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Chisipite Vet Newsletter – Jan 2021

And so we start a new year.

We - and the rest of the world have all been through a lot in 2020. It  feels like the right time to refocus on the things that really matter and think about how we can begin to create a better world - one tiny action at a time.

Chisipite Veterinary Surgery will continue to be open 24 hours a day and will  endeavour  to open the communication channels with any person or any animal that needs us. Phone us on 0772 253 318 or 0712 402 062.For less urgent queries, whatsapp us on 0772 253 318.If you come outside normal office hours and the gates are closed, please press the intercom button to call the vet.

Due to the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic, we ask you to respect our safety measures - please wear a mask and sanitise your hands before entering the reception. Once you have logged in, please wait outside until you are called. We will try and limit the number of people entering the consulting room. For repeat scripts, please phone ahead so that your order is waiting for you when you come.

Medical emergencies will always have priority. Some emergencies have to be pushed  in front of you - please be tolerant and understanding. The obvious emergency that everyone thinks of is a road traffic accident - every owner's worst nightmare. Remember the animal that has been run over is scared and in pain - approach from the front, avoid sudden movements and speak gently - give him/her time to focus on you. Always remember that the gentlest of pets will bite if in pain so think about putting a muzzle on before trying to lift. If your dog/cat seems fine, you should always come to the vet for a check-up. Internal damage is not always immediately obvious and shock does not set in instantly.

What can you do -

  1. if there is a lot of bleeding, use clean material to apply direct and continuous pressure. Bandage if possible. If blood soaks through, apply more layers .Remember that bleeding often looks worse than it is.
  2. Phone the vet ahead to tell us that you are bringing in an emergency - we are 24hrs - phone 0772 253 318/0712 402 062 or just come.
  3. Do not apply a splint.
  4. If you suspect a spinal injury, try and roll the animal onto a board - if not available, a blanket and move with extreme care. A small dog/cat should always be confined in a cage for transport if possible.
  5. if you can see bone ends/severe swelling of the limb/ limb deformity, definitely try and muzzle - use a long sock round the muzzle, cross over under chin and try and tie behind the ears; a small dog/cat can be picked up in a big thick towel or blanket so that your hands are protected.Whilst on this subject, we have seen a couple of cases recently of broken legs from being kicked by a cow/horse. Please keep your dogs on leads around livestock as if they chase cows/horses, they will be kicked. And obviously, using a leash in an area with traffic.

Other emergencies?

  • Bloat/ twisted stomach - a problem we see in large, deep chested breeds, often after a large meal. The signs are restlessness, trying to vomit/ retching white froth and obvious distension of the abdomen - this is a true emergency - it needs to be seen within a few hours
  • Collapse  - an animal that is weak, lethargic and seems unable to get up - there are lots of different causes of this, but whatever the cause, this animal needs to come in asap
     - an animal that has vomiting and diarrhoea, especially if there is blood in the stool will become weak and dehydrated if not treated. It is often a good idea to phone us if your pet has vomiting/diarrhoea during the night so we can advise you appropriately
     - heart/vascular disease - you may see laboured breathing or bloating with this
     - stroke/vestibular disease - inabilty to get up due to loss of balance
     - hypoglcaemia associated with diabetes
     - poisoning - can have signs of vomiting/diarrhoea, muscle twitching, salivation
     - muculoskeletal problems - unable to get up due to arthritic pain or a slipped disc
     - anaemia - unable to get up due to weakness with biliary, internal bleeding , ingestion of rat poison - will have very pale gums
    and so the list goes on.
  • Blocked bladders - this is a very common problem in male, neutered cats, where tiny bladder stones pass out the bladder and get trapped in the urethra by the penis - this stops the cat passing urine and the bladdder gets bigger and bigger. Initially your cat may start urinating in unusual places instead of urinating in the litter tray or outside. Once blocked, he will keep trying, straining and looking like he is constipated. If you see this, try and bring him in within a few hours - you shouldn't wait until tomorrow.
  • Stings/snake bite/allergic reactions - sometimes you are lucky enough to see it happen and react appropriately - a snake bite should come in immediately. Sometimes your pet comes in, with a swollen head, puffy eyes/nose, covered in hives - with this sort of reaction, it is important to monitor the swelling in case of laryngeal closure.
  • Whelping/kittening - we always recommend you let us know if you have a bitch or queen due to whelp/kitten so that we are on stand-by to give you advice
  • Ecclampsia - milk fever - this is a deficiency of calcium before/after whelping/kittening that can be life threatening - characterised by restlessness, excessive panting, stiffness and muscle twitching - needs to come in asap
  • Eye problems - these can often be medical emergencies - eye prolapse, corneal perforation from a foreign body/scratch, a very red painful eye due to glaucoma/ retrobulbar abscesses - phone and get advice re bringing in.
  • Seizures - epileptic pets can have a grand mal seizure and then recover back to normal. If your animal is seizuring for more than 2 minutes, either ring for advice or bring him/her in.

We will go into detail about some of these conditions in the following newsletters.

In the meantime, stay safe.

Our message to you this January is that we are here for your pets - contact us