Northlands Veterinary Hospital NEWS Mrs J.L. Harvey BVetMed MRCVS Mr J.P. Hawkins BA BVetMed MRCVS Miss C.A. Corden MA VetMB MRCVS KETTERING • CORBY • RAUNDS • RUSHDEN SUMMER 2007 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 appointments 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! Saturday: 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. This newsletter is kindly sponsored by Website: www.northlands-vets.co.uk E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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! 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