7 Lostock Road, Urmston, M41 OSU Tel: 0161 747 9002 Opening times Cons ulting times Monday – Friday 8.30am – 6.45pm Monday-Friday 9.00-10.30am 2.00- 3.00pm 4.00- 6.30pm Saturday 9.00am -12.00 pm Saturday 9.30-11.30am Cons ultations by appointment Practice News We would like to welcome Stephani e to our prac tice as a new member of staff . Congratulations Shelley! Just to let you know, Shelley our VN is expecting her 1st child in September and will be off on maternity leave from the middle of July. Shelley currently fills in the insurance forms, but we would appreciate your pati ence as the rest of us get used to filling in the forms. Don’t get caught out by the cough! KENNEL COUGH, otherwise known as infectious bronchitis, is a highly contagious disease of the dog’s respiratory tract. The cough is passed from dog to dog wherever they meet - out on walks, on the beach in the summer, at training classes, dog shows and of course boarding kennels. Dogs of all ages can be affected and signs include a harsh, dry whooping -type cough. Whilst some dogs recover relatively quickly, others may cough for weeks and some may get serious complications such as pneumonia. This disease can be prevented easily with a simple yearly vaccination! Ask at rec eption for more d etails. Parasites: Spring into Action! The warmer months are peak season for pesky parasites and two of the most annoying are fleas and ticks. Fleas need little introduction to most pet owners! Adult fleas are 2-3mm in length and can been seen without magnification. These tiny wingless insects survive by feeding on your pet’s blood, causing very intense irritation and sometimes allergic skin disease. Fleas also play a major role in transmitting tapeworm in dogs and cats. Ticks tend to be a problem in the warmer months and commonly live in areas of heathland, moorland and woodland, waiting to attach themselves to passing animals. Ticks feed on your pet’s blood and can cause problems in two ways – firstly they can cause a tissue reaction at their site of attachment and secondly they can transmit serious diseases such as Lyme disease and Babesiosis. Don’t let fleas and ticks make your life a mis ery – Please let us advise you on the b est form of flea and tick contr ol for your pet! Beat the heat this summer! As we enjoy the warm sunny summer weather it’s worth sparing a thought for our four legged friends. Here we look at a few steps you can take to keep them fit and well! Make sure fresh clean water is available to all pets – you may even need to take some on walks and avoid exercise in the heat of the day – particularly with old, overweight dogs with heart problems; stick to early mornings and evenings Cats are natural sun bathers, but cats with white noses and ear tips are particularly vulnerable to sun burn and subsequent skin cancer. This risk Ear tip of cat showing can be reduced by keeping them out of the sun, or by applying sunblock to cancerous changes these areas during the summer months. Watch out also for grass seeds (awns) of the meadow grasses. They commonly become trapped in dog’s ears – causing violent head shaking, or may become embedded in the feet or other areas. Bee and wasp stings are another seasonal problem. Some pets are allergic to their stings and may need prompt veterinary attention. Bees and wasps can be a summer hazard for inquisitive pets If your pet is going into kennels this summer, don’t forget to make sure they are up to date with their vaccinations! Don’t forget to keep treating your pets regularly against fleas, ticks and worms and never ever leave a p et in a car on a hot day! If Dogs are too hot and unable to reduce immediately. Dogs suffering from their body temperature, they will develop heatstroke urgently need have their body heatstroke. In warm weather, heatstroke temperature gradually lowered: can be caused by leaving your dog somewhere that is too hot or by allowing it Immediately dous e your dog to exercise ex cessively with cool (not c old) water, to avoid shock – you c ould put Some signs to look for include your dog in a shower and run Heavy panting cool water over him/her, or A rapid pulse use a spray filled with cool Very red gum/tongue water and place your dog in Lethargy the breeze of a fan. Lack of c o-ordination Let your dog drink small Reluctance or inability to rise amounts of c ool water after collapsing Continue to dous e your dog Vomiting with cool water until his/her Diarrhoea breathing starts to settle – Loss of consciousness in never cool your dog so much extr eme circumstances he/she b egins to shiver If your dog shows any sym ptoms of Once you have cooled your dog heatstroke, move him/her to a shaded cool down you should take him/her area and ring the vet for advice straight to the vets!