Our News

Elderly cat photo competition

Vet professionals is a company that provides advice to pet owners and veterinary professionals. They are looking for some good quality photos of elderly cats before and after successful treatment of a variety of medical conditions. To be eligible for this competition, your cat must be aged 11 years or over at the time their illness was first diagnosed. They are looking for case studies that illustrate how beneficial medical treatment can be for an elderly cat. They would like to find ways of encouraging other owners to bring their cats to the vet, so would love to hear your tips and suggestions!

For more information visit https://www.vetprofessionals.com/site/survey-detail?ID=Photo%20Comp

Animal Poison Line

Animal Poison Line is run by the Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS) and is the only 24-hour specialised emergency telephone service in the UK dedicated to helping pet OWNERS who are worried their pet may have been exposed to something harmful or poisonous. Based on the information you provide, their vets and scientists will be able to tell you if you need to visit Summerhill for immediate treatment, or whether they can save you the trip. They have experience of thousands of toxic substances in all animals and cover everything from human drugs, household and garden products, plants, agricultural chemicals to venomous bites and stings. The charge for their advice varies between £20-30, depending on the time of the day/week.

https://www.animalpoisonline.co.uk/

Dental disease

 

 

 

 

 

If you never brushed your teeth, your mouth may look something like the picture on the right. Imagine the smell as well as the discomfort!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sadly 80% of dogs over three years of age are affected by dental disease. Plaque builds up on your pets’ teeth after each meal, and with time this becomes tartar. The tartar irritates the gum line causing inflammation known as gingivitis. When this is severe the gum recedes back exposing the structures that help to hold the tooth in place. With time not only do the affected teeth become loose, but they can become infected, with bacteria spreading to vitals organs such as the heart and the kidneys.

Usually, the first (and only) sign of dental disease is smelly breath. So if you turn away when your pet tries to lick your face perhaps it’s time to visit one of our nurses. They can advise you on how healthy your pet’s teeth and gums are, and inform you about all the homecare options; brushing, special ‘teeth cleaning’ diets, dental chews, dental toys and supplements to add to their food or water.

Welcome to Sara

Welcome to Sara Turnball who joined our reception team in January. Sara has been bringing her pets to Summerhill for over 20 years, and so knows the practice well. Away from the reception desk Sara volunteers for Norfolk lowland search and rescue and enjoys spending time with her two cats Teddy and Sox.