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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 once again this year.
Scott Hughes, Miguel Lopes and Sophie Platt have all been nominated for 'Vet of the Year' with Jo Phelan, Bethany Grabin, Paige Emery and Chelsea Grinstead all being nominated for 'Vet Nurse of the Year'
One of our vets, Sophie Platt, is our StreetVet ambassador and volunteers for the charity.
StreetVet Southampton launched in June 2018 with a small committee of 4 veterinary surgeons and 1 veterinary nurse. We now have team of 23 vets and nurses with the number of volunteers growing every week.
We began our Southampton station alongside New Help for Homeless and The New Way Ministries who provide food and help to the homeless. We run a weekly outreach every Wednesday providing veterinary care as well as blankets, dog coats, toys and food.
Thanks to our team in Southampton, we are now running Saturday outreaches in addition to Wednesday. We are currently in conversation with local hostels to perform monthly visits to the pets and owners that live there.
If you would like to donate to StreetVet please click on the link HERE
Martin & Jacquie Fogden Retirement
As many of you will already know Adelaide Vet and Clinical Director Martin Fogden retired from Adelaide Veterinary Centre, along with his wife Jacquie who was also a Vet at Adelaide.
Martin joined Adelaide in 1992 and became a partner in 1994 and has seen Adelaide Vets grow into the 15-strong team it is today. While Martin and Jacquie are looking forward to retirement, they can be confident the practice will be in safe hands with Scott Hughes stepping up to the position of clinical director.
You may very well see Martin on occasion as he has agree to help out as a Locum Vet when needed. We wish Martin & Jacquie the very best in their retirement.
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.