BBQ perils

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As BBQ season approaches, fingers crossed, it seemed a good time to consider the potential pet perils of this popular past time. Aside from the risk of the mad dog racing past the BBQ knocking things over and getting burnt, there are other risks to consider. Foreign body issues are not infrequently seen. Corn cobs seem a popular thing for dogs to ingest, almost inevitably causing an intestinal blockage which will need surgical removal. The image shows a corn on the cob which was swallowed whole by a dog, only because all the sweetcorn was still attached to the cob can this be seen on the radiograph.

Scavenged cooked bones and  wooden BBQ skewers are also a tasty treat to a dog, but the risk of ingesting these can be even higher as a sharp point can lead to them penetrating through the gut wall; this can cause damage to other other abdominal organs and/or potentially life threatening peritonitis. For some dogs being fed high fat food, such as sausages, can trigger pancreatitis, affected dogs can become extremely unwell with the main signs being vomiting, abdominal pain and inappetence. It is also important to consider how you clean your BBQ after use, more specifically how you dispose of the waste, if a dog scavenges debris after cleaning with an oven type cleaner this can be caustic and cause oral and gut irritation, potentially ulceration. We all love a good BBQ but it is important to remember to dispose of waste products safely out of reach or our pets. If you are concerned that your dog has scavenged something he/she shouldn't have please call your vet for advice.

Introducing our newest team members

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We are delighted to introduce our newest team members. Hollie (left) is a registered veterinary nurse who has joined our team to be closer to her family home. Hollie brings a wealth of experience, new ideas and enthusiasm to our practice and has already shown herself to be an amazing asset. Ffern (right) is our new nursing assistant, keen to learn and hopeful to soon be on the veterinary nurse training program. Like Hollie, Ffern has gelled perfectly with out long established team.

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Easter 2024, surgery opening hours.

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Friday 29th March (Good Friday) - Emergencies only

Saturday 30th March - 9am - 4pm

Sunday 31st March - Emergencies only

Monday 1st April (Easter Monday) - Emergencies only.

We wish all our clients a Happy Easter. As always our vets will be available to provide our 24/7 service over the Easter weekend. Please do not hesitate to call us if you are concerned that your pet is sick, injured, in pain or distress.

Scheduled computer system maintenance 20/03/2024

On Wednesday 20th March the practice computer system will be undergoing maintenance.  As a consequence there will be no access to computer records, we therefore kindly ask clients not to call to try and book routine appointments, request repeat prescriptions or try to make payments on this day. For clients with pets on long term therapy please ensure you have enough medication to last through this period. The surgery will be open 9am-5pm to provide care for sick and injured patients only, our out of hours service provision will be unaffected.

We apologise for any inconvenience this process may cause. We want to reassure our clients that we will be here to provide care for your pets. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are concerned your pet is unwell, in pain or distress.

XL bully neutering support

The deadline for registering for XL bully exemption, January 31st 2024,  is fast approaching. To comply with the regulations XL bully-type dogs are required to be neutered, however it is important to note that XL bully owners can register their dog for exemption before they are neutered. Registration must be done by the deadline. For full details on preparing for the ban and to register your XL bully dog go to the following link on the gov.uk website

Evidence of neutering, veterinary certification, must be provided by 30th June 2024 for dogs older than 1yr on January 31st.  Dogs younger than 12 months on January 31st they must be certified as neutered by 31st December 2024.

To help XL bully owners struggling financially to fulfil the exemption requirements the Blue Cross, Battersea and the RSPCA have joined forces to help offer financial support towards the cost of neutering. The scheme will be launched on 5th February 2024 through the Blue Cross Veterinary Care fund. Clients looking to seek this help will need to approach their veterinary practice who will have to apply on their behalf, payments for successful applications will go directly to the veterinary practice. The amount the charity will award, to eligible individuals, will vary depending on the dog's gender and procedure.

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