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24 April 2019 Follow us on facebook: yourlocalindependent PETS Fully Qualified Experienced Dog Lovers 50% off 1st & 2nd Full Grooms Prices vary depending on Sizes and Breeds Collection & Delivery Available Fully Insured, Professional Service Fully Qualified Dog Grooming National Diploma Simply Dog Grooming Westhoughton 25 Manley Crescent, Westhoughton, Bolton BL5 3HR Tel: 01942 387003 - Mobile: 07715 667440 Email: Website: FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA – EXPERIENCED LOCAL PET SITTER • Pets looked after in the comfort of their own home • Only 1 price per visit (regardless of number of pets) • Cater for all small animals • Reasonable rates Call Wuff & Ready today: 01204 407137 Mobile: 07950 204358 or you can email: Website: LEE LANE PETS Lee Lane, Horwich. Tel: 01204 692938 BULK CHICKEN FEED (Mix grain sack from £7.99 Layers pellets from £7.99 BULK DOG FOOD £9.49 HYPER ALLERGENIC DOG FOOD from £7.99 BABY RABBITS £30 GUINEA PIGS £20 BABY HAMSTERS from £7.99 SNAKES from £30 BUDGIES £19.99 Loyalty Scheme Loyalty Scheme TREATING YOUR PET LIKE OUR OWN We are a long established, independent veterinary surgery in Bolton, providing excellent care to our patients and value to our clients. See our website for more information or phone us on 01204 525 066. 74-76 Chorley New Road, Bolton BL1 4BY Telephone:01204 525066 Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 8.00am-7.00pm • Saturday 8.30am-12.00pm EAR problems are quite common in pets and can potentially be very painful, but our four-legged friends can’t always let us know if they are in pain. PDSA is urging owners to be extra vigilant and look out for the signs of ear problems in pets. PDSA vet Olivia Anderson-Nathan said: “Dogs with skin aller- gies or those with floppy outer ears can be predisposed to developing ear infections. Excessive hair growth in the ear canal can also make some pets more suscepti- ble to ear infections. “Signs your pet may have an ear problem include excessively scratching at their ears, shaking their head, red or swollen ears, lots of dark brown or yellow wax, or a bad smell coming from the ears. PDSA offers step-by-step tips for cleaning pets’ ears, which you should do if advised by your vet: Step 1 – tools. You’ll need cotton wool (not buds), a pet safe ear clean- er and gloves. Step 2 – check for any nasties. Before you clean your dog’s ears, check for any red- ness or discharge. If it looks very sore, it might be best to wait until the inflammation has reduced with med- ication to clean your dog’s ears so you don’t hurt them – check with your vet if you’re not sure. Step 3 – ear cleaner. Gently lift your dog’s ear and insert the nozzle into their ear. Be careful not to push the bottle too far in. Squeeze a few drops of the ear cleaner inside the ear canal. Massage the hard cartilage of the ear canal un- derneath the ear to distribute the cleaner and loosen any dirt or discharge inside the ear. Step 4 – wipe. With your cotton wool around your finger, gently wipe all the wax and excess cleaner from the outer part of your dog’s ear. Step 5 – repeat on the other side! If you need any extra help, watch our video above to make sure you have the right technique. Your vet will also be able to give you advice and tips on cleaning your dog’s ears. BRITISH vets have been inundated by anxious pet owners seeking advice on travel policies in the run up to Brexit. Eight in 10 vets (85 per cent) have been approached for information on the trav- elling with pets in the event of a no-deal Brexit, a poll has revealed. Nearly three quarters (74 per cent) of vets report an increase in Brexit-related inquiries in the past three months, while 40 per cent ad- mit they’ve experience a significant spike. No-deal Brexit At the moment, millions of dogs, cats and ferrets are able to travel freely within the European Union under the EU Pet Trav- el Scheme. However there’s an increas- ing risk beloved pets will be left at home during the summer holiday, should the UK leave the EU without a deal. While pets will still be able to travel, the re- quired documents and health checks will differ and may take months to obtain. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs recently urged pet owners to start preparations immediately or risk their animals being denied entry. Pet own- ers are advised to discuss upcoming travel plans with vets as soon as possible. ‘Frustrated’ pet owners The British Veterinary Association says the lack of clarity is leaving pet owners anxious and frustrated. Simon Doherty said: “It is understandable that the on- going uncertainty around Brexit and ex- pected changes to the pet travel require- ments are stoking anxiety and frustration among pet owners and prompting a lot of questions.” How a no-deal Brexit will affect EU travel for UK pets He advised pet owners to discuss their upcoming travel plans with vets as soon as possible to ensure a smoother trip. He said: “Leaving the EU with no agreement in place could lead to owners facing longer waits to get their pet cleared for travel and higher costs for the required vaccination, treatments and health certificates each time they leave the UK. “Vets are there to help answer any questions and share guidance to the fullest extent possible, to make planning ahead for travelling abroad with your pet smoother.” Top tips to help keep your pet’s ears problem free Vets swamped with Brexit questions Telephone Tracy for an appointment. Collection & Delivery available upon request. 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