Summer News from Clarendon Street Vets

August 7, 2023

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It’s been a busy summer so far at the surgery.

We now have two vets on duty several days a week. Sarah, our new nurse, has been with us for over three months and is settling in well.

Lots of our clients are heading off on holiday with their pet so we have been busy with the various paperwork that is now required for pets travelling outside of the UK. If you are hoping to take your pet with you on your travels, there is plenty of information on the current requirements on our website and please do contact us with any queries.

The most unusual visitor to the surgery was a female Peregrine Falcon, who had ended up in the River Cam following an aerial battle with a challenging female. Sadly, she did not survive but her mate is still very active and the local bird enthusiasts (of whom there are a surprising number!) have reported sightings of at least one of this year’s fledglings.

We have had lots of dogs in over recent weeks with seeds in paws, ears and nostrils. Grass seeds are perfectly designed for entering the ear canal, but the sharp barbs prevent them coming out, so they stay put, causing pain and potential infections. If the seeds work their way under the skin they can also migrate around the body, causing further complications. To prevent such issues, we advise checking your dog after a walk and removing any seeds. You might consider trimming the fur in problem areas to make it easier to spot any seeds. If you need any advice on how best to do this do get in touch and we can share our top tips.

It’s advisable to keep up to date with flea and worm treatments at this time of year as parasites thrive in the warmer months. We have lots of different options for both cats and dogs, including spot-on treatments, palatable tablets and granules, some requiring monthly treatment, other three-monthly. We are always happy to chat with you about what would best suit your pet. Small pets living outdoors may also need some protection from flies and mites. In addition, it’s really important to keep their bedding fresh in hot weather and check them daily to make sure they are keeping themselves clean.

Finally, we were very happy to present the Cambridge and District branch of the RSPCA with a cheque for £500, the proceeds of the sales of our ‘limited edition’ 60th anniversary mugs and bags. The local branch of the RSPCA is run purely by volunteers and receives no funding from the national branch. They run a clinic 3 days a week for owners on a low income and continue to offer invaluable assistance to many pets in need.

We look forward to seeing you in the surgery soon.

Patrick, Harriet and all the Clarendon Street Team.

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