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Winter News 2014/15

Christmas at Meridian Vets


We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We will be closed for the bank holidays over the Christmas period and at 5pm on

Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve but otherwise open as normal.

This year we will be supporting a number of Charities and local events over the Christmas period, including …

St.Margaret’s Church Rottingdean - Christmas Tree Festival.

We are very excited about this fundraising event. We hope to create an animal themed Christmas tree to display in the church grounds from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th Dec. This amongst other Christmas trees will be open to the public to see over the 3 days and all donations will go to the Martlet’s Hospice.

Peacehaven Players - Sleeping Beauty. This will run at the Meridian Centre 3rd-6th December. Tickets start from £7.00 each.

Circus Starr - Our donation will enable disabled children in the community to go to the panto show this Christmas. We wish them all a great time!


Winter Tips


Fleas are still very much a problem in the winter. Flea eggs live in the carpet for months and will happily hatch when you turn the central heating up!

When preparing your car for winter, keep antifreeze well away from pets as it is palatable and deadly, and prevent access to any weed killers or other chemicals that may be harmful.

Bear in mind that the cooler weather may unmask arthritic disease and joint stiffness, so keep an eye on your pet’s mobility and comfort. It’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your pet’s weight, since it’s all too easy for pets to gain a few extra pounds over the winter periods.

Spare a thought for pets that live outside such as guinea pigs, rabbits and hens. Make sure their hutch is in a sheltered position and they have plenty of clean warm bedding. Keep an eye on the water containers making sure they don’t become frozen.

Inside the home, dogs and cats are prone to eating all manner of Christmas decorations – ribbon and tinsel being amongst the favourites for kittens and puppies. If swallowed they may cause an intestinal blockage. Similarly make sure that turkey carcasses are safely disposed of.

When cats are not going out as much they also like to amuse themselves by chewing house plants. Beware of lilies which are very toxic to cats. All parts of the Lilly plant including the pollen are toxic, which can cause kidney failure.

And don’t forget chocolate, especially the plain varieties, can be very toxic to dogs. Additionally watch out for dogs eating grapes, raisins and sultanas, since these can also be highly toxic to dogs.

Undoubtedly there will be fireworks over the festive period. This can be a stressful time for many pets and owners. It is advisable to consider therapies before the fireworks start. Natural pheromone anti-anxiety   products like Feliway and Adaptil are very beneficial. Most importantly stay calm and relaxed. Relaxed pets are happy pets! We wish you all a great Christmas.

Is your Pet worm free?

Did you know that unless you worm your pet regularly it is often difficult to avoid them acquiring worms? Here are the major ones to treat –

Tapeworms are long segmented flat worms, living in the small intestines where they shed mobile segments containing eggs, which pass out in the faeces. The eggs may then be eaten by an intermediate host, including small rodents and fleas. Cats catch and eat small rodents and pets swallow fleas as they groom, re-infecting themselves with tapeworms.

Roundworms resembling white pieces of string also live in the small intestines. They shed thousands of tiny eggs, which pass out in the faeces and pollute the environment. Dogs and cats are re-infected by unwittingly eating eggs in the environment. These eggs also pose some risk to humans if inadvertently swallowed.

Lungworm is becoming more and more widespread. It only infects dogs and can cause problems ranging from heart failure, to clotting problems and blood loss. It is also spread by intermediate hosts, so dogs that eat slugs and snails are at risk.

“To control worms in your pets and the environment you need to worm regularly. Use regular flea control, try to prevent dogs eating slugs and snails and clear up faeces.”

Our flea and worm recommendation at Meridian is to use Advocate every month. This single pipette applied to the back of the neck treats Roundworms, Lungworms, fleas and other parasites. If this is used monthly you can use Milbemax every 6 months to cover your dog from Tapeworms and Drontal for cats. These are the products we use in our Pet Health Club scheme as we believe prevention is better than cure. This plan allows you to spread the costs by monthly direct debit and saves you money from as little as £9.99 a month.



We are currently researching parasites such as fleas and worms and would be very grateful if you could take the time to complete our ‘parasite control questionnaire’ this will help us understand which parasites you are treating and what parasites you are concerned about.  Once completed please hand into reception. We will be running this questionnaire until the end of February 2015.

Recommend a Friend

Please remember if you recommend a friend to us as a thank you we will give you both a £5 credit on your account. We currently have a whopping 80% of new clients coming to us from personal recommendation so many thanks to you all.

Free Deliveries

The van is out and about making deliveries every Wednesday between 2-4pm by Andy Harper. This service is free for all deliveries within a 5 mile radius.