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New strain of rabbit viral haemorrhagic disease – RVHD2 or HVD2

An important message from John about a dangerous new strain of viral haemorrhagic disease Transcript: This is an important message for all the rabbit owners out there. You probably know that we generally vaccinate rabbits against two diseases – Myxomatosis, which we see lots over the summer, and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease.  There is a new strain of Viral Haemorrhagic Disease …

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Alabama Rot – should we be worried?

Update April 2018 – cases confirmed in Southam, Oxford (Summertown) and Holwell Update April 2018 – case count is now 122 confirmed cases across the UK between November  2012 and January 2018. Added some recently published papers. Case report in Stoke Bruerne appears to be a rumour; Davies Veterinary Specialists who are treating say it is not Alabama Rot. Update Mar 2017– …

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Compulsory microchipping – are you ready?

On 6th April 2016, The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2014 will come into force. In a nutshell this means that before 6th April 2016 EVERY dog over 8 weeks old must have had a microchip implanted and been registered with a microchip database. The keeper’s name on the database will become legally responsible for the actions of that dog. …

Give the gift of life this Christmas

Christmas is a time of giving, so I’m going to encourage you to give blood in 2016. So many health problems need blood and blood products to bring about a cure, and every single drop is given by volunteers. Meet Willow: Back at the end of November Willow developed a severe blood disease- non regenerative immune mediated haemolytic anaemia. Bit …

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Stiff hips and arthritis

This is a two part blog post written in conjunction with Hannah Oliver-Byrne of Combined Physio. You can find her post on physiotherapy for hip arthritis here. We’ve all heard it – “My dog’s got hip arthritis”, but what does this actually mean? Well arthr… means “joint”, and anything ending in -itis means “inflammation” (e.g. appendicitis is inflammation of the …

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Reduce fireworks stress for your pet

November can be a particularly stressful time for pets – the loud sudden bangs and pops produced by fireworks can reduce many animals to nervous wrecks. The good news is there’s lots we can do to prepare them and reduce that anxiety. Signs of stress in cats: Hiding away behind or on top of furniture Trying to run away Soiling …

Lower your stress levels over Christmas

How? Well going to bed at 9pm on Christmas Eve and not getting up until Boxing Day might work, but let’s face it – your husband / wife / kids / dogs / cats / horses / inlaws [delete as appropriate] aren’t going to let that happen! Having taken the emergency phone over Christmas many times, I can honestly say …