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OFFERING ROUTINE SURGICAL PROCEDURES AND NURSE CONSULTATIONS
Now complete, the improved surgery will not only offer the usual vet consultations but also the addition of nurse consultations which includes nail clipping, weight clinics, anal gland emptying, post-operative checks etc. See our Nurse Clinics page for more info.
The surgery will also be able to perform some routine surgical procedures with the addition of an operating theatre, prep room and a cat and dog ward.
For more information or to book an appointment please phone our Burnham Surgery directly on 01621 784080.
New Operating Theatre
Cattery Area of Kennel Room
The European adder is the only venomous snake native to the UK. Adults are around 50-60cm long and are characterised by having a black/brown zigzag pattern along their back and V shaped marking on the back of the head. They are commonly found on dry sandy heaths, sand dunes, rocky hillsides, moorland and woodland edges. Adders are protected by law in Great Britain against being killed, injured, sold or traded in any way. They are active during the day, spending time basking until their body temperature is high enough to hunt for food. They produce young in late summer to early autumn.
Snakes generally only bite in self-defence, so normally bites occur when a snake is stepped on or disturbed by your dog. Bites are more frequent in the spring and summer when the snakes are more active and can sometimes be spotted basking in the sun.
Generally if your dog is out for a walk and suddenly yelps, consider that he or she may have been bitten by an Adder. Adder bites may be difficult to identify; you may see two small puncture wounds. Swelling to the face and limbs is common, as is lethargy, depression, hyperthermia and a fast heart rate. Bites most commonly occur on a dog’s legs or face. Your dog will show signs of pain and may appear nervous. Other signs include pale mucous membranes (gums), bruising, salivation/dribbling, vomiting, diarrhoea, dehydration, restlessness, drowsiness and lethargy.
Eventually animals may collapse, have blood clotting problems, tremors or convulsions. Bites on or around the face can lead to swelling of the face and muzzle and result in breathing difficulties. About two-thirds of dogs developed both systemic and local effects, while a third developed local effects alone. Initial clinical effects usually occur within two hours, with full recovery typically occurring five days after the bite
Seek veterinary attention quickly if your dog is bitten. Carry your dog (rather than allow him to walk) to try and reduce the spread of venom around his body. Bathe the wound in cold water to help control the swelling and keep your dog quiet and warm as you transport him to the veterinary practice.
Treatment includes pain relief, intravenous fluids, antibiotics and in some cases anti-venom if necessary. Among dogs treated with anti-venom, case fatality was slightly lower than in the rest and swelling resolved more rapidly (47 hours on average versus 94 hours). Although anti-venom is not required for the management of every case of adder bite, it is usually recommended for potentially serious cases, such as those with facial bites, extensive swelling, coagulopathy, refractory hypotension or cardiac arrhythmias. Adverse reactions to anti-venom (early anaphylaxis and feverish reactions and late serum sickness) occur in fewer than 5 per cent of people treated with the Zagreb anti-venom and there was only one case of anaphylaxis reported to the Veterinary Poisons Information Service in 2011.
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Advice from Health Protection Agency on reducing the risk of human infection from pet rodents - http://www.edgewoodvets.co.uk/human-infection.pdf
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