FAQs about Neutering your pets

Neutering your pet is one of most important decisions you will make for your pet. It comes with many health benefits and helps them live longer, happier lives and helps your male companions stay closer to home.

From working in veterinary, I always find that people generally have the same questions about spaying/neutering their pet whether it be how long the procedure takes or how risky it is to put their animal under anaesthetic. This article will answer all the main questions/concerns owners usually have.


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Weight Loss in Cats – No, it’s not impossible!

It can seem virtually impossible to get our pets to lose weight – my cat Squeaker was on her weight loss diet for 4 years before seeing significant progress, most likely triggered by moving to a country with a colder climate where suddenly her body had to burn some fat to stay warm.

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Nice Weather for Ticks!

TV Vet Marc Abraham has 10 tips for avoiding ticks for you and your pet

  1. Out walking, wear suitable clothing: wearing shorts in tick habitat is an invitation to be bitten!
  2. Insect repellents can be sprayed on to clothing, but always follow the manufacturers guidelines.
  3. Carry a tick removal tool and antiseptic wipes.
  4. Walk in the centre of paths and avoid over-hanging vegetation at the edge of paths where ticks may be waiting.
  5. Have a ‘tick buddy’ to help you check your body and be your dog’s ‘tick buddy’.
  6. Deter ticks from gardens: keep leaf litter to a minimum, grass short, vegetation cut back, and seating and play equipment away from borders, trees and bird feeders.
  7. Keep pets tick free using tick-control products.
  8. Treat pet accessories with repellents too.
  9. Groom pets thoroughly: make sure you brush against, as well as with, the hair growth to see any embedded ticks. Check inside the ears, around the eyes, on the chin and around the muzzle, as well as between pads and toes.
  10. Don’t bring ticks home: take off outer clothes before going indoors. Tests have demonstrated that ticks can survive a full cycle in the washing machine and short periods in a dryer.

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Marc Abraham is a vet based in Brighton.  He regularly appears on UK television.  For more information about Marc please


Bank Holiday – Monday 7th May

Grooming Information Sheet

At Alcombe, we want to keep your pet in tip top condition and comfort, offering grooming services such as nail clipping, ear cleaning, brushing, and clipping or dematting for medical or hygiene purposes. Please speak to our receptionists for the associated prices, or call us on 0208 755 3144.

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Nursing Continuing Professional Development

Registered veterinary nurses (RVN’s) have an obligation once qualified to undertake a minimum of 45 hours of Continued Professional Development (CPD) over a 3 year period. It ensures that all RVN’s remain up-to-date with their knowledge and helps them to improve and broaden their skillset. There are many different forms that this CPD can take, these include; webinars, reading of journals/articles etc., presentations from external companies and attending and completing courses.  All this CPD must be logged and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) can spot check any nurse’s log record at any time.

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