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The Barn Animal Hospital WINTER 2010 NEWS ff Basingstoke’s only Pet Insurance – a really good idea! Veterinary Hospital Case Study – Poppy Principal Alan V Krasno BVetMed MRCVS the Chocolate Lab When you see Poppy leaping across the fields (see photo Practice Facilities left), you wouldn’t think that • 24 hr in-patient care at just eight months of age • Caring professional staff she developed a serious • Large free car park on site Thinking about insuring your pet? We’d like to encourage elbow lameness requiring specialist key hole joint • Puppy development party you to do so! Pets give us so much enjoyment and are one of surgery. Her owners are the family – you look after them and ensure they have regular delighted with the care they • Hill’s science diets health checks, vaccinations, appropriate diets, worming and flea received and Poppy is now • Free flea/worming advice control. But what about pet insurance? fully recovered. They would • Separate cat and dog wards Each year, on average 1 in 3 pets suffer illness or injury, so un- have been even happier had • Two sterile operating theatres expected veterinary bills can, unfortunately, occur at any time. they had the foresight to get her insured though! • Reception staffed by We often think of insurance covering Veterinary Nurses emergency treatment of broken bones Third Party Cover or wounds following road traffic ac- – what is it? What makes The cidents, but don’t forget animals can An additional benefit of Barn different? also develop many medical conditions pet insurance is third party cover. It’s a worrying fact such as skin disease, ear problems, The Barn has been awarded Tier 3 that as a dog owner you can heart disease and arthritis – to name just a few! be held legally liable for the status by the RCVS, the top level, in recognition of our excellence and Veterinary medicine does not stand still and our dedicated team actions of your dog. Should of veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses frequently attend your dog stray and cause the quality of our facilities. in ad- dition we have a high staffing level courses to update their knowledge – with the aim of giving you a road traffic accident, you could be held liable for the of trained veterinary nurses which and your pet the very best in veterinary care. As a result, our actions of your pet. ensures our clients and patients ability to treat life-threatening conditions such as heart disease get the best advice and care, from (see article back page) has improved greatly. however the drugs used to treat such conditions reception through to the operating can be costly and we frequently see the agonising choices our clients have to make regarding the theatres and inpatient wards. treatment of their pets. With appropriate pet insurance, we can hopefully ensure that your pets The hospital is owned and man- get the best of care without heart wrenching financial decisions becoming a limiting factor. aged by a Veterinary Surgeon and we are not part of a chain or Winter Fleas: Don’t get caught on the hop! franchise. This ensures you and THeSe days the advent of winter no longer stops fleas in their your pet receive individual care tracks! Fleas love central heating and will breed in the carpets and each time you need us. bedding, as well as in the cracks of hard flooring. In addition flea At The Barn all our Veterinary development can continue on the coat of most animals. Worse Surgeons and Veterinary nurses still, adult female fleas can lay in excess of 50 eggs per day – thus a make the care of your pet our top brief infestation can result in thousands of flea eggs being produced! priority. Common symptoms of bites include itchiness, red rashes, hair loss and severe irritation, which is particularly marked in pets with an allergy to flea saliva. Some affected pets develop Also in this issue: secondary skin infections and may require antibiotics and treatment to relieve their itching. • The big chill – a seasonal Thus, for optimum flea control – and peace of mind – treatment should ideally be all year survival guide! round! Spot-ons and sprays can be used to kill fleas on the pets, whilst larvicidal house sprays can be used to prevent fleas developing in the home. We are happy to advise you on the most • Keeping your Guinea Pig fit suitable form of flea control for your pet and your home (don’t forget you need to treat both)!! and well! tel. 01256 329522 • www.barnvets.co.uk Mon-Fri 8am-8pm • Sat 8.30-1pm, 2-6pm • Consultations By Appointment • 24hr Emergency Call 01256 329522 The big chill – a seasonal survival guide! With the onset of colder winter weather, just how prepared are we, and our pets, for the colder weather? outlined below are a few tips to keep your pet fit and well: Now is the time when many of us start to feel aches and pains and our pets are no exception! look out for any limps and dif- Ticker trouble! ficulties in rising after rest; these are signs that your pet may Is my pet affected? have some joint stiffness – usually made worse by cold or Whilst most pets take normal damp weather. if your pet is showing any signs of stiffness heart function for granted, heart or limping, please get in touch. disease is nevertheless surprisingly Remember that whilst many dogs love playing in the cold and common in dogs and cats. snow, slim fine coated breeds find it much harder to con- the heart is essentially a muscular Winter weight worries! pump responsible for supplying serve their body heat and may benefit from dog coats. Also It’s a good idea to keep an eye beware of winter hazards such as frozen ponds and lakes. the tissues of your pet’s body with on how much exercise pets get Around the house, as well as food – pets are during the winter months; with oxygen and nutrients, allowing often on the look out for anything else they can many pets spending more time them to lead a normal active life. eat! Christmas decorations – in particular indoors – they are getting less the heart pumps blood from the exercise and need correspond- body through the lungs to get oxy- ribbons and tinsel, are very attractive to ingly less food. Add to this lots pets, and if swallowed, may lead to an intestinal blockage. gen, and then to the tissues of the more titbits associated with the body. As the heart muscles squeeze Whilst on the subject of edible items, don’t forget that festive season and it is all too easy for pets (and sadly also and pump, valves within the heart chocolate – especially the plain varieties, can be us – their owners) to start prevent backflow of blood. very toxic to dogs. Cat owners should also be expanding their waistlines! Heart disease – which can be aware that lilies pose a significant risk Please don’t hesitate to get gradual or sudden in onset, is the to cats – with all parts of the plant including in touch if your pet seems to loss of the normal pumping action the flowers and pollen being extremely toxic. be gaining a few extra pounds this is also the time of year that many car owners prepare and we can give you some of the heart. Whilst there are many nutritional advice; carrying too possible causes of heart disease, their cars for icy weather. Antifreeze (used in car radia- much weight has a multitude of the most common are usually tors) is a very palatable poison. if swallowed, even small adverse effects on the body. associated with either heart valve amounts can cause kidney failure and usually death. problems, or a problem with the Winter is also a difficult time for all animals that live outside, especially pet rabbits heart muscle itself. and guinea pigs. it is important to ensure that their hutches are warm and dry, in dogs it is generally more com- and in a sheltered position. Give them fresh food and water every day and check mon in older pets, but in certain the water bottle regularly to ensure that it has not become frozen. Finally, if you breeds it is more prevalent at an would like further information on any of these topics – please just give us a call! early age. in cats, heart disease is quite commonly linked with thy- Keeping your Guinea Pig fit and well! roid gland disease. heart disease is associated with a GuIneA PIGs (or Cavies) come originally Skin problems from south America and are sociable range of symptoms including: skin problems may occasionally animals that make great family pets. They occur and the most common • coughing, • laboured breathing, thrive on a mixture of hay, fresh greenstuff, of these is an infestation with a • tiring more easily, • reluctance fruit and vegetables and can be given small burrowing mange mite – to exercise, • pale or blueish amounts of commercial concentrate. Trixacarus caviae. Affected gums, • fainting or collapse Relatively trouble free, they require no guinea vaccinations but we do recommend regular pigs are if you are concerned that your health checks so their teeth and nails can be itchy and pet is showing any of these signs, monitored. Problems to look out for include chest infections develop please come and see us for a full Kitten and guinea pig photos: Jane Burton (that can follow bad weather or stress), diarrhoea (which can scaly skin, clinical examination. the good relate to infections or a diet change), skin disease and dental which is news is that new methods of diag- problems (usually associated with overgrown teeth). often most obvious on the ear tips initially. If untreated, areas nosis and novel forms of treatment We are here to help! If you would like any further information on any aspect of guinea pig care, or if you would like a check- of hair loss, self inflicted wounds are now transforming the lives of up for your pet, please contact us! and skin infection can develop. many affected pets. 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.
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