A Seedy Tale!

In the last few weeks, several animals have come to us with grass seeds stuck in various parts of their body.

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The most common places for grass seeds to lodge are in the feet and ears. If you have walked your dog through grassy fields and it immediately starts shaking its head consistently, there is a strong possibility that a grass seed has made its way down the ear canal.

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If this is the case, please bring your dog in to see one of our vets as soon as possible. The vet may need to sedate your dog to be able to get the seed out, so please don’t feed your dog before bringing it in.

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Sometimes grass seeds can lodge between the digits of the paws and then work their way into the skin. If your dog suddenly starts licking at its paws and you can see any kind of swelling then this may be the case.

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In order to prevent this happening, please check your dogs paws and around the outside of the ears for grass seeds at the end of every walk.

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Very occasionally, grass seeds can get into more unusual places. ‘Tadpole’ the lurcher, owned by one of senior nurses, recently came to us for investigation of coughing , lethargy and inappetance after running through a barley field. His temperature was very high and he was panting a lot so we decided to x-ray his lungs.

To get very good views of the lungs, they must be inflated. This required a general anaesthetic and endotracheal tube to be placed so the vet could inflate the lungs with oxygen and then quickly take an x-ray. They showed that one of the right lung lobes was a bit more white and fluffy than it should be. We used our endoscope to look down Tadpole’s windpipe and could see blood coming from the right side of the lungs. All this investigation pointed towards there being something stuck in his lungs – most likely from the barley field!

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We discussed the treatment options with our nurse who decided to try him on antibiotics and anti-inflammatories for several weeks. If this doesn’t cure the problem then he may need to be referred to a specialist for surgery to remove the lung lobe.

Keep looking back on here for updates!

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Enjoy your trip this Summer

The dog from the last blog post ‘Keeping your cool’ was sent home to his owner the next day fully rehydrated and having stopped vomiting. He is now back to his normal self and enjoying being back with his friends!

During the weeks of the school holidays, we know that many pets will be taken away to places in England or abroad. If you know that your pets get very stressed when travelling in the car it may be a good idea to start them on anti-anxiety medication before you go.

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There are many treatments out there – the Adaptil range of products release a pheromone that is proven to reduce signs of stress such as barking and panting. The pheromone is a chemical that is released from the mother when puppies are suckling from her and this tells them that everything is alright. Adaptil replicates the mothers pheromone and for use in the car a spray can be applied to blankets or bedding.

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This product is not enough to keep some dogs calm so we would suggest using certain tablets – either Zylkene or Nutracalm. Zylkene contains a molecule that is known to relax newborns whilst breastfeeding. Nutracalm contains natural calming hormones that are normally released in the brain. At the higher levels ingested in the tablet form they have proven anti-anxiety effects.

As well as getting anxious in the car, some dogs also get travel sick. The best way to avoid unwanted accidents in the car is to use Cerenia tablets.

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Your pet may have had an injection of this if you have ever brought them to the vets for vomiting but there is a tablet form to be given if your pet is healthy. One tablet guarantees 12 hours without vomiting but we advise giving it a couple of hours before starting the journey. This is a prescription only medication so you would need to bring your pet to see one of our vets to obtain the tablets.

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So relax and enjoy your trip and if you have any more travelling questions please feel free to contact us.

May is National Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month

National Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month is an annual event organised by the BVNA (British Veterinary Nursing Association) that aims to raise awareness of the role of the veterinary nurse in modern day practice and highlight their importance within the veterinary profession.

ImageThe nursing team at Temple End is made up of 9 lovely ladies who are dedicated to caring for your pets. You may see them for nurse appointments, clinics , helping on reception or admitting and discharging hospital patients but they also have a very important role behind the scenes, the Practice simply couldn’t function without them!!
Front of house, you may have seen our nurses for:
• Post-op checks
• Suture removal
• Re-bandaging
• Weight clinics
• Claw clipping
• Puppy parties
• Flea and worm checks

Behind the scenes, our nurses can be found:
• Assisting with surgical procedures
• Monitoring anaesthetics
• Assisting with radiography
• Blood sampling
• Carrying out work in the laboratory
• Caring for hospitalised patients (maintaining fluid therapy, administering medication, routine monitoring of vital signs, and providing lots of TLC)
• And last but not least – maintaining the ever-important high standard of hygiene required in practice, yes, that basically means lots of cleaning and sterilising!

 

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All our qualified veterinary nurses are registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, demonstrating that they are keeping their skills up-to-date and following the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Nurses.
The role of a veterinary nurse is very varied as each day brings new pets, new clients and new cases. Due to the nature of the work, at times the role can be a sad one, however this is greatly outweighed by the reward of knowing that we can make a positive difference to an animal’s life.

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For more information on services provided by our nurses, please contact any of our branches or look at our website templeendvets.co.uk where you’ll also find our ‘Rogues Gallery’ of staff so you can get to know who’s who.

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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!!

Remarkable Reunion

One afternoon recently we had a very distressed lady enter our reception, distraught because she had just lost her beloved dog ten minutes earlier. She was quickly calling into veterinary surgeries in the area hoping for news that her dog ‘Shadow’ might have been found. While she was explaining the situation to our staff Shadow bounded in through our doors! It was like a scene from a movie, even more amazing because she doesn’t live nearby and does not usually come to Temple End for veterinary care.

During the celebrations that ensued, it was noted that Shadow was bleeding from one of her paws. One of our nurses quickly examined Shadow and noticed that on her travels, Shadow had somehow cut her pad. We therefore cleaned and bandaged the wound and Shadow was sent on her way with a very relieved owner.

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Although Shadow was lucky to turn up at the right place and time to be reunited with her owner, a lot of pets are not that fortunate. Microchipping in the only way of ensuring that your pet they will be easily identifiable and reunited with you if they go astray. Implanted between your pets shoulder blades, it is a simple procedure to help make sure that, if the worst should happen, there is a good chance your pet will return home.

From April 2016 microchipping will become a legal requirement for all dogs in the UK.Contact our reception if you would like us to microchip your pet.

Puppy party fun.

Puppy season is upon us, the attendance at our puppy parties here at Temple End Vets is ever increasing.

Most Thursday evenings, a bundle of puppies come through our doors after closing time, taking over the waiting room as their giant playground. Run by our RVN Amy and trainee nurse Kayleigh, they are a perfect start to your puppies training and education.

After registration, our nurses will run through all the important information you need as a puppy owner, from parasite control to nutrition, microchips to neutering. We mustn’t forget, it can be a scary world for young puppies  and their optimum learning time is before they are 14-16 weeks old. During this period, puppies need to learn what is “safe”  and what is scary. Our nurses will guide you through all the objects and scenarios you should be getting your puppy used to in the first few weeks of their life.

Then the fun begins! Starting with “pass the puppy”, not only will owners get to cuddle other adorable puppies apart from their own, their puppies will get used to being handled by strangers. Once everyone has had a cuddle, the socialisation begins. Puppies will be allowed to explore the room at their own pace and interact with other puppies when they feel comfortable to do so. This means that both the confident and the shy puppies are allowed to progress at their own pace.

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Throughout the evening, the nurses will be available to answer any questions you may have, as well as being on hand with toys and mops for the little accidents that may occur!!

The party evenings are open to any puppy between the age of  8-14 weeks, provided they have had their first vaccination. Their are 8 spaces per class, they are very popular so book early! The puppy parties are geared towards socialisation, then if you wish to continue training classes pop in or contact us for a list of local training clubs.

Have a look at some of the photographs of our previous adorable class attendees!

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