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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.

You can keep informed about all the latest news from the Practice on this News page or from our brand-new Blog.

Becky Wiggins, already a qualified nurse, has just started a Veterinary Nurse Diploma. This is a further qualification, overseen by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and requires 2 to 3 years of extra study, we wish her all the best in her studies.

New weekend opening times, Saturday 9.00am to 5.30pm and Sunday 10.00am to 4.00pm. Our first weekend with these opening times was busy & very well received by our clients. 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

• 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
• 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

• 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)

• 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

• 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

• 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

• 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

• 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)

• 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

• 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)
• 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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