Pet Advice

Cats

International Cat Care is a very reliable source of information on cat health problems, cat breeds and general care advice.

Royal Canin has advice on choosing a kitten, and some excellent information about caring for your kitten or cat on their website.

Cats Protection is the UK's leading cat welfare charity, helping over 200,000 cats and kittens every year. Find a cat which needs rehoming through your local branch: Caterham, Redhill and East Surrey or Crawley, Reigate and District. Alternatively, search for a branch local to your postcode on their Find us page.

Pledge Against Cat Pain can help you spot the signs of chronic pain in your cat, which can be common as your cat grows older.

Dogs

If you are considering buying a dog, visit The Kennel Club for advice about different breeds and to find a Kennel Club Assured Breeder.

Royal Canin provides excellent information about caring for your puppy or dog on their website, as well advice on choosing a puppy and a guide to breeding from your dog.

Just Springers Rescue are a small dedicated team aiding in the rescue and rehoming of English Springer Spaniels in Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and Kent.

The BVA (British Veterinary Association) Canine Health Schemes provide dog breeders with the option of testing for certain inherited diseases.

The Animal Health Trust provides information on Seasonal Canine Illness which is generally seen between August and November.

Charities

Cinnamon Trust is a national charity for the elderly and terminally ill, and their pets. They assist with the care of pets and can arrange for them to be looked after if they outlive their owners.

Cats Protection is the UK's leading cat welfare charity, helping over 200,000 cats and kittens every year. Find a cat which needs rehoming through your local branch: Caterham, Redhill and East Surrey or Crawley, Reigate and District. Alternatively, search for a branch local to your postcode on their Find us page.

Dogs Trust is the UK's largest dog welfare charity. The rehoming branches most local to our clinics are Dogs Trust West London and Dogs Trust Shoreham.

Just Springers Rescue are a small dedicated team aiding in the rescue and rehoming of English Springer Spaniels in Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and Kent.

The RSPCA is the UK's largest animal welfare charity. Surrey East is the branch most local to our clinics, and you can find more information about the RSPCA's work in your local area on their In your area page. The RSPCA also provides information and factsheets on caring for all sorts of pets.

Chickens

VicVet provides fairly comprehensive information about choosing and looking after backyard poultry.

Exotic pets

Find information about the keeping of exotic pets, as well as factsheets on various types of exotic pet on the RSPCA website.

Farm animals as pets

The RSPCA provides useful information about things to consider when thinking of keeping farm animals as pets.

Ferrets

The Ferret Education and Research Trust promotes ferret welfare and best practice regarding caring for ferrets.

Parrots

The Parrot Society UK encourages the preservation, conservation, keeping and breeding of parrot species and offers information about their care on their website.

Greg Glendell gives useful advice on behavioural problems in parrots.

Pet behaviour

The Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors provides some tips for encouraging the best behaviour in different types of pet, and lists details of counsellors in your local area.

Pet insurance

We recommend insurance to all our clients to help cover unexpected veterinary treatment. Choose your policy carefully, and read the small print. Always check very carefully when changing cover or insurance companies, to see if pre‑existing conditions are excluded.

Pets and Poisons

Did you know that lilies, paracetamol, chocolate and grapes can be harmful to your family pet? The Veterinary Poisons Information Service provides useful advice and information about substances and foods that can be poisonous to animals.

Pre and post-operative care

The BVA Animal Welfare Foundation has a leaflet providing good advice for caring for you pet before and after an operation.

Rabbits

Rabbit Awareness Week has a very useful website full of information on rabbit welfare and care, including their diet, environment and behaviour.

The Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund is a charity dedicated to improving rabbit welfare and provides lots of good information for rabbit owners.

The RSPCA provides information and factsheets on caring for your rabbit.

Reptiles

Free Reptile Care Sheets provides information and care advice for a large range of reptiles and amphibians.

Rodents

The RSPCA provides information on caring for chinchillas, chipmunks, degus, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice and rats.

Specific conditions

Diabetes: For information on managing diabetes in dogs and cats, visit this website.

Disabled animals: Find resources on caring for disabled animals or those with terminal illnesses on the Disabled Animals' Club website.

Epilepsy: The Canine Epilepsy website can help with diagnosis and management of canine epilepsy.

Fleas: Beside causing discomfort, fleas can cause other canine, feline and human health problems. Stop Fleas Fast offers a range of advice on flea control.

Tortoises

Tortoise trust has some excellent articles on tortoise husbandry as well as care sheets for different species of tortoise.

Travel for pets

Do you want to take your pet on holiday or emigrate with a pet? It can take several weeks to prepare for travel, and even longer for travel outside the EU. The BVA Animal Welfare Foundation publishes a leaflet about taking your pet abroad.

DEFRA also provides detailed information on travelling with your pet.

Veterinary Careers

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons is the national regulatory body for vets, and they provide career and training information for veterinary surgery and veterinary nursing.

For more information on a career in veterinary nursing, visit the website of the British Veterinary Nursing Association.

There are seven veterinary schools in the UK awarding degree qualifications in Veterinary Medicine: Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Nottingham and the Royal Veterinary College.