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IS YOUR RABBIT’S MYXOMATOSIS VACCINATION DUE BETWEEN NOW AND JUNE?

25% DISCOUNT ON RABBIT MYXOMATOSIS VACCINES*

The manufacturer of our rabbit vaccines is currently experiencing a temporary shortage in supply. However, we have managed to source a multi-dose vaccine. This multi-dose vaccine needs to be used within 4 hours of opening and therefore we need to group rabbits requiring vaccines together.
We are holding a rabbit vaccination clinic at our Walnut Tree Hospital on: • Saturday 17th June – morning appointments
Due to the inconvenience this may cause, we are offering a 25% DISCOUNT* on Myxomatosis vaccinations until supplies return to normal.
We are anticipating normal stock to resume from the start of July.
Please call 01908 397777 to book an appointment.
*Discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer and can only be used on a Rabbit Vaccine Clinic date.
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Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month

Throughout May, MK Vet Group will be supporting Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month. The aim of this campaign is to spread the word about the importance of the role of the veterinary nurse within veterinary practices.

Every day working as a veterinary nurse is different – no two pets are the same and each one is treated as an individual.
Did you know that a Veterinary Nurse can also…..
Position patients for X-rays and ultrasounds, Take and run blood samples, Place intravenous catheters, Place urinary catheters, Monitor critical patients, Carry out minor surgical procedures such as removing a lipoma (fatty lump), Using the microscope to evaluate all manner of samples, Calculate the exact number of calories a patient needs per day, along with fluid requirements and urinary output, Assist the Vet in surgical procedures, Revive neonates (puppies and kittens!) during a caesarian section, Assist with CPR of patients who have undergone cardiac arrest, Administer all manner of medication (be it oral, topical, under the skin, into a muscle or veins, Administer oxygen therapy to patients who may be experiencing difficulty breathing, Carry out nursing consultations, Administer second vaccinations, Take blood pressure readings, Update owners of patients who are staying with us for longer periods of time and arrange visits, Triage emergency cases, Support owners through the times where euthanising their pet may be necessary, and ensuring that your pet is always treated with dignity, Giving advice on behavioural problems, Keep the practice clean and tidy and ensure everybody has had enough tea / coffee, Ensuring that we have enough stock of all the drugs and consumables used on a day to day basis, Help on the reception desk, advising clients over the phone
… And this is just the start. Aren’t we busy bees?
If you or someone you know are considering a career as a Veterinary Nurse, please visit http://www.rcvs.org.uk/education/i-want-to-be-a-veterinary-nurse/ or http://www.bvna.org.uk/a-career-in-veterinary-nursing/a-career-in-veterinary-nursing.
If you have any further questions, please contact the practice to speak to one of our nurses, we would be happy to help.
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COULD YOU DOG BE A LIFESAVER?

As most of you know, people can be blood donors – but did you know that dogs can be blood donors too?

The Pet Blood Bank is a charity that provides a canine blood bank service for all veterinary practices across the UK. Run as a voluntary scheme just like the human blood service, dogs from all over the country give blood at many of their sessions.
On Saturday 13th May at 10am, Milton Keynes Veterinary Group will be hosting our fifth Pet Blood Bank donor session at our branch at 7 Stoke Road, Bletchley, and we are calling out for more donors to register.
To fit the doggie donor criteria, your dog needs to be:
  • Fit and healthy
  • Between one and 8 years old
  • Weigh more than 25kg
  • Have a good temperament
  • Have never travelled abroad
  • Vaccinated
  • Not on any medication
For more information, or if you are interested in registering your pet to become a doggie blood donor, please contact the surgery on 01908 397777 and ask to speak to Jess, or register directly with Pet Blood Bank at www.petbloodbankuk.org
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Thinking of taking your pet abroad?

The Pet Travel Scheme allows you to take your pet on holiday with you to both EU and non-EU countries without the need for a stay in quarantine.

The aim of the Pet Travel Scheme is the prevent spread of Rabies Virus and Echinococcus Tapeworm and maintain the UK as a rabies-free country.
This scheme is overseen by The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and more information can be found at www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad/overview.
Different rules apply to different countries and therefore it is important to check the rules before travelling.
These rules do not apply for travel between the UK and the Channel Islands or the Isle of Mann.
The common diseases your pet could be exposed to whilst abroad can include:
  • Enrlichiosis – a type of bacteria which targets the blood and is transmitted by ticks
  • Hepatozoonosis – a microscopic parasite which targets various internal organs in the body
  • Heartworm – a larval worm which develops and lives in the heart and lungs
  • Babesiosis – a microscopic parasite which targets red blood cells and is transmitted by ticks
  • Leishmaniasis – a microscopic parasite which targets multiple organs of the body including the skin and is transmitted by flies
  • Tapeworm – a microscopic parasite picked up within the environment that is transmissible to humans, if contracted your pet is unlikely to show any symptoms
  • Rabies – a virus which targets the nervous system. It can be potentially fatal and can be transmitted to humans. It is transmitted between animals and therefore is compulsory to have your pet vaccinated when travelling
Requirements to take your pet abroad
  • Your pet must be microchipped
  • Your pet must be vaccinated against rabies by one of our veterinary surgeons. Your pet must be at least 12 weeks of age and the vaccination must be repeated every 3 years
  • Your pet will received an EU Pet Passport. Any veterinarian can administer the rabies vaccination and place the microchip but only an LVI (Local Veterinary Inspector) can complete the passport. MK Vet Group LVIs are Philip Hanlon, Philip Kilkenny, Debbie Kilkenny, Steve Bonthorne, Sonia Moulton, Doug Brain and Marina Crockford
  • Your pet will be able to travel 21 days after administration of the rabies vaccination
  • You must take your Pet Passport with you whilst abroad
  • Dogs must be seen by a LVI in the country you are visiting 24-150 hours before returning to the UK. Your pet will be administered tapeworm treatment and your passport signed at this appointment
  • You must travel using an approved transport company and via an approved route, details are available on the Defra website
If your pet is traveling to a listed country, you will follow the same process as listed above but may also need to complete a declaration form to prove you do not intend to sell or re-home your pet.
If you are travelling to a non-listed country, your pet will need to follow the same process as listed above with the addition of a blood test 30 days following the rabies vaccination and completion of a declaration form to prove you do not intend to sell or rehome.

For further information please visit www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad, or contact the surgery and we will be happy to help.

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