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AlphaPet News Summer 2015

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Welcome to the Summer 2015 Edition of AlphaPet News

You can also download a PDF copy of AlphaPet News here.

Fun Day & Dog Show: Sunday 2nd August

Fun Day & Dog Show: Sunday 2nd August

Fun Day & Dog Show: Sunday 2nd August This year’s AlphaPet Fun Day and Dog Show is a little earlier on 2nd August and we’re hoping for good weather again! As usual, it will be held on the Queens Field next to our West Meads surgery with Dog Show entries from 11.30am and the Show proper starting at 12.30pm, the fun will go on until around 4.30pm. In addition to the Dog Show, we have a wide... read more »

Compulsory Microchipping

Compulsory Microchipping

Compulsory Microchipping With effect from 6th April 2016, all dogs in England will have to be microchipped by law. It will also be a legal requirement for all dog owners to: • Have their dog microchipped and registered on an authorised commercial database • Register the details of any new owner before selling or giving the dog away • Keep their contact details up-to-date on the databases Currently, over 30% of dogs registered at AlphaPet do not appear to... read more »

Stray Tortoises

Stray Tortoises

Stray Tortoises Recently, we have had an influx of stray tortoises. Four in a single week! Sadly, only one of them was microchipped, so we had no way of knowing who three of them belonged to or how to find their owners. Tortoises are fantastic creatures, but they were never really designed for the UK. Left to their own devices, they will wander extensively and will actively climb and break out of gardens. Because of the low... read more »

Staff News

Staff News

Staff News Every newsletter seems to bring us more happy baby news! Both Nicky Bulbeck (vet) and Sam Seary (ANA) have given birth to healthy babies. Nicky is planning to come back to work in November, but you may see her around on the occasional “getting back to work” days. Sadly, we have lost nurses Aimee Uren (to marriage) and Amy Harrington (to join a cat only clinic in Portsmouth) but such is the progress of AlphaPet... read more »

Pet Treat Scandal

Pet Treat Scandal

Pet treat Scandal Did you know that some pet treats are more calorific than human fast foods? A recent study has shown that Bonio dog biscuits contain approximately 53% more calories than a McDonald’s Big Mac! Dreamies cat treats contain around 5% more calories than a glazed doughnut! Even treats designed to help keep your pet’s teeth clean can contain very high levels of calories. Unlike human foods, very few pet food manufacturers list calorie content on... read more »

Star Patient

Star Patient

Star Patient This is Peaches. She is an 18 month old Chihuahua. One day in April, her owner came home to find her collapsed and bleeding in the garden. We think she had been attacked by a larger dog which had got through the fence. She only weighs 2.7kg so she came off very much the worse and had sustained severe wounds to her neck and elbow. When she was rushed in, we weren’t sure if she would... read more »

Mycotoxins

Mycotoxins

Mycotoxins The high temperatures of summer are often associated with things decaying and going mouldy more quickly. This is fine, as long as your dog doesn’t decide to eat that slightly mouldy sandwich or raid the compost bin. Unfortunately, mouldy food items often contain poisons called mycotoxins which can be very dangerous and even fatal. Rotting food, the contents of dustbins, compost bins, mouldy cheese and mouldy sandwiches are all common sources of mycotoxins. Many dogs seem... read more »

Heat Stroke

Heat Stroke

Heat Stroke We all know how hot it can get for us in summer, but just imagine what would happen if you couldn’t sweat and were forced to wear a thick coat as well? This is what many of our pets have to endure. They have almost no sweat glands and have to rely on getting rid of body heat by panting. And they can’t just strip down to bare skin when it gets hot -... read more »

Fly Strike

Fly Strike

Fly Strike Flies are always a nuisance for us in summer. They buzz around and can spread disease, but for some of our pets, they can be far more dangerous. Flies are attracted to smelly things like wounds and faeces. They lay their eggs very quickly and their larvae (maggots) hatch out within hours and start eating whatever is around. It doesn’t matter if what is around is dead or alive. So every summer, we see many... read more »

Travelling Abroad

Travelling Abroad

Travelling Abroad It’s summer and more and more of us are going abroad for our holidays and more and more of us are taking our pets with us. The good news is that the legal requirements have been reduced making it easier for us to take our pets abroad. The bad news is that the diseases they can catch abroad haven’t reduced, so you need to plan and take appropriate precautions. In the UK, we are privileged in... read more »

Slug Bait Warning

Slug Bait Warning

Slug Bait Warning Many of us are keen gardeners and slugs and snails can be real pests. Slug baits can often seem to be the answer ..... but not if you have pets! Many slug baits contain a substance called metaldehyde which is highly toxic to both dogs and cats. Even ingesting relatively small amounts (a few grams of pellets for a 20kg dog) can be toxic and require treatment. Signs of toxicity vary depending on the... read more »

Just Because We Can .....

Just Because We Can ..... Veterinary medicine and surgical techniques are advancing at a tremendous rate. Many of our pets are living longer as a result and whilst these advances, as with human medicine and surgery, come at some considerable costs sometimes, many of us have pet insurance to help finance these treatments. There is another aspect to these technological advances that needs to be considered. Just because we can now do something new, doesn’t automatically mean that... read more »

Out Of Hours and Emergency Service

Out Of Hours and Emergency Service

Just Because We Can ..... Veterinary medicine and surgical techniques are advancing at a tremendous rate. Many of our pets are living longer as a result and whilst these advances, as with human medicine and surgery, come at some considerable costs sometimes, many of us have pet insurance to help finance these treatments. There is another aspect to these technological advances that needs to be considered. Just because we can now do something new, doesn’t automatically mean that... read more »