I often thought as a child that I would like to be a vet when I was all grown up, but I think I would have found some aspects of the job too distressing, never mind the length of time it takes to qualify! I suppose it must have been all those hours of watching James Herriot as a child or maybe it was the many trips to the vet when I was a child with various pets who were in need of some expert care. So it is no surprise at all that I loved the Vet on Call book by Mark Abraham, it is a tale of how Marc (having been told by his father to make something of himself) decided to set up an emergency out of hours service. As you can imagine it is packed full of a host of stories some funny, some sad, and we thoroughly recommend it as a great christmas read! The Nativity chapter will have you laughing out loud.Dougal was very impressed when we came back with our own copy earlier this year when we got to meet Marc at the Kennel Club launch of his 1st book. Marc has kindly donated a signed copy of his book which we have all ready to send out to one lucky winner. Some of you may recognise Marc from the telly where he has appeared on BBC Breakfast News, ITV's This Morning and Day Break, Sky's My Pet Shame amongst many others. Or if you are a tweeter you no doubt will have taken part in his Guess the breed challenges. You can check what Marc has been up to and read all about his latest projects on his website as well as getting loads of handy hints and tips about Canine Care on his iPhone app. How to Enter: 1. Its really simple just tell us what your most favourite pet related film, book or TV show ever was or is by posting a comment on our blog. The competition is open from 10am on the 20th December to 10am on the 21st December and we will announce the winner some time later this week.
There's an app for that is something that all iPhone and iPad customers are well used to hearing, in fact I have so many on my i phone that I have had to do a bit or re organising recently, to make way for some new apps that I expect to be adding when I get a chance to sit down and have a rest between christmas and new year. But never did I think that I would be able to say the words...blocked anal glands in dogs?...there's an app for that! Well now there is thanks to that lovely chap Marc Abraham otherwise know to the gang on twitter as @Marcthevet.Marc the Vet’s Canine Care app is available from Apple’s AppStore to download or even send as a gift to fellow dog-lovers, and contains over an hour of specialist video content giving you easy tips on looking after your dog including how to safely brush your dog’s teeth, apply eye ointment and even deal with the dreaded anal glands! Canine Care’s also has an emergency section will help you detect more serious conditions like bloat and gastric torsion early which could even save your dog’s life; and as if that’s not enough Canine Care also lists fun recipes for dog treats, finds your nearest vet and dog-friendly pub, as well as pet insurance quote generator plus links to discounted foods, training aids, and preventative medicines to protect your dog against fleas and worms. The great news just announced by Marc is that to help with Vet Fund Appeal, Oldies Club Patron Marc is giving away £1 from every one of his Canine Care iPhone Apps sold between now and New Year to help older dogs receive the treatment and care they deserve. The Oldies club are working closely with UK shelters specialising in the rescue and rehoming of older unwanted dogs over 7 years old and helping them find their forever homes. If you want to read more about the great work that they do then check them out! So today we have a very generous give away for FIVE winners who will each receive a totally free copy of Marc's Canine Care App, obviously this app only works on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. But if you win you could always donate your free app to a friend who has one of these devices. (All we need in an e-mail address to arrange access) How to Enter: 1. It is easy peasey, all you have to do is tell is what your favourite app is or what app you wish someone would invent by posting a comment on our blog. Oh and if you are on twitter why not say hello to @marcthevet! The competition is open from 10am on the 14th December until 10am on the 15th of December and we will announce the winner sometime on the 15th. Canine Care with Marc the Vet is available to purchase now from the AppStore for only £2.99 with £1 from every purchase going to Oldies Club Vet Fund Appeal until midnight Monday 2nd January 2012. For more information on Oldies Club visit: www.oldies.org.uk