Art Competition in conjunction with National Pet Month

We are delighted to announce the results of our Art Competition.
We asked for work on the theme of Responsible Pet Ownership and received some really fabulous works of art which we have enjoyed looking at.

Over 8 Years –
Luke for his amazing drawing of Dotty the dog.

8 Years and under
Imogen for her picture of Rosie and Daddy

Highly commended for her colourful ponies in the style of Andy Warhol

Runners up
Isabelle, Kelsi, Miles, Sarah and Amelia

Thanks go to everyone who entered the competition. We hope you had fun creating your masterpieces!


Don’t forget the closing date for our Art Competition is 29th April (see our post on 30th March for details). We have some fantastic prizes – Dinner for two at The Lamb, Buckland for the Adult class, Tickets to Farmer Gow’s, Millets Falconry Centre and The Butterfly Farm for the children’s classes. It only costs £1 to enter so go create your masterpieces!!! All proceeds to our animal charities.

Receptionist Vacancy


We are currently looking for an additional member of our Reception Staff to join us one Saturday in three from 8.15 to 12.30. We would appreciate someone who would also be prepared to cover short notice illness, general unforeseen absences or planned changes due to holidays etc. We are usually assisted by local work-experience students on Saturdays. Appointments run from 8.40 through to 11 with a very busy phone line during the morning. Desk sales or prescription collections continue throughout the morning until closing time when a simple financial reconciliation is carried out.
Training for the successful candidate will naturally be given before taking on full Reception responsibilities. This may involve some weekday sessions for a short time to enable a comprehensive understanding of the general running of The Practice and of the tasks involved.
Previous front-of-house experience in dealing with clients, together with some veterinary or nursing background will be important in any decision making as well as literacy and numeracy skills and a calm, unflappable personality!
Please contact the Surgery or email:
We are an equal opportunities employer.


2 Springer Spaniels went missing on Sunday morning at Longworth, Abingdon

8 year old bitch, liver and white with docked tail; called Teasel
6 year old Bitch, brown with white flash on chest, long tail; called Tarka

Both dogs are chipped and have phone number on the collar. They need to be reunited with their devastated owners so if you have any information regarding their whereabouts please call us at the Surgery on 01367 710595.stolen springers


Art Competition
Each year the Practice supports
National Pet Month
As pet owners we all know how important our pets are to us so we are launching an art competition to celebrate this.
We invite you to put pencils, pen, paint or whatever takes your fancy to paper and get creating.
The subject focus this year is Responsible Owners, Happy Pets.
There are three entry levels with prizes for under 8s, over 8s and adults.
The closing date is April 29th 2016.
Each entry will cost £1.00 and all proceeds will go to local animal charities.
For more information/entry forms please visit reception, our website or facebook page, or call us on 01367 710595.
The VETerinary Surgery of Robert Elliott
21-23 High Street
Stanford in the Vale, SN7 8LH

Saturday surgery closure 12th March

The surgery at Stanford in the Vale will be closed on Saturday 12th March due to the installation of new flooring.

However, we will be operating a limited appointment surgery at Southmoor Village hall from 9.30 to 11.30. We will be open from 9.00 to 12.00 for pre-arranged collections of food and prescriptions, payment of which will need to be with cheque or cash.

If on Saturday morning you need to be seen, please call 01865 820884 and we will see you at Southmoor. Please see our website for directions.

Please note, unless previously requested, you will be unable to collect food or prescriptions from Southmoor on Saturday.

Normal service will be resumed on Monday morning.

Compulsory microchipping for your dog.

This April sees the introduction in law of compulsory microchipping in all dogs in England, Scotland and Wales. The law says that all dogs over the age of 8 weeks have to be microchipped by a skilled person and their data stored on a suitable high quality database.
Good news!
We at Robert Elliott’s Veterinary Surgery use BackHome Mini microchips with smaller needles to give you peace of mind in pets small and large. The microchip is inserted at the back of the neck and stays harmlessly just under the skin. This allows the microchip to be scanned at any time with a suitable scanner, like the ones we have in the Practice. We can check your pet at any time, when you pop in for a visit or when you need a suitable wormer or flea treatment. We ensure our owners’ details are stored by Petlog, a high standard database that is contactable 24/7 – important if they get lost. They also feature on EuroPetNet in case you want to travel abroad with your beloved pets, giving you security that the details are accessible, even when abroad.
For a limited time only we are microchipping at a special low price of £9 per pet.
Do you have any questions? Contact the Practice now, or call to book your appointment on 01367 710595 – you do not have to be a Practice client to

February 2016

As I write, January is rapidly approaching. It has been a very difficult and distressing Winter so far. Flooding of homes, businesses including farms, loss of livestock…will it be snow next? With such a big worldwide problem, every little energy-use or dietary decision we make at home, travelling or at work can make a positive difference to the seemingly-inexorable global warming phenomenon.

Spring flowers are catching up with the season, having been lured under false pretences to flower earlier than normal – welcome though it is. But just a little disturbing, perhaps.

As a local practice, we have had a great number of dogs with a seasonal canine illness (SCI) – vomiting, diarrhoea and lethargy but free of any skin lesions.

Currently, the concern is the Winter/Spring seasonality of a serious illness named “Alabama Rot”. Only dogs can be affected – at a very, very low incidence. 56 confirmed cases across the UK between November 2012 and May 2015. Any age, sex or breed. The disease gives skin lesions, occasionally in the mouth, which can look like bites, sores, wounds and stings. Some dogs go on to develop life-threatening kidney failure. Many possible causes, infectious, plant…have been ruled out. However, no proof of an environmental cause has yet been found and research is ongoing.

This research is being co-ordinated and collated by the specialist team at the Anderson Moores Referral Practice near Winchester, Hampshire. They are helped by the New Forest Dog Owners Group and the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket, along with other national authorities. Private and corporate veterinary practices are also feeding back information and whenever necessary, case work. Three possible local cases are yet to be confirmed but are being treated as I write. I wish for full recovery with all the excellent professional care that they are getting at their great practices.

Most cases have occurred between November and May. Professionally known as CRGV (Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy), it IS a serious disease but cases have only just been recognised across the UK since November 2012. In the USA, it has been recognised initially mainly in greyhounds since the late 1980’s. CRGV is a disease caused by damage to blood vessels of both skin and kidney by enabling blood clots to form. Affected blood vessels will block and this ultimately leads to damage of that area of skin or kidney tissue. Ulceration of the skin and kidney failure may then follow. Not all clinical signs go from skin to kidney – it can be kidney failure before skin ulceration.

As the cause is, as yet, not fully understood, it’s difficult for Anderson Moores to give specific advice about prevention. You may wish to consider regularly bathing any area of your dog that becomes particularly wet or muddy but at this stage, no-one knows if this is necessary or indeed if of any benefit.

I am grateful to Anderson Moores for their very informative fact sheets, for clients and for veterinary surgeons, on CRGV. I will give links in a moment but the key message is that there are no particular areas to avoid in the UK. Although CRGV can be very serious, the number of dogs affected with skin lesions AND kidney failure remains LOW. Also, please remember that even if the skin is ulcerated due to CRGV, many dogs will NOT develop kidney problems and WILL recover FULLY.

More links are shown in the link pages themselves.

So, what can I advise myself and fellow dog owners?

Unexplained reddened, sore or swollen areas of the skin (paws, legs, body, face, tongue or mouth) are often the first sign. Please remember that most of the time, such skin lesions will NOT be caused by CRGV. However, as the info sheet says, CRGV lesions aren’t easy to distinguish from cuts, wounds, stings or bites, so IF IN DOUBT, please seek veterinary attention. Your veterinary surgeon will decide what treatment is suitable or appropriate, with dogs developing acute kidney injury needing much more intensive management and possible specialist referral.

At initial presentation, if caused by CRGV, skin lesions present asymptomatically but within one to nine days, acute kidney injury develops. Sometimes, remember, kidney injury is seen first BUT the fact is that the majority of kidney injuries are caused by causes other than CRGV. Practices are recommended to ask permission for routine urine and blood tests to be carried out in-house, even on day 0. These will at least act as baseline data when repeated testing is carried out over the next two to four days. We have access to specialist advice for case management, which will involve 24 hour care and, often, referral.

I hope that this sets this CRGV issue in better perspective and please contact your own veterinary practice for any more information that you may require.

May I then sincerely wish for a happy, healthy New Year again for both your companion pet and yourself over the coming year.

Robert Elliott MRCVS