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General Care Articles

  • Nurse's Clinics
    At Highcliff we run daily nurse clinics at both Hadleigh and Brantham surgeries. These clinics can be of great benefit to our patients and their owners, and provide a much appreciated service....
  • Flea Control
    Fleas are the most common parasite in pets and every dog and cat is likely to be infected at some stage in its life. However, with the advent of modern products it is possible to prevent fleas from becoming a problem in your household. Working closely with your vet, who will give you advice...
  • Spaying/Castration
    It is a sad truth that the number of offspring born from pets every year is far greater than the number of good homes that can be found for them. As a result, thousands of healthy animals are destroyed and many unwanted animals are left to fend for themselves...
  • What is Vaccination?
    How do vaccines work? Most vaccines are given by injection under the skin although some may be given as a spray up your dog or cat's nose. They all work by training the white blood cells in your pet's body how to recognise and attack the viruses or bacteria contained in the vaccine. This should prevent infection...
  • Cat and Dog Vaccinations
    Canine distemper (hard pad) - Canine distemper is a serious disease of dogs caused by a virus. Affected dogs are often very ill and many die from the disease. Symptoms include coughing, a snotty nose...
  • Vaccination Regimes for Pets
    Vaccination can be carried out against cat 'flu, enteritis and leukaemia at 9 weeks of age with a booster 3 weeks later. Full protection is reached 1 week later, and the kitten is best kept in the house until then...
  • Rabbit Vaccinations
    Myxomatosis is a disease caused by a viruswhich is spread by blood sucking insects, such as fleas and mosquitoes. It only affects rabbits, but both wild rabbits and pet rabbits are susceptible. Wild rabbits suffering from this condition usually fall victim to predators, eg foxes, or are hit by cars...
  • Treating your Pet for Worms
    It can be alarming to discover that your pet has worms but it should not come as a surprise. All pets are affected at some stage in their life and many will be re-infected unless they are given regular, routine worming treatment. Except in rare cases, worms are unlikely to cause serious harm...
  • Permanent Identification
    In the UK alone it is estimated that more than £250 million a year is spent by local authorities, police forces and animal welfare charities rounding up and looking after stray cats and dogs. It is much harder to calculate the cost to both the owner and animal when a pet is lost...
  • The Vaccination Debate
    The concern amongst clients about over-vaccination of their pets is ever present, fuelled, in part, by recent media interest in this subject. Highcliff Veterinary Practice follows the data-sheet guidelines provided by the manufacturer which state that vaccination is not necessary against all of the diseases every year...
  • Animal Welfare Act 2007
    Owners must now have a duty of care to their pets. The new Animal Welfare Act comes into force on 6 April 2007. This Act updates and consolidates existing legislation concerning the keeping of animals and brings with it new responsibilities that we, as pet owners, must be aware of...
  • Choosing a kennel or cattery
    Many owners say that they will never leave their pet in a boarding kennels or cattery. However on occasions situations do occur where you are unable to take your pet with you. The options available to you are:-...
  • Hot weather tips for pets
    Long hot summer days should soon be here, but even in this murky May and soggy June we at the Highcliff Veterinary Practice have seen cases caused by heat, stings and especially fly strike. I'm sure everyone has seen the posters 'Dogs Die in Hot Cars' but its not only dogs and not only in cars...
  • Rabbits and Guinea Pigs
    Rabbits are the third most popular pets in the UK, with 1.1 million being kept by children and an increasing number of adults. The rise in status of the rabbit from a commodity to an indoor pet has seen an increase in the level of veterinary care now available and we see many pet rabbits as part of our general practice...
  • Puppies and Kittens
    It is always hard to resist buying a new pet but at this time of year, once the children are back at school and the holidays are over we find that nearly as many puppies and kittens are purchased as in the spring. Our cats and dogs should be with us for many years so it is important...
  • Moving home
    Moving home is, supposedly, one of our most stressful times. The same is also true for our pets so I hope the following will be of help. Dogs and cats are very much creatures of habit, so leading up to a move keep their routine as normal as possible, then when the day comes the ideal is to take them to a friend or relatives house they know or to a boarding kennel/cattery...
  • Wellness Check
    Having just seen the latest Wallace and Gromit offering - 18 years since first seen on our screens - Gromit, Wallace's ageless canine companion and seemingly the brains behind the operation, is still getting up to all sorts of athletic antics. He shows no signs of slowing up or ageing but of course...


Brantham Practice

Factory Lane, Cattawade, Nr. Manningtree, Brantham, Essex, CO11 1QL
01206 391511

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96 High Street, Hadleigh, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP7 5EN
01473 822704

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