Vets For Us

Powdermills Bed and Breakfast accommodation at Furnace, Inveraray are happy to encourage guests to bring their canine friends along with them. We love dogs and have two faithful hounds of our own, and having owned ten boxers previously, we like to think we understand dogs!  It is important that you know that there are good veterinary services locally in case, god forbid, your dog falls ill during your travels.  Well, have no fears because Dalriada Vets based in Lochgilphead are superb.

We moved to Powdermills, Furnace in September 2018.  At that time, we had Lillia our elderly 11-year old Boxer and Mabel.  On our first day at Powdermills we had an emergency when Mabel, who suffers from epilepsy had a seizure and Fiona Campbell, one of the partners had to act to control her fit.  The very next day we were back into the practice with Lillia who suddenly was on her last legs due to a long-term heart condition which required that she was put to sleep.  This time, the other partner Alison Barr helped Sue and I cope during a very distressing moment.  We hardly knew them, and we were both sobbing our hearts away in front of perfect strangers.  They and their staff were fantastic and over the intervening months we have got to know them well.  Of course, partly because we never seem to be out of the place, what with Mabel’s epilepsy and Boo our Italian bred pup, who shall we say, doesn’t like the climate in Scotland and seems prone to getting any ailment going around.

Waiting in the reception at the vets has become an enjoyable pastime. You meet the local community, from local policeman brining in a stray to a local farmer with a small trailer bringing in a ewe that was struggling to give birth to its lambs. The other day I sat next to two women – one with a dog and one without a pet. The vet came out the office and called for Miles?  The woman without a pet promptly stood up and told everyone to ‘brace themselves’.  She went outside to the carpark.  And, when she came back in she had a growling, cursing, bundle of fury dangling from a lead.  This was Miles a Jack Russell.  He was ushered into the vet’s room without his feet touching the floor.  The other woman with her dog said, ‘Sally, tells me that he is very well behaved at home, it’s just that he doesn’t like other dogs.’

However there is a serious point to stress especially at this time of the year, lambing season. Its important that dogs are kept on the lead as over the last few years there has been incidents where dogs have run amok with the sheep. In fact it has resulted in several criminal trials and convictions.

Knowing your dog is the aim of a rural campaign by Argyll & Bute Council and Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime (SPARC) that asks dog owners to consider the premise that ‘Your dog could attack and distress livestock’ and wants dog owners to ‘Stay safe and use a dog lead when around livestock’.  This is good advice which we would recommend.  Leaflets can be found in most tourist offices, dog-friendly places, online and at local vets.

So when out with your dog in the countryside, ‘brace yourself and your dog and clip them on the lead’!