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Penbode Pet Vets - Spring Newsletter

Pop into your nearest Penbode Pet Vets practice to pick up your free Spring Newsletter.

In this issue:
  • We introduce our new cat friendly surgeries
  • We discuss how to reduce the number of 'dumped' dogs and cats
  • We remind owners about the importance of vaccination
  • We introduce you to Jess Riley and Sam Stephens
  • We invite you to our Tummy Talk on 21 March
Or download your copy here or from our website

Cat friendly surgeries

Does your feline friend worry about a trip to the vet?

As cat lovers ourselves, we understand the anxieties that cats and owners face when visiting the vet. Cat veterinary consultations are available every day but from March 1st 2017 we will be holding exclusive €œCat Only€ sessions once a week at each Penbode Pets surgery.

Bringing your cat to the vet can be a stressful experience €“ for them if they€™re feeling under the weather and are disrupted by other animals, and for you if you know that they are uncomfortable.

During €œcat only€ clinics we eliminate as many stress factors as possible €“ through the use of feline pheromones and by creating a calm and quiet waiting environment.

Consultations are a minimum of 15 minutes, so you have an opportunity to discuss any concerns fully with your vet.

To make use of these clinics please phone the surgery to book an appointment.

Holsworthy      Wednesday    2.00- 3.30
Stratton          Tuesday       11.30- 1.00
Bradworthy     Thursday       9.00-11.00
Camelford      Tuesday         2.00- 3.30

Gastro-intestinal and worming talk

Tuesday 21 March from 7.00pm
The Bullers Arms, Marhamchurch, EX23 0HB
FREE buffet served

Our Penbode Pet Vets spring talk will focus on something which can affect all animals, but for pet owners it's normally something they come into contact with via their dog or cat - we're going to talk about stomach issues.

Vomiting, diarrhoea, parasites, worming and pet obesity.

Penbode Pet Vets
Mark Banks BVSc CertVOphthal MRCVS
Kate Sharp BVSc MRCVS

Michelle Townley BVM & SGPCert (FelP) MRCVS

To book, please call Penbode Stratton 01288 359500


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