Our microchipping offer for dogs is ending

Microchipping of dogs in the United Kingdom will become compulsory in 2016. Microchipping helps to reunite animals with their owners if they are ever lost or stolen and is a permanent means of identification.

Ahead of this change we have been providing FREE microchips for dogs. However, this offer will now only be available UNTIL the end of March 2015 so book in soon to take advantage. Call us on 01606 880890 to book an appointment.

As of 1st April 2015 microchipping and registration will cost £20.00 per dog.

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An update on our vaccination donations for the Joshua Tree

In January we have raised a further £186 for the Joshua Tree Charity with donations of £1 from every vaccination that we give.

To find our more about this wonderful cause visit www.thejoshuatree.org.uk

So far from our vaccination donations we have raised a total of £2644!

 

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Head Veterinary Nurse Position

We are currently looking for a keen and dynamic Head Nurse to lead and direct our team of RVN’s and to contribute in all aspects of excellent nursing care.

We are looking for a hardworking and caring individual with drive and determination. A willingness to supervise, motivate and direct others as well as working within a small team is essential. This is an exciting opportunity to develop a hospital nursing team.

Please send any applications by email to Richard Hewitt at info@hollybankvets.co.uk

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Hollybank’s Brave Pet of the Month…Taz!

Taz is a Border Terrier who has had a bit of a busy year. He first had a problem back in April last year when he started drinking and urinating much more than he had done previously. He was getting up a lot in the night to go to the toilet and had lost some weight.

This can happen for lots of different reasons. In Taz’s case some blood tests revealed that he had diabetes. In Taz’s case his body does not produce enough insulin which is needed to store the sugar from his food in his body. Without insulin the sugar levels in his blood get very high, which can become life threatening if uncontrolled.

In order to control his diabetes we started Taz on twice daily insulin injections. These are administered by his owners, and are given with a special injection pen. The amount of insulin we give is very dependent on the individual dog. It is also affected by food type and quantity so Taz has to have a very strict diet and exercise management.

We soon started to get Taz’s sugar levels under control. He has to come in regularly for us to measure a glucose (sugar) curve which looks at the level of sugar in his blood over a day. This is to make sure his glucose levels are not going too high or too low. Thankfully his diabetes is well controlled.

Unfortunately shortly after his diabetes diagnosis Taz started to have dome problems with his eyes going cloudy. In some cases diabetes can cause cataracts, so this was our first thought with Taz. He went to see a specialist eye vet and had surgery to remove his cataracts. Although this surgery can be very successful it does come with possible complications.

After his surgery Taz unfortunately developed glaucoma (increased pressure within the eye). He had eye drops to try and control this and reduce the pressure as it can be very painful. Despite the drops however one eye did not respond, and the only option left was to consider removing his eye.

Taz underwent enucleation surgery here. Due to his diabetes and his strict regime of food and insulin we had to be very careful to monitor his sugar levels and anaesthetic closely. Thankfully Taz did brilliantly and recovered really well from his anaesthetic. When an eye has been painful and vision has been reduced dogs can be much happier once the eye is removed. Taz hasn’t looked back since and is doing great!

 

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Dog vaccination offer!

Vaccinations are really important to help protect your pet against several diseases. These diseases can not only make your pet extremely unwell but in some cases can be fatal. Vaccination significantly reduces the risk!

We vaccinate routinely against Distemper virus, Parvovirus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis and Leptospirosis. Initially dogs need a course of two vaccinations 4-5 weeks apart followed up by annual boosters. If a booster becomes overdue, some parts of the vaccination have to be restarted and two vaccinations are needed again to ensure there is adequate immunity.

If your pet is currently overdue it’s vaccinations we have a special offer to help get your pet’s protection up to date.

We are offering a restart course of two vaccinations* for £30 which is the cost of a usual vaccination booster, a reduction of £20. All of our first vaccination appointments include a free health check and examination.

To take advantage of this give us a call at the surgery on 01606 880890 to book an appointment.

*T&Cs apply

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An update on our total raised for the Joshua Tree

Since our birthday last March we have given £1 from every vaccination to the Joshua Tree charity.

Our total raised for November and December was another £400, bringing our total to £2458

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Hollybank’s Brave Pet of the Month…Murphy!

Murphy is a lovely 5 year old Labrador who was very unwell recently. He came to see one of our vets when he was off colour and not eating as usual. When we examined him he was jaundiced, which means he looked yellow rather than pink when we looked in his mouth and in his eyes.

This can be due to several underlying problems, but suggests an issue with the liver or an abnormal breakdown of red blood cells. An issue with the liver can happen because the liver is not functioning very well, or with a blockage of the bile ducts that come from the liver.

We admitted Murphy for further investigations. Initially we took some blood and started him on some supportive fluids into his vein as he was very subdued and looking nauseous. The next day a specialist came in to scan Murphy’s abdomen. This helped us to rule some possible causes in and out.

Murphy’s results and scan suggested he had acute hepatitis, which meant he had sudden onset liver inflammation and potentially injury. In dogs, this can be due to viruses and infection but can also be in response to toxins. It is not always possible to know which of these is most likely.

We then needed to give Murphy’s liver time to recover. This involved supportive care with fluids and lots of TLC as well as supplements to help with liver function and a specific diet. Unfortunately in some cases the liver is unable to recover from the initial injury or insult. Thankfully in Murphy’s case he soon started eating small amounts of food and looked much brighter.

Murphy had to stay in the hospital on fluids for the next few days but was soon well enough to go home. He has had to come back and visit for some follow up blood tests but has been doing really well since.

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Christmas dangers!

With Christmas festivities just around the corner we wanted to remind you of some of the potential problems for our pets, in particular for those food loving animal’s who will beg, borrow and steal for some Christmas treats!

  •  Christmas cake, Christmas pudding and mince pies: raisins, currants and sultanas can be toxic to dogs resulting in kidney failure. Even a few can cause illness. Grapes can also cause problems.
  •  Chocolate: both milk and dark chocolate contain an ingredient called Theobromine which can be toxic to dogs and cats especially when eaten in large quantities.  Signs can vary from GI upset to more serious complications such as tremors, seizures and heart disturbances.
  •  Sage and onion stuffing: Onions, garlic, leeks, shallots and chives can cause gastrointestinal signs, abdominal discomfort and anaemia in both cats and dogs, which can have serious consequences.
  •  Macadamia nuts: problems include weakness, lack of balance, abdominal pain, gastrointestinal signs, lameness and joint pain.
  •  Foreign bodies: Small toys or bones can be ingested and pose the risk of intestinal obstruction. Also, silica gel packs found in many Christmas packaging can swell very rapidly in your dogs stomach posing a risk of intestinal obstruction.
  •  Pot pourri: This can cause significant and prolonged gastrointestinal upset in dogs.
  •  Christmas plants and flowers: Mistletoe, Pointsettias, Holly, Ivy and Pine needles can be mildly toxic and cause GI signs, salivation and depression.
  •  Ethylene glycol (anti-freeze): This is extremely toxic to both dogs and cats. Anti-freeze ingestion results in severe renal damage and quickly progresses to renal failure. The prognosis is often guarded.

If you have any concerns about your pet over the Christmas season just give us a call on 01606 880890. We have a 24/7 emergency line which will put you in touch with one of our vets.

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Our Christmas opening times

Richard and all at Hollybank would like to wish all of our clients and their pets a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Over Christmas and New Year we will be open:

Saturday 20th        9.00am – 12.00pm
Sunday 21st           24 hour Emergency Care
Monday 22nd         8.30am – 6.30pm
Tuesday 23rd         9.30am – 7.30pm
Wednesday 24th    8.30am - 5pm
Thursday 25th       24 hour Emergency Care
Friday 26th            24 hour Emergency Care
Saturday 27th        9.00am – 12.00pm
Sunday 28th          24 hour Emergency Care
Monday 29th          8.30am – 6.30pm
Tuesday 30th         9.30am – 7.30pm
Wednesday 31st    8.30am – 5pm
Thursday 1st          24 hour Emergency Care
Friday 2nd              8.30am – 6.30pm

Last Orders for all food and medications is on Monday the 22nd of December!

Please remember that if your pet is ill over the festive period we are always available and a vet or nurse is in the practice 24/7. Please call 01606 880890 to speak to the duty vet.
 
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The winning names!

Our Facebook name poll closed last week for our new baby Guinea Pigs. I am pleased to introduce you to…

Marmite

and Marmalade

Both girls have settled in really well here at Hollybank. They are now enjoying getting out and about outside so pop by and say hello! When they are older they will be able to go out on visits with Nessa into schools and to meet local Brownie’s, Rainbows and Scouts!

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