- The team
In light of the unprecedented measures introduced by the government on 23rd March, current advice from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and British Veterinary Association (BVA) is that veterinary practices must reduce face-to-face contact for at least a 3 week period. This requires us to provide emergency care only, fulfil urgent prescriptions, and to continue assisting our farmers in maintaining the food supply chain. Please rest assured that emergency cover will remain in place throughout.
This year we have been called on to do abortion investigations for a number of our flocks.
It is normal to experience a few problems right at the beginning and towards the end of lambing, and a few abortions are perhaps to be expected. It is however vital to deal with any such losses with great caution, as the potential cause may be an infectious abortion, which puts the rest of the lambing flock at risk. Therefore the minimum action you must take is as follows:
We are frequently asked for a broad-spectrum medicine to protect calves and lambs from pneumonia, scour, joint ill and all the other pitfalls of early life. The original and still the best, colostrum remains the answer to almost all ills.
As you will probably have read in the farming press, DEFRA has made funding available for a new National BVD Campaign in England. The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) is to provide funding for 1 to 1 on-farm advisory visits by a vet to work with keepers of breeding cattle, to tackle the disease on their farms.
Alabama rot is a serious disease affecting dogs in the UK. The exact cause is currently unknown. The disease damages blood vessels in the skin and kidney and can ultimately be fatal to dogs.
The first sign of your dog suffering from Alabama rot is often development of skin ulcers or blisters; most commonly on the legs and paws. Signs of kidney failure can then develop which are shown by inappetence, vomiting and lethargy. If your dog shows any of these signs then contact your vet immediately! There are many other causes of these symptoms too.
We are pleased to be announcing that the equine department will now be based full time at our Merrymeet clinic. This is due to our increasing workload, especially with the specialised onsite treatments we are now performing. We have an Equine Veterinary nurse on site and the vets will now work from here enabling better care of in-patients. The clinic will be open to clients and horses can be seen on site by appointment. This will also enable us to work with visiting specialists in a more controlled environment.
Schmallenberg virus (SBV) made headlines in 2011 when this new virus was first identified, and it appears that the disease may be re-emerging. Whilst it can cause milk drop and fever, its most profound effects are on the unborn foetus as it damages the brain and spinal cord and causes deformity of the legs, spine and head.
There are now TWO strains of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease in the UK. Also known as Rabbit Calicivirus Disease (RCD) or Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD), RHD is caused by a virus that infects rabbits throughout the UK & Europe. As well as being transmitted by direct contact between rabbits, it can spread through the air when rabbits are in close proximity, or via clothing etc. The disease is extremely serious, causing high fever and internal bleeding.