Help stop puppy and kitten farming

We thought we would make you aware of an e-petition against puppy and kitten farming which was started in May 2013 and is now the UK’s No. 1 e-petition, as well as the biggest pet welfare e-petition of all time with over 100,000 signatures.

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The aim is to see British Parliament legislating against puppies and kittens being sold without their mothers present.

Puppies & kittens mass produced in horrific puppy/kitten farms are separated from their mothers too early, transported long distances & sold via pet shops, newspaper ads, websites & private dealers.

Its common for over 200 breeding bitches and stud dogs to be imprisoned in large concrete agricultural sheds (usually in rural Wales) and just kept alive to produce puppies for large profits.

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The way these dogs are farmed means that the puppies are often severely inbred and sometimes suffering serious medical and behavioural problems.

The PupAid campaign has high profile celebrity supporters including Ricky Gervais, Elle MacPherson, Liam Gallagher, and Brian May and it hopes to stop the demand for farm bred puppies by raising much needed awareness about the correct way to choose a dog.

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Its always best to see the puppys mother and litter mates or visit a rescue centre to adopt a puppy or adult dog. At Temple End we can always offer advice if you’re thinking of adding a dog to your family.

These mistreated dogs need our help so if you feel you would like to sign the e-petition HERE or find out more about puppy farming at www.pupaid.org. You can also follow @PupAid on Twitter and Pup Aid on Facebook.

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Safe Festive Fun

Well the festive season is nearly upon us and at Temple End our thoughts turn to the safety of your furry family members.

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Eat, drink and be merry but alcohol, chocolate and turkey bones are a definite no-no for our pets. Even over indulgence on the leftovers can quickly cause tummy upsets.

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We all love to decorate our homes but some simple guidelines will help prevent possible injury –

Christmas tree needles can be sharp so these should be hoovered up daily and all trees should be anchored well to prevent playful cats from pulling them over when climbing!

Wiring for fairy lights should be hidden or made chew-proof if you have a puppy, kitten or rabbit in the house and those beautiful tree decorations may be very inviting to the more curious.

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Any chocolates on the tree should be hung high enough to avoid snaffling from the ground and breakable glass baubles should also be kept well out of reach.

Many plant items traditionally used to deck our halls are toxic to pets: these include mistletoe, yew, poinsettia, ivy and lilies.

thNervous pets find the invasion of visitors very stressful so provide a quiet haven for them to retreat to. Party poppers, crackers, balloons, fireworks and for the more sophisticated among us, champagne, can all cause alarming sounds which could scare your pet.

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So, lets all have a wonderful time and enjoy the festivities without problems but if you do find you need help or advice remember we are always here for you 24/7.

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Continuing Professional Development

Last week our vets all attended the London Vet Show, a two day event held at Olympia.

The centre of the exhibition hall consisted of dozens of trade stands of veterinary suppliers, pharmaceutical companies, equipment manufacturers and various other businesses all vying for our custom.

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 But these were just a small distraction from the more important activities in the numerous conference halls around the exhibition centre which were simultaneously running seminars on a huge variety of topics. Our vets were able to choose topics of interest and move around the show throughout the day in order to attend the various lectures.

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The delegates pay an entrance fee to the show and are provided with packed lunches and tea/coffee on tap. While this all sounds like a fun day out with the bonus of sometimes bumping into ex-colleagues or college mates there is a very serious side to the whole exercise.

CPD or Continuing Professional Development is a compulsory part of being a vet. The Royal Veterinary College insists that all registered veterinary surgeons practicing in the UK must complete a minimum number of hours of CPD per annum. The hours can be accumulated in various ways such as webinars, seminars and in-house training.

This ensures that our vets keep abreast of all the latest products, surgical techniques and medical advances and are therefore able to offer our clients the most modern healthcare for their pets.

Here’s Tim, clearly bursting with new found knowledge and is that an old friend hes bumped into……..?

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Meet Annie the Westie

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Annie the West Highland White Terrier is a happy little dog, who never causes her owner any problems. So it was quite a surprise when suddenly Annie started waking  them up in the middle of the night….2 o’clock in the morning because she needed to go for a wee!

Once this had happened for the second night in a row, Annie’s owner knew there was something wrong, so popped her down to see a vet.

On examination, the vet found nothing obviously wrong with Annie so blood and urine tests were carried out to try and figure out what the problem was. The results of these tests threw up one single clue – very dilute urine. The causes were discussed with Annie’s owner and it was decided to admit her for a day so we could carry out another test called an ACTH stimulation test. An ACTH stimulation test is a blood test used to assess adrenal gland function, and in Annie’s case, the results showed Annie had overactive adrenal glands, also known as Cushing’s Disease.

Cushing’s Disease occurs when the adrenal glands are over active, leading to excessive cortisol production. Cortisol is an important hormone in the body but too much of it can have harmful affects on many organs and the metabolism. Symptoms of Cushing’s disease vary greatly from dog to dog. The most common symptoms include drinking and urinating excessively, ravenous appetite, excessive panting, a pot belly and skin changes.

Annie was started on medication straight away and within a few days her owners witnessed a noticeable difference. Within a couple of weeks Annie was sleeping through the night without needing a toilet break and we are pleased to say Annie has continued to do very well.

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Do you remember Roxy the Jack Russell Terrier that fell from a two storey window and broke her leg so badly?

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Well here is a photo showing just how far she fell – yes, all the way from the velux window in the roof!!

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Its amazing that she survived the fall at all but she did and has made a remarkable recovery.

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Nero the Hero!

The owners of Nero were disturbed at 1.30am one morning when they heard a commotion outside . When they went to investigate they saw that a fox was attacking their chicken coop. They quickly let Nero out and he chased the fox away.
Thankfully all the chickens were saved and Nero went back inside feeling very pleased with himself after his heroic deed.

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Unfortunately Nero had sustained an injury in the process, possibly impaling himself on a garden cane or something sharp by the shed during the chase. He was brought into the surgery and admitted to theatre feeling deflated and sorry for himself.

The wound on his chest was cleaned and repaired and he soon perked up again.

We felt Nero had been so brave that we awarded him his very own medal !

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Bodger – the Search and Rescue Hero

During a callout to Buckingham on 7th August one of the dog teams ‘Mel & Bodger’ from Search Dogs Buckinghamshire, supported by Iain and David were operationally deployed and searching when Bodger indicated a possible ‘find’.

The undergrowth at the location was very dense and particularly difficult to access so a second dog team “Iain & Mist” were tasked to search the same route, Mist then also indicated at the exact same location.

Based on the indications from Bodger & Mist the area was searched and the missing person was located safe and well.

A great result by all those involved in the search and not forgetting all those involved in the planning and control.

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100% Volunteer, 100% Professional

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Temple End Vets is proud to help sponsor some of these amazing, highly trained dogs. Of course this invaluable service assisting Thames Valley Police to search for missing or vulnerable people within the Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire area is only possible because the dogs are owned and trained by such dedicated handlers.

See http://searchdogsbucks.org.uk  to learn more about Search Dogs Buckinghamshire; how the dogs are trained, funded and how you could get involved.

The cat that was shot through the eye!

Jamie the cat went missing for three days and his owners were sick with worry.Their joy however was short lived when he returned home as they noticed straight away that there was something very wrong with his left eye. He was rushed straight to Temple End and it was decided that Jamie would need an anaesthetic in order to examine the eye thoroughly because it was so painful.

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Once under anaesthetic the examination revealed something hard and abnormal along Jamie’s jaw line. An x-ray was therefore taken which showed that Jamie had been shot through the eye! The pellet had travelled right through Jamie’s left eye stopping at the back of his jaw. It was a miracle more serious damage hadn’t been done.

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Unfortunately Jamie’s eye had to be removed but after a successful operation he woke up and he was quickly back to his normal happy self. Jamie came in for a check up a week later and we are pleased to report that he is doing well and coping well with only one eye.

Roxys road to recovery

Roxy, a Jack Russell Terrier, has been a regular visitor to Temple End Vets over the last 2 months, following a rather nasty fall from a 2nd floor window onto the concrete below.

When Roxy arrived one Saturday in late June she was in shock and it was obvious that she had seriously injured her right hind leg. She was taken straight over into the hospital, placed on a drip and given strong pain releif. We were able to take a conscious x-ray which showed that Roxy had no other obvious injuries apart from a fractured leg.

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Roxy was monitored throughout the day and night and the following day she was stable enough for a general anaesthetic, allowing us to examine her in more detail. Roxy had broken her femur so, after discussions with Roxy’s concerned owners, it was decided that our orthopaedic surgeon, Peter Thomas, would perform surgery to fix the broken leg.

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Fracture fixation was a success, using plates and screws and we were all in high hopes that the following day Roxy would be a much happier dog and would be well on the road to going home. However that was not to be…

The next morning, Roxy was in a lot of pain and discomfort. Her leg was comfortable but her tummy was very painful to touch and she had started to vomit. We were worried that Roxy had sustained some internal injuries, which were only now starting to cause a problem. A blood test was run showing no obvious problems, so the vets called a case meeting in order to discuss and decide the best course of action. After consultation with Roxy’s worried owners it was decided that we would operate on Roxy again in order to find out what was so painful in her tummy.

Once in theatre for the second time the vet was very surprised with what was discovered. Roxy was found to have an adhesion, (an abnormal connection between the fat in her abdomen and some of her intestines) which was strangling her spleen, which explained why she was so sore. We suspect that when Roxy fell, she had a minor bleed from the fat in her abdomen, and as it healed, it encircled the spleen and intestines causing the pain in her abdomen. The adhesion was released and the intestines instantaneously looked much healthier. On closer examination of her spleen however, it had torn with the adhesion, and so a partial splenectomy was performed, and the damaged half of Roxy’s spleen was removed.

After that, Roxy improved dramatically and the next morning was back to her bright happy self, no longer vomiting and starting to eat again. Two days later, Roxy was discharged to her relieved owners, with cage rest at home to allow her broken leg to heal.

We are pleased to report that despite Roxy’s traumatic experience she is well on the road to recovery. Thanks to the hard work of the vets and nursing team, as well as the dedication of hers owners caring for her at home, her leg is healing well and very soon she will be able to return to her usual activities.

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Anubis vs Addisons

In September 2012 Kayleigh, one of our nurses, adopted a Doberman called Anubis. Two years earlier, Anubis had been diagnosed with Addison’s Disease and his previous owner could no longer cope with this serious and potentially life threatening illness. When Anubis was adopted, he was in rather poor condition. He had regular vomiting episodes, separation anxiety and was starting to lose fur on his ears. He was also very thin, weighing only 24kg, with very poor coat condition.

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Addison’s disease, or hypoadrenocortism, occurs when the body does not produce enough steroid hormones, often due to the body’s immune system destroying the adrenal glands, which sit near the kidneys. These hormones are vital for maintaining normal salt levels in the body (especially sodium and potassium), which is vital for maintaining normal blood pressure, heart rate and kidney function.

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Early symptoms of the disease are often very vague, so diagnosis can be challenging. Common signs include mild tummy upsets which occur after a period of stress (such as going into kennels).The disease can be life threatening if the sodium and potassium levels deviate too far from normal, leading to circulatory collapse. Once diagnosed, the disease requires lifelong medication and blood tests to keep it under control.

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When Kayleigh took Anubis into her home, she changed his diet and began feeding him 3 times a day. In the following months, Anubis had many visits to the vets, with regular blood tests and alterations to his medication. As time went on, Anubis became a more confident dog, loving the attention all the vets, nurses and receptionists here at Temple End Vets gave him. Gradually his coat became glossier and the weight slowly crept on.

AnubisNow, almost a year later, thanks to regular check ups, appropriate medication and the love and dedication of Kayleigh and her family, Anubis is a ‘new’ dog. Weighing just under 30kg, with a glossy coat and a happy, outgoing personality, Anubis really is a star, and despite the regular blood tests and visits, he is always happy to see everyone at Temple End Vets!!