George has been treating my dog, Buddie, over the last few months and has shown compassion and caring towards him and was genuinely interested in ensuring his recovery. Would highly recommend George and all the staff at Churchcroft.
Laser therapy- the drug free approach to keeping your pet moving and happy.Click Here
As our clients know- we are an evidence based vet practice keen to practice the highest standards in veterinary care. As laser has reached this all important benchmark, we are pleased to be able to offer this for the pets under our care.
Read on to hear all about laser treatment and meet a few of the pets who have benefited here at Churchcroft Vets.
Benefits of laser therapy include:
Effective relief of pain, infla...
Puppy socialisation is a vital part of raising a well rounded dog that is a joy to own and a great companion. Because of this Churchcroft Vets are committed to providing Free socialisation classes for the puppies in our community whether they are working dogs, family companions, pooches, best friends or fur babes.We provide a comprehensive course covering all aspects of socialisation, basic puppy training, puppy health and owner support. It is a joy to watch the puppies grow in confidence each w...Click Here
Fireworks might provide excitement to our celebrations but for many of our pets they are not so much fun.Click Here
Making a safe place in your home in the form of a den is a good way to provide your cat or dog with a feeling of safety and security.
Make a den in a part of the house they are comfortable in
This is helpful throughout the year but especially important during the firework season.
Preparation is key as your pet will gain most security if they are familiar and comfort...
What is Kidney Disease and what can be done to help?Click Here
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is the most common kidney condition in cats. Importantly some kidney function has usually been lost by the time there are symptoms visible for owners to notice. Therefore, we routinely check all our health plan members every year with a simple blood test which picks up disease early and is proving excellent at prolonging life and most importantly the quality of life. Only a few weeks ago a beautiful six-year-old c...
Hyperthyroidism in FocusClick Here
Hyperthyroidism is an extremely common disease of older cats, occurring in about 1 in 10 cats over the age of 10, and unusually for most diseases appears to be more common in moggies than purebreds. It is a progressive disease that does a lot of damage to various organs, so it’s an important one to keep an eye out for. We recommend health checks at least annually in all our patients, although in older cats every 6 months would be ideal.
What is hyperthyroidism?...
Lungworm InfectionClick Here
Climate change in the UK has caused the weather to become warmer and wetter. This change is good news for some parasites, such as ticks, fleas, and lungworm but bad news for us and our pets. Lungworm is near worldwide distribution and has spread accross much of the UK including the Midlands. Greater movement of pets in general (within the country and abroad) is another factor that has sparked the increase of this disease. You can check this interactive map to see how Nott...
Holidays, trips to the vet cats and cat carriersClick Here
We all love spending time with our pets and what better time to do this than when we go on holiday. Admittedly this is easier with a dog than a cat but plenty of our clients successfully take their cats on holiday with them.
We also know of plenty of cats who really don’t like the thought of getting into their cat carrier which brings on thoughts of why this is and how we can help cats to think of the cat carrier in a better light.
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, which is a bit misleading as it will go on to involve other structures such as the boney socket and the ligament attaching the tooth to the bone if left untreated. Advanced periodontal disease can cause bone destruction leading to a fistulae (hole) between the nose and mouth, spontaneous jaw fractures and (obviously) severe pain. Periodontal disease can also lead to heart, liver, kidney and respiratory disease and complicate treatment of conditions...Click Here
Tooth TraumaClick Here
Pet tooth anatomy—this is similar to our own teeth is discussed here to make it easy to understand which parts are affected by disease and how we can protect it from trauma.
The crown of the tooth is made up of three parts: enamel, dentin and pulp. Enamel is the hard, protective layer that needs protecting as best we can. Dentin lies beneath the enamel and is made of tubules with nerve endings that radiate out from the pulp. The pulp is highly sensitive and contains blood vesse...
Owners are taking much more interest in their pets’ teeth than they have in years gone by, which is why we've put together some interesting facts and information about pets dental health. Here are some myths about dental issues in pets, which we hope to dispel:Click Here
MYTH #1: Wild animals don’t have dental problems so why does my pet need regular dental check-ups?
FACT: Wild animals do have dental issues and can die as a result. We expect our pets to live longer than animals in the wild and...
We like our pets to travel with us, but travel can often be tough on our pets. The journey can be greatly improved by following a few simple steps and making some small changes to your everyday routines.Click Here
Using a Travel Carrier
In order to keep your pets safe and secure, it is almost always necessary to have a carrier or crate for your pets. This carrier should:
Be the Right Size for your Pet- it should be large enough for your pet to stand up, sit, and lie down naturally, and turn around ea...
The poison contained in chocolate is a natural plant chemical called theobromine produced by the chocolate plant.Click Here
This is Flash’s story written by his mum- Karen
Flash had his first taste of chocolate when he took some from the worktop after we’d returned from holiday. We found he’d taken 900g, of which 500g was dark chocolate, the worst possible. Luckily we knew what to do and rushed him to Churchcroft Vets.
He spent the night being treated and, after two seizures, things didn’t look...
Should your beloved pet feel out of sorts, the last thing you want to be worrying about is the cost of treatment. In the absence of a Pet National Health Service – we strongly recommend that all our clients take out pet insurance, however this can be a confusing topic.Click Here
What are the different types of pet insurance policy?
There are typically three main types of policies:
This option tends to offer the most comprehensive level of cover. Each year that the policy is renew...
It would seem that dogs have more of a taste for chocolate than cats but chocolate is actually poisonous to both.
The poisonous compound in chocolate is called theobromine and naturally occurs in the cacao pod. The higher the chocolate content the more theobromine there is, for this reason dark chocolate is more poisonous than milk chocolate.
The amount of Theobromine to cause poisoning is in the region of 100-150 milligrams per kilogram of bodyweight, If you have a collie weighing...
If the UK leaves the EU with no deal, the rules for taking your pet to any EU country could change. In the event of no deal, pet passports which were issued in the UK may be invalid for travel to EU countries.Click Here
It is important to see your Official Vet (OV)—the authorized vet to issue pet passports; at Churchcroft Vets George Packer is our OV. In the worst case scenario of the UK not being granted third country status, the following steps need to be taken to ensure that your pet can travel....
Poppie Walker has gained her certificate in developing emotional intelligence in puppies.Click Here
Poppie has been putting her training into good use at our ever popular puppy socialisation classes.
“This course has given me confidence to tailor each class to the individual needs of each puppy and has been massively rewarding. By providing a safe and controlled environment, I enjoy watching each puppy blossom as they develop and adapt their interactions with other puppie...