Late Night Opening at Chalks Road Surgery

We are currently offering LATE NIGHT CONSULTING at our Chalks Road Surgery on Mondays through to 8pm. Consultations are by prior appointment only. All the other surgeries will be open 8:30am through to 6:30pm Mondays - Fridays and Saturdays as per the opening hours on...

Why are regular health checks so important?

It goes without saying that you know your pets better than anyone else – but that doesn’t mean you’ll pick up on everything. Some common, but serious, diseases have very subtle symptoms in their early stages, and it can take an expert eye to distinguish those signs.

What are preventative treatments and why are they important in cats?

As the name suggests, preventative treatments are there to prevent disease, rather than treating it if it occurs. In general, these are a range of treatments to control infectious disease or parasites – all of which can make your cat’s life a misery, or even prove life-threatening. So, what are we trying to prevent?

What do we vaccinate our cats against, and why?

Our cats are, sadly, vulnerable to a wide range of different infectious diseases. Some of these are serious, often causing life-long complications, and they may even be fatal. However, unless you keep your cat indoors all the time, they never go outside, and you never...

What is Alabama Rot and should I be worried?

There’s been a lot in the news recently about Alabama Rot - but do you know what it is? How would you know if your dog was affected? Are you or your family at risk from it? What should you do? In this blog, we’re going to try to answer all your questions! What is...

What are Preventative Treatments in dogs, and why are they important?

Preventative medicine is that area of veterinary care where we look to prevent problems before they start, rather than just react once they occur. Preventative treatments, then, are medications given to stop a disease developing. As always, prevention is better than...

What tick control is best for dogs?

It’s really easy to focus on flea control and regular worming, but it’s important that we don’t forget about the other major parasite in the UK - ticks. In this blog, we’re going to look at ticks, the problems they cause, and the best ways to control and kill them!...

Cat neutering – why it should be done!

Cat neutering is the most common surgical procedure carried out in feline practice - but there are still legions of feral cats wandering around our towns and cities (there are feral cats in Bristol too), and still people choose not to do it. Whether you have a queen...

Do cats really get obese?

Sadly, yes they do! It is currently estimated that as many as 30% of UK cats are clinically obese (and many more are overweight). This makes overfeeding the most common form of feline malnutrition.

How come I have seen fleas on my dog in winter?

Sadly, the days when there was a “flea-free season” from autumn through to spring are long gone. Nowadays, fleas are present – and active – on our pets all year round. So, those winter fleas you’ve seen aren’t an anomaly – it’s the usual situation!

What first aid can I do for my dog – Part 2

In the first of this series of blogs, on first aid, we looked at the immediate management of an injured dog - the four Golden Rules (Keep Calm, Don’t put yourself in danger, Treat the most serious injuries first, and Seek veterinary care), and how to assess how...

What first aid can I do for my dog? Part 1

If your dog is ill or injured, the best thing you can do is to get them to us as fast as possible! However, there may be situations where that isn’t fast enough, and you need to know what to do before you can get to us – or before we can get to you in an emergency…

What is Kennel Cough?

Kennel Cough, also known as Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis, is a condition in dogs causing (as you’d expect!) chronic coughing. However, it isn’t just spread in kennels, but is a highly infectious disease that can affect any dog in almost any situation or home....

What health threats are there to rabbits this summer?

In the summer months, there are three major health threats to watch out for in rabbits: Flystrike, Myxi and VHD.

Flystrike

“Flystrike” (or myiasis) is a serious life-threatening condition of rabbits that we see far too often in the warm months of the year (roughly late spring to early autumn). Although it can often be treated, prevention is much better than cure!

What is Lungworm, and how bad is it?

As the name suggests, Lungworm is a parasitic roundworm (or nematode) that lives in the lungs of infected dogs. Its technical name is Angiostrongylus vasorum, and is not to be mixed up with the Heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis), despite the fact that some older books (and vets!) still refer to Lungworm as the French Heartworm…

It’s not just hot cars that kill dogs in the summer…

I’m sure everyone has seen those “Dogs die in hot cars adverts” by now – but still, every year, we sadly see too many dogs who have essentially been cooked alive.In this blog, we’re going to look at some of the major (and often overlooked) risks for overheating, and what you can do to prevent a tragedy!

What is my dog allergic to?

The most common reason for dogs and cats to be brought into the vets is for skin problems - usually itching or soreness. These symptoms may be due to parasite infestations (especially fleas) or infections, but in many cases, an allergy, or allergic reaction is the...

My pet has been stung – now what?

Warm spring & summer months bring with them plenty of buzzing insects. The noise and movement of bees and wasps are likely to attract your pet’s attention and bring out their hunting instincts! Chasing and playing with insects is very likely to get your pet stung, although just being in close proximity to many bees and wasps puts your pet at a small risk. A single sting, although uncomfortable for your pet, is unlikely to put them in too much danger. Multiple stings, or stings in vulnerable places, however, could be fatal.

My cat is going bald! Skin condition or stress?

A bald cat? Hair loss, or alopecia, is a very common symptom in cats, and can be really frustrating to try and deal with! Unfortunately, there are a wide range of possible causes, so the best thing to do is to work with us to rule them out one at a time until you find the underlying problem.

So, what can cause baldness in cats?…

Wanted – Reward Offered

  A New Opportunity for Pet Groomer to develop a new service to both an existing client base and to potential new clients: Animal House Vets is looking for an experienced groomer to join our practice team and be responsible for the grooming in our new Pet Spa at our...

Extended Opening Hours

In January, we started our late night surgeries at Chalks Road on Tuesdays until 8pm. We have now extended this to our Sodbury Surgery on Tuesday evenings until 8pm too. In addition, we have extended some of the consulting times on Saturdays across the surgeries. Our...

Everything you need to know about the new microchip law

What is microchipping in dogs?

A “microchip” (also known as an “ID chip”, “identichip”, or technically a “coded subcutaneous transponder”) is a small electronic device, about the size of a grain of rice, that is implanted under the skin, usually between the dog’s shoulder blades. It is encoded with a unique number, and when scanned with a special reader, it broadcasts that number for the reader to display. The ID number can then be looked up on a database, so the dog’s keeper and address can be found.

Five common problems in older dogs

Five common problems in older dogs Our dogs are living for longer than ever before (thanks in large part to better diet, vaccines and other modern medicines). However, this means that there are more and more geriatric dogs out there, living with the diseases of old...

New Pet Dialog APP now available

It allows you to put everything about your pet on your smartphone and is available in Android or for iphone. You can also track your walks and post these on your Facebook page so all your friends can see what you are up to. It also allows you to put in appointments...

Animal House Vets Senior Cat Food

Animal House Vets Senior Cat Food We have recently added an additional line to our ever popular own brand range of pet food. We now have Senior Food for cats available in all the surgeries - for further information just speak to one of the team.

Extended Opening Hours

In January we extended our Chalks Road Saturday opening hours until 4pm each week. We are now extending the opening hours at our Downend Surgery and from this week, this surgery will now be open until 6:30pm every weekday. We have recruited an additional veterinary...

New Vet Joins AHV

I would like to welcome Nora Schwitzer to our vet team at Animal House Vets. Nora joined us in February 2014 but she is not new to the team! Some of our Chalks Road clients may remember her from when she first visited our Chalks Road Surgery some 7 years ago when she...

Chipping Sodbury Goes Digital

Chipping Sodbury Goes Digital In line with our goal of continually improving all of our surgeries - we have invested in a new digital x-ray processor. This means that Chalks Road, Westbury Park and now Chipping Sodbury have all upgraded to digital Xray.

Open House at Westbury Park – 7th June 2014

Open House at Westbury Park - 7th June 2014 Posted: Friday 30th May, 2014 Open House at Westbury Park - 7th June 2014 We are opening our doors at our Westbury Park Surgery on Saturday 7th June 2014 between 10am and 3pm. If you are an existing or prospective client,...

Voucher for use with dental treatments

We are currently running an offer for our clients, a £25 voucher towards the costs of dental treatments under anaesthesia* during January and February 2014. To get the voucher, please go to our facebook site (facebook.com/animalhousevetsbristol or click on the link on...

Alabama Rot

We have put a "What you need to Know" post onto our facebook site. If you are interested and want to know more - just click on the facebook logo on our homepage to take you direct to...

Questions about Myxomatosis

Answering some questions about Myxomatosis and the new combined vaccine Author: The Rabbit Welfare Fund Website: http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk RWAF logo1 - How do pet rabbits get myxi? The most likely source of infection for pet rabbits is via biting insects and...

Missing Jack Russell – Have You Seen Her?

Missing Jack Russell - Have You Seen Her? Can you help? One of Mark's dogs disappeared near Thornbury on 4th February 2013. Her name is Bluebell and she is a female spayed tri-colour Jack Russell Terrier weighing around 5kg She is microchipped. If anyone has any...

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