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We Are Now Stocking a New Diet for your Feline or Canine Friend: HPM Veterinary

Part of caring for your pet is making sure they have the right diet. There are masses of diets out there, wet, dry, raw etc and it is difficult to be certain you have chosen the right one. After much consideration at Withy Grove, we have started stocking a food called HPM. It is a diet based on what a cat or dog would eat naturally if they were hunters. I like to think of it as raw feeding but as a packaged diet.

Cat-On-Step-HMP-VeterinaryDid you know that 46% of adult cat foods contain a vegetable as their number one ingredient?

Cats are obligate carnivores and in the wild would eat very little if any vegetable matter. They require a low carbohydrate high protein diet which they would get as wild meat eaters. HPM is specifically developed to match these needs as close as possible. This matches your cat’s needs as well as being highly palatable.

This food naturally helps keep healthy weight, skin and coat, bladder and kidneys as well as supporting the immune system and being low allergen.

And, 66% of adult dog foods contain a vegetable as their main ingredient.

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Although wild dogs eat a more varied diet, they are still carnivores and their diet should reflect this. Again, HPM is very palatable and with the main ingredients being pork, poultry and pea, balanced and low allergenic too.

Life Stages

For both cats and dogs there are different life stage varieties and for dogs large and small breed versions.

Both these diets we have offers on, puppy and kitten bags can be bought as ‘buy on get one free’ (small bag size only) and for the other life stages we have loyalty cards that get you a free bag after several purchases.

As with the other diet we sell (Hills) if your pet doesn’t like it then return the bag for a full refund!

Pop in and pick up a bag and give it a try, it could be just what your pet is looking for.

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Withy Grove Vets Open Evening — the hottest ticket in Preston

We’d love you to pop into the Withy Grove Vets Open Evening on Thursday 14th September 2017 from 7-9pm.

Premium pet healthcare has always been our priority.

But you have to see our superb new facilities before believing the best vets in Bamber Bridge just got even better.

You’ll be sure of a warm welcome — we’re excited to show off all the improvements we’ve made.

We’ve organised lots of exciting activities so you’ll definitely have a night to remember:

  • Goodie bags for all guests
  • Practice treasure trail
  • Guess the weight of the dog (without lifting it up)
  • Charity raffle — all proceeds go to worthy local causes
  • Refreshments — quench your thirst while you roam around
  • Meet friendly staff — including our awesome animal therapist Donna

Mix and mingle

You’ll rub shoulders with fellow pet owners and meet the cream of local pet businesses like Mucky Paws pet shop, Mutz-Cutz groomers and the K9 club.

So by the time you leave you’ll be plugged into Preston’s premier pet healthcare network.

Get the date in your diary today, we can’t wait to see you.

We’re sure our launch night will be a fantastic and informative night out— miss it and miss out.

Call 01772 330103 today for more details

If you know you and your family are going to attend, feel free to let us know so we can make sure you get a goodie bag! Email us at info@withygrovevets.co.uk

See you soon!


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Lead The Puppy Party Pack

You won’t be surprised that the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors believes that sociable puppies grow into well-behaved dogs.

And the confidence puppies gain from socialising at an early age means they can mix well with other pets in a wide range of environments.

But agreeing puppy play dates can be a challenge for busy owners — that’s why our Puppy Party Pack promotion makes all the arrangements for you.

Puppy Party Pack

Our Puppy Party Pack sets your pet on the fast-track to fantastic health and development.

Here’s how it provides peace of mind for just £21.95:

  • First vaccine — make sure it’s safe for your puppy to leave the house and start making friends.
  • Flea and worm treatment — keep your pet free from painful parasites.
  • Four weeks free health insurance — pet healthcare problems won’t catch you unprepared.
  • Full health-check — top-to-toe check ensuring your pup’s in perfect health.
  • Access to a bespoke puppy nurse you can trust to provide excellent advice.
  • Free entry to two puppy parties for pets who have had their first vaccine (up to 11 weeks old)

You and your puppy can relax in the comfortable surroundings at Withy Grove Vets and mingle with fellow pet owners and trusted professionals.

It’s the perfect way to mix with knowledgeable staff and pet owners.

And it boosts your puppy’s confidence so future vet visits are much less anxious affairs.

Benefits

Puppy parties help you fulfil the Animal Welfare Foundation’s five foundations for happy pets:

  • Environment
  • Diet
  • Behaviour
  • Company
  • Health

Our puppy nurse will provide personalised advice on the health and training your puppy needs to develop into a dog that delights friends and family.

And you’ll receive the best advice about responsible pet ownership that fits around your lifestyle.

We’re sure you and your puppy will love our pet parties — they bring you right to the heart of the Withy Grove Vets community.

Our puppy party pack promotion lets you set a firm foundation for lifelong pet health and happiness — grab the opportunity it offers today.

Call us today to find out more about our puppy parties, or click here to send us an email.

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What is Raw Feeding and is it healthy and safe?

Raw Food feeding for cats and dogs is becoming more popular and getting more attention.

The theory is that a dog or cat’s diet in the wild would be raw and not contain preservatives. Opinions about Raw Feeding vary and can be very strong but many pets are fed this way with little problem. As vets we have to listen to our clients, take note of these type of changes in society and, above all, care for the animals. Everyone has their personal opinion, below are some pros and cons of Raw Feeding;

Potential advantages of Raw Feeding

It more closely mirrors an animal’s natural diet.

No preservatives or additives.

You are in control of what your pet eats. You can match your ethical diet choices to your pet’s.

Potential disadvantages of Raw Feeding

Pets have been changed much as we have bred them and they no longer match their natural ancestors, both in dietary requirements and in how they eat (and the teeth they have!).

Bacteria and parasite contamination of raw food is more likely. This could potentially make your pet or the humans around him of her ill both from handling the food and some bacteria may be passed in your pet’s faeces.

Raw Feeding may not provide enough vitamins, minerals etc.

 

Other issues

There are lots of other issues which are arguable, these include, stool consistency, calorie and protein intake, food allergy, immune system, cost, tooth care, skin and coat quality and humans generally eat prepared ‘unnatural’ food. As a vet, I have seen good and bad of all these things in Raw Fed and commercial pet food fed pets. It is important that you tell your vet what your pet eats so if we believe we need to make a change for health reasons, we know where to start.

If you want to consider Raw Feeding, there are some commercial Raw Pet Foods that are complete and balanced, the label has to state that the food is complete for the life stage of your pet for this to be the case. If you want to make your pet’s food at home you should take advice from a nutritionalist to make sure it is balanced for your pet. There are many websites that can help with this. To balance the arguments, the same applies for commercial pet foods!

Introducing our new and improved practice

It’s been business as usual for our team of expert vets and nurses, but the eagle-eyed among you may have noticed that there have also been a few changes happening at Withy Grove Vets recently.

Finally, after an exciting but busy couple of months, we’re very happy to reveal our new and improved practice!

And it comes with a slightly different address…

Welcome to Withy Grove Vets, 37-39 Station Road

We’re proud that so many loyal clients trust us to look after their beloved pets, so to keep up with demand, we’ve expanded our practice and taken over the building next door.

We’re taking full advantage of all the extra room that’s now available to us and using it to improve our pet-focused veterinary care.

To start, we’re continuing our efforts to create a warm, comfortable and welcoming environment for all visiting pets. It’s something we’re already well versed in, with our current standards winning us an RWAF Rabbit Friendly Vet (Silver Award), an ISFM Cat Friendly Award and an RCVS Practice Standard.

Now we’re going one step further by opening a cat’s only waiting room, designed purely with nervous felines in mind as well as a rabbit specific hospital ward, new nurses clinics, dental room and enlarged waiting room as well as improved isolation areas for infectious pets. We will also have space to re-introduce our popular Puppy Parties which we had to stop a few years ago. You can find out more information about these great services by calling our friendly team on 01772 330103.

With our new facilities behind us, we’ll be able to treat our furry patients much quicker and welcome lots of new clients and provide new services.

Keep an eye out for future developments…

The extra space is already coming in handy, but it also means we’ve got plenty of space to introduce further services in the future.

We’ll make sure to update you as and when they fall into place.

Until then, pop in next time you’re passing by to check out our fresh, modern and welcoming practice for yourself – we look forward to seeing you soon!

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Heart Disease in Dogs and Cats

Dogs and cats can suffer from heart disease, usually as they get older. They don’t suffer from blocked arteries along the lines of humans but basically heart disease in our pets can be split into two areas.

The first is disease of the heart valves.

Heart valves make sure the blood flowing through the heart chambers always flows in one direction. Sometimes these valves become leaky which means blood flows back the wrong way between each heart beat.We can hear this rush of blood with a stethoscope and it is called a heart murmur.  In the early stages the heart just beats faster to take up the extra work and there can be few signs. However, as the leaky valves get worse with time, the heart can struggle to keep up and this can result in the animal becoming quieter, more lethargic and in some cases a cough can develop as well as fluid builds up on the chest because the heart can’t clear it. In cats this form of heart failure can be very difficult to pick up as the cat just sleeps a bit more, however, in this species blood clots (thrombi) can form around the damaged heart valve and these can break off and get stuck in smaller blood vessels which can be very serious.

The second form is an abnormality of the way the heart generates a beat.

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Canine Heart Model

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Inside Canine Heart Model

We hear this as an abnormal rhythm and this can lead to heart attacks which can be fatal. Pets with this condition will often be lethargic. This ‘cardiomyopathy’ can be associated with hyperthyroidism in cats.

Heart disease affects the whole body as organs may not be getting enough blood or blood pressure can be too high (or low in some cases).

Regular check ups help us to pick up these problems, every time your cat or dog has a vaccination booster or a check up, we will listen to your pet’s heart and if we pick up any problems we can treat them. Obviously we may need to do further tests such as an ECG, X rays or a blood pressure measurement to determine the most appropriate treatment. We also have to be aware that we must make sure there are no other problems, in any animal there may be other disease processes going on and we need to address these as well to keep your pet as healthy as possible.

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Make sure your pet has regular check ups and vaccinations to help us pick up these potentially life threatening conditions early.

To book your appointment, click here.

Hyperthyroidism in cats

Hyperthyroidism is a relatively common disease of older cats.

Symptoms

The symptoms of hyperthyroidism in cats are; weight loss, a good appetite, increased thirst, poor coat condition (matting and increased shedding), changes in behaviour (restless or more grumpy) and some vomiting or diarrhoea. Some cats may have poor appetite.
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This disease is sometimes been overlooked because the changes are similar to the cat ‘just getting old’. It is important to realise, however, that by treating this disease you can improve both your cat‘s quality and length of life.

Hyperthyroidism is caused by a (usually) benign tumour of the thyroid gland producing excessive amounts of thyroid hormone. The thyroid glands (there are two) are situated in the throat region and the hormone they produce is important in the regulation of the body’s metabolism. Increased amounts of thyroid hormone increases the metabolic rate of the body so that energy from food is burnt off more quickly, hence weight loss and a good appetitie.

There are other effects from this over production of hormone which are not immediately apparent. The most important of these is over activity of the heart muscle (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy). The heart beats faster but less efficiently causing high blood pressure, damage to the kidneys, production of blood clots (thrombosis) and, ultimately, heart failure.

Old cats can also suffer from many other problems such as kidney failure, arthritis, dental disease etc. It is vital that we examine and test to make sure we address all the problems together.

Diagnosis

This is by blood test when we will test for any other problems as well as give a full examination.

Treatment

Medical. Pills, an oral liquid or a solution that is absorbed through the skin of the ear can be used. They all suppresss the thyroid gland‘s production of thyroid hormone. Medical treatment is relatively inexpensive and avoids the need for surgery. However, some cats are not easy to give medicines to and some cats require multiple blood tests to get the dosage correct.

Surgical. The affected thyroid gland can be removed. The unaffected gland left behind takes over the work so the cat suffers no ill effects. The advantages of this approach is that you do not have to give pills or have blood tests and the results are nearly always good. The disadvantages are that it is an operation and the cost of surgery has to be balanced against the cost of pills.

Chemotherapy. Radioactive Iodine can be given to the cat, this collects in the thyroid gland and destroys the cancerous tissue. It is usually very effective but is only carried out at specialist centres and will involve your pet being hospitalised.

Diet. The thyroid gland is dependant on Iodine in food to function and if it is severely restricted the hyperthyroidism can be cured by dietary change alone!

If you have any questions about hyperthyroidism in your cat, don’t hesitate to contact us by clicking here

Pets At Their Best

Premier Pet Health Plan: A health plan from Withy Grove Vets

We are pleased to announce that we have relaunched our Premier Pet Health Plan. This plan allows you to spread the cost of your pet’s preventative treatments over the year, automatically earning discount on these products and services as well as all the other services provided by the practice.

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We want your pet to keep living life to their best and by giving them maximum protection we take care of all the essential vaccinations, flea and worm treatments and regular health checks.

Preventative health care plans are different from insurance, we recommend all pets are insured, the Preventative Health Plan provides discount from the products not covered by insurance as well as keeping your pet as healthy as possible.

The plans are specific to the different sizes of dog, to cats and to rabbits. Each plan contains the best products, giving your pet protection against ALL the parasites and preventable diseases that we can. Some flea treatments, for example, don’t cover ticks as well, and not all worming treatments cover all the worms. However, our plan gives you products that cover it all, ‘gold standard’ if you like.

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For example, the dog plans cover the annual vaccination and health check, including kennel cough, 12 months flea, worm and tick cover, 4 free consultations with our nurses a year, a six month health check with the vet and 10% from all our other practice consultations, surgical operations, X rays etc as well as drug and diet sales.

See the example below for a medium sized dog, saving you £117 a year plus 10% off other practice visits.

Please ask a member of our team for further details

MEDIUM DOG (10-20kg as an adult)

Gold standard plan to now include Kennel Cough and Lungworm prevention.

Pay as you go Pet Care Plan
Total £297.06 £180.00
Health check & annual vaccination £24.95 Included
Kennel cough vaccine £24.95 Included
Six month health check £23.96 Included
A year’s supply of prescription strength £102.96 Included
worm control £67.44 Included
Nurse clinics x 4 per year £52.80 Included

PLUS

Plus 10% Discount Off Everything

Costing only £15.00 per month

additional £5.00 one-off set-up fee taken with first Direct Debit

Saving you up to £117.06 per year

More Views Down Our Microscope

Here are a few more views taken by Matt down our practice microscope

‘Walking Dandruff’ mites

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These little mites, which are just visible to the human eye, are also known as Cheyletiella. They are usually very itchy and produce a lot of dandruff from the irritated skin, hence the name. They are highly contagious and affect cats, dogs and rabbits. We can test for them very easily by taking a sticky tape impression from the animal’s skin and looking at it under the microscope. In rabbits they produce a thick dandruff and scale particularly on the back between the shoulder blades. They can bite humans too but can’t live on us so when they are killed on your pet (and they are usually fairly easy for us to eliminate) any itchy spots on you should go too!

Ear bacteria and wax

ear-swab-vet-preston We will often take ear swabs to be sent to an external laboratory to be cultured and give us  an idea of what antibiotic to use. However, we can get a lot of information from doing an ‘in house’ swab which we stain and look at giving you the results on the same day. This will give us an idea of if there are any ear mites, yeasts and different types of bacteria in the ear. This in turn gives us an idea what is the best ear drop to use and more importantly what type of ear cleaner to use. There are many different types of ear cleaner (as you’ve probably noticed) and  they all do different things. Some just clean the ear but others can help destroy bacteria or yeasts. If we swab your pets ear we can phone you later the same day to advise what is the best type of drop and cleaner to use.

Fleas

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Much has been written about fleas, but they do make good photos! Click here to read more on flea control at Withy Grove.

Bladder Crystals

Animals will sometimes produce crystals in the urine which cause cystitis from irritation as well as being able to ‘grow’ into bladder stones. We can identify what type they are (these ones are called struvite) and this gives us an idea of how to both prevent and treat them.

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Should you get your bitch spayed?

Here’s what you need to know about neutering your bitch.

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A bitch spay is a hysterectomy, removing ovaries and uterus under general anaesthesia. It can be performed at any age but is safer in young, thin and fit animals.

Advantages

  • Prevention of coming into season A season is messy, and attracts male dogs which can be inconvenient!
  • Pregnancy prevention – There are already too many strays, but if you wish to breed from your bitch, you should seek veterinary advice. Some breeds are more likely to have problems requiring a Caesarian Section . A bitch does not need to have a litter, she will be just as happy without one.
  • Prevention of Pyometra (womb infection) which can be fatal in older bitches.
  • Prevention of false pregnancy which can make bitches ill after a season.
  • Prevention of ovarian and uterine cancer.
  • Prevents mammary cancers (the commonest canine cancer), the risk is decreased the younger spaying is done.
  • Helps manage epilepsy and diabetes.

Disadvantages

  • Obesity
    This can occur after the operation, but ONLY if the dog is fed too much for her exercise. Spaying makes this more obvious but does NOT cause obesity. Dietary advice is free of charge from this practice and we send a reminder for a FREE weight check three months after the operation so we can check weight and give advice.
  • Incontinence
    Spaying does slightly increase the risk of urinary incontinence, however, non- spayed bitches may become incontinent as they get older (2% do). There is no evidence that timing of spaying affects whether incontinence occurs. Incontinence in older bitches is complicated, factors involved include;
  • Breed
  • Obesity
  • Hormones
  • Bladder position and other internal factors.

Timing

Spaying before the first season is easier, safer and gives maximum prevention of mammary cancer. Early neutering doesn’t harm a bitch’s later health or development. Having a litter makes NO difference to a bitch’s subsequent development.

We prefer to spay bitches either before their first season or midway between two seasons, because blood supply to the womb is then less making surgery safer.

Alternatives

There is an injection that stops a bitch coming into season.

Accidental pregnancy (misalliance)

If your bitch gets pregnant by accident, there is an injection that will stop the pregnancy. Also, in early pregnancy spaying can still be done to terminate the pregnancy.

Having your bitch spayed is a big decision. Please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the Withy Grove team and we will gladly advise you.