Protect your dog against kennel cough

Does your dog come into regular contact with other dogs? Maybe out on walks, at the park, or when they’re staying in kennels? If so, we’d highly recommend a Kennel Cough vaccine or booster. Kennel Cough, or infectious tracheobronchitis, is a very contagious respiratory disease. It’s transmitted by…

Ear mites in cats and dogs

The ear mite, Otodectes Cynotis, is a mite that lives on dogs, cats, rabbits, and ferrets. It is typically found in the ear canal but can also live on the skin of your pet. Ear mites are caught through direct contact with another carrier animal. The mite…

Shires COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Latest Update – 12th April

Following the Government’s recent guidelines, we can confirm that our practices now offer a full range of services for our patients, whilst still adhering to COVID-19 safety guidelines. As a practice, we have been working in the ‘new normal’ for some time and will continue to do…

Preparing your pet for life after lockdown

How do you feel about the relaxation of the lockdown restrictions? Relieved? Anxious? If we could ask our pets the same question, we’re fairly certain their answers would put them in one of two camps; those who are looking forward to the peace and quiet and those…

Bacterial skin infections in dogs

Bacterial skin infections can have many causes, such as allergies. Regardless of the reason, skin infections require swift action by pet owners as they cause itching and pain. Some dogs are more vulnerable to develop bacterial skin infections than others. It’s important to check common areas like…

Neutering puppies and kittens

Did you know…neutering can have significant healthcare benefits for your pet? Here are just a few of the benefits… Kittens It is usual for male kittens to be castrated from around four months of age before they start developing habits such as urine marking around the house.…

Tips and advice for new puppy owners

As we get closer to COVID-19 related restrictions being slowly relaxed you’ll be looking forward to getting out and about more with your new puppy. Or, perhaps you’re thinking of buying a new puppy as life returns back to some kind of normal? Whatever your circumstances, we’ve…

May and Spring Bank Holiday opening hours

With two welcomed bank holiday weekends in May, we wanted to let you know that our opening hours will vary from our usual times. Please see below our opening times and our out of hours contact number(s): May Bank Holiday Urgent care consultations at 8am-4pm at Stone.…

The importance of parasite prevention

Parasite prevention is an integral part of taking good care of your cat or dog. Parasites also pose a threat to human health. Some pet parasites cause zoonotic infections, which means they can be transferred from pets to people. Where and when can my pet get infected…

Keeping your dog safe whilst out and about this summer

If you’re planning on getting out and about in the UK this summer, whether just for the day or for a longer period, we have some tips and advice for you and your pet. With so many dog-friendly campsites, holiday cottages, hotels and caravans available, your dog…