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Pets on tour!

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Golden Oldies

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Theres a worm at the bottom of your garden ...

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Flystrike.. A serious problem!!

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Veterinary Poisons

We were notified this morning that sadly a dog belonging to one of our clients was believed to be poisoned whilst out for a walk in the local area. Unfortunately he was unable to be saved.

We are asking that everybody be vigilant whilst walking their dogs in the local area, especially Batchelors Farm and the Water Tower fields.

If you think that your dog has eaten something whilst out or if you notice any unusual behavior after walking, please ring for advice or for an appointment. Even if it is out of hours, we are here to help.

The poison this dog ate is believed to have been rat poison laced inside a sandwich.

We have attached the link to the Veterinary Poisons Helpline below:

Yoda - A Spring In His Step He Has!
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Make your own treats using a specific diet.

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Grass seed danger!!

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Tick Patrol!
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Quote TICK10 for 10% off your tick collar in the practice!(valid until 31.03.2017)

The cat who got the Queen
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Are you ready? One..Two..Flea.. Go!
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Avoid an itchy situation...
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Lungworm prevention
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Tapeworm will make you squirm..
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Flystrike information
We have already seen cases of flystrike this year.  Flystrike is a life-threatening disease of rabbits.  It is mainly seen in the warmer months, although in some cases it can be a problem year-round.  The disease is caused by flies laying eggs on the rabbit’s fur.  These hatch into maggots which infest the rabbit and can cause severe and even fatal damage.  It can be a very quick progression- fatal damage can take less than 48 hours to develop once the eggs are laid.  Eggs are typically laid around the rabbits bottom or above its tail and the maggots are often hidden by the fur.

There are several important things you can do to help prevent this disease.  Please talk to us at the surgery about effective preventative treatments.  Your rabbit’s bottom should be checked carefully every day for fly eggs or patches of wet fur that may cover maggots, and twice daily in the summer.  Any flyeggs found should be removed, this can be done by carefully combing them from the fur, making sure all have been removed.  Wet fur is particularly attractive to flies so it is important your rabbit is dried very carefully if it gets wet.  Even just getting wet in the rain has been enough to lead to flystrike.  Environments such as hutches and runs, etc., should be cleaned out thoroughly and frequently so that flies are not attracted to the area.

If your rabbit shows any signs of flystrike please call the surgery immediately, it is very important that treatment starts as soon as possible.

Snow Update

Good morning all, we are open as normal and the heating is on. Please be careful travelling today the roads are passable as most of us have driven here BUT Gatehouse Lane is snowy so please drive carefully :)

23 March 2017

Today at Cootes we have had our Practice Standards Inspection. It is very much like an Ofsted Inspection and I just wanted to say how proud I am of my outstanding team.

They all work so hard, strive to do the best they can for me and all my clients and also make every day fun and a joy to be with them all.

Our inspector said I have "a special remarkable practice." That makes all the hard work worthwhile and that accolade extends to my clients as you are all part of this special place.

Thanks to all,


Pooches and Pals Dog Show 15th July 2017

🌟A huge thank you to everyone who came to our Dog Show on Saturday, it was great fun whilst raising money for 2 well deserving local charities🌟

💰Altogether we raised a massive £565.46 meaning £282.73 will go to each charities, the Happy Breed foundation and the St.Peters & St.James Hospice!💰

💖Thank you to our amazing dog show classes sponsor Bodle Bros Ltd and to everyone who donated lovely prizes for the various competitions we had running on the day!💖

🐾Its still not too late to grab a bag of homemade treats from the clinic! Our head nurse Angela has baked different yummy flavours at a minimum donation of £1 a bag which will go to charity



Leptosporosis is a bacterial disease which is spread via the urine of infected animals such as rats and dogs. It is a zoonotic disease which means it can also spread to humans.

Treatment is not always successful so protection through vaccination is recommended.

We have seen two cases of leptosporosis in the last 6 months at Cootes, one of which is one of the newer strains to be seen in the UK. We are therefore are recommending that all dogs are now updated to the Lepto 4 strain vaccine, even if your dog is not due their booster just yet.

The vaccine comes in a 2 part course, with the second vaccine being exactly 4 weeks later, and for the next year we can offer the 2nd part of the vaccine free of charge.

Please speak to the vet for further advice.

Well done to everyone at Bolney for hosting a great dog show. We are very proud to have been sponsors for the show!



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