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Laparoscopic (keyhole) spays

At Cockburn Veterinary Group we know that you want the best for your pet. That’s why we are proud to introduce the minimally invasive surgery for neutering female dogs, the laparoscopic (keyhole) spay. Although bitch spays are deemed ‘routine’ surgery they are in fact invasive abdominal surgery. Keyhole surgery has been used in human medicine for many years and is deemed a superior technique with surveys reporting up to a 65% reduction in pain, faster recovery and fewer complications. We are now bringing these advantages to our much loved pets.

Special Offers

We’re participating in the DogsTrust ‘Chip my dog campaign’ so free microchipping is available for all dogs. Please contact us for more details.

IS YOUR PET DUE FOR WORMING – We’d like to tell you more about our current offer on worming tablets so just give us a ring to find out more!

Fireworks advice

Did someone mention fireworks?

It’s approaching that time of year that most cats and dogs dread. Here is some advice on how to help your pets during this time of year, how to keep and calm and safe.

How can I prepare my pet?

* Many cats and dogs try to hide once they start hearing the sounds of fireworks. Its a good idea to create a ‘den’. This is a place your pet will feel safe in. Its ideal to do this in the middle of the house if possible, with plenty of bedding. It should be a place where curtains can be shut to block out any flashes, windows shut and also doors to help muffle any sounds. A week before bonfire night you should allow your pet to see the den and allow them to sit in it, so then they can get used to it and understand that it is there for them, offer treats in there, praise them and make it a positive place.

* Microchip. If your pet escaped as it was frightened, if they had a microchip they could be traced back to you.

* Use a pheromone plug in/spray. They provide calming scents for your pet during stressful times.

* Use a ‘Sounds scary cd’ this plays sounds of fireworks and helps get your pet used to the sounds

What to do during a firework display?

* Keep all animals indoors at all times.

* Keep all windows, doors, cat flaps locked. Also draw any curtains.

* Provide distractions.

* Let your pet hide where they like, don’t try and move them, they feel safe there.

* Take your dog on a long walk in the daylight before the displays start.

* Ignore fearful behaviour. If you start comforting their fear they will feel that you’re anxious and you will be rewarding and encouraging the fear.

* Play music to try and muffle the sound of the fireworks.

* Don’t punish any behaviour that isn’t normal, your pet is scared and doesn’t understand what is happening.

Signs of distress?

* Shaking

* Clinging to owners

* Barking

* Cowering and hiding

* Running away

* Soiling in the house

* Pacing

* Not wanting to eat.

How can your vet help?

There is a wide range of products on the market that are designed to help your pet in times of stress.

* Zylkene capsules. It’s a natural product that is derived from milk proteins; it has been proven to help cats and dogs in times of distress. Its can be used for short term or long term stress. It can be given 24 hours before an event or ideally with fireworks it should be given 2 days before the event and for the duration that is required.

* Adaptil DAP. A DAP diffuser is a discrete plug-in which releases the ‘canine appeasing pheromone’ This is a natural product that is proven to comfort puppies and adult dogs. Appeasing pheromone are naturally released by all lactating animals to comfort the offspring. It is ideal to place this in a room where your dog will feel safe and have a ‘den’. This will help even more with calming your dog. One diffuser refill lasts approximately 4 weeks.

* Feliway. This works in the same way as DAP but is used for cats.

These are a few of the natural products that owners can try for their pets, if these don’t work and the pet is really stressed, please seek veterinary advise for prescription products.

 

Getting Involved!

Three of our girls have taken on the challenge to do a swimathon and half marathon to raise money for Marie Curie and a local animal sanctuary on the 28th of April and 4th of May.
We would appreciate any donations given to sponser the team – to donate please call 01530 836654 or see reception.  We are all behind you girls!

Did you know?

– Lily’s are toxic to our feline friends – please be aware if you  have a lily flower arangement to make sure your cat cannot get access to them.

– Chocolates are toxic to our fury friends too, the higher the cocoa content the more toxic the chocolate is. So please be aware and to keep your chocolates out of reach of your pet.

For more information please contact reception on 01530 836654.

Is your cat over the age of 7?

Have you noticed…

– Changes in your cat’s grooming habits

– Your cat is sleeping more than usual

– Your cat has become withdrawn

– Or your cat is hesitant or reluctant to jump up or down

If the answer is ‘yes’ then speak to your vet or vet nurse today about booking an old age check-up.

Could you be missing the subtle signs of chronic pain in your cat?

If you book your cat in for an ‘arthritis consultation’ you will receive £5 off the consult fee.

Offer continuation running until the 31st of December 2012

Cat Pain Awareness

Is your cat over the age of 7?

Have you noticed…

– Changes in your cat’s grooming habits

– Your cat is sleeping more than usual

– Your cat has become withdrawn

– Or your cat is hesitant or reluctant to jump up or down

If the answer is ‘yes’ then speak to your vet or vet nurse today about booking an old age check-up.

Could you be missing the subtle signs of chronic pain in your cat?

If you book your cat in for an ‘arthritis consultation’ you will receive £5 off the consult fee.

Offer running from the 1st of November to the 30th of November 2012

Vaccine Amnesty Continues…..

Vaccine Amnesty Continues…..

Cockburn Veterinary Group is committed to improving the health of the region’s pets. As a result, the practice will be offering reduced price vaccinations for all dogs and cats whose vaccination has lapsed.  Pets will receive a full vaccination course against the main diseases for the price of a booster during this event. The practice team are setting themselves an ambitious goal to try and reduce the incidence of disease in family pets.

This offer is running up until the 29th of September, so to get your pet booked in for this offer call our reception team on 01530 836654.

Cockburn Vet Group is running a Rabbit Awareness Month

The 15th to the 22nd of September is ‘Rabbit Awareness Week’, however at Cockburn Veterinary Group we are extending this for the whole month of September.

We will be running free advice clinics with a nurse where you can receive information on health, husbandry, fleas and worms, diet, dental care and more. You will also get a free information pack with bunny sample freebies.

We are running a competition for the ‘Cutest Bunny’ where we can take a photo of your rabbit and put it onto our website where the public can vote. The winner will receive a deluxe bunny pack and there are also prizes for the runners up too. The competition opens on the 3rd of September and closes on the 30th; photographs will be up after the event. Voting will close on the 21st of October and the winner will be announced on the 31st October 2012.

Rabbits are small but they need a big amount of TLC! They should be vaccinated yearly to protect them for diseases such as Myxomatosis and Viral Hemorrhagic Disease; these diseases are very serious and can kill very quickly, they should also be flea and wormed regularly too.

They also have a complex diet, where they need to be able to graze all day. On the wrong diet it can affect their teeth, as grazing good quality hay and grass will help them from overgrowing.

So if you have an old or new bunny or thinking of getting one, get the right information by calling us today on 01530 836654 to have a chat or to book a free advice consultation with a nurse.