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AquAid - Installing Elephant Pumps in Africa

By using AquAid water coolers, we continue to help save the lives of many children in Africa.  With every water cooler and bottle of water we obtain from AquAid a donation is made on our behalf to The Africa Trust. These funds are used to directly build fresh drinking water wells in areas in Africa where it is needed the most, like in schools and villages. 

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Beware of fleas and ticks

May 2017 - The weather is warming up and with it we're seeing more fleas and ticks on our patients. Not only do these beasties irritate our furry friends, but they can also cause serious, in some cases life-threatening, disease.

Flea bite allergy is a very nasty skin complaint in dogs and cats that may need corticosteroids and can lead to severe secondary bacterial dermatitis. 

     Skin lesions caused by flea bite allergy.

Ticks can cause painful swellings when they latch on to feed and, more worryingly, can spread severe blood diseases like Lyme borreliosis. Pets returning from travel abroad can bring home unusual ticks, carrying diseases such as Babesiosis, which are not normally seen in the UK. Whilst it's not currently a legal requirement to treat travelling pets for ticks, we strongly recommend that owners apply a tick treatment to dogs or cats before returning to the UK. 

   Ticks at various stages of their life cycle.

If you need advice on safe, effective parasite prevention don't hesitate to give us a call. One of our vet nurses will happily help you choose the right type of product (oral, spot-on or collar) for your pet, and tell you about special offers currently available.

Explore our pet advice pages for more information >

 

Microchipping of all dogs is compulsory in Scotland

February 2017 - The Microchipping of Dogs (Scotland) Regulations 2016 came into force last year. See our microchipping page for more information. Low cost microchipping is available for only £10 at all branches of MBM. Please call us to book a convenient appointment at a time that suits you on:

Kilmarnock 01563 522701

Mauchline 01290 550452

Beith 01505 502126

 

Avian Influenza - advice for bird-keepers

January 2017 - For the latest updates and guidance on avian influenza please follow this link:

> Scottish Government website: Avian Influenza Prevention Zone Information

Essentially, all domestic birds (including poultry, game, aviary birds and waterfowl) should be housed, and biosecurity measures put in place, to prevent contact with wild birds which may be a source of the virus.

The link also has advice for members of the public on how to notify the authorities if you should come across any dead wild birds.

Beware of household food waste risks to pets

  

April 2016 - We have been seeing increased numbers of cases of tremorgenic mycotoxicosis (which means ‘tremor-inducing mould poisoning’) in pets. There have been several severe cases needing emergency treatment and it’s something that dog owners in particular should be aware of as we store more of our waste and rubbish for recycling.

Mould growing on decaying food or compost releases poisons which cause signs a few hours after being eaten. In many cases more than one dog in the family is affected, as they all join in when breaking into containers.

Severity can vary. A dog may be mildly affected with slight twitching of muscles or stiffness in the legs, or it may suffer severe, sustained seizures and tremors. This depends on the amount of poison eaten and usually the ‘gannet’ of the family will be worst affected.

In severe cases the poisoning can be fatal if not properly treated. Sustained seizures cause the body temperature to rise uncontrollably and damage to muscles releases more toxic chemicals into the blood stream. Liver and kidney failure can follow.

However, with prompt treatment most dogs do survive and make a complete recovery. They need intensive care – we station a vet nurse ‘kennel-side’ to constantly monitor the dog and administer treatments. Severe seizures are controlled with infusions of anti-convulsant drugs; intravenous fluids flush out toxins and keep internal organs working; and cooling treatments regulate body temperature. The worst of the seizures and tremors usually resolve within 24 – 48 hours and most of our cases have been able to go home after 3 days or so.

Our pictures show Indie the Viszla while she was hospitalised for mycotoxicosis. Her sister Yana also showed mild signs. Bella and Rosie, the spaniels, were both badly affected. Thankfully the dogs have made good recoveries, as have other cases, but their owners are all keen to stress how frightening the experience was for all concerned.

It’s always a great relief to get a patient through such a dramatic and serious illness – but as with so many things prevention is better than cure. Please keep your waste and recycling containers secure where pets can't get them and keep a close eye on dogs when out and about – especially if they have a tendency to follow their noses and go rummaging! 

If you think your pet may have eaten waste or is showing any of the signs described above please call us immediately for advice and treatment. 

 

Puppy Preschool at Kilmarnock

This free, early socialisation class allows young puppies less than 11 weeks old to have some learning fun while you have the opportunity to speak to members of our nursing staff about puppy healthcare and training matters. Commencing at 3.30pm every Friday afternoon at our Kilmarnock surgery, the class lasts for an hour, so feel free to drop in. Pups should have received their first vaccination prior to attending (please bring your pup's vaccination card).

Older pups of 11 - 17 weeks old, which have received a full vaccination course, are invited to our long-established Puppy Playgroup on Thursday evenings. 

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