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13 Dec 2017

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

We wish all our patents families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

It’s the time of celebrations and family get togethers. Please don’t forget that this is also the time of increased possibility for your pets getting hold of foods that shouldn’t. These are some of the most common problem causing foods at Christmas:


Mince Pies and Christmas Puddings

These are synonymous with Christmas. However, they contain grapes, raisins, currants and sultanas that are toxic to dogs– which means no mince pies for your dog! Also keep them out of animals reach.


Chocolate contains a stimulant called theobromine, a bit like caffeine, which, while tasty, is severely poisonous to cats and dogs. This can cause excitement or even seizures. Unfortunately, dogs love chocolate and will help themselves if they can get to it.

Blue Cheese

While delicious to us, blue cheese contains a substance called roquefortine C, which dogs are extremely sensitive to.


At this time of year, we often cook far more meat than usual, and this normally results in more bones lying about. Once cooked all bones become brittle and splinter easily. This can lead to larger fragments getting ‘stuck’ causing obstructions. But smaller pieces can also cause gut irritation and perforation

Macadamia nuts

Often lurking in biscuits or eaten as a Christmas snack, these nuts cause severe illness in dogs. Within 12 hours of ingestion macadamia nuts can cause dogs to experience weakness — especially in the hind limbs — depression, tremors, vomiting and hyperthermia, which is increased body temperature.


Keep an eye on your pets when you are drinking alcohol to make sure they don’t try and steal any. Also, be aware of foods that contain alcohol such as alcoholic chocolates.

Keep the safe and have a wonderful Christmas.

Yours Blackwater Valley Vets


30 Oct 2017

November is our Dental awareness month – Free Dental checks

Dental problems are the most common health problem of our pets!  About 3/4 of middle aged and senior dogs and cats are affected. However, it is often overlooked and poorly understood.
In November we are offering FREE dental checks by our qualified nurses. We are also offering 20% off dental procedures.
Common signs of dental problems in dogs and cats are:

• Smelly breath

• Salivating
• Pain when mouth is touched
• Reluctance to play with toys
• Inflamed/red gums
• Rubbing or pawing at the mouth

Please don’t let your pets suffer quietly have them checked by our qualified nurses if you suspect it

13 Oct 2017

Intermittent problems with phone lines at our Frimley Green branch

Note to our dear clients: We are having intermittent problems with phone lines at our Frimley Green branch – Elm Cottage (01252 837154) This means that although they sound like thy are ringing, the line is at times dead. Engineers are working on it.

In the meantime, if there is no reply please call our Camberley branch on 01276 22193 and our staff will be able to help you.

We apologise for any inconvenience

5 Oct 2017

When we are young, we have vaccinations, and puppies, kittens & rabbits are no different. However, pets need an annual top up of vaccinations for lasting protection from nasty diseases. We offer healthplans that, for a monthly fee, will help you spread the cost of preventative healthcare. We’ll also remind you when things are due so you don’t forget. #iLoveicareiProtect

Preventative healthcare is an important part of looking after your pets. We offer healthplans to help you spread the cost of the treatments that protect your pet from diseases and parasites. Ask us about our plans and what they include.  #iLoveicareiProtect

6 Sep 2017

We have a new and much improved Pet Health Club

We have a new and much improved Pet Health Club

We have managed to negotiate better prices and pass savings to our customers resulting in much better deals, and the latest drugs being included in your pets preventative health care. (includes Lungworm protection).

Have a look and give us a ring to see exactly how much you can save

25 Aug 2017

Recent Iterview on Surrey TV

16 Aug 2017

Cat & Dog – Antifreeze Poisoning


Note to our dear clients: Please be advised that we had 2 cases of confirmed Antifreeze poisoning in cats, one suspected in a dog. We have also been advised that that some unscrupulous people have been deliberately putting “anti freeze” into puddles on Blackdown Woods by Tomlinscote School.

Please take time to read this very useful article and please call us if you suspect your pet has been exposed.


Cat & Dog – Antifreeze Poisoning

Ethylene glycol, the main constituent of antifreeze is poisonous for dogs and cats.  Statistically, in the UK each year more cats are poisoned than dogs, probably because more cats than dogs are able to access open containers of antifreeze stored on garage shelves.  More cases obviously occur during winter.


How does the poisoning occur?

Pets are attracted to the sweet taste of ethylene glycol.  Many will lap antifreeze spilled or leaking on to garage floors or driveways.  The main source of poisoning is the jug of antifreeze left on the garage shelf for instant top-up purposes on cold winter mornings.

What are the signs of antifreeze poisoning?

This depends on the amount of ethylene glycol ingested.  A small quantity of concentrated antifreeze can result in signs within an hour.  These involve depression, incoordination, and vomiting.  Sometimes there is excessive thirst and urination.  These signs can be followed by muscle twitching and in 12-24 hours acute renal (kidney) failure resulting in minimum urine production and depression, often with vomiting and excessive salivation.  Seizures and death can quickly follow due to increasing uraemia (failure of urine production).

What can I do?

If you have any suspicion that your pet has had contact with antifreeze, call us without delay.

Are there specific tests you can do?

Ethylene glycol is converted in the body to toxic products which cause irreversible damage to the kidneys.  Blood tests will show the extent of this kidney damage, and in addition a simple urine test will detect the presence of oxalate crystals which are one of the products formed after ingestion of the poison.

Is there an antidote?

Provided diagnosis is made before there is irreversible kidney damage, drugs are available to combat the ethylene glycol in the bloodstream.  Within hours of ingestion the ethylene glycol is converted into toxic products including calcium oxalate.  This is a major and not uncommon emergency.  If calcium oxalate crystals are detected in the urine, there is a history of possible antifreeze poisoning.  Intensive care (provided this is started before too much damage has occurred) involving intravenous fluids will often result in improvement in a very short time.

If it is left until the animal is showing signs of kidney failure, the chances of recovery are significantly reduced and euthanasia may need to be considered.

Trevor Turner BVetMed MRCVS FRSH MCIArb MAE.

Used and/or modified with permission under license. ©Lifelearn, The Penguin House, Castle Riggs, Dunfermline FY11 8SG

23 Jul 2017

Excess weight and obesity

Excess weight and obesity is quickly becoming a leading problem of our pets. This leads to numerous medical problems in later life. Here are some useful comparisons of commonly used treats to reward our pets.

If you have any queries please call our reception and schedule a free weight clinic appointment with a qualified veterinary nurse.

Let’s make sure our pets stay lean and healthy

11 Jun 2017

Rabbit Awareness Week

Rabbits have often been “second class citizens”. We are keen to raise their profile and highlight their welfare needs. In cooperation with RSPCA we are inviting you to our Rabbit Awareness Week 17 – 25 June.

We are offering to all our clients free checks of their pet rabbits from 17 – 25 June. This is particularly significant as many conditions (dental problems, weight problems, maldigesting) can lead to fly strike. In summer Fly Strike is common in Rabbits and can have serious consequences. Have your rabbit checked, make sure they stay happy and healthy throughout summer

Please call our reception and make the appointment


24 Apr 2017

The Unspoken Do’s & Dont’s of Dog Walking

The Unspoken Do’s & Dont’s of Dog Walking Etiquette by Luke Wheldon


DO greet other dog walkers.

Saying ‘hello’ first when you’re faced with head-on situations can diffuse potential confrontation between new dogs. Having a little chat from a safe distance can give everyone the opportunity to relax their body language and by doing so release any tension between the dogs.

DO give a wide berth of other dogs on the lead. 

They are probably on the lead for good reason, they may not like other dogs or could be recovering from an operation. If you see another dog on the lead and you can’t go around them, try going back where you came from until there’s space to safely pass by. And DO put your dog on the lead if you’re not confident that they will always come back to your recall. 

DO carry treats. 

Treats will usually get your dog’s attention away from trouble. Even better is to put them in something that rattles when shaken and small enough so you can put it in your pocket. 

DON’T yank your dog’s lead.

Briefly letting them sniff other dogs and their scent marks is like reading a newspaper for your pooch and it gives them important mental stimulation. If you need to get their attention, assert yourself and say ‘THIS WAY’ and give them a treat exactly after they move on. 

DON’T use your phone! 

Unless there is a real emergency there are NO exceptions on this one. If your attention is on the phone and not on your dog, they will always take advantage of the situation and jump into mischief! 

DO bag up your dog’s poo.

If I can’t find it then I pick up the nearest one, I call these karma pick-up’s, so I avoid treading in one the next time and when you’ve bagged it DON’T leave it behind or hang it on a tree it’s not a Christmas decoration.

DO have fun and take joy in letting your dog be a dog. 

Getting muddy and rolling around in smelly things is all part of it. Drying them with a towel or giving them a quick bath afterwards only takes a minute. It’s their time too, so why not let them enjoy it?

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