New Puppies: It is recommended that a puppies 1st and 2nd vaccination are done using the same brand of vaccine. We stock the following brands;

  • Nobi Vac
  • Canigen/Canixin
  • Eurican
  • Vanguard




It's that time of year again, to eat drink and be merry; and we are sure your pets will have it no different. But take a look at this article before leaving any chocolate out for your dogs and cats. There are other treats they would appreciate more.





Compulsory Microchipping

As of 6th April 2016, Microchips will be made compulsory for ALL dogs in the UK. Owners of dogs found by the police or local authorities not to have a microchip will have the benefits explained to them and be given a short period to comply with the microchipping law. If they do not, they will face a fine of up to £500. 

The benefits :

  • Deterrent to dog theft

  • Allows for rapid return, meaning that local authorities are able to emphasise to the dog owners concerned that straying is not acceptable, the intention being that this education will lessen the likelihood of a dog straying again and reinforce the responsibilities of the owners under the Animal Welfare Act 2006

  • Easier identification and subsequent arrests of owners culpable of animal cruelty

  • Enables veterinary surgeons to contact dog owners for emergency procedures

  • Allows identification of dogs in properties in emergency situations so that dogs and owners can be moved and reunited more quickly

We recommend watching the microchipping educational video in our videos section to explain how it all works. Here at Ralph Chambers & Associates we offer Microchipping at only £19.50, or £14 if done at the time of any surgery (for example speys/castrations)


My Dog has eaten chocolate, what do I do?

This is common around Christmas and Easter, make sure all chocolate is kept away from your pets at all times. Below is a link to a chocolate toxicity calculator, it is only a guide and if you are still concerned contact the vet immediately. Make sure you enter the correct unit for the weight of your dog (we use kg here), the type of chocolate eaten (eg milk, dark) and the amount of chocolate eaten. This is only a rough guide, as it still depends on the individuals sensitivity and health at the time. If you need to contact the vet make sure you bring in the wrapper of the chocolate eaten as this will have important information on it for your vet


My puppy is scared to walk out the front door, what do I do?

This is one of the reasons for Puppy Parties, which can overcome a lot of undesirable behaviour. This problem is to do with the lack of socialising.

Is it genes, owner's up-bringing or just bad luck if my dog snaps at people or growls/barks or is just plain disobedient?

99% of these are behaviourial problems, by that I mean accidentally or in the case of guard dogs deliberately. The accidental kind can be from lack of socialising that puppies get from puppy parties - this is why I recommend puppy parties.

Why does my dog have to wear a muzzle when he goes to the vet?

Full grown dogs that snap/bite/growl or have the potential to do so, often do in strange surroundings or then being handled by strangers. While muzzling may appear unpleasant it doesn't hurt him. The police and RSPCA or practices handling dogs of this nature commonly use muzzles.

I do have clients with a court order to muzzle their dogs whenever they go out, as a result of other people being bitten.

I think it is a lot less traumatic for the dog if he arrives with his own muzzle. One that he is used to wearing and fits him, rather than trying to use an ill-fitting muzzle in a busy consulting room.

If you need to use a muzzle you may be quite surprised with the change in temperament of the your pet, almost split personality.

My dog keeps urinating in the house and on the furniture, what should I do?

This can be a medical condition or a behaviourial problem (separation anxiety) - best to see your vet.

How old does my dog have to be to get neutered? In the case of female does she have to have a season first?

This all depends on your female dogs being fully developed before the spaying operation stops her growing internally. If it's done too early, her urethra won't grow anymore, even though she continues to grow - and this can result in incontinence (bed wetting) or cystitis or bladder problems for life.

Generally - small dogs mature early and can be safely spayed at 6 months, giant breed mature later 1-1 1/2 years and are not spayed till after the first season around 18 months. This is one of the reasons for having a check-up before the Spey operation.

The age of neutering (spaying/castration) is controversial but I prefer to wait 6 months for dogs, cats and rabbit for the same reason.

How old does my dog have to be to have vaccines and how many does he have?

There are 2 puppy vaccines between the age of 8 and 12 weeks, then one vaccine each year. This is a combined vaccine against Distemper, Heptatitis, Parvo, Parainfluenza and Leptospirosis.

There is also a Kennel cough vaccine for dogs going into kennels and some caravan parks are now asking for it.

Rabies vaccines and Leishmann Vaccines are only for dogs/cats going overseas.

My dog has bad breath what should I do?

Again see your vet; this could be nothing more than a puppy eating dog or fox poo. But it could also be bad teeth, or a medical condition.


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