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Hearty congratulations to Richard on successful completion of his Post Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Medicine, thereby improving the diagnostic and investigative skills of the practice and the medical management of our unwell patients.
We have bid a very fond farewell to our vet Emily who left us to seek new challenges and we wish her the best of luck with her future endeavours.
In this period where we are seeking to recruit vets to replace Emily and Adina, we will be assisted by some locum vets. Please bear with us, while we find just the right candidates for our clients and patients.
We have welcomed new Receptionists Helen and Lesley and a new Nursing Assistant Jenny who have all settled in very well. Sophie is our temporary qualified Veterinary Nurse, helping us over the next few months.
Our new Practice Manager, Amanda Browne is available Monday to Friday 8.00am – 4.00pm should you wish to talk to her. Although new to the vet world, Amanda is highly qualified and experienced in all aspects of business management. She is also, of course, an animal lover!
A microchip is a permanent method of electronic identification. The chip itself is very small, about the size of a grain of rice. It is implanted just under the skin between the shoulder blades at the back of your pets neck. Each chip has a unique number that is detected using a special scanner. The unique number is recorded on a database with details about the animal and owner. Pet owners need to ensure their contact details are recorded on the database against their pet’s microchip number. Should your pet wander or become lost, vets, animal shelters and local councils can scan your pet for a microchip and contact you via the database.
As well as having a microchip as peace of mind for you, on 6th April 2016 it became compulsory in England, Scotland and Wales for all dogs to be chipped and registered.
Even the most well behaved and best trained pets can go astray. if your pet is not chipped please contact us on 01453 543516 and we and we arrange this simple painless procedure to be carried out.
The nights are drawing in and we need to turn our thoughts to taking care of our family friends as the weather gets cooler.
Ticks and fleas can still be a worry, please get in touch with us if you need an more information, we have a number of treatments and medication available in both tablet and spot on form to suit your pets needs.
We are all aware that the firework season will soon be upon us, (have a good look at this post). Fireworks seem to start at the end of October and last until the New Year. Whilst we all enjoy a good firework display, not all of our pets feel the same way. We have remedies available to help restore a sense of calm to your pet. These come in both capsule and oral gel form and are also suitable for pets that suffer from travel sickness.
Stay safe, have fun and remember our furry friends.
Once again the firework season is upon us and no doubt it will merge into Christmas; unfortunately, by the time we all start thinking about the stress that fireworks might have on our pets, it is already too late to use some of the most effective methods of calming them down. Techniques such as noise desensitisation CD’s or downloads or plug in pheromone diffusers.
There are a variety of anxiety relieving treatments to help with pets who really struggle through this period. Please discuss with a member of the practice team who will be able to help you find the most suitable product for your pet.
Some people use sedatives, but these have risks and cannot be used every night for weeks. For dogs with mild phobias we do occasionally use a newer milder sedative but we now mainly use anxiety relieving medications, of which there are a variety, but as a whole we are trying to get owners and their animals prepared in advance so that we can use more natural products and fewer drugs.
PRACTICAL THINGS YOU CAN DO –
- Provide a hiding place – under beds, collapsible crates with a towel/blanket covering it or cardboard boxes, under stairs cupboards.
- Use a Pheromone diffuser or calming tablets for dogs & liquid sprays for cats.
- Try to reduce the noise, close the curtains, shut doors & put on a TV/radio
- Take dogs out for long walks in the afternoon to try and settle them more easily.
- In the case of cats, provide a litter tray and lock cat flaps once in.
- Try not to pay the pet attention when upset as this can reinforce the idea that fireworks are something to be frightened of. Reward them when they are calm and behaving normally.
- Think about desensitisation in the future, noise phobias tend to get worse as they get older.
Finally! the warm weather has arrived! Whilst we all enjoy not having to wrap up warm, please remember that your pets do need to keep cool during this time. Fresh water and shade should be available at all times and please, please do not leave any pets in your car, even if you are parked in a shady spot. No matter how short the time span may be, a short time is TOO long. We also advise you walk your dog in the morning or evening when its cooler.
Another reminder for you with the arrival of the summer is parasite control. We have a wide range of products available for keeping these at bay. Please contact us for further information if/when required. Please note that when these items appear on your invoice they will be detailed under a general heading that covers all pests (flea, worm & tick). Most products do not cover all 3 of these parasite group, so please don’t assume that your pet will be covered for all of these. Check with us if you are unsure in any way.
We are currently offering a 3 month tablet form medication for dogs and a spot on treatment for cats for the treatment of fleas and ticks. Each tablet or spot on will protect your pet for up to 3 months. At the moment we are running a promotion on this product; buy 3, and receive a 4th free. You can mix and match between the various sizes on offer and the cheapest one of the four will be free. Get in touch with the practice or speak to your vet during their next visit for more information.
Increasing numbers of pets are taking advantage of easier Pet Passport regulations and travelling to Europe.
All that is now required is that your pet is microchipped (and by law all dogs should now be chipped anyway), has a Rabies vaccination and then be issued with a completed Pet Passport. Your dog is then ok to travel abroad 21 days after the date of vaccination.
Different rules apply for countries outside the EU.
Rabies boosters are only needed every 3 years.
Pets need to be treated against tapeworms before they return to the UK so travelling involves seeing a vet abroad before you return to the UK.
Finally we recommend that you take precautions against ticks while you are abroad as there are some very unpleasant diseases caused by ticks and other parasites that we hardly see in this country but that are much more common on the continent.
Please speak to a member of the team for further advice.
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