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Keeping pets safe during the warmer weather and when visiting the practice

Milton Keynes Veterinary Group
In the last few weeks we have had some warmer weather, please bear in mind our pets aren’t able to cope as well in warmer weather. Therefore as owners, we need to make sure they are safe, cool, healthy and happy.

Hot cars are one of the biggest health concerns during the warmer months. Animals should never be left in a locked car when it’s hot outside. Even if the window is open, temperatures can increase to extreme levels very quickly. As a result, pets suffer from heatstroke.
If you are traveling to the surgery for an appointment and you are waiting outside in a car, please be mindful and use air conditioning where possible. There are water bowls accessible outside the practice. Please use these as needed whilst remembering to keep your distance from each other.

Other considerations for owners during the warmer climate:

PROTECTING YOUR PET’S SKIN
Animals can get sunburnt too just like us! If they will be exposed to the sunlight, apply sun cream to white and pink areas of their skin and importantly the tip of the ears. Animals with lighter coloured fur will be more prone.

FROZEN TREATS Animals will love to have something cool, so why not pop your dog’s Kong in the freezer for a nice cool and refreshing treat. You can also use frozen water bottles wrapped in a towel and pop it in their bed for our cats and small furries

FLYSTRIKE
Our smaller pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs can be more at risk more quickly in the hotter temperatures. To reduce the chance of flystrike, check around their bottoms for fly eggs or maggots. This should be checked at least once a day. There are preventative treatments for Flystrike which last around 6 weeks depending on the product.

WALKING YOUR PETS
We advise to walk your dog during the cooler times of the day such as early morning or late evening. If it is still too hot to walk them, give them a rest of the evening. It is safer for them to not have a walk than to be at risk of heatstroke.

WATCH OUT FOR GRASS SEEDS
After walking your dog, it is a good idea to check their feet for any grass seeds. If these are left, they can track under the dog’s skin and cause swelling and lameness. They can also be found in dog’s ears!

HEATSTROKE
Signs to look out for include collapse, rapid panting, excessive drooling and sticky gums. Provide your pet with plenty of fresh, clean drinking water and provide a shaded area. If you are worried that you pet is suffering from heatstroke, please seek veterinary advice immediately.

PROVIDING COOL AREAS
Prevent your pet from sitting in direct sunlight, provide a shaded area and move hutches and cages if necessary.
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Telephone Consultations at MK Vet Group – we are still here for you and your pet

Milton Keynes Veterinary Group
We are still here for you and your pet.

As we are currently advising clients to only attend our surgery in an essential circumstances including urgent cases and vaccinations of high risk disease, but do not worry our veterinary surgeons are providing telephone consultations for any concerns you may have.

Our vets can discuss your pet’s issue over the phone and you can email pictures to us at mkvetgroup@hotmail.com to assist them if required.

Please click here to request a telephone consultation. Details and price for our telephone consultations are included in the link.

We are still here if you need us.
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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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