Spots Story….

by admin on March 23rd, 2012

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Spot the 15 year old cat came in to see us back in November 2011 for a check up. After an examination, the vet advised that he needed a dental as he was suffering from dental disease. As he is an older cat, it was decided taking a blood sample to make sure he was healthy enough for the anaesthetic was a good idea. The samples were sent off to our commercial laboratory for analysis.

A few days later, the results came back showing that Spot had a condition called hyperthyroidism. This is a condition that is very common in older cats. The usual treatment is daily tablet medication, so Spot was started off at a dose of one 2.5mg tablet twice a day. His owners were advised to give the treatment a month to stabilise Spot’s condition and then to bring him back for a re-examination. They would also decide at that time whether or not he was fit for his dental procedure.

Over that month, cheeky Spot became very difficult with his tablets and it became hard to give them to him daily. Because of this, the option of surgery to remove his thyroid gland was discussed with Mr Smith. If the affected gland was removed, this would mean his owners would not need to give him tablets anymore. After re-assessing his condition, it was decided to book him in for this procedure and combine it with his dental.

The morning of his surgery, Spot was put on a drip and prepared for the operation. He was anaesthetised and taken through to theatre. As the incision is made in the neck, obviously this is a very delicate procedure. Mr Smith removed the left thyroid gland carefully and checked that the parathyroid gland – the gland adjacent to the thyroid – was still in tact.

The operation itself took about thirty minutes and Spot was taken back to his kennel to recover.

 Within hours, brave Spot was fully awake and keen to start eating again! He was offered some Sensitivity Control and wolfed it down. As he was recovering so well, it was decided to send him home the same day and re-examine him in the morning.

He had a comfortable night and seemed fairly unperturbed by the whole experience when he came back in the next day.

 Two weeks later, Spots stitches were removed and he was signed off as his treatment was finished.

He is continuing to do well. We wish Spot and his owners’ good luck and health for the future!


  • This condition is most common in cats.
  • It is a condition where one or both of the thyroid glands in the neck become overactive and start producing too much hormone. This in turn increases their metobolic rate.
  • It’s diagnosed by a simple blood test.


  • Increased appetite/thirst
  • Increased urination
  • Weight Loss
  • Aggression or Hyperactivity
  • Increased heart rate
  • Vomiting/diarrhoea

If you think your cat may be showing signs of hyperthyroidism or feel a health check with the vet is overdue, please call us to arrange an appointment.


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PET TRAVEL SCHEME update January 2012

by admin on March 14th, 2012

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With 2012 very much under way, it’ll soon be time to think about summer holidays. The good news is taking your pet abroad has become much easier and cheaper since the new Pet Travel Scheme rules came into force on 1st January 2012.

The changes mean that the rules on rabies vaccination for entry into the UK are now in line with the rest of Europe.

All pets still need to be vaccinated against rabies. Pets coming from the EU and listed non-EU countries such as the USA and Australia will no longer need a blood test and will only have to wait 21 days before they travel. Pets from unlisted non-EU countries such as India, Brazil and South Africa will be able to enter the UK if they meet certain strict criteria to ensure they are protected against rabies, including a blood test 30 days after vaccination followed by a three-month wait before they enter the UK.


Dogs, Cats and Ferrets entering the UK from an EU or ‘listed’ third world country from 1st January 2012 must:

  • Be microchipped
  • Be vaccinated against Rabies
  • Have waited 21 days after vaccination before entering
  • Have an EU pet Passport

Fig 1. Entry rules for pets entering the UK from the EU and listed third countries.

What has to be done Prior to 1st January 2012 From 1st January 2012
Microchip Yes Yes
Rabies Vaccination Yes Yes
Blood Test Yes  
Pre-Entry waiting period Yes Yes
Length of waiting period 6 Months from date sample taken for blood test 21 days after vaccination against rabies
Tick Treatment Yes (24-48 hours before embarkation) No
Tapeworm Yes (24-48 hours before embarkation to UK). Advised.

Fig 2. Entry rules for pets entering the UK from unlisted third countries

What has to be done Prior to 1st January 2012 From 1st January 2012



Rabies Vaccination

All pets from unlisted third countries are licensed into quarantine for 6 months and vaccinated against rabies on arrival.


Blood Test Yes. Blood sample must be taken at least 30days after vaccination.
Pre-Entry waiting period


Length of waiting period

3 Months from date of blood sample

Tick Treatment

No but advised



If you would like to ask any question regarding the scheme, or wish to enquire about your pets’ documentation, so you can take them away on holiday with you, please call us on 01903 782387.

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