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.
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.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) are asking anyone who keeps any type of poultry, or other farmed or captive birds, housed or separate from wild birds for 30 days to protect them fro a highly infectious strain of avian flu in Europe.
The H5N8 bird flu strain has been found in poultry and wild birds in 14 countries including Germany and France. No known cases have been reported in the UK.
What is Bird Flu?
Bird flu is a viral disease affecting all types of poultry. There are currently no reported cases of bird flu in the UK but the government is taking precautions to try and prevent it. It is a notifiable disease; therefore any suspicions of the virus must be reported.
Bird flu is currently being carried by migratory wild birds and waterfowl across Europe. Wild birds have caused several outbreaks if bird flu in domesticated and farmed birds in Europe.
What actions need to be taken?
Farmers are being asked to look for signs of infection and to take robust disinfectant measures.
Members of the public are also being told to report any cases of dead waterfowl – such as swans, geese and ducks – or gulls, or five or more dead birds of other species to DEFRA.
Keepers of poultry should try to house their poultry in a suitable building that the birds can be moved into without causing them stress or overcrowding.
If this is not possible then sensible precautions to keep them away from wild birds must be taken, Such as:
Keeping food and water supplies inside where wild birds cannot access.
Setting up a temporary area outside with a net over to ensure wild birds cannot access.
What are the signs of Bird flu?
Signs include reduced water and feed intake and a dull appearance. Deaths may also occur. In any of these circumstances you must inform your vet or APHA on 03459 335577.
Get your Voucher Now!
If you’re new to Elm House Veterinary Centre, you can look forward to receiving your pet’s first health check completely free of charge. 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.