Online pet sales – avoiding the heartbreak this Christmas

I’m really pleased to see my early December blog for Vet Times is getting a lot of attention across a number of platforms.

Sadly this festive season there will be heartbreak and tears for many as the poorly puppies and kittens that have been bought online and shipped require urgent veterinary treatment and un many cases don’t make it to the New Year.

It can seem obvious that buying living creatures without seeing them first and then getting them transported across the country – or even further – may not be the best way to get a pet but online adverts can seem very appealing.

This was brought home to me last year during an afternoon out with my dog Hollie. A lady thought that as I had a Peke in a buggy I would understand her desire to buy a Pug puppy… from an account on Instagram!

Check out what happened and how you can spot untrustworthy online adverts – read more here

You might also like to consider my blog for Any UK Vet that supports setting up client information evenings on getting a pet. An idea from a few years ago where pre-pet parties are a way to bond with current and future clients and try to reduce the heartbreak and stress of sickly pets arriving in your consult room very soon after they arrive in their new home.

Part of the evening or afternoon could be getting local rescues to speak and share their available pets, some information from vets and vet nurses on different pets and breeds and their suitability to where you are located. Finally it would appear that educating clients on how to spot untrustworthy online adverts for pets is needed – the more we can share this information hopefully the less appealing a pretty Instagram account will appear.

Check out the blog on pre-pet support for clients here


What is a ‘stray’ cat?

Over the holiday seasons out routine change, which is great for us but can have a negative impact on our cats. If you see a new cat visiting your garden is it ‘stray’ or just trying out new spaces as the usual inhabitant of these gardens is on ‘holiday’ in a cattery?

Will feeding that ‘stray’ cat be helpful to it or a hinderance? Read more here

One last trip…

I have waited to post this blog on here for a while as now it seems real that we are a One Pet family, for the first time in a long time.

Tillie soldiered on to the end ignoring that she had no kidney function left at all and even ate some cat treats when at the vets, but it was to be her final trip to the vets as we didn’t want to wait until she started to show any signs of pain or distress. read more about our journey together here

What time is that?


In the veterinary industry we sometimes use our own language and this can be confusing for clients. We can also be a bit vague with our timings and while this can be due to the nature of healthcare procedures and unknown emergencies we could sometimes be a little more precise with how we describe our day to our clients. Read the original blog here…

Unwelcome guests

I’ve always held an admiration for some parasites. They are tiny superheroes whose entire existence is to put in minimal effort to get the maximum out of living off others.

Owning pets means you do need to consider how to prevent them getting parasites and how to treat them if they arrive. In this blog I recall the horror of moving house to find some unwelcome guests who were not paying the mortgage!

Your pet or home having fleas doesn’t mean you are unclean or a bad pet parent… these guys are pretty indestructible check out how I coped read the original blog here