Hopefully in the next few weeks we will have some answers as to the travel arrangements for pets going to and from Europe. We are still seeing some animals coming in for travel in the New Year and currently the regulations are the same. A rabies injection is given once the pet is microchipped and travel can occur 21 days later. However the situation is likely to change so please contact the surgery or visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit. If we do leave without a deal then regulations may change and this could involve a blood test, extended waiting period and different paperwork.
It’s looking like it might be a very hot weekend so please ensure that while you enjoy the sun, spare some thoughts for the little ones out there!! Have fun and enjoy, but here are some tips for the warmer weather.
If taking pets in the car make sure there is plenty of fresh air and carry some water, ensuring regular stops. Pets should not be left in cars while unattended due to the risk of over heating. It is always best to check where you are going to ensure that they accept animals being there. Even on walks some breeds can struggle with the heat so try to do this early morning or late evening. It is not just some brachycephalic (shorter-nosed) breeds that struggle in the heat, some very active dogs can over heat through over-zealous play time.
Some surfaces such as tarmac can get very hot in summer and may cause damage to animals pads. And don’t forget that pets get sunburnt too, so a pet safe sun cream should be used on exposed skin. Ensure there is access to shaded areas, you can even cool the drinking water down with ice cubes.
We all love a barbeque when it’s warm but eating under cooked meat or meat with bones in can be a cause injuries or illness. And don’t forget it’s not just cats and dogs that have difficulties, other species such as rabbits and guinea pigs needs the same access to water and protection from the sun! Have fun and remember, when you need a reliable vets in Rochdale, we are here for you. We are available on 01706 656559!
A case of Parvovirus has been confirmed in the Rochdale OL12 area and we are advising clients regarding this serious disease. The virus can affect dogs of all ages and is highly infectious. It can also be carried by other animals. The virus damages the intestine cell lining and initially causes poor appetite, lethargy, vomiting and bloody diarrhoea. This can lead on to dehydration, circulation problems and sepsis from other infections. The highest risk groups are very young, very old animals, those with poor immune systems or those not vaccinated. It is important to vaccinate your pets annually.
For more information about the disease or advice regarding vaccination please contact our veterinary surgery in Rochdale on 01706 656559.
It’s still very early but as we all get ready for the Christmas festive period then we have to think about our furry friends too! Obviously getting the odd Xmas outfit is lots of fun for them?! but please remember other parts can be more serious. Mince pies, Christmas cake, Stollen and fruity puds all contain raisins and dry fruit and although tasty to us they can be toxic to animals. Make sure you keep these and especially chocolate somewhere safe as we still see lots of poisoning cases this time of year. Small toys and presents can be chewed and swallowed, and cats and other smaller pets can like playing with Christmas trees, tinsel and decorations. As New Year approaches, then the fireworks time again can be especially stressful so please be considerate to your and other pets and try to attend organised events. If your pet has any problems or you need advice on help with stress either behavioural, or with supplements or medication then please call our veterinary practice in Rochdale to make an appointment.
The RSPCA have some fantastic advice on how to manage different aspects of your pet care.
Good morning! We have received notification from the government about the different scenarios that may occur with Brexit in March 2019. As yet, it is unclear exactly what may happen and what may be required. Please follow the link below which advises pet owners before they travel. If you do require further information then phone on 01706 656559 to speak to a member of the team. It is important that if you plan to travel in 2019 that you contact us as soon as possible.
We are nearing the end of the week before Christmas so now is a great time to wish you all a very Merry festive period and a Happy New Year! Just remember to wrap up warm and take good care of our furry friends this holiday!! We see lots of problems round Christmas ranging from dogs eating the advent calender (Yes this really happened! – Chocolate is a common poison in dogs!!) or even the Christmas cake (cakes, stollen, mince pies all contain grapes or their derivatives). If you have any problems then we are open as follows:
Monday to Friday 8.00am to 8.00pm (except Christmas day, Boxing Day and New Years Day)
Saturday 9.00am to 1.00pm
Sunday 10.00am to 12.00pm (including Christmas Eve and New Years Eve)
When the surgery is closed Armac provide our out of hours service. See the link below how to contact us or the out of hours service:
Hopefully everyone is managing this morning in the cold. We are open between 9.00am and 1.00pm today if you have any concerns. On Sunday the opening hours are 10.00am to 12.00pm. Keep safe and keep warm!!
We’ve had another busy day in surgery. The main operation today was a tibial tuberosity advancement which is used to treat dogs that have damaged their cruciate ligaments in the knee joint. Cruciate disease is very common in many breeds of dogs (and we do occassionally see cats with it too!). Some of the breeds that are most prone include Labradors, Rottweilers, West Highland White Terriers although almost any dog can be affected. Often there is an injury that seems to cause a sudden onset lameness, however we know through research that there is often a period of ‘wear and tear’ to this structure before final failure. If the ligament breaks the joint becomes inflammed and painful, and because it is suddenly unstable most dogs are unable to bear weight properly on the leg. We will administer pain relief and book x-rays to confirm that this is the injury. Some cases can be managed medically, but most often surgery is required. The two main ways to correct the injury are either to replace the ligament with an artificial device such as a lateral suture or to perform a procedure that biomechanically changes the joint so that it becomes more stable. Each case is assessed and a decision made as to the most appropriate treatment. With these cases we generally expect the animals to be back to normal exercise within 3-4 months! If your pet has had any injury or you are looking for advice then feel free to contact the clinic.
So it’s the end of the week and again, it’s been another busy one for us. We have had a lot of fantastic patients in this week, luckily mostly routine operations so not too many ill animals. Don’t forget we are open at the weekends if you do need to be seen! The opening times on Saturday are 9.00am to 1.00pm and then on Sunday we are open 10.00am to 12.00pm. Looks like its snowing outside so keep safe over the weekend and wrap up warm!