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London Vet show 2018 – Nicola

Last week, Nicola attended London Vet Show, an annual two day conference covering a huge range of veterinary topics with talks from many international specialists. The conference was a fantastic opportunity to learn about the latest developments in the management of a whole host of conditions, from epilepsy to feline diabetes to asthma and bronchitis. It was also a great [...]

2018-12-17T16:40:30+00:00November 20th, 2018|

Feline Neurology and Oncology – Liesbeth

This week Liesbeth attended a two day continuing professional development course as part of her two year post graduate certificate in feline medicine.  The first day covered feline neurology and was presented by Laurent Garosi DVM FRCVS DipECVN who is an RCVS and EBVS European specialist in veterinary neurology.  Dr Garosi covered the neurological exam in the cat and the [...]

2018-12-17T16:29:52+00:00November 19th, 2018|

Antifreeze Poisoning

As the nights draw in there is definitely more than a hint of frost in the air and the antifreeze may be coming out to keep our cars running smoothly…. but did you know that antifreeze is highly toxic to dogs and cats?? Antifreeze may appeal to our pets as a tasty festive drink – usually lapped up from the [...]

2018-12-17T16:28:52+00:00October 31st, 2018|

Orthopaedics – Sam

Recently Sam continued his studies in orthopaedic surgery by attending the AOVET course on the principles in small animal fracture management hosted in Oxford. This was an intense course covering the principles of all things ortho. The AOVET course is a world renowned orthopaedic teaching institute and is hosted by high-calibre speakers who are leading clinicians in there field with [...]

2018-12-17T17:24:56+00:00October 18th, 2018|

CPR evening – Nicola

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is the attempt to revive a patient after they have suffered a cardiac arrest. As animals are so severely unwell in this situation, CPR only has about a 6% success rate, so this is something that the veterinary profession is working to improve all the time. In Human medicine the CPR success rate is also much lower than [...]

2018-12-17T16:50:25+00:00October 15th, 2018|

Feline Orthopaedics and Behavioural Medicine – Liesbeth

Last week Liesbeth travelled down to Swindon to undertake two days continuing professional development on feline medicine as part of a two-year programme. The first day covered the feline musculoskeletal system and orthopaedics.  The speaker was James Grierson, a RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Surgery and EBVS European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Surgery.  The day was spent covering feline [...]

2018-12-17T16:29:59+00:00September 10th, 2018|

Spring safety

Spring has definitely sprung and with the brighter days and evenings we will be spending more time outside with our pets. At Westport Vets we are aware of all the dangers that come with the change of seasons and pets owners need to know too. Toxic Plants - gardens, parks and woods are full of colourful flowers at this time [...]

2018-12-17T16:33:49+00:00May 3rd, 2016|

Ticks and tick borne disease

15% of UK dogs are infested with ticks at any one time, according to a recent study. Ticks are most prevalent in rural areas, favouring moist undergrowth and long grasses. They lie in vegetation and attach to your dog or cat as they brush past. The most common species of tick found in the UK is Ixodes ricinus. Ixodes ricinus [...]

2018-12-17T16:33:21+00:00February 26th, 2016|

Pet Travel Scheme for Dogs and Cats

General Guidelines For those of you who are looking to travel this year with your pet, we thought it an appropriate time of year to give you an update on travel recommendations!If you are looking to travel within the EU and listed countries (check with Pet Passport Helpline 08702411710 to find out if your country is listed), then the following [...]

2018-12-17T16:34:45+00:00February 26th, 2016|

Obesity: A disease epidemic

Over the past years obesity has become more common in UK pets. Just as we hear about in people, we are also facing an “obesity epidemic” in our dogs and cats. There are many health risks associated with dogs and cat that are overweight. Animals that are overweight are more prone to diabetes, urinary tract disease, pancreatitis and osteoarthritis/lameness. Obesity [...]

2018-12-17T16:35:15+00:00February 26th, 2016|