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									                                    The Barn Animal Hospital
                                    WINTER 2010                                            NEWS
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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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