Microchipping you pet is a vital part of being a responsible pet owner. At Grove Vets we have first hand knowledge of the devastation which can be caused if pets are microchipped and we strongly urge all pet owners to bring their cat or dog along to Grove Vets to get microchipped.
Sadly in January we, at Grove Vets have had two cats handed in after road traffic accidents. Unfortunately neither survived – a Grey and white male with a blue collar and a tabby with no collar. Neither cats were microchipped. Sadly this means that it is impossible to track down the owners of these beloved pets.
Microchipping at Grove Vets
This is why microchipping is so important. Inexpensive and almost painless; this involves the implantation of a tiny electronic microchip between your pet’s shoulder-blades. This permanently identifies your pet as belonging to you and helps to ensure the return of hundreds of lost or stolen pets every year to their rightful owners.
Please contact the Grove Vets if you can help us find the owners of these cats or to arrange an appointment where your pet can be microchipped. Call Grove Vets on 028 2565 6023.
At Grove Vets we offer a host of services for pet owners in Ballymena including help, advice and services which will help you if you decide to breed from your dog. Puppies are adorable but dog breeding can be a difficult and time consuming and Grove Vets want to offer any pet owner the help and support that they may need.
Dog Breeding in Ballymena
If you are intending to breed from your bitch, we can assist you every step of the way.
In certain breeds, the Kennel Club suggests radiographs be taken for hip scoring and sometimes elbow scoring in order to help ensure the improvement of the breed. We can help to determine the optimal time to mate your bitch by both vaginal swabs and blood samples and can advise you on normal mating, proper care of the pregnant bitch and whelping.
We offer ultrasound for both pregnancy diagnosis and monitoring and are always available should you have any concerns when the big day of whelping arrives!
While the promise of puppies is a happy one, you want to make sure that you pregnant dog is feeling the best they possibly can. At Grove Vets we have the expertise and technical equipment which can help you every step of the way. Please get in touch with us here at Grove Vets in Ballymena on 028 2565 6023 if you are interested in dog breeding.
If your pet in Ballymena like a little dip in a local pond, lake or lough then please share this advice which Grove Vets read on the BBC News Website.
Does you pet enjoy a dip in Ballymena?
Pet owners have been advised to take care when letting their dogs swim in areas of water. This warning comes after dog owners in North Lanarkshire, Scotland claimed that their dogs were made ill from swimming a the local Lough. The Lough contains naturally occurring algae which has been clinging to the dogs coats as they swim. Dog owner were also worried that the dogs were swallowing something which would be harmful. Here are more details from the BBC website:
“This is due to the natural occurrence of blue-green algae in the loch. Blue-green algae occurs when temperatures are consistently warmer than usual or when there is little wind and rain, as has been the case in recent weeks.
“There is no way to prevent it but we monitor water quality and put warning signs up when algae is above normal levels.”
A spokesman for Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park said the algae had been discovered in Loch Lomond at several locations including Drumkinnon Bay, the Balloch slipway, Luss Islands and Balmaha.
They added: “Blue-green algae can produce toxins that can kill animals including dogs. In humans it can cause rashes after skin contact and illnesses if swallowed. Pet owners should keep their animals away from affected waters.”
While in Northern Ireland we don’t need to worry too much about dangerous areas of water but it is worth keeping an eye on the areas of water. Loughs and stagnant areas of water can potential be dangerous. If you are worried that you dog has become ill after swimming in unknown water, please give Groves Vets a call and we can give you pet a check up to make sure that they are happy, fit and healthy.
At Grove Vets we are excited about a new year and a new pet. No, we aren’t asking you to get rid of your beloved pet for a new one, but now is a great time to check your pets health and tackle any problems or issues.
Just like us humans our pets can overindulge and get a bit lazy over Christmas time. And just like lots of people are starting to eat healthy and join up to the gym our pets can get a new regime too.
Does your pet need some exercise and nutrition advice. Well if so then Grove Vets are the place to go.
New Year – New Pet at Grove Vets
Grove Vets have a FREE nurses clinic to tackle overweight pets. Yes, it is FREE! Headed up by head nurse Janice you pet will get an exercise plan and nutritional help. Don’t forget at Grove Vets we have a Hydrotherapy pool which can be used to aid weight loss. Janice will monitor you pets weight with weigh in’s and give you all the advice and help you need to help your dog or cat achieve a healthy weight.
Ensuring that your pet is healthy and happy is your responsible as a pet owner. We know how easy it is to give your pet treats in the form of snacks and food, but this could really be damaging to their health and wellbeing. Please consider calling in with Janice at the Nurses Clinic at Grove Vets in Ballymena to get your pets health and weight back on track!
Writing here on our blog is one way to communicate and tell stories and share news on the web but, often it’s not as direct as we need it to be. We love being able to use social media to communicate quickly and effectively with our customers.
One aspect of this which we have loved is being able to reunite pets with their owners via our Facebook page. The speed of social media is really helpful when it’s comes to this kind of thing.
We posted about this ginger cat on Thursday 13th Oct and the very next day we were excited to see that the pet had been reunited with it’s owner.
The speed of social media is really helpful
How amazing is that? It was great to see this scared little cat being reunited with it’s owner.
Using Facebook to help reunite missing pets with their owners is a fantastic but simple act. It takes no time at all to simply post a picture and contact info. If you haven’t like our Facebook page, we would love you to connect with us there. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have a missing pet or if you find someone else’s pet. If we can help by posting some info online for you we will definitely do that.
Ballymena Today also wrote a post about this for us recently to highlight how you can do the same for your business or organisation using social media and by connecting with real people/.
At Grove Vets in Ballymena we see lots of dogs and their owners who are keeping their pets vaccinations up to date. Vaccinations are of vital importance and are an important part of being a responsible dog owner.
The RSPCA shares this information which explains why vaccinations are necessary.
Make sure you protect your pets and keep them safe by keeping up to date with their vaccinations.
If the number of pets protected by vaccines drops our animal companions could be at risk from an outbreak of infectious diseases, some of which can be transmitted to humans.
When to vaccinate
When puppies and kittens are born they are usually protected from infections by their mother’s milk, providing she has been regularly vaccinated. However, this protection only lasts a few weeks so they need regular vaccinations from an early age.
Puppies are typically vaccinated at eight and 10 weeks, kittens at nine and 12 weeks, with an initial course of two injections. Your young pet should then be given a booster 12 months after their first vaccination.
Rabbits need regular vaccinations too. Find out more about rabbit vaccinations.
Older pets need protecting too, as their immunity can decline. Speak to your vet as the regularity of your companions vaccinations can vary depending on the diseases prevalent in your area.
Vaccines against infectious diseases
Dogs should be routinely vaccinated against:
- Canine parvovirus
- Canine distemper virus
- Infectious canine hepatitis.
If your dog will be spending some time in kennels they may also be given a kennel cough vaccine. This vaccine is usually given intra-nasally (into a nostril) and protects against parainfluenza virus and bordetella bronchiseptica.
Dogs travelling abroad may require a rabies vaccination. (Source)
Our head nurse Janice carries out many dog vaccinations in the Grove Vets nurses clinic. Take a look below at the beautiful Nel who came in for her second round of injections last month.
What a beautiful dog.
Nel coped really well with her vaccinations and now her owner can rest easy knowing that all her medical records are up to date. If your dog needs their vaccinations or just a check up please give Grove Vets a call on 028 2565 6023 to book an appointment.