With temperatures hotting up it's time to start thinking about taking action to prevent some of the conditions that can affect our small furries at this time of year.  In warmer weather rabbits are vulnerable to a condition called Flystrike, which can progress quickly and ultimately can be fatal.

Flystrike occurs when flies lay their eggs around your rabbit's bottom, these hatch into maggots which in turn chew into the rabbit's skin.  Rabbits with dirty bottoms (loose stools) and wet fur are at risk which means that rabbit's who struggle to clean themselves are more prone to the condition.

In short, a lot less than we would like, Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy (CRGV) or, Alabama Rot, as it is more commonly known, continues to frustrate vets worldwide.

It was covered in the UK national news in recent weeks following a spate of confirmed cases seen across the country since the start of the year.  The disease was first diagnosed in America in the late 1980's, hence the nickname.

Woodland walks this time of year are a must but do stick to the designated paths and try to avoid your dog foraging about in the undergrowth.  Adder bites are very rare but the majority do happen in the spring/summer months if they are disturbed or scared. 

Most pets live around poisonous plants all their lives and instinctively know not to eat them.  However, inquisitive puppies might be at risk from common spring bloomers such as Azaleas, Daffodils and Rhododendrons.

In a recent survey over 90% of our clients chose email as their preferred method of contact.  In light of this we would like to send out more of our client information via email.  This might be alerts about upcoming client evenings, our monthly e-newsletter or reminders about your pet's annual vaccinations.

If you don't currently receive our e-newsletter at the start of each month then we don't have an active email address for you on our system.

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Email addresses are held securely in our Practice Management System and are never passed to third parties.

Catriona recently saw a 13 year old Jack Russell terrier in clinic, Lottie Dickinson, who presented with an enlarged stomach.  Her owner had noticed no change in appetite or exercise and cutting down on her food had made no difference to the apparent weight gain. 

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Click here to read about our Pet Club promotion to celebrate National Pet Month (NPM), advice on 'safe' toys, Easter tips to keep your pets safe and staff news.



To celebrate National Pet Month (NPM) we are waiving the joining fee for our Adult Pet Club packages until 31st May 2017.

Our Pet Club packages have been specially designed to give your pet all the preventative healthcare they need from worming and flea treatment, to important vaccinations.  These healthcare packages can reduce the likelihood of your pet suffering from preventable illnesses.  As well as doing the best for your best friend you'll also make a significant saving on the cost of your pet's healthcare...what have you got to lose!

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Zoe is the full-time Lab Technician here at Oakham Veterinary Hospital.  Having gained a degree in Animal Science from Nottingham University she came here to run the lab and is still here more than ten years later!

Zoe's expertise and the technology we have available means that we are able to provide a full range of haematology, clinical chemistry, microbiology, cytology and parasitology services.

Zoe spends her spare time exercising her Hungarian Vizsla, Lilly, and taking part in 'Ironman' competitions where she has qualified for the World Championships twice in recent years.

(9 months' Fixed Term Contract, 2 days per week)

We are looking for an experienced Bookkeeper to provide assistance to the Practice Manager.  You need to have a good working knowledge of Sage accounting software, a high attention to detail and be well organised.  You will also provide administrative support to the accounts team.  The successful candidate will start as soon as possible.

Please forward your CV and covering letter which should include your salary expectations to:

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Our March e-newsletter has just gone live with details of our monthly promotion, puppy/kitten club packages, client evening feedback and laparoscopic spays.

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Pedro started working at Oakham Veterinary Hospital in 2014.  He graduated from Lisbon Veterinary Faculty in 2004 and began working in small animal practice in Lisbon after a short internship in Hannover University's Small Animal Veterinary Hospital.

In 2009 Pedro started working in small animal practice in the UK, first in Oxfordshire and then in Leicestershire, before moving to Oakham.  Pedro is passionate about high standard, evidence based veterinary medicine.

Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique to explore the abdomen with 2-3 small "key hole incisions".  A camera is introduced as well as fine instruments allowing a range of procedures to be performed.