Can YOU Give Patsy His Forever Home?

Patsy, age 8, has been homeless for 3 years and his carers would love him to have a warm, loving home as soon as possible.

Handsome Patsy is quite shy and takes a little while to show his true personality, which he will do when he has a forever family.

Patsy is tall, black and absolutely stunning, however, since he retired he has been going a bit grey round the face.  He is, of course, a greyhound and is sad that, so far he has been overlooked.  Ideally his new family should be experienced in looking after one of this fantastic breed.

Contrary to public belief, greyhounds only need two 20 minute walks a day and like nothing better than cuddles on the sofa with their humans.

At the moment, staff at Greyhound Trust, Dunton do not know if Patsy is other dog or cat friendly, as he has spent his whole life just with his own breed.

Can you help Patsy get a new home?  Then do get in touch with the Trust on 07852 734 958 to go and meet Patsy and arrange a home check.

Website:www.greyhoundtrustdunton.org.uk

Email: [email protected]

 

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Give Pet-friendly Petals this ‘Pawlentines’ Day

You may have heard of ‘Galentine’s Day’? When gals celebrate their pals by sending gifts to one another. Well, another trend is on the rise this February 14th for those with pets… we like to call it ‘Pawlentine’s Day’!

As a *poll reveals that 50% of pet owners would rather splash their cash on their furry friends than on their partners, and 14% have even admitted they loved their pet pal more than their other half, many people are now giving flowers to their four-legged friends.

As Valentines Day approaches, research by Euroflorist has revealed an increase of bouquets being delivered from pets to people and even people to pets!

“Most people think Valentine’s Day is a time when people buy flowers for their other half, but over the past few years, we’ve noticed an increase of deliveries being sent to, or on behalf of a pet. Living proof that it’s not just romantic love that is celebrated at this time of year, “ says Euroflorist CEO Laszlo Varga.

However, if you are planning Valentine’s flowers to celebrate your furry friend, bear in mind that some flowers and plants can be toxic to animals.

“We frequently have customers enquiring as to whether our bouquets are pet-friendly,” says Laszlo, “and we believe it’s crucial to point out the hazards of particular flowers to domestic animals.”

With this in mind, Eflorist has teamed up with animal welfare charity Blue Cross who have some valuable tips about pets and petals…

“Blue Cross is warning pet owners that some flowers and plants can be deadly to our four-legged friends so to take care if flowers are in the house or garden. Among the most common toxic plants are lilies which can cause kidney failure if eaten by cats. The pollen can rub off easily onto a cat’s fur when they brush past. If they lick just a small quantity it can be very dangerous and a vet should be contacted immediately. African daisy, calendula and nasturtium may be safer alternatives to add to your bouquet.”

Caroline Reay, Blue Cross Vet, says: “A nice bunch of flowers can really brighten up your home, but there are certain plants and flowers that can be harmful, even fatal, to pets. Lilies can be extremely dangerous, even in tiny amounts or by picking up pollen on fur, and should be avoided all together. Other plants such as tulips, amaryllis and begonias can also be a threat if consumed by your dog or cat.  

“If you’re thinking about sending a bouquet or plant to a pet owner, it’s worth doing some research to make sure the flowers are pet friendly. If you’re worried your pet has eaten something it shouldn’t, seek veterinary advice immediately.”

For more flower advice please see our list of pet-friendly-flowers, visit www.bluecross.org.uk or contact your vet.

If you have a pet who you love, tag them with their favourite pet friendly flower on Instagram @efloristflowers @the_blue_cross and with #bemypawlentine.

(*Poll by Natures Menu of 1000 pet owners.)

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Blue Monday? Millions of pets face an Unhappy BlueYear, says PDSA

Forget Blue Monday – millions of pets face a Blue Year unless their owners take steps to end their stress, obesity and loneliness, according to leading pet wellbeing charity PDSA.

The warning comes on Monday 15 January – dubbed ‘Blue Monday’ – where short,  dark days, empty pockets and dwindling New Year’s resolutions all add up to create the most melancholic day of the year. But PDSA is urging pet owners to spare a thought for the pets who face another year of loneliness and boredom going far beyond the joyless ’January blues’.

According to the 2017 PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report, 1.8 million (19%) are routinely left at home alone for five hours or more on a typical weekday, leaving them facing another solitary year with little company.

Katy Orton, PDSA Veterinary Campaigns Manager, says: “Loneliness can be incredibly damaging for our four-legged friends. Dogs require lots of mental and physical stimulation, as well as human companionship, and shouldn’t routinely be left alone for longer than four hours at most. Bored dogs are unhappy dogs – they can show their frustration by chewing and being destructive, barking, toileting in the house, or developing other habits.

“Our 2017 PAW Report also revealed the shocking news that 93,000 dogs* are never walked, leaving thousands unstimulated and at risk of becoming overweight or developing obesity. This can predispose them to serious health problems such as arthritis, diabetes and heart disease. Given an estimated 40% of UK cats and dogs are thought to be overweight**, this is only adding fuel to the fire of a growing pet obesity epidemic.”

Rabbits are also suffering in silence throughout the year, as PDSA warns of a general lack of understanding about what they need to be happy and healthy. Bunnies are incredibly social animals who require compatible cotton-tailed companions, but over half (56%) are still living alone, causing lifelong boredom and stress.

Many rabbits also live in small hutches at the bottom of a garden, rather than the large hutches with constant access to large exercise areas, toys, and places to hide and explore.

Furthermore, many are fed incorrect diets, with 31% of rabbits being fed too little hay (i.e. less than their own body size daily) and a quarter being fed muesli as part of their main diet, which leads to digestive problems, dental issues, and obesity. Rabbits’ diets should be fibre-rich with plenty of high quality feeding hay and small amounts of pelleted foods and fresh greens.

PDSA research also found that cats have a reason to be down in the dumps too, with 2.1 million cats (20%) living in a house with one or more moggies that they don’t get along with.

“Unlike dogs and rabbits, cats usually tend to prefer living alone”, Katy adds. “Living in a multi-cat household can lead to stress, fighting, spraying indoors, over-grooming and urinary problems. If you have multiple cats living under the same roof, it’s important each cat has their own resources and there should always be one more litter tray available than the number of cats in the household. Make sure there are plenty of cat beds, hiding places, scratching posts and feeding areas as they may not want to share! These should also be dotted around the house so they can have their own space if they want it, and should help them to be much happier and friendlier felines.”

If you are concerned about your pet, or need pet advice on keeping your pet happy and healthy, book an appointment to see your vet. Free pet health tips can also be found on PDSA’s website: www.pdsa.org.uk.

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Giving a Rescue Dog the Best Second Chance Possible

Rescue dogs are special. They have often been through difficult circumstances in their lives, and because of this, they really need some extra care and attention on both the emotional and physical sides. In fact, it’s only right to give them the best second chance possible. Read on to find out how to do this.

Choose carefully

To give your rescue pup the best second chance, it’s vital that you think long and hard before you choose which one you will rehome.

This is because you need to consider many different factors such as how much time you can spend at home with your dog. After all, it may not be fair on a pup that has a bad time of it if you are at work all day, especially if they are nervous and have possible attachment issues.

It’s also important to consider things such as the size of the dog you are looking to get. Ask yourself questions like will there be enough room for them? Can you afford all the food that they will need, and will you be able to handle them when you take them on walks outside the house? All of this is vital because you want to make the right decision the first time. Otherwise, the rescue dog will have to go back to the kennels and start the whole process again. Something that can be very difficult and upsetting for them.

Look after their health

While rehoming shelters and kennels often do a lot for their canine residents in term of physical health and wellbeing, some rescue dogs may have ongoing health conditions that you will need to continue to treat.

To do this, you will need to get as much information from the kennel and the vets on their health as possible and make provision for any issues they do have.

This may be something simple like switching them to a grain free food like some of the ones listed at https://www.stopthatdog.com/best-canned-dog-food/ if they have an allergy. However, it could be something much more complicated like paying for them to have an operation or long-term treatment for a chronic condition.

Give them time

Next, when you bring any puppy or dog home, you will need to give them some time and patience to get used to their new family and environment. With rescue dogs, this need is amplified, often because they have been through a lot of change and can even have been mistreated by their former owners. That means you can’t expect them to be like a normal family dog straight off the cuff.

A quiet space with a good dog bed is vital for a rescue pup.

Instead, give them plenty of love and treats, but be patient and ensure they have a quiet, protected space like the examples at https://www.rover.com/blog/ that they can retreat to away from the noise and bustle of the family. Yes, It may take some time, but with good treatment and a loving attitude, they should begin to learn that you are not a threat in the way their past owners were and they can be more relaxed in their new home than they have ever been before.

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Choosing the Right Dog Food

Just as you pay special care and attention what you put into your own body, you need to be doing the same for your dog. Of course, there is no single food that is best for every type of dog. It very much depends on a number of different factors including their age, breed, health condition, and how their general digestive system works. Sometimes, it takes a bit of trial and error until you find what is right for them. Here are just a few tips that can help you out when it comes to choosing dog food.

Consider Stage of Life

First of all, you need to consider what stage of life that your dog is currently at. Puppies eating adult food will not get the increased amounts of calories, protein, vitamins, and minerals that they need to grow big and strong. On the flip side, an adult dog eating puppy food is likely to become overweight very quickly. Older dogs may need to switch to a senior food brand that is more easily digested.

Select Food Type

The most common types of dog food include dry, semi-moist and canned. Which one you go for on a regular basis depends very much on your dog, though dry food tends to be recommended most often. The internet is a valuable tool that will give you more information, but you should also consult with your vet if you are having any issues deciding.

Look at the Ingredients

High-quality ingredients obviously make up healthy food, so it is worth taking the time to check out what goes into your dog’s food. This type of information is readily available online for brands like Betsy Farms. There are certain legal specifications when it comes to the percentages of the basic food groups that dog food contains, but some may have lower energy values and lower-grade proteins. Look out for meat, fish and egg content as these are all things which have a high biological value.

Take Your Time When Switching Foods

Once you have finished doing all your comparisons, the time has come to present the food to your dog. If you are offering them something completely different, you need to allow plenty of time for your pooch to make the transition from their old brand to the new one. A sudden change in food can lead to problems with your dog’s digestion. You should be aiming to introduce the new food into their diet slowly – ideally, over the course of 7-10 days. Start with a small amount mixed with their old food, and you can gradually start to increase the ratios over time. If you encounter any problems along the way, don’t try to force the issue. Speak with your vet to see if you can identify what the problem is.

Once your dog is happy with their new food, take a closer look at them once they have been eating it for about a month. Bright eyes, a shiny coat, a healthy body condition, and good energy levels are all signs that you have got it right.

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RSPCA Welcomes Government Crackdown on Illegal Puppy Breeders and Smugglers

The RSPCA has welcomed plans announced by the Government today (Friday 22 December) to crack down on dog breeders in England who put profits ahead of the health and welfare of the animals – as the charity revealed 2017 was its busiest year yet tackling the illegal puppy trade.

Defra has today announced proposals to tighten regulations around the breeding and selling of puppies in England – in a move which it’s hoped will help eradicate the underground, illegal puppy trade which is worth millions of pounds a year. It is the biggest change in pet vending for 66 years.

The Government has announced that it is developing proposals, including:

  • Ensuring that licensed dog breeders must show puppies alongside their mother before a sale is made;
  • Tightening regulations so that puppy sales are completed in the presence of the new owner – preventing online sales where prospective buyers have not seen the animal first and only allowing sales of puppies from the premises;
  • Insisting licensed dog breeders can only sell puppies they have bred themselves;
  • Regulating adverts, including on the internet, by ensuring licensed sellers of all pets, including puppies, include the seller’s licence number, country of origin and country of residence of the pet in any advert for sale.

Under the new rules puppies bred by licensed breeders will have better protection under law; anyone selling a puppy, including online, will need to get a licence and display that licence number; and buyers will need to see the puppy with the mother at the place it was bred before being able to complete a purchase.

RSPCA interim chief executive Michael Ward welcomed the announcement: “This is good news for the hundreds of thousands of dogs bought and sold in England every year.

“This year our inspectors, working with the police and councils, rescued hundreds of puppies and breeding dogs being kept in miserable, squalid conditions by heartless people cashing in on the growing market for puppies.

“We hope these proposed licensing conditions for England, which include a ban on breeders selling puppies other than from their licensed premises, will improve the welfare of puppies and their parents and also crackdown on the multi-million pound illegal trade making it less likely that people are duped by rogue dealers.

“We also welcome moves to stop the illegal smuggling of puppies which is a vile trade resulting in the suffering and death of countless dogs.”

The RSPCA is opposed to third party sales of puppies and hope these new measures will go some way to achieving that goal.

The RSPCA is also pleased to see Defra pledging to look into future measures to tackle the illegal smuggling of puppies, which is another major welfare issue within the underground puppy trade.

It comes as the RSPCA reveals it rescued 295 dogs from puppy farms and unscrupulous breeders in 2017 (up to 20 December) – bringing the total number of dogs rescued since 2013 up to 1,749. The charity has seen its busiest year yet investigating complaints relating to the puppy trade with 4,125 calls in total in England. That’s an 11.8% increase compared to last year.

Just last month we – as part of a multi-agency taskforce called Operation Delphin – intercepted a shipment of seven puppies being smuggled through Fishguard Port, in Wales.

The puppies – two foxhound types and five cocker spaniels – were found in two crates in the boot of a car which disembarked a Rosslare to Fishguard ferry at 1.30am on 23 November. The dogs were thought to be between eight and 10-weeks-old and were subject to welfare concerns.

The charity also welcomes the news that there will be plans to address the breeding of dogs with harmful genetic disorders.

RSPCA dog welfare expert, Lisa Hens, said: “The RSPCA has long held grave concerns for the many dogs who continue to suffer ill-health and welfare because they have been bred primarily for how they look. ​

“We believe that all those who breed dogs – whether pedigree, purebred or crossbreed – should prioritise health, welfare and temperament over appearance when choosing which animals to breed, in order to protect the welfare of both the parents and offspring​, and welcome​ proposals to address this.


“We would welcome further information on these proposals and how they would be enforced.”

The Government has also confirmed that it will be taking forward the recommendations made by Defra earlier this year in respect of the consultation on the breeding and selling of animals in England. The RSPCA is hopeful that this set of new regulations and licensing conditions will better protect the welfare of dogs and puppies, and help keep people safe from falling victim to these unscrupulous sellers.

The RSPCA always encourages people to consider rehoming a rescue dog and encourage anyone thinking of taking on a dog to look on its website. For those who want to buy a puppy, the RSPCA is urging them to download the free Puppy Contract to help ensure they buy a happy and healthy dog.

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3 Pet Parasites That Are Still Active In Cold Weather

We all love our furry friends and do everything we can to ensure that their lives are fulfilling, active, happy and healthy. This includes keeping an eye on pesky parasites that can make a home for themselves in your beloved pet’s fur, skin and even their digestive systems. As vigilant as we are in the fair summer and spring months we have a misplaced faith in the winter to kill off any unwelcome nasties that can compromise our pets’ health.

Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. Indeed, there are some parasites for which winter weather is not only survivable but provides the prime conditions for breeding and infestation. As a responsible pet owner you must be vigilant in fair or foul weather to prevent your fuzzy buddy from potentially damaging parasitic infections.

Giardia

It might have aname that sounds like a pretty creeping vine in your garden, but giardia is a profoundly unpleasant parasite that can affect both dogs and their human counterparts. When the parasite breeds it leads to giardiasis which is a potentially serious condition that results in diarrhea and potential malnutrition and even inflammatory bowel disease. Dogs tend to ingest these parasites when they come into contact with the feces of other animals which contains giardia cysts. They are in fact most commonly transmitted in water which contains this feces. Keep a close eye on your dog when walking them through snowy areas as snow can hide potentially malignant feces from your view. If your dog exhibits frothy, greasy and particularly foul smelling diarrhea this is likely a sign of giardiasis and must be treated immediately.

Mites

Mites can affect all kinds of pets from the largest to the smallest, causing irritation, pain and the possibility of more serious infection in animals from horses to mice. Mites can survive for weeks without sustenance and once they’ve set up shop in your pet’s fur they can create a range of problems (especially if you let them in your bed). Use mite spray regularly to prevent this. Be sure to select a repellent spray that uses natural ingredients to reduce the risk of damage or irritation to your furry friend’s skin. Apply 1-2 times a day rubbing against the grain of your pet’s fur and applying to affected areas of skin where applicable.

Fleas

Fleas may not be able to survive for long in extreme cold but they’re crafty creatures and will often enveigl their way into your home by latching onto a warm blooded host like a passing rat or even in your pet’s fur. Once an adult female flea has found a host she can lay several hundred eggs throughout her life cycle. Once one of these eggs has been shed they can develop pretty much anywhere and when they’re allowed to breed in your house, they’re insulated from the effects of winter. If your pet exhibits signs of a flea infection the best thing to do is enlist a professional exterminator to remove all traces of infestation from your home.

Unfortunately, the cold offers little protection from nasty parasites, but with a little vigilance you can ensure that your pet has a safe and happy winter.

 

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Puppy Survives Christmas ‘Choc Horror’

A dog owner has issued a warning after her puppy nearly died from eating a box of liqueur chocolates from under the Christmas tree.

Suzanna Dixon was Christmas shopping when her inquisitive young pooch, Narla, who was just nine months old at the time, tore open a gift wrapped box of chocolates that had been left under the tree.

Mother-of-four, Suzanna, 32, returned to her home in South Shore, Blackpool, to find a scene of carnage.

Narla with her owner Suzanna Dixon

She said: “When I walked through the door my first thought was ‘we’ve been burgled!’ as there was torn up wrapping paper everywhere, but then I saw Narla with the nearly empty box of chocolates.

“I know human chocolates can be poisonous to dogs so I rang PDSA and they told me to bring her straight down.”

Narla with PDSA vet Terry Ogdin
Picture by Julian Brown for the PDSA

Vets at Blackpool PDSA Pet Hospital rushed Narla in immediately, and gave her drugs to induce vomiting in a bid to flush her system of the chocolate. She’s also one of thousands of lucky pets to benefit from PDSA’s A&E service which receives funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

PDSA vet, Terry Ogdin, said: “We estimated that Narla had eaten around 200g of chocolate, which is an extremely dangerous amount for a dog of her size.

“Thankfully she was brought in very quickly and we were able to treat her before the chocolate had a chance to digest.

“She was well enough to go home the same day with medications to help absorb any remaining chocolate, and went on to make a full recovery.”

Narla was treated for chocolate poisoning by PDSA vets
Picture by Julian Brown for the PDSA

Chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine, which is toxic to dogs. Signs your pet may have eaten chocolate can include excessive thirst, vomiting, diarrhoea, a tender tummy and restlessness. These can then progress to tremors, an abnormal heart rhythm, raised body temperature and rapid breathing. In flat-faced breeds like Narla, which often struggle with breathing issues, these symptoms can be exacerbated.

In severe cases, chocolate poisoning in dogs can cause fits and even death. The higher the cocoa content of the chocolate, the more dangerous it is, so dark chocolate poses the biggest risk to pets.

Suzanna wants to warn other pet owners about the dangers of chocolate to pets.

She said: “Not only did Narla eat a huge amount of chocolate, but they were also liqueur ones so the alcohol made it even worse.

“There won’t be any chocolates under the Christmas tree this year and I’d urge others to ensure they don’t leave any chocolate within easy reach.”

If owners suspect their dog has ingested chocolate, they should call their local vet immediately and let them know the type of chocolate, the quantity and likely time of ingestion.

PDSA is also warning pet owners about other festive foods that can be toxic to pets, including alcohol, grapes, sultanas, onions and garlic.

Vets advise owners to store chocolates and other poisonous foods in the same way as medicines when they have pets in their household – safely and securely. And for those who can’t resist giving their four-legged friends a little Christmas treat, a new toy or a nice long walk is a better alternative than treats.

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3D Printed Biscuits Among Amazon’s ‘Christmas of the Future’ Predictions

 AI assisted wish lists, LED wallpaper and 3D-printed Christmas dinners are just some of the futuristic trends predicted to become a reality in the Christmas of the Future report informed by two leading independent futurists; founder of Next Big Thing, William Higham, and Director of bellwether: Food Trends – the first food trend research compendium – Dr Morgaine Gaye. 

Commissioned by Amazon, the independent report comes as Amazon adds a range of new products to its Shop the Future Store in time for Christmas – including the Furbo two-way ‘treat tossing’ dog camera.

The Christmas of the Future report looks at how festive traditions will evolve over the next 15-20 years, including the innovations in food and drink, decorations, entertainment and gifting set to become mainstream in the not-too-distant future.

“December is a time of preparation and celebration, and technology will put a festive twist on how we approach Christmas in the future, while making the celebration more convenient and communal,” said Higham.

“One innovation we can expect to see used over the festive period is augmented reality in the home. Christmas is a time for family, and advanced technology could allow families who live miles apart to celebrate and interact together.”

“The introduction of haptic clothing, which recreates the sense of touch through vibrations or motions, will allow us to feel closer to overseas relatives by giving them a ‘haptic hug’ on Christmas morning,” continues Higham, “and holographic imaging will be a way to project 3D versions of our friends and family into our living rooms so they can get ‘virtually’ involved in the festivities.”

Food futurologist, Dr Morgaine Gaye, said: “For many, an impressive feast is what makes Christmas.  Soon we will be adding even more of a homemade touch to our Christmas spreads, from using hydroponic technology to help us grow fruit and vegetables in our kitchens, no matter how small, to 3D printing helping us to create stunning edible artworks for dessert.”

Key consumer product predictions from the report include:

Food and Drink

As we continue to take inspiration from our daily newsfeeds and embrace experimentation, our Christmas lunch will be influenced by food trends and traditions from afar. Sweet spiced milk and buttery bread from India’s Holi Festival, Poland’s 12-dish Christmas lunch and a Scandinavian festive buffet are just some of the foods predicted to feature in our Christmas of the future.

We’ll also find innovative Christmas food closer to home. The development of hydroponic technology means you’ll be able to grow the vegetables to go with your Christmas dinner in your own kitchen, while 3D printers will be the perfect tool to create a feast that’s as pleasing to the eye as it is to your taste buds. Higham imagines a festive spread packed with Christmas tree-shaped turkey-flavoured soya pieces or Noddy Holder-shaped Christmas biscuits.

Gifting                                                    

Gone will be the days of hiding our disappointment when opening that third pair of socks, as Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) will help us curate Christmas wish lists based on our online profile’s likes, dislikes and must-haves from across the year.

The Christmas of the Future isn’t just about family. It’s about ‘framily’. Friends, relatives, neighbours, colleagues and pets, all in one close-knit group. And the bigger those ‘framilies’ become, the more people we’ll be buying gifts for.

Higham predicts we may even buy presents for our AI Assistants: “They may not be human but they’ve helped us out all year. Maybe we’ll get them a new case or more memory?” 

Decorations

Home-grown garlands and wreaths using hydroponics, 3D-printed baubles and virtual Christmas scenes projected on to LED wallpaper – the way we deck out our homes is set to get a futuristic makeover. In waving goodbye to tangled tinsel from the loft and welcoming sophisticated digital decorations, which can create more personalised displays according to our tastes each year without having to repurchase a whole new look, saving time, space and money while still impressing the neighbours.

Entertainment

In amongst the future-gazing, the futurists predict that some traditions will never change.  And while technology will continue to help bring loved ones closer together, board games are as popular as ever, with games and puzzles the fastest growing toy category in 2016.*

“Amazon is delighted to support the exciting technologies produced by some of the most innovative start-ups from around the world. Hydroponic kits, 3D printers and VR headsets are just some of the advanced products already included at Amazon’s Shop the Future Store, so that customers can discover the benefit of these exciting innovations right now first-hand,” said Alvaro Castillo, Head of Deals and Events, Amazon.co.uk.

For Christmas gift inspiration visit Amazon.co.uk/Christmasstore.

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The London Cat Clinic Wins National Veterinary Practice Design Awards

Major accolade: The London Cat Clinic is the brainchild of Dr. Jeremy Campbell (pictured)

The London Cat Clinic (www.thelondoncatclinic.co.uk), a new purpose-built, feline-only practice in the heart of the Bermondsey regeneration area of London, has won the nationwide 2017 Practice Design Awards. In addition to winning the category for ‘best conversion’ in the British Veterinary Hospitals Association 2015-2017 competition, the practice was also named as Overall Winner.

The judges gave particular praise to the clinic’s ‘Cat Cubbies’ in the consult rooms. These cat-sized cut-outs in the wall are ideal for nervous cats to jump or walk up into using three large steps that they can step or perch on as they choose at any point along their journey. They have been created specifically to reduce anxiety during consultations and were hailed by the judges as an exceptional design feature of the clinic.

The clinic’s award-winning ‘Cat Cubbies’

Recently designated a ‘Gold Standard Cat Friendly Clinic’ by the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) and winner of The Best Veterinary Practice for Cats in London and South-East England in the 2017 Animal Health & Wellness Awards, the 2500 sq. ft. clinic, previously an unused commercial space, was opened in May 2017 by the Hollywood-famous-feline, Bob the Street Cat, and his companion, James Bowen.

Catering for the health and well-being of all cats from birth to retirement, The London Cat Clinic is the brainchild of leading feline veterinarian, Dr. Jeremy Campbell. The clinic is the culmination of three years of hard work, transforming Dr. Campbell’s passion for feline medicine and expert healthcare into one of the largest independent cat practices in England, housed in this award-winning building.

One of only 25 vets in the UK to have qualified as Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Advanced Practitioner in Feline Medicine, Dr. Campbell explains: “Every detail of The London Cat Clinic has been carefully designed with the welfare and comfort of our patients in mind. To be recognised as the national winner for the innovative and cat-centric creativity in our design is a tremendous honour.

“As cat lovers and carers ourselves, we know that our friends like to control their environment and away from home they can become easily stressed. At The London Cat Clinic we have created a light, airy, spacious place where cats will immediately feel more relaxed, enabling a calmer, detailed examination, uncovering signs of disease or illness which are easily hidden if the cat is anxious and tense.”

The clinic was designed by architect firm Gort Scott

Fiona Scott at Gort Scott (www.gortscott.com), the award-winning architect practice that transformed Dr Campbell’s vision into reality, said: “The London Cat Clinic is an exciting concept that we have designed for an independent practitioner with very different values from the large chain and franchise vet practices. We worked creatively alongside our client to refine a sequence of spaces to improve and streamline their day to day working practices. In parallel, we designed functional spaces to facilitate Jeremy’s vision of new kinds of interaction between the veterinary staff and visitors.

“This is a new vet practice, which has the experience and the welfare of the animal and its owner at heart. It is great to see independent businesses such as The London Cat Clinic being recognised in reinvigorating this exciting bit of Bermondsey.”

Dr. Campbell added: “It is the realisation of a dream. After so much planning and building, with Gort Scott and our other project partners, it has been fabulous to say farewell to contractors and carpenters and hello to cats and their carers! The great reaction from everyone who has visited the clinic, in addition to winning these awards, reaffirms my belief that we have created something unique for the cats of London and beyond.”

The clinic offers a unique drop off service for London’s busy lifestyles, allowing owners to leave their precious charges under the expert care of Dr. Campbell whilst they are at work.

Patients required to stay at the clinic are kept safe and warm on a climate-controlled ward in accommodations that have been specifically designed, built using the best materials to keep noise down and retain warmth, and are larger than the ISFM Gold Standard size.  The clinic even offers tinted doors for those kitties who love their privacy.

A large number of advanced diagnostic and surgical procedures can be performed on-site using the clinic’s cutting-edge ultrasonography, radiography, endoscopy and laparoscopy equipment, reducing the need to send cats elsewhere.

To book an appointment call 0203 740 1112 or email [email protected]

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