Helpful Tips


It’s the time of year we all enjoy more of the outdoors and our dogs love to swim but it’s actually walking in muddy areas or throw puddles or anywhere rats may run is the risk…..

Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease (meaning it can be passed between animals and humans) caused by an organism called Leptospira. Leptospirosis can be prevented by vaccination. The immunity resulting from vaccination is not permanent, so annual boosters for Leptospirosis are needed. Up-to-date vaccinations are usually essential before going to dog shows and many kennels.

Lepto4-L4 Dog in Water-no kids








Rats carry the infection but do not show any clinical signs. They are primarily responsible for spreading the infection to other mammals, such as dogs, who do suffer from clinical signs. The rats shed the infection in their urine and infection of hosts is usually indirect. Dogs pick up the infection by contact with an area contaminated with infected rat urine (including contaminated water). Environmental conditions affect the transmission of the disease. Leptospires survive better in warm, moist conditions than in dry, cooler weather. Leptospirosis can cause serious disease in the hepatic, renal and coagulation systems.

Lepto-L4 Dogs playing in water








Dogs can spread Leptospira to both humans and other dogs via their urine. Following infection, some dogs become long-term carriers whilst appearing healthy. This may put families and their dogs at risk of serious disease if strict hygiene is not observed. Some dogs will slowly recover, but initially may be prone to minor recurrent attacks. If dogs do recover, they will eventually return to normal, although some degree of permanent kidney damage is likely. They may also shed the bacteria in their urine for months. The disease is occasionally fatal to both dogs and humans.

We all want the best for our pets so vaccinating annually for leptospira is necessary and it’s not if they go into water it can be anywhere rats or mice run across and urinate in.

Have fun with your dogs but protect them 🙂

Enjoying the fun



Has my pet eaten something poisonous?

We would like to inform all of our clients about a great new service.

On the 10th April 2017, the Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS) will launch a helpline for pet owners. It will be a triage service, which will let owners know if a trip to their vet is required. They will be the first point of call for owners who are concerned that their pet may have been exposed to something poisonous.

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The line will be open 24 hours a day. Between 8am – 8pm on Monday – Friday, calls will cost £20. Calls will cost £30 outside of these hours.

Owners will not be advised on specific treatments, but if the pet is brought into their practice, their practice will then ring the VPIS for further advice.

The helpline number is: 01202 509 000


Your kitten’s first visits to the vet

When you first bring your kitten home, do find out by the breeder/rescue centre if he or she has had any vaccinations. Even if your kitten is indoor, he or she will still need a vaccination. We start vaccinating at 9 weeks of age. When they come for their vaccinations, they also get a full health check from a veterinary surgeon, complimentary flea and worm treatment  and 4 weeks of free insurance.

IMG_8086It is a good idea to keep your kitten inside until fully vaccinated and neutered. Our kitten vaccination course is £65. For more information about vaccinating your kitten, follow this link:

Neutering cost is £62 for a female spay and £48 for a male castrate. We neuter from 4-6 months of age. To find out more about neutering your kitten, follow this link:

Your kitten will need flea and worm treatment monthly. If the kitten comes to you with fleas, treat them immediately as an infestation is very costly once the fleas have laid eggs in your home.

Microchipping your cat is the easiest way to identify them and we do offer a reduced cost when this is done with neutering. Microchipping your pet costs £16, but is only £13.60 when done at the same time as neutering.

We would always recommend pet insurance, this can appear costly but it could mean life or death for your cat. Advanced veterinary treatment and medications do not come cheap. Your cat throughout it`s life could easily need fracture repair, long term medications, costly treatment for cat fight wounds and sickness – along with a number of other ailments. Please think carefully about insurance if you are purchasing a pedigree kitten as many of the breeds unfortunately come with their own inherent problems that often need surgical intervention or medications. This treatment can easily reach into the thousands of pounds.

Our Pet Health Club consists of a monthly payment to cover regular flea and worm treatment and booster vaccinations, alongside nurse checks. It also offers 10% discount on neutering, dental procedures and on long term medications. Think of this as a way of covering the routine healthcare that is not covered by pet insurance. Find out more:

 A kitten is full of fun and companionship but please think about giving her/him the best care possible to enable a long and happy life.

All prices correct as of March 2017, may increase in the future.


2017 introducing new lifestyle checks for our pets

New “Lifestyle and weight checks” for Spring 2017

Ok we all do it start the New Year with good intentions……… chocolate, no alcohol, exercise more or maybe that is just me hmmm

  No more …..



We feel just doing weight checks isn’t giving our clients as much support as we would like so from Jan 2017 we are going to trial a new approach.

If you would like some help with helping your cat or dog to loose some weight and gain some additional advice rather than just use a diet food then please book in for one of our lovely nurses to have a “Lifestyle consultation for your pet “.

We are offering the first consultation at 50% of our normal nurse consultation price to help you get started, please phone the surgery to book in with one of our nurses and fill in a questionnaire to let them give you the best advice and share some tips as Polly is showing below.





Christmas Do’s and Don’ts

As it’s the ‘most wonderful time of the year’, here are some tips to help keep your pet safe over the festive period.

  •  As it is getting colder and cars are freezing over, be careful when using anti-freeze as cats and dogs may find this a tasty refreshment!! There are many fatalities caused when cats and dogs ingest anti-freeze and can be easily avoided.


  • It is a time to wine and dine and be merry, but not for your pet! Pets can get into the festive spirit without having to be fed the same food as their owner. Avoid over-feeding your pet this Christmas and take extra care to keep human food away from your pets (we all know how sneaky they can be!). Often, we see poisonings from foods such as chocolate, onions, dried fruit/nuts, Christmas cake and pudding or turkey bones lodged in throats which require surgery to remove.


  • Guests are not always as fun for pets as they are for us; so make sure your pet has a ‘safe place’ where they can go to if they start to feel the festivities are a bit too much for them. You can do this by making a den with their favourite blankets and toys in a quiet area and look in to pheromone therapy to help keep them calm.


  • Decorations such as Christmas trees, tinsel and ribbon are very tempting for your pets to try to eat or play with. Keep them at a safe height to avoid any unexpected trips to the vet.


  • Remember alcohol is for adults not for furry friends! Don’t leave your drinks on the floor where temptation may be too much for your pet.


  • Christmas flowers and plants such as poinsettias are toxic to pets so keep them away from your curious pets.


  • To prevent sore paws, brush off any snow and ice before rinsing the paws in warm water to remove any salt residue after long winter walks with your dog.


  • Do something good this winter and help outdoor cats stay warm by making a small den in your garden. You can use two plastic boxes inside of one another and insulate between them with hay or straw, with a cosy bed for them to sleep on.

Have a safe and happy Christmas, from all at Emscote Vets 🙂

See our Christmas Mannequin Challenge here: 


Join our health club!

Joining our Pet Health Club is an easy and effective way to save money by paying monthly for your pet’s essential preventative care.

The pet health club makes it easy for you to protect your pet and your family against preventable diseases and discomfort by making sure your pet’s vaccinations, general health and parasite control are up to date. Please note the health club is not pet insurance but a way to spread out the cost of regular things that are not covered in insurance – like vaccinations, flea, worm and parasite treatments, health checks and advice into a monthly plan.

You can join our health club upon your annual booster vaccination visit or for your puppy or kittens 1st vaccinations. Joining the health club provides certain benefits such as; an annual health check with a nurse, 10% off neutering, 15% off all dentistry fees and 10% off any long-term medication. The pet health club caters for all of your pets needs by giving you the option to use either a spot on or tablet form of flea and worm treatment to make giving the medication easier and stress free! For pets that need to be wormed monthly, such as owners with young children or avid hunters; the pet health club allows you to treat your pet against worms monthly at no extra cost making this a big save (especially for those expensive big dogs ;)).

To join or find out further information about the pet health club you can call the practice on 01926 496 422, or call the Pet Health Plans team on 0800 169 9958 to join over the phone.



A video to show you how to apply a buster collar to your dog

This week’s video shows you our tips on applying a buster collar to your dog.

Buster collars are extremely effective in helping your dog stay away from certain areas, whether that be wounds, rashes, heat spots etc., whilst still allowing your dog to carry out normal functions such as eating (even if they pretend they can’t so you remove it!!).


To apply the collar to your dog, you should firstly ensure it is the correct size; measuring the collar around your dog’s neck to do this. The collar should be quite fitted, but you should still be able to place two fingers between the collar and your dog’s neck.

Once the collar has been measured and the tabs on the collar secured by pushing them through the slits, you can then gently push your dog’s head through the collar. If your dog has large ears, take care when pushing these through the collar as this may cause injuries. You can then secure the collar around your dog’s neck by using a bandage.

Watch our video for more information on how to apply the buster collar:





Our tips on clipping your dogs nails

This week’s video shows you our helpful hints to make clipping your dog’s nails easier.

Asking another person to restrain your dog makes the process easier as you have more control. The best way to restrain is by placing one hand around your dog’s head and using your other hand to lift and support your dog’s limb.

How to restrain your dog

You can now hold your dog’s paw and gently clip the nail just below the quick or if your dog has dark nails, in line with the pad.

Clip nail just below the quick

Clip nail just below the quick

Make sure that you use clippers which are of an appropriate size to your dog and that you find comfortable to use.

If you do cut the quick, use cold wet cotton wool to apply pressure to the area and call the practice on 01926 496 422 for advice. Alternatively a nail file can be used to file away any sharp edges; this can also help your dog to get used to the feeling of their nails being touched.

Click the link below to watch our YouTube video for further advice, or call the practice on 01926 496 422 to book an appointment with one of the nurses for a demonstration.


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

This week our video is focusing on ways you can brush your dog’s teeth.

There are many different ways to improve your dog’s dental hygiene, such as water additives and dental chews but tooth brushing is the best preventative method.

In our YouTube video we show you an example of the types of toothbrushes you can use; there are finger brushes, dual headed brushes, micro-fibre cloth brushes and standard toothbrushes. The important thing to make sure when choosing the toothbrush is to ensure that it has soft bristles and suits both you and your dog.

Like with toothbrushes there are also many different types of toothpaste! Some have enzymes in which help to breakdown the plaque and others have silver in to help prevent the build up of bacteria in the mouth.

To help make brushing your dog’s teeth easier, here is a list of our handy hints:

  1. Hold your dog’s muzzle closed with one hand. It can be easier to have another person holding your dog if they are very wriggly!
  2. Using your brush and toothpaste, use gentle circular and back and forth motions to create friction against the teeth.
  3. Make sure to give your dog lots of praise and maybe even a cheeky treat so that the experience is fun for them!
  4. Repeat this at least once a day to help maintain your dog’s perfect smile 🙂

Click on the link below to watch our YouTube video:


Our second video! Ear cleaning

Our second video shows our tips on how to clean your dogs’ ears!

Cleaning ears can be tricky if you have a fidgety dog but an extra pair of hands helps! Ask a friend/family member to help to restrain your dog to keep them still and prevent them from shaking their head. If your dog has floppy ears, fold back the flap so that you can see the ear.

Place the nozzle of the bottle into the entrance of the ear canal and squeeze the bottle gently. Please only use products that made for animals. Massage the base of the ear to help the solution to spread in the ear (you should hear a squelching noise). Clean the nozzle in between ears.

Using cotton wool, wipe away any earwax that has surfaced to the top of the ear. Never use cotton buds as they can cause damage rather than help the situation; however veterinary cotton buds are available in our practice which are bigger so do not cause damage to the ear.

Your dog may shake his/her head at this point so make sure you keep your face at a safe distance!

If you would like one of our nurses to show you how to clean your dogs ears or if you would like further advise, please call us on 01926 496 422.

Click on the picture of the ear or follow this link to watch our video 


The ear

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