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Welcome to Edgewood... 

...looking after your pets since 1965

Edgewood Veterinary Group is a long established and well respected small animal practice. We look forward to welcoming you.


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New Saturday Opening Hours at Our Burnham Surgery

Great news - as from 1st April 2017 our Burnham branch will be open from 9am -12 noon.

You can book directly by calling Burnham on 01621 784080

 


Tortoise Owners Meeting  

 


Passive Smoking and Our Pets

 


ORDERING FLEA AND WORM TREATMENTS

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.


ANTIFREEZE AND OTHER WINTER DANGERS

At this time of year when the weather is cold and the car is frozen, we reach for the antifreeze as a quick solution but many people do not realise how toxic this product is to dogs and cats.

Ethylene Glycol, the main constituent of antifreeze, is extremely poisonous to cats and dogs but due to it's sweet taste many will lap up split or leaking antifreeze from garage floors and driveways.

Ethylene Glycol is converted in the body to toxic products which cause irreversible kidney damage.

Signs of antifreeze poisoning can depend on the amount ingested. Common signs can include depression, incoordination (animal appears drunk) and vomiting. Sometimes there is excessive thirst and urination. These can be followed by muscle twitching and 12-24 hours after ingestion acute kidney failure. Seizures and death can quickly follow due to uraemia (failure to produce urine).

If you see any of these signs or have a suspicion your pet has come into contact with antifreeze then call your vet without delay. Provided intensive care is started before too much damage has occurred to the kidneys some pets may recover. However, the prognosis is often poor.

Whether you are a pet owner or not, if you use antifreeze, be sure not to leave open containers in reach of animals. Please take care not to spill any - if this should happen, ensure you thoroughly wash down the area.

Christmas Hazards

This busy time of year brings various hazards to your pets. Please see our guide below to protect your furry friends over the festivities.

Toxic Foods

Please keep all foods (no matter what) well out of the reach of animals. If you think a pet has eaten any of the foods listed below then contact your vet for advice.

  • Chocolate (do not leave on or around the tree as this gives easy access for pets)
  • Grapes and dried fruits (including Christmas cakes, puddings, mince pies)
  • Onions, garlic, leeks, shallots, chives (including stuffing - do not feed leftovers to pets as they will usually contain something toxic)
  • Alcohol
  • Macadamia nuts

Christmas Plants

  • Lilies (these are highly poisonous to cats and if you think your cat has had any contact with this plant contact your vet immediately)
  • Poinsettia
  • Holly
  • Mistletoe
  • Christmas Trees
  • Ivy

Other Christmas Hazards

Below is a list of things that may also be hazardous to your pets - particulary puppies and kittens that are still learning about their environment and have a want to chew and swallow unual items! These can range from causing mild gastrointestinal upset to requiring surgery for internal blockages. You know your animals best so be mindful of where and what decorations you use around your home.

  • Christmas decorations including tinsel, fairy lights, fake snow, etc
  • Wrapping paper and string/bows
  • Candles
  • Silica gel
  • Pot pourri

If you have any concerns about your pets regarding any of the above do not hesitate to contact us. You will find our Christmas opening hours above.


NEW DISEASE THREAT TO UK RABBITS

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.

We are receiving the new vaccine in limited numbers monthly. The availability will be on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to protect your rabbit/s with the new vaccine, please contact any of our surgeries to make an appointment.

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.


HELP FOR YOUR NOISE ANXIOUS DOG

Does your dog suffer with noise anxiety? With the winter festivities well underway, this can be a very stressful time, not only for our dogs, but for us as owners, trying to keep them calm.

Edgewood now stocks a fast acting oral gel to calm your dog. This prescription only medicine can be tailored to the timing and duration of any noise event.

Please call your local Edgewood practice to book an appointment if you feel your dog would benefit from some extra help at this time.

Follow this link for more information. http://www.petdialog.co.uk/noise/

 


COMPULSORY MICROCHIPPING FOR DOGS 

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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