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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.
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.
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