• Khaleesi the cat has close escape from poisonous flower

    Posted By: Greg - Vet, 14 May

    Poisoning of pets can be a concerning issue amongst owners, but thankfully as a deliberate action it is actually very rare. Still, toxins are an important and regular part of veterinary practice as a lot of intoxications can be accidental, especially around the house. Most people are aware of the common household hazards to their pets – potential...

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  • Vinnie needs some help after eating toxic plants

    Posted By: Gudi - Vet, 6 May

    Vinnie the young French Bulldog is certainly full of character and is well-known to the team. In his 2 and a half years he has visited the practice several times for various mishaps and he certainly seems to be one of those dogs that gets himself into trouble. Whenever he comes in he is most definitely a handful. He is friendly...

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  • Barney eat mouldy food

    Posted By: Sarah - Vet, 30 Apr

    Barney is a beautiful 12 year old curly coated retriever, who I remember well from 10 years ago when he injured a front leg culminating in a specialised operation to fix a joint. Apart from that interlude, he has lead a fairly quiet life, as far as we are concerned, and other than feeling a bit slower than in his younger years, he is looking very fit...

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  • Vaccinations – What do we vaccinate against and why?

    Posted By: Megan - Vet, 15 Jan

    I thought I would take this rather topical opportunity to reiterate the importance of vaccinating our pets. We have all felt and experienced the effects that a virus can have, and how quickly it can spread through an unvaccinated population. Since we started vaccinating  our animals routinely we no longer see certain diseases very often, and some...

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  • Coughing Calves

    Posted By: Bibby - Farm Vet, 8 Jan

    You have probably seen whilst you have been driving around, that there haven’t been as many cattle out grazing at the moment. At this time of year, the grass isn’t growing and the soil is saturated with water. Because of this we tend to keep cattle inside during the winter. Protecting them from the elements and ensuring they have sufficient...

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  • Inga’s sugar levels cause a few problems

    Posted By: Greg - Vet, 1 Jan

    Fortunately these days diabetes mellitus is a well known and publicised condition, mainly due to its frequency in humans, but it is also commonly recognised in dogs, with many pet owners being aware of symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. This type of diabetes is characterised by a high blood sugar level, and symptoms can be as similarly observed in...

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  • Pet of the Year Finalist 2020: Lynx needsa pin placed to repair his fractured leg

    Posted By: Martin - Vet, 11 Dec

    When you have a young cat, your heart is often in your mouth as you witness what they get up to.  They are naturally inquisitive and so like to explore their surroundings as soon as they are allowed out. Sometimes, in doing this, they take the odd risk. This was most likely the case for young Lynx.  At a little over a year old he was still...

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  • When it's time to say goodbye

    Posted By: Gudi - Vet, 4 Dec

    When I tell people what I do for a living, a response I often hear is “I would have loved to be a vet but I don’t think I could cope with putting animals to sleep”.  It’s certainly true that the reality of death as part of the job doesn’t often feature in the ever-present vet TV shows as it isn’t probably isn’t...

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  • Dental Hygiene

    Posted By: Louisa - Vet, 27 Nov

    Everyday, twice a day (hopefully!) we brush our teeth. Perhaps annually we visit our dentist or hygienist for a dental health check, perhaps a scale a polish too. We do this to maintain good oral health, preserving our teeth and gums and avoiding, where possible, dental pain. A large proportion of our ‘routine’ veterinary work, aside...

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  • It started with a tortoise…

    Posted By: Polly - Vet, 20 Nov

    We’ve been lucky enough to see a variety of reptile pets at the Wells surgery recently.  Let’s see: we’ve had chamaeleons, bearded dragons, leopard geckos, spiny tailed lizards, spur thighed tortoises, Herman’s tortoises, Horsefield’s tortoises, boa constrictors and corn snakes, to name but a few. I’ve enjoyed...

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  • Flash's foreign body causes concern

    Posted By: Gudi - Vet, 13 Nov

    Veterinary work is full of surprises at the best of times and right now, just as for everyone else, the Covid pandemic is presenting us with all sorts of new and interesting challenges too. In fact Flash, a 4 year old Springer Spaniel, certainly gave us all a bit of a surprise as he chose to adapt to the ‘new normal’ in his own unique way! Flash...

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  • Reggie visits the dentist to address nibbling problem

    Posted By: Greg - Vet, 6 Nov

    It was a case of ‘What’s up dentist?’ rather than ‘What’s up doc?’ for Reggie rabbit when he was brought into the practice with an unfortunate tooth problem. Reggie is an 18 month old Netherland Dwarf who has struggled with his front teeth over the last few months. After a series of treatments, Reggie underwent a...

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  • How does your tortoise weigh up?

    Posted By: Sue - Veterinary Nurse, 27 Oct

    As the days get shorter and the nights colder, tortoises are slowing down, in some cases they have stopped eating and are already in pre-hibernation wind down.  It is important to weigh your tortoise regularly, especially important if you have more than one, otherwise how do you know if they are eating well? I find keeping a monthly weight...

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  • Coping with Autumn anxieties

    Posted By: Nat - Vet Nurse, 16 Oct

    Just like that we are into the autumn months! This time of year can bring some anxiety to households with firework displays, cold, dark evenings and with lots of festive treats hanging around the house.  We Vets and Nurses are here all year round to give advice to our clients and their pets, and with the nights drawing in, we like to make sure...

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  • Pet of the Year Finalist 2020: Tao's story of sight loss

    Posted By: Gudi - Vet, 9 Oct

    This week’s story started nearly two years ago. In fact, 11 year old Golden Retriever Tao has been a regular face at the practice ever since he was a bouncy 8 week-old puppy, visiting for his yearly vaccinations, health checks and the odd minor health complaint. These visits tended to be straightforward as Tao was generally a very happy and healthy...

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  • Purdie's dental treatment

    Posted By: Sarah - Vet, 2 Oct

    This magnificent lady is Purdie. Incredibly, she has been diabetic for over nine years. Her owner manages this at home with injections of insulin twice daily, and we see Purdie for regular checks. Recently, she came to see me for a check up and her owner asked me to check her teeth as she had noticed that Purdie was just swallowing her dry food,...

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  • Pet of the Year Finalist 2020: Staff dog helps a Buddy out

    Posted By: Josh - Vet, 1 Oct

    Unlike in human medicine where everyone is aware of blood transfusions and their usefulness, blood transfusions in veterinary practices (including our practices) are performed much less commonly. They are not a definitive treatment but allow us to ‘buy patients time’ for other medicines to work or other treatments to be sought. Since joining...

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  • A new graduate vet in a Covid world

    Posted By: Megan - Vet, 25 Sep

    On the 6th of March little did I know I had just had my last ever day at university. Less than two weeks later, whilst on a placement with Shepton Vets we were informed of the universities closure due to Covid19. As lockdown progressed it was clear that we would not be returning, and so the last of our university rotation teaching became online. For...

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  • Tag’s ‘breast lump’ causes concern

    Posted By: Greg - Vet, 18 Sep

    As humans, we are aware of the very real threat of breast cancers, and the need to check regularly for lumps that may appear in breast tissue. But as pet owners we also need to be aware of checking our female dogs’ mammary glands for masses, especially if they have not been neutered or were neutered later in life. Tag’s owner fortunately...

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  • Eye saved by surgery

    Posted By: Josh - Vet, 11 Sep

    Eye issues are something we see all the time at both of our practices, with none more dramatic than when Ace was brought into our Wells branch one evening. Ace is a lovely (if not a bit wriggly!) French bulldog who had been having eye drops from his previous vets for 1-2 weeks to treat an ulcer on his eye. It was reportedly getting better however...

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  • Fly strike - The Bunny’s Nemesis

    Posted By: Polly - Vet, 4 Sep

    Last Tuesday evening, while checking our little flock of Jacobs’ sheep, my budding smallholder husband and I noticed that one of this year’s lambs was apart from the rest. Knowing that sheep tend to follow each other closely, like, well, sheep, we went to investigate. At first glance there was nothing amiss, but we had a good look around...

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  • Pet of the Year Finalist 2020: Jess chewing habits become a problem!

    Posted By: Izzy - Pets Vet, 2 Apr

    In early March, Jess a 6 year old cocker spaniel, presented to Izzy with a 24 hour history of vomiting, lethargy and some weight loss over the past couple of weeks.  On examination her heart rate was raised but there was no really obvious discomfort in her abdomen or anywhere else.  Her owners felt it was unlikely she would scavenge or...

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