Helpful Tips

Spring Clean

It may be snowing outside and freezing conditions but believe or not it is spring, my beautiful little snowdrops have announced it. So March Spring Clean or with our pets Dental Spring Clean.

To encourage our clients to look at their pets mouths and get their pets teeth cleaned we are offering our clients a free dental check with one of our nurses or vets and then if a dental is needed 10% discount off just the dental part of the invoice (this is not off the anaesthetic or any other blood tests or drugs associated ).

Of course if you are already a PHC client you will get the extra 10% on top of what you already benefit from,  15% which means 25% discount for PHC clients off dental work during March.

Please phone the surgery to arrange an appointment or if you have already been advised a dental is needed then please call reception to book your pet in for a dental proceedure . This involves an anaesthetic and will mean attending the surgery and being admitted early morning and discharged later in the day. Please discuss this fully when either booking with reception or when you have a dental check with the nurse.

Pre descale

Post a dental descale

Which dog’s mouth would you prefer licks from ?…..


Royal Canin – Genetic Health Analysis

At Emscote Vets we know that every dog is an individual and knowing your dogs inherited characteristics can help you (and us) to plan for the best possible care.

A simple and painless genetic test will bring you a lot of information that can help your vet provide safer and personalised care now and in the future. It can also help answer questions on parentage- many of us are interested to know what breeds are in our crosses.


As you may know, your dog may face complications during surgery despite every precaution being taken. Fortunately, scientific advances enable us to predict many of these risks beforehand by performing a genetic test.

What can we test for to reduce the risk for complications?

Different types of inherited bleeding disorders have been encountered in dogs,

some of which are quite common. Most of these cause spontaneously only mild bleeding, such as nosebleeds or bleeding of the gums. However, many bleeding disorders can cause excessive, even life-threatening bleeding after surgery. Many inherited bleeding disorders can be identified with genetic testing, and with that information, surgical interventions and dental procedures can be planned to be as safe as possible.



Thanks to ROYAL CANIN® Genetic Health AnalysisTM, you and your veterinarian can create together a customised health and wellness plan based on your dog’s genetic information that guides you towards more predictive care for your pet.

To ensure safe medical treatment, it is important to know whether your dog is

sensitive to certain drugs. When a dog with a genetic risk for adverse reactions

is exposed to certain medications, the medications may accumulate in the body and result in intoxication.

What can we test for to reduce the risk for adverse reactions?

Multi-drug resistance 1 (MDR1) is a genetic mutation that alters a dog’s ability to limit the absorption and distribution of many drugs. Affected dogs are slower to eliminate drugs from the body and can suffer side effects when exposed to certain medications. Screening for genetic factors affecting a dog’s drug response enables the veterinarian to plan for the safest medical treatment and the right dosage.

Benefits of the ROYAL CANIN® Genetic Health AnalysisTM, include:

  • Enabling your vet to select the safest anaesthetic agent & dosage before a procedure such as neutering, dental scaling or surgery
  • Ensuring the most suitable medication is prescribed to avoid adverse reactions
  • Determining your dog’s risk of developing over 100 genetically associated diseases and enable your vet to develop a personalised monitoring program
  • Verifying the ancestry of mixed breed dog which may give a better understanding of certain behaviours and characteristics.

The test involves a consultation with a nurse, a quick swab will be taken from your dog’s mouth and sent off to the laboratory.

Grab the opportunity to learn more about your dog’s genetics with the limited special offer available throughout January.  To book a test or find out more please contact the practice on 01926 496422.


Christmas Time!

Although it is a joyous time, Christmas also brings potential dangers for our pets.

Most of you are hopefully aware of the various hazards that are around at this time of year, but we would just like to remind everyone.

Many tasty Christmas treats are harmful for our pets. Here is a list of things to avoid:

  • Mince pies
  • Christmas cake
  • Chocolate
  • Christmas Dinner (including the gravy!)
  • Alcohol
  • Nuts
  • Poinsettia, Mistletoe and Holly
  • Pot Pourri
  • Christmas Decorations (lights, baubles and tinsel)
  • Bones/Carcasses
  • Cough sweets (contain a toxic ingredient)

It gets very, very cold in the winter for any animals that live outside. Make sure they are kept warm and dry. If they are in hutches or pens, cover them and clean them out regularly. Give them plenty of bedding to keep warm. Elderly cats should also be kept in at night. Sighthound dogs should have a coat on when they go outside if it is very cold.

Antifreeze is fatal to cats. It has a sweet taste, which unfortunately, encourages them to drink it. Be careful where you store your antifreeze and try not to spill it. It also might be worth mentioning to your neighbours, so they don’t allow any spillages to sit around that your cat might find!

When the temperature is freezing, the roads and paths are usually sprinkled with grit. This is irritating to our pet’s paws, so make sure to wash their feet after a walk.

Fireworks are still let off around Christmas time, right through to the New Year. Please read our previous blog for advice on keeping your pets safe and calm during fireworks.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



Charity Quiz night with a great practice night out

56NotOut Quiz night


We decided to enter 2 teams of 6 for the quiz held on Nov 18th for “The 56NotOut” Challenge at the Nelson Social club. No rivalry at all and ending up with 1 point difference ….Mary was just glad we didn’t get the wooden spoon !


It was a good social night for us and a packed room reflected the great support from the local community, hopefully the money raised will help their chosen charities.



Helping Hands in Leamington Spa


If you’d like more info on the group “56NotOut” have a look at their facebook page


Next event we’ll be helping raise money at will be The Santa Dash so if you’re at the surgery please donate for Myton Hospice.



Air Ambulance

We had a successful coffee morning at the practice on Wednesday 13th September. It was lovely to see so many of our clients coming to support us in raising money for the air ambulance. Thank you to all that allowed us to taste your cooking skills; the cakes were beautiful.

As well as the coffee morning we did a rowing race in Stratford Upon Avon back in July.

Mary, Dawn, Jo and Millie made us all proud with their team work and surprised us all that none of them actually fell into the water.

We have been supporting the Air Ambulance Service as one of our own nurses Karoline needed their help back in September 2016. On the way to work one Saturday morning the weather was extremely bad regarding the rain fall. Karoline hydroplaned on the A46 which caused her car to flip over then head into a tree.

Karoline had to be cut from her car and air lifted to hospital. All the emergency services were amazing and we are grateful to them all.

The air ambulance is a charity organisation and they rely on donations from the public to keep this life saving service running.

If you would like to make a donation then we are happy to take it for you at the surgery or you can do so through Karoline’s go fund me page which is still open.


Fireworks Season

It is coming around to that time of year again when the firework celebrations will be starting!

It begins with Diwali in mid-October, Bonfire Night in November and then Christmas and New Year in December. It is fast approaching and we want to make sure that you and your pet are prepared for the fireworks season.

Preparation should begin well before, in order to desensitise your pet to the loud noises and bright flashes. You can use a CD (available to rent from us) which has pre-recorded firework noises. Playing this routinely in your home will help your pet become less sensitive to the noises.

In the weeks before hand, pheromone therapy can be introduced. This comes in the form of plug-ins, collars and sprays.

Adaptil® is the product used for dogs, which contains a synthetic copy of DAP (Dog Appeasing Pheromone)

Feliway® is the product used for cats, which contains a synthetic copy of the feline facial pheromone.

There is also a natural herbal alternative called Pet Remedy®, which contains mainly Valerian, amongst other herbs.

Zylkene is another natural product which comes in the form of capsules. It is a supplement derived from milk proteins, well known to promote relaxation.

All of these products need to be introduced at least a week before ideally, but may not be enough if your pet already has a significant fear of fireworks. They should be continually used throughout the firework season.

On the day you suspect fireworks will be going off, make sure to walk your dog before they start and make sure cats are shut in the house by the time they start. At night, there are various ways you can keep your pet from feeling distressed. The most important thing is to keep to the normal routine. Your pet will pick up on how you are feeling, and if you are worrying then your pet will feel like they should be worrying too. So act as normal and do not change your behaviour.

dog den

It is ideal if your pet can have a ‘safe’ place. Create a little den/bed that they can retreat to if they feel scared. It should be somewhere that they can hide away and be kept away from the noises and flashes. For dogs, a dog crate covered with a blanket is ideal. For cats it may be a chair or cat carrier covered with a blanket. Place their favourite toys and blanket in there to encourage them into the den. You can also put some food in there to try and tempt them in! This is also when the pheromone and natural remedy sprays are useful – they can be sprayed in the den to help calm your pet’s nerves. To reduce the amount of noise they hear from the fireworks, keep the television or radio turned on and quite loud to cover the outside noises. Keep the curtains closed to disguise the bright flashes from the fireworks outside.

If you would like to know more about any of these products or if you would like some advice, please give us a call at the surgery on 01926 496422.


Tick season!

Recently we have seen an increase in the number of tick complaints from our clients. In the last month especially we have seen both dogs and cats coming in with either a tick still attached or a reaction from a tick bite.

Our pets don’t need direct contact with other animals for fleas to transfer or for ticks to cling to their coats and start to attach and suck the animal’s blood as the insects will hop off one and wait until they meet the next passing animal to attach to.


This blog is to encourage people to be more tick-aware and let you know how you can prevent and treat your dog or cat for ticks. It is especially important to treat your pet for ticks if you are travelling abroad. Using a good insecticidal product is really important and also related to the area you travel to.

We currently advise Nexgard as our main tick and flea product for dogs, it is a very palatable tablet (it looks like a piece of spam). This does kill our normal British ticks but also the new tick from Europe. It takes 8 hours to kill fleas and it takes 48 hours to kill ticks.

We also sell Advantix spot on which kills fleas and ticks, it is also believed to repel ticks and prevent a blood meal and additionally it repels Sandflies and Mosquitoes. We do advise clients who are travelling abroad to use this product if going to a sandfly infested area, sandflies transmit additional diseases to our dogs. But it does have some restrictions on it’s use.

For cats we use an all-in-one flea, tick and wormer spot-on called Broadline.

There is also a tick and flea collar available through vets called Seresto, which is effective for 7-8 months for fleas and 8 months for ticks.


Please phone the surgery for an appointment with a nurse if you’d like to discuss what product may be more suitable for your dog if you’re concerned about preventing ticks.

Finally, remember never to pull a tick off as they attach using hooks and we need to twist the tick to make them un-hook, allowing them to be removed safely.


Dental health

We all know that keeping our teeth clean is very important, but how about our pets?

It is just as important for them to have good dental health as it is for us. However, they cannot manage this themselves so need us to help them.




There are various ways of helping to keep your pet’s teeth clean. The most effective method is brushing their teeth. You can use special toothpaste made for animals, it contains enzymes that prevent tartar build up on the teeth. Human toothpaste is not suitable, it is toxic to them. You can use a normal toothbrush or a finger brush, and it is important to focus on the part of the tooth that joins to the gum line. Ideally, their teeth should get brushed every day.

Please see our video below which demonstrates how to brush teeth:

Our tips to show you how to brush your dog’s teeth

There are also water additives, dental food and dental chews. These all contain enzymes to prevent tartar build up. The water additive – ‘Aquadent’ – is diluted in their normal drinking water. The dental food is made up of larger size biscuits which mean that they are crunched up and not swallowed whole, helping to remove plaque from teeth as they chew. The dental chews work by the same action, to help remove plaque. All of these are available from us.




If you would like a free dental check up with one of our nurses, please phone us at the surgery to arrange one.


Raising money for Air Ambulance

Taking on a rowing challenge for Air Ambulance 

On Sunday 9th of July four members of our staff will be taking part in a rowing challenge for charity. The rowing is organised by Stratford Rowing Club so all the fees we pay will support that club. But we felt it would be great to support the Air Ambulance, who saved the life of one of our nurses, Karoline, last year.

If you’d like to donate to the air ambulance we have a collection box at the surgery, feel free to either pop in and donate or if your visiting us the girls will probably mention it to you.

Mary, Jo and Dawn our nurses and Student nurse Millie are the rowing team representing Emscote Vets. They are currently having training sessions in preparation for the big race….the picture below shows them ready for their first session! Co-ordination is a problem and the main challenge.


Our Team name is “Emscote Kitties


Rowing image



Please support the Air Ambulance and the girls by donating and we’ll try our best not to fall in as novice rowers !


We all enjoyed trying to do the rowing race, the main aim was not to fall in, Becky joined us to cheer us on with other friends and families.

We’ve being trying to raise some funds for Air Ambulance in doing so, if you’d like to donate please pop into the surgery and donate we’ll count up the funds next week and give them to Air Ambulance.

Thx to all



Happy team in boat shot


One of the races




Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW)

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Rabbit awareness week is fast approaching and we are in support of this at Emscote Vets.

Rabbits are becoming more popular as pets. Recent research shows that rabbits are the 4th most popular pet in the UK with 0.8 million rabbits (PFMA Pet Population 2016 report).  Unfortunately the correct information regarding the care they require is still not being made clear.

Rabbits are still living alone or being housed with guinea pigs, not having significant room to live in or being fed the incorrect diet. These small mammals are quite complex and can be difficult to care for, especially if their needs are not fully understood.

This year Burgess Pet Care, together with its partners Agria Pet Insurance, RSPCA, PDSA, The Blue Cross, Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF) and Wood Green The Animals Charity join forces to focus on a different aspect of rabbit care and welfare.

Emscote Vets are offering free rabbit consultations with a qualified Veterinary Nurse and 10% off neutering procedures for rabbits during RAW week. Please contact the surgery to book an appointment.

We would also like to share your brilliant bunny photos or stories you may have with the rest of our clients. Send your photos to our email address at

If any children in your family would like to draw a picture of their bunny then we would love to display them at the surgery. A prize will be given to the most colourful one so make sure you write your name and contact details on the back.

For further information on how to care for rabbits please visit

We look forward to seeing you and your bunnies during RAW week

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