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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:

By Wellpets Vets, Feb 6 2017 10:00AM

Puppy Socialisation Classes (currently available at Wellpets Clevedon)

We run a 4 week puppy socialisation course for our clients and their puppies here at Wellpets Cleve-don. The course will be ran by ‘Lucy’ one of our qualified veterinary nurses (RVN). Lucy has a wealth of experience with puppies, last year raising a litter of Border Collies! During the course you and your puppy will learn about the importance of socialisation, basic training commands and techniques. You will receive helpful handouts and lots of freebies throughout the course to help you and your puppy prepare for the big wide world. This is also a great way of getting your puppy used to the Wellpets practice and team, as well as associating a visit to the vets with a fun experience!


Course Timetable


Session 1:


- The importance of socialisation

- Interaction with new people/situations

- The chance to meet and talk to other clients with new puppies

- Getting to know the Wellpets team

- A chance to explore behind the scenes


Session 2:


- Basic training (sit and down)

- Handling and inspection to maintain health

- Sound socialisation part 1


Session 3:


- Basic training (stand, release and recall)

- Sound socialisation part 2


Session 4:


- Basic training (heel and lead walking)

- Course achievement review

- Graduation party and certificate presentation

This fantastic 4 week tailor-made course costs just £30 and runs every Friday between 12pm-1pm at Wellpets Clevedon. For more information or to book your place on the course please contact us on 01275 874851.




By Wellpets Vets, Feb 6 2017 02:00AM

THE FUTURE OF YOUR PET’S SMILE JUST GOT BRIGHTER


Teeth are a bit like icebergs, what you can see on the surface may be a lot different to what’s going on beneath. Even rows of pearly whites can be deceiving – just under the gums there could be unerupted teeth, cysts, rotten and retained roots, crown enamel lesions, and tooth/bone socket problems: all common, hidden and painful for your pet.


But now Wellpets vets have gained X-ray vision! Now they can see the invisible; being able to look not only beneath the gums but through the underlying jaw bone and right inside the tooth as well: using a new state-of-the-art Veterinary Dentistry X-Ray Machine.


So if your pet ever does need some dentistry work, current problems and potentially even future issues can be better picked up and acted upon right away. And the best way to find out if he or she does need ‘Smile Therapy’ is to go see your Wellpets Vet!



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