We are pleased to offer 10% discount to OAP's for the over 65's on a Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30am-7:00pm.
To apply for a discount card, please speak to a member of staff on reception; you will need to provide proof of age.
Please show your discount card to a receptionist before payment is taken, as discount cannot be applied after.
Discount will only be applied to repeat medication and food if ordered and paid for on a Wednesday and Thursday, you can order this by coming into the practice, phone or email.
Payment can be taken over the phone if you are not able to come into the surgery.
The discount applies to all consultations, operations, medication and diet.
Discount CANNOT be applied to our out of hours services.
It has been lovely to welcome one of our vets, Sophie Presland, back from maternity leave. She is now working 2 days a week as well as taking part in the Saturday and on call rota. Helen Bolter, who has been helping us while Sophie has been off, will continue also working 1 or 2 days a week. Helen has a particular interest in feline medicine and also works part time for the International Society of Feline Medicine.
It has been very sad to say goodbye to Giorgia Brambilla, another one of our vets, who has moved up to Yorkshire.
Nevertheless, we welcome Amy Bowler, our new vet, who has a particular interest in exotics. Amy has her own pet rats and is interested in all exotics ranging from mice, rats, birds and reptiles. There are not many vets locally who are happy to see reptiles and while both Helen Avison and Sophie have done some extra courses on their veterinary care. Amy will be able to expand the service we can offer much further. Please spread the word to any friends or relatives looking for affordable and knowledgeable veterinary care for their exotics pets!
In other news, we have another sad goodbye was to one of of our nurses, Charlotte Tulk, who we all miss.
On the other hand; our trainee veterinary nurse, Antonia Newton has now reached the final parts of her training having passed everything so far with flying colours; we have no doubt she will continue to be top of her class!
Therefore have a new trainee veterinary nurse, Fi Davis, who has joined us and will be starting her college nursing diploma in September.
We are also delighted to welcome back Suzanna Border from maternity leave. Suzanna is one of our two qualified Veterinary Care Assistants and many of you will also have met her on reception.
Last but not least, a big welcome to our new receptionist, Shanice Crafts who many of you will already have met. Shanice has a collie cross dog and two guinea pigs.
Leptospirosis is caused by a type of bacteria called a spirochaete. We have seen a couple of confirmed clinical cases over the last year or so (luckily we have saved both of them but they were very seriously ill) and would like to raise awareness of this potentially fatal infection.
Dogs that swim or drink from outdoor water sources and/or hunt wildlife may be at an increased risk. Leptospirosis is often associated with rats (which are never far from us!) and wet areas including rhynes, swamp and marshland carry a higher risk of infection. Even in town, stagnant water that may be contaminated with rat urine is a potential risk. Cases have been identified in dogs that live in towns with no access to water sources or wildlife. All dogs are therefore at risk. Heavy rainfall and flooding are also associated with an increased risk of contracting disease.
Clinical signs can be non-specific and vary from mild to life threatening. These include vomiting, weakness, lethargy, fever, drinking and urinating more and jaundice. It can also cause difficulty breathing. On blood tests liver and kidney levels may both be raised or it may mainly affect one organ.
One of the very concerning things about this condition is that affected pets shed bacteria in their urine, sometimes for a long time afterwards and the infection can also spread to people (known as a zoonotic infection) where it can also be life threatening. The young, old and immune-compromised (eg having chemotherapy) are particularly at risk.
Treatment involves intravenous antibiotics, intravenous fluid therapy and monitoring of electrolyte and blood changes with supportive treatment as needed. This can be very expensive and take several days. The worst cases can be fatal.
Prevention is therefore the best policy and this can be achieved by vaccination. The European consensus statement on Leptospirosis vaccination recommends the use of a yearly quadrivalent vaccine called L4. Unfortunately, unlike other vaccines such as for Parvo Virus which we give every 3 years, Leptospirosis vaccine has been proven to only last 12 months and it is therefore very important to have an annual booster after an initial course of 2 vaccines at a 4 week interval. There have been some concerns in social media about the safety of L4 vaccines. However, as with human vaccines, they are actually very safe with less than 1 in 10,000 adverse reactions. Please contact the surgery if you are concerned that your dog’s protection is not up to date to make an appointment.
UVB light – We all need some sunshine!
We all enjoy the sunshine and it gives us and our animals a crucial daily dose of vitamin D! Vitamin D is essential to allow animals to absorb calcium from the gut, without it you can feed as much calcium as you like, and it still won’t be enough. As you probably know, calcium is important for healthy bones and growth; but it is also involved in many other functions in the body, from muscle contraction
to sending nerve impulses and lots more. Without UVB light and therefore without calcium, animals can become very unwell indeed: weakness, muscle twitches and even seizures can occur. One of the most common presentations of not enough calcium and UVB light is metabolic bone disease; commonly called ‘Rickets’ in humans. It means soft and weak bones that are prone to breaking and can become deformed. Unfortunately, it is all too common in pet reptiles due to incorrect husbandry.
Every reptile should have a UVB emitting bulb in their vivarium. It should be changed at least every 6 months as the rays can diminish over time. Even if it looks like the bulb is working to our eyes it won’t be sending out those important UVB rays, the only way you can tell is with a special bit of equipment. Reptiles should also be regularly supplemented with calcium powder. It’s not just reptiles that need UVB lights. Any animal that isn’t getting outside into the sun for at least half an hour a day should have a UVB lamp. Birds especially parrots are other animals that we often see problems relating to low calcium in, especially females who lay eggs. Even house rabbits will benefit from a UVB lamp, they need calcium for their constantly growing teeth which can grow abnormally without proper care. Having your pet next to a window doesn’t work either, glass filters out those important UVB rays. If you would like further advice or are concerned you pet might be showing signs of low calcium (hypocalcaemia) then please book in for a consultation.