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Archive for February, 2019

Vaccine Amnesty – March 2019

Vaccine Amnesty Month 1st March – 31st March

Are you pet’s vaccinations overdue?

Our Vaccine Amnesty makes it easy to bring your pet’s vaccinations up to date and protect them against preventable diseases. This offer means your pet will receive a full vaccination course for the price of a single vaccination.

During your pet’s consultation one of our veterinary surgeons will give guidance regarding your pet’s vaccinations as well as receiving a full health check and physical examination.

Why not consider joining out Pet Health Care Scheme for a low monthly cost?
Our scheme includes your pet’s routine yearly vaccinations as well as your flea, tick and worming treatment through the year. For more information, click here.

Terms of offer
  • Offer available for dogs and cats who vaccinations have lapsed (cannot include new puppy or kittens courses)
  • Offer is for full vaccination course for the price of one single vaccination
  • Any additional consults will be charged at usual cost
  • Offer is valid from 1st March until 31st March 2019 – initial vaccination must be booked in the time period
  • The offer is valid across all branches – Walnut Tree, Stoke Road, Whaddon Way, Stony Stratford and Willen
  • If you have an outstanding balance with us, we will ask you to settle this before the appointment
  • Non-clients can use this offer if they register with us and agree to our terms and conditions
What diseases can we vaccinate against?

Dogs
  • Canine Parvovirus – This disease is caused by Canine Parvovirus type 2 (CPV-2), and is spread through the environment or dog to dog contact. This virus is highly contagious in all unvaccinated animals. Symptoms of this disease may include gastrointestinal signs, anaemia, shock and dehydration.
  • Canine Distemper – This disease is caused by Canine Distemper virus, and is spread by direct contact with affected dogs. Symptoms may include nasal discharge, sneezing, difficulty breathing and coughing.
  • Infectious Canine Hepatitis – This disease is caused by the virus Canine Adenovirus Type 1 (CAV-1), and usually spread via contact with in the environment rather than dog to dog contact. Symptoms may include lethargy, high temperature, gastrointestinal signs, jaundice and painful abdomen.
  • Leptospirosis – This disease is caused by the bacteria Leptospira. It can be spread by direct contact with infected urine or contaminated water. Symptoms may include fever, gastrointestinal signs, jaundice, dark urine and dehydration.
Cats
  • Feline Panleukopenia (Feline Infectious Enteritis) – 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 caused when infected cats sneeze, or via nasal and ocular discharge. It can also be spread through direct contact with an infected cat or via a person’s clothing. Symptoms may include fever, lack of appetite, lethargy, discharge from eyes and nose, sneezing and mouth ulcers.
  • Feline Leukaemia– 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.
Further information can also be found regarding titre testing in dogs here.

Please contact our reception team on 01908 397777 to book your pet’s appointment today!
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Casper’s Story

Casper is a handsome 6 month old German Shepherd, who had a hard start to life when we met him at around 8 weeks old. We originally saw Casper in September at our Walnut Tree Hospital when he was treated by us for haemorrhagic diarrhoea, causing anaemia and ascites. He was initially given fresh frozen plasma to stabilise his condition and to improve his albumin levels.

Fresh Frozen Plasma transfusions are used to treat clotting problems and low protein levels in dogs and cats. Blood plasma is the liquid part of the blood where blood cells are suspended.

Casper initially responded well to treatment but, when his anaemia got worse, the vet decided to give him a blood transfusion using Packed Red Blood Cells.

To produce Packed Red Cells, the red blood cells are separated from the plasma into a concentrated packed cell form. The aim of a packed red blood cell transfusion is to restore the red blood cell count and improve the oxygen carrying ability of the blood

Post transfusion, Casper’s packed red cell count saw a dramatic improvement. He was bright and eating well. We saw further improvement over the following days and he was discharged from the hospital. Casper made a slow but steady recovering over the next few months. He had a few setbacks, but thanks to the hard work and dedication of his owners had now made a full recovery.

We would like to thank all dog donors that donate blood on a regular basis. Without your help treating cases like Jasper’s would not be possible.

If you would like your dog to become a blood donor, you can find more information here – http://www.mkvetgroup.co.uk/could-you-dog-be-a-lifesaver/

Here are some recent photos of Casper, looking very handsome!
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Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease 2 – what you need to know!

Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease is a serious disease in rabbits, and can be fatal. It is also known as Viral Haemorrhagic Disease or Rabbit Calicivirus.

There are two strains of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease – strains 1 and 2. Vaccines protecting against Strain 1 have been used in the UK for many years. The first case of RHD2 was noted in December 2014, and there is now a vaccination available for this strain in addition. We have sadly recently confirmed an RHD2 case at Milton Keynes Veterinary Group.

The virus can be transmitted through direct contact with an infected rabbit via its oral, nasal or conjunctival secretions, as well as urine and faeces. It may also be transmitted via contaminated objects such as enclosures, ground, cloth and infected hay or other foods. Fleas and mosquitos are also another factor that can contribute to spread of the disease.

High risk rabbits may include show rabbits, shelter rabbits or those recently adopted. Low risk rabbits will be indoor rabbits who have no contact with other rabbits (wild or domestic).

This disease has a high mortality rate, and with most cases it is fatal in unvaccinated rabbits. The disease is also highly contagious and just one infected rabbit will rapidly spread this virus to others in the area.

The RHD2 strain is less aggressive than RHD1, with rabbits becoming ill over several days rather than sudden onset. Symptoms, although rare, can include fever, lethargy, loss of appetite and spasms.

Unfortunately there is no treatment for this disease, and this coupled with its sudden onset means it is unlikely we will see a good outcome.

Fortunately this disease can be prevented. Through routine yearly vaccination, both strains of RHD can be prevented for your rabbit. However, although vaccination is a big preventative measure against this disease, there are other factors that should be considered to minimise further risk. This includes reducing the risk of infection from other animals by preventing contact with wild rabbits, birds or rodents. If you have any questions regarding this disease, please contact the practice for further advice.
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Meet Beautiful Bella our Cat of the Month

Bella is a lovely 3yr old female black and white cat who has had a history of vomiting and diarrhoea since she was a kitten.

A lot of animals will come to see us with these symptoms but fortunately it is only a sign of an underlying disease in a small number of them.

Bella had a lot of tests to find a diagnosis so that we could treat her condition successfully, including faecal analysis, blood testing, ultrasonography and fine needle aspirate biopsies (needle biopsies) taken from her liver and lymph nodes.

Following these tests, Bella was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). This is a condition that results in chronic persistent diarrhoea and/or vomiting in cats. It is diagnosed by the typical clinical signs and also finding evidence of inflammation in the wall of the intestines. The treatment for IBD often involves a prescription diet to reduce the reaction to particular ingredients in the food. Bella was started on a food called Feline Z-D Ultra, which is a hydrolysed prescription diet. This means that the proteins in the food have been reduced to such a small size that they are unable to cause a reaction in the intestines. Bella has also been treated with steroids (which reduce the body’s reaction to allergens) and antibiotics.

Unfortunately this is a condition that can take a while to stabilise and can be associated with regular flare ups as we can only control the symptoms rather than cure the condition. Bella is doing really well at the moment on her new diet but will need to stay on this special food for the rest of her life and may need intermittent courses of medications to keep her happy and comfortable.
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New to 2019! New premises for our Stony Surgery!

We are delighted to announce that our Stony Surgery will be moving to a bigger premises later this year.

Work will begin soon at the old premises of Castles Surplus Stores on the High Street, to equip the building with all the veterinary practice needs with the added additional of a pet shop.

The premises will also have 4 allocated parking spaces in the car park behind The Cock Hotel.

We are looking forward to when the new premises is up and running !
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