SERENDIPITY - A SORE PAW HELPS A VERY SORE MOUTH!

Mrs Judge brought Nanook, her handsome 6-year-old domestic shorthaired cat, to us at Eureka Veterinary Centre for a wound on his foot.

We always check the whole animal in our consultations and our Vet noticed Nanook also had a very sore mouth with bad teeth and gum disease. Mrs Judge reported she had noticed his breath was very smelly and he seemed uncomfortable when he was eating. We gave him antibiotics and painkillers to help his paw wound heal and to ease the discomfort in his mouth. He was booked in for dentistry the following week.

By then his paw had healed and he was eating more comfortably.

Under general anaesthesia, we thoroughly examined his whole mouth. This revealed severely infected and inflamed gums, significant tartar, advanced periodontal disease and a FORL - if interested see below for meaning of these terms. We had to extract eight teeth and then cleaned up the remainder with ultrasonic scaling and chlorhexidine antibacterial rinse flushed under the gum edges.

Within only a few days Nanook’s mouth was healing well. His bad breath was gone and he seemed a more content cat and eating very comfortably.

It is very common for cats and dogs to be suffering with painful teeth, sometimes without showing any signs. However, once the painful teeth are removed, owners often report the cat (or dog) has become more playful and energetic again. Almost like a kitten again in some cases!

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FORL = FELINE ODONTOCLASTIC RESORPTIVE LESION

FORLs are VERY common and can occur from 1 year old. MOST cats over 5 years old are already affected.

They often occur in a clean looking mouth where there is no other dental disease and can be very difficult to see.

Ø They are VERY painful. A bit like having a MASSIVE CAVITY for us. 

Ø  The only treatment to stop the pain is extraction of the affected tooth

Ø  Some cats are very stoical and as the pain has come on gradually, may not show any obvious signs of pain. However, signs can be:

  1. Discomfort on eating or even refusal to eat
  2. Weight loss
  3. Pain on examination of the mouth
  4. Tooth fracture

 

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PERIODONTAL DISEASE

Ø  Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, affects 70% of cats and 87% of dogs over the age of three years!

Ø  It is primarily caused by plaque. The plaque toxins destroy the dental tissues leading to gum detachment, bone loss, loose teeth and overall poor health.

Ø  Aside from routine neutering, dentistry is the main reason for general anaesthesia in pets. It is therefore vital to maintain a clean and healthy mouth.

Ø  The most effective way to look after your pet’s teeth is by using a toothbrush and suitable toothpaste every day. Feeding a specific dental diet is the next best thing. Other methods that can help include safe dental chews and/or toys and chlorhexidine rinses or gels.

Ø  Animals don’t always show obvious signs of pain. We recommend a health check at least every 6 months where we can examine your pet and assess their oral health.

Ø  Clinical signs of periodontal disease can be:

  • Smelly breath
  • Drooling
  • Lack of self-grooming
  • Fussy with food or even refusal to eat
  • Pawing at face/mouth
  • Weight loss
  • Bleeding gum

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If you have any concerns about your pet’s oral health or would like to book an appointment for a dental check please give us a call on 01233 611071.

Tilly pug puppiesTilly is a 5 year old friendly pug that comes to Eureka Vet Centre for her regular check-ups.

In April, Mr.Murray brought Tilly to Eureka for a pregnancy ultrasound scan.  We estimated from the scan that she had 3-4 puppies.  The average sized litter for Pugs is 4 to 6 puppies, though this can vary from 1 to 9.

On 17 May Tilly began to whelp.  She had unproductive straining for a few hours and unfortunately the first puppy was a stillborn. Mr.Murray then called us at Eureka Veterinary Centre and we advised him to come immediately.  Pugs have large heads in comparison to their bodies so sometimes passing the pups is too difficult and a Caesarean section is needed.

After examination our vet Nicole confirmed an emergency Caesarian was necessary.  The surgery and anaesthesia went well and Nicole delivered four female puppies - two black and two fawn.
Tilly recovered well from her operation and she went home that evening with her four wriggling pups.

Tilly was a good and caring mother, but unfortunately one of the black puppies passed away three days later.  Fading puppy syndrome is a term used to describe puppies that are apparently normal at birth but gradually "fade" and die within the first two weeks of life.  Normal pre-weaning losses in dogs, including stillborns, can be up to thirty percent (30%), with about half of these deaths occurring within the first week of life.  The signs are vague and insidious and treatment is often futile.  These pups often have a low birth weight or fail to gain weight at the same rate as their siblings (the "runt" of the litter), decreased activity and inability to suckle.  They tend to remain separate from the mother and the rest of the litter.

On a happy note, Tilly and the remaining three puppies are doing very well.  The black puppy has been called Betty - she's a little bit cheeky!  Daisy is one of the fawn puppies and she's more chilled out.  The third pup, Poppy, is warm and friendly like her mom Tilly.  Poppy has now been adopted by Nicole our vet, who first brought her into the world!

dobermanpinschersf1Certain large and giant breed dogs over the age of two to three are at an increased risk of developing a heart disease called Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM).

If dogs can be diagnosed in the early stage of this disease, medication can significantly prolong healthy life but as dogs in this first phase of the disease appear outwardly normal, we can only diagnose dogs by performing specific tests to assess the heart.

Our screening programme is now available – one of our vets will thoroughly examine your dog, and take a BLOOD SAMPLE to run a specific HEART TEST.  This test measures the levels of a substance called pro-BNP, which is released into the blood stream when the heart muscle stretches excessively, such as in dogs with DCM.

dalmationThe breeds considered to be 'at risk' are DOBERMAN, GREAT DANE, IRISH WOLFHOUND, NEWFOUNDLAND, ST BERNARD, BOXER, DALMATIAN and PORTUGESE WATER DOG.  If you own one of these breeds we strongly recommend you arrange for their heart to be screened.

For a limited period the cost of the initial screening (Vet examination and Heart Blood Test) will be our usual consultation fee of £33.50 plus a 33% discounted Blood Test Fee £65.45 = Total £98.95.

This is a saving of £32.24. Please mention you have seen this article on the website to get the discount.

Please call us on 01233 611071 to arrange an appointment.

As you may be aware from recent news coverage, a veterinary practice in Essex has recently diagnosed and treated four local dogs with Babesiosis, a disease new to dogs in the United Kingdom.

Babesia parasiteWhat is Babesiosis? Babesiosis in dogs is an infection caused by the single-celled parasite Babesia. This parasite infects red blood cells, both directly damaging the cells but also causing the body's own immune cells to attack red blood cells. This leads to an anaemia which can be life threatening.

How is it transmitted? The main mode of transmission is through tick bites. A tick typically needs to be attached to a dog for 24-48 hours to successfully transmit the disease. Until recently, ticks in the UK were very unlikely to be carrying Babesia, however, with the increase in pet travel since passports were introduced the risks may now be higher.

What are the symptoms of Babesiosis? The symptoms of infection relate to the destruction of red blood cells. They can be non-specific and vary widely from dog to dog. The main symptoms are: lethargy, weakness, pale gums, jaundice, red/brown urine and fever. Diagnosis is made by examining a blood sample under the microscope or using specialised genetic tests to detect the parasite's presence.

How can it be treated? Treatment is focused on killing the parasite and stopping the body's immune system from destroying more red blood cells. Dogs may need to be hospitalised to give them supportive care and close monitoring and in severe cases, may need blood transfusions. It can be fatal if left untreated.

Dermacentor reticulatus 2How can it be prevented? There are no vaccines for Babesia available in the UK. Prevention is based on routine use of anti-tick medication and being vigilant in removing ticks from the coat as soon as they are seen. Please speak to us regarding our current recommendations for tick prevention. Particular care should be taken if your pet is travelling outside the UK, however all of the cases that have been seen in Essex involved dogs that had not travelled, suggesting ticks in the UK were responsible for transmitting the disease

Alabama Rot is a serious disease which has only recently been recognised in dogs in the UK.  It causes lesions on the skin and occasionally on the mouth, which can look like sores, wounds or stings.  Some dogs go on to develop life-threatening kidney failure. Any age, sex or breed of dog can be affected.

Recently there have been reports of two cases in Kent.  As the cause of the disease is unknown, it is very difficult to give specific advice about prevention.  Although an environmental cause is considered possible, it has not been proven and we are not currently advising dog owners to avoid any particular locations.

The disease has been under investigation by Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists for almost 3 years.  They have a very informative website with the latest news and information about the disease.

http://www.andersonmoores.com/about/article.php?u=RGK33G6A7DDBSJDV6F65

Go Kidneys

A brand new blood test has now become available that can detect chronic kidney disease much sooner than traditional blood tests.

Kidney disease is a very common condition in mature cats and dogs.  It usually develops gradually and the clinical signs tend to become apparent when the disease is in its advanced stage.

Most biochemistry screens have CREATININE and UREA as the kidney function parameters.

Only when 75% of the kidney is damaged does the creatinine show as above the normal level, which means the kidneys are in a poor state when it is first picked up on normal blood tests.

This NEW renal test, called SDMA, can identify chronic kidney disease (CKD) much earlier - on average, with only 40% loss of kidney function.

This is fantastic news for older cats and dogs, allowing us to intervene earlier in the disease process and potentially adding months or years to pets' lives.

One of the first signs to watch out for in kidney disease is increased thirst.  Later signs include weight loss, reduced or poor appetite, bad breath, urinating more often and lethargy.

The damage to kidneys is irreversible but it is possible to slow the progression of CKD.

With this new blood test we can manage the disease earlier improving life expectancy and quality.

CKD can occur even in young animals, particularly in cats, but is more common in older pets.  If you have a mature cat or dog (say over 7 years old) or your pet is showing any of the signs stated above, we suggest you consider the test.  You can call the surgery for further advice or to make an appointment.  The test is sent to our external laboratory and we will have the results within a few days.

We are offering this new test at a DISCOUNTED INTRODUCTORY PRICE for 30 days.

Discounted prices are: £59.75 as a stand alone test or £39.95 if done alongside other blood tests on the same day.

Normal prices, which will resume after 30 days, are: £69.94 as a stand alone test or £51.00 if done alongside other blood tests on the same day.

Flea picSuccessive mild winters in the UK and persistence of fleas in the household environment, helped by centrally heated houses, has seen booming flea populations.

Currently there are a lot of cats and dogs suffering from fleas and flea related diseases, despite being treated with flea control products. Remember, if there are adult fleas on your pet there will already be 1000s of eggs, larvae and pupae in the house.  

Many of the non-prescription and older flea products are no longer as effective and it is best to use the newer generation products.

YOUR PET WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE FLEAS IF:

• You don’t use one of the latest generation products.

• You don’t treat the household environment thoroughly with a suitable product. Even with proper treatment, in heavy infestations it may take at least 3 months to eliminate the fleas and all their life stages.

• You don’t treat all the animals in the house at the same time.

• You don’t apply the flea treatment at the correct intervals consistently. Many products need strict 4 weekly applications.

 

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FAD pictureFleas are a huge nuisance for pets and their owners causing itchiness and sore, irritated skin. Some pets will also develop Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD). Once this common allergy has developed it is lifelong. Each time your dog or cat is exposed to flea bites in the future the allergy will be re-triggered leading to a miserable itchy pet.

Flea control is a challenge so it is vital to treat your pets adequately and regularly and with suitable products.

We can advise you and supply the best products that will kill adult fleas on your pet and treat the flea life cycle stages in your home to eradicate the problem.

FLEAS ALSO CARRY TAPEWORMS

Tapeworm picIt is also important to realise that cat and dog fleas invariably carry the TAPEWORM Dipylidium caninum. So pets with fleas will usually have this tapeworm too. So it is vital they are also treated for this. The usual roundworm treatments do NOT kill this type of tapeworm.

Please ask us for appropriate tapeworm medication.

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EUREKA VETS ARE NOW ABLE TO OFFER 5 WEEKS FREE WITH VETSURE PET INSURANCE

As a fully accredited Vetsure practice we are able to offer our clients an exclusive offer with Vetsure Pet Insurance - 5 weeks cover free of charge*.  In order to benefit from this offer, you can follow the link on our website or pop into our practice and we will arrange for Vetsure to contact you and put your cover in place today!

At the point of contact Vetsure will help you understand the different levels of cover available. Whatever level of cover you choose, Vetsure will then give you the first 5 weeks free of charge.  You can cancel at any time during this period without obligation.  At the end of the 5 week period (provided you have not chosen to cancel) Vetsure will collect your first monthly instalment – this way, your pet will not have any potential ‘gaps’ in cover.

For more information call the Vetsure team on: 0800 050 2022 or visit our vetsure page HERE to learn more about the policies on offer.

*Terms and conditions apply – visit vetsure.com for details on cover available.

Operation Swan

Prince, this is the name that was given to a lost swan that turned up at our doorstep one day.  The poor young soul was very confused and walked into the reception area, went through the hall and casually entered our kennel room.  This five star, fully airconditioned hotel had become a home for the night for Prince who was offered food, water and lots of attention.  In the morning Emma, the RSPCA officer transferred Prince swan to their facilities and decided that he was ready to be released onto Conningbrook Lake.  Emma chose this area because the large angling lake is also home to 18 adult swans and she was confident they would accept him.  We hope that Prince will stop ‘swanning about’ and keep out of trouble once settled in his new home.

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We would like to share a few memories of some events we have taken part in.

Pilgrims Hospice Sponsored Dog Walk

This was the first sponsored dog walk for Pilgrims Hospices ‘Paws 4 Pilgrims’.  It was a great day attracting over 200 dogs and raising in excess of £5000 for the charity.  We supported Pilgrims Hospices by helping with fund raising and providing veterinary first aid care for all our four legged patients.

Ellie and Sophie at our stand

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Pet care school talks

We strongly believe that pet care awareness should be introduced to children as well as their parents.  In the practice during a consultation we have to focus on adult owners more, so our little owners might be missing out.  To help them, our head nurse Ellie has become our professional veterinary care messenger in schools.  This provides our ‘little owners’ with a fun way of learning and an opportunity to ask questions.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_sad-cat.jpgIf your cat has hyperthyroidism then he or she is probably having to take tablets every day.  We know how stressful this can be for both you and your cat so in order to try and make things easier we have sourced a new medicine.  This medicine comes in the form of a gel, a small volume of which is applied to the inside of your cat’s ear just once a day.  This is a very simple procedure which is easily learned and which most cats will tolerate very well.  We can explain and demonstrate how to apply the gel and you can also watch a short video (see link below).

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The active ingredient is the same as the one we prescribe in tablet form so we know that it will be effective, but we will need to monitor your cat’s thyroid level with blood tests for the first few months after you switch over from the tablets.  The medicine costs slightly more than the tablets but most owners are happy to pay a little extra for the added convenience.

 

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If your cat is currently taking tablets for hyperthyroidism (eg Vidalta, Thiafeline/Felimazole) and you are interested in this new medicine, please book an appointment and we will be happy to discuss the treatment in further detail.

 

 

 

 

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As well as our FREE 6 monthly general health checks we offer a wide range of FREE nurse appointments to help both you and your pets at different stages of their life.

Made at your convenience for endless support and advice.

Below are the main clinics we offer and highly recommend.

We look forward to seeing you!

 

 

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We are now offering Development clinics for your growing pets! Clinics will be held by a member of the nursing team and are completely FREE of charge! We will give you all the advice you need for your new addition such as behaviour and training tips, exercise, diet recommendations, neutering, preventative dental care, flea and worming treatments, micro-chipping and much more!

 

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Dental Clinics

We are now offering Dental Clinics! Clinics will be held by a member of the nursing team and are completely FREE of charge! On average us humans have a Dental check up every 6 months…have you ever wondered how healthy your pet’s mouth is? From examining your pet we can tell you, as well as giving you advice on oral health care you can do for your pet at home!

 

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Weight Clinics

We are now offering weight clinics! Clinics will be held by a member of the nursing team and are completely FREE of charge! Your pet will be assessed by a member of the team to establish their current Body Condition Score. From that information we will then give ongoing advice and support including regular weight checks until they reach their target weight and then maintain it!

 

 

 

 

 

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We are now offering Senior Clinics! Clinics will be held by a member of the nursing team and are completely FREE of charge! Certain changes may occur as your pet reaches senior years. These will be assessed and discussed at your appointment.

When is my pet considered a senior?

Dog: Small Breed (8 years +) Medium (7 years +) Large (6 years +) Giant (5 years +)

Cats: (10 years +)

 Call now - 01233 611071

INTRODUCE A NEW CLIENT TO US AND BOTH OF YOU WILL GET £7.50 OFF YOUR VET BILL

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How it works:

1. We will give you vouchers to give to your friends.
2. The voucher entitles them to £7.50 off any veterinary consultation or surgical procedure.
3. Each new client can only benefit from 1 voucher.
4. After the new client has paid (less £7.50) for their initial veterinary consultation or surgical procedure YOUR account with us will be credited with £7.50.
5. You can use this £7.50 anytime for ANY of our products & services except our discounted vaccine offer.
6. You will be credited £7.50 for EACH and EVERY new client you introduce that pays for a veterinary consultation or surgical procedure.
7. This discount cannot be used for new clients coming for routine VACCINATIONS as these are also currently on SPECIAL OFFER.
8. Voucher(s) can be collected from Eureka Veterinary Centre.
9. Please call us on 01233 611071 with any queries.

For further information or to collect your vouchers please visit Eureka Veterinary Centre.

This is Rocky!

Last year Rocky was brought into us by a client who could no longer look after him as her other duck had sadly passed away and Rocky was lonely.  One of our nurses kindly took him to her mums house, who regularly takes in and rehabilitates injured birds.  

Amazingly, Rocky met a girlfriend, and he has recently become a daddy!!  Below are the latest sneaky snaps taken of his new little family

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Mrs Page took Poppy (a very gorgeous 2 year old bulldog) on from bulldog rescue November 2015 knowing that she had problems with her eyes.

Poppy had entropion – a condition where the eyelids roll inwards causing eyelashes to irritate the eye. In her case it affected upper and lower lids in both eyes and was causing discomfort.

However this did not stop Poppy from acting the supermodel as she loves to show off her array of fabulous jumpers!

When our resident vet Denis met and examined Poppy he realise she needed surgery to correct the eyelid defects.

Magda, our cover Vet, performed the surgery by removing wedges of skin below and above each eye then suturing the gap to pull the eyelids away from rubbing on the eyeball.

Poppy also had inflammation of the cornea called keratitis, caused by the constant irritation but this should resolve now that surgery has been done.

The procedure went brilliantly but in order for Poppy's eyes to heal it was very important that she keep her lampshade collar on at all times. Poppy also needed antibiotics and anti-inflammatory pain relief medication.

Two days later we saw poppy and apart from not liking the collar much, she was doing very well! Both eyes were now wide open and the Keratitis was resolving already! (as you can see from the before and after shots below) WOW!

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Denis has seen Poppy for another check up a week on and she has gleefully been able to discard her buster collar and we are all very happy with her progress so far!

Poppy has also been enjoying modelling her new look eyes with her fabulous wardrobe!

 

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Free Worming Offer

Dogs and cats very commonly get infested with fleas and we consider STRONGHOLD is the best product to treat and prevent this problem. It is the only anti-flea product that also passes into and treats the home environment to prevent the flea eggs and larvae from developing into adult fleas. This stops re-infestation. It is quick and easy to apply and is effective for 30 days. Stronghold is not affected by bathing and has an excellent safety profile for both pets and their owners. It also controls ear mites, mange (dogs), hookworms (cats), lice and most importantly, roundworms (which can cause illness and even blindness in humans).

SPECIAL OFFER FOR DOGS: With every 6 months supply of Stronghold purchased you will receive FREE tape-worm treatment.

Call now - 01233 611071