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By Wellpets Vets, May 22 2017 07:10AM


Veterinary nurses have to don many caps including, anaesthetist, surgical assistant, laboratory technician, radiographer, nutritionist, teacher, care giver, midwife, a friendly face, counsellor, paw holder, cleaner, receptionist, advice giver, dental assistant, paramedic, comforter, animal restrainer, listener ….. The list goes on and on!!



There are also many different career paths open to veterinary nurses from working in general practice as our nurses do, to specialist referral, equine and exotic nurses. Some nurses will branch out into different roles such as pet insurance advisor, nutritional advisor, sales of pet food or pharmaceutical products, lecturing and assessing student nurses. There are options to work for charity organisations such as the RSPCA, PDSA, Dogs Trust, and expand into zoo or wildlife nursing.


For more information please visit:


http://www.rcvs.org.uk/education/i-want-to-be-a-veterinary-nurse/

http://www.bvna.org.uk/a-career-in-veterinary-nursing/a-career-in-veterinary-nursing


This year in support of Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month Wellpets are holding a fundraising event to raise money for The Cinnamon Trust, on Wednesday 31st May, 9:30am – 1:30pm at Worle.

There will be cakes and books for sale, a raffle for some great prizes, and some volunteers with their Cinnamon Trust foster dogs available to meet and learn more about the charity’s work and how you can become a volunteer dog walker or fosterer. Our nurses Lucy and Naomi will also be available to show you around the Worle practice and discuss any questions you may have about veterinary nursing, from training to a typical day as a Wellpets Registered Veterinary Nurse, and what is involved.



Our chosen charity is to raise funds for is The Cinnamon Trust, as they are the only national charity for the elderly, terminally ill and their pets. The trust was founded in 1985 by Mrs Averil Jarvis, and named after her own Corgi Cinnamon who passed away at the age of 17 just as the trust was getting started.

Pets as we know provide companionship and have a positive effect on our lives, The Cinnamon Trust recognises this and their primary aim is to preserve this relation between pet and owner. They have a national network of over 15,000 volunteers that are able to provide practical day to day help such as walking a dog for a housebound owner. They also co-ordinate foster care for when owners have a spell in hospital or long term care for pets who’s owners have died or moved into residential accommodation.


We would love to see as many of you from the local community on the day as possible, so please come along to support us and help raise some money for a deserving charity.







By Wellpets Vets, May 10 2017 10:53AM

Wellpets offer free flea and tick checks for cats and dogs, plus expert advice on preventative treatments to suit your pet’s individual needs



The number and variety of parasites effecting pets in the UK has changed substantially over recent years. Thanks to modern day living with central heating, flea pupae can survive dormant in carpets, soft furnishing and between floorboards, without the pet, for up to 1 year. Lungworm has spread across the country to regions that it previously not been seen in and a recent report found ticks affected 1 in 3 dogs.


Call us to book your free flea and tick check at your local Wellpets branch, where you will also get preventative treatment options and advice tailored to your pet’s specific needs.


To do this we take into account the local areas parasite make up, as well as your pet’s lifestyle to be able to best advise on the most suitable products. For example, does your dog swim regularly? Is your cat an indoor only cat? Do your pets hunt or scavenge? The answers to these and other questions will help us to determine the most suitable parasite preventative care plan to keep your pet, family and home free from parasites and the diseases they carry.




By Wellpets Vets, May 9 2017 11:32AM

Toby, the gorgeous 7 year old Miniature Poodle came into see vet Laura last month as he had a large lump on his sternum (breastbone) which was growing.


The decision was made to remove the lump. Surgery commenced and the lump was successfully removed. A surgical drain was placed to help prevent a build-up of fluid around the surgical site.

Toby recovered well, but because the lump was in a tricky area, at Toby’s post-operative check-up we noticed that the wound had started to breakdown.


We saw Toby on a regular basis for bandage changes and to assess his wound. To help with the healing process the wound was cleaned and flushed, and medical grade manuka honey was applied. It wasn’t long before we started to see a huge improvement and Toby’s wound eventually healed.


Toby has been a fantastic patient and it is our pleasure to award him ‘PET OF THE MONTH’ for April.




By Wellpets Vets, May 3 2017 01:55PM

You may have heard about hypertension (high blood pressure) in humans; a disease that can sneak up on us without warning and lead to heart and kidney disease, sudden strokes and blindness. It’s a real killer if not picked up early. Well unfortunately our feline friends can suffer from exactly the same problem, with the same consequences if we don’t look out for it.


Cats with this disease can range from 4 to 20 years old. It is most commonly triggered by other diseases such as an overactive thyroid, kidney disease, or diabetes – so if your cat has these he or she should have his or her blood pressure tested, ideally every 3 - 6 months. But in about 20% of cats it can occur spontaneously, and these are the ones that are very hard to pick up as there are no signs until damage starts to occur.





Signs of a hypertensive cat can include some or none of the following: seizures, circling, disorientation, blindness, blood in the eye, dilated pupils, retinal detachment, blood in the urine, protein in the urine, bleeding from the nose, swollen or shrunken kidneys, heart murmurs and weakness.

Checking for hypertension in a cat is easy: booking him or her into the practice for a day so we can check his blood pressure periodically over a few hours to get an average result. Like in humans, this is done with a small cuff around their forearm.


If the results are positive, the disease can be controlled with medication, and if there is a primary disease that is triggering the high blood pressure, this can be evaluated and addressed as well.

So if you’re worried about your middle aged or older cat, have a chat with your Wellpets vet and see if he or she could do with a blood pressure check.




By Wellpets Vets, Apr 26 2017 12:10PM

We know how worrying visits to the vets can be for you and your pet. Check out some helpful tips on how to make the whole experience less stressful!


Pop in for treats & cuddles!

You can always bring your pet in for some treats and fuss to get them used to being in the waiting room. This also gives us an opportunity to weigh them. Hopefully your pet will then begin to associate coming to the vets with treats and praise. Our reception team give out the best cuddles.



Home comforts

If your pet has to stay with us for the day for any reason, feel free to bring him/her in some creature comforts (forgive the pun) from home. Blankets, toys or bedding from home may help them stay calmer when in with us due to the familiar scent. If you’re bringing in a cat, feel free to let our nurses know what type of cat litter you use at home or if they prefer any particular type of food.


New cat shelf at Wellpets Clevedon

To avoid any accidental dog/cat interactions, we’ve recently got some new shelving units in our waiting room at our Clevedon where you can place your cat’s carrier. This will keep them up and out of the way of any boisterous other patients!



Examinations at home

Get your pet used to being examined at home. Your furry friend will be much more relaxed at home with you so it’s a great idea to get him/her used to being examined with someone they trust in a calm environment. But don’t worry, you don’t need to be a veterinary professional! Just try lifting their ears, running your hands over their tummy and holding up their paws. Remember to give lots of praise and treats throughout. This will make them more relaxed in a consultation.


Encourage the cat carrier

Chances are if your cat sees the cat carrier they are straight out the back door! Encourage your cat to go into their carrier at home without always coming to the vets. This will help them be calmer when going in the carrier to the vets. Make sure your cat’s carrier is large enough for them to move around comfortably and have multiple doors/exits to get them out of the carrier safely! Provide them with lots of treats when they go inside the carrier.




Practice car journeys

Some cats and dogs begin to associate car journeys with trips to the vets so to try and reduce their anxiety, take them out for short trips in the car or even just encourage them to get in the car regularly. Don’t forget the praise!


Calming aids

There are some calming aids available, such as Feliway for cats or Adaptil for dogs. Using these in and around your pet’s carrier, harness or bed may help calm them before a trip to the vets. You could even use them in the car! For more information about these products drop us an email or call.

Hopefully doing these things it will help improve your visits to us. If you need any more help or advice, please don’t hesitate to contact us.









By Wellpets Vets, Mar 29 2017 08:55AM

Lottie, a beautiful 12 year old Jack Russell Terrier came in to see vet Laura as she had a lump on the base of her back.



Recently the lump had started to get a lot bigger and was causing Lottie discomfort, so it was decided that it was in Lottie’s best interest that the lump was removed.


Due to Lottie being advanced in years, we ran an in-house pre-operative blood test prior to administering the anaesthetic, to check Lottie’s liver and kidney function was ok and we also placed her on intravenous fluids to help support her during the operation. We recommend this for all pets over the age of 8 years old.


The lump was very large, but was successfully removed and Lottie recovered well.



Lottie was a great patient and it is our pleasure to award her ‘PET OF THE MONTH’ for March ☺





By Wellpets Vets, Mar 14 2017 10:57AM

Lungworm is a disease of dogs, and until recently was uncommon away from the ‘hot spots’ of southern England and Wales. But more and more cases are turning up all over, and the BS postcode is now a region in the UK with one of the highest infection rates – 35 confirmed cases so far - and it is likely there are a lot more undiagnosed infections out there.


Signs can be vague and nonspecific:


- Breathing problems

- Tiredness after exercise

- Coughing

- Weight loss

- Unexplained bleeding.


Many infected dogs will have mild symptoms that don’t warrant a ‘visit to the vet’. But as the infection progresses, severe illness and even in some cases death can result!


Dogs are infected when they eat slugs and snails, and even licking a snail trail can be a way to catch the disease. Dog toys and food bowls left outdoors are often visited by snails and slugs during the night, so the risk is there even for dogs who don’t actively search for fresh garden escargot!


Luckily there is an excellent drug that prevents Lungworm infection; used year round the parasite protection protocol we recommend will also keep your dog 100% Lungworm free. And if you join up to the Wellpets Pet Health Club (PHC), this treatment is included as part of the package.


So bring in your dog’s bowls and toys every night, and have a chat to your Wellpets vet about protection against all dog parasites and the PHC.







By Wellpets Vets, Mar 3 2017 09:19AM

Introducing our new Pre Pet Appointments!


Here at Wellpets Vets we know that becoming a pet owner is a huge life changing decision. With all the information out there it can be a tad overwhelming, and it can get a little bit too much to digest.


This is why we have introduced our new Pre Pet Appointments. This gives you the opportunity to come in and talk to our expert team about becoming a pet owner.


During our free consultations, our qualified nurses will discuss:


• What to expect with your new pet

• What type of pet suits your life style?

• Nutritional advice

• Preparing your home for your new pet

• The time and costs involved in having a pet

• Getting a puppy/kitten/baby rabbit vs getting a rescue

• Owners responsibilities


And any other questions you may want to ask our team.


And if you are thinking about getting a puppy or rescue dog you can even order one of our fantastic bespoke puppy starter packs!


For more information or to book your appointment give us a call.

By Wellpets Vets, Mar 1 2017 02:58PM

Do you own a large breed dog? Have you heard of Cardiomyopathy – the ‘Silent Killer’?

As part of our philosophy of being pro-active about health care, Wellpets are currently offering a heavily discounted blood test which screens for this common disease of large or giant breed dogs over the age of 3.


What is DCM?

Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a serious condition that causes abnormal enlargement of the heart. It starts with a long ‘silent’ phase during which dogs appear normal, happy and healthy. This is then followed by a shorter ‘overt’ phase during which the heart starts to fail and clinical signs and symptoms start to show.


Why get my dog screened?

During the ‘silent’ phase, there are often no signs that your vet can pick up just by looking at/listening to your dog. A simple blood test screen can reveal whether there is any cause for concern and whether we need to be proactive about investigating further. Ultimately, screening is designed to uncover any possible underlying disease so that it can be managed, and promote a longer, healthier life.


What does the screening involve?

A trip to see your vet for a check-over and blood sample to be taken. This is usually a quick and straight-forward procedure.


What if results are suggestive of DCM?

Your vet will discuss results with you and may suggest an ultrasound scan to fully assess your dog’s heart size and function.


What does the test cost?

If you have a large breed dog, we strongly suggest that you bring him/her in for a check-up so that we can assess whether he/she would benefit from a heart blood test. We are offering a reduced consultation price of £25 for this and the blood test is free of charge (normal price £103.08).


Dogs eligible for this offer:

All dogs over 25kg

Offer ends June 30th 2017

Don’t delay, give us a call today to arrange an appointment.



By Wellpets Vets, Feb 28 2017 11:00AM

As of February 28th 2017 the current mandatory housing requirement for domesticated birds in the UK will be relaxed outside of ‘Higher Risk Areas’ (HRAs), with some conditions.


To find out if you are outside of these HRAs check out the interactive map at:

The extra ‘conditions’ required for birds housed outdoors can be found at:

Worle Yeovil Yetminster Weston Super Mare
Clevedon

Wellpets West Country