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There has been a long silence from our newsletter editor – apologies – we could not work out how to circulate /send out our newsletter. Hopefully, this will signify the start of our monthly messages.

The start of winter is always a good time to discuss osteoarthritis (OA). After all, about 1 in 5 dogs have arthritis – (and about 4 out of 5 old dogs), but osteoarthritis is not only an old dog problem – dogs as young as one year old may be affected. Most of what is in this newsletter also applies to cats. Temperature /weather can have a significant effect on the degree of pain that arthritis sufferers feel. So what is osteoarthritis??? – it is a degeneration of the normal structure within a joint – this causes reduced use of the joint and limb, so the surrounding muscles,tendons and ligaments become weak – the body compensates elsewhere which causes more pain . Dogs do not show pain like we do  - they don’t vocalise!!! so it is up to you to notice changes in your dog’s behaviour and bring him/her in for examination – often “just getting old”- less energy/enthusiasm for walks/sleeping more; difficulty getting up/bunny-hopping up the stairs;hunched; incessant licking of paws, pacing/restlessness, toileting on the move. What can we do???

December 2018 Chisi Vet Newsletter 

Christmas is almost upon us and 2019 around the corner.

We would like to wish you all a relaxing, enjoyable and trouble-free festive season and we also thank you for your support and understanding in these difficult economic times. We strive to make our practice consistent and reliable and continue to offer help and relief to all animals in need. We have so many many thank yous to you, our special clients.

 

These kittens are currently looking for homes. 

Please chat to us if you are interested and we will gladly help you in choosing your ideal pet.

October 2018 Chisi Vet newsletter      the letter f

Flea season is upon us so a quick recap on what you need to know to control fleas.

 A flea infestation is a  large number of fleas in the coat of your dog/cat, often on the back close to the tail, which results in itchy red spots/bites – this causes  scratching, coat nibbling, constant licking and fur-pulling. When you look through the coat, you will see the fleas running around and see lots of flea dirt( black grit). However, apart from this obvious flea infestation, dogs and cats can also develop a flea-bite hypersensitivity , which is an allergic reaction to the antigens in flea saliva – in this case, they will have a dermatitis causing all the above signs of itchiness  but you may not have any visible fleas/flea dirt.

Feb 2018 Chisivet newsletter

Opening hour: 8am –6pm weekdays, 8am – 12noon Sats, 8am – 10am Sun/public holidays.

Afterhour emergencies – phone 0772 253 318/0712 402 062

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Greetings and best wishes for 2018 – as you can see, January has whizzed past already before getting our newsletter out. The year started off with poor drug stocks but is improving nicely now.It is still advisable to ring to check on vaccine stocks  before coming in. Our landlines 494862/3 work intermittently with lots of crackles so it is better to use the cellphones. It is also advisable to phone and check which vets are on duty if you are requesting a specific vet – Clare, Taps or Whisper. Val is coming out from UK in Mar/Apr so we look forward to catching up with her.

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