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Summer Safety

Summertime is finally upon us, but with this warm weather comes risks to our furry companions.

Below are some precautions that can be taken to keep your dog safe this summer.

  • Avoid excessively walking your dog and strenuous games
  • Avoid walking your dog during the hottest time of day. Early morning/evenings tend to be much cooler.
  • NEVER leave your dog in a hot car, even if only for a few minutes! Temperatures can sore and cause fatality.
  • Always make sure your dog has access to fresh water when at home and out for a walk
  • When outdoors with your dog, always make sure that they have access to shade – Dogs can get sun burnt too!
  • Pavement tests – If the ground is too hot for your feet its too hot for your dogs paws!!
  • make sure long coated breeds of dogs are regularly trimmed (but not shaved) to help keep them cooler during the summer months
  • Avoid leaving food down that may attract flies.
  • Keep homes well ventilated and allow your dog access to cooler areas of the house such as areas with tiled floors.
  • Do not take your dog on any unnecessary car journey. It this is unavoidable plan ahead, travel during cooler parts of the day and avoid congested areas.
  • Sunscreen – White dogs and those that have little fur can be at risk of sunburn. Pet friendly sunscreens can be purchased online/pet stores.
  • Flat faced breeds are at greater risk from heat stroke – this can be fatal! Please avoid over exerting breeds that are high risk.couple of two dog sitting close together on towel at the beach on summer vacation holidays, on a honeymoon retreat

Veterinary Nursing Placements/Work Experience

Recently we have been inundated with queries about veterinary nursing placements. Unfortunately, we have no trainee nurse vacancies available at present.

If you would like to email us a covering letter and CV, we can keep your details on file for when a position becomes available in the future.

We do accept both school students (minimum age 15 years) and veterinary students for work experience placements. If you are interested in seeing practice with us please email info@elmhousevets.co.uk

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*****RECEPTION ROLE AVAILABLE*****

We are seeking a friendly, pet loving individual to join our reception team at Elm House Vets.

Job Description:

Answering phone calls and following up client queries/requests

scheduling appointments

Welcoming and assisting clients

taking payments

monitoring incoming emails

pharmacy duties

general administration duties (filing/scanning/franking post)

ensuring the reception/waiting room is kept clean and tidy

Cashing up

Person Specification:

Good verbal and written communication skills

A friendly and approachable nature

A desire to provide excellent customer care

An appropriate level of IT and administration skills

Previous experience within a veterinary practice would be an advantage but not essential

A love of all pets big and small!

What we can offer:

We can accommodate both Full time and part time working patterns.

28 days holiday (including bank holidays) pro rota.

Competitive salary DOE

company discounts

full training and a supportive environment.

If you are interested in becoming part of our friendly, out-going team, please email your CV and covering letter to info@elmhousevets.co.uk

Closing date for applicants: 6th July 2018

Geriatric health checks

At Elm House we offer a free 6 month nurse health check to all our geriatric patients approaching their golden years.

Our geriatric health check involves a 20 minute consult with a nurse where your pet will be thoroughly checked from head to tail. Advice on diet, joint supplements, dental disease and signs of decreased mental awareness will be provided. We also offer a geriatric blood screen (at an additional cost), to ensure your pet is also healthy on the inside!

If you would like to book an appointment, or for more information please contact the surgery.

Puppy Parties

Join Rachel and Sam for puppy socialisation in a fun and safe environment.

Our puppy parties are for puppies between 8-16 weeks of age (must be after first vaccination) and include socialisation, play and informative talks over a 3 week period.

Our puppy parties Are held on a Monday evening between 7:30pm-8:30pm in our waiting room and are £15 for the 3 week course.

If you would like to join us please reserve your place at reception to avoid disappointment.

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Puppy contract information

Puppy contract

Thinking about buying a puppy?

Download a puppy contract before you start your search and ask your chosen breeder if they use it.

What is the puppy contract?

The puppy contract has been developed to help buyers avoid problems associated with irresponsible breeding. The puppy contract can be used for both pedigrees and cross breeds. The breeder/seller needs to complete the puppy information pack (PIP) before selling. The PIP contains information about the puppy’s parents, health status and socialisation. This will help you to make a decision on whether you want to buy the puppy that you have seen.

Why is this information important?

The breeding and socialisation of a puppy can have life long effects on the puppy and its owner. Good breeding and care ensures puppies live happy and healthy lives. Poor breeding and care can cause health and behavioural problems in puppies and stress and expense to owners.

How do I obtain a puppy information pack?

There are 3 parts of the contract – PIP, contract and guidance notes should always be used together. To download all 3 parts, please visit https://puppycontract.rspca.org.uk/home

If you need any further help and advice please contact the surgery.

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Vaccine now available for a new Rabbit Disease

Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD) is a widespread cause of sudden death in rabbits

Up to now, the use of a combined vaccine for it and Myxomatosis has been effective protection. But recently there has been an increase in cases of the disease which has been caused by a new variant of the disease.

This new variant (RHD2) was first identified in France in 2010 and in the UK in 2013. The disease is present in the wild rabbit population. The virus survives well in the environment and can easily be spread from infected animals, dead carcases and recovered rabbits are potentially infectious to other rabbits for a month.

Once infected within one to four days, the liver is infected and bleeding occurs but some rabbits die very quickly with no obvious signs .

The existing rabbit combined vaccine does not give protection against this new variant of the disease.

A new vaccine is becoming available which can be given to protect your rabbit.

The vaccine can be given from 10 weeks of age earlier if there is a high risk and another dose after 10 weeks of age. High-risk rabbits should be vaccinated every 6 months otherwise a yearly vaccination an early vaccination will suffice.

High-Risk Factors

Rabbits in rescue centres

Show rabbits

Homes where new rabbits arrive frequently

Rabbits with poor immune function

Rabbits exposed to wild rabbits

Moderate to low risk

Pet Rabbits

Rabbits with no direct access to wild rabbits and with little or no exposure to infected material.

If you would like more information and/or book your rabbit for a vaccination please phone the surgery where we can help and inform you of the availability of the vaccine.

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If you’re new to Elm House Veterinary Centre, you can look forward to receiving a £15 off your first consultation voucher. All you have to do to claim your voucher is fill in your details below.

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Should your companion ever require veterinary attention outside of practice hours, please contact our normal number 01245 352525 and you will be put through to Vets Now.