Helpful Tips

Top Tips to help your pets and wildlife during the heatwave



Paddling pool

Walk dogs in the morning or evening – before 8am and after 5pm is best. This stops them overheating in the midday sun.Always take plenty of water with you when out with your dog

Pavements and sand can get very hot in the middle of the day and can burn your dog’s paws. You can check the temperature of the pavement with your own hand or bare foot – if it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your dog!Don’t leave your dog in a car – as temperatures rise, dogs overheat quickly and leaving them for as little as 20 minutes could prove fatal

  • Give long-haired dogs a summer haircut to help keep them cool.
  • Cooling Jackets and mats are now proving very popular
  • Having a fan on at warm times to circulate the air is helpful
  • Paddling pools are also a great way to keep your pooches cool
  • Adding ice to water bowls, or making frozen lollies
  • Make sure the dog has shade to cool off in, either inside or when out
  • Dogs can get sun burned – especially white dogs or those with little hair so try and keep them out of direct sun – and apply a high factor sun cream to ear tips and noses.



Careful in the sun

  • Make sure your cats have access to shade during the day.
  • Don’t leave them in cars, caravans or conservatories – they can quickly overheat.
  • Make sure they have access to plenty of clean drinking water throughout the day.
  • If your cat has long hair, you can help keep them cool by giving them a summer trim.
  • Cats can get sun burned – especially white cats – so try and keep them out of direct sun and apply a high factor sun cream to ear tips and noses.




Rabbits and guinea pigs

  • Don’t leave hutches in direct sunlight.
  • Make sure they have a shady area to relax in if they get too hot – their hutch roof must be solid for shade and safety and their exercise run should also have a covered area.
  • Never keep your rabbit or guinea pig in a greenhouse or conservatory – they can quickly overheat.
  • Make sure they have plenty of clean water throughout the day – having a frozen water bottle, or ice cubes added can help keep your bunnies cool
  • Leave a glass jar filled with ice cubes, so they have something cool to lie against in hot weather.


Small pets

  • Give pets some shade.
  • Keep their cage out of direct sunlight and away from places likely to become hot.
  • Make sure your pets’ bottle is topped up with fresh water to help prevent overheating.
  • Keep small pets cool by freezing a bottle of water and placing it on the outside of their cage, near their sleeping area. Don’t put it inside their cage because they might get too cold.



Wildlife and birds


A simple yet effective way of providing relief

The hot weather could be causing natural water sources to dry up, meaning birds and hedgehogs could be left without anything to drink. Turning your outside space into a home for nature by doing simple things like topping up your birdbath, creating a make-shift pond from a washing-up tub or putting down a saucer filled with water could offer a vital lifeline to some of our garden favourites that are already fighting against declines.

Supplementary food

Drier conditions make worms tunnel further into the soil, becoming scarce for the wildlife that usually feasts on them, such as blackbirds, robins, hedgehogs and frogs. To compensate, additional food should be left out to make sure suitable nutrition is provided throughout the summer to such animals. A novel substitute to earthworms is dog or cat food, which blackbirds readily take and feed to their chicks. The texture of tinned meaty chunks is perfect as it avoids hard lumps that cause birds to choke. Black sunflower seeds, mild grated cheese, and of course, bird seed, are also recommended, but make sure to steer well clear of any salts, which are toxic to birds



Pet Allergy Week 18-24th of June

Has your Dog or Cat got an itch that you can’t control? Or an upset tummy that keeps coming back?

With the summer here, we are finding we are seeing more itchy dogs. There can be lots of causes for the itch such as –

  • Environmental allergies: Dust mites, household products and mould spores.
  • Pollens, different grasses, plants and trees
  • Ingested allergies from foods: Wheat, Soy, Corn, Egg and flavours (Chicken, Beef, Pork etc).
  • A few of the most common symptoms of dog allergies are: shaking of the head, anal itching, ear inflammation, licking or biting the front paws.
  • Recurrent ear infections, even just one sided, are commonly the result of a allergies.


If your four legged friend is biting, scratching, licking excessively, or is suffering from bouts of diarrhoea, vomiting or flatulence, we can help!

June is our ‘Allergy Awareness Month’ come and talk to us, to see if it’s appropriate for us to take a simple blood test, which we send off to our laboratory and test against all different allergies, to help work out a treatment plan specific to your dogs individual needs.

Success stories

‘Harvey’ had a desensitisation course of injections after tests revealed he was allergic to dust mites, his ears have been much better for over a year.

‘Bruno’ also was also tested, which revealed the cause of his ongoing ear infections, were in fact caused by a food allergy – since changing diets, he has had no further ear problems.

For more information

Cats also suffer from similar allergies to dogs and can become quite distressed with obscessive licking and bald sore skin developing and secondary skin infections often being the presenting sign. Often it is ears, facial or feet lesions which present the most but any part of the body can become the lick focus. We will treat the infection while also trying to deal with the underlying allergen issue. Carrying out allergen testing can help direct treatment or avoidance of allergens. Food may be a major underlying allergen or other environmental causes.

For more information follow

Avacta Sensitest laboratory are offering discounted allergy testing for 1 month from Pet Allergy week onwards June 11th till July 13th which would involve a blood sample being taken and sending for the appropriate profile being tested a full consultation to discuss the issue is worthwhile.

Please call to book an appointment with one of our vets, if you wish to discuss allergies and testing




Rabbit Awareness Week 2018 June 2-10th


Rabbits are becoming more popular as pets and although they can be great companions, and have endearing characters, they can also be quite complex. The care which they sometimes require can be very intense and costly. The veterinary profession understands their needs more so today than ever before. Insurance is strongly recommended to rabbit owners to take away the worry of finances in such times.

In the past rabbits where often seen in small hutches at the end of a garden living on their own. Today we now know that this was not ideal at all.

A large amount of space is needed. Ideally rabbits should be allowed the free run of an enclosed garden with a good area to shelter in from the weather. Many of the hutches that are on the market are still too small and rabbits can become distressed if housed in too small a space. Physically this can also be damaging to their joints if not allowed to freely move around. Many people also have happy house rabbits these days but the space they are in needs to be considered from a safety aspect too– remember rabbits can chew through a wire very quickly!

We support the #ahutchisnotenough campaign.

Rabbits are also very social animals and they need to be housed in at least in pairs. Bonding rabbits from a young age is easier. Introducing them at an older age can be difficult especially if one rabbit is already well established within the environment.  There are rescue centres that will bond your rabbits for you and give you advice and tips to aid you through the process. If you have ever had two or more rabbits living together you will understand the bond between them is lovely and lasts forever.

Like many of the staff members here rabbits are sweet toothed. Many of the pet shop brand treats are extremely high in sugar which can lead to obesity and teeth problems. Logically if we think about the diet that wild rabbits eat, domestic rabbits are no different. They need plenty of roughage consisting of grass and hay. Treats can be a small amount of vegetables and they only need an egg cup amount of dry food a day as a supplement to the diet. Too many of us are still offering a bowl full which again can lead to obesity. Rabbits are grazers and if your rabbit is off his food veterinary advice should be sought immediately.

The Rabbit Welfare Association is a great source of information

At Emscote vets we are extremely lucky to have vets with the knowledge and nurses with the passion for rabbits which enables you as owners to give the best care possible.

During the month of June we are offering free nurse checkups for rabbits and offering 10% off neutering. For more information or to book an appointment then please telephone the surgery on 01926 496422.


New data regulations means we need your signed consent form attached to your pets file


New data regulations will affect all of business including veterinary surgeries. We have to store clients name, addresses, contact details to function as a veterinary clinic. It allows us to contact you wrt booster reminders, our pet health club members and if your animal is here for surgery. We also sometimes have offers for products which we like to offer to all our clients.

So what is happening…..GDPR is ….


You might have heard that the Data protection act is being replaced May 25th 2018 to the General Protection Data Regulation. Under new regulations, companies must keep a thorough record of how and when an individual gives consent to store and use their personal data. At Emscote Vets we are adhering to these new regulations by asking all clients that come in to the surgery to fill in a GDPR form. We ask you to say ” yes” you are  happy for us to hold your information on our system so we can keep your animals files on our records.

We would kindly ask that if you haven’t been into the surgery recently then would you pop in and fill one of the forms 


follow this link to the form, print it out , sign and return it to the surgery to attach to your pets file.

Client registration form and General Data Protection Regulation agreement Y




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.

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