Small Animal News Archive 

Other news

Winter 2017 Newsletter

Autumn 2017 newsletter

Summer 2017 newsletter

Spring 2017 newsletter

Alabama Rot Client Handout

Honiton Show competition

Claws for thought

Canine Babesiosis

What happens when you leave your pet at the vet surgery?

When is it time to say "Goodbye"?

Honiton Show Where are we 

Honiton Show 2015 Free Ticket competition

Wooton Fitzpaine Village Fete - Coombefield Dog Agility


Download our newsletters here

Dec 2014 Newsletter Dec 2013 Newsletter
Dec 2012 Pets at Christmas July 2012 Ticks and Worms
March 2012 Obesity Dec 2011 Chocolate Poisoning
October 2011 Dry Eye June 2011 Noise Phobia

Donna Mace RVN is hosting an evening for clients who want to know a little about what 1st aid they can do on their dog in an emergency and how to do it. The cost of the evening lecture is £5 for clients with animals registered with us (£7.50 for visitors that are not clients)
What the evening will cover
• What is “normal “ for your dog
• What signs to look out for
• How to do a 1st aid assessment
• Wounds and bleeds
• What can YOU do – practical bandaging
• And lots more (well as much as we can cram into 2 hours)
Donna is one of Coombefield’s amazing nurses, she qualified in 1998, she has been training student nurses for over 15 years, She was a lecturer at Bicton College and has been presenting evenings on first aid to the public for over 10 years.
Places are limited to 14 people only as there is a practical part of the evening (please don’t bring your dog – we will practice on stuffed toys!) It will be on a 1st come 1st served basis but don’t worry – this is going to be a regular thing so if you don’t make it this time there will be another opportunity.
To register your place please email




There has been a recent case of Feline Infectious Enteritis, a highly infectious and often fatal disease, in two local kittens.  Vet Beccy Skellern said “Prevention is always better than cure, particularly with such an infectious disease in the local area, Coombefield vets are running a 3 month campaign giving cat owners the chance to get their cat vaccinations started for just the price of a booster. The cats most at risk are aged under 4 years old but we are extending the amnesty to ALL unvaccinated cats or cats that have not been vaccinated in the last 14 months”  

Feline Infectious Enteritis

This disease, that killed the two cats was Feline Infectious Enteritis or panleukopaenia. Infection typically causes severe vomiting and diarrhoea, and is often fatal, particularly in young kittens.  Treatment of affected cats is difficult and often unsuccessful.  Infection of pregnant cats can result in the birth of kittens with permanent neurological problems.  The virus which causes the disease is able to survive for long periods of time, and can be transmitted on contaminated food bowls, shoes, clothing, pretty much anything really - so even indoor cats which don’t have direct contact with other cats are potentially at risk.

Why vaccinate your cat?

Cats of all ages can and do become seriously ill or die from infectious diseases that could have been prevented through vaccination.  Vaccination offers the most effective way of protecting your cat against many of the most serious infectious diseases, including Cat flu, Feline Infectious Enteritis, Feline Leukaemia Virus and Chlamydophila.  Many of these diseases are commonly reported in the UK, and they represent a potentially significant threat to your pet’s health. 

Tim Lawrence, senior partner at CVH said “The reason we are letting people know is because as practicing vets we haven’t seen a case like this for more than 30 years and that worries us that it is in the area and it is a killer.” While most diseases need to be transmitted through direct contact some of the viruses which cause disease can also survive in the outside environment. This means that your cat does not always need to come into contact with other cats to get sick, so vaccination is important for all cats, even those which live mainly indoors.

If you would like to have your cat vaccinated please call us on 01297 630500 to arrange an appointment and receive the discounted offer.

Back to Top     

JUNE 2014

Kennel Cough Vaccination – not just for the kennels!

Infectious bronchotracheitis, commonly referred to as Kennel Cough (KC) is a highly infectious disease affecting the upper airways of dogs. It causes noisy continuous coughing, and affected dogs can often cough so much they bring up frothy white mucus. It can sound as if your dog has something stuck in his throat. In young puppies, old dogs or those with other health problems it can cause severe infections, pneumonia and even death. 

The disease is caused by several different infectious agents (a bit like a human cold), but the most common causes are a bacteria called Bordetella bronchiseptica and a virus called Canine Parainfluenza. The disease is transmitted both directly and indirectly by aerosolised droplets from infected sneezing or coughing dogs, and infected dogs will continue to spread the disease for several weeks or even months even if they appear better themselves. The condition became known as Kennel Cough because this was where it was most often seen, but we now see it originating in places where dogs from different homes mix – like in the park, on the beach or your favourite walk, training classes and dog shows. As dog ownership becomes more common, and we socialise more with our pets, we are seeing more and more cases of Infectious Bronchotracheitis or Kennel Cough. The other reason that we call it Kennel Cough is that it is less of a mouthful!

We are now able to vaccinate against both of the common infectious agents. Kennel Cough vaccination is not part of the annual booster injection, but can now be given at the same time as an intra-nasal vaccination (droplets placed into the nostril). It is important to give the vaccine via the nose because this stimulates local immunity; the immune response will be strongest at the part of the body where infection will be first met. We strongly advise vaccinating, whether your dog is going into kennels or not. Vaccinating your dog reduces the chance of him catching Kennel Cough, and also reduces shedding of KC infection into the environment. Vaccination therefore helps to keep your dog and all his canine friends healthy! The KC vaccination will now be half price if you have it at the same time as your annual booster!                                                                                                                                          

Back to Top                                                  




As some of you may be aware the BBC news service as well as the Telegraph, Guardian and independent newspapers have issued a warning about something called “Alabama Rot” (CRGV) this is a disease that went through the southern states of America – predominately affecting racing greyhounds. It is clear that this is now not limited to greyhounds or the USA. There have been 17 animals die of this disease in the UK since 2012 and 2 of them this year, the majority have died after walking through the New Forest in Hampshire, however there have been a number of deaths in other counties including Cornwall. There has been extensive tests done on afflicted animals and there is no clear reason as to how these poor dogs contracted the disease. Here are the facts as far as we know right now

1. It is really really rare – only 14 cases last year in whole country. Only 1 in Cornwall in 13 month – this was in Launceston

2. This disease is infectious, not contagious – so if one dog has it the dog in the next cage will not necessarily catch it – evidence suggests that the two dogs would have to be in very close contact. The disease will – if left untreated- result in the death of the animal through kidney failure.

3. There is no drug available to cure it.

4. How to recognize the lesion – Please remember there are so many skin lesions, they all look similar and they do not all mean that the dog has CRGV. The words the researching vets in Hampshire used to describe the lesions were – unduly red, sweaty, necrotic, ulcerated, similar to snake bite wounds, overly painful. If the dog has a lesion like this and it also has vomiting or off its food and most importantly if there a ulcers on the animals tongue then you need to get the animal in and hospitalize it. 99.99% of wounds will be from an identifiable source, essentially if the animal was running in a field with loads of barbed wire, chances are it was barbed wire and the animal will be fine.

5. The only possible cure is to catch it early, and hospitalize the animal and treat with intensive nursing care and dialysis. The earlier it is caught the better the animal’s chances are of surviving the infection, that being said even infections spotted early had a survival rate of 50:50 at best

6. The dogs will suffer lesions on their legs and sometimes on their undercarriage – kidney failure follows within 2/7 days.

If you see a wound on your pet that you would ordinarily leave but your pet has any of the other symptoms listed above or you are just worried about it just get it checked by a vet.

Back to Top 

Coombe LaneAxminsterDevonEX13 5AX01297 630500find us
Manor RoadSeatonDevonEX12 2AQ01297 24896find us