Pam Bowditch made it to the news this week with the story of Winnie the pregnant dog who was run over by a forager and survived it – her puppies survived too!
CLick the link below to read the Daily Mail’s article:
There are some more beautiful designs yet to arrive, but are now selling the half Moon Designs cards in our surgeries. Half Moon Designs can also be found on Facebook.
As Easter approaches we’ll all be guarding our chocolate eggs very closely to prevent the dog eating it… however, some dogs are ultra clever and manage to succeed in their very own doggie Easter hunt! It’s not only Easter time or chocolate that we have to worry about with our pets though; many animals will seek out items in handbags, sift through the rubbish bin or dive on something an owner drops and catch it before it even hits the floor!
If your pet eats something, or even if you suspect your pet has eaten something, call the Animal Poison Line on 01202 509000 – they will tell you if you can sit back and relax or if you should call the vet.
It happens to many of us so please don’t feel embarrassed, we’ve seen lost of scenarios during our time as vets and nurses, many of us have been in the same situation with our own pets too. But we urge you to seek advice quickly, within two hours of eating the potential poison, even if you only suspect a poison has been eaten – the sooner we treat your pet the greater their chances of recovery.
If you would like further advice about the Animal Poison Line please call us on 01308 862312
Have a look at Monty’s Story, one of the articles included under Interesting Cases:
Congratulations to Ellie who passed her nursing exams and is now a Qualified Veterinary Nurse!
Well done from all the team!
Many pets become very scared of sudden loud bangs and any unusually loud noises. This can develop into a full-blown phobia, often most apparent in response to the sounds of fireworks. Dogs in particular might tremble pitifully, while attempting to hide in wardrobes/under the stairs, or chew through doors and the like to try and escape. Cats and other small pets (living indoors or outside) will often sit wide eyed and terrified, not knowing what to do or where to go.
There are a number of things which can be done to help. Some of these are simple and easy, others involve more planning and preparation. Here are some of the things to bear in mind:
- Firstly keep animals safe. They are much better kept indoors. Cats should be locked inside (remember the cat flap) and dogs should be exercised before the noises start. Ideally have pets microchipped, so that if they do get out and try and escape, they can be traced more easily.
- Close all doors and windows to help keep the noise out. Close curtains where possible, to help muffle sounds and control flashes of light.
- Try and stay with your pet, and be as calm and relaxed yourself as possible. Do not try to reassure your dog or cat, or make a fuss over him/her, it does not help. Also never show any anger, or try to tell him/her off. Ideally you should shut your pet into a safe area, and stay there yourself. Have something to do, such as read a book or interact quietly with other family members, and ignore what is going on as much as possible. If a dog comes over to you, it is OK to give him/her a quiet
stroke, then stop and get back with what you were doing. Making any sort of fuss about things just signals to your pet that there really is a problem and it is worth getting scared about it.
- Try to provide a hide-away area or den. It should be enclosed and have lots of soft bedding. A wardrobe or cupboard might work. Lots of blankets or old duvets will help to make it cosy and absorb some of the sound. Cats like to get up high and be out of the way. If possible try to leave them in a hiding place. They are best left there if this is what they choose, but try to remain quietly nearby if you can. Being there and being relaxed is a great help.
- Dog Appeasing Pheromones (DAP) or Feliway(the equivalent for cats) can be a significant help. Diffusers which release these calming chemicals into the room are not noticed by us, but are picked up by the animals’ more sensitive noses, encouraging a feeling of being at ease.
- Zylkene is a non-prescription food supplement which is available for dogs and cats. It can have a dramatic calming effect on some individuals, and can be given for the whole of the firework period.
- Sometimes mild tranquilising drugs are appropriate, and the vet can probably prescribe useful medication if it is needed. We can also provide contact details with qualified animal behaviour therapists, who might be able to help. (Please note: we try to avoid prescribing tranquilising drugs wherever possible as they only work to quieten your pet; animals are still fully aware of firework sounds
and are still able to become distressed however, the effects of the distress is somewhat supressed by the medication, therefore the phobia still exists and will still need to addressed in the future).
- If you know your dog is going to be scared of fireworks, then you can buy the Sounds Scary DVDs/CDs. These come with a lot of helpful information and can be used to teach your dog to be less afraid of loud noises, including fireworks. It
is advised to use this along with a DAP Diffuser well in advance of expected fireworks; it is ideal to start using these DVDs/CDs no later than 3-4 months before the event/desired effect.
If you are going to let off fireworks yourself, then you can buy the less noisy varieties, and make sure your pets are well out of the way first. (Rabbit/Guinea pig hutches can be moved away and partly covered with old blankets.)
Avoid the firecracker types if possible. Products like Adaptil (DAP), Feliway and Zylkene are very safe and worth trying if you have had problems in the past. Most animals get worse with the fear of loud noises as they get older (until they begin to go deaf!) so it is worth doing something for your pet. The Sounds Scary DVDs/CDs can also help with other fear-associated loud noises, such as thunder and gunshots.
We hope you enjoy preparing for your Bonfire Night celebrations – but please don’t forget to prepare your pets too!
Sunday 21st August – more information including pony and dog show schedules can be found at http://buckhamfair.co.uk
Terry will be one of the judges for the Best Rescue Competition, plus Girling and Bowditch are the vets on call for the event.
Dog Show, Agility & Gundog Scurry
Come and join in the ‘Just for Fun’ competitions. Enter your family pet in the Dog Agility! This is always fun for both participants and spectators. Win a Rosette for the three fastest times over the course!
More information can be found here: http://www.ellinghamshow.co.uk/whats-at-the-show/dog-show/