Monthly Archives: July 2017

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Neutering….. should I or shouldn’t I do it to my dog?








Rio 11 months

Continuing the story of Rio…. He had his neutering or castration operation last week so I know exactly how our owners feel when they drop their little one off on the morning of their operation.

It’s an emotional time worrying if they are going to be ok and if you have made the right decision in putting them through it.

Here at Ashley Vets we believe that for most pets it is the right thing to do however all our pets are individuals so we are more than happy to discuss the pros and cons and the timing of the operation and we will respect any decision you make for your pet.

For Rio, I opted to wait until he was a little more mature but we can castrate male dogs from 6 months old. This often catches them before they become too ‘randy’ so for many families it is a good decision to go ahead at this time.

There are good medical reasons for neutering.

For the boys it prevents

  • Testicular tumours
  • Prostate issues
  • Anal ademonas (tumours around the anus)

As well as of course reducing sexually motivated behaviours, male to male aggression and roaming.

For the girls it prevents

  • Unwanted pregnancy
  • Pyometra (an infection in the uterus)
  • Greatly reduces the risk of mammary tumours

As well as not having the practical inconvenience of regular seasons and hormonal changes.

The operation is carried out here at the practice as a day procedure.

Your little one will need to be starved on the morning of the operation because they will be having a general anaesthetic.

They will be admitted to the hospital and given a thorough check over before a pre-med sedative is given. A blood sample may be taken at this time if you have requested it to check that their internal organs are working correctly.








Rio feeling sleepy after his sedative

Once the sedative has taken effect, they will be placed under general anaesthetic in our theatre and a tube will be placed down their throat. They will be monitored at all times by the veterinary nurse while the vet is performing the surgery.










Rio under general anaesthetic











Rio was constantly monitored while under the anaesthetic











The surgery to remove his testicles







Stitching up the wound

Once the surgery is complete they will recover in a cosy kennel and will be monitored by our team of nurses and animal care assistants until they are fully awake.

They will of course be given pain killers to keep them as comfortable as possible.









Cuddles with Robyn once the surgery is over

They will be ready to go home on the same day by late afternoon and they will have a wound with some stitches in it which stay in place for approximately 10 days. During that time, they will need a little more TLC at home than normal and will need to be rested and stopped from licking their wound.

We will see them back for a check-up which is usually 5 and 10 days after surgery.

Rio was feeling much better by the day after his surgery and his wound is now fully healed and the whole experience hasn’t put him off coming to work with me!







Rio snoozing happily under my desk while I work.

If you want to have a chat about neutering your pet please give us a ring on 0141 959 6100 or arrange to come in for a free appointment with Robyn our veterinary nurse so that you can discuss the details and she can answer any questions for you.

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The Importance of worming in puppies…..

Roundworms can spread to pups from their mother before they are born so even when they are very young and have never been outdoors, they can be harbouring a belly full of worms! That’s why it is so important to treat them for worms from such a young age.

Many breeders will have wormed your new puppy before you have brought him home so we recommend you ask your breeder for the details of when this was done and what worming product was used. You should bring this information along to your first appointment with us.

We will advise you of exactly the best protocol for your pup when you come in but basically all puppies should be wormed at least every month until they are 6 months old. This can be done using tablets or spot-on products and we will discuss with you whether or not you would also like to protect against fleas or other parasites such as ticks.









Rio aged 10 weeks


How would I know if my pup has worms?

If your pup has a lot of worms then they may have a pot-belly and be quite thin. It is possible that you could see worms passed in their poo or vomit.

However, for the majority of puppies, there may be no outward signs of the worms so it is important to treat them regardless.


Why does it matter if my puppy has worms?

Roundworms can spread to humans and cause a disease called toxocariasis.

This is most important for children who will often play outside where dogs may have been and then put their hands into their mouths without washing them.

For most people, an infection with these roundworm larvae causes no symptoms and the parasites die within a few months.

However, some people experience mild symptoms and in very rare cases, the roundworm larvae infect organs such as the liver, lungs, eyes or brain and cause severe symptoms.

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Toxocara sp. roundworms

We all want our puppies to be able to play with the whole family without worrying about the spread of parasites so please talk to us and we will come up with the most suitable worming regime for your puppy  and to suit your family!










Rio and his big brother!


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Puppy Vaccination – why is it so important?










Rio 12 weeks old

If you have a puppy, you have probably heard that they need some injections while they are young before they go outdoors but what are they, why do they need them and when should they get them?

The injections are vaccines against the most common and serious diseases which your pup is likely to come into contact with such as parvo virus, distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis and we also recommend the vaccine against kennel cough.


If their mother was vaccinated then the puppy will get some protection from her which last for the first few weeks of life but by the time your pup is coming home to you this maternal protection will be running out. That is why they need to have the injections themselves.

Your pup will need 2 separate injections and these are usually given at 8 and 10 weeks old but this can be adjusted if necessary for any reason. We can advise you about this when you call.

Until they have had the full course of the vaccines, we recommend that you do not take your puppy out for walks on the ground or let him be in contact with any dogs that you don’t know or are not vaccinated. However, don’t forget how important socialising your puppy is so whenever you get the opportunity you can carry him around to let him get the sights and smells of outside. Have a look at our previous blog for more information on socialisation.

Please get in touch with us as soon as you get your puppy to check what vaccines they need and if you have any questions, feel free to give us a call on 0141 959 6100 for a chat!

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Puppy Socialisation

‘If you’ve been following us on Facebook, you may know that I got a new little cockerpoo puppy, Rio, a few months ago so all things puppy have been on my personal agenda this year. Even if you’ve had a previous dog it’s easy to forget just how much work a puppy can be. Here’s a little reminder of some things to think about…..’
Doranne (veterinary surgeon)



Rio at 8 weeks old








So you’ve got a new puppy……….


It’s an exciting and sometimes terrifying time when you bring home your new puppy so we are running a short series of blogs covering some if the topics which you will want to know about.





First up is puppy socialisation

So what is puppy socialisation?

Socialisation is the process by which puppies learn to relate appropriately to people and other animals. It involves meeting and having pleasant encounters with as many adults, children, dogs and other animals as possible. It also involves becoming used to a wide range of events, environments and situations.

Why is it important?

Experiences during the first year of a dog’s life can make all the difference to their future temperament and character. Taking the time to socialise your puppy can result in a friendly, well-adjusted adult dog who enjoys the company of people, can be taken anywhere and lives life to the full!

A puppy who lacks experience with the world will find many things that we take for granted scary and is very likely to grow up to be a worried dog. A frightened and anxious dog is more likely to develop behaviour problems than a dog who has had a rich, varied and positive puppyhood.

When should this be done?

The younger your puppy, the easier it will be to socialise them. This is because, as puppies get older, they become more cautious when faced with new experiences. The early weeks are particularly important because most puppies will approach anything or anybody willingly and without fear.

By the time your puppy reaches about 12 weeks of age, anything not yet encountered is likely to be approached with caution.

Therefore it is vital that, between three and 12 weeks of age, a puppy meets a wide variety of people, situations and other animals.

How much socialisation is done at this early age will often determine how confident your puppy is around people, other dogs and new environments later in life.

So what can you do?

Much of the socialisation process is easy – it is just about getting your puppy out and about and meeting as many people and animals as possible. If your pup has not had his vaccinations yet, remember he cannot go down on the ground out in the park or on the street but you can carry him in your arms for a walk around the park or to the shops. Puppies love meeting people and a lot of people love talking to pups so just let them and that way your pup will meet lots of new people. Take him in the car regularly or on the bus or the train. Deliberately walk past busy playgrounds so that he will see and hear children playing. You should invite people over to your house to meet your new pup but of course make sure he has plenty of rest time as well.










You should expose him to noises like bin lids slamming, doorbells, telephones ringing, vacuum cleaners – anything at all which he may encounter in later life.

You should expose him to both busy roads, safely of course, and also countryside environments and livestock if possible.

You should introduce him carefully to other puppies and adult dogs. Before he is fully vaccinated this may be limited but if you have friends and family with fully vaccinated, healthy, friendly dogs then you could introduce them gradually at home so that your pup can begin to learn some doggy etiquette.

Puppy classes can be useful but check out the class before you take your pup along. You are looking for a relaxed environment where all the pups are comfortable and are learning how to interact with humans and to play with other puppies.


Don’t forget to have fun with your pup – it’s a special and short time before they grow up so enjoy it and take pleasure from introducing him slowly and gradually to the world around him!

Please talk to us if you have any concerns or need any advice about your puppy!




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Does Your Pet Scratch in the Summer?

Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and pets are getting itchy! With summer just around the corner, you may have noticed that your pet (and perhaps you too!) are starting to suffer from seasonal allergies.

While people often show allergies in the form of itchy eyes and stuffy noses like hayfever, pets usually have itchy skin instead. Often times the paws, ears and tummy are the first places to show a flare up.  One of the hallmarks of a dog having allergies are if they stop a normal activity (like eating, walking or sleeping) specifically to scratch. You may also see your pets skin looking red or inflamed.

Often times allergies are a multifocal problem- pets can be allergic to flowers, grasses, different foods, fleas, and even dust.  To help us figure out how to alleviate your pet’s symptoms, we may test them for parasites, take a blood sample for allergy testing, or trial them on a special diet.

There are also simple treatments which can give them relief from the itch!

If you are concerned your pet might have seasonal allergies, please call 0141 959 6100 and make an appointment with one of our vets.



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