December 2016 at Jurassic Vets - Sidmouth
Happy Christmas to all of our pets and owners in Sidmouth and beyond! It's been another busy month at the practice and we hope you're looking forward to the holidays as much as we are.
We've had some great pet videos and pictures on our Facebook page this month - do come and say hello.
Our Christmas newsletter is now available, with some exciting information about our new veterinary surgeon Joanne, and important information on keeping your pets safe at Christmas.
Our blog is now live, have a read and let us know what you think. We'd love to know what other subjects you'd like us to cover.
Jurassic Vets Christmas Opening Hours
The practice is open at the normal hours during Christmas and New Year, apart from the following days:
Christmas day (Sunday 25th) - Closed
Boxing day (Monday 26th) - Closed
27th December - Closed
1st and 2nd January 2017- Closed
As usual, one of our vets and nurses are available 24hrs a day in an emergency, even over Christmas and New Year. We are very grateful for how considerate our clients are in using the service only in cases of genuine emergency - it makes up for all the mulled wine and whisky we have to miss out on!
Remember, you can always use our online Symptom Checker to help you decide whether or not you need to call our emergency line.
Puppy Classes - 7-8pm Wednesday Evenings
The puppies have been having a great time at our regular veterinary puppy classes! The classes are run at our practice in Sidmouth by our Registered Veterinary Nurses to ensure a safe and controlled environment for puppies to learn in. They're an excellent way to receive advice and tips on training from our veterinary team, to meet other puppies and their owners, and to ensure your new puppy is happy and relaxed when they visit the vet in future.
All puppies from the Sidmouth area who have had their first vaccine, are free from coughs and sneezes and who are under 18wks are invited to attend - you don't have to be a Jurassic Vets client. Older puppies may be able to attend - please contact us on 01395 49333 or via Facebook for further information and to book a place.
Jurassic Vets - Compassionate Modern Veterinary Care
Jurassic Vets is the result of popular Sidmouth vet Peter Martin's vision for an independent vets in Sidmouth – one that combines a gentle, caring and friendly atmosphere with outstanding facilities and equipment.
With free parking available right beside the premises in the Lidl car park, accessibility is easy, and Jurassic Vets has also won praise for having a 24-7 emergency service run by its own expert vets, meaning that clients never have to travel to another practice for emergency care.
You can register your pets with us for free, straight away! Simply register online now to keep your pets safe and healthy with Jurassic Vets, including access to our in-house emergency service at nights and weekends.
If you're worried about your pet, but not sure if you should call a vet, why not try our free online Pet Health Checker for advice?
- Dr Peter Martin BVSc MRCVS
12 Woolbrook Road, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 9UU
*** Advice on the Alabama Rot situation *** You may have heard that our friends over at Coombefield Vets in Axminster and Seaton have had a confirmed case of CRGV, or 'Alabama Rot' in a dog. This is a rare disease, but we agree with their advice on the situation: 1. Avoid muddy woodland walks, especially after heavy rainfall 2. Wash your dog thoroughly after muddy walks 3. Let us know immediately if your dog seems unwell or if it develops any sores on its body, tongue, mouth or legs. Here is Peter's advice on the situation and some useful links to find further information: "CRGV (Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy) is a rare disease, and there is no need to panic, but it's easy to see why some dog owners in Sidmouth have been worried by this case just a few miles away. CRGV has only affected a very limited number of dogs nationwide, but can be fatal to dogs who do catch it. The trouble with CRGV is that vets and scientists still know very little about what causes this disease, so it's hard to be sure what you can do to avoid it. One theory links the disease to exposure to muddy woodlands, but this isn't certain - so it might make sense to avoid these places and head to the beach, or the open part of Mutter's Moor, and/or wash your dog thoroughly after getting home, but we can't say for sure if this actually makes any difference." CRGV causes skin ulcers and kidney disease, so while we'd advise bringing your dog for examination if it has any skin wounds, the great majority of skin sores will have nothing to do with CRGV, thankfully. A blood test, if appropriate, can help rule out kidney disease. Cats and humans are NOT known to be affected by CRGV." Here is some information from Anderson Moores, the specialist practice who have been investigating the disease: http://www.andersonmoores.com/about/article.php?u=RGK33G6A7DDBSJDV6F65View More
We've been advised by DEFRA that keepers of captive birds, of any type, need to keep them indoors for at least the next 30 days to help prevent a bird flu outbreak from spreading. There's no need to panic - the virus hasn't been found in the UK yet. Just keep your hens/ducks/quails, etc, indoors and call us if you notice any signs of sickness amongst them. Here's a link if you'd like more information: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-measures-to-protect-poultry-against-avian-fluView More