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					                          Northlands Veterinary Hospital
                          Mrs J.L. Harvey BVetMed MRCVS
                          Mr J.P. Hawkins BA BVetMed MRCVS
                          Miss C.A. Corden MA VetMB MRCVS
                          KETTERING • CORBY • RAUNDS • RUSHDEN


WELCOME TO the latest issue             The miracle of microchips!
of our Newsletter – designed to
                                        THE thought of losing a              such cases. Also, any pets
keep you up to date with what’s
happening in the practice.              pet is hard to contemplate, travelling abroad with the
                                        but if the unthinkable does Pet Travel Scheme must first
Our Aim
To provide the highest standard         happen, how prepared                 be microchipped to allow
of care for our clients’ pets,          are you? Your pet is now             them to be easily identified.
whether the need is for treatment       a stray, and                                                            A tiny microchip is easily
                                                            LOST              A range of pets can be             injected under the skin.
or preventative medicine.               – very sadly,                          microchipped, including
Practice Facilities                     many strays                            dogs, cats, small pets,
• Open surgeries and                    are never
                                                                               birds and even fish! How-
• Convenient surgery hours
                                        reunited                                ever, the system is most
• Pet insurance advice                  with their                               commonly used by dog
• 24 hour emergency service             owners since Have you seen our cat? and cat owners. The
• Annual health checks                  they cannot                                                          A special scanner is
• Modern surgical facilities
                                                                             procedure involves using a      used to “read” the
• Weight checks
                                        be reliably identified.               straightforward injection to    unique I.D code.
                                                                                                             This code speedily
• In-house laboratory                   The good news is that in             place a tiny chip (smaller      identifies your pet.
• Full dental facilities                addition to the traditional          than a grain of rice) under
• Complete range of                                                                                         animal welfare organisa-
  prescription diets
                                        collar and engraved tag              the skin of a pet, which
• Fully computerised records            (which don’t always                   carries a unique identi-      tions routinely scan all
• Pet Health Counsellor                 stay in place), you                     fication number. The         strays hopefully ensuring
• Obesity and age clinics               can now have your         Microchip      number on the chip         that if the unthinkable
                                        pet permanently          implant x 1
                                                                                 can be “read” using a      happens, you and your pet
  Consulting Times
       Kettering Surgery                identified with a                      special scanner, allowing     can be speedily reunited.
          Monday - Friday:              tiny microchip, giving you           the pet to be individu-        So – don’t delay – ask us
  9.00 - 9.30 am & 3.00 - 6.30 pm       the best chance of being             ally identified. Veterinary     about microchipping your
          (by appointment)
                                        reunited with your pet in            practices, the police, and     pet today!
  9.00 - 9.30 am & 2.00 - 3.00 pm
         Corby Surgery
                                              Kennel Cough: is your pet protected?
          Monday - Friday:                Kennel Cough (also called Infectious Bronchitis) is a highly
  9.00 - 10.30 am, 1.00 - 2.30 pm         contagious disease of dogs and is spread easily from dog to dog
           3.30 - 5.00 pm
                                          wherever they meet – out on walks, at training classes, dog
     Saturday: 1.00 - 1.30 pm
                                          shows and of course (classically!) in boarding kennels.
        Raunds Surgery
          Monday - Friday:                It is caused by a variety of viruses and a bacterium – Bordetella
  9.00 - 10.30 am, 1.00 - 2.30 pm         bronchisepticum. These infectious agents easily pass from dog
           3.30 -5.00 pm                  to dog as a droplet infection. Affected dogs typically have a
     Saturday: 9.00 - 9.30 am             harsh dry non-productive cough with a distinctive “honk-
       Rushden Surgery                    ing” sound. While some dogs recover relatively rapidly, others
          Monday - Friday                 may take several weeks to recover fully and antibiotic treatment is often required.
  9.00 - 10.30 am, 1.00 - 2.30 pm
           3.30 - 5.00 pm                 Although regular booster vaccinations offers protection against many of the air-
    Saturday: 10.45 - 11.15 am
                                          borne viruses, only intranasal vaccines can offer protection against Bordetella.
                                          Contact us now to ensure your dog is vaccinated!
   ☎ 01536 485543                                                                                               Cat photo (left): Jane Burton Cartoon: Gareth Davies.

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 Pet Insurance – don’t be caught without it!                                                                                                                                                                         A leaky problem
                                              YOU insure yourself, your house and your car – but what about your
                                                pet? Veterinary medicine has, in recent years, become increasingly
                                                      sophisticated. The good news is that we are now able to
                                                         diagnose and treat many conditions which – just a few
                                                         years ago – were totally untreatable.
                                                                    Each year, on average 1 in 3 pets suffer illness or injury,
                                                                   so unexpected veterinary bills can, unfortunately, occur at
                                                                    any time! We often think of insurance covering treatment
                                                                    of broken bones or wounds following road traffic acci-
                                                                    dents, but don’t forget animals can develop many long-
                                                                    term conditions such as skin disease, ear problems, heart
                                                                                                      DO YOU find damp patches
                                                                    disease and arthritis, (to name just a few!), for which an
                                                                                                      around the home where your
                                                                    increasing range of treatment options are now available.
                                          With appropriate insurance cover, we can hopefully ensure   dog has been lying? Urinary
   that your pet will get the best of care without the cost of treatment becoming a limiting fac-     incontinence can occur in dogs
   tor. Don’t take any chances, make sure your pet is insured!                                        of all ages, and of either sex,
                                                                                                      but is particularly common in
The heat is on – summer survival guide!                                                               older female dogs.
WITH the onset of warmer When out and about, grass be required because some Symptoms may occur during
summer weather, now is the seeds of the meadow                           dogs (like humans) are       the day, or at night when sleep-
time to ensure your pets en- grasses are another                         allergic to bee stings.      ing, and may result in obvious
joy the summer but stay fit summer problem.                                  Flies pose a huge risk    puddles in the house, or soggy
and well at the same time. They become                                       for rabbits during the   fur and a damp bed. As well
                                        easily attached to                   warmer weather. Rabbit as being annoying to owners,
                                        dogs’ coats and                    rear ends often become     it can cause skin damage and
                                        can work their way               damp and this moist          infection, and also makes dogs
                                        into the pads, or become         area attracts flies            feel unloved and ashamed; so
                                        trapped in dogs’ ears, usu- which lay their                      it is important to all con-
                                        ally causing severe head         eggs there; these               cerned to address problems
                                        shaking. In view of this,        develop into flesh              of urinary incontinence
                                        thorough inspection of the eating maggots. This               promptly when they occur.
                                        coat is recommended fol-         is a very serious condition; Urine is retained in the blad-
Cover up! Cats are notori-              lowing walks.                    during the summer months der by specialised sphincter
ous sun worshipers and                  Bee stings are another           rabbits rear ends should     muscles around the bladder
often make a beeline for the seasonal problem. Pets                      be inspected daily for fly    neck. If these muscles relax a
sunniest spot in the garden. are by nature                                eggs and maggots. If in any little while your pet is at rest
Skin cancer is a particular inquisitive, and                                doubt – please call!      or asleep, urine will leak out.
risk for cats with white ear if they try and                                 Don’t forget to keep     Other reasons for incontinence
tips and noses. The key to make friends with                                treating your pets regu-  include abnormal develop-
reducing this risk is block- bees and wasps,                             larly against fleas, ticks    ment, underlying bladder
ing sunlight with non-toxic they are likely to be stung                  and worms and remember, stones, prostate problems, or
high factor sun block. The for their efforts. Prompt                     never ever leave a pet in even excessive drinking, and
earliest signs of skin cancer veterinary attention may                   a car on a hot day.          further investigation is often
                                                                                                      needed to make a diagnosis.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Dog photo (above): Jane Burton Cartoon: Gareth Davies.

are a reddening of the skin
– similar to sunburn.                                                                                 Once the cause of the problem
                                                                                                      has been identified, appropri-
                Ear tip of a cat show-                                                                ate treatment can be started,
                ing early cancerous
                changes. If your pet is                                                               and is usually successful.
                showing any signs of                                                                  So – if your dog’s waterworks
                skin changes, please
                arrange a check-up.                                                                   seem a bit leaky – give us a call!

   This Newsletter is provided as an education service to our clients. All news and other items in this newsletter are for information only and should not be treated as a substitute for specialist veterinary advice. For all images, the copyright is the property of the photographer.