Senna Teagle’s Adder Encounter

Whilst out on her morning walk on a sunny June day Senna was sniffing around in the grass only to be bitten on her muzzle! She yelped and her
owner jumped to the rescue, only to see a snake near where Senna stood.
The owner recognised the snake as an Adder, and immediately rushed Senna
to our Lydd branch.
At our Lydd practice our vet examined Senna, whose lip was already sore and swollen from the bite! Luckily her owner had managed to take a photo of  the snake, to which we could confirm that it was an Adder, the only native venomous snake to the UK. Pain relief, antibiotics and steroids were given to her to help combat the swelling and help make Senna more comfortable, she was then transferred to our Kingsnorth branch for observation and fluid therapy.

Throughout the day Senna was monitored for further complications from the bite such as fever, vomiting, tremors and even collapse. Luckily, none of these complications occurred and Senna was a very brave girl, never even flinching
when we examined her which must have been uncomfortable.

The swelling on her face continued to develop for two more days; we continued to administer pain relief, antibiotics, fluid therapy and introduced laser treatment for her face to help reduce the swelling. On the third day Senna turned
a corner and the swelling dramatically decreased overnight, which meant that we could happily discharge her home. Apart from the facial swelling Senna remained perky and bright during her three day stay at Kingsnorth and became a firm favourite with our nurses.

Senna was seen for a follow up appointment at our Lydd branch a few days later with Sharon, where she was signed off from treatment. Senna had a very lucky escape and we hope to see her for more routine appointments in the future!

Remember, Remember the 5th of November!

Now is a great time to think about preparing your pet for fireworks season. There are several steps you can take to help your pets cope with this stressful time. Planning ahead is important especially if you are considering using pheromone therapy. At Cinque Ports Vets we have several treatments which will help your pet cope. These range from plug in diffusers like Feliway and Adaptil to capsules which you put in your pet’s food for example Nutracalm and Zylkene. All have been proven to help in relaxing your pet in the less severe cases of firework fear.
Your reaction to your pet’s fearful behaviour is also very important, since reassurance encourages pets to continue displaying a particular behaviour. It is important to remember to reward your pet’s calm behaviour with cuddles and treats but if your pet is fearful, make sure you stay relaxed and act as a good ‘role model’ carrying on as if nothing is happening. Your veterinary nurse is more than happy to discuss all the available options with you as well as provide some top tips for the firework season itself. Please also see our information sheets for more advice.

Top Tips For Firework Night

Fear Of Fireworks

Rabbits and Fireworks

September is Pet Smile Month

Did you know that gum disease is one of the most common conditions seen in dogs and cats?
A healthy mouth usually has pale pink gums and bright white teeth. However problems will occur if plaque and tartar are allowed to build up on your
pet’s teeth. Plaque is naturally sticky and is composed of millions of bacteria which, over time, will lead to inflammation of the gums-a condition called gingivitis.
This is frequently accompanied by the accumulation of calculus (tartar) on the surface of the teeth and very bad breath!
Worse still, if left unchecked, this process can result in severe gum disease, dental pain and eventually tooth loss.

Don’t let toothache ruin your pet’s life – please let us advise you on caring for your pet’s teeth and gums and how to prevent dental problems. We offer free dental checks all year round but September will be Pet Smile Month. To celebrate this come along to a free dental check and receive a free goody bag for your pet! We are also offering discounts on dental products and procedures.

Why not take a look at Bella’s Dental Diary on our website to see what is involved when your pet requires a dental. Contact your local branch to book a free check.

Kingsnorth Have A Gold Medal!

Kingsnorth Veterinary Centre is awarded internationally-recognised Cat Friendly Clinic GOLD status

We are very proud to announce that our Kingsnorth branch has achieved GOLD accreditation as a Cat Friendly Clinic (CFC) which is the highest status attainable.

As all of our cat owners know, cats are not small dogs and they have very specific needs. At Cinque Ports Vets we understand it is stressful when you have to bring your cat to see us and try to minimise this as much as possible by providing ‘Cat Friendly’ waiting areas in some of our branches. Stress is a contributing factor to many illnesses in cats and this is why Kingsnorth are extremely proud of our Gold Cat Friendly Clinic status. We try hard to minimise as many causes of stress as possible for our feline friends when they visit the practice. We have worked hard to achieve Gold Cat Friendly Clinic accreditation to reassure our clients that our vets, nurses and reception team understand cats and their requirements.

Our recent building works have enabled us to incorporate a separate cat ward for our visiting feline friends. We also have Feliway Diffusers (synthetic pheromones) plugged in all the time to help your cat relax. The ward is designed with larger cages enabling us to provide facilities for hiding places while allowing plenty of room for litter trays and feeding facilities.

Marley the Maine Coon who came to see us recently enjoyed full use of our new facilities.  Weighing in at a mere 10kg he certainly enjoyed the extra space that was provided!

The CFC programme has been developed by the International Society of Feline Medicine, the veterinary division of the leading feline charity International Cat Care, and accreditation has been made available in partnership with Purina. It aims to promote well-being and high standards of care for all cats visiting or being hospitalised in a veterinary environment.

Under the programme, we have to prove rigorous adherence to a set of criteria which includes provision of facilities and demonstration of team members activities and attitudes aimed at reducing stress in cats, both as in-patients and out-patients. The criteria includes having separate dog and cat waiting areas, feline-friendly hospitalisation cages, and veterinary equipment specifically for treating cats. Most importantly, team members are trained in approaching and handling cats sensitively and respectfully, and in maintaining high standards of veterinary care, including continuing to update their knowledge of feline medicine as new treatments and information become available.

Lorraine Eason RVN, our Cat Advocate at Kingsnorth, said ”I’m very proud that Cinque Ports Vets have achieved Gold status. It is lovely to see how more relaxed our feline patients are when they visit us now.”

Cat owners can find out more about International Cat Care and the Cat Friendly Clinic initiative at

Travel Clinics

Remember if you are going away with your pet this summer either home or abroad come and see one of our nurses for a free Travel Clinic to discuss the best parasite prevention treatment for your holiday.

Hank’s Story – Can you help?

Hank was brought to the RSPCA as a stray. His new owner (Tricia Bodsworth) has taken him on knowing not only that he has diabetes and will require lifelong daily injections, but also that he has acromegaly, a tiny brain tumor which makes his diabetes particularly challenging to treat. He has made regular trips to the Royal Veterinary College’s feline diabetic remission clinic, taken by both our vet Jillian Hall and his new owner.  He has been involved in several trials to learn more about this rare condition.

Hank is currently receiving daily medications to help manage his condition and is making the trip to the RVC for treatment once a month.  His owner is trying to raise funds to help him keep having the necessary treatment. [ Acromegaly can only be cured by cutting edge brain surgery pioneered by the team at the RVC, but this cost can be several thousand pounds. ]

Hank’s owner, Tricia has started a crowd funding page to help with the cost of Hank’s treatment which everyone from the RSPCA,  Cinque Ports Vets, Jillian and Hank’s owner Tricia is supporting. If you feel you could help Hank by sparing a few pounds we have included the link below. Every penny will add up for Hank.

Hank also has his own Facebook page so you can keep up to date with his progress! Hank’s page

Hank is a big cat with a big character and is enjoying an amazing quality of life thanks to the efforts of his new mum.


Key-Hole Surgery – now available at our Rye branch

What is key-hole surgery?

Cinque Ports Vets are pleased to be able to offer our clients the option of key-hole (laparoscopic) surgery for routine bitch spays and other procedures where appropriate.

Key-hole spay involves the introduction of a camera and specialised instruments into the abdomen through two or three small incisions. Many of the traditional surgical procedures such as spaying can be now performed laparoscopically. Traditional surgery involves the removal of the ovaries and uterus (ovariohysterectomy) but laparoscopically generally only the ovaries are removed (ovariectomy).

The tissues are visualised under high magnification and blood vessels are cut and sealed using specialist equipment.

It is well established in human surgery that laparoscopic procedures provides quicker healing time and less post-operative complications than other methods. This is proven also in modern veterinary medicine.

The benefits of laparoscopy for our pets are similar and aim for a faster and more comfortable return to normal activity. One typical example is the young, very active bitch that is not likely to accept easily periods of complete rest from exercise post neutering.

After Key-hole surgery dogs will still need to be kept on the lead but the risk of damaging the surgical wounds (because of the small size) is greatly decreased.

Other procedures such as cryptorchid castration (retained testicle), gastropexy, cystoscopy (bladder examination) and organ biopsies can be performed in this way with increased level of safety for unwell patients and reduced discomfort.

Please contact our Rye branch if you would like more information or to discuss further.

Hawkhurst Summer Festival

Our Hawkhurst branch attended the annual Hawkhurst Summer Festival last weekend on a lovely and sunny but very hot day!

Many of our clients came to say hello and our ‘Hook a duck’ was very popular with the children who came to see us.   We also had a ‘Name the dog’ competition, which was won by Rosie, who correctly guessed Luna – well done Rosie!

There was a great turnout for the Festival which also included a dog show and live band with lots of trade stands to visit. Thank you to everyone who popped along to support us and thank you to the organisers for a great day!

Cat Chat – National Microchipping Month

June is National Microchipping Month. Sadly around 38% of the UK cat population are still not microchipped – that’s approximately 4.2 million cats!

Why should you microchip your cat?

Since the law changed Defra report that 95% of all dogs are now chipped. But it’s not just dogs that need microchipping, our beloved felines would benefit too! Cats love the sanctuary of a warm home but sometimes get lost whilst exploring outside! While microchipping cats is currently not compulsory, it is the best method to help you be reunited should they go missing. Why not talk to us today about getting your cat microchipped. It couldn’t be simpler.

If your pet is already microchipped please take a moment to check your details are up to date. Over 44% of vets couldn’t reunite a pet with their owner due to incorrect or out of date contact information on the database.

Our Hawkhurst branch recently saw the success of microchipping as it helped reunite Sam with his owners.

Sam had been missing from home for almost two months when he turned up at Merriments Garden Nursery. He was found the morning after a stormy night and had taken shelter in their potting shed. He was four miles from home, but thanks to his microchip he was very quickly re-united with his owners, who had missed him terribly.

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