As you know we currently recommend vaccination for rabbits against Myxomatosis and VHD-1 (viral haemorrhagic disease). There has been a lot of concern in the rabbit press about a new strain of VHD (VHD-2) which the current vaccination does not protect against and causes sudden death in rabbits. There is a vaccine available for commercial rabbits on the continent and we are able to import a small supply for our pets but it does not have a UK licence. It can be given from 6 weeks of age but should not be given at the same time as the routine vaccines. It needs to be repeated every 6 months to maintain protection. As the vaccine comes in a multidose vial which has to be discarded 2 hours after opening we are hoping to group appointments together for those rabbit clients who wish their pets to have this vaccine so as to minimise waste and vaccinate as many rabbits as possible for a reasonable price. The cost of the vaccine is £25 (including VAT) If you are interested in having this vaccine please contact us on 01908 397777 so we can add you to our list. Once we receive our stock we will contact you to book into one of our sessions and arrange payment. It is very important only to book a slot when you are definitely available as otherwise your dose will have to be discarded. Please remember that VHD-2 is not yet common in the UK, and so the risk to your rabbit remains minimal. Myxomatosis still remains the biggest risk to pet rabbits in the UK. Please ensure your rabbits have been vaccinated against Myxomatosis disease in the past 12 months. Further, and regularly updated information can be found on the Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund website blog here: http://rabbitwelfare.blogspot.co.uk/
As a precautionary measure, notices are being posted at the lake warning that contact with the algal scum should be avoided.
What are blue-green algae? Blue-green algae naturally occur in inland waters and blooms can form when their numbers become excessive. It is these ‘blooms’ that give the water a blue-green appearance or a ‘pea soup’ like colour. The behaviour of these algae is erratic and the level of its toxicity can fluctuate; it can appear one day, be dispersed by the wind and, mix and re-accumulate at any time.
How can blue-green algae affect you and your animals? Blue-green algal blooms can produce toxins hazardous to both people and animals. Not all blue-green blooms produce toxins, but it is not possible to tell which are dangerous without testing, and therefore all blooms should be considered potentially toxic. Dogs that enjoy swimming and playing in lakes and ponds may be exposed to blue-green algae.
Symptoms of poisoning include:
- Blood in stool or black, tarry stool
- Pale mucous membranes
- Excessive secretions (e.g., salivation, lacrimation, etc.)
- Neurologic signs (including muscle tremors, muscle rigidity, paralysis, etc.)
- Blue discoloration of the skin and mucous membranes
- Difficulty breathing
This year it was our priority to spread the microchip message, and we diligently ‘checked the chip’ on over 100 dogs.
The doggie inspired event hosted a variety of fun activities including a variety of stalls, displays, competitions and entertainment. Highlights includes dog dancing displays, obedience demonstrations, and a dog show.
As you can see, a great day was had by all, and we look forward to sponsoring the dog show again next year.
Photographs used with thanks to Kelly Cooper Photography.
What is a microchip?
A microchip is a tiny device the size of a grain of rice, which is implanted under the skin in an animal’s neck. It holds information about the pet and owner electronically. But it is only as good as the information it holds.
What has changed?
Legislation changed in April to make it a legal requirement that all dogs in England are microchipped and their registered details are up to date. This is to enable stray dogs to be returned to their owners, to encourage responsible ownership and to help the fight against puppy farming. If your dog is found to be wandering without you and is picked up, the dog warden must be called. If there is no microchip, or the details are out of date, you could be liable for a fine of up to £500 but initially, you will be advised that you have 21 days to get your dog chipped and/or registered.
How much does it cost?
For the small price of only £10, your dog can be microchipped at any of our branches.
Once registered, you will be invited by Petlog to upgrade to their Petlog Premium service. This upgrade costs £16 but provides flexibility to amend your records as many times as you need. More details can be found here – https://www.petlog.org.uk/upgrade-to-petlog-premium/
Simply bring your dog to one of our branches and we can scan them and give you the chip number and contact number for Petlog. It’s a good idea to get the chip checked whenever you are in the surgery for your own peace of mind. We can give you the microchip number and telephone number so that you can check your details are up to date. Or you can look it up on this website – http://www.chipitcheckit.co.uk/
In conclusion, the law has changed, and the fact remains that this law must be adhered to. It is still a legal requirement for dogs to wear a collar with an identity tag when in a public place. We want to help you and your dogs keep safe.