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 and will remain open during the ongoing third lockdown 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.
At present we require all our clients to adhere to social distancing guidelines put forward by the government and our governing bodies. Please observe the following when you come for your appointment:
• Be prepared to wait outside or in your car until we are ready for you – please either ring the doorbell or ideally phone us to let us know you are waiting.
• Wear a face covering to cover your mouth and nostrils. Please note that there are no exceptions to this rule. If you have a medical reason that you cannot wear a mask or young children that cannot wear a mask then we will not be able to permit you access to the building. We will still be able to treat your pet but you will need to wait outside and we will speak to you over the phone where necessary.
• Attend the practice as a group of 2 or less where possible.
• Do your best to remain 2 metres away from staff member or any other clients waiting outside. Please be aware that we will need to ask you to wait outside the consulting room whilst we examine your pet – you will be able to see and converse with the vet but will need to remain at a safe distance.
• If you are self isolating due to symptoms of coronavirus please arrange for a friend or relative who is not self isolating to bring your pet to the practice.
There is currently no evidence that pets can transmit this strain of coronovirus to humans – please see the WHO’s current advice for further information or updates on this. It is however theoretically possible that an infected person could transfer the virus onto a pets fur as with any other object so we would encourage you to try avoiding petting animals you don’t know and to wash your hands well before and after handling any pets.
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!