Medication will be posted 1st class signed for via the Royal Mail unless we have discussed otherwise – please bear in mind that postage is taking longer than normal at present and let us know if you require something urgently so that we can arrange a next day delivery where possible.
We are currently able to offer most services but please be aware that there may be a longer wait time than normal for non emergency appointments. To discuss an appointment please call us on 01302 785549.
Our current requirements are as follows:
• Please ring the doorbell on arrival to the practice, provided the waiting areas are not at capacity you will now be able to wait inside the building for your appointment.
• Please continue to wear a face covering where possible. If there are vulnerable members of staff on duty we may still require you to wear a face covering to enter the building – if this is the case you will be provided with a face covering if required.
• Attend the practice as a group of 2 or less where possible.
Do you regularly check your dog for ticks? These bloodsucking parasites may start off tiny but they can cause serious harm to your dog– spreading diseases such as Babesiosis and Lyme disease. Make sure you check your dog for ticks, especially around their head and tummy. Ticks are common but hard to spot and tick-borne diseases are on the rise.
Ticks feed on dogs for days causing both discomfort and sometimes passing on serious infections such as Lyme disease. Using a product to kill ticks quickly will reduce the risk of these diseases being transmitted.
A study has shown that as many as 1 in 3 dogs carry ticks without their owners realising. 1
We are delighted to be able to offer a species specific endotracheal tube for rabbits – the V-gel tube.
Endotracheal tubes allow for the maintenance of an airway for pets to breathe and be administered anesthetic gases under anesthesia.
The V-gel rabbit tubes are specifically shaped for a rabbit’s airway and have a super soft gel cuff – this allows the tube to be fitted quickly and easily, avoiding trauma whilst also providing a superb seal to prevent breathing around the tube.
We believe this represents a great advance in anesthesia technology for rabbits as it can be difficult and time consuming to place a conventional endotracheal tube (and surgery without a reliable airway is far from ideal). The end benefit of a quicker less traumatic intubation is increased safety and a smoother recovery for the patient.
Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about these tubes or rabbit surgery in general!
Constant itching in dogs can be caused by a number of problems and can lead to hair loss and damage to the skin leading to further infections and further itching in a vicious cycle.
A number of infectious causes exist for itching – the most common are:
Mites (demodex or sarcoptes)
These may all have differing presentations and may require testing with a skin scrape / hair pluck and microscopy to be confirmed. The good news is these infections can all be treated and this may resolve the itching problem.
If, however, itching continues in the absence of any of these issues we may need to consider an allergic cause. Dogs can be allergic to a wide variety of things including food (even “hypoallergenic” foodstuffs such as duck, fish or rice) and environmental allergens such as certain species of grass or tree.
Blood testing can help to identify both environmental allergies and food allergies and intolorences that can cause your dog’s itch. This information can then be used to try and limit or avoid contact with these allergens. Food allergies can often be treated with a change of diet or with a special clinical diet where proteins have been “hydrolysed” to prevent them from triggering an allergic reaction. Environmental allergies may require long term treatment with medication to prevent itching and regular bathing with medicated shampoo to remove allergens as well as bacteria and fungi from the skin surface and coat.
As always please contact us if you would like to discuss anything or would like any further information!