Monday, 3 April 2017

The Easter Bunnies words of wisdom....


Spring is in the air, the lambs are in the fields and the 'Oh no my dogs eaten 8 chocolate eggs' helpline is back in business- yes Easter has arrived. So whilst most pets choose to enjoy the sprinkles of sunshine, binkies in the garden and long  sunny walks there are always that small handful that like to cause a bit of carnage!!

So how can you stop this from happening?

Yes we can ban Easter eggs from the house - but we need our chocolate fix to get through the bank holiday.

The Easter Egg Hunt
These are always a lot of fun but remember Dogs will eat ANYTHING!! The plastic eggs are a choking hazard and could also lead to blockages if swallowed, hard boiled eggs aren't dangerous but will spoil after a few days. Therefore it is best we give the family dog the best seat in the house whilst the hunt is under way. Make sure all eggs are accounted for at the end of the hunt too as we all know that a dog could find a bone shaped needle in a haystack.

If you are worried your pet may have eaten something they shouldn't for example a plastic egg things to look for include;

Vomiting, usually with abdominal contractions. May be projectile if the obstruction is in the upper small intestine.
Abdominal pain.
Abdominal distension.
Loss of appetite.
Lethargy and Weakness.
Dogs with partial obstructions may burp and have diarrhoea.

If you are worried about any of the above symptoms do not hesitate to get in touch with us here at

Easter Eggs
We all know not to give dogs chocolate - but somehow every year we get a few sorry characters coming in to the vets to say bye to what they have just eaten. Chocolate in a small quantity of course isn't ideal but dark chocolate is more hazardous. If your dog consumes an un-healthy amount of chocolate (along with the packaging, foil, and what ever else is in the vicinity) please call your vet for advice. We can reduce the risk of this happening by - Not having chocolate eggs at all (which is just silly) or sensibly keeping the eggs out of harms way. From personal experience when it comes to dogs and chocolate - this means on a very high shelf in the spare room under lock and key!! It is also important to let children know NOT to give their Easter treats to pets, there are Easter eggs especially for pets available now if this makes it easier to get through a vet free Easter.
Dangerous Plants
It is common knowledge that Lilies are fatal if they get in the wrong paws but did you know a number of spring flowers are also poisonous? Its almost impossible to keep your pets away from all of these flowers as they are everywhere at this time of year making us humans smile and sneeze. Here is a list of flowers harmful to our pets-

Boo hiss I hear you all say!! Fortunately we rarely see cases where these pretties have been ingested so we can relax as I am sure most houses have a vase of Daf's or Tulips. If you are worried your pet may have had a ravenous run in with any of these flowers please call your vet for further advice.

These on the other hand are like Mr Magregor to Peter Rabbit or Sylvester to Tweety-pie...

These are highly toxic especially to cats and in most cases can be fatal. This article by summarises the risks perfectly.
What we would advise is to not risk it happening - if you have pets DO NOT have lilies in your house - even if you think they are out of reach they probably aren't!!

Say NO to the Easter Bunny!!
All those who know me will know how much I LOVE rabbits and would always recommend them as the best pets for those who have the time, knowledge and patience to look after them. Easter time throws all my eggs out of the basket and I would always say don't let the season lead you to make a decision to get a bunny  - I mean we don't all go out at Christmas and buy ourselves a reindeer!! Rabbits take up a lot of time every day, they drain the bank, need lots of space to play, lots of companionship and most of all lots of love!! A lot of animal shelters halt the adoption of rabbits over the Easter period as people get them on a whim - I mean I know they are hard to resist - but they are always there through the year to be rescued!! For more details and advice visit

Easter toys and decorations
Look deep into my eyes..............don't be fooled by my cute exterior - I am here to cause Easter carnage!! It is the norm these days to go all out at Easter - there are twiggy trees, hanging decorations, wreaths, fancy sassy ribbon Easter Eggs, teeny Easter chicks and all kinds of Easter tom foolery. It may look nice - if you don't have cats clawing at everything and dogs chewing and hovering up the mini chicks - so here is how to make it safe.
Keep twiggy trees and hanging decorations out of the reach of pets - they are choking hazards and tummy obstructions waiting to happen.
Ribbons can also cause problems as for some reason cats love to chew and sometimes eat them, these can cause all kinds of problems with their intestines so we advise ribbons are a NO!!
Make sure any Easter toys you do get your pet are pet friendly and large enough to not get swallowed.
Easter egg packaging can also cause problems as pets appetites don't seem to have filters - again plastic and cardboard can cause blockages and the foil on the egg can cause tares and further internal damage. This is the perfect opportunity to make sure the children tidy up after themselves and use the bin.

We may think pets look adorable in their little fancy dress outfits but if it is causing to much stress for the animal please STOP!! This cat is obviously loving life or maybe its part of its eat the Easter bunny trap!!
Baby chicks and ducks may seem like the perfect Easter addition, but think twice before you run off to your local chick-shop! Not only do these cute babies grow to be large adult animals requiring lots of care, they can sometimes carry Salmonella and other bacteria which can be transmitted to your children and other pets. My advice - stuffed bunnies and bottle brush chicks make much nicer Easter pets.
So I hope if not been to much of a Bad News Bunny!! I hope you and your pets have a fabulous Easter full of Chocolate for humans and sunshine dust, spring walks and extra bank holiday days spent with their staff (for our pets of course.) We are open over the Easter and there is a vet on call out of hours, hopefully we wont hear from you unless it is to tell us our huge Easter egg delivery is on its way.
So for now I shall leave you to enjoy.............

Images taken from Google Images, Make mine chocolate and Cats Protection.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Say Cheese.................Its Pet Dental Month!!

The pout is out.....and this February the SMILE is back. 
Yes at Bay Vets it is Pet Dental Month!!!

So here is a blog sized guide as to how you can enhance your pets Hollywood smile and ensure they are fit enough to don the blue and white striped pyjamas and join the little chap on the aquafresh advert!!

As always there is always somebody on the other end of the phone to answer any oral hygiene questions or you can make an appointment to see one of our experienced Vets or Nurses to check your pets pearls. Hopefully this will help you prevent the need for dental surgery ever happening to your pet.

is for Scrub. 

Did you know you can get toothpaste and brushes especially for your pets. A lot of the toothpastes available are Enzymatic - these pastes contain enzymes which react with saliva. The enzymes kill bacteria and help break down and tartar. This helps reduce bad 'dog breath' and helps prevent gum disease.


We would recommend cleaning your dog/cats teeth once daily but be brave as they aren't going to enjoy it - just like we don't. 

To see how to brush your dogs teeth please click here.

To make it easier some enzymatic toothpastes can be applied to the paw especially when it comes to cats - we all know how annoyed they get if something touches that precious paw (unless its a hand before treat) The pet will automatically lick it off and ta-da once it mixes with the saliva it springs into action. Lets hope you don't have glass top tables.............

 is for Maintenance. 
From a little kitten to a big old Labrador and all the bits in between it is important to make sure as an owner you can do all you can for your pet. This will include feeding a suitable diet from the first time those little dagger teeth appear, annual dental checks, regular brushing and making sure the diet is adequate and not going to do any harm to their gnashers. 
Following these routines will help your pets mouths stay healthy and happy, stop us keeling over due to their breaths, reduce vet bills and improve our pets general well being. As part of your pets oral hygiene we can also carry out scale and polishes under anaesthetic and other dental procedures such as extractions and xrays. Although not always necessary the option is always there to help maintain or re-new that Hollywood smile.

Kong also do a number of puppy toys which help puppies through the teething stage, these are available in our boutique.
puppy teeth needles
Although the rule is to make sure the toy is needle teeth friendly unlike this tennis ball.........

is for Ickle Bunnies. 
Rabbits are a whole new set of rules. Their teeth are so essential that a really bad dental problem can be fatal!! To ensure your rabbits teeth are as healthy as they can be there is one essential in their diet...........HAY!! As rabbits teeth constantly grow throughout their lives, they need something they can grind and burr them down with and hay is perfect for this along with hard pellets and wood and toys to gnaw on. 
Problems with overgrown or deformed teeth include abscesses and becoming too painful to actually bite down and crunch food. Signs to look for include runny eyes or nose, a more empty toilet and growths or sores under the chin. 
If a rabbit is unable to eat for a short time this can cause gut-stasis and once their digestive system stops working it is hard to get it going again, this can often be fatal. Obesity is also a problem with rabbits and is often down to a bad diet and lack of exercise. I would certainly class a muesli food as a bad diet due to the fact that just like us rabbits will pick all of the naughty sweet bits out----so even though it may look boring, a complete pellet diet is perfect. 
It is also important to make sure any treats we give our bunnies are a healthier less sugary choice - did you know the rabbit and carrot myth is so wrong - carrots are full of natural sugar which isn't good for your rabbits teeth - but don't tell Bugs!!

is for loss of teeth. 
As we know dogs loose their puppy teeth within the first 6 months - so it is vital we maintain a high standard of dental care from the early years to prevent any problems in the future. Unfortunately we don't have a choice when it comes to rescue animals that may not have been given the best smiliest start in life. So what if you have an unfortunate pet who looses all their teeth....Dragons Den haven't quite got round to Doggy Dentures just yet!! 
This is when a wet diet is recommended or a dry diet that has been moistened by adding a bit of water - as a dog with no teeth tends to lap up the food a wet diet would be preferable and to make it easier mash and chop up the food before hand. 
Although a dog with no teeth is far from ideal people often say that a toothless dog  is a lot happier than a dog with only a few problematic teeth. This is however no excuse to let your pets dental problems reach that stage. 

 is for Eating Habits. 
We would always recommend a dry diet for your pet - we even provide a dental specific diet and often put the post op white teeth brigade on this diet once they have had dental treatment to keep up with the whiter than white trend. 
The kibble helps clean and maintain the teeth unlike wet food that can stick to the teeth and get lodged..... which doesn't produce the sassiest of smells. Always make sure water is available to provide the moisture which may be missed if your not feeding a wet food. 
There are a number of treats that enhance your pets teeth such as denta-sticks and logic chews for dogs and dentabits for cats but these should be given sparingly as fatty felines and hoochie hounds opens a whole new can of worms!!
So why not take advantage of Pet Dental Month at one of our 4 surgeries. We are offering free dental checks with one of our Vets for the month of February, this will give the Vet  an opportunity to examine and advise you on how you can improve your pets oral hygiene.
So in the mean time we are off to practice our sassy smiles - and ponder on why us Humans don't have a smiley month??

That's all folks.................

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Twas the Night Before Christmas...

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through Bay Vets.
Festivities were starting for our Clients and Pets.

Our on call Vets phone was ready in his hand, 
for the Christmas emergencies that were about to land.

The first came at tea-time and involved a small tipple,
A dog drank some wine-its tummy did ripple.

For alcohol and pets just don't get along,
This was more of a sad whimper then a merry Christmas song.

The Vet landed home about to tuck into his beef,
The phone buzzed again, a cat ate a wreath!!

The sweet tasting Ivy had made the cat lick her lips,
But one hour later she was here on a drip.


Bed time arrived - time for a quick bath,
The phone buzzed again-are you having a laugh!!

A dog had ambushed Santa's plate of re-fil goodies,
We all know mince pies are toxic to our buddies.

Finally into his bed the Vet counted some ZZZ's,
Buzz went his phone - this time Cat vs Tree.

Its big, green and flashing this thing will be beaten.
But just think of the harm if those needles are eaten!!

Its four in the morning, the vets head hits the pillow,
Two hours later 'Oh no Vet - its Willow!!'

A present from Santa had been bought on the cheap,
The dog had unwrapped it the owners asleep.
The dog had its moment, then playtime went south,
A small rubber ball had got lodged on his mouth!!

The phone went again, it was like a disease,
Young Felix Smith had drunk anti-freeze.

Cats love the taste of the sweetest of flavours,
But this deadly poison did the cats kidneys no favours.

Christmas day morning while we are all waking,
The Vets shift is over his poor hands are shaking.

Although this little ditty is all serious banter,
The poor Vet that night was busier than Santa.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas here at Bay Vets!!
Remember we have a Vet on call 24/7 over the Christmas period.

We hope you and your pets Stay Safe!!!

Me and Diane certainly will.....

The RWAF guide to a Bunny emergency!!!

What is a Rabbit Emergency?

Not moving/sitting hunched up Rabbits are prey animals and as such designed to hide any signs of illness or pain. We need to be aware of any changes of behaviour in our rabbits and act quickly. Reluctance to move, or sitting hunched up are signs that something is wrong and should be taken seriously.

Change of food preference, or loss of appetite If your rabbit suddenly stops eating foods that they would normally love, or even worse stops eating altogether then there could be several causes, possibly a dental problem that will need prompt intervention by a vet. Most common is that they go off ‘hard’ foods like carrot, and prefer soft food like fruit and also stop eating hay.

Smaller poo, fewer or no poo Poo is a brilliant indicator of your rabbits’ health! Nice big round poos indicate that the rabbit is eating well, eating lots of hay or grass and that the gut is working properly. Rabbits do between 300 and 500 poos a day! If you see the poos getting smaller or fewer, or even more worrying none at all you need to see a rabbit savvy vet immediately

Runny eyes, runny nose, coughing, sneezing or wheezing This covers a multitude of possible health problems, all serious and all needing vet treatment straight away

Dribbling / wet fur around the mouth This is often a sign that the teeth have overgrown and are cutting the tongue. This will cause ulcers and is very painful, and your rabbit will not be able to eat. You must see a vet without delay.

Flystrike This is ALWAYS an emergency. Don’t delay a second. If maggots can be seen, a vet needs to see your rabbit NOW. DON’T wet the fur. The vet will need to clip and can’t clip wet fur. And you haven’t time anyway. Those maggots will be eating your rabbit.

Won’t eat, no droppings and looking depressed Your rabbit will be in pain and will be suffering from gut slowdown. Your vet needs to assess the cause and to give appropriate medication to get the gut moving. This must be done quickly. Your rabbit should see a vet within the shortest possible time. ‘Tomorrow’ will be too late. Don’t give gut motility drugs, even if you have some at home. If there’s a blockage, you will cause a rupture which will kill your rabbit. The vet will know what it’s safe to give.

Mouth breathing Rabbits are nose breathers. If they are mouth breathing there is severe distress and your rabbit must see a vet at once.

Broken bone/leg Unless this receives immediate treatment, particularly pain relief, your rabbit will suffer the added complication of gut slowdown. Some may even die from shock. A fractured spine is also possible: such rabbits will have reduced or no mobility of the back legs.

Collapse Often collapsed rabbits will be very hot or very cold, depending on the cause. In case there is spinal damage, lift your rabbit very carefully into a carrier and use straw or blankets to help keep it steady while you travel. If you suspect heatstroke, put an icepod on the OUTSIDE of the carrier. Don’t try to get the temperature to drop too quickly. Likewise if the rabbit is very cold, put a heat pad on the OUTSIDE of the carrier to help raise the temperature gently.

 Blood in urine Usually blood in urine will be in spots. Don’t be panicked by red urine if your rabbit seems fine otherwise. It can be stained by what they have eaten. If there is any sign of straining while attempting to urinate, and especially with blood or spots of blood visible in urine, immediate treatment is essential.

Haemorrhage If this is from a wound, apply firm pressure to the area and get to a vet. If it’s from an orifice you cannot apply pressure, but nevertheless, it’s an emergency and a vet is needed at once.
Wounds The severity varies, but remove any visible hay etc from the vicinity of the wound and go straight to the vet for cleaning and probable stitching as well as pain control.

Screaming We hope you never hear this from a rabbit. If you do, there is a reason. Examine your rabbit fully and you will usually find a wound or else evidence of an internal and very painful problem that needs immediate veterinary treatment.

Severe Diarrhoea If your rabbit is producing watery or jelly-like faeces, and is hunched up, looking miserable, veterinary help is needed at once. This is especially important with younger rabbits, particularly those that have recently been weaned. If the rabbit is alert but has diarrhoea, it’s possible to wait until the next normal surgery hours, provided this is within 12 hours and the diarrhoea is mild (ie soft rather than watery faeces).

 Fitting If your rabbit fits for a long time, its body temperature can rise and that is very dangerous. You should make sure your rabbit cannot hurt itself on anything hard or sharp, and phone your vet immediately. If you need to take it to the vet then pad out the carrier with rolled towels to keep your rabbit steady. You should always stay as calm and quiet as you can on the surface to avoid further stress, even though you may well be panicking inside.