitate clinical Johne’s in cows are believed to be involved in turning latent TB cows into infectious reactors.
It was clear how little we truly understand about the transmission of TB. Traditionally viewed as a respiratory disease, why doesn’t it behave like RSV, IBR or any of the other respiratory pathogens? In his research, Dick found nothing in saliva samples but he did find up to 1000 TB bacteria per gram of faeces from cows that had passed the skin test but had bottom lumps. To put this into perspective, it only takes about 10 bacteria to infect a calf with TB. So 1000 bacteria per gram from cows who were producing 60kgs of dung per day is a lot of potential TB! We then often spread that slurry all over the farm for the herd to graze…..

There were some very radical and challenging ideas presented. Possibly the most easily applicable measure is to take time while TB testing to record all of the animals who generate a bottom lump. Regard these as “at risk” and discuss their management with the vets, (in many other countries they would have been culled).
Duncan and Richard have both completed their BCVA TB advice accreditation and from May Duncan will be part of the TB Advisory Service (TBAS). As part of this, he will be providing government-funded visits to look at biosecurity and other control measures to reduce the risk of TB outbreaks on your farms.

Why all Wiltshire and Somerset cats need a microchip in 2022

You have probably heard the old saying about cats and curiosity being a dangerous combination, so how do you give them any kind of safety net as they embark on a life of adventure? Identification, that’s how.

June is National Microchipping Month, so whether you have an indoor or outdoor cat, read on to discover why all cats in Wiltshire and Somerset need a microchip, by law, in 2022.

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Find your lost cat

While some cats probably shudder at the thought of leaving their favourite sofa, let alone the back garden, other cats can wander for miles. What all cats have in common though, is the ability to get picked up by a helpful passer-by or an animal warden for looking lost and taken to a veterinary practice or rescue centre.

Most cats don’t wear a collar and ID tag so without any form of identification, reuniting the two of you could be impossible. When the owner cannot be found, cats are typically put up for rehoming.

The team at Garston Vets recommend cat microchipping as the best way of ensuring your feline friend can be quickly reunited with you. Contact us to book a cat microchip appointment.

New cat microchip law UK

‘Lost & found’ isn’t the only reason our Wiltshire and Somerset veterinary team recommend cat microchipping.

DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) has announced that cat microchipping will become compulsory in the UK in 2022 as part of a larger animal welfare action plan. The move is aimed at making more cats identifiable, in turn helping with issues such as cat thefts, strays, and deceased cats left by the road following traffic accidents.

This new law, which will carry a fine of £500 for non-compliance, is welcomed by many cat charities including Cats Matter and Cats Protection.

As part of the legislative changes, all cats over 20 weeks of age (unless there is an animal health or welfare reason certified by a Vet) must be microchipped by law. This coincides with the typical age kittens can be neutered from, so both procedures can be done by our team here at Garston Vets before your kitten ventures outside. If your cat is already neutered, microchipping only takes a few minutes. Call us for more information on 01373 452225.

What does cat microchipping involve?

Microchips are tiny electronic devices, no bigger than a grain of rice, which are injected under the skin on the back of a cat’s neck. The procedure is quick and perfectly safe.

Your cat’s microchip carries your unique registration number, which links to a database where all your contact information is stored. One of our Wiltshire and Somerset veterinary surgeons or nurses, and staff at some animal shelters, can scan the microchip and access the database to get your details.

It is likely to also be an offence to not keep your contact details up to date on the database, as it is with dogs. And why wouldn’t you? Out of date contact details are no use to your cat!

Don’t delay, book your cat’s microchipping today

At Garston Vets, we recommend that owners get ahead of this new law and get their cat microchipped as soon as possible. The unthinkable could happen today and a microchip could make all the difference in reuniting you with your cat. Don’t forget that an additional free benefit of being a Garston Wellness Plan member is microchip implantation, so with no cost to the owner, there really is no better time to get it done.

Arrange your cat’s microchipping today

Garston Vets celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth is now the longest-ruling monarch in all of British history. It’s no mystery that she is a huge animal lover and has been very fond of Corgis since she was a small child, having fallen in love with the Corgis owned by the children of the Marquess of Bath. King George VI brought home Dookie in 1933. Elizabeth II’s mother, at that time Queen Elizabeth, introduced a disciplined regimen for the dogs; each Corgis meal was served in its own dish, the diet approved by veterinary experts with no titbits from the royal table. The Queen has owned over thirty corgis since her accession in 1952 and the word ‘Corgi’ means ‘dwarf’ dog. Corgis are said to be ‘enchanted’ dogs, they have a fairy saddle and they were believed to be used by the Vikings as companions.

To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we have created a waiting room display in each surgery, filled with photos and information about Her Majesty The Queen’s pets and horses. We also have a fun selection of royal themed merchandise available to purchase, including Union Jack dog bones, squeaky soldiers and royal beds. Prices start from as low as £3.23. Don’t forget that all Garston Wellness Plan members receive 10% off all waiting room merchandise and products, including our Jubilee range.


The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee surgery opening hours

Wednesday 1st June – Normal opening hours

Thursday 2nd June – Emergency team

Friday 3rd June – Emergency Team

Saturday 4th June – Normal opening hours

Sunday 5th June – Emergency team

Monday 6th June – Normal opening hours

Please remember to place food and repeat prescription orders by Monday 30th May 2022


Jubilee bank holiday emergency team

As a client of Garston Vets you can feel confident that we are always available to deal with any pet emergency that may arise, day or night, including Easter and Christmas.

We are one of the very few practices in Somerset & Wiltshire that operate our own out of hours emergency service on-site at our accredited small animal hospital at Garston House in Frome.

Our hospital is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, looking after sick and injured patients or those requiring post-operative observational care – your pets are never left alone. It is the same cohesive team of vets and nurses that look after your animals out-of-hours as you will meet during the day at any of our practices. Our computerised patient records from all our surgeries are securely linked via internet servers, so we have access to all your pets clinical records whatever time of the day.

If you have a pet emergency please call us on 01373 452225

Travel sickness & safety advice for dogs, cats & small furries

Travelling with your dog can be a joy, especially when you reach your destination. Being able to travel with any pet is a necessity though, for visits to the vets or groomers, and taking them to a pet sitter or boarding facility.

Are you wondering how to travel safely, or how to stop travel sickness in dogs, cats, and other pets? To support National Pet Month, which promotes responsible pet ownership, our nurse Sarah has some helpful travel advice just in time for the summer holiday season.

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Ensuring an incident-free journey

Pet travel sickness and safety go hand in hand – making sure your pets feel safe in the car can help to reduce their anxiety and sickness. Motion sickness is more commonly seen in puppies and other young pets because their ear structures used for balance aren’t fully developed yet. Stress can also lead to travel sickness, which can affect all pets so if you only ever drive your pets to the vets to be poked and prodded (we offer other services too), anxiety may lead to nausea and vomiting.

Practising safe car travel will not only help to keep your pets safe, it will also help to keep you out of trouble with the law – letting your pets be a distraction whilst driving is a fineable offence. Sarah has listed some important pet travel safety advice to help you below, and you can download our handy Pet Travel Sickness Guide too.

Cat & dog travel sickness symptoms and small furry stress

Pet owners should be aware of cat and dog travel sickness symptoms: inactivity (mostly dogs), yawning, whining/meowing, excessive drooling, vomiting, and smacking or licking lips. Stress in small furry pets presents in many ways including a reluctance to move, not eating or toileting, hiding, and aggression.

Travel safety tips for pets

  1. Never let your pet travel in the front passenger seat as they could be seriously injured if the airbag releases.
  2. Secure dogs on your back seat with a seatbelt and harness, or in a dog crate on the back seat or in the boot. If using a seatbelt, never clip it to your dog’s collar, and consider using a dog travel seat that keeps your dog contained and stops them from slipping into the footwell.
  3. Secure cats & small pets in a secure cat or small pet carrier either on the back seat (with a seat belt if possible) or in a foot well. A small pet carrier must have air holes, and it is advisable to add a deep bed of hay plus a shelter to hide in. Put some cucumber (or moist veggies) in with hamsters and guinea pigs so they have a water source on the journey.
  4. Lie crates and carriers as flat as possible and put comfortable bedding in them.
  5. Make sure nothing can fall on your pet or cause them harm i.e. avoid piling up suitcases, bags, tools, or other items next to them and keep food out of their reach.
  6. Reduce stress and avoid fighting by never putting pets in the same crate or carrier – pet fights whilst driving can be very dangerous for your pets, you, and other drivers. Plus, if you have an accident, your pets may bang into each other and cause further injury.
  7. In warm weather, use sunshades on your windows, try to avoid travelling at the hottest times of the day and long journeys, and never leave your pet in a parked car.
  8. Always take water and a bowl with you on car journeys and take regular breaks to check your pet is ok – avoid using cooling coats as these can dry out and trap the heat in.
  9. Reduce other distractions in the car such as music, so you can focus on driving first and foremost, and can hear anything concerning that you need to park up and address.
  10. Take extra care with your speed, as bumps and sudden stops will encourage you pet to be thrown around inside the car.

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about the dreaded travel sickness – you can get our tips for reducing this here in our handy guide:

Download our Pet Travel Sickness Guide

Emergency cat health problems

Cats are very inquisitive creatures and often get themselves into trouble as a result.

It is always better to be prepared for cat emergencies – pop our number in your phone if you don’t have it already. You may want to give it to your neighbours, family, friends, and your holiday cat sitter too if you have one.

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Dealing with Common Cat Emergencies

Some of the most common cat emergencies that we see include:

  • Road traffic accidents
  • Wounds / bleeding
  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Poisoning
  • Seizures
  • Heatstroke
  • Stings

Below is some more information on each cat health problem and what you need to do in the event of an accident.

Cats and road traffic accidents

With many cats spending lots of time outdoors, road traffic accidents are always a possibility. Injuries can range from a gentle knock that gives the cat a mild concussion, to more severe broken bones, wounds, or impact to their organs. It is important to ensure that you follow DR ABC’S advice:

  • Danger – keep safe from the environment or your pet; a scared dog or any other animal may lash out
  • Response – check if your dog is responsive by calling their name
  • Airway – is their airway clear?
  • Breathing – are they breathing?
  • Circulation – do they have a pulse or heartbeat?
  • Send – send someone to go and find help

If there is an obvious bleed, you can use clean material and pressure to slow blood loss – read more about this below. Never try to ‘set’ or straighten a broken bone yourself. It is important that any cat suspected of being hit by a vehicle is checked over by a vet to ensure there is no internal damage or risk of shock from the trauma.

Blood loss

Wounds or any bleeds should be treated as a first-aid measure to reduce the amount of blood loss. If they are bleeding use a wound pad, a clean towel, or bandaging to press on the wound to help reduce the amount of blood loss and get them to a vet straight away. Contact us first to let the team prepare for your cat’s arrival and injury needs.

Burns

Burns often occur when cats jump onto hot cooking surfaces; they can also come from freshly tarred roads, surfaces treated with bleach or other chemicals, electrical sources, or being scalded by hot liquids. If your cat has a burn (not chemical), run cold water over it for a minimum of 5 minutes before getting them to the Vet – try placing a damp cloth over the burn and adding cold water, or immersing the burned area in cold water – be careful as most cats don’t like water. Do not apply any creams to the burn and ensure your cat is kept warm and calm to avoid shock. For chemical burns, wear gloves, goggles, and other safety gear and contact us for first aid advice.

Cat poisoning

There are many different poisons that can harm cats with some of the most common being antifreeze, rat poison, paracetamol, and lily plants. If your cat has potentially been poisoned move the item away from them immediately. Always call us straight away and be ready to take your cat there quickly so that treatment can commence without haste. Do not try to make your cat sick as this can make things worse. If they have rolled in something such as oil or have lily pollen on their fur, put a buster collar or shirt over them so that they can’t lick and ingest the poison and try to wipe it off with a damp cloth.

Seizures

Cats can have seizures for many different reasons. If you ever see your cat having a seizure do not pick them up or put anything over the top of them. Turn off any stimulants such as TVs or Radios. Make the room dark and remove anything they may hurt themselves on. Timing the length of the seizure is always helpful when it comes to our vet making a medical treatment plan.

Heatstroke and your cat

Heatstroke is common in the summer months, particularly if your cat has managed to become trapped somewhere it is very hot, like a shed or greenhouse. If they are exposed to intense prolonged heat use tepid running water to help cool them down. Do not put any damp towels over them, keep them in a cool area, ensure they have access to plenty of water to drink and contact us.

Treating insect stings

Again, because of cats’ inquisitive nature, they often end up getting stung. If this has happened, pull (or scrape using a credit card) the sting out and apply either bicarbonate of soda to a bee sting or diluted vinegar to a wasp sting. The area may be very swollen and inflamed so apply an ice pack. If the sting is anywhere near your cat’s eyes, mouth, or throat contact us as any facial swelling can potentially close airways.

You will never stop cats from being adventurous and unfortunately, having accidents. But best thing you can do is to be prepared – know how to apply basic first aid techniques as described above and always have our number to hand.

Call us in an emergency on 01373 452225.

Visit us at Warminster’s Spring in the Park Dog Show on Sunday 1st May

Garston Veterinary Group will be running a Fun Dog Show at Warminster Town Councils ‘Spring in the Park’ event on Sunday 1st May 2022.

To take part, registration is at Charismatic Pets trade stand directly next to the dog ring from 10am.

Dog show classes are:

Dog show class 1
11am: Prettiest bitch
Enter your prettiest girls (Over 1 year)

Dog show class 2
11.15am: Most handsome dog
Enter your handsome lads (Over 1 year)

Dog show class 3
12.30pm: Cutest puppy
Enter your gorgeous pups (Under 1 year)

Dog show class 4
2pm: Prettiest bitch
Enter your prettiest girls (Over 1 year)

Dog show class 5
2.30pm: Most handsome dog
Enter your gorgeous pups (Over 1 year)

£3 per entry. Every entrant receives a rosette with a prize for 1st place.

All money raised will be donated to Warminster Carnival Club.

If you are unable to attend this event, our next fun dog show will be held on Saturday 10th September at Frome Show – See you there!

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