Lungworm – what is it and how to prevent it?

 We are all aware by now that Lungworm is something we want to protect our pets from. But what exactly is it and how can we be sure we are preventing our pet from contracting this parasite?

There are a range of different lungworms in the UK, however it is the Dog Lungworm that is the most dangerous, and that’s the one we’ll be talking about in this blog.

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Ambers Spay Day: A Case Story

Amber is a beautiful young yellow Labrador; a true family pet whose name her family were just a touch indecisive about; she spent some time as “Ginger” (the grandchildren’s favourite) and then as “Tess”. With her name now firmly secured as Amber, two of her favourite pastimes are playing with her owners’ grandchildren (probably owing to her “lively personality”), and of course, treats! In fact this girl is a true, food oriented Labrador whose paws have even been known to frequent the kitchen worktops! Despite this, her owners feel that she “…is no real trouble, a very loving character with great recall”.

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Parasite Prevention – Spring Update

Spring is here meaning longer and warm days across the UK, but especially here in Cornwall. As the flowers and wildlife are starting to emerge from their winter hiding places, unfortunately so are the parasites. In the UK, pets are particularly at risk from flea infestation and tick bites as we head into spring. The side effects from these parasites can be unpleasant for both you and your pets, so the best solution is prevention and we are going to help you learn how in this article.

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Alabama Rot – a real risk?

The term Alabama rot has appeared a lot in the news and on social media in recent years. Given the deadly nature of the disease it has understandably scared a lot of dog owners, especially as initially UK vets had no idea what it was. Over the last few years research has provided us with more information to understand the disease, allowing us to recognise the signs earlier and hopefully help us be more successful in treating it.

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Dog survives freak accident with emergency care from Monument Vets

Our vets have seen most types of injury in their time, but Sandi’s was a first even for them.

Sandi is one of our patients, she’s a 5-year-old border collie and has been part of the Monument family since she was a nine week old pup.

What happened?

Sandi is a tennis ball mad collie, who loves playing with her ball, “She is very intelligent dog but this was not one of her better moments!” said Mrs Fee

Mrs Fee had been doing some knitting before going outside “Sandi must have gone indoors, and I heard some whimpering, so went inside. She seemed to be a bit distressed, so I started to stroke her, when I felt something in her fur between her two back legs. I couldn’t comprehend what it was for a moment, but then realised she had one of my knitting needles stuck in her. She must have jumped up and landed on it. I just went cold.”

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 Why weight management can make our pet live longer

Happy New Year! Are you a resolution person? New year new you? Or do you just keep living life despite the change of date? For most of us, losing the Christmas weight is often nearing the top of our priority list. Resolution maker or not, you should give serious thought to getting those extra pounds off your furry friends this new year. 

So, the real question is, does it matter if my pet is overweight? The short answer is yes. Studies have shown that dogs of a healthy weight (not overweight) live longer on average. But it isn’t just length of life that is important, it is also quality. Animals of a healthy weight have more energy and can be much more active.  Read more

Vaccination amnesty

Why is our Pet Health Club so good?

Why is our Pet Health Club so good?

We are a nation of animal lovers and as pet owners we want to keep our pets healthy and happy for as long as we can. Because there is no NHS for pets, bills can soon add up, which is why we think our Pet Health Club is a brilliant choice. In this blog we will take a look at the benefits, and why we truly believe you can give your pet the very best in preventative healthcare, without breaking the bank. Read more

Stress free pets for Christmas

Christmas is an exciting time of year but can be quite stressful for our pets. Here are some top tips to keep your pets stress free this festive period! Read more

Pet Travel – Important!

At present owners of dogs, cats and ferrets can travel with their animals to and from EU countries provided they hold a valid EU passport.

If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 with no deal it would become a third country for the purposes of the EU Pet Travel Scheme and this would alter how pets can travel between countries. Pets would continue to be able to travel from the UK to the EU, but the requirement s for documents and health checks would differ depending on what category of third country the UK becomes on the day we leave the EU. Read more

Should My Dog’s Nose Be Wet?

Anyone with a dog has no doubt received a ‘doggy kiss’ at least once from their loving pooch. Ignoring the smell, you may have noticed your dog has a wet nose. In fact, you may have noticed many dogs with wet noses. This is normal, surely? A dog with a wet nose is healthy, and a dog with a dry nose is sick? Read more