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AlphaPet News - Autumn / Winter 2015
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AlphaPet News - Autumn / Winter 2015

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Welcome to the Winter 2015 Edition of AlphaPet News

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Dog Microchipping - Legal Requirement From April 2016

Dog Microchipping - Legal Requirement From April 2016

In April 2016, it will become a legal requirement that all dogs are microchipped. Currently, 36% of dogs registered at AlphaPet remain without a microchip. It really doesn’t cost a lot to become compliant with the forthcoming legislation - just £15 (or £10.50 if you are a member of the AlphaPet Pet Health Club). There are really good reasons why all pets (not just dogs) should be microchipped. It can mean the difference between being lost and... read more »

Overweight Pets - Getting The Balance Right

Overweight Pets - Getting The Balance Right

42% of adult dogs and cats vaccinated at AlphaPet in the last year were overweight! We measure ‘body condition score’ (BCS) in dogs and cats when we see them for routine health checks; this is similar to the body mass index (BMI) measure in people. It enables us to record a simple number from 1 to 5, with 3 being optimum and 5 being obese. Obesity in dogs and cats is a serious medical problem,... read more »

Feeding Dogs - Simply Common Sense

Feeding Dogs - Simply Common Sense

Many dog owners are surprised when they discover that their dog is overweight. How can this be when they have simply followed what it said to feed on the back of the packet or can? Well how many of us feed ourselves by looking on a chart for our age,sex and height and then follow that religiously? Common sense tells us that when we look in the mirror we can tell at a glance... read more »

Staff News

Staff News

It’s been a very mixed few months staff wise. We are really happy to welcome back vet Nicky Bulbeck and receptionist Sian Cullen from maternity leave and also nurse Aimee Uren who briefly tried another practice but quickly realised how good AlphaPet was in comparison! We also extended a big warm welcome to new nurse Katie Fanning RVN who joins us from a practice in London. Natalie Pink  RVN has taken over the Head Nurse position... read more »

Tortoises

Tortoises

At AlphaPet, we are seeing increasing numbers of tortoises as patients. So much has changed in our knowledge of these fascinating pets who all have their own individual characters - they really do! Once again, we have had a number of stray tortoises, most of which we have managed to reunite with their owners, but a couple we haven’t. Tortoises are great wanderers and will actively try to escape from gardens, so if you have a... read more »

Fireworks

Fireworks

Fireworks used to be a seasonal problem in the Autumn, but increasingly these days they are becoming a year round problem for sensitive pets. Many dogs are simply petrified but helping them to cope with fireworks is not simply a matter of dishing out sedative drugs. These days, there are much better ways of helping pets overcome their fears, but they take time and effort and when the fireworks are already a problem is not... read more »

Sight For Sore Eyes

Sight For Sore Eyes

“Dry Eye” is a condition that we see commonly and occurs when there is a lack of sufficient tears to keep the eyes and surrounding tissues moist. The eyes then become dry and tacky, leading to infection and painful inflammation, with the production of sticky, green mucus. The reduced ‘flushing’ effect of low tear production also prevents foreign material (dust, grass seeds, pollen etc) from being washed out of the eyes, and can predispose... read more »

Arthritis Awareness

Arthritis Awareness

Another winter is upon us and this year’s El Nino is predicted to bring us some of the coldest weather for some time.  Our dogs are not that different from us in feeling the cold in their bones and the winter months are a common time for arthritis to be diagnosed for the first time or flare ups to happen in those already on treatment. A common thing we hear at AlphaPet is that stiffness... read more »

Dental Awareness Month - February 2016

Dental Awareness Month - February 2016

Dental disease is one of the most common diseases that we see in dogs and cats.  Not only does it cause pain and discomfort, but it can also cause heart and kidney disease as well as septicaemia. Prevention is always better than cure, but frequently we are presented with pets that have dental disease which has advanced beyond the point where home dental treatments (brushing, dental foods or treats) are effective. Dental surgery can restore your... read more »

Pet Insurance - A Trusted Policy Gives Peace Of Mind

Pet Insurance - A Trusted Policy Gives Peace Of Mind

Each year 1 in 3 pets is injured or becomes ill and needs urgent veterinary treatment.  Insurance can help you cover the cost of these unexpected bills. We promote Vetsure Pet Insurance® because it offers the best value for money premiums and access to the highest standards of treatment through their network of trusted practices. Pick and choose from a range of benefits, levels of cover and excesses to suit your budget. Claims are... read more »

Hedgehog Friendly Gardens

Hedgehog Friendly Gardens

The hedgehog population has dropped from some 36million in 1950 to just one million today meaning the species is facing the same rapid decline as the tiger. If you have hedgehogs in your garden, you are one of the lucky people who can still enjoy the presence of these endangered wild animals. Those of us who have gardens can each do our bit to help encourage hedgehogs to make a comeback and Brent Lodge is always... read more »

Baghera & Baloo’s Story

Baghera & Baloo’s Story

Baghera (Baggy for short) and Baloo are two 6 week old kittens that were dumped by being thrown from a car close to our West Meads surgery. A member of the public saw it happen and managed to catch Baloo and bring him in to the West Meads reception. We organised a search for Baggy and luckily found him hiding up a tree. Head Nurse Natalie managed to bring him down but we then... read more »

Practice Standards Scheme

Practice Standards Scheme

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Practice Standards Scheme is a voluntary scheme for vets to give pet owners extra confidence that the practice they are entrusting the care of their pet to operates to the very highest clinical and ethical standards. As pet owners, how would you know what goes on behind the doors of your chosen practice? Sadly, not all vets do practice to the highest standards, but practices such as AlphaPet,... read more »

AlphaPet Fun Day & Dog Show

AlphaPet Fun Day & Dog Show

The 2015 AlphaPet Fun Day and Dog Show was again a great success, raising £2790 for our two nominated charities, Many Tears Animal Rescue and Canine Partners. Plans for the 2016 Fun Day and Dog Show are well under way, so please keep an eye on our website and Facebook pages for further details as soon as we have them.read more »

Christmas & New Year Opening Times

Christmas & New Year Opening Times

Christmas Eve: All surgeries: 8.30am to 5pm Christmas Day & Boxing Day: CLOSED: 24/7 Emergency Service at West Meads surgery Sunday 27th December: Normal Sunday surgeries at West Meads surgery Monday 28th December: Surgeries at West Meads only; 9am to 5pm New Year’s Eve: All surgeries: 8.30am to 5pm New Year’s Day: CLOSED: 24/7 Emergency Service at West Meads surgery Saturday 2nd January onwards: Normal surgery hours at all surgeriesread more »