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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.
The end of 2016 saw the launch of a new product to help reduce the terrible anxiety and fear that fireworks produce in some of our dogs.
Early days for this new product but our clients that did use it were extremely pleased with the effects.
If you have struggled to find something that really helps in the past then please ask us later in the year and we can point you towards this new treatment.
Please see our fact sheet for general advice about how to manage this problem.
It’s been a bit hectic at the practice!
We are still working through our staffing changes brought on us by having 3 pregnancies in rapid succession.
Nicky Lewis has been back for a while now. She had a baby boy called Jack.
Lucy Furneaux has recently returned from maternity and is back helping as one of our nursing assistants. She had a baby boy called James.
Chloe Pyzer is still away looking after new born baby Felix.
Clare Tate has been here for a few months as a locum qualified nurse covering all our absences. She will be with us till Chloe returns in the summer
Most of our vaccinated feline patients have yearly injections against a combination of flu, enteritis and leukaemia viruses.
We have traditionally given all 3 of these viruses every year as part of their annual booster.
With new, modern, highly effective vaccines it is becoming clear that cats immune systems do not need all these to be given every 12 months. We will now be alternating injections so some years your cat will get a full 3- in-1 vaccination but other years they only need a reduced vaccination. This will save on costs as this is a less expensive vaccination but also means we are not giving our patients more vaccinations than they need.
Your vet will discuss this with you when we come to do your cat’s annual health check and vaccination.
We have been having a bit of a sort out at our clinic. You may have noticed some shelves and kennels being moved. We are about to embark on some internal building work to make the practice function more efficiently and help with extra space for seeing pets at the clinic as current arrangements can be a bit cramped.
Please bear with us over the next few months as the builders will no doubt create noise and disturbance but things should be much better once the project is completed.
You may have seen in the media lately that the French Bulldog is set to overtake the Labrador as Britain’s most popular dog breed. The Kennel Club has published figures that French Bulldog puppy registrations went from 670 registered in 2007, to 21,470 registered in 2017, to keep up with demand. This popularity can also be seen within our own practice, with Beth and Bekky owning French Bulldogs, Rosco and Sydney.
These little dogs have tons of character and personality and make great family pets, however, as a result of breeding for the “flat face” appearance they can sadly be susceptible to health problems. Other breeds which can be described as “flat faced” include English Bulldogs, Pugs, Shihtzus, Chihuahuas and Pekignese.
Not every dog will have problems (and the problems can range massively from simply snoring loudly when asleep to collapsing from respiratory distress on a hot day), but it is something to consider when owning or choosing these types of dog. It’s also important to remember it’s not just respiratory problems we see, but also eye, digestive and skin disorders. Happily in the vast majority of these cases we can treat these problems and if you are worried about your French Bulldog we would always encourage you to visit your vet and discuss options.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding this issue one of our vets or nurses would be more than happy to have a chat with you and give you as much advice as possible.
Information for Pet Owners
Idiopathic cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy, otherwise known as CRGV or Alabama rot, is a disease that has been diagnosed in dogs since the late 1980’s. No cases have been diagnosed in cats, or in any other animal. The first diagnosed cases were in Greyhounds in the USA, but since then many breeds of dog have been affected. The cause of the disease remains unknown.
Since December 2012 a number of suspected cases have been seen in the United Kingdom. The first UK cases were in the New Forest , but now cases have been identified in other areas all over the UK.
The first sign of the disease will almost always be skin lesions. These lesions are typically below the knee or elbow, but can be on the face or on the dog’s belly. The lesions vary in appearance: may be a localised swelling, a patch of red skin or an ulcer in the skin. They generally look more serious than a simple graze or a cut or minor bruising. Around two to seven days after skin lesions are first seen the affected dogs have developed signs of kidney failure, which can include vomiting, reduced appetite and lethargy.
Only a small number of dogs have been affected by Alabama Rot. Most skin lesions are not caused by this disease and most cases of kidney failure have another cause.
If your dog is affected , early recognition of the disease and aggressive management is likely to give your dog the best chance of recovery. At the moment we don’t have enough knowledge to give specific advice about where to walk your dog. The disease doesn’t seem to pass from dog to dog.
If you are concerned about your dog please phone us for advice
From 6th April 2016 all dogs must be micro chipped and owners must keep their registered contact details up to date.
This applies to all dogs from 8 weeks old. Breeders having litters must have them chipped by the time they reach this age. Any one buying a pup of this age or older should check that the puppy is micro chipped. New owners must register their details with the database company when they buy the puppy.
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