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Archive for April, 2020

How you can help reduce stress for your cat at home during this time

Reducing stress in our feline friends during COVID-19

Our fabulous Nurse Caroline has made a fantastic video to outline how you can help reduce stress for your cat at home during this time. We have seen a dramatic increase in cases of urinary blockages over the last few weeks and this is most commonly a result of increased stress levels.There has been many changes for us to adjust to and we mustn’t forget that this is also a stressful and uncertain time for our pets too. We hope this video helps to keep your feline friends comfortable and as stress-free as possible!🐱❤️International Cat Care

Posted by Milton Keynes Veterinary Group on Friday, 24 April 2020
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Lungworm – How to prevent this parasite

Milton Keynes Veterinary Group
In recent weeks, we have diagnosed a dog with lungworm who sadly passed away as a result of the damage this parasite can cause. Lungworm otherwise known as Angiostrongylus Vasorum in dogs is a parasite that resides in the heart and pulmonary arteries and can therefore be fatal. Lungworm is increasing in the UK however is still less common than other parasites such as fleas, ticks, roundworms and tapeworms.

Dogs can become infected by this parasite through ingestion of an infected slug or snail. When your dog if off the lead or roaming the garden you may not necessary see your dog ingest any slugs or snails, as they may do it accidentally when eating grass or drinking from outdoor water bowls.

Symptoms of this parasite can vary between cases, however the most common symptoms may include; coughing, lethargy, weight loss, poor appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea, excess bleeding from minor wounds or seizures. Diagnosis of this parasite can be determined through either a faecal test or blood test.

Prevention is key with lungworm and can be prevented through monthly prescription only worming treatment, contact us if you have any concerns via email at questions@mkvetgroup.co.uk or wish to order your pet’s preventative treatment visit www.mkvetgroup.co.uk/repeat-prescriptions/. Our Healthy Pet Care plans include covers against this parasite as well as many other parasites and diseases through a simple monthly direct debit.

It is also important to clean up after your dog has passed faeces as this helps to prevent the spread of the parasite. Picking up toys that have been left outside, and outdoor food and water bowls helps to minimise exposure to slugs and snails.
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Keeping your pets safe at Easter – Plants

Milton Keynes Veterinary Group
At Easter, flowers such as Daffodils may be in your house, these are poisonous to pets if they ingest them, as well as many other bulbs, plants and house plants. In the situation where your pet has ingested a plant, please contact your local vet and bring information rather the plant species if there is any. If there is no information what type of plant it is then bring along a photo of the plant or a piece of the plant to help identify it.

Signs of plant toxicity may include drooling, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, increased heart rate, abdominal pain, abnormal breathing or cardiac arrhythmias.
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