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adder alert!

We have had 5 dogs bitten by adders brought to the surgery in the last couple of weeks.  Adder bites are a medical emergency and can be fatal so you should act quickly if you think your dog may have been bitten.  You may actually see the adder and your dog will almost...

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dog friendly

Do you have a favourite cafe, pub or restaurant where you and your dog are both welcome? I know Gru and Margot often accompany us to breakfast in the woods or a pub lunch after a walk in the fabulous Dorset countryside. Now is your chance to recommend your favourite...

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easter opening hours

We very much hope that your pets stay well this Easter but if you do need us our opening hours over the holiday are listed below.  We also have our own vets and nurses on call 24 hours a day right over the holiday weekend so we are only a phone call away if your pet...

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our monthly editorial…

dave cumber vets – april 2017

Happy Easter!  We at Dave Cumber Vets hope you and your pets have a lovely time over the holiday weekend.  Let’s hope the spring weather lasts so we can all get outside and enjoy it.  On a cautionary note, please keep your dogs away from chocolate, especially the high cocoa solid types. You’re probably sick of hearing vets going on about it but chocolate is potentially fatal to dogs so please be careful when all those eggs are being eaten.  You can see when we are open over the holiday in our news item.

Life has been incredibly busy since the move to our fabulous new surgery in Link Park.  Thanks to the extremely hard work of our fantastic team the move went really well and thanks also to you, our clients, for your patience during the disruption.

There have been the inevitable teething problems – you may well have noticed fun & games with the sliding doors which firstly kept setting each other off and then got stuck!  Then there have been the alarms which seem to enjoy going off at 2am for no particular reason.  But we are now really settling in and it is great to see how well the new building is working.  The new cat suite is working particularly well.  Many of you cat owners will know how dave cumber vets cat friendly practicestressed your pet gets when coming to the surgery.  We have worked extremely hard to minimise this with our separate cat reception, waiting area & consulting room and completely separate cat ward and operating facility.  It is a real pleasure to see how much more “chilled” our feline in-patients are now that they are removed from the general hubbub.

veterinary nursing at dave cumber vetsSpring is often a time when people (with their pets) decide to get healthy by maybe losing some weight and doing more exercise. On a very personal note, Gru & Margot went to stay with our ex-nurse Gill recently who runs Ockalty Professional Animal Services.  Gill remarked that Gru was getting a bit podgy (poor Gru) so we have embarked on a “get Gru fit” campaign.  It’s really not rocket science to help your pet get healthier.  We weighed her and then weighed the amount of food she was getting.  Just like with us, it is very easy to allow a bit of “creep” with portion size so occasionally checking how much you are feeding is a really good idea.  We also stopped all titbits – Gru always loves to “pre-wash” the dishwasher contents.  Our dogs have always had lots of exercise as we quite often run with them and we try and aim for half an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon.  As young dogs they are quite active and will happily run around, jumping in rivers and haring around fields but not all dogs are quite so keen so you may need to do a bit of encouragement to get them active.  If you would like an assessment and lots of targeted advice about how you can help your pet to get fit you can book into one of our free nurse-run weight clinics.  We run them in both Dorchester and Weymouth surgeries but you will need to make an appointment.  You can however pop in any time to either surgery to have your pet weighed.

Dave, Gru and Margot entering into the spirit of the Dorset Echo’s Pet Selfie Competition.dave cumber with Gru and Margot



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