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The Government have sent out an urgent announcement that Bio-Tech Solutions Ltd has issued a recall of:

Armitage Pet Care Flea and Tick Drops for Dogs 702 mg spot-on solution (Vm 20205/4003)
Armitage Flea Drops for Cats and Kittens

See the announcement here:

An unknown quantity of the Armitage Pet Care Flea and Tick Drops for Dogs containing permethrin has been distributed in packaging labelled Armitage Flea Drops for Cats and Kittens.

Exposure to even small quantities of concentrated permethrin can cause severe and fatal poisoning in cats.

If you have one of the products, do not use it on your cat.

Return the product to the place of purchase or contact the company:

John Tharratt, Bio-Tech solutions Tel 08704 450154 or email

All flea and tick treatments available from Penbode are safe. Penbode does NOT sell Armitage Pet Care Flea and Tick treatments.

If you have treated your pet with an Armitage product in the last 24-48 hours and you are worried, please contact us for advice.

Pets can get diabetes too

14 November is World Diabetes Day, when millions of people worldwide come together to raise awareness of diabetes. 

But did you know dogs and cats can get diabetes too? It is estimated that approximately one in 500 dogs and cats in the UK develop the disease.

About the disease
Diabetes happens because the body stops making or responding to insulin – a hormone that controls the amount of sugar in the blood. As well as difficulties caused by an inability to turn sugar into energy the body can use, high sugar levels in the blood result in sugar (and lots of water) being passed out in the urine.

But don’t worry, just as people with diabetes can live a relatively normal life with a little care, so can pets, thanks to advances in veterinary medicine.

Signs to look out for include:
  • increased thirst
  • frequent urination
  • changes in appetite
  • weight loss
  • deteriorating coat condition
  • lethargy or lack of energy
Early diagnosis is vital. Like all illnesses, the earlier the problem is diagnosed and treated, the better. With rare exceptions, the presence of any sugar which shows in a simple urine test from a cat or dog means they are likely to have diabetes.

Contact your vet if you’re concerned about your pet and they will be able to quickly carry out a test to diagnose whether or not your dog or cat has developed diabetes. It is likely they will want to take a blood sample and also a urine sample, you may be able to catch some urine at home or your vet can take it at the surgery. The blood and urine will be tested for the presence and quantity of glucose. Some of the blood will also be tested to rule out other diseases which may cause similar clinical signs. 

What if your dog or cat has pet diabetes?
If your vet does diagnose diabetes, don’t worry. Help is at hand and your veterinary team will work closely with you on a programme tailored for your pet including;
  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Monitoring your pet
  • Treatment 
A fear of needles need not be an obstacle if your pet has diabetes. There are insulin pens available now which make giving insulin simpler. Your vet can recommend which to use. They’re pet and owner friendly, improving injection comfort and increasing the accuracy of giving the small doses that diabetic pets often need. 

When owners of diabetic pets were asked if they would recommend other owners proceed with treatment of their diabetic pet over 70% of dog owners and nearly 90% of cat owners said that they would ‘without a doubt’.

Penbode Vets are offering a FREE urine dipstick test in all practices where we will test for diabetes and check your pet’s weight too. Contact your nearest Penbode Pet Vets for details.

Penbode Pets Autumn Newsletter 2016

Penbode Pets vets autumn 2016 newsletter

In this latest Penbode Pets vets newsletter you will find useful advice on:

Neutering - for dogs, cats and...rabbits!

Tick borne diseases and how to save 25% off flea and tick control treatments

Preparing for bonfire night...again!

Tips for keeping your rabbit warm in winter

Tortoise clinics


We'd also like to remind dog owners of our FREE talk 

The itchy dog

Penbode Pet Vets will be joined by the Zoetis regional vet to discuss all things canine dermatology. Including allergic skin disorders and parasites

Thursday 20 October 2016, 7:15pm for 7:30pm start.

Bullers Arms, Helebridge Road, Marhamchurch EX23 0HB

To book your place call 01288 359 500 or email

A finger buffet with tea and coffee will be available.


The itchy dog - Penbode Pet Vets talk October 2016


FREE dental checks for pets with Penbode Pets vets

Penbode Pets can help prevent dental work! All dental work requires a general anaesthetic,

which can be costly.

With more than 7 out of 10 dogs and cats suffering from oral problems,* Penbode Pets can

help you improve your pet’s quality of life and dental health.

Plaque is not visible until it builds up and forms tartar which can lead to gum disease.

Penbode Pets’ FREE dental clinics use a special torch to highlight any plaque build-up,

allowing us to form a dental care plan to suit you and your pet.


To book your pet’s FREE dental check just:


Bude/Stratton 01288359500

Holsworthy 01409253822

Bradworthy 01409241241

Camelford 01840213277




Or use the ‘Get in touch’ section at:


* Source: dogs and cats aged over 3 years; Virbac dental health.

Branches in Holsworthy, Bude / Stratton, Camelford and Bradworthy
BSAVA The British Veterinary Nursing Association Ltd XL Vets RCVS BVA SPVS CFBA VMD