Autumn Newsletter

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Please read our Autumn Newsletter by clicking on the image above which contains lots of useful infomation which could help you and your pet.

 

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Dental disease – is my rabbit affected?

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Did you know that it’s not just dogs and cats that suffer from dental disease? However, what makes rabbits different is that they have continuously growing teeth, growing at a rate of 1-3mm per week!!

Dental disease is one of the commonest problems in rabbits and often occurs secondary to tooth overgrowth.

The incisor (front) teeth should normally meet. Is they become misaligned, they will grow past each other, leading to feeding problems.

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The cheek teeth can also become overgrown, developing sharp spikes which can lacerate the mouth.

Symptoms commonly include “slobbers” (saliva wetting around the mouth), decreased appetite and weight loos.

Dental disease can be painful and debilitating, so please come and see us if you are worried about your rabbit’s teeth.

Make sure your pet stays worm free!

Did you know that, unless you worm your pet regularly it is often difficult to avoid them acquiring worms? Here are the major ones to treat:

Tapeworms are long segmented flat worms, living in the small intestines where they shed mobile segments containing eggs, which pass out in the faeces. The eggs may then be eaten by an intermediate host, including small rodents and fleas. Cats catch and eat small rodents and pets swallow fleas as they groom, re infecting themselves with tapeworms.

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Roundworms, resembling white pieces of string, also live in the small intestines. They shed thousands of tiny eggs, which pass out in faeces and pollute the environment. Dogs and cats are re-infected by unwittingly eating eggs in the environment. These eggs also pose some risk to humans if advertently swallowed.

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Lungworm caused by Angiostrongylus vasorum, is becoming more and more widespread over time. It only infects dogs and can cause problems ranging from heart failure, to clotting problems and blood loss in affected dogs. It is also spread by intermediate hosts – in this case slugs and snails, so dogs that eat molluscs are at risk.

To control worms in your pets and the environment you need to: worms your pet regularly, use regular flea control, try to prevent dogs eating slugs and snails and clear up faeces.

 

Please let us advise you on the most suitable worming and flea control regime for your pet.

Barbecue Dangers

Please have a read of the artical below about barbecue hazards this time of year.

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Babies

Meet our two very cute and cuddly temporary surgery residents.

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These two kittens are now about 1 week of age and have been living with different members of staff who have kindly donated their time and sleep to help hand rear these kittens.

There is one boy and one girl and they were brought into us after only being born around an hour before. They were found in Stanford in the Vale on the footpath and were left by mum to fend for themselves.

They will stay with our kind members of staff until we are able to find them a home which won’t be until they are 7weeks of age and are weaned.

We shall keep you posted on their progress and now they are starting to become more lively and interested in live but yet to open their eyes.

Happy Ending

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Meet Molly, she was brought into us at the surgery last week as she was found on a farm close to us having given birth to a dead kitten.

We kept her in with us for four days as she had a high temperature and was sneezing a lot but once we controlled her temperature and her sneezing had subsided we were able to go ahead and spay her.

We tried to contact people around the area she was found to see if anyone owned her or knew of where she may have come from but we had no such luck so that enabled us to start to look for a new home for her to go too.

As Molly has such a sweet, loving and affectionate nature we were able to find her a home very quickly and she will be going to live with her new family at the end of the week.

We have had a lot of unwanted/abandoned cats that we haven’t been so lucky in finding homes for straight away who have gone to Sunshine Cat Rescue to find their forever homes.

If you think you could open our home to a feline friend in need then please visit Sunshine Cat Rescue’s website on www.sunshinecatrescue.org.uk.

Micro-chipping

 

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As you have seen in the Press, there’s a new law coming into place in 2016 that makes it a legal requirement for ALL DOGS to be microchipped.

 

At this Practice, we’re offering DOG micro-chipping free of charge from now until April 2015.

In June THIS year, for one month only, we’re offering a 10% discount on all OTHER species of pets being micro-chipped with us.

 

Micro-chipping is the most effective and fastest way for the return of lost and stolen pets to their owners. We urge all veterinary practices to scan every puppy and every dog every time, to pick up second-hand stolen puppies or puppies purchased from the EU with possibly false documentation.

 

A micro-chip is the size of a large grain of rice, glass or special plastic polymer that sits under the skin and carries a unique code that links your pet to your authorised contact information database.

The data holders, such as Anibase or Petlog, can tell the trained micro-chip reader holder your agreed contact details. So any put brought or handed into the Practice, the local Authority and associated dog kennels, as well as local and national animal rescue organisations, will have the opportunity to be returned. It is also possible to temporarily register a pet for a holiday away from home and its always worthwhile updating any details that have changed.

Pet Dental Month

Gum disease

If your pet’s breath leaves a lot to be desired, it is likely that gum disease is the underlying problem!

A healthy mouth usually has shrimp pink gums and bright white teeth. However problems will occur if plaque bacteris are allowed to build up on the surface of the teeth.

Over time, accumulation of sticky plaque leads to inflammation and reddening of the gums – termed gingivitis. This is frequently accompanied by the accumulation of calculus (tartar) on the surface of the teeth along with very Bad breath!! However there is worse to come…..!

If gingivitis is allowed to continue unchecked, plaque bacteria will start to penetrate below the gum line, resulting in destruction of the bone and tooth supporting structures – a painful condition called periodontitis. As the tooth support structures are progressively destroyed, the tooth will become loose and eventually fall out.

During June we are offering free dental checks with our Nursing Team and also 10% off all dental procedures booked during this month.

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Flystrike

Flystrike  is a really big problem in rabbits during the warmer months. Rabbit rear ends often become damp and this moist area attracts flies, which lay their eggs there. what is a cloud server . These eggs hatch out into maggots which are capable of burrowing through the rabbit’s skin and into the underlying flesh.

Rabbit rear ends should be inspected daily for fly eggs and maggots, and soiled bedding should be cleaned out on a daily basis. Call us immediately if you are worried.

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Also remember that pets in outside runs need a shaded area to get away from the sun.