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Newsletters  >  Summer 2010

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Practice News

We would like to welcome Stephanie to our practice as a new member of staff.

Congratulations Shelley!

Just to let you know, Shelley our VN is expecting her 1st child in September and will be off on maternity leave from the middle of July.

Shelley currently fills in the insurance forms, but we would appreciate your patience as the rest of us get used to filling in the forms.

Donít get caught out by the cough!

KENNEL COUGH, otherwise known as infectious bronchitis, is a highly contagious disease of the dogís respiratory tract. The cough is passed from dog to dog wherever they meet - out on walks, on the beach in the summer, at training classes, dog shows and of course boarding kennels.

Dogs of all ages can be affected and signs include a harsh, dry whooping-type cough. Whilst some dogs recover relatively quickly, others may cough for weeks and some may get serious complications such as pneumonia.

This disease can be prevented easily with a simple yearly vaccination! Ask at reception for more details.

Parasites: Spring into Action!

The warmer months are peak season for pesky parasites and two of the most annoying are fleas and ticks.

Fleas need little introduction to most pet owners! Adult fleas are 2-3mm in length and can been seen without magnification. These tiny wingless insects survive by feeding on your petís blood, causing very intense irritation and sometimes allergic skin disease. Fleas also play a major role in transmitting tapeworm in dogs and cats.

Ticks tend to be a problem in the warmer months and commonly live in areas of heathland, moorland and woodland, waiting to attach themselves to passing animals. Ticks feed on your petís blood and can cause problems in two ways Ė firstly they can cause a tissue reaction at their site of attachment and secondly they can transmit serious diseases such as Lyme disease and Babesiosis.

Donít let fleas and ticks make your life a misery Ė Please let us advise you on the best form of flea and tick control for your pet!

Beat the heat this summer!

As we enjoy the warm sunny summer weather itís worth sparing a thought for our four legged friends. Here we look at a few steps you can take to keep them fit and well!

  • Make sure fresh clean water is available to all pets Ė you may even need to take some on walks and avoid exercise in the heat of the day Ė particularly with old, overweight dogs with heart problems; stick to early mornings and evenings
  • Cats are natural sun bathers, but cats with white noses and ear tips are particularly vulnerable to sun burn and subsequent skin cancer. This risk can be reduced by keeping them out of the sun, or by applying sunblock to these areas during the summer months.
  • Watch out also for grass seeds (awns) of the meadow grasses. They commonly become trapped in dogís ears Ė causing violent head shaking, or may become embedded in the feet or other areas.
  • Bee and wasp stings are another seasonal problem. Some pets are allergic to their stings and may need prompt veterinary attention.
  • If your pet is going into kennels this summer, donít forget to make sure they are up to date with their vaccinations!
  • Donít forget to keep treating your pets regularly against fleas, ticks and worms and never ever leave a pet in a car on a hot day!
  • Heatstroke: Early Signs!

    If Dogs are too hot and unable to reduce their body temperature, they will develop heatstroke. In warm weather, heatstroke can be caused by leaving your dog somewhere that is too hot or by allowing it to exercise excessively

    Some signs to look for include

  • Heavy panting
  • A rapid pulse
  • Very red gum/tongue
  • Lethargy
  • Lack of co-ordination
  • Reluctance or inability to rise after collapsing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Loss of consciousness in extreme circumstances
  • If your dog shows any symptoms of heatstroke, move him/her to a shaded cool area and ring the vet for advice immediately. Dogs suffering from heatstroke urgently need have their body temperature gradually lowered:

  • Immediately douse your dog with cool (not cold) water, to avoid shock Ė you could put your dog in a shower and run cool water over him/her, or use a spray filled with cool water and place your dog in the breeze of a fan.
  • Let your dog drink small amounts of cool water
  • Continue to douse your dog with cool water until his/her breathing starts to settle Ė never cool your dog so much he/she begins to shiver
  • Once you have cooled your dog down you should take him/her straight to the vets!

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