Dog Health


Since September 1st 2015 we are pleased to have launched our new improved vaccination regime.

Is your dog at risk of Leptospirosis?

Leptospirosis is a widespread and potentially fatal disease to dogs.
Rats and other rodent species are frequently carriers of the disease, and infection spread in their urine survives particularly well in damp environments including still or slow moving water.

So any dog that exercises outdoors is potentially at risk and should be vaccinated annually.

Leptospirosis vaccines have been available for over five decades.

However in recent years across the UK and Europe and USA new varieties of Leptospirosis have emerged and in many cases are even more prevalent than the original strains.

We now recommend the use of vaccines which target four strains of the disease rather than the traditional two.

We are offering the new L4 VACCINATION FREE OF CHARGE to all our vaccinated adult dogs giving them the best possible protection.

The initial vaccine is given at the annual vaccination and the second L4 vaccine is given 4 weeks later giving your dog full protection against the four main strains of Leptospirosis.

Each year on your annual visit, we will administer only those vaccines needed to maintain protection. Our primary objective is to use the minimum number of vaccine components, while at the same time maintaining the optimum protection for your pet.

We will now be incorporating the intra nasal Bordetella Bronchiseptica and Parainfluenza virus vaccine into our annual vaccination regime.


Fleas and Worming


flea treatment dogs

We use Privonox - it is 25% cheaper as 4 pipettes and and also treats lung worms.

We advice the use of Indorex as a spray in the home as 85% of fleas will be in your carpets and flooring.

We advise using Privonox in dogs to help treat ear mites


Dental Hygiene

Here at Abbotswood Veterinary Centre we consider dental hygiene to be a quality of life issue, we recommend the use of a toothbrush and Logic toothpaste, but appreciate that brushing a dogs teeth can be a difficult task.  Logic differs from human toothpaste; not only in the flavour, but also in that it contains a multi enzyme complex that works to help prevent the formation of new plaque.  It also contains a mild abrasive, and the gel itself boosts the action of saliva.  It is used once daily, and can be used as a toothpaste, placed onto the teeth, or alternately, onto the paw for the dog to lick off
We offer a dental scoring scheme for your pet, which consists of an oral check where your pet will be give a ‘grade’.  Grading is from 1-3 and lasts for three months from the date of the original checkup.  The prices are fixed for each grade, so we can give you an accurate estimation of the total costs. 


How to Clean a Dog's Ear


Food Elimination Diet for Clinical Treatment of Pruritis

Follow a strict food elimination diet for a minimum of 30 days (some food-allergic dogs may require 60 to 90 days to see a beneficial effect). Many diets that can be used for the food elimination trial are commercially available. They contain either uncommon, novel protein sources (venison, rabbit, duck, fish) or purified low-molecular weight polypeptides. The author prefers to use a home-cooked vegetarian diet.


  1. Vegetable puree (multiple batch)

Three undrained #1 cans of carrot, peas, green beans, and tomatoes, and greens (kale, dock, spinach, or mustard).
One 10 oz. package of chopped, frozen, broccoli.
Boil the broccoli in 2 cups of water until tender. Combine with other vegetable in a large kettle, mix, and puree until smooth. Fill 18 1-pint plastic containers and freeze.

2. Rice (prepare as required)

2 ½ cups rice
5 cups water
½ cups sunflower oil
1 tsp salt
Mix ingredients, bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer until water is absorbed. Allow to cool.

3.Thaw 1 pint of vegetable puree and add to rice; mix thoroughly.

4. Feed ½ to ¾ cup per 10 lb body weight twice daily. Monitor weight weekly. Do not add meat supplements.

Gotthelf.L. DVM (2005) Small Animal Ear Diseases 2nd Edition. Missouri. Elsevier Saunders.


Chocolate Poisoning

chocolate poisoning


The following video will help you to assess your dog's eyes.


Dental Health

Here at Abbotswood Veterinary Centre we consider dental hygiene to be a quality of life issue. Good dental health is extremely important for your pet as animals use their mouths to explore the world around them so it is important that they do not encounter any pain or discomfort when doing so! Not only can dental problems cause discomfort for your pet but accumulation of bacteria laden plaque above the gumline can lead to long-term oral health issues.

To keep your dog’s teeth in tip top condition we recommend the following:

- Feeding your dog DRY food: wet food can contribute to the build-up of tartar so we recommend feeding your dog dry food. Hills manufacture a special prescription diet called t/d which is clinically proven to reduce plaque, stain and tartar build up. What’s more, Hills are so confident that your pet will enjoy their food that if they don’t, Hills offer a 100% money-back guarantee.

- Teeth brushing: it is important to build up a routine with your pet from a young age, starting with gently massaging the gums and eventually building up to brushing with a toothbrush and toothpaste. It is important not to use human toothpaste as it is not nice for dogs and it is dangerous for their health. Also that we stock specific toothpaste and brushes for cats and dogs made by Logic. Please watch the video to learn how to correctly brush your dog’s teeth.

We recommend a product called Logic Oral Hygiene Gel which contains a surfactant, to ensure the active ingredients remain in contact with teeth and gums, and mild abrasives that help break down existing plaque. Logic also boosts the action of saliva and can be used once daily. We appreciate that brushing a dog’s teeth can be a difficult task, Logic can also be applied to your animal’s paw for them to lick off.
logic gel
Do bear in mind that some animals are predisposed to suffer with dental issues, so no matter how often you brush their teeth and it may be necessary for your pet to come in and have a scale and polish. We offer a dental scoring scheme for your pet, which consists of an oral check where your pet will be given a ‘grade’ ranging from 1-3.
This grade corresponds to a fixed price dental, depending on how much tartar build up is present. The quoted price for your dental is valid for three months from the date of the original check-up. If you have any questions please call us on 01454 322449.

How To Brush Your Dogs Teeth


Summer Alert - Checking your dog post walk - Grass seeds

In the summer months, grass seeds can become a real problem. They commonly bury themselves in paws and ears where they attach to the long hair, before making their way down into the dog's skin which can cause an infection.

This is extremely painful for the dog, making them feel lethargic and very uncomfortable. While dogs with grass seeds are very common in veterinary practices over summer months, they are easily preventable with quick checks to your dog's paws and ears, as well as a whole body check.

Simply separate the fur and remove the seeds with a fine toothed comb for a happy pooch. 

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When checking the paws, make sure to separate the fur and check between the toes, especially if your dog has excess hair.

Grass seeds are able to attach to the long fur, pierce the skin and cause infection.

Trimming the fur on the paws can also help with the prevention of grass seeds and grooming problems. 



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After a walk be sure to check your dogs underside.

to look out for are ticks, redness and cuts etc. Ticks and fleas are more common in areas with long grass or straw. 

Daily body checks allow you to identify anything unusual on your dog. 




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Eyes are very sensitive and you can never over check your dogs eyes. Preferably in a well lit area, you can gently hold your dogs heads in both hands and carefully look into both eyes.

You should be looking for any debris (including grass seeds), discharge, infection, redness, cloudiness or crustiness.

Both pupils should be the same size and the mucous membranes should be nice and pink, not red. This indicates they are of a healthy colour. Before touching your dog's eyes make sure you wash your hands thoroughly to reduce the risk of introducing bacteria.   

If you suspect any debris you can gently rinse the eyes with clean, warm water and damp cotton wool.

However, if you are concerned, please don't hesitate to contact the surgery for further advice


How to look out for heart problems in dogs

Please see the link below to an app that allows you to monitor your dogs’ Resting Respiratory Rate at home, then give the information to us: