Helpful Tips

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


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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


Your puppy’s first visits to the vet

It is already the law that puppies must be microchipped by 8 weeks of age, so this will probably already have been done by the breeder before you get your puppy. If not, the cost of a microchip with us is £16.

It will soon be made illegal for a puppy to be sold under the age of 8 weeks, this is the age they will most likely be when they come to you. At this age they are ready to start having their vaccinations – they may have already had their first vaccination done with the breeder. Depending on their age, they may need two or three vaccinations. If your puppy is less than 9 weeks old when they start their vaccines, they will need 2 injections that are 4 weeks apart. If they are older than 9 weeks when they start, they will need 3 injections that are all 2 weeks apart. The cost of this vaccination course is £63. (Prices vary if they have already had one injection with the breeder and only need their second one with us). Your dog will need a booster vaccine every year to maintain their immunity.

You can start to take your puppy outside on pavement walks a week after their second vaccination. You should avoid walking them near farms, lakes and canals until 2 weeks after their last vaccination (when they are fully protected from Leptospirosis).

They can have an additional vaccination for Kennel Cough, which is administered nasally. A common misconception of this vaccine is that it is only required if your dog is going into kennels – this is untrue. Kennel Cough can be caught any time your dog comes into contact with another dog, which could be on walks, in your local park or if they go to a pet sitter. The cost of this vaccination alone is £30, but only £17 if they have it with their puppy vaccinations.


We do recommend that you neuter your dog. For females, neutering reduces the risk of cancers and prevents a pyometra (infection of the womb), which can be a fatal illness. For males it also reduces the risk of cancers.

The right time to neuter depends on the breed and size of your dog. Smaller dogs reach their adult weight quicker and so can be done from 5-6 months of age. Larger dogs take longer to reach their adult weight and so can be done later, closer to 12 months of age. The neutering process is very routine surgery and the recovery period is usually around a week. They will come and stay with us for the day – you drop them off in the morning and pick them up that afternoon. We will see them again a few days later for a post-operative check. The price of neutering depends on the size of your dog – it ranges from £98 – £156 for males and from £125 – £210 for females.



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: 

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