Frequently Asked Questions
Chocolate: Only a few grams of chocolate can be lethal to a small dog; larger quantities of chocolate can poison or even kill a medium or large dog. Dark chocolate, particularly cooking chocolate, is especially dangerous.
Poisonous plants: Animals can become extremely ill or even die from eating poisonous plants. Holly and mistletoe are extremely poisonous when eaten. The poinsettia’s milky sap and leaves may cause severe stomach upsets.
Food wrappings: Aluminium foil and plastic food wrap can cause choking or intestinal obstruction: some dogs will eat the plastic wrapping with food remnants. Aluminium foil can cut intestine causing internal bleeding and in some cases even death.
Bones: Cooked bones can splinter and the bone fragments may pierce the intestines. Don’t be tempted to give bones to dogs or cats
Human foods: Grapes, Raisins, Currants, and Sultanas – even a few of these fruits can cause kidney failure in some animals.
Onions, garlic, shallots: Can cause breakdown of blood cells 4-5 days later.
Peanuts, macademia nuts and mouldy food can cause convulsions
Xylitol, a sweetener, can result in a massive drop in blood glucose and liver failure in dogs.
Salt – can be very toxic even in small amounts, causing brain swelling.
Chemicals: Some types of slug bait and ant powder can cause convulsions and toad and snake venom are potentially dangerous in animals.
Local newspaper: You may be able to find a pet from a private breeder who advertises in the local paper. This approach may work for the more common breeds of dogs and cats.
By recommendation: A friend or pet owner may be able to refer you to a specific breeder who may be able to supply you with a pet either direct or via a network of breeders.
Web link to the breed societies: Many breeders register their litters direct with their own breed society and you may be able to source a new puppy via this link.
Web link to Rescue societies for particular breeds. For most of the common breeds there are rescue societies which are responsible for re-homing dogs from that particular breed.
Local rescue centre. This is often an excellent method of sourcing a healthy new pet. The pets are usually health checked, vaccinated and micro-chipped prior to sale. See links page for more information on the local societies in Leicester.
Pet shop. This is the common route for many of the small children’s pets with specialist pet shops for reptiles.
Friends or family. But take care you don’t just take on that new puppy from your friend to help them out when you really wanted a cat!
Dogs are neutered at 6 months of age before their first season. This has health benefits and prevents a lot of mess and incovenience in a household.
Dogs of larger sized breeds such as Labradors must have one season first and would be neutered 3 months later.
Please feel free discuss the timing of surgery in more detail with our nurses or with the vet at first vaccinations.
- Drops on the back of the neck
- Pills taken by mouth or as a treat
- Long-acting flea prevention injections for cats which last 6 months. Please ask any member of staff for advice.
Please remember our best products are Prescription Only Medicines, we do need to see your pet prior to dispensing or your pet to have been seen in the clinic within the last 6 months. You can make a free appointment with the nurses who can dispense under the supervision of the vet. We also have some over the counter medicines for flea and worming if that is more convenient.
Most puppies are treated with granule wormers in the first few weeks of life. To ensure that your new puppy is kept worm free we recommend monthly worming up to 4 months of age, then every 3 months, though in some situations adult dogs do require more frequent treatment.
Lungworm is a new serious disease in dogs especially Staffies and Cavaliers, monthly treatment is recommended.
Cats should be wormed as tiny kittens, then at 9 and 12 weeks, then every 3 months, though hunters do require more frequent treatment.
- Be aware that if you change insurance company, any new company may refuse to cover the cost of pre-existing diseases.
- Annual (12 month) policies can be cheaper than lifelong policies, but be aware that they do not cover any more than 12 months’ worth of treatment on a condition.
We can only provide insurance from one pet insurance provider (Pet Plan) as we have no wish to take on the burden of becoming an insurance broker. We recommend Pet Plan because they are a fair company to deal with and in our view deliver excellent value to our clients. There are other companies providing insurance but please do read the small print: the cheapest is not necessarily the best.
Our nurses can give your cat his tablet when you buy one in the surgery if that’s any help.