Dignipets offering support during Covid19

Dignipets offering support during Covid19

The current situation is stressful for everyone, and it’s important to know that you’re not alone.  Our team is working hard to be able to carry on supporting you and your pets for the coming weeks and months.   We have put measures in place to be able...

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Memorialising a pet 

Memorialising a pet 

Going through losing a pet is one of the hardest things we have to face; I know anyone who will be reading this will agree with me on that one. It’s important to remember that this experience is different for everyone, and that grief affects us in different ways....

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Will I know when it is time?

Will I know when it is time?

As I sit here and watch you sleep I am thinking if you are happy with your life? You will be 18 years old in May and I wonder if you will make it until then. I know being old you will need to sleep more and that cats sleep A LOT anyway but is that enough? I’m...

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Using quality of life assessments in pets

Using quality of life assessments in pets

Difficult questions As hospice vets at Dignipets we are often asked the questions; “When is it time?”. “How will I know if my pet is suffering?” .“I’m not sure whether to put my pet through any more treatment.""How do I know my pet still has sufficient quality of...

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Top 10 tips for staying calm around fireworks

Top 10 tips for staying calm around fireworks

It’s very normal for pets to get distressed in different degrees when there are fireworks going off. The loud bangs and sudden flashes of light can affect many types of pets even the ones we wouldn’t necessarily expect to react. There is no iron clad way to ensure...

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Osteosarcoma in dogs

Osteosarcoma in dogs

Osteosarcoma is a tumour of bone, and it is the most common bone tumour found in dogs. It is more common in large and giant breeds, such as Rottweilers, Greyhounds and Great Danes. In our practice we most often see it in Rottweilers.  Sometimes a...

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When the grief comes before the loss

When the grief comes before the loss

Anticipatory Grief described by a hospice vet and pet owner Sometimes we have no time to react or even think before we lose someone we love; it can be an accident or a very sudden illness. We lose them and then we grieve. But other times...

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The Hospice Veterinary Nurse; creating awareness

The Hospice Veterinary Nurse; creating awareness

Providing care for a chronic or terminally ill pet is not something we have to go through alone as pet owners.  Having someone by your side for communication guidance and support can make a big difference. Veterinary nurses can be very helpful with this. Our...

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Community veterinary nursing: careers fayre

Community veterinary nursing: careers fayre

Recently Sam, our community veterinary nurse, was able to attend a careers fayre at Idsall School in Shifnal.  The career fayre was for students aged 16-18 years old to be able to look at the different career and education options available to them.  Sam was...

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Dignipets visit to Kings Hill Pet Cremations

Dignipets visit to Kings Hill Pet Cremations

Recently Sam was able to visit Kings Hill pet cremations near Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Kings Hill are based in a lovely peaceful countryside location. They are an independent family business who pride themselves on caring and helping support families through such a...

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Medications: it’s not just tablets

Medications: it’s not just tablets

Being told by your veterinary surgeon that your pets needs to have daily medication can be stressful. We understand that some pets are just really difficult to medicate for a number of reasons. Having to medicate your pet daily can also affect the owner-pet bond...

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Creating a ‘Bucket List’ for your dog

Creating a ‘Bucket List’ for your dog

Caring for a pet with a life limiting condition can be an incredibly emotional time. There is no right or wrong way in which to spend these final days with your pet. Our Dignipets team guides and supports you with not just the medical care of your pet.  We also...

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Congratulations Merel!

Congratulations Merel!

Merel Taal has become our second vet to gain the veterinary certificate in palliative and hospice care. This qualification consists of an intensive 16 month study period covering topics such as hospice care, pain management and the unique challenges seen in caring for...

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Making decisions in end-of-life

Making decisions in end-of-life

As a vet, guiding and supporting pet owners in making challenging decisions is one of the hardest aspects of working with end-of-life patients. Open communication and honesty are crucial to end-of-life discussions.  As a hospice and palliative care vet I help pet...

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Crisis kits for pets

Crisis kits for pets

A lot of the pets we see at home for hospice and end of life consultations have illnesses such as cancer, kidney failure or severe mobility problems. In many cases we worry that a pet is going to take a sudden turn for the worse, and that the wait to see a vet may be...

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