Bird Flu Prevention Zone Extended to Cover Whole of England

Beautiful Flying Pigeons wild birds 20659719 2560 1640The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has extended the bird flu prevention zone declared in Dorset last week to cover the whole of England, requiring all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures.

The decision comes after 13 dead wild birds were confirmed to have the virus in Warwickshire.

Last week 17 wild birds were tested positive in Dorset and 31 infected birds have now been identified at the Dorset site. At that time Defra responded by putting a local prevention zone in place and, now it is known the disease is not isolated to the Dorset site, the prevention zone has been extended across the country as a precautionary measure.

The prevention zone means bird keepers across the country must:

  • Make areas where birds are kept unattractive to wild birds, for example by netting ponds and by removing wild bird food sources;
  • Feed and water birds in enclosed areas;
  • Minimise movement in and out of bird enclosures;
  • Clean and disinfect footwear and keep areas where birds live clean and tidy;
  • Reduce any existing contamination by cleansing and disinfecting concrete areas, and fencing off wet or boggy areas.

Those keepers who have more than 500 birds will need to take extra biosecurity measures that include restricting access to non-essential people, changing clothing and footwear before entering bird enclosures and cleaning and disinfecting vehicles.

The birds in Warwickshire are still being tested but it is expected that it will be the same H5N6 strain of bird flu that was found in the wild birds in Dorset and has been circulating wild birds across Europe. Public Health England have advised the risk to public health is very low with the Food Standards Agency also offering reassurance that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers. Defra has confirmed that the H5N6 strain is different to the strains which affected people in China last year. 

Although it does not represent a threat to public, it is highly infectious and deadly to birds. 

British Veterinary Association (BVA) President John Fishwick said: "I’d encourage vets to reassure their clients that this strain of Avian Influenza poses a very low risk to public health and the food chain. However, there is clearly a need to try to contain further spread of the disease, which has almost certainly come from migratory birds, and vets and poultry owners should follow the new prevention zone measures and remain vigilant for signs of bird flu."

British Veterinary Poultry Association (BVPA) President Phil Hammond added: "It’s really important that all bird keepers heed biosecurity advice issued by Defra, and maintain the highest biosecurity standards. Any suspicion of Avian Influenza should be reported to the APHA as soon as possible."

Up-to-date advice and guidance on Avian Influenza is available on the Gov.UK website, including how to spot it, what to do if you suspect it, and measures to prevent it:

For further advice on Avian Influenza contact the Defra Helpline on 03459 33 55 77.

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New Food Range for Cats & Dogs - Veterinary HPM

Veterinary HPMWe have recently changed our Life Stage diets for cats and dogs to VETERINARY HPM™ (HyperPreMium).

VETERINARY HPM™ is an advanced low-carb, high-protein formulation specifically designed to support the long-term health and well-being of cats and dogs, the highly evolved carnivores in our own homes. 


Dogs and cats have an amazing ancestry. Shaped by tens of thousands of years of evolution, they possess the speed, agility and finely honed senses of an expert predator.

Although your pet dog or cat might seem a long way from their wild ancestors, their nutritional need remain fundamentally unchanged.

Dogs and cats are carnivores. They require the low-carb, high-protein diet of meat-eaters.




Grain (maize, wheat...) is listed as the main ingredient in 66% of dog food and 46% of adult cat food along with a very high starch content.




*Average protein and carbohydrate amounts in maintenance adult cat and dog dry food, comercialized in Europe. Internal analysis carried out in France, September 2015 - Comparison data collected via official product websites.


VETERINARY HPM™ is formulated to satisfy the nutritional needs of dogs and cats.


All VETERINARY HPM™ food is formulated around animal protein as the main source of energy, reducing the proportion of carbohydrates as much as possible.

Compared to main adult dog and cat life stage products sold in the vet channel*:


VETERINARY HPM™ is formulated with high-quality pork and poultry animal protein, which is sourced from within Europe, and produced in our own factory in the South of France.


Only the minimum starch content necessary is used in making this pet food to achieve an appealing texture.


In just a few decades, dogs and cats, both of which are natural carnivores, have had to adapt to diets increasingly rich in starch. Recent studies show, however, that when given the choice, dogs and cats clearly prefer foods which contain very little carbohydrates and are richer in animal protein.

All VETERINARY HPM™ products were trialled by cat and dog owners in order to validate the quality and acceptance of every product. The tests were conducted at home, in real conditions over one month.







We're so confident that your pet will love Veterinary HPM that, if they won't eat it, we'll provide a full replacement or refund!

*Palatability studies carried out in between 2013-2014 by Technisens, with pet owners at home. 


Discover how VETERINARY HPM™ supports the long-term health and well-being of your pet. Thanks to its low-carb, high-protein nutritional profile and carefully selected dietary supplements, VETERINARY HPM™ is more than just a dog and cat food.

VETERINARY HPM™ provides perfectly tailored nutrition for the specific health challenges at each stage of your dog or cat's life, helping to keep them in optimal health.

You can head over to for more information.

There are two lovely videos below for cats and dogs.

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New Heart Disease Screening

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 01634 388045 to arrange an appointment.


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New strain of killer rabbit disease

ip33861 Stuart EdwardsRabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD) is a highly fatal disease of rabbits which arrived in the United Kingdom in 1992.  It is caused by a virus and is widespread in the wild rabbit population.  The virus can be carried in the air and so pet rabbits can become infected even if they do not have direct contact with their wild cousins.

In order to protect our patients, we advise annual vaccination - this is included with myxomatosis in our single injection combined vaccine.

Recently a new strain of the RHD virus, known as RHD2, has been identified and is now widespread in parts of France and Italy and spreading.  As of August 2016 there has been one confirmed and a growing number of suspected cases in the United Kingdom.

The current combined vaccine does not offer protection against this new strain, but we can import from France a separate vaccine which is effective against RHD2.  This vaccine can be given in addition to the normal vaccine but at least three weeks apart.

At the moment the risk for pet rabbits in the UK is low, but the virus could rapidly become widespread here and the results of infection are devastating.  So we think all rabbit owners should give serious consideration to protecting their pets.

If you wish to have this vaccine please contact the surgery on 01634 388045.  As the vaccine is specially imported there may sometimes be a delay in getting your appointment  - so please book early.

The cost per rabbit is £37.50

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NEW!!! Medication and food collection service

AK Pet Service

If you have difficulty collecting medication or food from us we can arrange for Adrian at AK Pet Service to collect and deliver to you for a charge of just


Delivered within 48hrs of regular collection days


Please call us on 01634 388045 when you next need to order your medication or food and we will simply arrange for Adrian to collect it from us.

Adrian also offers a Pet Taxi Service (call him direct on 07772 589511)

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