This coming week is rabbit awareness week (RAW) where a number of organisations come together to help highlight the important rabbit issues. Over the years RAW have given advice on the importance of companionship, diet, environment and preventative health care. All the information they have collated is free to access on the RAW website. At Holmer Vets we have continued to care for and treat sick and injured rabbits, throughout the Covid pandemic, and to offer advice and support to help owners care for their pets, to best meet their welfare needs. We are pleased to announce that we now have the new triple protection rabbit vaccine (Nobivac Myxo-RHD Plus) in stock. This new vaccine means that rabbits can now be protected against the deadly diseases myxomatosis and both strains of viral haemorrhagic disease, with one single injection. For more information about these diseases please see the vaccinations page on our website or visit the RAW website linked above. Please do not hesitate to contact one of our practice team if you have any concerns about, or would just like some advice, about your rabbits health and welfare.
Vet Professionals have kindly put together a virtual cat cafe, where cat owners can share experiences with fellow owners and receive health information from one of the UKs top feline specialists Sarah Caney. This is an amazing opportunity for cat owners to help them understand more about some of the common conditions our feline patients suffer. Recordings of webinars that have already taken place are available to view, with topics on chronic kidney disease and hypertension. Owners can also register to attend future live sessions which are presented at 4pm each Thursday.
For more information please click the following link for the Vet Professionals website.
With the Covid restrictions being relaxed we as a practice have seen an increase in demand for our services. The Holmer vet Covid teams have been working tirelessly to help treat our sick and injured patients. In the last couple of weeks we have also started performing some routine operations and vaccinations. We apologise that at times our consulting has run behind time, we thank you for your patience and understanding. As we move forward, hopefully out of this Covid crisis, we continue to work to maintain the health and safety of our clients and staff.
We will be bringing back team members from furlough over the next few weeks. We will continue to take patient histories either over the telephone or in the car park, then your pet will be taken into the surgery for examination and treatment. For now we will continue to be taking payments by card over the phone. Collection of medication will continue to be done remotely, where clients telephone in to confirm their arrival at the surgery and medications, which have been pre-ordered, will be place outside the reception. These are ever changing times but as always we want to reassure you that we, at Holmer Vets, are continuing to do everything we can to provide the best service and care for you and your pets.
With the warmer weather has come an increase in numbers of flies, which means an increased risk of flystrike in our pets. Whilst rabbits and guinea pigs are more commonly affected cases can also occur in cats and dogs. Flies prefer to lay their eggs where it is warm and moist so animals with a wet coat, particularly animals who leak urine or get faeces stuck around their back end, are most at risk. What can initially start as a low number of eggs or maggots can soon become a more severe infestation as more flies are attracted to the affected areas. Animals affected by fly strike can suffer severe tissue damage and become systemically unwell.
To reduce the risk of fly strike in pets, particularly those with soiling issues, should be checked regularly (at least once a day); animals suffering from urine or faecal soiling should be cleaned up as much as possible; bedding should be changed regularly; fly repellents may also be used but it is important to ensure any products are safe for use around pets. If you notice evidence of fly eggs or maggots on your pet, if possible, remove as many as you safely can and seek veterinary attention. Further information on fly strike can be found in our Summer 2019 newsletter.
As the Covid crisis continues guidlines for veterinary practices are evolving. None of us know how long the Covid restrictions will be in place but it is clear that, for the ongoing health and welfare of pets, it is necessary for us to do all we can to expand the services we are able to provide at this time. Whilst it is still paramount that we observe and respect social distancing, and we cannot go back to business as usual, as of Monday 11th May we will be looking to increase our capacity to vaccinate (with need determined on an individual basis) and start reintroducing some routine neutering (this again will be based on individual clinical need/circumstances).
Please be aware that whilst we have been able to bring a colleague off furlough, to provide this additional service, we are still working at a significantly reduced staff capacity. Please be patient with us as surgical slots/time will be limited so you may have to wait a little longer, than you are used to, to get your pet neutered. Currently we will only be able to consider arranging neutering for animals belonging to clients who are already registered with our practice. If you have a new pet and are not already registered with another local veterinary practice, please do not hesitate contact the surgery if you would like to register with us. We urge you carefully consider if neutering your pet is absolutely necessary, at this time, and be aware that you may be asked to discuss this with a vet before a procedure can be booked. The BSAVA (British Small Animal Veterinary Association) have published the following owner advice leaflets, with regards neutering and vaccinations during Covid 19 which you may find useful:
Please do not hesitate to contact us at the vets to discuss the individual needs of your pets. We at Holmer Vets, once again, wish to reassure you that we continue to strive to provide the best of care for your pets during these difficult times.