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Following water safety checks at Ashland Lake this week (week commencing 23rd July 2018), a potentially toxic bloom of blue-green algae has been reported to the Environment Agency.
What are blue-green algae?
As a precautionary measure, notices are being posted at the lake warning that contact with the algal scum should be avoided.
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
Big Doggie Do is a canine focused festival with stalls, activities and dog shows including highlights like dog dancing displays, obedience demonstrations, and a dog show.
Thank you to everyone who popped along to say hi!
This May is Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month which aims to spread the word about the importance of the role of the veterinary nurse in practice and the provision of responsible pet care to the general public.
Our Veterinary Nurses are extremely important on a day to day basis and we are extremely thankful for their hard-work and dedication.
Did you know that a Veterinary Nurse can….
- Position patients for X-rays and ultrasounds
- Take 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 vein)
- 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
Cheeky visited us at our Stoke Road cat clinic last month as he needed dental treatment. He was lucky enough to be the only cat having a procedure that day so it was nice and quiet and got lots of fuss from our team. Cheeky was provided with a cat castle to provide a place to feel safe and secure and we also use Feliway diffusers which release pheromones to help our patients feel relaxed.
Prior to Cheeky’s anaesthetic, he was given a premedication to provide pain relief prior to his dental and make him relax. Once the premedication had taken effect, he was given an injectable anaesthetic to induce anaesthesia and maintained on anaesthetic gas throughout the dental. Throughout the anaesthetic, Cheeky was monitored by our nurse and connected to monitoring equipment including ECG, capnography and blood pressure monitoring.
Before any extractions, the vet will assess the teeth and take x-rays to assess the roots which are under the gum line. After assessment, Cheeky had to have 8 teeth extracted which were found to be diseased. The x-rays also showed that Cheeky had a condition called pulpitis which was affecting one of his canines. Pulpitis is inflammation of the dental pulp tissue. The pulp contains bloods vessels, nerves and connective tissue, supplying the tooth’s blood and nutrients. Pulpitis is usually a secondary complication of a fractured or chipped tooth.
After Cheeky’s dental, he was placed into a recovery area and monitored by our nurse until he was awake. Cheeky has now recovered well and regained his appetite!
WHAT IS LUNGWORM?Lungworm otherwise known as Angiostrongylus Vasorum in dogs, and Aelurpstrongylus Abstrusus in cats. This parasite resides in the heart and pulmonary arteries and can therefore be fatal. There has been an increase in recorded canine Lungworm cases, but it is still less common than other dog parasites such as flea, ticks and worms. Feline lungworm cases are currently rare, but more cases are confirmed each year.
HOW CAN YOUR PET GET LUNGWORM?Dogs become infected by this parasite through the ingestion of infected slugs and snails. You may not necessary see your pet ingest any slugs or snails, as they may do it accidently when eating grass or drinking from outdoor water bowls. Cats who hunt birds and rodents will be at a higher risk of ingesting this parasite.
HOW CAN IT BE DIAGNOSED?Lungworm can be diagnosed by:
- Blood test
- Faecal test
HOW WILL YOUR PET BE AFFECTED BY LUNGWORM?Canine symptoms can vary between cases, the most common signs are: coughing, lethargy, weight loss, poor appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea, excess bleeding from minor wounds and seizures.
Felines may never show signs that they are affected by Lungworm, however if symptoms do occur they can include coughing, difficulty breathing and poor body condition.
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT FOR LUNGWORM?Treatment is available for Lungworm cases in the form of a monthly prescription only treatment, which kills the L4 Lungworm larvae as well as other intestinal worms and fleas. However, in severe cases, this condition may be hard to treat.
PREVENTION IS KEY with Lungworm.Here are some tips to help
- Pick up the poop – Lungworm larvae is passed out in your pets faeces and therefore picking up after our pets prevents spread of the parasites
- Pick up their toys – toys that left outdoors will be exposed to slugs and snails, increasing the risk of parasite spread
- Don’t leave their food and water bowls outside – these will be exposed to slugs and snails increasing risk to your pet.
- Monthly prescription only worming treatment will protect your pet against Lungworm and reduce its spread. Not all spot on treatments treat against Lungworm, so please contact us for advice. Unfortunately at present, there is no licensed preventive treatment for cat lungworm. Lungworm prevention for dog is included in our Pet Health Care plans.