Monthly Archives: May 2016

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Microchipping

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From April 2016, all dogs in Scotland will be required by law to be microchipped in an effort to encourage responsible dog ownership.  Aside from being a legal requirement, microchipping is a wonderful way to ensure that if your pet is ever lost they can be easily reunited with you.

According to The Kennel Club, over 100,000 dogs are lost or stolen every year.  Tens of thousands of these dogs are returned because of their microchips, however over 50% of strays cannot be returned to their homes because they have not been chipped.  We have even experienced this at our clinic, where many times a dog has been found wandering and, thanks to their microchip, we have been able to return them safely to their homes.

Please bear in mind that it is key to the success of the microchipping system that the details listed under your microchip account are accurate.  If you move it is important that you update your address and phone number!

If you are interested in having your pet microchipped, please give us a call on 0141 959 6100 and make an appointment.  A nurse or vet can place the chip quickly and safely.

 

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Lillies

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Did you know? Lillies, a popular plant especially around Spring time, are very toxic to our feline friends!

All of the following below are lilies. Please check your home carefully to be sure that none of these are available for your cat to eat- they are a potentially fatal snack!

 


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Toxins

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Spring is here, and with it comes holidays and quality time spent with family over home-cooked meals.  At Ashley Vets we want this time to be stress-free and healthy for everyone, including your pets.  Unfortunately, some of our favorite meals, desserts and even plants can be toxic to our furry friends.

A good rule of thumb is if it isn’t pet food then your pup or kitten does not need it.  All of the healthy nutrition they need comes from the balanced, quality food you purchase specifically for them.  Tidbits from your plate, while they may seem nice, are often filled with spices that make animals sick to their stomachs, garlic and onions which are toxic, and high fat levels which can lead to a trip to the emergency vet or even death.

Common toxic items:

  • Garlic
  • Onion, leeks, chives, shallots
  • Sage
  • Grapes
  • Raisins and Sultanas
  • Various types of nuts including Macadamia nuts
  • Any high fat meat (like ham)
  • Meat on the bone
  • Bread dough
  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate
  • Sweeties
  • Coffee
  • Xylitol, a sweetener found in sugarless gum and other products (including peanut butter!)
  • Lilies
  • Cyclamen
  • Amaryllis
  • Daffodils

*This is not a complete list of toxins, it merely covers some of the main culprits .

If you are at all worried that your pet may have eaten any of the above items then please call us on 0141 959 6100.  If you call when we are closed then there will be instructions on the message machine detailing who to call for emergency care.

 

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Flea Alert!

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With summer round the corner it’s time to get serious about your flea prevention.

There is always an increase in the flea population with the warmer weather in summer and prevention is definitely better than cure when it comes to these little parasites.

Give us a call on 0141 959 6100 to discuss the best products available or make an appointment with our nurse who can check your pet over and make absolutely sure that we are doing everything we need to do to protect the whole family!

The consultation with the nurse is completely FREE!

 

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