This month, November, Holmer Vets are delighted to welcome three new team members. Jon is our newest addition to the vet team. Jon carried out some of his final year work experience with us and now, after working in Wales for just over a year, he has returned to take up a full time vet position. We also welcome Donna who takes on her role in reception, and Amy who joins us as a veterinary nurse assistant.
As England goes into a second Covid lockdown we want to reassure all of our clients that we, at Holmer Vets, will continue to be open to provide care to your pets. So as to work within government guidelines and do our best to protect the health and wellbeing of all of our staff and clients, we will continue provide our consultations outside, bringing animals into the surgery for their examination and treatment. Where appropriate we may be able to offer advice over the phone and prescribe treatment remotely. The practice will continue to run consultation 9am to 4pm Monday to Saturday with priority surgeries on Sunday. As always we continue to offer our own out of hours service for sick and injured pets.
As the weather gets milder and wetter it is time for owners to remain alert for possible signs of canine cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV), more commonly known as Alabama Rot. Unfortunately the cause of this potentially fatal condition is still unknown but it has become evident that 92% of cases occur between November and May, with more cases seen when there has been heavy rainfall and in dogs walked in woodland. Ulcerating skin lesions most commonly on the lower limbs are often the first sign of the disease, affected dogs often have a fever and can become extremely unwell as they go on to develop potentially fatal kidney damage. Although CRGV is a relatively rare disease the sporadic occurance and potential severity of the disease warrants that dog owners be aware and vigilant. For more information about CRGV including access to useful resources please refer to our Autumn 2019 newsletter. If you are concerned your dog may be showing possible symptoms of CRGV please book in to see a vet as soon as possible.
Today we bid a fond farewell to Emma the vet who has been with us since 2016. Emma is leaving us for beautiful Pembrokeshire, following her husband as he takes on an unmissable career opportunity. We wish Emma and her family all the best in their new life. Emma's departure comes all too soon after saying goodbye to Gemma, one of our RVNs, earlier this month. Gemma has moved on to specialise as a member of the Veterinary eye clinic Leominster, we hope her new career path fulfils all her expectations. Emma and Gemma have been great assets to the Holmer team and they will be greatly missed (although no doubt we will see Gemma for tea and cake very soon!).
At the beginning of the year we tried to contact clients who had approached us in 2019 about their dogs fear of fireworks. Although this year has been far from 'normal' we hope that at least some of you have managed to work on the desensitisation program, in the hope to help alleviate your pets anxiety this coming November. For clients who have been unable to implement the noise desensitisation strategy or have had limited, or no success, it is time to think about preparing your pet for the coming firework season.
This is particularly true for owners of pets who exhibit higher level anxiety including house soiling and destructive behaviour. For these pets to achieve the best anxiety control certain medications need to be started 6-8 weeks before the anticipated stress. It is difficult to tell how the Covid will effect the number of firework events this year, whilst there may well be less public displays this could potentially lead to more private back garden displays. If you own a dog who has fear of fireworks please take a look at our Autumn 2019 Newsletter with advice regarding fear of fireworks, as well our client information page. For more personal advice about your pets individual needs please do not hesitate to contact us for advice.