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Healthy and happy dogs and cats

At Penbode Pets we believe in providing the best health care for your pet dog, cat, puppy or kitten, so we are 'pet only' vets, committed to caring for your pet. We constantly strive to improve the service offered whilst still retaining the friendly, human approach for which we are known, helping your pet stay healthy and happy.

Should your dog or cat need vaccinations, treatment or even surgery, you can be sure we continually update our state of the art equipment and skill levels, ensuring that we are at the forefront of modern technology and vaccination plans.

Seasonal Information

Summer is well and truly upon us. See below some useful tips to help your pets enjoy their summer as much as you do.




Travelling in the UK

To prevent your dog from heat exhaustion:
Have water accessible at all times
Encourage them to lie in the shade or to take time out of the heat
To help maintain their normal body temperature, reduce the amount and intensity of exercise

Safety precautions to take when travelling:
Use a crate or bed for your pet to sit in
You can buy seatbelts for your pets
Consider putting a harness on your pet 

Ways to prevent travel sickness:
Give your dog only a light meal before travelling
Open windows
Distract your dog whilst traveling
Ask your vet about motion sickness prevention medications.



Hazards on land

Cliffs
If you’re walking an excitable and inquisitive dog near the coastline, it might be best to keep them on a lead. We have vets on call 24/7 – but we don’t want to have to admit your pet to our hospital! We’d prefer you enjoy a safe and accident free holiday.

Snake bites
Tend to look like two small puncture wounds and can often cause swelling in the surrounding area.
If you think your pet has been bitten, seek veterinary attention immediately and keep your pet calm to prevent the venom spreading around their body.

Ticks
Ticks are now prevalent all year round – and especially in the south west.
Prevention is always the best route. But just in case always check for ticks after walks. If a tick is found, it should be removed quickly using a tick remover tool. It can take 24-48 hours for a tick to cause infection, so quick removal could prevent infection.


Hazards of the beach

Danger of sand impaction
If a dog swallows too much sand, it can cause a build-up in the stomach and intestines. This may act as a blockage.
To prevent this happening, avoid dry sand which can easily be swallowed. Play on wet compacted sand which is less likely to stick to a ball.

Tasty hazards
Seawater – encourage your dog to drink fresh water. Seawater can go right through dogs!
Litter and leftover picnics – can cause havoc with your dog’s digestion. Try to keep them on their regular diet and check to see what they may have in their mouth if they’ve been rummaging in picnics or rock pools.
Fish and algae – keep an eye on your dog when they’re in the water to ensure they’re not eating fish or algae which could lead to vomiting, diarrhoea or even stuck fish bones.

Stings
Jellyfish stings - the tentacles of jellyfish have nematocysts, which are the cells that cause the stinging sensation. 
If your dog has had a sting from a jellyfish, contact your nearest vets if the sting becomes intense.

Travelling overseas

Ticks
If you are planning to take your pet abroad, please discuss tick control with your veterinary surgeon, as ehrlichiosis and babesiosis, two of the most important tick-borne diseases, are being brought back by pets travelling abroad (to Europe, USA, Africa and Central America).

To travel overseas with your pet they must:
Have been microchipped
Have a pet passport
Be vaccinated against rabies

Penbode Pet Vets are happy to help discuss your pet’s travel requirements such as tick repellents and tick killing products. Some of our nurses are trained to fit harnesses, so if you’re unsure about what to do please give your local branch a call.


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Vaccinations for your pet dog, cat, puppy or kitten

At Penbode Pets we believe in helping ensure your dog, cat, puppy or kitten stays healthy and happy. Maintaining protection against some of the most common potentially life threatening diseases is essential, so we recommend vaccinations to ensure your dog, cat, puppy or kitten gets the ongoing protection he or she deserves.

Dedicated care

All our vets work exclusively for our clients’ pet dog, cat, puppy, kitten or rabbit. Each vet has their own area of special interest, helping ensure your dog or cat stays healthy and happy. We take pride in ensuring we have the latest knowledge in preventative vaccinations and the cure of diseases and in using this knowledge to help your dog or cat stay healthy and happy.

Saving you time

We offer appointments at each of our branches in Devon and Cornwall every day; consultations are by appointment, but we will always make time for emergencies.

Vet nurse 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

At Penbode Pets, we understand how important your pet is to you, so a veterinary nurse stays with your pet at all times, so if hospitalization is advised, you can be sure your dog or cat is never alone.

Emergency cover 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

In an emergency, call your normal branch. One of our dedicated pet vets will call you back, usually within a couple of minutes

Penbode Pets provide a comprehensive and extensive range of services designed to help keep your dog or cat healthy and happy:

  • 24 hour service, 365 days a year
  • Full hospitalization facilities
  • 24 hour nursing care
  • Dedicated pet vets
  • On call vet available all night and all weekend
  • Routine vaccinations for your dog or cat
  • Primary vaccinations for your puppy or kitten
  • Routine health checks
  • General surgery
  • X-ray and ultrasound examinations
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Blood and urine testing
  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Electrocardiography (ECG)
  • Endoscopy
  • Dental treatment
  • Micro-chipping
  • Homeopathy
  • Acupuncture
  • Herbal medicine
  • Behavioural advice
  • Animal ambulance service
  • Nurse consultations

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Branches in Holsworthy, Bude / Stratton, Camelford and Bradworthy
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