We have been advised by DEFRA that there is a possibility that pet passports issued in UK will not be valid after BREXIT.
As a result, the recommended action if you are planning to travel is to:
Blood test to confirm rabies titre is high enough for an unlisted country (if your pet was vaccinated more than a year previously, we would recommend a booster vaccination.)
The blood test would be 1 month after the vaccination.
You will only be able to travel 3 months after passing the rabies blood test, NOT THE DATE OF VACCINATION so if you are planning to travel, please be aware if everything goes well, you are still looking at a delay of 4 months!!
Identity chips: All dogs are required by law to be chipped and registered from 8 weeks of age. If you have not updated or have lost your dog's chip details, then contact us to scan your dog to read the number.
Lilies, daffodils, onions and garlic, chocolate, artificial sweeteners (xylitol):
Lilies and cats DO NOT go together and even a brush against the pollen can cause severe fatal kidney damage. If you want to have lily flowers, all pollen parts should be removed before your cat comes in contact.
Artificial sweeteners in chewing gum and toothpaste are highly toxic to dogs and will cause a severe lowered blood sugar resulting in collapse and coma
Onions and garlic contain an ingredient that can damage the red blood cells causing the cells to rupture or age too rapidly so having a puppy finish off the onion soup or a cat chewing off the buds off flowering onions is not ok
Chocolate - the dark or cooking chocolate is more dangerous than milk chocolate. Signs are racing heart beat, salivation, nausea (vomiting/ diarrhoea) and over excited activity leading to exhaustion.
Most dogs will be unaffected by the usual size milk chocolate bar so the advice then will be to give fluids by mouth (milk, water, chicken stock) to dilute further and possibly bring on diarrhoea to clear the chocolate, keeping a check on heart rate, breathing and excessive activity