Spring 2013 Newsletter
Dear Patients and Clients
Welcome to our spring newsletter. I hope that you will enjoy our latest bit of news and as always any suggestions or comments are gladly received - email@example.com. When I started doing the newsletter I thought spring was on its way - mowed the lawn etc. and what happened - it snowed! Yes it all seems to be my fault - should never have got the lawn mower out :).
More and more of you have been in to see the new surgery. We have officially finished and we are very pleased with the outcome. Louise has been working tirelessly for the last 6 months and it has finally all paid off - we have the most amazing surgery and we are looking forward to serving you in our new surgery. We have invested in new equipment and more vet and veterinary nurse training which will allow us to provide your pet with the best possible care.
Our Facebook page continues to be a great source of entertainment , general info and a nice way to interact with other members of our community. Thank you so much to all the people that regularly comment on our page keeping it active and relevant. My thanks also go to Louise and Claire who are the main contributors from the surgery. In this vein we have launched a new Facebook page - it’s called the Scratch Patch.
The Scratch Patch is a page where people with pets that have skin conditions can go and see the latest product information, share stories with other people that have itchy pets and in so doing provide support and help to each other. Summer is on its way and allergies are such a huge problem and we are hoping that the Scratch Patch will provide a platform for all sorts of debate. Bring anything to the table, we will discuss whatever you like, review products for you and provide useful and relevant articles. The main vet involved with this project is Nora and she is really hoping to provide some extra support to those patients that suffer from life changing skin conditions.
The arrival of a new pet in the home is a very exciting time for a family (and for us to, we love meeting newbies!) There is however a lot to take in and think about! This is where our kitten, puppy, bunny or guinea pig clubs come in! The nurses will have a consultation with you to include some of the most important guidelines for your new pet, these include:
Vaccinations: Puppies, kittens and rabbits will need a started course of vaccinations. The vaccinations provide immunity for diseases that can kill our pets. Cats are vaccinated against Cat Flu, Feline Panleucopenia Virus and we recommend adding a vaccine for Feline Leukemia virus as well. Puppies are vaccinated against Distemper, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Parvo Virus, Leptospirosis and Para Influenza virus. Rabbits are vaccinated against Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease. Your pets will then need yearly booster vaccinations for some of the diseases listed.
Worms: It is very important to treat puppies and kittens for roundworms, since they get these from their mothers from an early age. Roundworm is especially nasty if passed on to young children as it can lead to blindness and all sorts of problems. A little later they become susceptible to tapeworms and lungworm – so as you can see regular treatment is very important!
Fleas: Pets often come with a whole army of fleas, so let your nurse have a check and see if any can be found. Its best to treat for fleas even if you don’t see any as this will help stop a problem before it starts! Most people find the spot on treatments easier, but the treatment does come in tablet form for the pets that are swimming or getting bathed a fair amount!
Feeding: The correct diet for your pet is very important! We have a host of life stage diets available for your pet, whether large or small, fit or fat! The diets that we recommend are a completely balanced diet – You do not need to add any titbits or extras into their bowl! It is important that rabbits and guinea pigs have access to mounds of hay, as this should be the foundation of their diet supplemented by a small amount of pelleted food.
Microchipping: A very important way to permanently identify your pet. We use Identichip which is also able to read your pets temperature, making it easier when your pet is ill. Please remember to keep all contact details updated with the microchip company as many lost pets are not reunited with their owners due to out of date details. Did you know that it will be compulsory for all dogs to be microchipped in this country by April 2016?
Pet insurance: We can’t recommend insuring your pet enough, we see so many cases of people struggling to pay their bills when their pet is ill. Please look into insurance and remember to check the suitability of the insurance and how much cover you would like to take out.
STOP! Myxomatosis is here
What is myxomatosis?
How is myxomatosis prevented?
There are two very important parts of Myxomatosis prevention - biting insect control and vaccination. Biting insect control means using fly screens on exposed areas, cleaning the hutch out every week and spraying the hutch with a insect repellent safe for use on bunnies. Vaccination is also very important and we have a new vaccine available which works better and is a lot more convenient. This new vaccine last 12 months and is now combined with another antigen to protect against HVD (Haemorrhagic Viral Disease). This means only one visit instead of two two weeks apart. Book now to get you rabbit vaccinated or if you think he or she is due please call now. 0117 957 1110 or e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Acupuncture? A prickly question?
Becky has a very deep interest in acupuncture and will be starting offering treatment in our practice for your pets very soon.
Should You Consider Acupuncture for Your Pet?
Acupuncture isn't appropriate or successful in every patient, of course, or for every condition, disease or situation, but here are some conditions that do respond well to veterinary acupuncture: Hip dysplasia, Traumatic nerve injuries, Degenerative joint disease, Lick granulomas, Arthritis, Allergic skin conditions, Disease of the spinal cord, Reproductive problems, Seizures/epilepsy, Endocrine disorders, Asthma, Immune function and Systemic inflammatory conditions.
A person's decision to pursue acupuncture for an ailing pet depends on several factors which might include:
Your own personal experience with acupuncture, openness to alternative medicine, satisfaction/dissatisfaction with traditional medical treatments, knowledge of/experience with drugs and their side effects, age or condition of your pet and associated risks of drugs or surgery affordability. If you are thinking about treating your pet in a more alternative manner or would like to support the treatment they are on at the moment please give the surgery a call (01179571110) and speak to Becky, you never know these little needles may be the key to relieving your pet of some of his discomfort.
Lumps & Bumps
A good way to check your pet for suspicious lumps is by grooming them, run your hand through their coat and have a general feel over their skin. It is a great way to bond with your pet, check for ticks and check for lumps. If you do find a lump there are a few causes, it could be an abscess (usually cats or rabbits) a sting from a wasp or allergic reaction to a plant, a hernia (normally seen in younger pets) or a tumour. Now tumours are often benign (meaning they are slow growing and stay in one place) or they are malignant (which can be fast growing, invade surrounding tissue or spread to other organs) If you do find a lump on your pet it is very important to come and see us, even if the lump is not worrying your pet. Remember the smaller the lump the easier it is to deal with. We will have a consultation to discuss the options that are open to you to find out if the lump is a worry or not. Sometimes we will use a needle to draw off some cells or sometimes it better to have your pet in for a biopsy. The lump is then sent away to a specialised pet lab and they will help make a diagnosis.
Royal Canin Special Offers
- Buy any 2kg bag or larger of the Feline Paediatric Veterinary Care Range and get a free Yubba for your kitten (from March 25th)
- Buy any 2kg bag or larger of the Canine Paediatric Veterinary Care Range and get a free Puppy Training Kit consisting of a DVD, Reward Pouch, Treats and a Money Off Voucher (From March 25th)
- Buy any 2kg bag of dog or cat food from the Royal Canin Range and get a free toy for your cat and a poop bag holder/lead thingy for your dog - stocks very limited hurry!
ON GOING OFFER - we have about 20 loyalty cards left for Royal Canin on the present buy 6 get 1 free. When these are finished then it changes to Buy 8 get 1 Free. Presently then if using your loyalty card you get another 15% off your purchases. Considering we are nearly the cheapest retailer for Royal Canin products anywhere (including online) it makes sense to pop in and get your loyalty card asap.
Whilst Stocks Last!
Milbemax Chewy for Dogs
Oh yes! You are reading correctly! Milbemax Chewy is back in stock after nearly a year. We are pleased to announce that Milbemax Chewy is back in stock now and to celebrate we are offering a fantastic deal. Buy a 4 pack and get a 25% discount. Please order now because starts are limited and we expect to have enough stock for about 2 months only. Milbemax is one of the market leaders in all round worming having efficacy against mixed infections by adult cestodes and nematodes of the following species: Dipylidium caninum, Taenia spp., Echinococcus spp., Mesocestoides spp, Toxocara canis, Toxascaris leonina, Ancylostoma caninum, Trichuris vulpis., Crenosoma vulpis and Angiostrongylus vasorum - Lungworm (Specific dosing regime needed).
I know this is a mouthful but Milbemax is the best tasting and easiest single treatment wormer on the market and now at a greatly reduced price.
Photo Competition!Our stock standard newsletter item - send us your photos :) We are looking for photos for the calendar this year so please send us you photos - all photos over 1GB accepted. We are really wanting to do a fantastic calendar this year to raise money for our favourite charities so get snapping asap.
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