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Spring 2020

  • Pet Anxiety Awareness Month
  • Pet Travel Update
  • Springtime Hazards
  • Pet Health Club

Pet Anxiety Awareness Month

March is Pet Anxiety Awareness Month

It’s not easy having a pet with anxiety and in the UK, 82% dogs and 89% cats are reported to be scared of something. It may be the hoover, the vets, meeting new people or other dogs, loud noises ... the list goes on.

Pets display signs of anxiety in different ways, which can also vary in severity.

Subtle signs:

  • Hiding
  • Licking lips
  • Tail between legs
  • Showing whites of eyes
  • Looking / moving away
  • Yawning
  • Panting

More obvious signs:

  • Scratching
  • Spraying
  • Destructive behaviour
  • Tension with other animals
  • Barking
  • Shaking and shivering
  • Reactiveness

It can be hard dealing with these issues so it is important to know you’re not alone and that something can be done.

  1. Professional Help: It is beneficial to source help from a behaviourist and the APBC is a great source for this. They will be able to offer advice on each individual pet’s fear and instigate practical treatment plans.
  2. Product support: Diffusers, sprays, collars, foods and tablets are all available which may help anxious pets. They should be used alongside training and environmental change. Please speak to the vets or nurses regarding these.

If you feel you need help with your pet’s anxiety, please book to see a vet as soon as possible.

Pet Travel Update

Pet Travel Update

There has been a lot of uncertainty regarding pet travel and the UK’s place in the pet travel scheme post Brexit. Now that a deal has been reached, there will be a ‘transitional period’ until 31st December 2020. During this time, existing pet passports will still be valid so you can continue to enjoy holidaying with your pet in the EU. Existing rules for issuing of passports and travel will still apply. Travelling pets require:

  1. A microchip
  2. Rabies vaccination. If this is your pets first rabies vaccine, then you will have to wait at least 21 days before you can travel. If the vaccine is given in the UK it will typically last for 3 years
  3. An EU Pet Passport which can be issued by your vet
  4. Tapeworm treatment will need to be administered by a vet 1-5 days before re-entry into the UK

We do not currently know what rules will be in place after the end of the year. If the UK becomes an unlisted country then a rabies blood test will be needed and a 3 month wait before travelling, after a positive blood test. If you need to travel with your pet in the first 5-6 months of 2021 then consider a rabies blood test in August of this year at the latest. For updates on the latest information visit the government website.

Out of Hours Care

If your pet gets poorly out of our normal hours, please call the normal number and you will automatically be transferred to our out of hours’ provider at Wood Vet Group.

Springtime Hazards

Keep Your Pet Healthy and Safe This Easter

This time of year poses a number of threats to our 4 pawed friends. Hazards include:

Easter Eggs

Chocolate contains an ingredient theobromine (similar to caffeine) which can be very toxic to pets. The cocoa content of the chocolate determines the risk, with dark / plain chocolate being the most poisonous. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea, excitement, muscle tremors, increased heart rate and occasionally death. If you suspect your pet has consumed chocolate contact your vet ASAP.

Hot Cross Buns / Simmel Cake

Grapes, raisins, currents and sultanas are all toxic to dogs. It is not known how much of the fruit is too much as some dogs can become unwell after ingesting very small quantities. As well as digestive upset, these fruits can cause kidney failure. Prompt treatment is important so contact your vet immediately and keep Hot Cross Buns and Fruit cakes well out of their reach this Easter.

Rabbit vaccinations – don’t get caught on the hop!

The warmer spring months are also a peak time for the spread of some nasty viruses that can be life-threatening to rabbits. Yearly vaccinations are available to safeguard against these diseases.

Myxomatosis can be caught from an infected animal or from being bitten by fleas or mosquitoes that have fed on an infected animal. Signs of infection include swellings to the eyes, genitals and face. It is often difficult to nurse an infected rabbit back to health and ultimately euthanasia is often the kindest option.

Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD) is another deadly disease. There are 2 strains: VHD-1 and a newer VHD-2. Both are spread by direct contact with an infected rabbit or via urine and faeces.

Spring Bulbs

Incidents of poisoning from spring bulbs are most likely to occur from dogs eating the bulbs in autumn when they are planted, or in spring when they begin to flower.

  • Daffodils – Effects from ingestion can include vomiting and salivation, but can escalate to dogs appearing sleepy, wobbly on their legs, or collapsing. In more serious cases fits and changes to heart rate, body temperature and blood pressure. Dogs can also become unwell if the flowers are eaten, or if water from the vase containing daffodils is drunk.
  • Tulips – the toxins found in this plant cause irritation to the mouth and gastrointestinal tract and usually only result in drooling, vomiting and diarrhoea. Serious cases are rare, but effects could include heart problems and breathing difficulties.

Pet Health Club

Pet Health Club

Our simple plan can be set up to cover your pet’s key preventative treatments throughout the year. Not only do you save money, you also spread the cost across 12 manageable monthly payments and receive regular reminder and appointment scheduling. Club benefits include:

  • Annual Vaccination and Health Check
  • Annual kennel cough (dogs)
  • 2nd 6 month healthcheck
  • Year round worming (dogs and cats)
  • Year round flea protection (dogs and cats)
  • Flystrike protection for rabbits
  • Microchip implant or a £10 voucher to spend in the surgery
  • Routine nail clips, anal gland expression with a nurse
  • Several other discounts and savings

Visit the Pet Health Club page on our website or please ask a member of the team for more information.