Myxomatosis

Myomatosis is a disease that affects rabbit. It causes puffy, fluid filled swellings. They can get “sleepy eyes”, swollen lips and swellings around their rear ends. In some the swelling is so severe that it can cause blindness. Most rabbits will then stop eating and drinking and can develop breathing problems.

It is spread by blood sucking insects, such as mosquitoes and fleas, and also by direct contact between rabbits. Most infected rabbits die within 12 days.

There is no treatment for this disease but fortunately we are able to help protect rabbits by vaccinating them. A vaccine once a year can help keep them safe. Call us today to book your rabbit in for a health check and vaccination.

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Tips for healthy teeth

 

  • Regular tooth brushing is the best way of keeping your pet’s teeth clean. Both dogs and cats will generally allow tooth brushing once they are used to the idea but it may take a few weeks to establish a regular routine. It’s very important to use a pet toothpaste as human toothpaste can be dangerous for pets
  • Diet can be very important in preventing tartar build-up on teeth. Try to feed your pet good quality dry foods rather than soft foods, as the latter tend to stick to the teeth, allowing the rapid build-up of tartar. Some diets are especially formulated to help keep teeth in the best possible condition. If you are considering changing your pet’s diet, please speak to our vets and nurses for advice.
  • Start early as some pets can be a little shy of their mouth being opened. A gentle mouth examination should be part of your general puppy training (along with looking in the ears and looking at the feet – all sensitive areas) to get your pet used to this type of handling. Our nursing team will show you how to do this when you attend routine puppy checks or one of our puppy parties.
  • Regular check-ups with your veterinary practice are essential for your pet’s oral health.

Throughout March we are offering free dental checks with a qualified veterinary nurse who can check your pets teeth, give you advice on preventative dental care and provide you with a complimentary finger brush to help you get started.

If your pet requires further treatment, we are offering a 20% off dental treatment during March.

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Petplan Vet Awards

We are very pleased to announce that we have received lots of nominations for the Petplan awards this year. Our Kenilworth, Stratford, Southam and Wellesbourne surgeries have all been nominated for “Practice of the Year”. Vets Kieran, Sophie, Penny B, Deborah and Becky have each been nominated for “Vet of the Year”. Maddi, Michelle and Anna H have been nominated for “Vet Nurse of the Year.” Jodie and Nicole were both nominated for the “Support Staff of the Year” and Liz K has been nominated for “Receptionist of the Year.”

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who nominated us.

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Dental Awareness Month

Our pets rely on us to make sure that their teeth and oral health are in good order. They are not able to brush their teeth twice daily and take themselves off to the dentist every 6 months as we do, so we must take care of their teeth for them.

Poor dental hygiene can be a source of chronic pain and discomfort for many pets. Most owners are unaware of this discomfort because most animals will not cry out in the presence of such pain – they just tolerate it.

If there is an infection in the mouth it can allow bacteria into the body via the blood stream and cause infections elsewhere. Kidney, heart, lung and liver problems can all be caused by poor oral health. Bad teeth can therefore just be the ‘tip of the iceberg’.

Any of the following may indicate that your pet has a dental problem: 

  •   Halitosis (bad breath)
  •   Sensitivity around the mouth / pawing at the mouth
  •   Loss of appetite
  •   Bleeding, inflamed and/or receding gums
  •   Tartar (brownish hard material)
  •   Loose or missing teeth.
  •   Difficulty chewing & eating food or dropping food

The first thing to do is to look in your pet’s mouth. Halitosis (bad breath) is caused by bacteria in the mouth, so this may alert you to the presence of dental disease.

Tartar is the hard brown accumulation which occurs on teeth. It is caused by mineralisation of plaque which in turn is caused by bacterial action against food particles in the mouth. The presence of tartar leads to gingivitis (gum inflammation). The gums become red, sore and prone to bleeding when touched. Tartar and gingivitis will eventually lead to periodontal disease where inflammation and infection cause destruction of the tissue around the tooth. Affected teeth loosen and may eventually fall out.

If the disease is severe, affected animals may eat on one side of their mouth, lose weight or generally fail to thrive. Older cats especially may start to look rather tatty as they may start to groom themselves less enthusiastically.

When dental disease is suspected you should seek veterinary advice.

Throughout March we are offering free dental checks with a qualified veterinary nurse who can check your pets teeth, give you advice on preventative dental care and provide you with a  complimentary finger brush to help you get started.

For pets requiring further treatment, we are offering 20% off dental treatment during March.

Keep an eye out for further tips and advice on dental care on our website and Facebook page.

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Christmas shoe box success

We would like to say a huge thank you for all your very generous donations to our Christmas Shoe Box Appeal. We have had an amazing response, with lots of food and toys having been donated.

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Your dog donations have been sent to Pawprints Dog Rescue near Rugby. Trisha Shaw from Pawprints, and her dog Bella, would like to say thank you all for helping to make Christmas a happy time for all.

 

 

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The cat food and toys are going to local cat charities to help look after and treat pets less fortunate than our own this Christmas.

Donations are still being accepted so if you’d like to help out it is not too late- simply drop them off at your local Avonvale surgery.

 

 

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Christmas Shoe Box Appeal

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Shelby’s happy reunion

imageShelby the cat was brought into our Stratford surgery after she was found apparently lost in Stratford.

Head nurse Becky scanned Shelby to check if she had a microchip. Luckily she did, so were able to contact her worried owner straight away. He was very relieved to hear she was ok and came straight away to collect her.

Shelby had been missing from her home in Staffordshire for 2 weeks and was very happy to be reunited with hr owner.

Microchipping involves inserting a tiny chip under the animal’s skin. This gives the pet their own unique code which can be scanned and matched to the owner’s contact details, which are kept on a national database. This means that, as long as your details are kept up to date, your pet can be quickly and easily reunited with you should they get lost.

Microchipping is a legal requirement in all dogs, but is definitely advisable for all cats as well.

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Teddy’s life saving donation

This is gorgeous Teddy who gave blood at Southam last week to donate to help save the life of a very poorly anaemic kitten.teddy

We sometimes see animals who require a blood transfusion to replace lost blood cells or volume, and usually these are emergency cases who require blood as soon as possible.

Finding a donor cat can be difficult. Unlike for humans and dogs there is no blood bank for cats as their blood is more difficult to store. This means we have to rely on generous owners of superstar donor cats to provide much needed blood in an emergency.

Not all cats are suitable to be donors- there are certain criteria to ensure that the transfusion is safe for both the donor and recipient.

Cats must be in good health, be between 1-8 years old and weight 4kg or more. Cats usually need to be given a light sedation to take the large blood sample needed, so they must be healthy. Before we perform a blood transfusion we must also ensure the cats share the same blood type.

Please give us a call to chat to one of our vets if you are interested in your cat becoming a life saving blood donor.

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Ronnie’s painful teeth


Did you know, guinea pigs have teeth that grow constantly throughout their lives?

Because they are always growing, if they start to erupt at an angle or are not being worn down properly they can start to cause problems.

This happened to Ronnie, who came into our Southam surgery to see Penny after he stopped eating his fresh food. Penny examined his mouth and found his back teeth had overgrown across his mouth and were causing discomfort.

Penny trimmed Ronnie’s teeth under anaesthetic and he is now eating completely normally. We will monitor his teeth closely as he may need his teeth trimming again in the future.

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Charles scores an own goal

FullSizeRenderThis is Charles the tortoise who came in to see Penny out of hours this weekend.

He got tangled up in a football net and got it wrapped around his foreleg. His owners managed to cut him free, but a piece of the net was wound tightly around his leg and starting to cut off the circulation to his foot.

tortoisePenny was able to carefully remove the bit of net before it caused any wounds or lasting damage.

We wonder if Charles might think twice about taking part in sports in the future!

 

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