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WE ARE VERY PLEASED TO UNVEIL OUR AMBULANCE

The ambulance comes fully equipped with cat cages, dog cages
and oxygen therapy equipment. This further enhances the
facilities we have at your disposal. The cages make for
secure transportation and are easy to disinfect.
We will be using it for house calls including visits for
pets that don’t like coming to the surgery for health checks
and boosters, and for deliveries of diet food and
medication.
The ambulance can also be used to transport pets to and from
the hospital before or after surgery if that would help you.
Similarly it can be used to transport urgent cases for
referral when necessary.


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Our weekend opening times, Saturday 9.00am to 5.30pm and
Sunday 10.00am to 4.00pm. Now you can see us any day of the
week for both routine & emergency appointments.

Congratulations to Caroline Montgomery (veterinary surgeon)
who was married in early December.






First Aid Trama Talk

SNAKE BITES (ADDER)
• Common in warmer weather on common ground
• More likely in dogs on their face or legs
• Can be very serious or even fatal
• Carry Piriton on walks and given one to small dogs
and two to large dogs if you think they may have been bitten
• Minimise activity in the dog by carrying them to the
car or bringing the car to them
• The quicker they are treated the better the outcome,
we stock antivenom for treatment
FITS
• Can be caused by numerous things- epilepsy, toxins,
brain tumours
• Try to make the area around the animal as safe as
possible
• Do not try and restrain the animal as you may get
bitten
• Fits will normally stop on their own, it will feel
like an age but normally after about 90 seconds.
• Some animals will not stop fitting and will need
medication to stop them
• Some animals will have one fit and never have
another

TRAUMA
• Road traffic accidents/bite wounds/falling
• Stay calm
• Put pressure on any active bleeding
• Internal injuries?
• A fractured leg won’t kill a pet, but a punctured
lung will
• A vet’s priorities are Airway, Breathing,
Circulation (ABC)

BLEEDING
• If you notice that your pet is bleeding from a wound
it is a sensible idea to check there is nothing in the wound
and then apply direct pressure.
• Bleeding may stop with 10 minutes of sustained
gentle pressure
• If bleeding does not stop or the bleeding appears to
be spurting bring your pet to the vet as soon as possible
• We may need to sedate or anaesthatise your pet to
stop the bleeding

STICK INJURY
• Sticks can cause horrific injuries which can be
difficult to see just from looking in the mouth, they can
reach as far as the chest or spine
• Often we will need to anaesthetise the animal to
have a proper look and treat the injury
• There can be ongoing problems with splinters of
stick left behind which we may not be able to see
• It is safest to never throw sticks - throw a
frisbee, ball or safe stick
• Dogs will swallow blood from wounds in the mouth so
you may not even see there is a problem

URINARY OBSTRUCTION
• Potentially fatal problem as toxins build up in the
blood
• Can be difficult to tell over the phone if the
animal has an obstruction or not
• More common in male animals as the tube from the
bladder is longer and narrower than in females
• You may see animals trying to pee more frequently,
blood in the urine, crying when urinating, sometimes animals
are secretive and they are just off colour
• We may need to pass a catheter to relieve the
obstruction

BREATHING DIFFICULTY
• Lots of different causes- asthma, heart failure,
RTA, chest injury, falls
• Signs to look out for- breathing fast with increased
effort, coughing, fluid coming out of the nose, open mouth
breathing, neck stretching
• This is very distressing for your pet, you should
seek attention immediately, keep your animal calm, do not
try to restrain them
• Treatment includes supplementing oxygen, giving
medicines to help breathing and investigating the initial
cause of the problem

LUNGWORM
• Not an emergency in itself but may cause an
emergency
• Widespread in Hampshire and Surrey
• Spread by slugs and snails or their slime
• Only affects dogs who can pick it up accidentally ie
eating grass, drinking puddles etc
• Causes problems such as coughing, bleeding problems,
general illness ie weight loss
• Can be prevented using Advocate spot on (currently
only licensed product)

HEAT STROKE
• Dangerous increase in body temperature from being in
an environment that is too hot
• The most common cause is leaving a dog in a hot car,
also conservatories
• Can lead to organ failure and death
• Leaving a window open is insufficient
• Pets need rapid veterinary treatment, cold water
baths/ice, intravenous fluids

GDV ‘BLOAT’
• Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus
• The stomach dilates with gas, twists on itself and
continues to dilate
• Non productive retching
• Bloated abdomen
• Collapse
• Death (can occur within hours)
• SURGICAL EMERGENCY! Get to your vet ASAP
• Large deep chested dog breeds are more at risk eg
Great Dane, Mastiff
• Increased risk if a dog eats just before exercise
• Increased risk if feeding one meal a day

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