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We would like to welcome Shelly Jardine, who has joined us as an additional receptionist. Shelly has previously worked with children with special needs and then at a doctor's surgery. Please see her full biography on our Staff page here
We are very pleased to welcome Kirsty back from maternity leave and we are also very pleased that Alison, who provided maternity leave cover for Kirsty, has agreed to stay on and they are both now working two days per week.
In Essex several dogs been have recently diagnosed with Babesiosis and two have unfortunately died. Babesiosis in dogs is a problem in continental Europe, and has been seen in dogs returning after traveling in Europe but does not seem to have been contracted within the UK previously. The dogs that have been recently infected have not travelled abroad so must have picked up the disease from ticks in the UK.
What is Babesiosis? Babesiosis in dogs is an infection caused by the single-celled parasite Babesia. This parasite infects red blood cells, both directly damaging the cells but also causing the body's own immune cells to attack red blood cells. This leads to an anaemia which can be life threatening.
How is it transmitted? The main mode of transmission is through tick bites. A tick typically needs to be attached to a dog for 24-48 hours to successfully transmit the disease. Until recently, ticks in the UK were very unlikely to be carrying Babesia, however, with the increase in pet travel since passports were introduced the risks may now be higher.
What are the symptoms of Babesiosis? The symptoms of infection relate to the destruction of red blood cells. They can be nonspecific and vary widely from dog to dog. The main symptoms are: lethargy, weakness, pale gums, jaundice, red/brown urine and fever. Diagnosis is made by examining the blood under the microscope or using specialised blood tests to detect the parasite's presence.
How can it be treated? Treatment is focused on killing the parasite and stopping the body's immune system from destroying more red blood cells. Dogs may need to be hospitalised to give them supportive care and close monitoring and in severe cases, may need blood transfusions. It can be fatal if left untreated.
How can it be prevented? There are no vaccines for Babesia available in the UK. Prevention is based on routine use of anti-tick medication and being vigilant and removing ticks from the coat as soon as they are seen. Please speak to us regarding our current recommendations for tick prevention. Particular care should be taken if your pet is travelling outside the UK, however the cases that have been seen in Essex involved dogs that had not travelled, suggesting ticks in the UK were responsible for transmitting the disease.
ADELAIDE PET CARE PLANAdelaide Pet Care Plan: Our Practice Care Plan includes tick preventative treatments, which will protect against Babesiosis as well as preventing flea and worms. The plan also includes all your dog’s routine yearly vaccinations, 6 monthly health checks, free nurse claw clip appointments and discounts of up to 50% on some services, and products. Please feel welcome to phone us for more information.
Idiopathic cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy, otherwise known as CRGV or Alabama rot is a disease that has been known about since the late 1980’s. It was initially thought to only affect Greyhounds and the dogs reported with the disease in the USA presented with kidney failure and/or skin lesions. The cause of the disease remains unknown.
The skin lesions are a symptom of the disease rather than being traumatic wounds from an injury. Typically the skin lesions have been below the knee or elbow. They may present as a focal swelling, a patch of red skin or a defect in the skin (like an
ulcer). Over the subsequent two to seven days the affected dogs have developed clinical signs of kidney failure which can include vomiting, reduced appetite and tiredness.
It is important to remember that only a very small number of dogs have been affected. Most skin lesions will not be caused by this disease and most cases of kidney failure will have another cause.
If your dog is affected, early recognition of the disease and aggressive management is likely to lead to the best outcome. Without knowing the trigger for the disease it is impossible to give specific advice about walking your dog and it is again important to stress that the case numbers are very low and that this disease is not isolated to the New Forest. The disease does not appear to pass from dog to dog.
If you are concerned about you dog please call the surgery.
Pet Plan 'Practice of the Year' nomination
We want to say a BIG thank you to all of our customers and staff who have helped us to be nominated for the 'Pet Plan Practice Of The Year' award in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Martin and Miguel have been nominated for 'Vet of the Year' for the third and second years running.