Tiny little Jack Russell cross, Pixie Fitch, came in to see Roxane a couple of weeks ago having gulped down a rubber Morph toy, without pausing to chew.  Luckily, her owners had seen her do it and as she's only a tiny 11 week old puppy they brought her straight down to the practice.  She was admitted and given an ultrasound, which showed the toy not progressing well through her digestive system.  There was no option to induce vomiting as the toy could easily have become stuck in her Oesophagus.  The only course of action was to perform an exploratory laparotomy (surgically open up her abdomen to remove the toy).  Having gained her owner's permission, Catriona performed the surgery and successfully removed the toy.

We are holding a First Aid evening for dog owners, here at the practice, on Thursday 7th February 2019.

The evening will involve talks, practical demonstrations and a chance to have some hands on practice yourselves.  It starts promptly at 7pm and will last for a couple of hours.  Refreshments are included in the ticket price of £10 per person (£5 for Pet Club members).  We are limited to 40 places only so do please book your place early to avoid disappointment.

Places can be booked at reception or by phoning 01572 722646.

The BBC programme Watchdog recently aired a discussion about the cost of veterinary medicines.  Their reporter found that many people believed they could only buy these medicines from their veterinary practice and were unaware that written prescriptions could be requested (at a small charge) and fulfilled by an online pharmacy.  They went on to point out that such medicines can often be found online at a cheaper price than the retail cost of buying them from your vet.  

As a veterinary hospital which occupies a large site, employs a number of staff and has lots of specialised equipment and facilities we are aware that, although our prices are competitive, we are not always able to match the prices of some online pharmacies.

It's that time of year again, we said we wouldn't but we have and it's elasticated waist trousers for the foreseeable future.  If you're making some New Year's resolutions about your health and wellbeing in 2019 why not include your pets as well?

Obesity is unfortunately as much of an issue for our canine and feline friends as it is for the rest of us, with the British Veterinary Association (BVA) citing it as one of the biggest concerns for vets in recent years.  Finding the right diet for your pet which offers the perfect combination of calories, fats, protein, oils, fibre etc. can be very confusing.  Their dietary needs will depend on age, size, breed, general health and activity level and unfortunately can often be wrongly determined by using the guides on feed bags.

Our qualified veterinary nurses are always happy to see pets in their free 'weight watcher' clinics who need some help reaching their 'ideal' weight.  They are able to come up with reasonable daily steps you can take in terms of nutrition, exercise and lifestyle to help your pet become fitter and healthier.

To book your pet in for a weight assessment please phone our small animal reception team on 01572 722646.

In the unlikely event of a 'no deal' Brexit in March 2019 there would inevitably be some changes to the way that cats, dogs and ferrets are allowed to travel between EU member countries.

At the moment you need to contact an Official Veterinarian 21 days prior to travel (if travelling for the first time) for them to ensure the animal has an ID chip and rabies vaccination and then issue an EU pet passport which is valid for the pet's lifetime.

In the event of a 'no deal' Brexit there are three possible outcomes for the UK, the worst case scenario being that we become an 'unlisted' country.  In this case you would need to contact an Official Veterinarian at least 4 months in advance of any foreign travel to discuss previous rabies vaccinations and blood titre testing.

We all want some figgy pudding...but it's generally not a good idea to share your yuletide feast with your pets as many of the ingredients may be harmful to them.  Examples include:

  • Dark chocolate and milk/filled chocolates
  • Grapes, raisins, sultanas and currants
  • Onions, garlic, leeks, shallots and spring onions
  • Coffee
  • Mouldy bread or cheese (often from raiding bins)

    Ingestion of tree decorations, cracker toys, cocktail sticks, wrapping paper, pot pourri and turkey bones are the culprits behind many an emergency vet visit over the festive period.  Please ensure your pet does not have free access to your tree and other decorations/presents when you're not in the house.  Please see the attached 'festive hazards' guide below for advice on keeping your pets happy and healthy at this time of year.
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The practice will be closed for Bank Holidays during the festive period and will operate shortened opening hours on the 24th and 31st December.  However, at any time when the practice is closed we are always operating our standard out of hours service.  

In the event of an emergency whilst we are closed please call 01572 722646.

You will be directed to the Duty Vet's contact telephone number.  If their line is busy please do leave a  message (they may be with a patient and unable to answer) and they will call you back as soon as it is possible to do so.  Depending on the circumstances they may be able to give you advice over the phone or may ask you to bring the patient down to the hospital for a consultation.

 A full list of our festive opening hours can be found attached below this article.  Please ensure that any food or prescriptions that you need for the festive period are ordered by Friday 14th December so we can guarantee to have these in stock by Friday 21st December.

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We are joining MSD Animal Health's Dry Eye awareness campaign and offering a free eye tear test with one of our Graduate Clinician vets.  The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of this under diagnosed and very painful condition in dogs.

Dry Eye or keratoconjunctivitis sicca, to give it its proper name, affects 1 in every 22 dogs, rising to 1 in 5 for predisposed breeds.  In affected dogs the tear glands stop producing tears, causing painful inflammation to the surface of their eye and the lining of their eyelids.  Not only is the condition very painful but it is irreversible and can cause eventual loss of sight.  With early diagnosis the condition can be managed and their vision can be preserved.

Each season brings its own dangers for your pets - in winter it's the extremes of temperature that can cause both illness and injury to your furry friends.

Don't be a fair-weather friend; make sure you take your dog out in all weathers, keep both of you warm and be safe in slippery/dark conditions.  Risk upsetting your cat and keep them indoors during really cold snaps, it's the best way to keep them safe.  Cats have a habit of seeking out warm places to cuddle up and you would rather this is your sofa than the neighbours' car engine.

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Hedgehog's hibernate between November and Mid-March so it's not unusual to see them at this time of year feasting in your garden at night time.  They need to have enough fat resources to survive the months of inactivity, especially in the cold.  They're a gardeners best friend in terms of eating the snails, slugs and insects that play havoc with your plants at this time of year. 

There are lots of way to make your garden more hedgehog friendly and very simple sheltered area will provide a great place for them to make a home.  If you're feeling generous you could even splash out on a purpose-built hedgehog house!

What are the options?

At Oakham Veterinary Hospital we have a number of surgeons who are able to offer both the traditional, non laparoscopic spay or use the laparoscopic (keyhole) technique.  Although the traditional 'open' method is still more widely used, some people prefer the advantages of a less intrusive surgery for their pet such as, quicker recovery time, less bruising and tissue manipulation resulting in a more comfortable recovery.

Six year old Border collie, Meg, came in to see Catriona one evening with some breathing difficulties. In true Collie style Meg bites at the wheels of vehicles leaving her home and her owner had heard her yelp that morning.  She had seemed fine at the time, with no obvious injuries, but went quiet throughout the day and her breathing was giving them cause for concern.