Hello, well after a brief hiatus, we are back.....!!

September – 1st, officially the first day of Autumn, so yes that was Summer, no honest that was Summer.....ahh the joys of a British summer, so to cheer you up here are some interesting facts about September....

  • Did you know?......that nothing whatsoever happened in British history between the 3rd and 13th September 1752!!!

  • 1st September 1951 – The first supermarket opens in Britain at Earl's Court in London.

  • 9th September 1835 – The 'sport' of bear baiting was banned by parliament in the UK.

  • 22nd September 1955 – ITV started.

  • 23rd September 1940 – The George Cross was instituted.

  • 26th September 1955 – Bird's Eye fish fingers first went on sale.

  • 28th September 1745 – The National Anthem was first sung.

  • 30th September 1928 – Penicillin was discovered by Alexander Fleming.

    Ok so moving on....Big, big news this month. Super September promotion. Is your companion due their booster in September? If so then if you join our Best Friends Club you will get the booster FREE!!! We just require you to pay the first months instalment and you will walk away with a free booster along with flea and worming medication. For all the details about the Best Friends Club, please go to our website or call into either branch for a leaflet and advice. This offer will be on for the whole of September so you still have plenty of time to take advantage of this splendid deal.

    Trombicula autumnalis – Harvest mite, we saw our first case of the year the other day, it's that time of year folks. Harvest mites live in forests, grasslands, vegetation of low, damp areas such as woodlands, along lakes and streams and even in drier areas where vegetation is low, such as lawns, parks and even town gardens. The larvae are widely distributed in the UK and can cause seasonal skin problems in cats and dogs, especially during late Summer and Autumn. The larvae feed on fluid within tissue just under the skin and may cause skin to be considerably itchy. The larvae attach to hair on the body, are an orange/red colour and are minute, but can just be seen with the naked eye. Common area's to find them are on the feet, between the toes, around the eye's or muzzle and on the belly/groin area. You can help by gently washing these area's everytime you return from a walk with very dilute hibiscrub, which is an antiseptic cleaning solution and is available at both our branches. Emerse feet into a bowl of warm, dilute hibiscrub and give them a good clean in between the toes and pads. Using a flannel or cotton wool use a fresh bowl of the same solution on the face and in the belly/groin area too, but be very careful around the eye's so as to not get hibiscrub solution into the eye. If you can visibly see an infestation, bring your companion in to see one of our vets for treatment.

    Other potential seasonal problems can include conkers and acorns, both are extremely toxic and can also cause an intestinal blockage. If you think that your dog may have ingested either of these, get them to see a vet as soon as possible.

    Just a reminder that we are continuing with our nurse clinics at both branches, they are free if you are a member of our Best Friends Club. Our nurses can give you advise on food and many things including the best food/diet for your pet's needs. Hayley are trainee vet nurse runs extensive nurse clinics and will go through your cat/dogs specific nutritional, calorific needs and will work out the exact amount of calories/food your companion needs to keep them in tip top condition. Nurses will also clip nails, express anal glands and discuss dental care. Just make that call to either branch and we will make you an appointment.

    Well that's about all for now folks, until next time, goodbye.......and finally..........

    Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole”. - Roger Caras.