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AlphaPet News Autumn / Winter 2014
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AlphaPet News Autumn / Winter 2014

Welcome to the Autumn / Winter 2014 Edition of AlphaPet News

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Happy Christmas & New Year

Happy Christmas & New Year

          Happy Christmas & New Year May we take this opportunity to wish all our clients a very happy Christmas and a healthy & prosperous New Year. Whilst we may be enjoying all the festivities, it can be a very stressful time of the year for pets. Please spare them a thought, as many of them will not be quite so happy at all the noise and disruption to their routines! It’s worth thinking about what you... read more »

Emergency Service

Emergency Service

            Emergency Service As registered clients of AlphaPet, you have access to our 24/7 Emergency Service operated from our West Meads surgery. We hope you won’t need us out of hours, but if you do, we are at the end of the phone. Just call the usual surgery number and you will be given the mobile number for the duty vet. Please note this number changes daily. Then you can speak directly to an AlphaPet vet who... read more »

Strays

Strays

            Strays 2014 seems to have been the year for stray animals. So far this year we have had 14 stray cats, 10 stray dogs, 1 stray racing pigeon, 2 stray Bearded Dragons, 1 tortoise and a rabbit! Generally, as vets, we do not take in healthy stray dogs and cats. Healthy cats are usually owned by someone and healthy dogs are the responsibility of the local authority. Unfortunately, the Dog Wardens do not operate a 24/7... read more »

Staff News

Staff News

            Staff News The last few months have seen some significant changes at AlphaPet. Becky Pullen (receptionist) and Emma Hurley (nurse), both gave birth to bouncing baby boys  and all are doing well. Sian Cullen (receptionist) has just left us for a while to start her maternity leave. Nicky Bulbeck (vet) is due to start her maternity leave in January and Sam Seary (ANA) wll also be starting her maternity leave early in the New Year. Becky is... read more »

Trackers for Dogs and Cats

Trackers for Dogs and Cats

            Trackers for Dogs and Cats Technology is advancing at a fantastic rate and it is sometimes great to see some of that technology filtering down to our pets. Many of our pets are now fitted with microchips and these can now be used to operate cat flaps, letting only your cats in and not any Tom, Dick or Harry. Many of you will have seen the TV programmes this year where small cameras were fitted to cats’... read more »

One Very Lucky Dog

One Very Lucky Dog

            One Very Lucky Dog Meet Keisha. Keisha is a 6 year old unspayed female Staffie who, up until November had led a pretty uneventful life keeping her owner company. Then suddenly she went off her food and had a bit of vomiting, but she was still quite waggy tailed when she came in. Her last season had been a few months ago, so we were initially concerned about a possible womb infection (pyometra). But instead of... read more »

Spare a Thought for Rabbits & Guinea Pigs

Spare a Thought for Rabbits & Guinea Pigs

            Spare a Thought for Rabbits & Guinea Pigs Rabbits are now the third most commonly kept pet, with guinea pigs not far behind. Yet sadly, they can also be a half-forgotten pet - one that is bought for the children, is kept in solitary confinement (they are social animals), gets fed and cleaned out every now and then and then has to survive the winter in an outside hutch. Rabbits were designed to live in burrows... read more »

Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic Resistance

            Antibiotic Resistance You may have read that doctors are becoming increasingly concerned about antibiotic resistance. MRSA bacteria have hit the headlines several times and increasing numbers of people are carrying MRSA bugs. This is a very real threat, not just to people, but also to our pets. At AlphaPet, we are increasingly seeing bacteria that are resistant to many of our commonly used antibiotics and in some cases, we are struggling to find antibiotics to treat... read more »

Kittens and Puppies

Kittens and Puppies

            Kittens and Puppies When you are choosing a puppy or kitten, it is vital to follow some simple guidelines to avoid having a lot of heartache in the future. Generally speaking, a cross bred animal, as opposed to a pedigree pure-bred, is likely to be more healthy over its lifetime. They are usually cheaper to buy, will probably cost you less in vet bills but still make great additions to your family. Whatever you are buying though,... read more »

Seasonal Topics

Seasonal Topics

            Seasonal Topics Whilst Christmas is traditionally a time of happiness, having a sick pet can put a real dampener on things. Sadly, many of the illnesses and sicknesses we see at this time of the year are preventable with a little thought and attention to detail. Chocolate, fruit cake, mince pies, some nuts, mistletoe and onions are all directly toxic to dogs but can also be very attractive to them. With their fine sense of smell,... read more »

Boris’s Very Lucky Escape!

Boris’s Very Lucky Escape!

            Boris’s Very Lucky Escape! This is Boris - a 1 year old Hermanns tortoise. Unfortunately, he is also an escapologist and he lives in the same house as a Bull Terrier dog. One day in mid-November, Boris managed to get out of his vivarium and the Staffie thought he’d found a new toy. Boris sustained severe bite wounds to his shell, including a hole in his left side such that we could watch his lungs expanding... read more »

Saturday & Sunday Surgeries

            Saturday & Sunday Surgeries Despite having run Saturday and Sunday surgeries for the last 21 years, ever since we have been open, we are continually surprised at the number of clients who didn’t realise that we have normal surgeries on Saturdays and Sundays. We have always recognised that dogs and cats cannot time their illnesses between 9am and 5pm on Mondays to Fridays, and many conditions cannot afford to wait over the weekend. Increasingly we... read more »