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Archive for July, 2017

New Cat Clinic Day at Stoke Road

Due to the success and popularity of our cat clinics on Tuesdays at our Stoke Road branch, we are adding an additional cat clinic day every THURSDAY.

Introducing AMANDA ROSS, our new Thursday Cat Clinic Vet
Amanda qualified from Edinburgh University in 2001 and joined us in June 2017. She began her career in a practice in her hometown of Leeds before joining a mixed practice in Bedford in 2002. Initially, she worked with large animals as well as small but gradually moved towards concentrating solely on small animals. She holds an ESVPS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine. She has become particularly interested in feline medicine and is very much looking forward to running the Cat Clinic at the Stoke Road branch on Thursdays. Outside work, Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband and two small children, as well as their cat Jamie and their newest addition to the family, a rehomed tortoise called Margo.
The clinic is open for:
  • Vaccinations, Consultations, Repeat Prescription Checks, General Health Checks, Surgery, Dentistry
And also nurse clinics including:
  • Nail clipping, Minor dematts, Blood Pressure Checks, Diabetic Clinics, Weight Clinics, Microchipping, Second Vaccinations, Behaviour clinics and many more
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MK Vet Group Annual Staff BBQ

On the 9th July, our staff and their families attended our annual Staff BBQ. The sun was even in attendance for the day. As well as replenishing our energy with the food, the staff also enjoyed a game of cricket on the day. A well earned day of fun for the team!  
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Cat Vaccinations – what does it protect against?

Your cat’s annual vaccination protects your cat against the following diseases:

  • Feline Panleucopenia
    • This disease is caused by parvovirus and is highly contagious. It can be spread easily from cat to cat and excreted in faeces and bodily fluids.
    • Symptoms can include gastrointestinal signs, fever, loss of appetite, depression and anaemia.
  • ‘Cat Flu’
    • Feline herpesvirus and feline calicivirus are the two main causes of ‘cat flu’. It spreads through air droplets of infected cats sneezing or via nasal and eye discharge. It can also be spread through direct contact with an infected cat or via a person’s clothing.
    • Symptoms will include fever, lack of appetite, lethargy, discharge from eyes and nose, sneezing and mouth ulcers.
  • Feline leukaemia virus
    • This virus is found worldwide and is spread through mutual grooming and bite wounds as it is contained in body fluids.
    • Symptoms can include fever, lethargy, poor coat condition, weight loss, anaemia and gastrointestinal signs.
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Dog Vaccinations – what does it protect against?

Your dog’s annual vaccination protects your pet against:

  • Canine Distemper 
    • caused by Canine Distemper Virus and is spread by contact with affected dogs.
    • Symptoms include nasal discharge, sneezing, difficulty breathing, cough.
  • Infectious Canine Hepatitis
    • caused by the virus canine Adenovirus Type 1 (CAV-1) and usually spread through contact with the disease in the environment rather than dog to dog contact.
    • Symptoms include lethargy, high temperature, gastrointestinal signs, jaundice and painful abdomen.
  • Canine Parvovirus
    • caused by Canine Parvovirus type 2 CPV-2 and is spread through contact with the virus in the environment or dog to dog contact. This virus is highly contagious in all unvaccinated animals.
    • Symptoms include gastrointestinal signs, anaemia, shock and dehydration.
  • Leptospirosis
    • caused by the bacteria Leptospira. It can be spread by direct contact with infected urine or contaminated water.
    • Symptoms include fever, gastrointestinal signs, jaundice, dark urine and dehydration.

Your dog can also be protected against Kennel Cough with an additional vaccine. 

  • Kennel Cough 
    • a number of viruses have been associated with kennel cough including parainfluenza and most commonly Bordetella bronchiseptica. It is spread through direct contact with an infected dog or an environment where an infected dog has been housed.
    • Symptoms include sneezing, snorting, gagging and distinctive cough.
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MK Vet Group Staff go Dragon Boating!

On Monday 5th June, our staff took to the water in the unfortunate wet and windy weather at Caldecotte Lake. However, the weather did not dampen our spirits.
Sonia, one of our vets and Laura Austin, our head nurse, are keen dragon boaters and put the rest of us through our paces.
The session was thoroughly enjoyed by all and we are hoping to enter a team at an event next year.
  
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