Big Bear Award – Sacha

sachaSacha has been known by everyone at the clinic for many years as a very special girl after she tore her Achilles tendon and needed an operation. The recovery after such an injury can be very prolonged but she was extremely brave and the leg healed beautifully.

Six weeks ago she came in because she was feeling unwell and on examination by one of our vets noticed that her gums were a little pale. Concerned about her pale gums, our vet Elle ran a blood test using our in-house laboratory and examined the blood smear. She was concerned that Sacha may have an autoimmune disease and the external laboratory confirmed the next day that Sacha had Immune Mediated Haemolytic Anaemia (IMHA).

IMHA is a terrible disease and even with the very best of care it can have a mortality rate of just 35-40%. Essentially dogs with IMHA will attack their own red cells within their body which result in destruction of the red cells and severe anaemia. Continue Reading

Rabbit disease Myxomatosis in Bushy Park

cute-bunny-in-grassMyxomatosis is sometimes know as Myxi or Myxo which arrived in the UK in the 1950s and decimated the wild population of rabbits. It is still deadly and all rabbits, even indoor rabbits are at risk.

A rabbit suffering from Myxi was recently seen in Bushy Park. Please ensure your rabbit’s vaccinations are up to date!

What are the signs of myxomatosis?

It often starts with severe inflammation of the pink bit of the inside of the eyelids (conjunctivitis). Next it will cause swellings of the eyelids, around the head and the genitals. They become increasingly weak, loose their sight and most likely eventually die. Continue Reading

Microchipping becomes compulsory from 6 April 2016

walking-the-dogToday is the day that it becomes a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped and contact details registered with a government compliant database. Plus – after today – all puppies must be microchipped by the time they are 8 weeks old.

Any changes to your details for a pet with an existing microchip, such as address, telephone number etc. must be updated in order to remain compliant with the law. If you know your pet’s microchip number then you can check that your details are correct on the Petlog website.

The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2014 will be enforced by local authorities, police constables and community support officers. A 21 day notice to comply with the law precedes a £500 fine.

There are no exceptions except for reasons of health, which will require a vet certificate on an approved form from the Secretary of State.

At Vet4life we will always help you and check to see if your dog’s microchip is working and registered to your correct details.

Please remember we have FREE microchipping for our Family health plan members. Please contact us for more information.

Lyme Disease is on rise – advice for pet owners

dog-in-moorlandThere is an increase of Lyme disease-carrying in ticks (Ixodes) in the UK with more cases being reported in people and pets. This information can help to raise awareness of this disease and can help you to take measures to prevent your dog catching it.

What is Lyme Disease?

If a tick bites your pet and it is carrying the bacteria that cause Lyme disease (Borrelia burgdorferi), the tick can then transfer the bacteria to your pet, which sets up a infection.

Where are ticks found?

Ticks are found in a wide range of environments, including gardens. Their numbers tend to be greater in areas such as woodland, moorland and rough pasture. Parks with deer will also have a higher density, so dogs walked in places such as Richmond Park and Bushy Park are at greater risk of being bitten. Ticks are seen all year round but in greater numbers between March and September. Continue Reading

Babesiosis: new tick disease – what you need to know

Babesia-new-tick-diseaseYou may have seen some coverage on the News recently about the outbreak of a disease called Babesiosis, which has recently been discovered in the UK. It has the potential to infect a wide range of animals including our dogs and cats.

Whilst in the past this has not been in the UK, except for dogs that have travelled abroad, recent cases in Essex indicate that this tick borne disease is now present and reportedly likely to spread. Continue Reading

Big Bear Award – Rolo

rolo-big-bear-awardRolo is a gorgeous young Labrador and is well deserving of a Big Bear award!

Rolo was rushed into the clinic at Surbiton one Saturday after he’d been hit by a car.  He’d been out enjoying a walk in the park with his owner and she was getting him settled in the boot of the car.  Unfortunately Rolo decided he was having far too much fun to go home and jumped out of the boot, onto the road and into the path of an oncoming vehicle.  He was brought straight down to us as Rolo’s usual vet was closed.

When he arrived at the surgery, Rolo was clearly suffering from shock but being the brave young man he is, still managed to give us all a wag of his tail as we greeted him.  He appeared to be painful around his hips and front right leg and was generally pale with weak pulses.  He was given pain killers immediately and placed on a drip to help his circulation.  With any sort of trauma such as this there is always a risk of internal damage, even if the dog appears to look normal.  Ian scanned his abdomen using the ultrasound scanner and took some xrays to establish if he had any internal injuries.  The xrays showed he had severe hip dysplasia (a condition where the hip joints fail to develop properly causing lameness and painful arthritis). Continue Reading

Christmas 2015 opening hours

christmas-petsPlease note our changed opening hours over the Christmas period:

Thursday 24 December

Teddington: 7.30am-6pm

Shepperton: 8am-4.30pm

Surbiton: 8am-4.30pm

Friday 25 December

Closed

Saturday 26 December

Closed

Sunday 27 December

Teddington: 10am-4pm (normal hours)

Monday 28 December

Closed

Thursday 31 December

Teddington: 7.30am-6pm

Shepperton: 8am-4.30pm

Surbiton: 8am-4.30pm

Friday 1 January

Closed

If you have a veterinary emergency, you can rest assured a vet will always be able to see you. Please call our emergency number on 0208 977 3955.

Have a great Christmas. We look forward to seeing you again in the New Year.

Vet4life Surbiton is a gold standard cat friendly clinic

isfm-cat-friendly-clinic-gold-level

We are very excited to announce that Vet4life Surbiton has been gold accredited in the ISFM cat friendly clinic scheme! Register your cat with us today.

This is a worldwide programme run by the International Society of Feline Medicine to promote cat friendly veterinary practices. The gold certificate is the highest accreditation and is given to clinics that demonstrate excellent standards of cat care across a detailed range of different criteria.

This means that we are dedicated to ensuring your cat’s visit to the vet is as stress free as possible and follow the gold standard guidelines set by the ISFM. We understand the needs of cats and have taken steps to ensure vet visits are calm and relaxed. This starts in our waiting room where we have separate cat and dog areas and a cat only consult room.

All our staff follow the ISFM feline friendly handling guidelines, which means we will always handle and treat cats with understanding, gentleness and respect. Continue Reading

New platelet therapy for treating lameness

spaniel-in-grassWe have just invested in a treatment option, known as V-PET. V-PET, which stands for Platelet Enhancement Therapy, is a new, safe procedure for treating lameness.

Osteoarthritis and tissue damage can cause pain and stiffness in the joints, resulting in lameness. This damage is usually difficult to heal and can take a long time – but studies have shown that Platelet Enhancement Therapy can help.

V-PET concentrates platelets, white blood cells and their associated growth factors (responsible for new tissue growth) from a small amount of your pet’s own blood for use as a cell therapy. The cell therapy is injected directly into the injured area. Platelets are activated at the site of injury, releasing growth factors.

Lab tests have shown that these growth factors play a key role in regenerating and revascularising tissue. This accelerates healing and reduces recovery times.

Read more about V-PET and please do contact us for more information.

Puppy training and socialisation

poodle-puppies-socialising-outsideHere at Bruce’s Doggy Day Care, we’re always being asked how to train puppies. And given they can be quite a handful in their early years, it’s understandable why!

Puppy training should actually go one step further, however, and factor in puppy socialisation, which refers to the process a puppy undergoes to learn key doggy life skills.

The core period for this is from birth to 14-16 weeks. And for the first 6-8 weeks (a puppy should not leave its mother before then) it’s very much down to its mum and siblings.

Which is why we only take on puppies at doggy daycare from 11 weeks old, and follow a strict three-step puppy socialisation training approach: Continue Reading