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Pick up your Pet’s Purple Poppy

Milton Keynes Veterinary Group
Murphy’s Army are a charity that help reunite lost pets with their owners and help raise awareness of the importance of microchipping.

This charity create The Purple Poppy Campaign in 2019 to pay tribute to animals lost in service and to though that are still servicing.

Don’t forget you can get you yours from our Walnut Tree hospital or online – click here

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MK Vet Group Guide to getting your pet used to a face mask

Milton Keynes Veterinary Group
To animals, an owner wearing a face mask, can make them nervous. To help your pet feel more comfortable seeing you in a facemask follow our 4 easy steps:
  1. Start by showing your pet your face mask by simply holding it for them to sniff and investigate. Perform this step in a calm manner and rewarding them with a treat when they approach and sniff the face mask, this ensures positive enforcement towards the item.
  2. Next step is to wear the face mask in front of your pet, so put the mask on and keep it on for a short amount of time, starting from a few seconds and remove it again, gradually increasing the time frequently each time. Make sure you do not make any action that may scare your pet when you have the mask on. If they respond well to the mask being on, provide praise and a treat to your pet.
  3. Within your home, try walking into the room where your pet is, wearing a mask and again reward with a treat if they respond well. Repeat doing this in a sporadic approach and consider also returning home with your face mask on if you have popped out. Always make sure to reward positive behaviour.
  4. When your pet is comfortable with seeing you wearing a mask, you can try encounters with someone else wearing a mask out on a walk or a visitor to your home. Making sure to provide a treat for any positivity.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your pet at this current time, please contact us on 01908 397777.
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Summer Dangers – Pavements, Roads and Cars

Milton Keynes Veterinary Group
It is extremely important, to never leave your pet alone in your car on a hot summer’s day even if the windows are left slightly open or parked in the shade. The temperature in a car can rise dramatically on a warm day, even when it doesn’t feel that warm outside.

Dogs left in a car on a hot summer’s day can become extremely distressed and an experience heatstroke as a result. Symptoms can include:
  • Excessive drooling and thirst
  • Lethargy
  • Dark pigmentation to tongue
  • Heavy panting
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Lack of coordination
Heatstroke can be a difficult condition to treat, however need their body temperature lowering gradually, if you think your pet is experiencing signs of heatstroke, move them to a shaded area, provide a cool (NOT COLD) wet towel and place in a breeze of a fan. Please contact you vets immediately to obtain further advice and to be seen at the practice.

As well as cars, pavements and roads can become extremely hot on a warm summer’s day. Studies have shown pavements and roads can reach temperatures of 52oC on warm days, which is enough to severely burn your dog’s paws. As a test, place the back of your hand on the surface for seven seconds – if this is too hot for you, then it is too hot for your pet! Make sure to walk them at the cooler times of day either early morning and late evening to avoid this.
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Minimising Stress Post Lockdown

  • Milton Keynes Veterinary Group
    Many pets and their owners have had their normal routine disrupted over the past few months. As you find yourself returning to work after several weeks at home, you may find your pet starts to show signs of separation anxiety and potentially adverse behaviour patterns. As a veterinary practice, we expect there may be a rise in behavioural issues in pets, with separation anxiety being the number one contributing factor.

    Unfortunately for behavioural problems, there is no quick solution but you can help by using a combination of:
    • Training Programmes
    • Environmental enrichment
    • Pheromones
    • Pharmaceuticals
    Training and the environment are especially important in resolving behavioural issues, particularly for separation anxiety. If over the last few months you have spent more time at home than normal, your pet will have become accustomed to this extra time with you.

    Here are a few ideas to help your pet when you leave the house in preparation to when you may return to normal routine:
    • Increase the time you are spending away from your pet gradually
    • When you leave the house give your pet a safe toy to keep them distracted
    • When you return home, make sure you greet your pet in a calm manner
    • Leave clothes that you have recently worn as a comfort for your pet
    • Make sure your pet still gets regular exercise and play time
    • Create a safe place for them to reside when you are not at home
    What are pheromone replacements?

    Pheromone replacements for dogs are a synthetic replication of the dog appeasing pheromone that is naturally released by the dog’s mother to provide comfort and reassurance. There are also pheromone replacements for cats which is a synthetic replication of the feline facial pheromone when they rub their face on people, furniture, doorways and other objects.

    We have different pheromone products available at Milton Keynes Veterinary Group, please contact us if you would like advice and which may be suitable for your pet. These remedies are available over the counter.

    Through a combination of both behavioural training and pheromone replacements you can help your pet adapt to their new normal.
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