Archive for Special Offers

June offer for CAT flea+worm spot-on


For the month of June if you buy a 3 pack of CAT flea+worm spot-on, you will get one syringe free, and if you buy a 6 pack, you will get two syringes free. Ask at the practice for more details.

Hill’s Reward Cards

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Introducing Hill’s new REWARD CARDS for both the Vet Essential and Prescription Diet range. For the Vet Essential range the reward card entitles you to £5 off your first bag, and the 6th bag free. For the Prescription Diet range you will be entitled to £5 off your first bag of cat food or £10 off your first bag of dog food, and the 6th bag free. Pick up a reward card at the practice today.
We also have a practice loyalty scheme, once you have bought 6 bags of Vet Essentials food, you are entitled to money off other products and services: neutering (dogs – £10, cats- £5), microchips (£5), vaccination (£5), dental products (£2), flea products (£2.5) and well pet bloods (£5).

Big Flea Guarantee









There is a revolutionary new treatment for dogs that gives protection against fleas and ticks for 3 months, giving you extended peace of mind on control of these common parasites. It comes as a chewable tablet to be given with food, and is available in 5 different tablet sizes. It can be used in puppies from 8 weeks of age provided they weigh over 2 kg, and in breeding, pregnant and lactating dogs. It is safe to use alongside routinely used veterinary medicinal products including wormers.

At Summerhill we’re part of the ‘Big Flea Guarantee’. We’re offering free flea checks and advice on parasite control. Just download a voucher from 8db&type=1&campaign=364435

If you buy three doses (within one year) you will be entitled to the fourth dose free and in the unlikely event of seeing fleas while using the product, you will be offered replacement product free of charge (terms and conditions apply).


Discounted microchipping

To encourage all pet owners to permanently identify their pets we are offering microchipping at a discounted price in our nurses’ clinics of £12 (including VAT). Not only is microchipping the most reliable way of finding a lost or stolen pet, but it will also be a legal requirement for all dogs by 2016.



Microchipping is a permanent form of identification for pets that was introduced in 1989.  Microchips are similar in size to large grains of rice, and are inserted under the skin. The chips are made of inert material, so they aren’t rejected by the animal’s body and have a special design to prevent movement. Once in place they will remain functional for the length of the animal’s life.  Microchips are based on radio frequency technology, and the chips themselves have no power. When a scanner is passed over the pet’s skin it produces low frequency radio waves that passively activate the microchip allowing its number to be read. Most chips only contain a unique (usually 16 digit) number, although some brands are able to measure the pet’s temperature as well.

Microchips are usually inserted by veterinary surgeons, but lay people can also be trained. Most animal charities will have trained members of staff so that all animals to be re-homed can be chipped. The convention for dogs and cats is to insert the chip just between the shoulder blades. Horses have their chips implanted on the left hand side of their necks halfway between their poll and their withers. Other species have specific sites that are recommended, and a vet will be able to advise you.  Specially designed implanting devices are used to inject the microchip through a sterile needle. Although these needles are wider than the needles commonly used for vaccinations, most pets don’t react.  Once the chip is in place it is advisable to have it scanned regularly (for example at the pet’s annual health check), to ensure it is functioning well.

Once a pet is chipped the owners have to register their details (address and contact telephone numbers) with the microchip manufacturers.   These details are held on a national database. When an animal is scanned, its unique number is detected. This number is entered into the database and the owners’ details can be accessed. It is very important that pet owners keep their details up to date, or it can delay the time it takes to reunite a lost pet and their owner.

Microchips are recognised by all veterinary practices, animal welfare charities and pet wardens as the preferred method of permanent identification.  Although it is a legal requirement for all dogs to have a collar with their owners name and address, they can easily be forgotten, fall off or be purposefully removed.  In addition lots of cat owners worry about using collars for fear that their cat may get their collar caught on something. If a stray dog or cat is handed into a vets, charity or pet warden, the first thing that will be done is to scan it to look for a chip. If a chip is found, it is then very simple to reunite pet and owner. If an animal doesn’t have a chip (or other form of identification) it can mean a very stressful time for both pet and owner. In rare cases owner and pet may never be reunited. Microchips are also beneficial if a pet is stolen. Alerts can be sent to veterinary practices describing the stolen pet, and if an animal fits the description it can be scanned and ownership can be confirmed.

Microchips are also used in certain health schemes to ensure the correct identify of an individual. For example the British Veterinary Association runs the Hip Scheme, (where dog’s hips are x-rayed to decide whether they are suitable for breeding).  Using microchips ensures that no foul play can occur, and similar looking dogs cannot be substituted for each other. Microchips are also an essential part of the Pet Travel Scheme. As the UK is a rabies free island, it is of paramount importance to keep it that way. Therefore any animal that travels into the UK under the travel scheme must be vaccinated against rabies and by having a microchip the animal can be individually identified and its vaccination record checked.

At our veterinary practice we commonly have stray pets handed into us that members of the public have found. The majority of the time it is dogs that have run off on a walk, or wandered out of a non-secure garden.  As we strongly advise all our clients to have their pets microchipped we can usually quickly contact the owner and get them reunited. If the animal has no form of identification, we tend to put up posters where the animal was found, inform other local veterinary practices and the police and sometimes we use a local radio station. All of this can be very time consuming for us as a veterinary practice, meanwhile the lost pet is in an unfamiliar location with unfamiliar people which can be very stressful for it. As often as possible we try to keep any local strays at our practice until an owner is found. However due to constraints on our kennelling space we often have to move stray dogs onto the local dog warden, which is incredibly sad.

‘Moo’ having his chip scanned after insertion

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X-ray of a dog showing its microchip (arrow)

The metallic components of the microchip show up clearly on the x-ray highlighting its position below the skin, between the shoulder blades.

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