Top Tips from Sarah on Summer BBQ Pet Safety

Ah, the sizzle of sausages, the aroma of burgers on the grill… there’s nothing quite like a summer barbecue with friends and family. But while we humans may be drooling over the delicious delights cooking up, let’s not forget about our furry friends who are eager to join in on the fun. To ensure a paw-some barbecue experience for everyone, here are some top tips from our Vet, Sarah Aldridge at Daventry Vets, to keep your pets safe and happy around the grill.

And just in case you need it, here is the emergency number for our vets in Daventry – 01327 877767.

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How to Grill & Chill this Summer

If you know your pets will be into everything, it may be wise to keep them indoors, but if your pets can handle your ‘BBQ rules’, here’s Sarah’s tips for how to Grill & Chill:

  1. Create a ‘Safe Zone’: First things first, Sarah recommends establishing a designated ‘pet zone’ away from the grill and cooking area. Set up a shady spot with water bowls and comfy bedding where pets can stay cool while you flip the burgers. Portable pet pens are handy for this.
  2. Keep an Eye on Pets: Naturally, the sight & smell of food cooking on the grill will tempt pets to investigate. To prevent them from getting too close to the grill or attempting to steal barbecue food, keep a close eye on them or put someone on ‘grill guard duty’ to steer roaming pets away to safety.
  3. Beware of Hot Surfaces: Grills can reach scorching temperatures that pose a burn risk to curious noses and paws, long after cooking has finished. Sarah suggests using a grill cover or barrier to prevent pets from accessing the grill area altogether to avoid accidental burns, and have a plan for hot ash afterwards – see our emergency information.
  4. Pet-safe Barbecue Foods: While it’s tempting to share your barbecue feast with your furry pals, not all barbecue foods are safe for pets. Avoid giving them toxic or harmful foods like onions, garlic, grapes, chocolate, chicken bones, corn on the cob, and foods high in salt, spices, fatty juices, or sugar. Stick to pet-safe treats like plain grilled chicken or lean meat without seasoning. Consider grilling apple, mango, or cucumber for a tasty BBQ treat, if your pet can eat them or why not give them some of their favourite dog or cat treats.
  5. Watch Out for Falling Food: Accidents happen, and tasty treats may accidentally fall onto the ground. Picking up dropped food instantly will prevent pets from eating it; some items may pose a choking hazard or cause gastrointestinal upset.
  6. Keep Your Pets Hydrated: Provide plenty of water during the barbecue festivities for pets to drink. If they seem unwell, call our vets in Daventry on 01327 877767.
  7. Have a Plan for Leftovers: Clearing up thoroughly straight after a BBQ is vital when you have pets. Disposing of barbecue leftovers and scraps promptly and securely will prevent dogs and cats from scavenging through the rubbish. Leftover bones, skewers, and other barbecue remnants can pose choking or get stuck in their intestines, a top culprit for getting stuck is corn on the cob.

With these grill-tastic tips in mind, you and your furry friends can enjoy a safe and enjoyable barbecue season together in Northamptonshire. Plus, you’ll be helping to keep wildlife safe too! So, fire up the grill, gather your friends and family, and let the summer celebrations begin!

And remember, call 01327 877767 in an emergency.

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Cat Microchipping: the new regulations

The UK Government has changed the laws surrounding cat microchips in England. Daventry Vets wants all cat owners in Daventry, Northamptonshire to be aware that it is now a legal requirement for all cats over 20 weeks of age to be microchipped by the 10th June 2024.

Learn more about microchipping  and book your pet in with our experienced team of cat vets.

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Why has the law on cat microchipping changed?

In England, as a cat owner you must ensure your cat is fitted with a microchip before the 10th June 2024. After this date, owners can be faced with a fine of £500 for neglecting to microchip their cat.

It used to be recommended and not compulsory to have your pet cat microchipped however, with the increasing number of animals involved in road traffic accidents, becoming lost, stolen or injured whilst away from home, it has been difficult to identify our feline friends. Especially as collars and tags can break or be removed.

The UK Government has made a significant move towards enhancing the safety of England’s cats with this new regulation and it has been warmly welcomed by pet owners across the country.

Your microchip details

The microchip we will use at Daventry Vets will have a unique reference number that will be registered on a national database.

Having your cat microchipped is one thing but do remember to keep their microchip details up to date! After registration, it is important to note that the owner is then responsible for keeping the associated personal information up to date on the national database. This is essential in ensuring that you can be reunited with your cat for any reason.

Booking your cat’s microchip appointment at Daventry Vets

We are urging all cat owners to not delay and book their cat a microchipping appointment sooner rather than later. Protecting your pet and giving you peace of mind should not be delayed until the 10th June 2024.

Our vets can complete microchip implantation during a normal consult at our Stephenson Close practice. The microchip itself is no larger than a grain of rice and is implanted similarly to how your pet will receive a vaccination, via a special needle.

Read the official announcement regarding cat microchipping and call us on 01327 877767 to book an appointment for your pet. Alternatively, visit our online booking page today.

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Going on holiday? Here’s your small pet prep guide from Daventry Vets!

So, you’re about to embark on that long-awaited holiday, but what about your furry friends left behind? Don’t fret; Daventry Vets have got you covered with a prep guide so thorough that your small animal(s) will be in safe paws!

Whether it’s guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, fancy rats, or pet mice holding down the fort, there are a few things you can do before you go to ensure their comfort and care. From summer-proofing their digs to briefing the pet sitter, here’s your ultimate small pet pre-holiday check list from our Daventry team.

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3 things you can prepare before you go away:

  1. Summer Care: If it’s going to be warm, move your pet’s hutch/cage to a cool, shaded area away from direct sunlight. Protect it with flyscreens or netting to keep mozzies & flies away.
  2. Pre-holiday Checkup: Schedule a check-up for health, teeth and nails before your trip with Daventry Vets and let our team know who will be in charge of your pet’s care while you’re away.
  3. Boredom Busters: Ensure your guinea pig, hamster, gerbil, fancy rat or pet mouse has plenty to keep them entertained. Choose enriching toys like treat balls, tunnels, foraging trays and digging boxes. For guinea pigs, avoid items that require climbing to avoid injury.

4 things you should provide your small animal pet sitter with:

  1. Your Pet’s Housing: If your sitter is caring for your pet at their house, have them take your pet’s cage or at least their bedding as small pets like familiarity.
  2. Food & Water Bowls/Bottles: Provide enough for the length of your trip and spares for cleaning-out days.
  3. Medication: Provide any medication and instructions on how to administer it.
  4. Vet Information: Include the address & phone number and your vet’s name if you see the same one regularly.

5 things you want your pet sitter to take care of:

  1. Routine: Document your pet’s daily routine including feeding, exercise, grooming and essential cleaning tasks such as daily poop & dirty bedding removal. Let your holiday sitter know when your pet is most active and when they like to sleep. Limiting changes to your pet’s routine will help to reduce any potential stress they may feel when you’re away.
  2. Nutrition & Hydration: Stock up on food and create a meal plan for your pet sitter, including treats, to maintain your pet’s health & happiness. Water should be changed daily and water bottles checked for blockages. If you have any questions about small pet nutrition, our Daventry team are happy to help – call us on 01327 877767.
  3. Cleaning: Cleanliness should be maintained by replacing bedding and removing faeces daily, and conducting weekly hutch/cage cleaning sessions to prevent health issues. If your guinea pig sometimes needs their bottom cleaning, be sure to demonstrate this too.
  4. Gentle Handling & Separation: Instruct your pet sitter on proper handling techniques to prevent falls and ensure safety by keeping your pet close to their chest or lap. Also, if you have unneutered girls and boys, ensure your pet sitter knows to keep them apart!
  5. Health Awareness: Educate your pet sitter on signs of common illnesses like flystrike, loss of appetite. Emphasise the importance of prompt veterinary care if symptoms arise. If you would like advice on any of these, just ask our team.

So that’s it, your ultimate guide to pre-holiday planning that should ensure your Northamptonshire small animal pet sitter is well informed and your pet has everything they need for a trouble-free time.

Any questions, we’re always here to help! Before you go, remember to book a visit to our Daventry vet practice to ensure your guinea pig, hamster, gerbil, fancy rat or pet mouse is in tip top condition.

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Six dog-friendly UK staycation hot spots – from Daventry Vets

If you haven’t booked your dog-friendly UK holiday for 2024 yet, Daventry Vets’ team have pulled together some fantastic destination ideas that your whole family can enjoy.

A UK staycation has many benefits including an abundance of pet-friendly accommodations, parks and days out, they’re cost-effective compared to travelling abroad and you’ll likely have easy access to veterinary care (just in case).

Although, to help you avoid an emergency vet visit when you’re on holiday, check out Daventry Vets’ quick guide:

How to avoid vet visits on holiday

Best UK dog-friendly holiday spots for 2024

As voted for by Daventry Vets’ vets & nurses:

1. Dog Friendly Holidays in Cornwall

Cornwall is a fantastic place to take your dog on holiday. There are lots of dog friendly beaches check out this guide dog friendly beaches in Cornwall. The South West Coast Path runs all the way round the Cornish coast so you’ll never be far away from some amazing walks check some out here https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/

There are lots of dog friendly shops and cafes some have doggie menus for your four legged friend.

2. Dog Friendly Holidays in Anglesey

Anglesey is a real treat. Situated on the tip of North Wales, you and your dog will have over 125 miles of coastal paths to explore. Set your dog’s senses alight with walks through fishing villages, woodlands, over cliff tops, and head down to the many dog-friendly beaches. Here are even more things to do in Anglesey with your dog: Dog Friendly Anglesey

Have you been to Cornwall or Anglesey with your dog? Share your experiences with other Northamptonshire dog owners on our Facebook page.

3. Dog Friendly Holidays in the Peak District

The Peak District has so much to offer, including over 100 dog-friendly pubs to enjoy a hearty meal and a refreshing drink in after your adventures. Visit the Peak District National Park with your dog for an excellent choice of walks such as the Monsal Trail between Chee Dale and Bakewell, and the challenging Kinder Scout, with Mermaid’s Pool and Pym’s Chair along the way. Check out these Dog-Friendly Pubs in the Peak District.

4. Dog Friendly Holidays in the Brecon Beacons

The Brecon Beacons National Park might not seem like your typical summer holiday destination, but this really is a hidden gem with plenty of dog-friendly walks and attractions. Plus, it’s the perfect base to explore the Welsh countryside and places like Rhossili Bay (which dogs are allowed on all year round) on the south coast. There’s plenty of dog-friendly accommodation in the Brecon Beacons too. For something extra special, our Daventry team suggests looking at Sugar & Loaf Cottages

Have you been to the Peak District or Welsh Brecon Beacons with your dog? Share your experiences with other Northamptonshire dog owners on our Facebook page.

5. Dog Friendly Holidays in Northumberland

The UK’s northeast coast has it all – long stretches of golden beaches, stunning scenery, and a seemingly endless choice of unique walking trails for you all to enjoy. Northumberland’s dog-friendly beaches all year round include Alnmouth Beach, Beadnell Bay, Embleton Bay, Seahouses and Spittal Beach.

6. Dog Friendly Holidays in Galloway & Dumfries

Southern Scotland is a beautiful destination for your 2024 dog-friendly holiday. Choose from acres of forest, sandy beaches, river walks and plenty of castles to explore. Dumfries & Galloway is an ideal place to stay as it gives easy access to the surrounding areas. Read this guide on top things to do in Dog Friendly Dumfries & Galloway

Been to Northumberland or Galloway & Dumfries, or have a favourite dog-friendly destination you think Northamptonshire dog owners would love? Share your holiday hot spots on our Facebook page.

Before you go, remember to download Daventry Vets’ quick guide:

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Need to give your cat a tablet? Daventry Vets’ nurses break it down

If you’re wondering how to give your cat a tablet without getting scratched to pieces, you’ve come to the right place. Daventry Vets’ experienced nurses are the perfect people to help you with this!

If, after reading our article, you have further questions or are not feeling confident in giving your cat a tablet at home, talk to our veterinary nursing team in Daventry who will be happy to help.

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How to give your cat a tablet

Administering medication to your feline companion doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With a variety of methods available, you can find the approach that works best for you and your cat. Here are five effective ways, tried and tested by our Daventry veterinary nurses, to give a cat a tablet:

  1. Direct Administration: This involves placing the tablet directly at the back of your cat’s tongue. Hold the tablet between your thumb and index finger, tilt your cat’s head slightly upwards, and place the tablet deep into their mouth. Follow up with a gentle massage of the throat to encourage swallowing. This method won’t be right for all cats and you may need a second person to hold your cat. If you think this will be too distressing for your cat and you are at risk of being scratched or bitten, our nurses advice for Daventry cat owners, is to try one of the methods below instead.
  2. Crush & Mix: For cats who are finicky about taking tablets, crushing the medication and mixing it with their food can be a viable option. Ask our team whether your cat’s medication is safe to crush, as some tablets are formulated for extended release and should not be altered. Mix the crushed tablet thoroughly with a small amount of their favourite wet food to mask any bitterness.
  3. Hide in Treats or Food: Another effective method is hiding the tablet in a high-value treat or food item. Choose a treat that your cat loves and carefully conceal the tablet inside. For example, you can use a small piece of cooked chicken or a chunk of tuna. Be sure to monitor your cat to ensure they consume the entire treat, including the hidden tablet.
  4. Pill Pockets: Pill pockets are specially designed treats with a hollow centre where you can insert the tablet. These treats are available in various flavours and textures, making them an appealing option for many cats. Simply place the tablet inside the pill pocket, pinch the ends to seal it shut, and offer it to your cat as a tasty snack.
  5. Liquid treats: Lots of our lovely clients have told us that their cats love Lick-e-Lix and that they hide tablets and liquid medications in it.
  6. Liquid Medication: If your cat is particularly resistant to taking tablets, you can ask your vet if the medication is available in liquid form. Liquid medication can be easier to administer, especially for cats who are skilled at spitting out tablets. If liquid medication is available, our Daventry veterinary team can provide you with a syringe or dropper to accurately measure and administer the prescribed dosage.

Experiment with these different methods to find the one that works best for your cat’s individual preferences and temperament. Remember to always follow your vet’s instructions regarding medication dosage and administration.

If you’re unsure about the best approach for your cat, don’t hesitate to talk to the nurses at our Drayton Fields vet practice for guidance and support. With patience and persistence, you can ensure that your cat receives the medication they need to stay happy and healthy.

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Before you go, May 2024 marks the 20th anniversary of Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month (VNAM), a month-long celebration of veterinary nurses everywhere for their hard work and commitment to providing the very best care for pets and owners. We know our nursing team would love to hear from you, so why not share how they’ve helped you and your pet on our Facebook page, with the hashtag #VNAM24

Flystrike Alert: Protecting rabbits & guinea pigs in Northamptonshire

Pet owners in Northamptonshire need to be vigilant this spring about protecting their rabbits and guinea pigs from a potentially deadly threat: flystrike, warns Vet Sarah Aldridge.

What is flystrike?

Flystrike, also known as myiasis, occurs when flies blue and green bottles being the most dangerous,lay eggs on an animal’s fur or skin, which then hatch into maggots that feed on the animal’s flesh this can happen within 24 hours!. This condition can quickly escalate into a life-threatening situation if left untreated. In this article, Sarah discusses how to prevent flystrike and what to do if you suspect your rabbit or guinea pig is affected.

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Preventing flystrike

  1. Maintain clean living conditions: According to vet Sarah Aldridge, the key to preventing flystrike is to keep your pet’s living environment clean and dry. Regularly remove soiled bedding and faeces from cages or hutches, and provide fresh, dry bedding material to help minimise the attraction of flies.
  2. Check your pet regularly: Perform twice daily health checks on your rabbits and guinea pigs, paying close attention to areas where flies are likely to lay eggs, such as around the tail, hindquarters, and genitals. Look for signs of fly eggs (small white or yellow dots) or maggots, as well as any signs of skin irritation or inflammation. If you notice anything like this, contact our team at Daventry Vets on 01327 877767 straight away.
  3. Protective measures: Sarah suggests using fly screens or protective covers on outdoor enclosures to help keep flies away from your pets. You can also use pet-safe insect repellents or fly strike prevention products – ask our team at our Daventry vet practice for their recommendations.
  4. Regular grooming: This can help keep your pet’s fur clean and free from mats or tangles, which can attract flies. Pay special attention to long-haired breeds, as they may be more prone to developing flystrike.
  5. Get veterinary treatment for diarrhoea and urinary problems these will both make your rabbit more attractive to flies.
  6. Maintain a healthy weight, obese rabbits struggle to groom themselves, need help book an appointment with our nursing team.
  7. Look out for arthritis as this will prevent your rabbit from grooming book an appointment with one of our vets if you are concerned about this they can prescribe pain relief.

Recognising the 4 Signs of Flystrike

If flystrike does occur, early detection and intervention are crucial for your pet’s survival. Sarah lists the four signs to watch for below:

  1. Foul odour: Flystrike often produces a strong, foul odour due to the presence of maggots feeding on the flesh. If you notice an unusual smell coming from your pet’s enclosure, it could be a sign of flystrike.
  2. Loss of appetite: Flystrike can cause pain and discomfort, leading to a loss of appetite in affected animals.
  3. Lethargy: Infected rabbits or guinea pigs may become lethargic and unwilling to move or eat due to pain and discomfort.
  4. Visible maggots or wounds: If you see maggots or open wounds on your pet’s skin, Sarah advises that you should seek veterinary care immediately. Do not attempt to remove the maggots yourself, as this can cause further injury to your pet.

Call us in an Emergency:

If you suspect your rabbit or guinea pig has flystrike, it’s an emergency day or night. Contact our team at Daventry Vets immediately for emergency veterinary care by calling 01327 877767.

Flystrike is a serious condition that requires prompt, professional treatment to remove the maggots, clean the affected area, and provide supportive care to the affected pet. The earlier flystrike is detected the better the chance of successful treatment. Sadly however, some flystrike cases require euthanasia to stop the pet from suffering.

Remember, prevention is always best when it comes to flystrike. By taking proactive measures to keep your pet’s living environment clean and minimising their exposure to flies, you can help reduce the risk of this potentially deadly condition. If you have any questions or concerns about flystrike prevention or treatment, don’t hesitate to contact us for guidance. We’re here to help you keep your rabbits and guinea pigs safe and healthy.

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Daventry Vets shares five signs your cat may have fleas

As pet owners, we strive to provide the best possible care for our feline friends, but sometimes even the most diligent cat parents may overlook one common issue: fleas. These tiny parasites can quickly become a nuisance for both cats and their human companions. In this article from the veterinary team at Daventry Vets, we’ll explore the signs that your cat may have fleas and what you can do to help keep them comfortable and flea-free.

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Five signs your cat may have fleas

  1. Excessive scratching and grooming: According to veterinary surgeon Sarah Aldridge, one of the most common signs of a flea infestation in cats is excessive scratching, biting, or licking of the skin. If you notice your cat constantly grooming themselves or scratching at certain areas of their body, particularly around the neck, head, or base of the tail, it could be a sign that fleas are present.
  2. Visible fleas or flea dirt: Fleas are small, fast-moving insects that can be challenging to spot, especially in cats with dense fur. However, you may be able to detect them by parting your cat’s fur and looking for tiny, dark brown insects crawling close to the skin. Additionally, you may notice small dark specks, known as flea dirt, on your cat’s fur or bedding. Flea dirt is actually flea faeces composed of digested blood and is a telltale sign of flea infestation. Ask the team at our Daventry vet practice about the best type of flea comb to help you with this task.
  3. Skin irritation and redness: Flea bites can cause irritation and even allergic reactions in some cats, leading to redness, inflammation, and even hair loss in severe cases. If you notice any signs of skin irritation or dermatitis in your cat, Sarah advises that you should consider fleas as a potential cause.
  4. Restlessness and irritability: Cats with fleas may exhibit signs of restlessness, irritability, or discomfort, especially if the infestation is severe. They may be more agitated than usual and may have difficulty relaxing or sleeping peacefully.
  5. Presence of tapeworms: Fleas can transmit tapeworm eggs to cats, leading to the development of tapeworm infections. If you notice small, rice-like segments around your cat’s bottom or in their faeces, it could indicate a tapeworm infestation secondary to flea exposure.

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Sarah recommends that if you suspect your cat has fleas, you should take action promptly to address the infestation and provide relief for your furry friend. Order vet recommended prescription-only flea treatment from Daventry Vets to help eliminate fleas from your cat and it’s environment and prevent future infestations. We offer a variety of safe and effective flea control products designed specifically for cats. Only 5% of fleas are on your cat, the remainder and other stages of their life cycle will be in your house therefore it is important to control both.

If your cat has scabs, sores or inflammation they may need additional medication book an appointment with one of our vets

Sarah and the rest of our experienced veterinary team can provide personalised recommendations for flea treatment based on your cat’s individual needs and lifestyle.

Don’t let fleas disrupt your cat’s life, order flea treatment from us today. If you have any questions or concerns about fleas or flea control, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team.

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Vet Sarah Aldridge answers FAQs on ticks and the health threat to dogs and humans

It’s that time of year again, when spring sunshine and warmer temperatures mean ticks become more of a problem. Whether you’re out and about in Northamptonshire or taking your dog on trips further afield, now is the time to be vigilant. Take a look at our article below in which Vet Sarah Aldridge, answers some commonly asked questions about ticks and the danger they pose to dogs and humans.

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Daventry Veterinary Clinic’s Tick FAQs

What are ticks?

Ticks are tiny arachnids that feed on the blood of mammals, including our beloved canine companions. While they may be small in size, ticks can pose significant health risks to dogs and their owners.

Why are ticks on dogs such a problem?

Daventry Veterinary Clinic’s Veterinary Surgeon Sarah Aldridge, explains that ticks are more than just a nuisance – they can vectors for a variety of diseases that can affect both dogs and humans. When a tick attaches to a dog and feeds on their blood, it can transmit pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, protozoa and parasites. Generally the longer the tick is attached to a dog the higher the risk of transmission of diseases the tick may be carrying. Some of the most common diseases ticks carry in the UK are Lyme diseased more recently Babesiosis and Anaplasma. Dogs travelling abroad may also be at risk of contracting Ehrlichiosis from ticks, a bacterial infection that may cause bleeding problems.

Sarah shares that ticks are also highly adaptable creatures, capable of thriving in a wide range of environments, from wooded areas to urban parks. This makes it challenging to avoid exposure to ticks, especially for dogs who enjoy spending time outdoors. Ticks attach to other mammals during their life cycle and are especially prevalent in areas with deer. Additionally, ticks can be difficult to detect, as although they can attach anywhere on the body they often attach themselves to thin skinned areas of the dog’s body that are hard to see, such as between the toes, inside the ears, in the groin or under the tail. They can also be more difficult to spot in dogs with long or dense coats.

What are the health implications of tick infestations?

Sarah wants Northamptonshire dog owners to be aware that tick infestations can have serious health implications for dogs. In addition to transmitting diseases, ticks can cause local irritation and inflammation at the site of attachment. Some dogs may develop allergic reactions to tick saliva, leading to symptoms such as itching, redness, and swelling.

If left untreated, tick-borne diseases can cause a range of symptoms in dogs, including fever, lethargy, lameness, joint pain, and organ damage. In severe cases, untreated tick-borne diseases can be fatal. Moreover, certain tick-borne pathogens, such as those that cause Lyme disease, can also affect humans, posing a risk to pet owners and their families.

Can you prevent dogs getting ticks?

Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to protect your dog from ticks and the diseases they carry:

  1. Use tick preventatives: Our vets can advise you about the best tick prevention products for your dog’s individual needs depending on their lifestyle. There are many safe and effective options available, including oral medications, topical treatments, tick collars. It’s important for a product to kill ticks quickly to decrease the chance of disease transmission. Other factors to consider are bathing can wash out some topical treatments and it is generally not advised that dogs with tick collars sleep on their owners beds or have lots of close contact with children.
  2. Perform regular tick checks: After spending time outdoors, it is wise to thoroughly check your dog for ticks, paying close attention to areas where ticks are likely to hide such as between the toes, inside the ears, in the groin or under the tail. If you find a tick, it’s essential to remove it promptly and safely to reduce the risk of disease transmission – download our guide on removing a tick safely here.
  3. Avoid tick-infested areas: When possible, avoid or limit access to areas of known high

    tick density or at times of the year when ticks are known to be most active.

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If you find a tick on your dog, it’s crucial to remove it properly to minimise the risk of infection. Download our guide on removing a tick safely for step-by-step instructions and helpful tips. With our guide, you’ll have the knowledge and confidence to handle tick removal quickly and effectively, helping to protect your dog’s health and wellbeing. We’re here to help if you have any difficulties with this – call us on 01327 877767.

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By taking proactive measures to prevent tick infestations and promptly remove any ticks that may attach to your dog, you can help keep your furry friend safe from the dangers of tick-borne diseases. If you have any concerns about ticks or tick prevention, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our helpful team at Daventry Vets.

Daventry Vets answer: Should I vaccinate my rabbit?

Rabbits are adorable companions, but like all pets, they are susceptible to certain diseases that can impact their wellbeing. According to Daventry Vets, the most effective ways to protect your furry friend is through vaccination.

In this article, we’ll explore the significance of rabbit vaccination, the common diseases they are at risk of, and why it’s essential to book a rabbit vaccination appointment with our veterinary practice in Daventry right away if your rabbit is overdue or hasn’t had one yet.

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Why vaccinate your rabbit

The team at Daventry Vets wholeheartedly agree that rabbit vaccinations are a vital aspect of responsible ownership, providing several benefits for your furry friend:

  • Disease Prevention: Vaccination helps protect rabbits from infectious diseases that can be challenging and often impossible to treat once contracted.
  • Longevity & Quality of Life: By preventing diseases, rabbit vaccinations contribute to a longer and healthier life for your rabbit.
  • Community Health: Vaccinating your rabbit not only safeguards their health but also helps prevent the spread of diseases within the rabbit community in Northamptonshire and beyond.
  • Peace of Mind: Knowing that your rabbit is protected against common diseases brings peace of mind, allowing you to enjoy your bond with your pet without unnecessary worry.
  • Cost Effective: Vaccinations are also the most cost-effective approach to your rabbit’s healthcare as disease prevention often costs less than treating illnesses and their potential complications.

Common rabbit diseases & vaccination guidelines

At Daventry Vets, our vets know only too well the devastating prognosis of these two killer diseases:

Myxomatosis:

Myxomatosis is a viral disease transmitted by blood sucking insects including fleas and mosquitoes. It can also be transmitted by direct contact and contaminated objects. It causes swelling and discharge around the eyes, nose, and genitals, leading to severe illness and is usually fatal. Vaccination against myxomatosis is essential for all pet rabbits indoor or outdoor. Myxomatosis only affects rabbits and cannot be passed onto other pets or humans.

Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (RVHD):

RVHD is a highly contagious and often fatal viral infection that affects the liver and other organs. There are two strains of RVHD – RVHD1 and RVHD2. RVHD 2 is a more recent strained is a risk to pet rabbits because it spreads so easily, via insects, in the wind, direct contact or on peoples hands and clothes. Vaccination against both strains is recommended to ensure comprehensive protection.

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When to vaccinate your rabbit

  • A combined vaccine for myxomatosis and both strains of viral haemorrhagic disease is available.
  • Initial Vaccination: Rabbits can be vaccinated against myxomatosis and RVHD from 5 weeks of age, immunity develops within 3 weeks after the vaccine.
  • Booster Vaccinations: After the initial vaccination, rabbits require annual booster vaccinations to maintain immunity. ask our Daventry team to help you ensure your rabbit stays up-to-date with vaccinations.

Book a Rabbit Vaccination appointment

To help ensure your adorable companion enjoys a happy, healthy, and hop-filled life, protect them against these deadly contagious diseases now. Book a rabbit vaccination appointment with our veterinary practice in Drayton Fields, Daventry.

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Vet Sarah Aldridge explores essential facts about cat leukaemia virus

As responsible cat owners, it’s crucial to stay informed about potential health threats that could impact our feline companions. One such concern is Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV), an incurable, contagious disease that produces fatal illnesses in cats. In this article, our Vet Sarah Aldridge explores essential facts about cat leukaemia, discusses common symptoms, and emphasises the importance of prevention through vaccination. To ensure your cat’s wellbeing, we encourage you to take the proactive step of booking a cat vaccination appointment with our veterinary practice in Daventry.

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Facts about Feline Leukaemia:

What is Feline Leukaemia? Vet Sarah gets asked this question by many cat owners and so is sharing these facts below.

  • Viral Infection: Feline Leukaemia Virus is a retrovirus that can affect cats worldwide. It primarily spreads through close contact with an infected cat, such as mutual grooming, mating, shared food, water bowls, and litter trays or bite wounds. If a pregnant female is infected the kittens usually die before birth, but any that are born will be infected.
  • Highly Contagious: FeLV is highly contagious among cats, making it crucial for owners of multiple cats or those whose cats interact with outdoor felines in and around Northamptonshire to be especially vigilant. Kittens tend to be more susceptible to getting FeLV but cats of all ages can contract the virus.

Common symptoms of Cat Leukaemia:

  • Initially: Many cats only experience mild symptoms of fever and lethargy and it takes months or years for more severe signs to show. The signs can be variable as the main effect the virus has is to damage the white blood cells.
  • Lethargy: Cats infected with FeLV often exhibit increased fatigue and a lack of interest in activities they once enjoyed.
  • Weight Loss: Unexplained weight loss can be a sign of various health issues, including FeLV. Sarah advises to monitor your cat’s weight and contact us if you notice significant changes.
  • Recurrent & Secondary Infections: FeLV suppresses the cat’s immune system. Cats with FeLV may experience frequent respiratory or gastrointestinal infections.
  • Pale Gums and Mucous Membranes: FeLV can cause anaemia, leading to pale gums and mucous membranes. Our cat vets in Daventry can perform blood tests to check for anaemia and assess overall health.
  • Cancer of the white blood cells call lymphosarcomas.

Diagnosis, treatment & management:

Feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) is diagnosed with blood tests. Unfortunately these are not 100% accurate and some cats can clear the infection. It is always important to consider the results in conjunction with the health of the cat and definitely repeat tests for healthy cats after 12 weeks. Sometimes it will be necessary to send blood for testing by other techniques to a commercial laboratory.

Sadly, while there is no cure for FeLV, Sarah wants owners to know that supportive care and management can help improve the quality of life and extend survival in affected cats. This may include addressing secondary infections with antibiotics, managing symptoms such as anaemia or dehydration, providing a balanced diet, and minimising stressors. Keeping an infected cat indoors and if possible isolated from other cats reduces the chance of them passing on the disease and also picking up infections.Regular veterinary check-ups at Daventry Vets are essential for monitoring health and so your vet can adjust treatment as needed.

Preventing Feline Leukaemia Virus Infections:

  • Vaccination: Vaccination is by far the most effective way to prevent Feline Leukaemia Virus. Our veterinary practice in Daventry offers safe and reliable vaccines that can significantly reduce the risk of infection. Book a cat vaccination appointment to ensure your feline friend is protected.
  • Testing and Isolation: If you’re introducing a new cat to your household or have concerns about an outdoor cat’s health, it’s essential to conduct Feline Leukaemia testing and isolate any infected cats to prevent the spread of the virus. Contact Daventry Vets for more information.
  • Indoor Living: Keeping your cat indoors can significantly reduce their exposure to potential sources of infection in Northamptonshire. If your cat enjoys the outdoors, you might want to consider creating a secure and enclosed outdoor space.
  • Regular Veterinary Check-ups: Routine examinations allow our vets to monitor your cat’s health and detect any potential issues early on so be sure to schedule regular check-ups.

Book a Cat Vaccination appointment:

To ensure your cat’s protection against Feline Leukaemia Virus, Daventry Vets strongly recommends booking a cat vaccination appointment at our Drayton Fields veterinary practice. Our experienced team are dedicated to providing the best care for your feline friends, and vaccinations play a crucial role in preventing and managing infectious diseases.

Don’t wait until it’s too late – take the proactive step of safeguarding your cat’s health.

Book a cat vaccination appointment today

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