There are going to be some changes to the pet travel scheme when the UK leaves the EU. The UK will become a third country when it leaves the EU and will fall into 1 of 3 categories. Pet travel requirements will change depending on what category the UK becomes on exit day.
If you are planning on taking your pet abroad; please allow plenty of time (at least 4 months) to go through the necessary requirements for travel.
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The Elm House team would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that donated during our ‘Christmas Jumper Week’
We managed to raise £113 and have donated the money to South Essex Wildlife Hospital. We chose This charity because of the round the clock dedicated care they give to sick and injured wildlife; our nurses have made many visits to them with sick/injured wildlife over the past year and we are extremely grateful for the advice and care provided.
SEWH is a wildlife rescue & rehabilitation charity who care for sick and injured wildlife with the aim to release them.
Kennel cough is a respiratory infection caused by a number of bacteria and viruses.
It is not considered a fatal condition – in healthy dogs symptoms should clear up within a couple of weeks without treatment. Extra precautions should be taken with dogs that are considered as immune compromised. This includes puppies, geriatric dogs and those with a history of respiratory conditions.
The most common symptom of kennel cough is a hacking cough, which will often sound like your dog has something stuck in their throat. Sometimes the cough may be followed by a gag, swallowing motion or mucus production. Some dogs may also have additional symptoms such as a runny nose, eye discharge and sneezing.
How kennel cough is spread
Kennel Cough is airborne and highly contagious. Despite the name, kennel cough is most commonly caught in parks and popular dog walking areas, rather than in kennels. Kennel cough has an incubation period of 2-14 days, and some dogs can be carriers of the infection for months without showing any clinical signs.
If your dog is bright, eating well and playful then a visit to the vets may not even be necessary. However, it is advised to still contact your vet for advice if you are concerned that your dog may have kennel cough. In most cases, kennel cough should clear up within 2-3 weeks without the need for antibiotics. However, in some cases can linger for as long as six weeks. As kennel cough is a highly contagious infection, it is advised that you keep your dog away from other dogs while they are still coughing. To aid recovery, make sure your home is well ventilated and avoid using a collar and lead – a harness and lead will cause less pressure on the windpipe.
Some of the viruses that cause kennel cough are included in your dogs annual booster. These are canine adenovirus type 2, canine parainfluenza virus, canine distemper and canine influenza.
The most common cause of kennel cough – bordetella bronchiseptica, is not part of the annual booster and must be given as a separate vaccine. However, there are many different strains of infection, therefore protection is not guaranteed but at the very least should lessen symptoms.
The nasal vaccine can be given to dogs as young as 3 weeks of age and provides protection for 12 months.
If you require any further information about kennel cough; please don’t hesitate to call and speak to one of the Elm House Team.
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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.
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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.
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.
Rabbits in rescue centres
Homes where new rabbits arrive frequently
Rabbits with poor immune function
Rabbits exposed to wild rabbits
Moderate to low risk
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.
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.