Helpful Tips

Hot Weather and preventing heat stroke

Now that we are in the midst of a heat wave,it is important that we all remember that due to the smaller body sizes and having fur coats our pets succumb to over heating  more quickly than humans.

Some important tips for us all ;

  • Walk dogs at the cooler parts of the day.
  • If using transport make sure journeys aren’t too long and keep the car well ventilated.
  • Don’t leave an animal in any parked vehicle in this heat.
  • Use a shallow paddling pool to allow dogs to cool off as they want or use damp towels to help keep cool.
  • Make sure rabbit hutches and runs have adequate shade.
  • Allow cats to have shade and if sun worshippers, apply factor 50 barrier sun screen to their ear tips if they are pale.
  • Try investing in a “cool coat ” for you dog to wear, this is one website selling them but we have no experience directly with this site, http://www.keepcool.org.uk/dog%20coats.htm
  • Keep animals coats trimmed short

 

Heatstroke signs

  • Excessive panting
  • Drooling
  • Weakness
  • Collapse
  • Vomiting
  • Bloody faeces
  • Fitting

 

If you are worried about your pet having heat stroke try and cool it down by wrapping it in a damp cool towel to cool it down immediately and phone us as soon as possible.

Here are some links to other sites for information

http://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/dogs/health/dogsinhotcars

https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/whats-happening/news/you-may-as-well-leave-your-dog-in-an-oven

Enjoy the sunshine and keep our pets safe

🙂 Mary

 

 

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Lily poisoning in cats

Just recently we have had to treat a lovely cat called Lily who ironically decided to eat the green leaves of a lily plant. Her owners were aware of lily flowers being toxic to cats and as the plant wasn’t yet in flower had allowed Lily in the garden but Lily decided to munch on the leaves.

Lily on her intravenous drip.

It is important if you have a cat not to bother having lily plants as it is now recognised that all parts of lily plants are toxic to cats http://www.noliliesforcats.com/faq1.pml

Another site which also lists other poisonous plants for cats is http://www.icatcare.org/advice/poisonous-plants.

Luckily Lily’s owner decided to bring Lily into the surgery that day so we started intravenous fluids and kept her in the ward for over 2 days to flush her kidneys and monitor her bloods. The lilies went in the compost.

Such a lovely cat and tolerated the intravenous drip so well

Mary

 

Lily in the ward

 

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Introducing the New Nobivac Lepto 4 Vaccination

We have changed our vaccine because we believe in providing the best protection possible for our dogs, using Nobivac Lepto 4 gives that.

Leptospirosis is a life threatening disease of many species but particularly in dogs and in humans. It can affect the liver and kidneys and cause acute failure of these organs leading to death. It is spread by mice and rats urine and can be found in any damp ground but particularly river and canal banks and parks.

The previous vaccine covered the 2 most commonly occurring forms of Leptospira in the UK but we now have a vaccine which covers 4 serovars, which occur more common in Europe but outbreaks have started to occur in the UK now. We feel this added protection is now appropriate to have for our dogs and have changed to a new vaccine MSD Nobivac L4.

Booster vaccinations

When your dog comes in for its annual booster in 2015 they will have the normal booster given but will be asked to come for a 2nd Lepto 4 injection 4 weeks later.

The manufacturer of the vaccine has generously given an amnesty for the forth coming year to our clients for the 2nd Lepto 4 vaccine to be free. We also as a practice will not charge for giving it. For more details on our booster prices please phone the practice.

Puppy Vaccinations

For puppies aged between 7-9 weeks they will receive 2 injections 4 weeks apart. Puppies over 9 weeks will have 3 injections 2 weeks apart the reasons are given below:

Puppies aged 7-9 weeks of age

  • At the first visit we vaccinate for Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis and Leptospirosis.
  • At the second visit, about 4 weeks later, we vaccinate for Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis and Leptospirosis again. We do recommend vaccinating for Kennel Cough (e.g. infectious tracheitis acquired in parks and close contact), for whilst it is not typically life threatening, it is distressing and infected dogs need to be kept away from other dogs.

Puppies can go out 1 week after the 2nd vaccine but should avoid canals, farms and lakes until 2 weeks after the 2nd vaccine as they will not be fully covered for all strains of Leptospirosis until then.

Puppies aged 9 weeks and over:

  • At the first visit we vaccinate for Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis and Leptospirosis.
  • At the second visit, about 2 weeks later, we vaccinate for Distemper, Parvovirus and Hepatitis. We do recommend vaccinating for Kennel Cough (e.g. infectious tracheitis acquired in parks and close contact), for whilst it is not typically life threatening, it is distressing and infected dogs need to be kept away from other dogs.
  • At the third visit, 2 weeks later, we will give the second Leptospirosis vaccination.

Puppies can go out 1 week after the 2nd vaccine but should avoid canals, farms and lakes until 2 weeks after the 3rd vaccine as they will not be fully covered for all strains of Leptospirosis until then.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hedgehog Awareness Week 3-9th May 2015

Hedgehog Awareness Week.

Week 3-9th of May is when hedgehogs are being pushed to the front of the queue for our help.

Organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society the hope is to draw the public’s attention to the plight of hedgehogs. The decline in hedgehog numbers over the last few years has become quite a worry and so to help our little prickly friends we thought we’d support this years initiative by posting a blog about the Hedgehog Street initiative and hopefully encourage our clients to get involved.

Ensuring access into and out of your garden allows hedgehogs to move through the area which is quite important. So if you allow a 5″ square gap at the bottom of your fence this would help. Maybe start an initiative along your street so all the neighbours can help create the “Hedgehog Street” and then we get a nice long stretch of ground for the hedgehogs to feed on. Follow the links below for a lot more information.

http://www.hedgehogstreet.org/

http://www.hedgehogstreet.org/pages/hedgehog-campaign.html

Other things to be aware of when working in the garden is check before you start to use trimmers, lawn mowers or even clearing garden rubbish.

It is particularly important with this colder Spring that we check any garden rubbish before we light a bomb fire to clear it.

Our local Warwickshire Hedgehog Rescue group are brilliant at taking care of injured hedgehogs and your support would always be welcome as it is a self funding charity . http://www.warwickshirehedgehogrescue.org/

🙂 Mary

 

 

 

 

 

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National Pet Month

April will be National Pet Month.

This month is used to raise awareness for responsible ownership and healthy pets. http://www.nationalpetmonth.org.uk/downloads/Top-Ten-Tips.pdf

Here at Emscote we have chosen to raise money for a charity called Pet Savers. Pet Savers helps to fund vital clinical research into illnesses that currently have no effective treatments. If you would like to find out more information about Pet Savers, then please visit http://www.petsavers.org.uk/

We are aiming to raise £200 for this fantastic charity and would really appreciate your help with this cause.

You can help us by joining our fundraising events running throughout the month of April including;

  • Chocolate egg raffle running from March 24th till Saturday April 4th
  • Animal Ears Week from the 6th – 11th April
  • Dog walk in the park on the 18th April
  • Homemade card sale throughout the month
  • Pet drawing competition from the 1st April – 17th April
  • Guess the weight of the practice cats from  14th April – 27th April
  • Funniest pet photo from 20th April – 2nd May
  • Best pet story from 20th April – 2nd May
  • Chocolate egg raffle running throughout the month

For more information on any of the events or how to buy tickets for the raffle please ask at reception.

All winners from the competitions will be announced on the 4th of May except the Easter Eggs of course will be available to munch through for Easter April 5th  make sure you have liked us on facebook to know who wins the Eggs for collection.

Mary promises not to enter the Egg draw this year !!! .

 

Good Luck!!!!

And thank you for all your help, Dheep and Amber.

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Pet Bond Celebrated

Pet Bond Celebrated

Mrs Tookey with Libby enjoy life to the full and with home visits we hope we help them both enjoy that pleasure.

Mrs Tookey and Libby

 

We all know how much our pets enrich our lives and give us unconditional love. So it was with great interest that I read of the recent event held at the House of Lords and I felt our clients should also be made aware of it.

“Pet Event” at The House of Lords on January 20th 2015 was held to celebrate the way pets bring joy to the lives of older people. The event was to help raise awareness and bring together parties to discuss and help highlight changes which need to occur to help older people and their pets.

It is often heart breaking for older people when due to circumstances they can no longer care for or keep their pet. But it is well recognised that the interaction of caring for a pet helps elderly people tremendously and gives them a bond which is both fulfilling and rewarding. It is so important that as far as is possible support is given to older people either to help care for an elderly animal or to help them to still be able to enjoy the interaction of having an animal.

The meeting held at the House of Lords involved a number of parties, Tracey crouch MP, chairman of the Pet Advisory Committee and co-chair of the APPG on Dementia also spoke of our pets and their importance.

If you’d like to read more please follow the link

http://www.carechoices.co.uk/benefits-pets-older-people-celebrated-house-lords-changes-needed-ensure-relationship-can-thrive/

 

Here at Emscote we try and help elderly clients with home visits and on Thursdays we offer scheduled home visits at a reduced rate so either an elderly pet or owner can have less stress associated with their care.

During 2015 National Pet Month, April 1st-May 4th,  this issue will be further highlighted and we plan to celebrate National Pet Month at Emscote Vets. To keep an eye on what we plan give us a like us on facebook .

Thanks

Mary

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Roscoe’s neutering

This is Roscoe, the long awaited addition to our family!

As soon as we picked him up he came straight to the Emscote Vets to have a health check, flea treatment and  worming treatment and to be insured.

He was booked in to be neutered at 18 ½ weeks. We couldn’t feed him the morning of his operation so he wasn’t amused. His operation went really smoothly, but he was quite interested in the wound so had to wear a buster collar, he has recovered really well and is bouncing around playing with his toys as usual. He’s so proud of himself in his photo at home.

Neutering is so important for the following reasons:-

First of all there are many kittens or adult cats for re-homing in many centres up and down the country. Having done some voluntary work for Cats Protection it has opened my eyes to the problems facing the charity.

Unneutered males are much more likely to stray over a large area, they mark their territory by spraying and are likely to be injured fighting.

Fighting Tomcats spread disease and tend to suffer from injuries and abscesses. An unneutered male carries a higher risk of being involved in a road traffic accident due to them wandering over large areas. There is also the worry over the fact they often go missing.

Unneutered males may also spray inside the home and be aggressive to their owners.

Females need to be neutered before their first season (usually about 6 months) as they can become pregnant at a very young age.

Unneutered females will be very vocal when they come in to season ‘calling’, causing a nuisance usually every two weeks from January right through until the autumn.

Unneutered females can suffer from pyometra (an infection of the womb) later on in life and mammary tumours.

Any Queens carrying infectious diseases may pass these on to their unborn kittens.

Blog by

Sara, Roscoe’s besotted owner and receptionist at Emscote Vets

 

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New updated Pet Health Club for 2015

 

 

As always, a new year gives us time to look at the best way forward. We are committed to helping you keep your pets happy and healthy, which is why we started the pet health club. Many of you saw the benefits and savings of spreading the cost of your vaccinations, worming and flea treatments with our health club and have joined up. We have reviewed the products we use in this and felt that we needed to change to newer and more effective treatments. As a result of the warm winter and summer there has been a flea population explosion. Fipronil products like Frontline have a slower kill time than the novel new products and many people are not using house sprays or products with growth inhibitors in so we are having real problems eliminating infestations. We have had to reassure many clients that the cleanest pets can pick up fleas and many households are having a problem! Even cats that rarely go outside or are house cats can pick fleas up. We can’t remember ever selling so many household sprays.

 

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Luckily there are newer very effective products available now so we felt we needed to change our health club flea treatments. We are now offering monthly palatable tablets: Nexgard, www.nexgardfordogs.com, a flea and tick product for dogs, and Comfortis, www.comfortis.com, a palatable flea tablet for cats. We have had great success using these products to treat infestations and skin problems this summer so are very happy to be able to offer them. They have the added benefit that they cannot be washed off so they are great for dogs that like swimming or need regular baths; also there is no need to keep them separate from children whilst the product is fresh. If you prefer to have a topical spot on then we are offering monthly Advocate for cats or dogs at the same price, which kills fleas, mites, lungworm and roundworm.  Lastly for those cat owners that struggle with tablets there is now another option in the health club, Broadline, which is a fipronil product but uses an increased dose and also contains a growth inhibitor and complete wormer in one topical product. We are keeping our wormer as milbemax at present as we are very happy with the efficacy and palatability. The Pet Health Club includes four worming doses a year if choosing to use Milbemax, suitable for most and  monthly worming for those under 6 months old. If you would like a text reminder or email every 3 months, then sign up at www.wormpatrol.co.uk. Remember that a pet that isn’t wormed regularly could have worms even if they look healthy, and worming tablets don’t have a residual effect, so some animals may need worming more often. For instance a cat that hunts daily is better wormed monthly.Our club gives a 10% discount on any further antiparasitics. Worming our pets helps keeps children safe too – some roundworm larvae can cause health problems for children.www.wormpatrol.co.uk/wormopedia

 

 

 

 

Although the choice may seem overwhelming, it allows us to choose the most effective and suitable product for your pet. If you aren’t sure which product is right for you and your pet please make an appointment with our nurses to discuss further. Unfortunately this has meant price rises which you will be informed of when your yearly contract is about to be renewed. If you wish to upgrade before this time please talk to us at your  vaccination or 6 month check appointment. Our pet health club still represents good savings and allows you to budget. Don’t forget you also get a free nurse check in between your vaccinations and 10 % off neutering, 15% off dental work  and 10 % off  long term medications!

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Christmas Opening Times

We hope you all have a Happy Christmas and would like to thank everyone for our Christmas wishes, photos and generous presents.

In case you need us our opening times are as follows

 

Christmas Eve: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day: CLOSED
Saturday 27th: 9am – 1pm
Sunday 28th: CLOSED
Monday 29th: 8:30am – 6:30pm
Tuesday 30th: 8:30am – 6:30pm
New Years Eve: 8:30am – 5:00pm
New Years Day: CLOSED

Outside these times please ring our out of hours service provided by Avonvale 01926 409145

 

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Wishing you a Happy Healthy Christmas

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We would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and to your lovely pets, but maybe pass on some advice on avoiding unwanted trips to us over the festive season.

We traditionally ‘deck the halls’ however some decorations and plants can be extremely harmful to our pets.

The plants to be aware of are as follows:-

Holly, Mistletoe, Poinsettia and Amaryllis ingestion can cause vomiting and diarrhoea, excessive drooling and abdominal pain.

Lilies are particularly dangerous eating a small amount will have a severe impact on a cat’s kidneys and can be fatal.

We recommend that you do not have any of these plants within the home to protect your pets.

Christmas trees themselves are not poisonous but the lights and decorations can be dangerous. The pines needles that fall must always be vacuumed up as they can become embedded in paws or get stuck in throats. Please ensure that the lights are connected correctly and are earthed as some pets may chew.

Cats love to play and tinsel and decorations are great fun but be careful. Our top tip from our own experience is to secure the tree firmly to the wall if you have a playful cat and be careful of glass baubles and tinsel!

High levels of chocolate can be dangerous as it contains theobromine which is poisonous to dogs unlike humans. The signs presented are vomiting and diarrhoea, increase in heart rate, twitching, hyperactivity and seizures. The chocolate packaging is also harmful so please ensure that all chocolate decorations and gifts containing chocolate are out of dogs reach.

If your animals have ingested chocolate or any of the above named plants, then please contact Emscote Vets or our Out of Hours provider immediately. Early intervention can be literally life saving.

We all tend to eat a little more than we should over the festive period but we need to remember that any change to our pet’s diet could cause digestive upset and that they too can easily pile on the pounds. Foods such as Christmas cake, mince pies and Christmas pudding contain raisins and sultanas and alcohol, which are poisonous to cats and dogs.

Please ensure that the carcass from your Christmas dinner is disposed of in the outside bin, so that your pet cannot get it back out. Cooked bones become brittle and splinter, they can get stuck moving through the digestive system and can cause obstructions. On Boxing Day digestive problems are the most common call out!

By following this simple advice we can all hopefully have a very Merry Christmas without any dramas other than forgetting the batteries for that new toy!

Happy Christmas from Mary, Paula, Laura, Karoline, Emily, Becky, Sara, Dheep, Amber and Nikki!

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