❓Sunday’s guess the breed!🐶 Can you guess the breed?? . You may remember a while back we showed you the gorgeous Winnie! There were lots of guesses to what breed she may be and we didn't actually know. Well her owners have done some investigating and here are the results.
From Monday, it will be a legal requirement for all bird keepers in the UK to keep them indoors following strict biosecurity measures. This is to help limit the spread of bird flu and eliminate the disease.
Please read for more information.Housing measures to protect poultry and captive birds from avian influenza are coming into force across the UK at one minute past midnight (00:01) on 29 November 2021.
This means that, from this time, it will be a legal requirement for all bird keepers across the UK to keep their birds indoors, or where this is not practical, to take steps to separate them from wild birds.
They came into our Rugeley branch for a pre-anaesthetic check before they were spayed.
Spaying is the term given to the procedure of removing a cat’s uterus and ovaries - an ‘ovariohysterectomy’.
❓What are the benefits? 💗It reduces the chance of development of mammary gland tumours. 💗It removes the risk of ovarian cancer. 💗It eliminates your cat developing an infection of the womb... ‘pyometra’. This is exactly the same in cats as it is in dogs. 🆘No pyometra = no emergency surgery! 💗It prevents ‘calling’ and roaming when a cat is in season, also preventing the attraction of entire males! Cats come into season much more regularly than dogs (as often as every 2-3 weeks!). 💗No accidental pregnancies... no unwanted litters! ⚠️Population control is SO important in cats. In 2018, the RSPCA rescued over 22,000 cats and had approximately 18 calls about cats every hour!! There is an overpopulation crisis.🆘
❓When should you consider it? ⏱It is preferable to have your cat spayed before she reaches sexual maturity. ⏱Essentially, when they are 4 months or older. Of course you’re wondering...
❓Are there any downsides? There always is; however, the pros far outweigh the cons... ❌Weight gain! Neutering reduces the level of sex hormones which results in a lower metabolic rate and your cat may be less active but eat the same. However, weight gain can be prevented and controlled by monitoring your cat’s diet and ensuring they are active. ❌General Anaesthesia! This always has inherent risks, however, we provide pre-anaesthetic/surgery checks with a vet for all our patients to minimise any risks. We also have very qualified staff members and top of the range equipment to aid us in monitoring anaesthesia. The risks are substantially reduced in a young, healthy patient, than in an older cat with a condition effecting their health, such as a pyometra.
Both operations were a success with both girls recovering well at home.💜 ... See MoreSee Less
The Awards recognise the work that goes on in practices across the UK and serves to honour the dedication of veterinary staff in caring for peoples’ pets. 2022 marks an amazing 23 years of these awards celebrating excellence within the veterinary industry.
🏅If you think our practice or someone in our team deserves to win then please feel free to complete the nomination form. You can nominate a specific person or the whole team! Nominations are anonymous and you can complete as many as you like!
You can vote for 🐾Practice of the year 🐾Vet of the year 🐾Vet nurse of the year 🐾Support staff of the year 🐾Practice manager of the year
Their passport, being a European document and we are no longer in the EU, is now not valid and they now require an Animal Health Certificate (AHC) to travel.
This is a long and complex document, consisting of 10 or more pages, needs to be completed in both English and the language of the country you are entering and is only valid for 4 months. It also needs to be issued no sooner than 10 days before you travel.
They are currently taking vets at least an hour each to complete and check thoroughly.
If you want to go away this summer with your pets, or once more restrictions have lifted, please get in touch with your practice as soon as possible to discuss the certificates and to get your pets booked in at the right time. If, indeed, they are doing them at all. Many clinics have opted to not offer AHCs because of the time they take and how complex they are.
The cost will vary between clinics but expect to pay at least £150 because of the time and complicatedness of the forms.
Believe me, vets dislike this change just as much as you!
One workaround, which has been suggested by DEFRA is to ask a vet in Europe to issue you an EU passport. Pets are no longer able to travel to the EU on a UK issued passport but with one issued in the EU, you can travel as freely as before. You will just need to arrange for the rabies vaccines to be given in Europe as UK vets can no longer officially enter them into the document.
Charlie has been missing from Broadhurst Green (WS12) for over 10 days now. He is on medication that he needs daily. He is micro-chipped and registered as lost. If you think you've seen Charlie, please comment on the original post. Thank you.🐾