Congratulations Helen!

For the last three years Helen has been attending extra lectures, completing a case book and sitting both written and oral exams. This has all been towards her emergency and critical care certificate. This is awarded by the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) and can be described as the veterinary equivalent to a masters degree.

Everyone at Hollybank would like to wish Helen a massive CONGRATULATIONS on finally completing and being awarded her certificate with a commendation!

Helen has always had a special interest in emergency medicine and critical care and she should be extremely proud of her achievement. Helen’s additional qualification will also be invaluable to Hollybank and our out of hours emergency service.



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Easter Toxins

This weekend remember the types of Easter treats that can be toxic to our pets:

  • Chocolate eggs 
  • Easter sweets and cakes (containing Xylitol)
  • Hot cross buns (raisins)
  • Spring plants; Snow drops, Croccus, Daffodils, Tulips
  • Lawn feed, weed and moss killers
  • Easter family dinners (onions, shallots)
  • Leftover foods (mould)

Please phone us on 01606 880 890 if you think your pet has eaten something they shouldn’t have. Doing this as soon as you are aware is very helpful in their treatment.

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**Alabama Rot Update Information**

Alabama Rot, also described as Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy (CRGV) is a disease that in recent weeks has appeared in the media and lots of our clients have had questions about its prevalence in the area.

CRGV is caused by damage to blood vessels of the skin and kidney. This can lead to the development of skin lesions and kidney failure. The disease can be fatal with the latter but it is important to note that not all dogs will develop kidney involvement. 

Advice regarding prevention and avoidance of the disease is very difficult as the exact cause remains unknown. Researchers believe that there must be some form of an ‘environmental trigger’ but despite lots of research this is yet to be identified or proven.

The most important thing is to be vigilant for signs of the disease developing. This includes unexplained skin lesions; sores, redness or ulceration typically of the limbs, feet, face and mouth. Signs of acute kidney injury can range from excessive thirst and urination to non specific signs such as lethargy and reduced appetite. If you are concerned about your pet in any of these ways then we recommend a veterinary consultation.

So far, there have been no confirmed cases of Alabama rot in Delamere Forest. The disease was confirmed in Mobberley last year and most recently in Crewe. For more details please refer to the CRGV confirmed cases map.

Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists are conducting lots of the much needed research on CRGV. They provide recent case confirmations on their Facebook page and helpful CRGV information sheets which we would encourage you to read. 

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