Bollington Veterinary Centre

1st December 2017

Keep your pet safe this Christmas

Keep your pet safe this Christmas by following out 10 top tips

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1st December 2017

Antifreeze – a winter threat to our pets

Antifreeze is very dangerous to dogs, cats, rabbits and wildlife. Know the signs and find out what we can do

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1st December 2017

Canine incontinence

Canine incontinence affects many dogs in our practice. If your dog is having problems, we have a solution

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1st December 2017

Eye emergencies in dogs and cats

Some eye conditions are real emergencies and need urgent attention. Find out the 8 most serious conditions we see in dogs and cats

 

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1st December 2017

Windyway Collection

Can you help the Windyway Trust this winter by donating some gifts? Find out what they need

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1st December 2017

Christmas Quiz

Why not enter our Christmas Quiz and you'll have a chance to win a £10 voucher

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1st November 2017

Choosing the right pet insurance

Pet insurance can offset most of the costs of veterinary care at the time you need it most. Be informed and make the right choice

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1st November 2017

Degenerative joint disease in cats

We recognise this condition when there is progressive and permanent damage to the cartilage found in joints. Do you know what to look for in your cat?

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1st November 2017

Does your pet drink too much?

If your dog or cat is drinking more than usual we’ll need to check that there isn’t a more serious underlying medical condition

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1st November 2017

Finding flea dirt

Do you know how to find and identify fleas and flea dirt on your pet? Watch our video to show you how and beat those winter itches

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1st November 2017

Care with conkers and acorns

Keep an eye out for conkers and acorns when out on a walk with your dog - read on and find out why

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2nd October 2017

PLEASE FILL IN OUR CUSTOMER SURVEY

We want your feedback. Please tell us what you think of our practice by completing our short survey today

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1st October 2017

Halloween safety – 5 top tips

The unexpected arrival of some strangers at the door on a dark night can throw some nasty surprises and frighten our pets. We've got 5 ways to keep your pets safe

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1st October 2017

Firework Season is coming

Many of our pets don’t enjoy the fireworks. To help with the ‘Firework Season’ we’ve put together some tips to help you and your pet deal with the stress

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1st October 2017

Corneal Ulcers

Corneal ulcers are defects of the ‘cornea’ which cause many of our patients' problems throughout the year. We see them all the time, so this month we thought we’d tell you a bit more

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1st October 2017

Caring for ageing pets

Our pets are living longer and have healthier lives due to advances in preventative medicine, lifestyle and diets.  As they age, we should be checking them regularly for key changes. In this article we tell you what to look out for

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1st October 2017

Arriving for an anaesthetic

Agreeing to let your pet be anaesthetised is a big decision. It helps if you know what to expect so we’ve tried to answer some of the common questions we’re asked

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1st September 2017

Head tilt in dogs – what does it mean?

If you find one day that your beloved pet is suddenly holding its head to one side, don’t just assume it’s a stroke and that there is nothing you can do

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1st September 2017

Treating cancer in dogs and cats

We have numerous ways we can help treat our patients with cancer. Find out what we can do

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1st September 2017

Knee injuries in dogs – cruciate disease

Cruciate ligament damage is very common and often happens when out playing and exercising. Find out which dogs are at risk

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1st September 2017

Understanding pet loss

The thought of losing your pet causes intense anxiety for most of us and we usually try to avoid talking about it. We suggest how you can cope

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1st September 2017

Keeping your rabbit safe outdoors

To keep your rabbit healthy outside it’s wise to be aware of possible hazards in the garden. See our top tips on keeping your garden safe

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1st August 2017

Laryngeal Paralysis – dogs at risk

Some dogs develop a harsh breathing sound in hot weather and when at exercise. Don't ignore this warning sign

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1st August 2017

Grass - it's a problem for cats

We see many cats at this time of year with grass lodged in the nose or throat. Do you know what to do?

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1st August 2017

Heatstroke reminder

Every year throughout the summer we discuss heat stroke and with all the warm weather we've had so far we thought we'd ask for some help

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1st August 2017

Sneezing rabbits – a difficult condition to cure

Chronic nasal discharge and sneezing in rabbits can be difficult to cure. We've got 6 ways to prevent the problem

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1st August 2017

Pain relief for pets – before during and after operations

Did you know we give pain relief before and after an operation? Find out more about what we use

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3rd July 2017

Cat fleas – at this time of year they’re a big problem

Summer is when cat fleas are at their worst. Check for the tell-tale signs and contact us for an appointment if you think your pet has a problem

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2nd July 2017

Sunburn – it affects our pets as well

Our pets can get sunburn in extreme sunny weather with serious skin problems developing over time. Protect them by taking some simple precautions

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2nd July 2017

Vaccinate your rabbit and save its life

We believe vaccinations are one of the best gifts you can give your rabbit, and with it will come the chance of them living a long and happy life

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2nd July 2017

Cuts and wounds – first aid tips

Some helpful advice on how to cope with simple wounds at home. A what to do and how to do it guide

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2nd July 2017

Alabama Rot – a deadly dog disease

Alabama Rot is a rare and extremely unpleasant disease of dogs which we would like to bring to your attention.

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1st June 2017

Family Fun Dog Show

Come along and join the fun at the Family Fun Dog Show on 18th June. Everyone is welcome

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1st June 2017

Act now to prevent kennel cough

Like many other vets in an around the UK we see a fair bit of kennel cough during the summer. Know the signs and act now to prevent the problem

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1st June 2017

Pre-anaesthetic blood tests

Checking your pet's blood before an anaesthetic has some important benefits. Find out what we look at and why

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1st June 2017

Lungworm in dogs

Find out about lungworm in dogs and check an interactive map to find out how many cases have been confirmed in your area

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1st June 2017

Adopting a cat - plan and prepare

We’ve helped rehome many cats over the years. Not every pairing works, but with a little time and effort it is possible to get it right

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1st June 2017

Feline Tuberculosis – what is it?

Feline tuberculosis can infect cats from contact with infected animals and unpasteurised cows milk. Find out about the signs and what you need to do

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1st June 2017

Is your rabbit fibre fit?

Of all the problems we see in rabbits, most of them are as a result of feeding the wrong diet. Find out why fibre is so important

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1st May 2017

Anal gland disease – a problem for both dogs and cats

Anal gland disease is a common problem in dogs and cats. We look at some of the signs and 6 common treatments

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1st May 2017

Fleas – it’s that time of year again

We've got some fascinating facts! We also discuss the problems they cause and offer some seasonal advice

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1st May 2017

Taking care of your dog’s ears

Keeping your dog’s ears clean and disease free is important. We go through some key steps to help achieve good aural hygiene

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1st May 2017

Cancer awareness – 12 warning signs

Cancer is one of those conditions that all pet owners dread.  Early detection is essential to help make treatment as successful as possible

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2nd April 2017

Lucky puppy

5 month old Riley and his owner had their world turned upside down recently when they were both hit by car on their afternoon walk in Pott Shrigley. Find out what happened next

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1st April 2017

MiHealthyPet Plan

Spread the cost of your routine preventative health care and save yourself money

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1st April 2017

Preventing itchy cats

At this time of year we start to see an increase in the numbers of itchy cats. We've got 5 ways to help

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1st April 2017

Treating allergies

This article is for anyone with an itchy pet, as we run through some of the key treatments we use.

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1st April 2017

Urticaria and anaphylaxis

Have you ever noticed small raised bumps in the skin of your pet particularly around the eyes, muzzle or chest?

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1st April 2017

Bee stings – do you know what to do?

We’ve got some tips to help you look after your pet if they are unlucky to enough to get stung as they venture out in the garden and countryside

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1st April 2017

Hairballs – what are they and why do they occur?

Hairballs can be distressing to both owner and animal – they’re also messy to clean up, so any help to treat and prevent them is welcome.

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1st April 2017

Lyme disease in dogs – signs and control

Lyme disease is a debilitating disease that can infect both dogs and humans in the UK. Know the signs and become tick aware

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1st April 2017

First Aid – do you know how to respond in an emergency?

Do you know how to manage a pet emergency situation safely and effectively? We've got 10 Golden rules

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1st March 2017

Worming your dog

The three main types of worm affecting dogs are roundworms, tapeworms and lungworms. We look at why they are a problem and why your pet needs regular treatment

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1st March 2017

Guinea pigs – your questions answered

We have 7 guinea pig questions - read on if you have one of these great little pets and find out our answers

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1st March 2017

Wellness Blood Testing

Animals are great at hiding disease, and we often find that by the time they look unwell, it’s more difficult to help them. We look at why and what we test in wellness blood tests

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1st March 2017

Pet poisoning – how to recognise a problem

Our pets can’t speak to us and tell us when they’re unwell - we tell you 7 ways to know if your pet has been poisoned

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1st March 2017

Feline leukaemia virus – our guide to this deadly disease

It’s estimated that 1 in 100 cats in Britain is permanently infected with Feline Leukaemia Virus. Do you know the signs and what to do?

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1st March 2017

Pet care when you’re on holiday – your choices

When you go on holiday, how do you decide between pet sitters and boarding? We take a look at the differences and try to help you make a decision

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2nd February 2017

The importance of regular health checks

Do healthy animals need regular health checks? Read Holly's story to find the answer

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1st February 2017

Dental procedures - what to expect

Dental operation are very common in our practice. We take a look at what's involved and why they are necessary

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1st February 2017

Brushing your dog's teeth

Do you know how to look for signs of dental disease in your dog?  We've got lots of tips and advice on how to keep them clean and healthy

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1st February 2017

Neutering awareness

World spay day is in February, so we thought we'd share with you an article on the pro's and con's of neutering - well worth a read

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1st February 2017

Slug bait - metaldehyde poisoning

Slug bait poisoning occurs when pets eat slug or snail bait that contains the drug metaldehyde. It can have devastating consequences; know the signs and take action fast

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1st February 2017

Rabbit enrichment

Anyone owning a pet rabbit will know how important it is to give them things to do and play with. We've got some great ideas to make the life of your pet more interesting and fulfilling

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1st February 2017

Bird flu – what’s going on?

If you keep chickens, you will no doubt have heard about the recent outbreak of Avian Influenza - we look at the rules, signs and what you need to do

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5th January 2017

Take part in our 8 Week Weight Loss Challenge

Start the new year for your pet the healthy way - if your pet has put on a few pounds, join our challenge. We're here to help

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4th January 2017

New Year resolutions – weight loss 5 ways

Is 2017 the time to take a look at your pet’s body condition and help them achieve a healthy body shape

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4th January 2017

Dirty cats – a house soiling problem

If you have a cat, you are quite likely to face the litter tray challenge regularly. We answer why cats cat become inappropriate when toileting

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4th January 2017

Petplan Awards – have you nominated anyone?

If you think our practice or someone in our team deserves a thank you, nominate them today for a prestigious Veterinary Award

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2nd January 2017

Antifreeze poisoning - it's so common

Antifreeze is very dangerous to dogs, cats, rabbits and most wildlife. It contains ethylene glycol and is used to prevent freezing of water in car radiator coolant, windshield deicing agents, motor oils and hydraulic brake fluid.

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1st January 2017

House training your dog

This month we run through some of the key features of house training a dog. Find out how everyone can work towards a common goal

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1st January 2017

Help with smells and stains

If you have animals in the house you’ll know that accidents happen. Here's our advice on how to keep the home looking clean and smelling fresh.

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1st January 2017

Chocolate poisoning – know what to do

Know the signs of chocolate poisoning and make sure you know what to do in an emergency

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5th December 2016

Staff Updates

Read the latest news on our two new members of staff and a welcome return for two others

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3rd December 2016

15 ways to help your pet have a Happy Christmas

With Christmas just round the corner, we've got some great practical advice on how to keep your pets safe and happy over the festive period

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2nd December 2016

Christmas calm – a canine solution

The key to keeping a dog happy is to stick to the normal routine as much possible. Check our 5 steps to keeping your dog stress free at Christmas

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1st December 2016

Winter feeding rabbits

What should you feed your rabbit during the winter. A healthy balance of hay, nuggets, greens and water is key. Read more to find out the detail

 

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1st December 2016

Canine Coughing - 5 common causes

There could be all sorts of reasons your dog may start coughing. In this news item, we thought we’d mention 5 of the more common reasons.

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1st December 2016

Road safety for cats

Read our road safety article to find out about our 7 top tips on keeping your cat safe

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1st December 2016

First Aid Tips for Pet Owners

What would you do if your pet was injured? we've got 7 simple suggestions to make dealing with an emergency a success

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4th November 2016

Feline Diabetes - could your cat be affected?

Diabetes is an common disease in which a cat's body either doesn't make enough insulin or doesn't use insulin properly. Do you know the signs, causes and treatment options?

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3rd November 2016

Kidney disease in cats – do you know the signs?

If you have a cat in middle age or older, you need to be aware of the potential problems caused by kidney disease. There are many things you can do to help minimise the risks

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3rd November 2016

15 winter care tips for dogs and cats

Winter brings all sorts of challenges for our pets, so this month we thought we'd share with you some practical ways you can help keep your dog and cat safe

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2nd November 2016

Prepare your rabbit for winter

With the summer gone, we turn our attention towards animal care in the winter. In this feature our vets give you some practical tips on keeping your pet rabbit safe and well

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2nd November 2016

Canine diabetes - take our advice

Canine diabetes is one of the most common hormonal diseases in dogs. If undiagnosed and untreated, a dog will rapidly deteriorate. Make sure you know the signs and get help if you're concerned

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5th October 2016

Frightened of fireworks?

It won't be long before Halloween and Bonfire Night appear. With this come the dreaded bangs and flashes of fireworks. We have lots of helpful advice.

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4th October 2016

Feline asthma

Feline asthma is an incurable, chronic condition affecting as many as 1% of cats in the UK. If your cat is coughing, find out more.

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3rd October 2016

Noise phobias in rabbits

We’re probably all aware of the distress that fireworks can cause to dogs, but how often do we think of rabbits? Take action before it causes too much harm.

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3rd October 2016

E-cigarette warning

Take care if your pet has access to vaping fluids. The risks are high.

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1st October 2016

Feline idiopathic cystitis

Cystitis in cats is a very common problem, which can be most frustrating to resolve. If you have a cat with recurring problems, we can explain more.

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4th September 2016

Seven causes of lameness in dogs

We see many dogs every week showing signs of lameness. Some have only a slight limp, others have a significant problem. We look at 7 of the most common problems we encounter.

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3rd September 2016

Emergency care for your rabbit

Do you know what to look for if your rabbit is unwell and needs urgent treatment? Check our list of common rabbit emergencies.

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2nd September 2016

Pet Insurance – make the right choice

Choosing the right Pet Insurance is critical, so make sure you ask us for help and advice. We've got 6 important things to consider before making your choice

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1st September 2016

Feline Obesity - we can help

Health issues as a result of obesity are very common these days, and at our practice we are seeing more and more patients with a problem. The good news is we can help you and your pet. Know the signs and what to do.

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4th August 2016

Stress in dogs

Our ability to examine and check an animal properly is significantly affected by how well behaved they are, and this is often linked to how stressed they are. We look at the signs of stress in a dog and the do's and don't's of canine behaviour

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3rd August 2016

6 common ear diseases in cats

This month we thought we’d tell you about some of the more common ear problems we see in cats. You'll be pre-warned and on the look out.

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3rd August 2016

How to apply ear drops safely to your cat

No need to worry or struggle to use ear drops prescribed for your pet anymore. Just read our simple 9 step guide and let the medicine do its job.

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2nd August 2016

Lyme disease in dogs – signs and control

At this time of year, ticks can become a real problem for pet owners. Both dogs and cats are frequently bitten, with serious health complications if the tick is carrying disease. We take a look at Lyme disease and discuss the common signs and treatments.

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1st August 2016

Flystrike - it’s that time of year again

Flystrike is a terrible condition that affects rabbits at this time of year. We always treat it as an emergency so make sure you know the signs and how to prevent it.

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5th July 2016

10 ways to ensure your dog enjoys a family holiday

With summer holidays nearly here, our vets at Bollington Veterinary Centre have put together a simple checklist to make sure you are all prepared when taking your dog on holiday.

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4th July 2016

Taking your cat to the vet - 12 top tips

For most cats, a visit to the surgery can be stressful. Even though we try our hardest to make the experience as pleasant as possible, it’s inevitable that there will be lots to unsettle your pet.

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2nd July 2016

Keeping your rabbit cool in summer

As the summer warms up, it’s time to make sure pet rabbits are kept safe and protected from overheating. Our team at Bollington Veterinary Centre have some ideas on how to achieve this with minimal effort.

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1st July 2016

Blue green algae

Blue-green algae in the UK can become a serious problem at this time of year.  Find out more and keep your pet safe.

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4th June 2016

Allergic skin disease - a feline problem

At this time of year, many of our feline patients develop a problem with their skin. Itching and scratching, nibbling and chewing. We discuss the common causes of allergic skin disease in cats with some of the common treatments

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3rd June 2016

Worming your dog

This month we thought we’d talk a little about worms, particularly the one’s which are a problem for dogs.

We’re concentrating on the three main types of worm affecting dogs: roundworms, tapeworms and lungworms.

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3rd June 2016

Dogs die in hot cars

It’s that time of year again when we should all be on the lookout for the safety of dogs in cars. Too many people seem to be unaware of how hot it can get inside a car when parked in the sun.

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1st June 2016

Bonding rabbits

As part of this years Rabbit Awareness Week, which runs from 18th – 26th June, we thought we’d give you some top tips on Bonding Rabbits.

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5th May 2016

Grass – a problem for cats

Grass blade foreign body - if you’re a cat owner, you may have come across this condition before. Cats love to chew grass, but it can be a real problem. At this time of year, we’re often presented with an otherwise healthy cat showing signs of a sudden onset upper airway problem.

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3rd May 2016

Insure your rabbit

With summer weather on the way, it’s wise to give some serious thought to the welfare of your rabbit. They are always at risk from fly strike, gastrointestinal disease and pasteurellosis, so be prepared for the worst.

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3rd May 2016

Canine uterine infections

A ‘pyometra’ is the medical term for an infection in the womb. It can be a life-threatening problem for dogs so needs to be dealt with urgently. All our vets and nurses at Bollington Veterinary Centre are used to seeing this problem, so don’t delay.

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1st May 2016

Snake bites – do you know what to do?

At this time of year, adder bites are more likely to occur. The snake is emerging from its hibernation, and on warm sunny days they can be found basking on rocks on the moors, in woods and on rough ground.

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11th April 2016

Veterinary Nursing

Have you ever wondered what is involved in the average day for a veterinary nurse? At Bollington Veterinary Centre we couldn’t survive without our highly experienced clinical team of nurses. They’re involved in all aspects of your pets visit to our surgery, from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave.

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11th April 2016

Dog breath – keep it fresh

Bad breath in dogs is common, but that doesn’t mean you should accept it as normal.

With over 80% of dogs having some sign of dental disease, we see problem cases literally every day at Bollington Veterinary Centre .

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9th April 2016

The dangers of sticks

Many of us have heard the stories of dogs being injured by sticks and how dangerous they are, but how many of us don’t believe it or think it won’t happen to us?

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8th April 2016

Tick facts

Read our tick fact sheet to make sure you know why and how to remove them.

Where can you find ticks, what diseases to they carry, how can you prevent them and best ways to remove them...

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8th April 2016

Our guide to applying tick treatment

Do you know how to apply tick treatment with minimal fuss and maximum effect? Watch our video and we'll show you how.

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6th April 2016

7 ways to keep your cat healthy

Cats seem to vary from being either fit as a fiddle without a care in the world to constantly in the wars. Wherever your cat fits on this spectrum, here are 7 top tips for keeping your cat healthy.

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5th April 2016

Rabbits at risk from E.Cuniculi

E.Cuniculi is a protozoal parasite that infects pet rabbits throughout the world. It’s widespread in the UK, affecting over 50% of the pet population, and in many of these animals can cause serious and debilitating disease.

 

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27th March 2016

How do you know if your dog is overweight?

It’s easy to have allowed a few extra pounds to accumulate over the winter and it’s no different for out pet dogs, so we thought we’d give a few clues to help you find out if your dog is overweight.

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10th March 2016

Microchipping and the Law

Did you know that from April 6th anyone with a dog in the UK has to ensure that their dog is properly microchipped? Failure to do this could result in a fine up to £500.

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4th March 2016

Litter tray success

There’s nothing worse than having a cat that toilets in the wrong place around the house and there’s no doubt that litter training is a vital part of making sure your new kitten fits in happily with the family.

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3rd March 2016

Bank Update

Work at the Bank is coming along nicely.The poor builders have been getting washed away over the last couple of weeks but the sun is out and the extension is well under way. Inside has been cleared ready for the new walls to go in.

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3rd March 2016

Fitness Challenge

Well done George and Daisy on completing their 8 week weight loss challenge. They have both done amazing well, George has lost 2.4 kg and Daisy has lost 2kg.

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3rd March 2016

Incontinence in dogs

Many of our patients suffer from urinary incontinence, particularly as they get older. For some dogs the problem can start even earlier in life, but we’d generally expect to see this problem from middle age onwards.

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2nd March 2016

Neutering your rabbit

Rabbits are becoming more and more popular, and at Bollington Veterinary Centre we’re certainly seeing more. They are clever, interactive social pets providing all the family with lots of fun and entertainment.

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4th February 2016

Why vaccinate your dog?

Why do we vaccinate dogs? Our vets at Bollington Veterinary Centre feel strongly that prevention is better than cure, and vaccinating your pet dog is one of the best things you can do to help them live a healthy happy life.

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3rd February 2016

Lucky escape for Coco

Most of us are aware of the dangers of lilies to cats but, we have recently had a cat who had eaten an amaryllis flower. These plant while not as toxic as lilies, are part of the lily family and can make your cat quite ill.

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2nd February 2016

Rabbit safety - 6 ways to rabbit proof your home

Many of our clients in Macclesfield keep pet rabbits inside their own homes, and they need to make sure their rabbit and home are safe. We’ve got six essential ways to stay safe.

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1st February 2016

Throwing sticks - game or gamble?

There has been a lot of discussion in the news recently about throwing sticks for dogs. We see a number of stick injuries each year and unfortunately we have also seen the occasional death.

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6th January 2016

Is your cat a couch potato?

Many cats living in Macclesfield in the 21st century have a wonderful life. Their willing loving owners provide their food, bedding and security. Find out if your cat could do with a little more exercise and less food.

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5th January 2016

Prevention, treatment and care of arthritis

Prevention is better than cure - find out how you can help avoid your dog succumbing to Arthritis with our step by step guide.

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4th January 2016

What are the signs of arthritis?

At Bollington Veterinary Centre we see dogs of all ages and breeds limping their way into the surgery in various degrees of pain. Find out the causes as well as options for treatment.

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3rd January 2016

Red urine in rabbits

Over the years we’ve have had many worried owners rushing into Bollington Veterinary Centre thinking their rabbit has blood in its urine. The sudden sight of red may not always be as bad as you fear.

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