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MONDAY 13th APRIL
UPDATE ON VETERINARY SERVICES
The RCVS and BVA have updated their guidance on providing essential veterinary care during the COVID-19 pandemic, and some of our protocols are being adjusted as a consequence.
Human health remains our priority, and we are continuing to endeavour to do everything possible to keep our clients and our staff safe, and to conserve PPE. Strict social distancing and disinfection measures will continue unchanged.
We shall continue to see emergencies and urgent cases at the clinic, by prior appointment. Video and telephone consultations, and dispensing of prescription medication (including flea and worm preventatives) shall continue as before.
From Tuesday 14th April we shall be offering a limited number of vaccination appointments to those animals we consider at risk. We have had confirmed leptospirosis and parvovirus in the local area just before the lockdown, as well as rabbit VHD-2 cases, and therefore dogs and rabbits would be at risk of those diseases should their vaccinations lapse. Lapse in protection is considered to be 3 months overdue in dogs, 1 month in rabbits.
Given that the lockdown is likely to continue for another several weeks, we shall resume puppy vaccinations and also offer vaccine boosters to those dogs who are approaching being 3 months overdue, and rabbits approaching 1 month overdue.
We haven't forgotten cats! Of the diseases cats are vaccinated for, thanks to vaccinations panleukopaenia is an extremely rare occurence in the UK, we have only seen 1 case of viral leukaemia in the last 5 years, and cat flu - although unpleasant - is treatable and unlikely to be fatal. Also, we use a 3 year flu vaccine, and cats are allowed to be 3 months overdue, so most of our feline patients will not be at risk, which is why for the time being we are not able to offer cat vaccines. We strongly advise kittens are kept indoors until restrictions are lifted.
As both our staffing levels and our operating hours have been reduced in line with government guidance, we shall have to prioritise the order in which vaccines will be offered, so we shall contact you to offer you a vaccine appointment when your pet’s turn comes in the priority queue.
Thank you for your understanding, and we hope you all remain safe and well!
UPDATE WEDNESDAY 8th APRIL
SHOULD CATS BE KEPT INDOORS?
Please read the British Veterinary Association's RESPONSE to this morning's BBC headlines about keeping cats indoors, as the BBC article is misleading.
We are NOT recommending that all cats be kept indoors - if there is an infected or self-isolating person in the household, cats in these households are the only ones that should be kept indoors, and only if that will not pose a welfare issue for the cat. Some cats have stress related conditions that could be made worse by being kept indoors.
If there is an infected person in the household, contact with all pets should be kept to a minimum. In addition to the above advice on cats, dogs from infected households should not be taken out for walks but exercised in the garden. If you do not have a garden, short lead walks with no contact with other people or dogs are acceptable.
Domestic pets can carry the virus on their fur, so if an infected person touches the pet and leaves the virus on the pet's fur, and then a healthy person touches the same pet that person could pick up the virus. The risk of that is considered to be very low, but it does exist.
There have also been recent news headlines about felines being infected with COVID-19 (cat in Belgium, tiger in New York). Although cats and ferrets seem to be susceptible to COVID-19, and it may be possible for humans to transmit the infection to animals (and with less than a handful of reported animal cases compared to 1.3 million human cases, this is extremely rare), there is currently NO EVIDENCE that an infected cat can transmit the virus back to a person.
If there is an infected person in your household, please follow the directions above. For every household, as a general rule, do not let other people touch your pets and do not touch other people's pets. Maintain good hand hygiene. If your cats do go outdoors and you are concerned they may be contacting other people, you can wipe them down with soapy water (just make sure you wipe the soap off afterwards, so they don't lick it off and ingest it!).
We hope this helps resolve any worries that the news report may have generated. If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact us!
UPDATE TUESDAY 7th APRIL
Few housekeeping updates for today:
Opening times- The surgery will now be open for collection medications between 9am and 5pm. Video and telephone consults also available within these times.
We remain committed to providing our own emergency service during the lockdown, where possible. This may mean your scheduled appointment is a little late- especially if, as today, two urgent cases turn up at the same time!
For any emergency 24/7 during the lockdown please call the practice number first: 01202 499622.
Normal hours will be resumed when the restrictions are lifted.
Emergencies- If you have a genuine emergency please CALL. We currently are receiving messages on a whole variety of platforms and apps and it is not possible to monitor them all constantly.
If your enquiry is more of a query and less urgent then please email.
Ordering- While there are no problems with supply, deliveries from suppliers are reduced as such it may take longer for special diets or medications to arrive so please order earlier than usual when possible.
Please stay safe everybody.
Stan and Dalya
UPDATE FRIDAY 3rd APRIL
PUPPIES AND CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS
We've had several owners contacting us regarding a potential new puppy, so we've put together some guidelines for those of you who had planned to collect your new puppy prior to social restrictions being announced, or are thinking of adopting one during the lockdown.
COLLECTING YOUR NEW PUPPY FROM THE BREEDER
You will probably not be able to collect a new puppy during this time, as government regulations only allow essential travel. The Kennel Club have specifically stated that new owners will not be able to collect puppies from KC registered breeders during the lockdown. You can find more information on the KC website:
VACCINATIONS AND VETERINARY CARE
As per Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and British Veterinary Association directives, we are currently not vaccinating new puppies, but are able to complete a vaccination course that’s already been started. This means:
- if your puppy has had its first vaccine, we can in most cases administer the second vaccine and complete the course
- if your puppy has had no vaccines so far, starting the vaccine course will need to be delayed until restrictions are lifted.
If you have a new puppy you would like to register with us, please contact us to set up a video consultation. We can talk you through a physical examination (everything other that checking for a heart murmur), discuss and prescribe parasite prevention, diet, behaviour, and address any questions or concerns you might have. We can also deliver your puppy pack to you.
How to keep your unvaccinated puppy safe:
- avoid rats and areas where rats might be found (leptospirosis is a bacterial infection we vaccinate against, and is spread through rat urine)
- avoid fox urine and poo
- do not let your puppy walk outside apart from in your garden
- you can take your puppy out of the house as part of one of your essential journeys, but carry it at all times and do not let other people touch it (observe the 2m social distancing rule)
As soon as restrictions are lifted, please contact us for a vaccination appointment.
Many owners are concerned about how to socialise their puppy and keep them occupied during the lockdown. Adaptil have provided several useful resources both for puppies and adult dogs, which can be found here:
We also have two sets of guidelines on puppy socialisation - one for puppies in a more normal situation, and one for puppies during time of social restrictions. Both documents are available from the clinic, and we can post them or email them to you on request.
UPDATE TUESDAY 31st MARCH
Following some misleading headlines from ITV's This Morning, we would like to reassure you that we are still open!
Our opening hours remain the same: Monday to Friday 8:30am-7pm, and Saturday 8:30am-12 noon. We are now personally available for emergencies outside those hours (for our registered clients only), please call the usual clinic number to be directed to the out of hours contacts.
Due to government restrictions and social distancing guidelines, our front doors are closed and clients are unfortunately not allowed to enter the building.
We can still see emergencies and urgent cases, can offer video consultations for less serious cases (and prescribe medication for them), and we can still offer telephone advice.
Routine cases, such as vaccinations, weight checks, puppy social visits, neutering etc have to be postponed until the restrictions have been lifted.
We can still prescribe medication, including flea and worming treatment. Medication can be delivered to you, or posted, or you can collect it from the clinic.
If your pet has a problem, please call us. If we need to see you, we ask that you call us from the car park or knock on the door. We shall come out to receive your pet - dogs need to be on a long lead, and cats, small mammals and exotics need to be in carriers. We ask that you place the carrier or end of the lead on the ground, and move 2m metres away to allow us to collect your pet safely. We shall then bring your pet into the clinic, examine it, call you to discuss our findings and the treatment plan, and either return your pet to you or admit them for tests/procedures.
To collect medication, please call us from the car park, or knock on the door and then step away. We shall then place the medication in a pharmacy bag outside the door.
We hope that clears up any misunderstandings. Take care and stay safe!
UPDATE SUNDAY 29th MARCH
We've come across some useful articles this weekend, the first one is RSPCA's tips on looking after your pets while observing social distancing, and the following two articles discuss puppy socialisation under current restrictions.
All the best for the week ahead, stay safe and stay well!!
UPDATE FRIDAY 27th MARCH
VACCINES IN THE TIME OF COVID-19
Small animal veterinary clinics are considered essential services for purposes of providing urgent and emergency care and our regulating bodies, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and British Veterinary Association, have published guidelines as to what that entails. They can be found on:
Routine vaccinations are currently NOT considered urgent. Exceptions can be made in disease outbreaks or for completion of vaccine courses if not doing so would expose that pet to risk of preventable disease.
Just like in humans, vaccination against certain diseases has been the mainstay of canine and feline preventative medicine for decades. We have been advocating the importance of vaccinations for protection of individuals and for creating a herd immunity, and they have been effective - for example, we extremely rarely see distemper or viral hepatitis in dogs in the UK these days, and we see significantly fewer cases of parvovirus, feline leukaemia and panleukopaenia.
In the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, with human health being a world-wide priority, we shall need to rely on this herd immunity we’ve built up over the years to help us protect our pets.
OUR PROTOCOL FOR VACCINATIONS DURING COVID-19:
- Routine boosters in adult dogs and cats will be delayed
- Puppy vaccine courses will be assessed and completed on individual merit
- Kitten vaccinations will be delayed (as kittens should be kept indoors, so are very low risk)
MSD Animal Health, the manufacturer of the Nobivac brand of vaccine we use in dogs, has stated that annual leptospirosis (L) vaccinations can be considered to last up to 6 months beyond their due date. The distemper/parvo/hepatitis (DHP) vaccine is already licensed to last three years.
Our usual vaccine protocol for dogs is based on current vaccine data sheets and published duration of immunity, and therefore we administer DHP every 3 years, and L every year.
For those dogs who become overdue for their vaccines as a results of COVID-19 restrictions:
- make sure you make an appointment for vaccines as soon as restrictions are lifted
- DHP only needs a single booster regardless of how overdue the dog is
- Lepto will only need a single booster if less than 6 months overdue, and a course of 2 vaccines 4 weeks apart if the dog is more than 6 months overdue
Keeping your dogs safe if their vaccinations have lapsed:
- avoid contact with other dogs
- avoid contact with other dogs’ faeces
- avoid contact with rats and stagnant water (rats harbour leptospirosis) - this includes avoiding walking in areas where you have seen rats as leptospirosis is excreted in their urine and survives in wet conditions and in stagnant water (including rain puddles, but usually not in sea water)
If you have a puppy, please contact us for more information about activities and socialisation.
We use the Purevax range of cat vaccines, manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim. Our usual vaccine protocol for cats based on current vaccine data sheets and published duration of immunity consists of the flu/enteritis vaccine being given every 3 years, and leukaemia every year.
For those cats who become overdue for their vaccines, the current recommendation is to repeat the course if they are more than 2 months overdue. We have not been given any additional information by the manufacturer so at this stage the recommendation for cats remains unchanged.
Please make an appointment for your cat’s vaccinations as soon as restrictions are lifted.
Keeping your cats safe if their vaccinations have lapsed:
- if you can keep your cats indoors without causing them stress, please do so
- the ISFM website has a lot of useful information on stress in cats and how to keep indoor cats happy, please have a look at https://icatcare.org/advice/stress-in-cats/ and follow the links
UPDATE MONDAY 23rd MARCH
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement tonight we are enacting the following changes:
WE WILL NOW BE SEEING EMERGENCIES ONLY, and that will be 24/7.
The clinic will be open Mon-Fri 8:30am-7pm as usual, and on Saturday 8:30am-12pm. Outside of those hours, we can be reached via our mobiles (please call the clinic for numbers if you don’t have them).
Collection of medicines should still be permitted, we don’t yet know what the postal/home delivery options are and await further clarification on this. For those collecting medications we still ask that you do not enter the building and maintain distancing as per government recommendations.
If your query is non-urgent please e-mail or message the practice so that we can keep the phone lines available for genuine emergencies. Due to requirement to minimise travel to and from work and only for essential work to carry on, we are also forced to temporarily reduce staff numbers, therefore if we are not able to answer your call immediately please do stay on hold. E-mails, Facebook messages and texts will be monitored regularly.
We will continue to offer telephone and video consults when possible and appropriate.
We expect further guidance from veterinary regulating bodies will follow tomorrow so this may be further reviewed.
To you all, please stay home and stay safe.
Stan and Dalya
UPDATE Sunday 22nd March
We encourage you all to stay at home as much as you can. In order to help keep you and us as safe as possible in these challenging times, there are a number of ways in which we can help you avoid a clinic visit unless absolutely necessary:
- we can offer video or telephone consults*
- your pet's medication can be posted or delivered to you
- if you are collecting your pet's medication, we can bring it out to the car park for you
- payments can be taken over the phone
- we shall ask certain clients to remain in their cars while we take their pets into the clinic for examination; if any client is not asked but would prefer to remain in the car and not enter the building, please let us know
From tomorrow morning onwards, appointments already booked that we believe could be switched to a video consultation will be contacted.
Up until now, we have provided an out of hours service mostly for surgical patients, and for patients with chronic medical problems. From tomorrow morning onwards we shall be seeing ALL of our out of hours emergencies. Contact numbers will be issued in due course, and will also be available on our answering machine. This should avoid the need for you to travel to an emergency clinic which is more likely to be crowded or have more people passing through it.
Dalya and Stan
* a reduced consultation fee will apply
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 20th March 2020
Thank you all for complying with our current sanitisation and social distancing measures, we really appreciate your help in minimising contact. We now have a number of clients who are self-isolating due to being in more vulnerable categories, and also a few clients who are showing some mild symptoms (and therefore not able to come into the clinic). The virus is out there, and it is up to all of us to protect each other as much as we can.
The main veterinary news for today is that our medication and food orders are currently slightly delayed, so if you need a repeat of prescription medication or food please allow 3 working days for orders to come in. There is currently no problem with supply, just the delivery side of things.
Dalya and Stan
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 18th March 2020
As the coronavirus epidemic continues, and the social distancing advice becomes increasingly serious and restrictive, we remain committed to the welfare of our patients and are doing everything we can to continue to be available for you should you need us.
We shall aim to provide you with a daily update of where the situation stands in the veterinary sector.
We are continuing with stringent safeguarding measures as detailed in our previous post. In addition to those, please be advised that we may start asking you to wait in the car with your pet until you are called in, especially if you are deemed to be higher risk.
If you are self-isolating and your pet needs veterinary care, please call us to discuss options. They may include:
asking a friend or relative to bring your pet to us
we may be able to collect your pet and deliver them back to you (this may not be possible with dogs, especially large ones)
we can perform video or telephone consultations where appropriate
we can post or deliver your pet’s medication
We are temporarily not performing routine surgeries (cat spays, dog spays and dog castrates), with the exception of those procedures already booked in. The main reason for this is that there is a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) within the NHS, and this includes sterile gowns and gloves. Our supplies of sterile gowns and gloves are about to become severely restricted, so the PPE we have on hand will need to be available for emergency surgeries.
This is a helpful article from PDSA with further advice for self-isolating owners
Other useful coronavirus websites to refer to:
Guidance on social distancing
ACAS advice for employer and employees
As always, if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.
Dalya and Stan
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 16TH MARCH 2020
As you are all aware, the number of Coronavirus cases in the UK is increasing, and there are confirmed cases in the BCP council area. This is a worrying time for all of us, and while the welfare of our patients remains a priority, we have made several changes to our usual protocols.
We aim to continue providing services as usual for as long as possible, and are therefore introducing several safeguarding measures in order to protect our staff and clients, and to help reduce the rate of spread of the virus.
Every person entering the building MUST use the hand sanitiser available in reception. Hand washing facilities are also available.
If you are unwell, especially if you have a cough or a fever, please DO NOT come to the practice and call us for advice.
If you have recently returned from an overseas trip, please DO NOT come to the practice and call us for advice.
If you are concerned about coming into the practice, especially if you are in a more vulnerable category (have a compromised immune system, respiratory problems eg asthma, heart problems, or are elderly), please CALL US FOR ADVICE.
Only one owner may accompany the pet into the practice whenever possible.
We are building in time gaps between appointments in order to reduce the number of people in the waiting room at any one time. If you prefer to wait in the car until your appointment time, please do so and we’ll call you in when we’re ready for you.
In addition to our usual disinfection protocols, we are disinfecting high traffic areas (e.g. reception, consulting rooms) multiple times through the day, including wiping down card terminals and the reception counter between clients.
If you are self-isolated or unwell, and your pet needs medical attention, PLEASE CALL US - we can provide video consults via Skype or FaceTime, and can also provide telephone consults if you do not have access to those platforms. We can also post or deliver your pet’s medication.
At present, WHO has issued a statement that domestic pets cannot contract this strain of coronavirus. However, they can carry virus particles on their fur and can therefore help spread the infection. Please wash your hands after contact with your own pets (especially pets who go outside). It may also help to avoid contact with other people’s pets for the time being, especially if you know the owner is unwell.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. We thank you all for your understanding and co-operation!
Winter Newsletter 2018
Please find the latest practice Newsletter here. Staff news, Lungworm updates, winter risks and much more!
Changes to appointments September 2018
We're switching the morning to appointments only and appointments can be booked 9-11am and 4-6pm.
Open surgery remains weekdays 6-7pm and Saturday mornings.
We hope this should reduce waiting times in the mornings considerably. We're going to keep some appointments free to be booked on the day and will always see your pet if it needs to be seen.
RABBIT OWNERS: NEW STRAIN of HAEMORRHAGIC DISEASE.
It has been reported this month that there is a new strain of Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic disease (RVHD). This new virus has been dubbed RVHD2.
Viral haemorrhagic disease can be a fatal viral disease with a high rate of mortality.
SIGNS of DISEASE:
Rabbit VHD takes 3 forms
a) Peracute- this causes sudden death with little or no warning
b) Acute- this will cause lethargy, temperatures (usually over 40C) progression to bloody discharges from the nose, bloody urine/vulva discharge progressing to shock and collapse. This form is nearly always fatal also.
c) Subacute- Very mild versions of acute which the rabbit will recover from and afterwards be immune from the virus.
In the UK, and at Magnolia House Veterinary Clinic the "combi" vaccine that protects against both myxomatosis and RHD is used.
However it has now been discovered that this vaccine is only partially effective against RHDV2, so some vaccinated rabbits could still succumb to the disease.
Newer vaccines against RHDV2 have been developed in France and Spain, but are currently not available in UK.
PROTECTING YOUR RABBIT:
Rabbits infected with RVHD who survive are infectious for up to one month. the infectious period for RVHD2 is currently unknown but good quarantine procedures for any rabbit entering a collection is recommended. Transmission is by the nasal, oral or conjunctival routes and food bowls and bedding can transmit infection. The risk from the wild rabbit population to domestic rabbits is currently unknown.
Vaccinating against RVHD1 is highly recommended and current advice is to give two vaccines at 4 and 8-10 weeks for rabbits that are at high risk.
Please call the Surgery if you have any more questions.
With the weather being so mild many species are suffering from the effects. We know from our work with the local rescues that hedgehogs are more active then they should be for this time of year. We've also admitted a tortoise who has woken up today from hibernation as it's so warm. The hibernating species will not remain dormant if the temperature is above 8deg C.
So unless you are "Fridging"
PLEASE CHECK YOUR HIBERNATING TORTOISE TODAY and if it's awake get it up and rehydrated now.
Tortoises left awake in their hibernation boxes will deplete their energy reserves and are very likely to be suffering from hepatic lipidosis in the spring when it's actually time to wake up.
Thanks to New Milton Hedgehog Rescue we have this updated photo of Matilda- the little amputee hog from a fortnight ago- thriving at her release site. They do fantastic work as a small local charity, please visit their page and check out some of their other supporters. You can find out more on our facebook page.
Elvis has left the building
Sadly we said goodbye to Elvis this week; he was dumped on the doorstep of Stan's old practice some 7 years ago and was reportedly 10 at the time. He had been undergoing treatment for some time but this week developed signs of severe septicaemia that was not antibiotic responsive.
11th June 2015
This is Percy who was referred to our exotics clinic for a rather large swelling on his tummy. Tests revealed it to be a lipoma- a fatty tumour common in budgies, cockatiels and amazons. We successfully operated, discovering post operatively that the tumour was almost the same weight as Percy! He was seen on Tuesday nearly all healed up one week later and a much happier bird.
8th June 2015
Enjoyed giving a talk on cage bird health at Swanage and Purbeck Cage Bird Society this evening.
We've seen a lot of this little bird recently, this was hopefully his last visit for a while and we microchipped him while he was in.
June is NATIONAL MICROCHIPPING MONTH and while you'll soon have to microchip dogs by law,
we've also microchipped birds, snakes, tortoises and even fish as well as the more common furry pets!
21st May 2015: MISSING CATS!!
We've had a huge increase in cats going missing with 7 going missing in the last 2 weeks. Of these 3 were reported missing in Somerford and 1 in Burton in the last few days; all were young cats but older than 6 months and all experienced at going out. We'd strongly urge cat owners to be vigilant and please get your cat chipped and keep your contact details up to date.
20th May: More Hedgehog News
New Milton Hedgehog Rescue were on Radio Solent yesterday talking about the excellent work that they do. Having seen 6 hogs in the last 3 days including 2 for x-rays and 1 for surgery we know they're really busy at the moment. We'll post the link the audio later on.
The Mudeford Mag
In May's edition of The Mudeford Mag Dalya has written an article about the common poisons that we see in clinic.
You can find The Mudeford Mag here and our poisons information pages here.
We've upgraded the Clinic's X-ray facilities to Digital this gives up better quality images in less time- meaning less sedation or anaesthesia is needed so safer for your pet. It also makes sharing and referral easier.
26th April 2015
Last week saw a lot of reptile patients through the clinic, allowing us to make use of the new lab facilities. We also had another member join our acupuncture clinic, photos to come soon!
NEW LAB EQUIPMENT- ADVANCED ANALYSIS WITHOUT THE WAIT
To enable us to provide the highest levels of medical care to your pet- regardless of species, we have just upgraded some of the lab equipment. Our new machine allows us to run more tests in house and more quickly as well as allowing tests that previously would have taken a day or more to get back from an external laboratory to be done in house within 15 minutes. This represents a big jump in the medical care we can provide.
In addition due to the advanced nature of this machine we can now run biochemistry tests for exotic species in-house. For some animals, especially birds who get ill very quickly, not having to delay treatment while we're waiting for results will have real benefits.
ADVANCED PRACTITIONER STATUS:
We are very proud to announce that Dalya has been named as an ADVANCED VETERINARY PRACTITIONER by the Royal Veterinary College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) for both SMALL ANIMAL MEDICINE and VETERINARY ANAESTHESIA.
She is the ONLY VET IN THE UK to hold Advanced Practitioner Status in these two disciplines.
And one of only two vets in the country to have Advanced Practitioner status in more than one discipline.
AVP status is awarded to veterinary surgeons who we have accredited at postgraduate certificate level, and who have demonstrated knowledge and experience in a particular area of veterinary practice beyond their initial primary veterinary degree, but who have also continue to be up to date in their field.
you can find the 2015 list here:
MARCH- DENTAL DISCOUNT
January 24th: RIP Pegs
Over the weekend Magnolia House sadly said goodbye to Pegs, she was found on the High Street by Mr Lafferty with a broken leg and after some expert fixing enjoyed 19 years as practice cat. She had recently been diagnosed with hypertension and was undergoing treatment. She died at home with Leonie Percival who had looked after her for the last 2 decades.
January 18th: Keep Taking care in the cold!
WARNING FOR ALL PET OWNERS - Check Decembers news below for what special care you should take in the sub-zero temperatures at the moment.
NEW Testimonials page
We've added a client review page here; please let us know what you think, either via the guestbook or email.
NEW YEAR- New Charity.
2015 has seen some new cases from New Milton Hedgehog come to the practice and we're thrilled to be helping a local charity help local wildlife: please check their Website or Facebook pages for more details. They also have some excellent guides on how to help hedgehogs in your garden or neighbourhood. You can help support them here.
Take care in the cold!
WARNING FOR ALL PET OWNERS - PLEASE SHARE
With the snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures the roads and paths are likely to be gritted. If your pet walks on gritted roads or paths then please make sure to wash their paws by dipping their feet in fresh warm water once at home.
Every year hundreds of pets throughout the country become seriously ill and in some cases die because of the rock salt and antifreeze being used during the cold snap. Dogs and cats walk through the substances left by gritters trying to clear roads and car drivers defrosting their windscreens which they then lick off their paws and ingest. Consuming rock salt can cause dehydration, liver failure and pancreatitis while antifreeze contains the chemical ethylene glycol which can cause kidney failure and death when consumed.
Please be vigilant and treat your pets to a foot bath after being outside.
Magnolia House Veterinary Clinic is under new ownership!
Dalya and Stan Livy are very excited to become owners of this wonderful family practice! You may be anxious that the practice may be changing, but be reassured that we are above all committed to maintaining the truly caring, friendly, and compassionate atmosphere Magnolia House Veterinary Clinic is known for. We are also expanding the services the practice currently offers, so that we can take even better care of your pets!
We feel very lucky to be able to join the Christchurch community, and to have the opportunity to raise our three boys in such a lovely part of the country.
Drop by and say hello when you have a moment - we look forward to meeting you!
PS Make sure you keep an eye on our special offers page!