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Springtime Safety for pet owners

by admin on April 30th, 2014

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Springtime Safety Tips For Pet Owners

 

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Spring time is upon us and bright sunny days mean that owners are out and about with their pets more -as a result they can be more at risk from accidents and illnesses.

 

Spring Plants and Flowers

Watch out for poisonous plants. Species common at this time of year include lilies, daffodils, spring bulbs and azaleas. If you notice any signs of poisoning such as excessive salivation, vomiting, diarrhoea, appearing ‘drunk’ or even collapsing – contact us immediately.

 

 

The Garden

Pets love spending time in the garden so make sure your garden is safe. Take care if you use pellets, pesticides or other chemicals. Slug and snail pellets (Metaldehyde) is a common poison we see in dogs, and only small amounts of pellets can cause significant poisoning.

 

Wasp and Bee stings

If you think your pet may have been stung, it is best to seek veterinary attention at the earliest convenience. If your pet is stung in or near the mouth or neck, this could be considered an emergency. Some pets can be allergic to stings, resulting is possible swellings, distress and breathing difficulties.

 

Bugs

To keep those bugs at bay, ensure your pets are kept up to date with their vaccinations and preventative healthcare treatments.

 

Allergies

Just like people, dogs and cats can develop allergies. Allergic signs in pets normally appear as itchy skin, ear problems, accompanied by hair loss or inflamed skin. Some pets may even change their behaviour due to increased irritation. Some can suffer from respiratory irritation and /or runny eyes.

 

 

Summer Parties

Be aware of how human foods can affect your pets, and make sure your guests know the rules too; ensure party food is kept out of paws reach!. If you are having BBQ’s, make sure pets are kept at a safe distance. Kebab skewers, alcohol, corn on the cob and bones, to name a few, are particularly dangerous BBQ hazards for pets.

Exercise

If you are letting your dog off the lead, make sure you are in a safe environment. Ensure your dog is well-trained (especially the recall, wait and stop commands), under control and insight at all times.

Ensure your dog is wearing a collar and identification and is micro-chipped. Even the best trained dogs can get spooked and run off. If your pet is properly identified this will ensure you are reunited with your pet faster should you become separated.

Be careful not to overdo it. Increase the length of your walks gradually and build your pets fitness gradually. Avoid exercising in the heat of the day and ensure your pet has access to shade and plenty of fresh water. Avoid heat stroke and know the signs.

Ensure your pets toys are safe to play with, we still see far too many stick injuries in our dogs, so throwing sticks should be avoided. A safe alternative are SafeStix.

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We wish you and your pets a safe and happy summer.

 

 

 

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Calling all Rabbits – FREE RABBIT HEALTH CHECKS THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER

by admin on April 29th, 2014

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This year our PetCare team are dedicated to promoting health and welfare of your rabbits.

 

We’d like to invite your rabbits to come and benefit from  FREE health checks with our Veterinary Nurses.

 

Shy Rabbits, who haven’t visited us for some time, are particularly encouraged to come and show their faces.

 

We’d also like to appeal to owners who feel they are struggling with their Rabbits and would appreciate and benefit from some advice from our experienced Veterinary Nurses.

 

We are offering advice on health and welfare, the importance of companionship and emotional well-being, social interaction and environmental enrichment, to help keep your Rabbits healthy and happy, and to help you and your family get the most enjoyment possible from your bouncy furry friends.

 

We will ensure you receive some useful information to take home  and that your rabbit receives their tasty healthy sample snacks.

 

We look forward to hearing from you and welcome you all to our surgery.

 

 

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Further information and tips on environmental enrichment for your rabbits care can be found here.

You’ll also find some great seasonal offers at our online shop open 24 hours a day.

Our online shop is open 24 hours a day, and if you are local to us, you can arrange FREE CLICK and COLLECT from our practice or for those of you who are a little further afield, FREE HOME DELIVERY options are available.

 

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LUNGWORM CASE – OWNERS PLEASE READ

by admin on April 1st, 2014

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Meet Cinders. She is a lively lady of just over 10 years old. She visited us earlier this month because she had started coughing and appeared to be having problems with exercise intolerance. Our vets had concerns about investigating Cinders condition because of an apparent swelling around her trachea.  A referral to a specialist supportive centre was arranged, where further investigations would be carried out. Cinders had radiographs taken or her chest scanned and strange patterns were revealed within her lungs. She also underwent a Bronchoalveoler lavage  – to reveal the cells present, which would diagnose her respiratory problem. Inflammatory cells and Lungworm infection were found to be present. A blood test confirmed completely that Cinders had Lungworm Infection – which can be fatal if left untreated. Cinders started treatment immediately and her owners have been advised to ensure she receives preventative treatment against Lungworm monthly for the rest of her life.

Cinders needs to take things easy for a few weeks – but we have been advised that she should make a full recovery. We wish Cinders and her owner all the very best for the future.

 WHAT IS LUNGWORM

The larvae of the lungworm parasite are carried by slugs and snails. The problem arises when dogs purposefully or accidentally eat these common garden pests when rummaging through undergrowth, eating grass, drinking from puddles, or out door water bowls. Foxes can also become infected with lungworm, and have been implicated in the spread of the parasite across the country. Frogs are also known to carry the larvae, presenting another risk to dogs.

There are two main problems with dogs becoming infected with lungworm:

1. Infection with lungworm can casue serious health problems in dogs, and can even be fatal if not diagnosed and treated.

2. Dogs infected with lungworm spread the parasite into the environment, as the larvae of the parasite are expelled in the dog’s poo. This increases the chances of other dogs becoming infected.

Lungworm is continuing to spread at an alarming rate in the UK and while owners are becoming more aware of the parasite, there is still a lack of understanding as to the warning signs associated with the condition and how easy it can be to protect your pet. If you suspect your dog is eating slugs and snails, it’s important you speak to us and we can advise you of a suitable product to protect your pet.

LUNGWORM PREVENTION

Due to the serious nature of the Lungworm parasite, regular preventative treatment needs to be routine. So, if you’ve taken a break from treatments, it’s time to start again.

Contact us for advice on suitable licensed products to protect your pet.

 

 

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