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Have you thought how Brexit may affect your travel plans?

If you are planning to travel abroad with your pet this year, you will need to prepare in advance before you go.

Pets travelling into the EU before 29th March 2019 can do so under the current Pet Passport scheme and will be able to return to the UK as before.

HOWEVER, if there is a “no-deal” Brexit, pets will still be able to travel to the EU but with further restrictions:
  • Pets will require an injection against rabies
  • Pets will then need to have a blood test to confirm that they have produced antibodies against rabies. THIS BLOOD TEST MUST BE CARRIED OUT AT LEAST 30 DAYS AFTER THE VACCINATION INJECTION
  • Pets will NOT be able to travel for at least 3 MONTHS after the BLOOD TEST WAS TAKEN
This means if you wish to be certain to travel later this year, please contact us for further advice or to book an appointment .

Further details can be found at gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit
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Canine Parvovirus

This can be a potentially fatal illness in dogs and more cases are arising on a day by day basis. Over the years, we have seen many parvovirus cases at the practice as well as other areas of the UK. The disease is extremely contagious and can affect dogs of all breeds and ages.

The virus can be spread from dog to dog through direct contact, faecal excretion or via the environment. Affected animals that are recovering may still spread for up to eight weeks and once in the environment, it is highly resistant and may remain there for many months.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for Canine Parvovirus and on diagnosis, most cases will be provided supportive treatment such as fluid therapy and nutritional support. However this disease is preventable through vaccination.

We feel it is important for more owners to be aware of this disease and it’s severity, as well as the potential symptoms in order to detect the disease sooner rather than later.

Symptoms of Parvovirus can include the following:
  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • Lack of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea often with blood
  • If left untreated, their condition may deteriorate rapidly
If you have any further questions regarding this disease, please don’t hesitate to contact the practice on 01908 397777.
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How can I increase my cat’s water intake?

As our cats enter their elderly stages of life, they are at more risk of becoming dehydrated, therefore it is important to adapt your house for their needs.

There are some tips on increasing water intake in our cats:
  • Provide multiple water sources around the home.
  • Providing moving water sources (such as fountains)
  • Provide a variety of different cups and bowls
Cats are able to taste water and usually avoid stagnant water, so always ensure that water is fresh. You could try a variety of different waters including spring water, filtered water and tap water. If your cat is reluctant to drink then extra water can be added to their food to prevent dehydration from occurring.
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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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