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 ARE CARNIVORES!

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.

You can head over to https://www.virbac.co.uk/home/veterinary-hpm.html for more information - we will have more details on this page shortly.

There are also 2 videos below that you can watch on YouTube - these will be embedded here for easier watching soon.

Dogs - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VG9apz5nSKw

Cats - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4tCuHjzcBg

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Duncan's London to Paris Bike Ride for Dog's Trust

 Duncan bike with logo

This September, I will be getting on my bike and cycling 300 miles from London to Paris.  At the same time, I am hoping to raise money to help the local Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre near Canterbury.

Having been forced to retire from the other sports I used to enjoy, I have now donned the Lycra, spent far too much money on a new bike and now cycle as often as I can.  Having successfully done a few local long distance events, I am training hard for this next challenge.

On the first day I will pedal from London down to Dover, hop on the ferry to Calais then continue for another 3 days through the French countryside until I reach the finish point under the Eiffel Tower.  Each leg of the ride will be around 75 miles, meaning 6-7 hours in the saddle every day; thankfully, I have a good pair of padded shorts!

Earlier this year we re-homed a dog from Dogs Trust; Maisie came to the Canterbury centre from Ireland and as soon my wife and daughters went to see her they knew she was ‘the one’.  She was described by the staff as ‘a live wire’ and certainly lives up to that reputation, but she charms everyone she meets and has proved to be an excellent companion to our other dog Dougal, a black Labrador, and very quickly established herself as part of the family.

Maisie

I was very impressed with the way the Canterbury centre was run, the staff who we dealt with and also how the whole ‘adoption’ process was organised so am delighted to have the opportunity to help them out in this way.  I am paying for the trip out of my own pocket so every pound raised will go direct to Dogs Trust Canterbury.

I will be posting regular updates on the Wigmore Veterinary Centre Facebook page so you can follow firstly how the training is going, then more importantly keep up-to-date with my progress on the ride itself from 13th to 16th September.

If you would like to support me and the Dogs Trust Canterbury you can do so in 3 ways:

  1. Write your details on a sponsor form and leave your donation with the reception staff at the Wigmore surgery.
  2. Make an anonymous donation in the collection box at reception.
  3. Visit www.justgiving.com/duncanrossl2p and make your donation online.  Thank you very much for your support.

Thank you for your support.

Here is Maisie with her housemate Dougal and also showing just how comfortable she is in her new home! 

Maisie Dougal

Maisie in bed

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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

£7

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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