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Newsletter Winter 2003
Welcome to the Winter 2003 edition of our Newsletter, designed to keep you in touch. Should I have my dog neutered?
  Neutering (called spaying in female dogs) involves the removal of the ovaries and uterus under a general anaesthetic. The most obvious benefit of being spayed is that your dog will no longer have to endure the frustration of coming into season or run the risk of a phantom pregnancy. Spaying also removes the possibility of life threatening uterine infections (pyometras) and reduces the risk of developing potentially fatal mammary tumours later in life.

Entire (un-neutered) male dogs are often driven to distraction when a local bitch is in season. They may escape and may be involved in a road traffic accident or go missing permanently.

Neutering a male dog involves removal of both testes under a general anaesthetic. As well as making your dog less likely to stray, it also eliminates the possibility of testicular cancer, reduces the incidence of prostate gland problems and can be of help in controlling excessive sexual drive and with certain behavioural problems.

Please don’t hesitate to ask us for any further information on neutering your pet!

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Did you know that, apart from preventing unwanted pregnancies, there are many other benefits to having your dog neutered?

An un-neutered female dog usually comes into season (heat) twice a year. Seasons typically last for about 3-4 weeks and during this time she will become receptive to the advances of the male dogs in your locality. She may also roam – seeking a mate, and despite your best efforts accidents do happen!

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• Ample parking
• Convenient surgery hours
• Pet insurance advice
• 24 hour emergency
• Annual health checks
• Modern surgical facilities
• Weight checks
• In-house laboratory
• Full dental facilities
• Hill’s® Science Plan
• Hill’s® Prescription Diets

Planning for Summer 2004 starts NOW!

The winter is a good time to talk about the PETS Passport Scheme! Why? – simply because if you are planning on taking your dog or cat abroad in Summer 2004, now is the time to act since you must start the process at least seven months before you intend to return to the United Kingdom!

Since March 2000, dogs and cats qualifying for the scheme have been able to travel abroad to European destinations and return to the UK without having to spend six months in quarantine. More recently the scheme has been extended to cover the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and several other countries.

There are several steps you need to take in order to qualify for the scheme – these include having your pet microchipped and vaccinated against rabies. Please contact us if you would like any further information – but don’t delay!

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