Spinney Lodge Vets: Don’t Let Pets Get Ticked Off With Fleas

With the county and country basking in a prolonged heatwave, a leading Northampton vet has urged pet owners to be aware of possible tick and flea problems the hot weather may bring for animals.

Iain Fletcher, clinical director at Spinney Lodge Vets, in Kettering Road, has warned that hot and humid temperatures are ideal conditions for parasites such as ticks and fleas to flourish.

He is now urging animal-lovers to check their pets carefully over the summer and make sure all preventative
treatments are up-to-date to combat the risk of potentially serious health problems.

Iain, who has been with Spinney Lodge for 11 years, said: “Hot and sticky conditions are perfect for these parasites, so pet owners need to be vigilant to prevent or treat an infestation.

“Owners should frequently check their pet’s coat for any signs of ticks or fleas by running their fingers through the fur or, even better, by using a fine-toothed comb.

“They should also be on the look-out for any excessive scratching, itching and biting, which are classic signs of a problem, along with scabs, hair loss, allergic reactions and pale gums.

“People must take the problem seriously and it’s very important owners take their pets straight to a vet if they show any such symptoms because an infestation of ticks and fleas can lead to more serious problems like tick paralysis, anaemia and tape worms.

“Vets can give immediate care and provide a number of preventive treatments to counter the dangers from both ticks and fleas.”

Spinney Lodge has just launched its Pet Health Club initiative which aims to provide the best preventative healthcare for pets, while saving money and spreading the cost throughout the year.

To find out more about Spinney Lodge, it’s Pet Health Club and how to protect your pets from parasites, call 01604 648221 or search for ‘Spinney Lodge Veterinary Hospital’ on Facebook.

Editor’s Letter: July Issue

Dear Neighbours,

I’ve had a hectic few weeks, rushing from one thing to another and whilst I’m exhausted, it’s also fulfilling to have been so busy – although I’m not sure I have the stamina to sustain it! I normally like to be in control and pre-plan everything in advance, however I’ve recently had a number of impromptu jaunts…and I’ve now discovered, after 40(ish) years, that I quite enjoy being spontaneous! For one thing, it’s refreshing not to have time to over analyse every detail of a pre-planned event (another trait of mine!). So, this summer why not break from your norm and do something out of your comfort zone…you might surprise yourself!

This issue is all about embracing the great outdoors… from stylish summer picnics, page 14; tech tools for wherever you may roam, page 20; holiday reads, page 24; making the most of summer by ensuring your garden is a great place to relax and entertain, page 38; to the best convertibles for under £2000, page 56.

Do make sure, however, that you stay safe in the sun; our health feature highlights the dangers of UV exposure and the importance of protecting your skin, page 28; we also have advice on helping your dog deal with the heat of summer, page 50.

With school holidays approaching, we have suggestions on how to make your budget stretch that bit further in order to enjoy a summer full of fun activities, page 10. Finally, we have a couple of great recipes for you… a tasty starter of Filo Crab Parcels, page 34 and individual Berry and Chocolate Pavlovas for dessert, page 36. Enjoy!

Until next month…


Northampton Town Festival: 7th-8th July

Great British Food Festival: Kelmarsh Hall, 7th-8th July

Editor’s Letter: June Issue

Dear Neighbours,

Every now and then I look back over my back catalogue of editions and re-read my editors letter for a particular month and year; it’s a lovely snapshot in time and a reminder of what was happening in my life at that point – almost like writing a diary, which I regret not continuing with after my teens…life just becomes too busy to make the time, unfortunately. As I flicked through past June issues, where I talk about the yo-yoing weather in 2017 (no change there then!), the 2016 Olympics, and my sky-dive in 2015; it was my opening paragraph in 2014 which made me reflective… “It can’t possibly be four years since the last FIFA World Cup! Where has the time gone?”

And yet here we are again! Another World Cup, signifying four more years of my life have elapsed in a blink of an eye… four years older (and not necessarily wiser!)… two strapping teenagers, now as tall as me… highs and lows within that period of time… and regardless of the particular milestone, it acts as a reminder that time flies and to pause every so often to reflect, appreciate and enjoy each chapter.

That can, at times, be difficult if faced with a challenging period in your life; emotionalskills psychotherapist, Deanna Joyce, provides advice on well-being on page 26 and our health feature this month looks at when ‘Golden Years’ are tarnished by stress, page 54.

With summer on its way, we have tech for outdoor living, page 10; money saving tips for your summer holiday, page 12 and beauty travel buys on page 16.

Gardening expert, Pippa Greenwood, gets creative with containers, page 34 and our interiors feature this issue is on bathroom lighting, page 40.

Finally, we have a family ticket for Bugsy Malone to give away, courtesy of Royal & Derngate Theatre; competition details on page 31.

Until next month…


Northampton Music Festival: Sunday 17th June

Cloudy2Clear: Has Your Double Glazing Steamed Up?

Editor’s Letter: May Issue

Dear Neighbours,

After a short family break in France it’s back to the grindstone, and even more so for my son who has his GCSE’s looming. All of a sudden he’s volunteering to do household chores and dog walking duties – anything to divert from his revision schedule! I’m trying not to be a nag as he has to take responsibility for his own future but his overly laid-back approach to his exams is beginning to worry me – I’ll no doubt be a nervous wreck, on his behalf, by the summer… but at least I’ll have a clean house and a well exercised dog!

Deaf Awareness Week runs from 14th to 20th May; and according to the charity Action on Hearing Loss (AOHL), in the UK 11 million of us (1 in 6) have hearing loss. That’s why Deaf Awareness Week, organised by the UK Council on Deafness and backed by many hearing loss organisations, is so vital; page 46.

The Payment Protection Insurance mis-selling scandal has resulted in billions of pounds being repaid to customers by the banks and other large financial institutions, but it’s not just PPI that can be reclaimed. We look at other potential reclaim opportunities in our finance feature on page 50.

Also this issue, we have interiors advice on making the most of a small bathroom, page 10; decorating with dark colours, page 16 and gadgets for your garden, page 30.

Motoring expert, James Baggott, reviews the lesser known Infiniti QX50, which hopes to rival the established BMW and Audi SUV’s when it is launched in the UK later this year. Find out how it compares on page 54.

Finally, five-time Tony award-winning show, Titanic The Musical, sails into Northampton’s Royal & Derngate Theatre – and we have two tickets to give away, courtesy of Royal & Derngate Theatre; competition details on page 34.

Until next month…


Team PIP to cycle to raise money!

The Silverstone Circuit will once again play host to the annual Northamptonshire Parent Infant Partnership (NorPIP) charity bike ride, at the world-famous Silverstone Race Circuit on Monday 7th May.

The event takes place on Monday 7th May, it is a great opportunity for experienced riders, budding cyclists and families, to take on the 3.66-mile Silverstone Grand Prix circuit. Alongside the bike ride a family fun day will be taking place with bouncy castles, entertainment, local stalls and other activities for cyclists, families and children to enjoy.

This year will see the return of Ruby Isaac a local budding young cyclist, after raising over £1600 last year she wanted to get more children involved. Ruby ran a competition via social media to get 10 other children of any ability aged between 7-14 to cycle with her. Their aim is to cycle at least 3 laps. Who is Team PIP? Ruby Isaac Age 9, Finnbar Stockley Age 12, Ellie May Stokes Age 9, Isla Faith Spencer Age 10, Billie-Jordon Butler Age 10, Ella Langston Age 11, Billy Turford Age 8, Ruby O’Dell Age 8, Monty Melville Age 8 and Olivia Orme Age 8.

Over 300 cyclists are expected to cycle around the circuit enjoying the iconic turns and straights of the track. Trek MK will be on hand as the official bike mechanics to help with any mechanical issues, ensuring cyclists can take full advantage of the track on the day.

Jess Barker Fundraising Coordinator for NorPIP says ‘’ Every year hundreds of families and professional cyclists get together for this fun bike ride around an incredible track. This year is set to be the biggest and best bike ride yet!!! It is a perfect way to spend a bank holiday Monday with friends and family. We have more stalls, fun and entertainment. We have one of the only rides in the country that we know of where new generations of cyclists can participate in as part of a great day out. The students from Northampton University have done a great job organising this year’s event and they’ve worked so hard its been a pleasure working with them!”

The family fun day is free and tickets for the cycle start from £20 for adults and £5 for children and are available to buy from the NorPIP website: http://norpipbikeride.wixsite.com/2017 or on the door (CASH ONLY ON THE DAY).

Editor’s Letter: April Issue

Dear Neighbours,

Snow, wind, rain, and the occasional glimpse of sunshine…we’ve had it all in recent weeks! You know it’s not worth venturing out when your dog pokes his head out of the door and then swiftly retreats back inside!

I’m longing to ditch my thermals and watch my sons football matches in some spring sunshine, but it’s likely their season will be over before the temperature sustains double figures. On a positive note, we’ll appreciate it all the more when the warmer weather does finally pay us a visit… just the promise of 15 degrees Celsius will have me mixing a Pimm’s and organising a BBQ – how easily pleased am I!

With our lawns taking a battering from recent weather extremities, it’s time to get to work now in order to get it ready for summer use. Gardening expert, Pippa Greenwood, has all the advice you need on page 34.

Our finance feature examines whether it’s worthwhile taking out private health insurance, page 16; and Alison Runham discusses causes, symptoms and ways to manage stress in our health article, page 22.
Motoring expert, James Baggott, had an exciting time test driving the BMW X3 in the Sahara Desert; read about his adventure on page 28.

Local veterinary practice, Spinney Lodge Vets, has advice on protecting pets’ teeth and are currently offering a free dental health check; page 10 for more information.

Dates for your diary – Collingtree Park Golf Club hosts a Quiz Night on 20th April and a Jazz Night on 5th May, page 21; Collingtree Park Care Home welcomes you to their Open Day on 21st April, page 17; Northampton High School also opens their doors on 21st April to an Early Years Fun Morning, page 20; and book your tickets for NorPIP’s Bike Ride & Family Fun Day on 7th May at Silverstone Circuit, page 50.

Finally, we have two tickets to see Education, Education, Education, courtesy of Royal & Derngate Theatre; competition details on page 48. Until next month…