The Veterinary Hospital – Winter Newsletter 2018

A big part of the forthcoming festive season is that wonderful and scrumptious side…… the food! For our pets though, there is no special time for food, as dinner is probably the highlight of their day, whatever the time of year, but are you feeding your furry friend the correct diet?

The Veterinary Hospital – Autumn Newsletter 2018

Late summer and autumn time conjure up visions of gathering crops and blackberry picking, but it is also the time when the troublesome harvest mites can cause major irritation for our cats and dogs! The adult mite lives in plants and other vegetation, but the larvae (Trombicula autumnalis) are at the stage in their life cycle where they require a warm blooded host to feed from, and this could be your pet!

Hungerford Vets Summer Newsletter

The Veterinary Hospital – Summer Newsletter 2018

Long, hot and sunny days create plenty of activity in the great outdoors, where we and our pets head for during the warmer months. Whether it be on the beach, in our own gardens, the park or countryside, just as with other seasons in the year, there are a few factors to take into consideration regarding the safety and welfare of our pets, and summer is no exception.

Belmont-Veterinary-Clinic

Changes to Pet Healthcare Plan

First, may I reassure you that if you have a Pet Healthcare Plan with Hungerford Vets,  it will continue to operate going forward with the same benefits and on the same basis. The only change that affects you is that as we are moving the administration in-house we need to take payment for your plan through a different provider.

We believe the change will help us provide you with a better value and more personalised service. Over the next couple of weeks, Pet Healthcare Plan members will receive correspondence from us requesting that you transfer our Direct Debit collections from Denplan / Simplyhealth to Easy Direct Debits.  Members will be contacted by post, and members may also receive email and text notifications.

We ask members to please follow the simple instructions and for members that complete the request by the end of March will be entered into a prize draw to win a FREE Years membership.

We apologise for any confusion that has been caused, to members who may have recently received a letter from Denplan / Simplyhealth advising that your healthcare plan membership was about to be cancelled. This isn’t the case.

If members have any concerns, then please call the practice now on 01488 683 999. Our receptionist will gladly confirm details on the change and will put you at ease.

 

Emergency Care

Experienced Vet Wanted to Join our Friendly Team

An opportunity has arisen for a vet to join our friendly team at a well-respected, SA practice with Hospital status. We are looking for an enthusiastic and confident vet who can contribute to our continuing success. Experience in surgery preferred.

  • Purpose built, well equipped hospital; recent winner of BVHA design award
  • Located at the centre of the North Downs (AONB) with easy access to London and the South
  • 9 Vet friendly team which prides itself on low staff turnover
  • Independent practice
  • 1 in 8 rota. No phone duties.
  • 4 day week
  • CPD and certificates encouraged and fully funded
  • Excellent salary commensurate with experience
  • 5 weeks holiday

 

Please email your CV with covering letter to jonny.green@hungerfordvets.co.uk

 

 

The Veterinary Hospital – Spring Newsletter 2018

Cats normally appear quite relaxed creatures, but our feline friends can suffer from hypertension, more commonly known as high blood pressure. This can occur in those who have an underlying problem such as diabetes, over-active thyroid gland, heart or kidney disease. Older cats may also develop hypertension, and this can unfortunately cause suddenblindness , because the retina becomes damaged through high pressure in the blood vessels.

CLOSURE OF THE TIDWORTH PRACTICE

It is with great sadness that we are writing to inform you that we will be closing the Tidworth practice after surgery (6pm) on Friday 22 nd December. We would be delighted to welcome you at other branch surgery at Pewsey or the main practice at Hungerford where, due to a link computer system, all your pets records will be accessible. Out of hours care will continue to be run from the Hungerford site as before.

Belmont Veterinary Clinic is situated on the outskirts of Pewsey on the Salisbury Road Business Park and is only 15 minutes drive from Tidworth. It is open from 8.30 am until 6pm on Monday to Friday and also operates a clinic on a Saturday from 8.30 to 11.30. The full address is Belmont Veterinary Clinic, Salsibury Road Business Park, Salisbury Road, Pewsey, Wilts, SN9 5PZ. Telephone number 01672 563413. All out of hours calls are transferred to The Veterinary Hospital in Hungerford.

This was a very difficult decision to make, after over 30 years in Tidworth, but with the superior facilities at Pewsey, it was decided that it was not only a move forward to amalgamate the two sites but also meant we could offer you a better and more efficient service.

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact me and we look forward to welcoming you at the new Clinic of your choice.

Kind regards,

Jonny Green B.Vet.Med, Cert V.R/. M.R.C.VS

The Veterinary Hospital – Winter Newsletter 2017

When your pet is young they are agile and ready to run a marathon on their daily walk, but as age creeps in, so do the aches and pains. You may notice as your cat or dog rises from their cosy bed, a slight stiffness as they walk, maybe limping a little. Has there been a reluctance to exercise, or is even climbing the stairs more difficult? These could be signs that your pet is developing osteoarthritis, which causes inflamed, stiff and painful joints, so limiting their mobility. Osteoarthritis, generally affects middle-aged and older pets, but some younger, larger breeds can also suffer from this condition…

Fireworks – the dos and don’ts of animal safety

While we all love nothing more than gawping up at the beautiful colours that fireworks create, there’s little that frightens pets more than the confusing loud noises that surround them on Guy Fawkes Night or New Year’s Eve.

When November 5th comes round again next year, or when the inevitable barrage of fireworks goes off around New Year, you won’t just have to remember to buy a packet of sparklers for the kids.

Remember to keep your pets safe – they’ll appreciate it.

With this in mind, we’ve put together a few tips to make sure your pets are safe and sound while you enjoy a fireworks display.

  1. Keep them indoors

This one’s simple – don’t let your cat outside on Bonfire Night or New Year’s Eve, and don’t let your dog wander around the garden. Caught outside, there’s a good chance that fireworks will make them panic and flee. In a worst case scenario, they might even lose their bearings and become lost entirely.

This can be a genuinely frightening time for a pet, so make sure they’re not stuck outside during a nearby fireworks display.

  1. Make sure they’re comfortable

Your cat or dog is unlikely to be calm during a fireworks display, but you can improve their day with an extra treat or two.

Whether it’s a few extra biscuits or a brand new toy, this is a day to spoil your pet to put them at ease.

  1. Give them a hiding place

Your pet might feel safer in a secluded space or hidey hole during a fireworks display. If they’ve already got a favourite hiding place in your house, make sure it’s easily accessible.

These tips will keep your pet safe and sound during any fireworks extravaganza. For more information, or to book an appointment, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Alert to dog owners

There has been a confirmed case of Parvovirus in the Hungerford area.

Parvovirus disease is characterised by weakness and severe bloody vomiting and diarrhoea.

Dogs – especially puppies – dehydrate quickly once they contract this condition. It can even be fatal in some cases due to the dehydration and – occasionally – severe blood loss. In puppies under the age of eight weeks the virus can also damage the heart muscle.

Parvovirus can be caught directly from other infected dogs, but the virus can also survive for several months in the environment. It can therefore be picked up by a dog just sniffing in the park, for example.

Illness usually develops within ten days of being infected.
Intensive treatment is frequently necessary for dogs with parvovirus infection. Unfortunately, even with intensive care, not all dogs can be saved.

Please ensure your puppy or dog is up to date with their vaccinations so that they are fully protected from the virus.
If your puppy or dog shows any of the symptoms above please contact your vet as quickly as possible. It is important that they receive intensive care in an isolated ward. Mortality rates without treatment are extremely high.

If you are at all worried or would just like to speak to somebody, give us a call on 01488 683999 or email office@hungerfordvets.co.uk.