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Nice Weather for Ticks!

TV Vet Marc Abraham has 10 tips for avoiding ticks for you and your pet

  1. Out walking, wear suitable clothing: wearing shorts in tick habitat is an invitation to be bitten!
  2. Insect repellents can be sprayed on to clothing, but always follow the manufacturers guidelines.
  3. Carry a tick removal tool and antiseptic wipes.
  4. Walk in the centre of paths and avoid over-hanging vegetation at the edge of paths where ticks may be waiting.
  5. Have a ‘tick buddy’ to help you check your body and be your dog’s ‘tick buddy’.
  6. Deter ticks from gardens: keep leaf litter to a minimum, grass short, vegetation cut back, and seating and play equipment away from borders, trees and bird feeders.
  7. Keep pets tick free using tick-control products.
  8. Treat pet accessories with repellents too.
  9. Groom pets thoroughly: make sure you brush against, as well as with, the hair growth to see any embedded ticks. Check inside the ears, around the eyes, on the chin and around the muzzle, as well as between pads and toes.
  10. Don’t bring ticks home: take off outer clothes before going indoors. Tests have demonstrated that ticks can survive a full cycle in the washing machine and short periods in a dryer.

For more information about ticks  please read more here: https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/health/for-owners/ticks/

Marc Abraham is a vet based in Brighton.  He regularly appears on UK television.  For more information about Marc please visitwww.marcthevet.com.

 

Bank Holiday – Monday 7th May

Grooming Information Sheet

At Alcombe, we want to keep your pet in tip top condition and comfort, offering grooming services such as nail clipping, ear cleaning, brushing, and clipping or dematting for medical or hygiene purposes. Please speak to our receptionists for the associated prices, or call us on 0208 755 3144.

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Nursing Continuing Professional Development

Registered veterinary nurses (RVN’s) have an obligation once qualified to undertake a minimum of 45 hours of Continued Professional Development (CPD) over a 3 year period. It ensures that all RVN’s remain up-to-date with their knowledge and helps them to improve and broaden their skillset. There are many different forms that this CPD can take, these include; webinars, reading of journals/articles etc., presentations from external companies and attending and completing courses.  All this CPD must be logged and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) can spot check any nurse’s log record at any time.

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Easter 2018

Hi Everyone,

 

Here are our Easter Opening times for March-April 2018.

If you need anything at all, you can call us and our Voice Mail will give you all the out of hour contact details you need, otherwise you can look at the Emergency Services page on our website… https://alcombe.com/emergency-services.html

We hope you have a wonderful Easter.

Best Wishes

Everyone At Alcombe Vets

Managing chronic kidney disease (CKD)

I am writing this blog to help owners and highlight the importance of understanding kidney disease, as CKD involves a long term relationship with the pet owner and the veterinary team. Good understanding means good compliance which equals the best outcome for the animal.

In most cases of chronic renal failure, treatment is symptomatic and supportive as unfortunately CKD is not reversible.  Patients sometimes require intravenous fluid therapy (a drip) to help correct dehydration and possible electrolyte imbalances initially.  Once they are stable the main concern is to support the kidneys there after and there are a number of ways that the vets and the owners can do to this by working together to optimise the animals quality of life and increase life expectancy.

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