Edgewood Veterinary Group is a long established and well respected small animal practice. We look forward to welcoming you.
To view this week’s vet rotas for Purleigh, Maldon, Little Totham and Burnham, please click here.
We will be open as usual during the weekend with only the Purleigh Branch opening on
Monday, 1st May from 10am to 4pm
The Burnham branch is now open on Saturday mornings from 9am -12 noon.
You can book directly by calling Burnham on 01621 784080
The Totham hours are changing - consulting will now take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays only from 9am - 6pm.
Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD) and Myxomatosis are diseases found throughout the UK and can be fatal to unvaccinated rabbits. Both outdoor AND indoor rabbits are at risk. VHD, in particular, is highly infectious and contagious. It is an air-borne virus, it can be spread by biting insects (as can Myxomatosis); it can be spread by direct and indirect contact with infected rabbits. For example, if you, your dog or cat has walked on ground where a VHD infected rabbit has been, you can carry it on your clothes or shoes, your other pets can carry it on fur or feet. The virus can survive in the environment for a long time and can survive cold temperatures far better than you might expect.
Over the past year there has been an increasing concern regarding VHD “new variant 2” becoming a cause of deaths in several outbreaks in the UK. Whilst it has been noted in the UK in research papers (Westcott and Choudhury) for at least 2 years, it has clearly become a significant clinical entity in the past few months.
The new VHD vaccine is NOT a replacement for the current combination vaccine and will need to be given IN ADDITION to the Nobivac Myxo-RHD vaccine. It’s important to note that these vaccines CANNOT be given at the same time and need at least a 2-week gap between them.
In total, your rabbit will now require 2 vaccinations (comprising of 3 injections) per year:
1) Nobivac combination vaccine– just one injection covers them for Myxomatosis and RHVD1 for 1 year.
2) VHD2 vaccine – 1 injection every 6 – 12 months. If you are breeding rabbits or have a rabbit rescue, then vaccination every 6 months is advised. This covers them against RHVD2.
You need to leave AT LEAST 2 weeks’ gap between the different types of vaccines. If you can manage to schedule it so that there is a gap of 4-6 months between vaccines, then this would mean your rabbit would have a veterinary health check-up approximately every 6 months. BUT you don’t HAVE to work to this schedule, just make sure that there is at least 2 weeks between vaccines. The vaccine can be used from 10 weeks of age.
If your rabbit is vaccinated with the Nobivac combination vaccine AND the new VHD2 vaccine, they will have been vaccinated against Myxomtosis, VHD1 and VHD2. As always, no vaccination is 100% effective and it does not mean your pet will not contract the disease. However, it does mean they have a chance to be treated and survive these normally fatal illnesses.
Please be advised that due to VMD guidelines, we now require at least 24 hours notice to dispense flea and worm treatments, as each prescription needs to be authorised by a vet.
This can be done Monday to Friday by either phoning your local surgery or via our online prescription ordering service.
From the 6th of April 2016, all dogs must be microchipped and registered to an approved database by the time they are 8 weeks old.
For every dog that is currently not microchipped, you will have until 6th of April to get them microchipped and registered on an approved database.
If a keeper of a dog which is not microchipped gets served with a notice requiring them to have the dog chipped, they will have 21 days to do this.
The registered keeper must also ensure that all contact details (address, telephone numbers etc) are kept up to date on the database. To check your details call Anibase on 01904 487600 or go to www.anibase.com.
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We provide a high quality, compassionate and caring service for companion animals and their owners. Our dedicated team strive to promote good health and relieve illness as quickly as possible.