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MEET EDDIE

magazine OVER £120 WORTH OF GREAT PET PRODUCTS

Judi Spiers talks about her beloved cat and why she uses her local vet

ANIMAL MAGIC

MEET MATT

Founder of Local Vets talks about finding love and life in New Zealand

Richard Austin explains how to take the perfect picture of your pet

compassion • care • community


THE BEST FOR YOUR PET

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WELCOME

Welcome to your very first edition of the Local Vets magazine – bringing you the latest news from your pet care community. As an animal lover myself, I founded Local Vets with a vision to give smaller practices a voice amongst the big corporate ones and to help our pets lead healthy and happy lives. At Local Vets, we know how much your pet means to you and we know that you want the best care possible. That’s why we only promote practices that are rooted in the community they serve and which deliver excellence coupled with care and compassion. Local Vets approved practices have a strong belief in the total health of your pet. Together we help you keep your pets healthy with a range of monthly health promotions. You can check with your veterinary team which health topic is being covered each month. In this issue of Local Vets, you can find out more about my story on page 6, read our exclusive interview with Judi Spiers on page 10, get tips and advice in our Agony Column on page 20 and much more. We hope you enjoy the first issue of the Local Vets magazine. We’d love to hear your feedback so please send us your comments and suggestions to hello@lovelocalvets.com

Matthew Dunne Founder of Local Vets Cover photograph of Judi Spiers by Mike Alsford wwww.mikealsford.com

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IN THE NEWS

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FROM LAW TO LAPDOGS

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TOTAL HEALTH NEWS

All the latest pet related new stories Meet Matthew Dunne, founder of Local Vets

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The Latest health news for your pets

10 ME AND EDDIE

Judi Spiers talks about her beloved cat Eddie

12 CHARITY ROUND-UP

Stories from a selection of animal welfare charities

14 ANIMAL MAGIC

Richard Austin explains how to take the perfect pet portrait

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16 PET SHOP

The best new gadgets and treats for your furry friends

20 AGONY COLUMN Your letters answered

22 COMPETITION

Win over £120 worth of pet products

23 MEET THE VET

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We talk to a vet about the benefits of becoming a Local Vets approved practice

24 KIDS CORNER

Try out our fun puzzles – and they’re not just for children!

26 HALL OF FAME

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NEWS

ALL THE LATEST FROM LOCAL VETS To stay in touch with what’s going on at Local Vets you can like our Facebook page! You’ll be able to check out all the latest Total Health topics and get tips on caring for your pets. Visit www.facebook. com/lovelocalvets

A round-up of the latest pet related news stories

Don’t forget you can also hear all the latest news from your nearest Local Vets approved practice by signing up to receive their monthly email newsletter. Find out more at www.lovelocalvets.com

CLIFFHANGER – JACK’S ORDEAL

Jack was rescued after his ordeal in Noss Mayo and was cared for by RSPCA Inspector Beccy Wadey (above right). The RSPCA is a charity and relies on public donations to exist. To assist their inspectors in carrying out their vital work please text HELP to 78866 to give £3. (Texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message). 4 Local Vets Magazine

A dog was rescued after falling 150ft down a cliff in Devon. The RSPCA were called by local ‘coasteerers’ who had seen the dog in a cove at the bottom of cliffs in Noss Mayo. The charity liaised with the Coastguard to ensure nine-year-old Jack was rescued as quickly and safely as possible.

“Jack had been missing since the day before. His owners were extremely relieved to get a call from us. It was extremely fortunate that Mike and Matt were in the area and saw him because he couldn’t get out of the cove and would not have survived without being rescued.

The dog’s owners, from Ludlow in Shropshire, were on holiday in North Tawton, North Devon, and lost Jack while walking on the South Devon coast path. It is thought he had picked up the scent of a rabbit and lost his footing on the edge of the cliff while scampering after it.

It just goes to show the importance of microchipping your dog as we were able to reunite him with his owners straight away. He didn’t have a scratch on him which was remarkable. He is a lucky little chap. It was great team working between the public, ourselves and the Coastguard to ensure the safety of Jack.”

Later some local coasteerers - who explore rocky coastlines through jumping off cliffs saw him trapped in an inaccessible cove and rang the RSPCA immediately. Coastguard Rescue Teams from Yealm and Plymouth, assisted by Mike Waite and Matt Parven, who phoned in the rescue, mounted a rescue to descend to the bottom of the cliff. They were able to get Jack, who was extremely nervous, into an animal bag to take him back up to where RSPCA Inspector Beccy Wadey was waiting. Inspector Wadey scanned Jack for a microchip and was able to reach his owners in North Devon. Inspector Wadey said: www.lovelocalvets.com

After a night at the vets, Beccy met the relieved owners halfway at RSPCA Little Valley Animal Shelter in Exeter. UK Coastguard Nic Longsdale said: “Dogs often slip or bound over a cliff edge because they haven’t anticipated the drop ahead”. If you’re taking your dog for a walk on cliff paths, we’d advise you keep them on a lead. It can be tempting to let your dog walk off the lead especially if they are used to it and are well trained, but accidents like this are not uncommon. Fortunately Jack was unharmed, but it doesn’t always end so well. If your dog does go over a cliff, don’t attempt to selfrescue, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.


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SMOKEY PAWS Pets across Devon and Somerset now have a greater chance of surviving household fires, thanks to new oxygen masks specially designed for animals. They are being carried on selected fire engines. The ‘Smokey Paws’ masks are available in three sizes, so a large dog, cat, guinea pig, even a tortoise can be treated. Two sets of these masks have kindly been donated by Quantock Veterinary Hospital to Nether Stowey and Bridgwater Fire Stations. Dominic Phillips, Director and Vet at Quantock Veterinary Hospital said: “After first-hand experience of dealing with the devastating effects of house fires on family pets, staff at Quantock Veterinary Hospital have supported the fund raising for Smokey Paws, our chosen charity for 2016, with great passion and enthusiasm. We had been thinking of all sorts of different ways to raise money for this great charity so we are particularly pleased that the money will go towards equipment for our local Fire Stations. I am so impressed by the team’s hard work and generosity to raise money for this great cause. It’s wonderful that we have already raised the funds for Smokey Paws to supply sets of pet oxygen masks to local stations at Nether Stowey and Bridgwater. Knowing that this will help save lives of pets caught in fires is really rewarding - that thought will motivate us all to continue our fund raising work for the rest of the year to support Smokey Paws to continue to do their great work.” Station Manager, Martin Lock from Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, said: “We are really grateful to Quantock Veterinary Hospital for their donation. In a fire people and animals react very differently. Having the correct equipment available will help improve the chances of survival for a pet affected by smoke immensely, as every second counts after a fire”. Fire stations in the US are provided with this equipment as standard. However in the UK, services are not provided with specific apparatus to resuscitate and treat pets which are unfortunately caught in fires. Smokey Paws’ mission is to raise enough money through public donations, to equip every first responder in the UK with these lifesaving masks. For more information about Smokey Paws go to its website www.smokeypaws.co.uk

PETS ON THE MOVE Moving home is often cited as a stressful process but the upheaval can also take its toll on four-legged members of the family whose needs may be forgotten when we move house. Five star housebuilder David Wilson Homes is helping to make the move as smooth as possible for pets and their parents with top tips for movers in Exeter for keeping their pets safe and stress-free during and after the move.

UPDATE YOUR MICROCHIP It is now a legal requirement for dogs to be microchipped. Owners must also keep their details up to date on the database or face a fine of up to £500. Make contact with the database your dog is registered on before you move home. You can find contact numbers for all the databases at www.dogstrust.org.uk CHECK THE GARDEN BEFORE YOU MOVE IN A quick check of the garden is vital to ensure your pet is safe. CREATE A FAMILIAR ENVIRONMENT It can be stressful for pets being in a new environment. Set out their basket, toys and blankets as soon as you step inside so they have familiar items and smells around. Also ask your vet for advice about calming aids. DOOR SECURITY Moving day can be tricky with pets around. If you can’t ask a friend to help, consider keeping your four-legged friend in a secure room within the house, with their food and water nearby. THE GREAT ESCAPE It’s advised to keep cats indoors for the first few weeks when you move into a new home. Once they’re used to the environment, accompany them on their first garden visit and lay out some of their favourite treats on the lawn to encourage them to return once they’ve explored the local area.

TURTLE POWER!

The new RSPCA care sheet for terrapins can be found at w ww.rspca.org.uk/terrapin

The RSPCA is urging owners to do their research before taking on a terrapin after the number of calls they received about these amphibians rose by 45% last year. The RSPCA received 797 calls about terrapins following complaints of neglect and situations where people could no longer cope with their exotic pet, compared to 550 calls in 2014. In a bid to help owners learn more about their shelled sidekicks the charity has launched a care sheet on their website to help people understand the responsibilities.

RSPCA Scientific Officer for exotics Alexandra Jones said: “Terrapins are the most common reptile that we are called to collect. We are urging people to think carefully before taking on a pet. Terrapins need a lot of care and attention especially when it comes to the environment they are kept in. Unfortunately, the reality is that a lot of people do not realise the responsibility they take on when they buy them and then animal welfare organisations such as us have to pick up the pieces”.

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INTERVIEW

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LAW TO LAPDOGS VIA NEW ZEALAND

Meet Matthew Dunne, founder of Local Vets and his partner Sara – a vet

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ost people expect the founder of Local Vets to be, well, a vet! Not many would guess he used to be a solicitor, and had only been in a vets practice a handful of times before founding Local Vets. We caught up with Matthew Dunne to find out why he went from law to lapdogs...and how he ended up in New Zealand.

solicitor isn’t nearly as hard as life as a vet according to Matthew, but it also doesn’t come with the same sense of satisfaction found in keeping people’s pets healthy. Sara’s regular after work query: “Did you save any lives in the office today?!” obviously got Matthew thinking! Re-training as a vet was quickly ruled out, but doing something to makes the lives of vets just a little bit easier was within Matthew’s reach.

The dating game

It’s a vet’s life

A few years ago, not even Matthew would have predicted that he would be building a nationally recognised community of independent vets practices, whose driving principles are compassion, care and community. In fact, Local Vets would never have come into existence were it not for a well known internet dating site, a geographical mix up, and a flight half way around the world! A couple of years before launching Local Vets, Matthew fell in love at first sight with Sara, who just so happened to be a vet. Thoughts of a career change were far from Matthew’s mind on their first date, but Sara had that very same day made a rather significant career, and life, decision of her own.

Where’s Wellington? When Sara told Matthew that she was moving from her job near Exeter to one in Wellington, Matthew recounted, with only a little exaggeration (he tells us), of his glorious participation in the Wellington triathlon. With Wellington only half an hour up the motorway from Exeter, Matthew didn’t think it should be quite so surprising that he’d been there before. Somewhat to his embarrassment, it became apparent that Sara had a rather more significant journey in mind; with a move to Wellington in New Zealand in the offing! Nothing if not persistent, Matthew didn’t let the little matter of 19,000 miles stand in his way, and the longest possible long-distance relationship soon began to develop. A year or so later Matthew and Sara were living together in New Zealand on the coast an hour outside of the capital city, along with their Kiwi rescue dog called Koru. The word Koru is a native Maori word symbolising new beginnings - apt in Matthew and Sara’s case.

Homeward bound But there were more new beginnings to come, both personal and professional. It’s easy to be seduced by the stunning scenery and sunny climate of New Zealand, but missing family and friends ultimately led Matthew and Sara back home. Koru came too, of course. With her passport and vaccination record between her paws, she emerged from Heathrow only a few hours after landing a bit jet lagged but unfazed by her mammoth trip. Back home in the Devon, Matthew went back to life behind a legal desk and Sara worked at Bristol University vet school and then a family owned practice in Exeter, where she’s been ever since. Matthew though was looking for opportunities outside the law. Life as a

Living with Sara showed Matthew how hard vets work to keep our pets healthy and happy. There might be cuddles with a cute puppy or kitten from time to time, but a vet’s day is regularly filled with complex life or death decisions. It’s not just the days either; accompanying Sara to the clinic on a midnight call out to a distressed dog owner whose labrador had been hit by a car was a sudden awakening (literally) to the challenges of veterinary practice. Being a vet takes huge skill, dedication and an enormous amount of energy. It’s not surprising that vets running their own businesses don’t always have time to shout about the great work they do and that they need a helping hand to promote the benefits of using an independent vets practice. With a passion for supporting locally owned businesses, Matthew knew there was a way to help.

Buy local Matthew explained that the vision behind Local Vets was really part of his way of life. Lucky enough to live in small but thriving community, he always tries to support local businesses. So many towns and villages are seeing their sense of community disappear as independent shops close down and people have no choice but to turn to big chains and out of town shopping centres. Matthew told us, “Whether it’s a cafe or coffee shop, butcher, baker, or furniture maker, I always love to find a locally owned alternative to the big brands. The same goes for vets practices - who are increasingly being taken over by big corporate groups, and their clients often don’t even know it. By starting Local Vets I wanted to help pet owners find and get to know the vets who really care about their local communities and the pets within them.” As a devoted pet owner himself - Koru now having been joined by Alphie alongside three cats, Paddy; Murphy and Saphie - Matthew understands how important it is to find a vet who is committed to caring for both people and their pets. Local Vets helps promote practices that are rooted in the community they serve, and who deliver excellence coupled with care and compassion. And all thanks to internet dating and the land of the long white cloud - a description often given to New Zealand by the people who live there. Little did Matthew know that his internet date would win his heart, lead him half way around the world and inspire a dramatic career change.

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HEALTH NEWS

All the latest news relating to the total health of your pet

Insurance policy changes When you buy a pet insurance policy, reading the small print is all-important. Making sure you know what’s covered and what’s not could make all the difference in the event that you have to make a claim. What you may not have had to worry about, until recently anyway, is whether your insurance company specifies which vet you can visit in the event your pet needs specialist treatment.

RUN, RABBIT, RUN The next Chinese year of the rabbit is in 2023, but well before then the Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund (RWAF) aims to improve the lives and welfare of our domestic rabbits by raising awareness of the fundamental needs of these fluffy friends. The “Hutch is not enough” campaign aims to spread the word that our rabbits are complex, intelligent and sociable animals and require much more than a small hutch in the corner of the garden to lead fulfilled lives. Rabbits in the wild cover vast areas of ground daily in search of food and resources, so owners are encouraged to be imaginative in how they keep their rabbits entertained. Owners should ensure they are up to scratch on the very specific dietary needs of rabbits in order to prevent obesity and dental disease, and to ensure they are sociable with their rabbits to give them the companionship they crave. Find out more about the campaign at www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk. 8 Local Vets Magazine

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Your Local Vets team can deal with many and varied medical and surgical procedures, but sometimes the involvement of a specialist clinician can help treat complex conditions. Your vet will be able to recommend the most appropriate specialist for your pet’s needs, but insurance company RSA, which provides pet insurance on behalf of a number of large brands, has created a network of preferred specialist practices. This means that you may not be able to use the specialist recommended by your vet, or even the one nearest to where you live, unless you agree to pay additional charges. Not all insurance companies take this approach but you may want to check your policy to see whether there are any restrictions on the specialist clinicians you can use. Local Vets is currently developing its own pet insurance product and aims to bring you market-leading cover coupled with care and compassion.


HEALTH NEWS

CHECK-A-CHIP Don’t forget that since April 2016 it has been a legal requirement for all dogs over 8 weeks old to be microchipped and registered on a national database with up to date contact details. The aim is to encourage responsible dog ownership and to improve the chance of lost or stolen pets being reunited with their owners.

Don’t get ticked off There is a concern that national tick numbers have been increasing and that there are more exotic species of ticks arriving from the continent. The Big Tick Project has found that one in three dogs was affected by ticks when checked. Ticks can carry infectious diseases such as Lymes disease and Babesiosis. These diseases are zoonotic, which means they can be passed from the pets to people. Ticks were found in both rural and urban dogs and cats so our pets are at risk wherever in the country they live. Routine preventatives that act quickly to kill ticks before they have a chance to transmit disease should be used. Ask your Local Vets team about the preventative treatments that are available.

Getting a microchip is a simple and inexpensive procedure where a small chip, about the size of a grain of rice, is implanted in the loose skin at the back of your pet’s neck. A chip carries a sixteen digit individual number that needs to be registered on one of the national databases. By law, pet owners are responsible for keeping their contact details on the database up to date. So remember, if you move house or change your phone number you must update your details. To check where your pet’s microchip is registered go to www.check-a-chip.co.uk and enter your pet’s microchip number. You should find this on your pet’s vaccination card or vet records and you can always ask your Local Vets team if you need any help.

LUNGWORM – KNOW THE SIGNS You may have seen in the news and on TV adverts that cases of lungworm are on the increase. This can be a serious and potentially deadly disease for dogs. Lungworm is a type of parasitic worm called Angiostrongylus vasorum, which typically infects slugs and snails. Lungworm cannot be passed from one dog to another, but dogs can become infected by eating slugs or snails or eating food or water which has been in contact with slug or snail trails. The overall risk of infection is still relatively low and lungworm remains an uncommon disease. However, the serious consequences of lungworm mean it’s important to look out for the signs. A chronic cough; exercise intolerance; difficulty breathing; or weight loss could signify lungworm. Diagnosis can be difficult, as your vet needs to find the worm in your dog’s airways or faeces. Preventative products are effective against lungworm so ask your Local Vets team about the most appropriate product for your dog.

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INTERVIEW

Me and Eddie

Devon celebrity and radio broadcaster Judi Spiers tells us about her beloved cat Eddie and why she uses a local vet PHOTOGRAPHY MIKE ALSFORD

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t all started one day when a rather vicious female tabby gave birth somewhere in our woodshed. At least we think she did as we could hear her offspring but not locate them.

A few weeks later she appeared on my lawn with a beautiful blue-eyed kitten ...but refused to let me near. They then disappeared for several weeks until mother, obviously pregnant, appeared again. Her mood hadn’t improved much but she generously allowed me to feed her in the manner of a lion tamer with chair between us.  Over the weeks she began approaching the stable door in need of food. Of course I obliged, fearing that if I didn’t her pressing need would lead her to the kitchen where she would open a tin herself! Unfortunately we went on holiday before the birth but made sure our house sitter kept an eye out.

local RSPCA animal shelter Little Valley that is just around the corner. They were wonderful and provided us with pipettes and kitten milk. I got through the Cannon and Ball interview as quickly as was considered decent as I couldn’t wait to get back to my new fur balls! Kittens are without doubt the biggest time wasters on the planet. I could sit for hours in the barn cuddling them. I had to apologise, by the way, to all of my friends who had cats. I had in the past been indifferent to cats but I was now smitten! “They’re not coming in the house,” my husband declared. “I will fix up a warm box in the barn and we can decide which one to keep and he/she will be a barn cat!”

A week after our return, just as I was about to leave the house to drive down to Torquay to interview Cannon and Ball, a camper van drew up in our drive. Out got a rather robust German lady who declared that she had just come upon some kittens in our lane. Banging on the side of the van she called for “Liesel!” Out came Liesel proferring a tiny kitten in her hands. Liesel was followed by Fritz, Hans, Marie and Berthe each with a small kitten. It was like a scene from The Sound of Music when Maria was introduced to the Von Trapp clan. We suddenly went from a ‘no pets’ household to the owner of two tabbies, two black and white and one black kitten. Well I had an interview to do so my husband was left with strict instructions to find out how to feed them from the 10 Local Vets Magazine

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I agreed …to keep the peace…knowing that in time I would have my way! Oh the hours I had watching them grow, play and feed. The kitten milk was dispensed with in a few days and they were practically on raw steak! Sadly the litter box was somewhat of a puzzle to them. They preferred to find their own little hidden corners in which to leave their ‘sculptures’. I knew this as each day I would hear a loud exclamation from the barn when my husband discovered their offerings. We eventually kept the largest tabby, Tigger, and the little pure black, Eddie, who continued to keep me on my toes climbing along the pergola and into the bedroom at night with fully grown live rabbits and voles. On one occasion Tigger presented me with a very aggressive and smelly weasel. On another night, working as a team, the carcass of a dead pheasant was dragged through the cat flap, gutted and stripped, and they both lay sated like latter day Caligulas on my sofa! By this time of course they were in the house… even on the bed on Sunday mornings! Tigger eventually decided to leave home some 10 years ago as for some reason Eddie had become the dominant cat. I was of course very upset but if that is what he wanted to do...that is what he wanted to do. Nine years on Eddie is still with us thanks to my wonderful vet who has removed a cancerous lump, mass around his thyroid and now treats him for water problems and hypertension! I must admit some mornings I feel like a drug dealer cutting minute pills with a razor blade. I’m happy to say, after having tried crushing, hiding


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“It is such a relief to have a local vet and nurses who know my Eddie and me. His medication is reviewed frequently and there is always someone available in an emergency - of which there have been a few. You build a relationship of trust with your vet. They are there in your darkest moments and you owe them your loyalty. I would never dream of taking Eddie anywhere other than my trusted local vet, who is always there for us in both sickness and in health.”

them in chewy sticks and Parma ham, he now gobbles them down in a bit of raw beef burger twice a day! A few years ago, noticing that Eddie was bumping into things the vet was called and turned up within 15 minutes. The vet diagnosed a water infection, which had affected his sight. The vet took bloods and ran the test that night, dispensed medicine and the very next day Eddie could see again. I know I can’t expect Eddie to be with us for many more years, there are times we thought he was a goner but with a little dementia, deafness and ‘slight’ incontinence he can still catch the odd rabbit and offers great cuddles!

Since this article was written, we were very sorry to hear that Eddie has sadly passed away after 19 wonderful years. We wanted to publish this article as a tribute to Eddie, who has been laid to rest in Judi’s garden. www.lovelocalvets.com

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CHARITIES

The best stories from the animal charities

The dog who took a cat and mouse game too far Elmo, a three-year-old shih-tzu dog, needed emergency veterinary treatment at a Blue Cross animal hospital after playing with his feline friend’s toy mouse. Elmo was so taken with the toy that when his owner tried to retrieve the mouse toy off him he swallowed it whole. Worried the toy was stuck and would cause him harm, Mrs Blake rushed him to Blue Cross vets where he was given a general anaesthetic to allow a vet to locate the toy. An x-ray and endoscopy revealed the toy had made its way down to Elmo’s stomach and it would take surgery to safely remove it. Tracy Nicholson, Blue Cross Vet Nurse said: “If the toy was left there it more than likely would have caused a major blockage in Elmo’s digestive system. Elmo is very lucky that his owner was so quick-thinking in bringing him to us for help, as sadly blockages in the gut are very serious and can be fatal.” Once the toy mouse was removed, Elmo needed a drip and antibiotics to fight off any potential infection. He didn’t want to eat so was kept at the hospital for intensive nursing and observation. Happily he made a full recovery and is now back home with his devoted owner.

CATS PROTECTION has been appointed to sit alongside eight fellow volunteer Trustees to help steer the governance of the charity, which has its head office in Chelwood Gate, Sussex.

A cat lover from Peacehaven with a wealth of public sector and voluntary experience has been selected to join the Board of Trustees at Cats Protection, the UK’s largest cat charity. Irene Campbell

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Irene, who lives with her own cat Linnea, was previously Assistant Director of Customer and Community Services at East Sussex County Council before taking early retirement this year in order to focus on other interests, including her voluntary work. As well as acting as a Trustee for various charities over the past 20 years, Irene also

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Blue Cross has been dedicated to helping sick, injured and homeless pets since 1897 but it receives no government funding and relies on support from animal lovers to keep more pets happy and healthy. Visit the www.bluecross.org.uk to find out more.

has previous experience volunteering for Cats Protection, having helped set up a branch in Burgess Hill more than 30 years ago. Irene said: “I’m a huge cat lover and a great supporter of the voluntary sector, so it really is a privilege to join Cats Protection’s Board of Trustees. The charity has a great forward-thinking ethos, and I’ve been so impressed by the work it does in campaigning to improve feline welfare and educating the public on cat care, as well as the sheer number of cats it helps through its rehoming and neutering work.” Cats Protection is the UK’s largest cat charity, helping

over 500 cats every day through a network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 32 centres. Heather McCann, Chair of Trustees at Cats Protection, said: “We are delighted to welcome Irene onto our Board of Trustees. Irene brings enormous experience in interacting with the public and we know this will be a great benefit to help shape the future of Cats Protection.”


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“There’s no way we would have been able to afford the treatment for Bobby privately, so we’re really grateful to PDSA for everything they have done. It gives me nightmares to think what could have happened had he been inside the machine any longer.”

NEAR CAT-ASTROPHE A kitten nearly paid the ultimate price for his curiosity after getting accidentally trapped in the washing machine, but he’s now been nominated for the PDSA Pet Survivor Awards 2016. Bengal crossbreed, Bobby, climbed unnoticed in among the washing and made himself comfy. But his peaceful snooze quickly turned into a nightmare when his loving owner, Lisa Keefe, unwittingly turned the machine onto a 60-degree cycle. Just moments later Lisa (47) from Meadows, Nottingham, heard a loud thudding noise and was horrified to realise that Bobby was trapped inside. She stopped the machine immediately and prevented what could have been a true cat-astrophe. She said: “Bobby has been known to climb into the washing machine, so I always try to keep the door shut and keep him away when adding a new load, and check inside before turning it on. On this occasion I had actually taken him outside, but he must have snuck back inside when my back was turned and hidden under the duvet. “As soon as I heard the noise I asked my husband Kevin where Bobby was. I rushed to the machine and could see the colour of his fur mixed in with the quilt. I was petrified and raced to get him out.” Thanks to Lisa’s quick thinking, ninemonth-old Bobby was still alive but severely distressed. He was rushed to our Nottingham Pet Hospital where vets took him straight to the emergency room.

was dangerously low. We gently dried him out, kept him warm and gave him intravenous fluids to treat shock. We monitored him overnight, and within hours he had stabilised and was able to go home the next day. “Bobby is very lucky,” added Tamsin. “In my 15 years as a vet I’ve never seen a case like this and certainly never heard of a cat surviving a washing machine cycle.” The PDSA Pet Survivor awards are open to any pet treated by a vet in the UK for a life-threatening illness or injury. Pet owners wishing to nominate their pet can enter online. Awards are run in association with PDSA Petsurance. Tamsin explained that cats can be very inquisitive and are often drawn to washing machines and tumble driers as they can be warm and cosy places to rest. She said it was important for owners to always check the drums before putting on a cycle. Lisa said she was now ultra-vigilant when it comes to putting on a load: “I think Bobby’s learned his lesson the hard way, he doesn’t go anywhere near the washer anymore. But I’m still very careful and triple check before turning it on.”

GIVE A DOG A HOME Little Valley Animal Shelter is owned and run by the South, East and West Devon Branch of the RSPCA, a separately registered charity responsible for raising funds locally to support the work of the Branch and the Shelter. Before visiting the Shelter please call 07748 629202 during their opening hours to speak to a member of the dog team. They will have a brief, friendly discussion with you and hopefully invite you to visit the Shelter. If there is a suitable dog you would like to adopt they will reserve it for you and arrange for all family members to meet your new dog. RSPCA Little Valley Animal Shelter Black Hat Lane, Bakers Hill, Exeter EX2 9TA. Tel 01392 439898 www.rspca-littlevalley.org.uk

Dogs Trust centres are open six days a week, including weekends and Bank Holidays, and you are welcome to drop in during opening hours. Centre staff will do their best to find a dog whose needs suit your circumstances from the start, so many people agree a match with centre staff on the first visit and are able to take home the dog soon after (pending a home check). Some might need to visit a centre more times to find a suitable dog, and occasionally dogs might need to get to know their new owners more gradually, over several visits. Dogs Trust Ilfracombe Hazeldene, West Down, Ilfracombe, North Devon EX34 8NU. Tel 01271 812 709 www.dogstrust.org.uk

PDSA vet, Tamsin Thomas, said: “Bobby was on the verge of collapse as his body was soaked through and his temperature

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INTERVIEW

ANIMAL MAGIC Richard Austin shares his tips on capturing those magical images

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ichard Austin is one of the South West’s top animal photographers. With more than 25 years experience in photography, he has captured an array of cute, magnificent and beautiful animals. He’s even had his own six part TV series, ‘Richard Austin’s Animal Magic’, which won the Royal Television Society’s Regional family entertainment programme of the year in 2007. We sat down to have a chat with Richard to find out how his photography career started and what it takes to get the perfect shot… Why did you decide to start a career in photography? From the age of ten I became fascinated by the whole photographic process. My local boys club had a darkroom and I was allowed inside to stand and watch. To me, it was a fantastic experience and by the age of seventeen I eventually mustered enough cash to buy a 35mm camera. I scrimped and saved up to buy it, going by the shop every day to make sure it hadn’t been sold. Do you have any tricks for getting that perfect animal photo? Each animal is very different and it largely depends if you are photographing wildlife or other domestic animals. Patience is a virtue as they say and you need that in abundance for both. I have to say that my more successful pictures are electronically untouched. Animals have a mind of their own so always be ready for when they do something completely sporadic, that’s often the shot you are looking for! Have you had any funny, standout animal moments on a shoot? I’ve experienced many incidents when I’ve had a big smile on my face! The now famous photograph of the pig in red wellies was a real test of my patience. I tried for 3 months on and off for that picture to come together! What kind of equipment do you need to get the perfect photo? I use the best camera equipment that money can buy, as a professional photographer it’s a must. But in terms of lenses and wildlife photography, you’ll need a long lens (telephoto) and they are not cheap. Having said that, I’ve seen some great pet photos posted on Facebook that have simply been snapped with an iPhone.

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What are the difficulties you face photographing animals on a regular basis? The main difficulty now is finding decent subjects. I love photographing kittens and puppies. A must-do for me is British Bull Dog pups or Boxer dog pups so if anyone knows where, I’d be on the road! What has been the highlight of your career so far? It has to be winning the national award double at the UK Regional Press Awards, the UK regional news and UK regional sports photographer of the year with an awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in London. Where do you get inspiration? My inspiration has always been to get my work published in as many newspapers as possible. Like an actor needs a stage, a photographer needs a publisher, without it there is no money, no career. Tell us a bit about Richard Austin’s Animal Magic. What was it like being on camera rather than behind it? Being asked to feature in my own TV series was a bit of a shock! The ‘Animal Magic’ column in the Western Morning News was proving to be very popular and I got a lot of feed-back from it, but it was still a shock when ‘Televisionary’ producer Jeremy Hibbard called and put the idea to me. It was a new experience but I loved every minute of it. I remember very well when it was first aired, I was in my local pub and everyone stayed to watch Animal Magic. I put up with a lot of cheeky banter but it was worth it. How many people get the opportunity to have their own six-part TV series? What advice would you give to aspiring wildlife/animal photographers? You get out what you put in, so study your photographic prey, put in the hours, look at what other good photographers are doing and the standard they have reached which will give you something to aim for. Always remember that the ingredients for a good picture is picking the right subject, ensuring you have a fantastic backdrop and being painstakingly thorough when checking out each corner of the viewfinder as you compose your image. Happy snapping!

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Did you know? Richard worked with Local Vets on a pet photo shoot and many of the pictures in this magazine are from that day


INTERVIEW

RICHARD’S FAVOURITE PHOTOGRAPH... “I have several favourite images, but for me the ultimate photograph I bagged in 2005 on Exmoor. It was an amazing news photograph that was published all around the world. I was working on a potential book, recording the last days of legal hunting, when I saw a loose stag cantering down towards the river. I worked out it was going to surprise everyone and burst through the hedge exactly where the hunt horses were, and it did! The stag launched itself and took the huntsman clean off his horse! Both parties weren’t seriously hurt, apart from a few bruises and I had about 10 images of the whole incident.”

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PET SHOP

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MADE FROM SCRATCH IN DEVON Scratchy Cats, a husband and wife team in Devon, have built a reputation for functional, long lasting cat scratching posts. They are so confident that your cat will use and love one of their scratchers that every single one of their products comes with the unique Catisfaction Guarantee. ScratchyCats also offer a bespoke design service and can make any cat scratching post you wish. The only limit is your imagination. Visit www.scratchycats.com for more details.

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When considering options for letting your cat outside, a microchip cat flap is an essential. It provides your pet with a secure and stress-free home. Stop neighbourhood cats invading your home, stealing food, scratching, spraying and terrorising your cat. The SureFlap range of microchip pet doors read your pets existing microchip, only allowing your own pet into the house. Find out more at www.sureflap.co.uk

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PET SHOP

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PUZZLING TIMES Nina Ottosson puzzles will keep your dog busy looking for treats! They are available in different difficulty levels to suit dogs of all sizes and ages. Great for older and injured dogs too. All dogs need to use their brain in order to keep healthy, and Nina Ottosson puzzle games are a fun way to do that! More information at www.nina-ottosson.com

PLAYTIME FOR YOUR CAT The KONG Cat Wobbler gives cats a rewarding mental and physical challenge as well as dispensing treats. The KONG Cat wobbler provides beneficial mental and physical stimulation, perfect for indoor cats too. With its entertaining wobble action, the Cat wobbler makes playtime fun and rewarding by dispensing small treats. Recommended in weight management programs it can also be used as a mealtime feeder. It slows down rapid eating and helps to fight boredom and obesity by encouraging cats to work for their food. Simply unscrew the top for easy filling and cleaning. The fun, floppy catnip tail also helps to invite play. Find out more at www.kongcompany.com www.lovelocalvets.com

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ADVERTISING FEATURE

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YOUR LETTERS

Please email your questions to hello@lovelocalvets.com DEAR LOCAL VETS I recently bought an English Lop rabbit and my 10-year-old daughter and I both absolutely love him. We currently keep him in a suitable hutch and run in the garden but I have heard that you can train them to roam freely around your house. I would love to be able to let our rabbit into the house as I don’t like seeing him outside on his own. Do you have any tips or advice on how to train him? I obviously don’t want him toileting all over my house or chewing any of my furniture so can you train them to use a litter tray?

DEAR LOCAL VETS We’ve recently noticed that our 9 year old labrador called Rolo has been reluctant to get in and out of the back of the car. We’ve been lifting him up and down much of the time, but this can be a bit of a struggle for both of us. Sometimes when I lift Rolo up he growls at me, which is odd because he’s always enjoyed going out in the car before. What do you think the matter could be? Sorry to hear that Rolo isn’t enjoying his trips out in the car as much as he used too. It sounds like Rolo is probably experiencing pain or stiffness in his joints, making it harder for him to jump up and down. Given his age, it’s likely that he’s starting to suffer from arthritis and this is the cause of the pain that is making him reluctant to get in and out of the car. Your willingness to lift him up and down is making getting in the car easier for him, but you may be putting pressure on a sore point when you do so. This is likely to be what’s causing the growling when you lift him, rather than a fear of going in the car. There are effective treatments for arthritis and it would be a good idea to book an appointment at your Local Vets as soon as you can. It may also be worth getting Rolo a car ramp so that he can climb in and out of the car without having to jump. Hopefully Rolo will find getting around a bit easier once he’s had a thorough check over and started treatment.

Absolutely, rabbits are intelligent and sociable animals and will enjoy spending time with you in the house. It’s important that you make sure your house provides a safe and secure environment for your rabbit, so it’s recommended that you supervise them at all times if they are roaming around. In order to leave your rabbit in the house whilst you and your daughter do other things, it’s best to create a safe enclosure within a room. Rabbits love to chew and the things they find around the house to chew on aren’t usually safe for them. Probably the greatest hazard for house rabbits is electrical cables and you should make sure that your safe area has cables shielded by a protective casing or no cables at all. You should also clear away anything they could knock over as they’re hopping around and provide plenty of rabbit friendly toys to interact with. Rabbits can be trained to use a litter tray and it makes sense to put this in your safe area. Rabbits tend to quite naturally use a litter tray and the easiest way to do this is by putting the litter tray where you see them go to the toilet

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PET RECIPE as rabbits naturally choose the same area each time. They’re most likely to prefer their litter tray in the corner of the room so if you can position it there you shouldn’t have much trouble. Neutered rabbits tend to be easier to litter train as they’ll have less tendency to mark their territory with urine. It is recommended that you neuter your rabbit as it will help him to lead a happy and healthy life, and additionally in male rabbits it helps to reduce aggression. DEAR LOCAL VETS I’ve had my 5 year old black and white cat called Maggie since she was about a year or so old. She is a rescue cat and doesn’t seem to like going outside all that much. She does go out in the garden when the weather is nice but doesn’t stray too far. I didn’t fit a cat flap because Maggie seems happy to spend most of her time inside and she’s happy to use a litter tray. I’ve noticed recently that she’s been getting into her litter tray and scrabbling around much more frequently. She probably used to get in the litter tray a few times a day, but now it’s sometimes a few times an hour. She often looks like she’s straining to urinate and sometimes only passes a few drops. It sounds like Maggie is suffering from a urinary tract disease. This is likely to be causing her bladder to become inflamed and making her feel she needs to urinate more regularly than usual, even if she doesn’t need to go at all. There are many potential causes of this problem in cats. It can be brought about by an infection, but frequent urination can also be a response to stress or an underlying problem with the bladder which causes it to become inflamed, such as stones or masses. You should make an appointment at your Local Vets as soon as possible, where your vet will be able to carry out tests to determine what’s causing the irritation. Urinary tract problems are usually cleared up relatively quickly with the correct medication and management, so Maggie should be back to her normal self within a few days. Some cats are more prone to urinary tract diseases than others, but there are a few things you can do to help keep problems at bay. Making sure cat litter is changed on a regular basis is important as cats often won’t use a dirty litter tray. Providing a plentiful supply of fresh drinking water is, of course, a necessity for any cat; and a well hydrated cat is likely to flush out its bladder more frequently which may reduce the chance of inflammation. Finally, feeding a good quality complete diet is important to maintain all round good health. Cats with poor diets can produce too much acidic or alkaline urine, predisposing them to urinary and other health problems.

TASTY TREATS With so many delicious, nutritious recipes doing the rounds at the moment for the human folk, we’ve decided to bring you a recipe with tasty treats for your furry friend. With thanks to Lily’s Kitchen, we can bring you some delicious doggy delights, so dust off your apron and whip up a storm in the kitchen!

CHEESY BREAKFAST BARS

These are a great addition to you r pet’s pantry. They are handy to take on a long journey if there hasn’t been time for breakfast (or supper) and you know you aren’t going to be able to scoop out some food for your dog. They are also good as a big treat if you ’re on a long walk and suppertime seems like a long way off. This recipe makes about eight bars.

INGREDIENTS 200g (7 oz) rolled oats 2 tbsp honey 50g (2 oz) Cheddar cheese, grat

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3 tbsp sunflower oil 25g (1 oz) fresh parsley or rose 1 egg, beaten

mary, finely chopped

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 180°C (350 °F/ gas 4). Lightly grease a baking tin. Put all the ingredients into a saucepan. Stir over a low hea t for a couple of minutes and then pour into the baking tin. Smooth down the mixture firmly using the back of a wooden spo on. Bake in the oven for 20 minute s until golden brown. Remove from the oven and leave to cool slightly before cutt ing into 8 equal bars. Leave to cool com pletely in the tin. The bars will keep in an airtight container for 10 days in the frid ge. www.lovelocalvets.com

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COMPETITION

TERMS & CONDITIONS 1. The promoter is Local Vets, a trading name of Locovo Limited, company no 9153506 whose registered office is at 3 Southernhay West, Exeter EX1 1JG. 2. Employees of Local Vets or Astley Media or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition. 3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition. 4. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter can be found at www.lovelocalvets.com. 5. Closing date for entries will be 31 June 2017. After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted. 6. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason. 7. There is one competition prize comprised of a Drinkell 360 Stainless Steel Pet Fountain, a Dogrobe, a Large Kong ZoomGroom brush and a Kong Classic Large toy. The prize value based on recommended retail prices was correct at the time of publication. 8. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter. 9. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.

WIN

Keep your pet in the life of luxury and win over £120 worth of fantastic pet products provided by Kong, Dog Robes and Pet Fountain. To be in with a chance of winning this superb pet-friendly prize simply answer the following question and register your answer at www.lovelocalvets.com What is the name of Judi Spiers’ cat? A Murphy B Eddie C Merlin

10. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice. 11. A winner will be chosen at random on or after 31 June 2017. 12. The winner will be notified by email and/or letter within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner. 13. The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected. 14. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. 15. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions. 16. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales. 17. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent. 18. The winner’s name will be available 28 days after closing date by sending a stamped addressed envelope to the following address: Astley Media, 6 Northernhay Place, Exeter, EX4 3QJ. 19. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions. 20. To the extent that this competition is promoted using social media, the promoter confirms it is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other social network. You are providing your information to Local Vets and not to any other party. The information provided will be used in conjunction with the Privacy Policy found at www.lovelocalvets.com

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Visit www.lovelocalvets.com and enter the correct answer along with your details. It’s as simple as that and all this could be yours! n A Drinkwell® 360 Stainless Steel Pet Fountain n A DogRobe to keep your dog warm and dry n A Large Kong ZoomGroom brush n A Kong Classic Large toy


MEET THE VET

What it means to be a Local Vets approved practice We wanted to give you an insight into why local independent vets practices like yours are joining Local Vets. We caught up with Fiona Rawlings of Rock View Vets near St Austell to find out more. Here’s what Fiona had to tell us… What Rock View clients say... Lovely people – explained everything they were going to do and kept me advised on progress throughout the day.

They’re always helpful, caring and friendly – you never feel your animal doesn’t matter to them.

Great in getting the kids involved in the care and treatment of the animal. A great way to educate the next generation of pet owners.

Really like the fact it’s a small practice which means they get to know you and your animal.

Staff are wonderful. Even simple things like recommendations for puppy classes are no trouble. A great experience.

After experiencing an extremely busy year, the team at Rock View thought it was fitting to sign up to Local Vets who promote local, independently owned vets providing them with a voice next to the huge corporate practices. As a group they believe, as I do, that you don’t want a faceless, conveyor belt experience when you take your pet to the vets. You want someone who really cares about the treatment that you and your pet receive. As a vet practice, you want the customer to leave the practice feeling confident that their pet is happy and healthy and that you have given the best advice possible. We’ve been running for over ten years and have many clients who have remained with us from day one. We know their pet; what he or she is like, and what we have dealt with in the past. It’s just as important that our customers know us too. We want you to feel reassured when you come into the practice that you will be greeted by a friendly face and are in trustworthy hands. Local Vets want to promote and showcase local vets who, like us, are at the heart of their community. These are practices that are run by local people and support the communities that they are based in. For example, we provide our community with a defibrillator and we support the Young Farmers’ Club and the Cricket Club. We’re not only there for the blue light emergencies but as importantly for the every day – worm, flea, tick treatment, advice on local kennels and catteries, advice on local dog walking areas and whatever else we can do to help. I am confident in this rapidly changing profession that our customers will vote with their feet. Bigger is not always better! Rock View Vets, as with many other local businesses, will continue to offer individual care to you and your pets. Fiona Rawlings with Matthew Dunne, founder of Local Vets

Really good communication, information on looking after my animal was excellent and they Very friendly, told us lots of things clearly love that we didn’t know. the animals they treat. www.lovelocalvets.com

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KIDS CORNER

Can you find the pet-related words hidden below?

Sylva

Velvet

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Elvis

Some of the letters Alvin of the alphabet are not included in the shape on the left. Unscramble the missing letters to make the name of a baby animal


KIDS CORNER

THERE ARE 10 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE PICTURES BELOW. CAN YOU FIND THEM ALL?

SYLVA’S SUDOKU

1 4 2 3

4 2 3 1

Sylva

Unscramble the letters below to give you the names of some Velvet more unusual pets

Elvis

Alvin

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YOUR PHOTOS

Please send your pet photos to hello@lovelocalvets.com

This is Dan Pritchard’s dog Maisie

This is Lisa Singleton’s lab Rex as a puppy and now at 3!

This is Mary Youlden’s Retriever Monty

Meet Nancy Reed’s dog Darcy

Meet Freddy sent in by Abi Bramhall

Dewey the sleeping cat sent in by Cristina Peckett. Very cosy!

Matt Hobbs sent us a photo of his adorable rabbit called Yori

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QUIZ ANSWERS Word Scramble – PIGLET The Unusual Pets are: GOLDFISH, CHICKEN, BUDGERIGAR, PARROT, TARANTULA www.lovelocalvets.com

Athena James sent us a photo of her tortoise Daphne While every care is taken to ensure accuracy, Local Vets, the publishers, authors and printers cannot accept liability for errors or omissions. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without the written permission of the copyright holder and publisher. Opinions expressed in this magazine are not necessarily those of Local Vets or the publisher. Local Vets is a trading name of Locovo Limited with company number 9153506 and registered office at 3 Southernhay West, Exeter, EX1 1JG.


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