FESTIVE WARNINGS

Please stay safe this Christmas ❤️

ETHYLENE GLYCOL (ANTIFREEZE)

ETHYLENE GLYCOL is found in most commercial antifreeze preparations; ETHYLENE GLYCOL tastes SWEET; ETHYLENE GLYCOL is the most common toxicity seen in small animals because of its SWEET TASTE.

Only 6 ml of antifreeze will cause LETHAL poisoning in a 4 kg cat!

Symptoms start showing 30 minutes to 12 hours after ingestion and include increased thirst, depression and sometimes seizures.

PREVENTIVE MEASURES:

  • Clean up spills immediately
  • Check car regularly for leaks
  • Store antifreeze containers sealed and clearly marked in areas inacessible for pets
  • Don’t allow pets to have access to an area where radiator fluid is drained from car

GRAPES AND RAISINS

Eating grapes and raisins can cause acute kidney failure in dogs.

Clinical signs are usually seen several hours after ingestion. The dog may vomit and be depressed and go into renal failure within 24 hours.

Just 200 grams of raisins or grapes is enough to kill a 10kg dog!

The effect of eating grapes and raisins varies considerably from dog to dog and is it is recommended that you avoid giving any at all.

CHOCOLATE

 Did you know that your favourite Christmas treat could actually kill your dog?

Dogs need only a relatively small amount of chocolate to suffer fatal consequences:

  • 50g of baking chocolate powder causes death in a 10kg dog
  • 100g of dark sweet chocolate will cause seizures in a 10kg dog
  • 200g milk chocolate will cause seizures in a 10kg dog

however

  • 200g of white chocolate will probably not cause any adverse effects in a 10kg dog

Giving chocolate to dogs should be avoided completely.

For more detailed information relating to all poisons and household dangers please view the following page: Poisons and Household Dangers

RVHD2 IN RABBITS

A new strain of Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease has been identified in rabbits in the UK!

Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease variant (RVHD2) is a variation of the already recognised

Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (RVHD1) and BVA, BSAVA and BVZS are working with animal welfare organisations and owners to ensure rabbits are protected against this potentially devastating disease.

Vaccines for the original strain of RVHD do not appear to offer long term protection against RVHD2, however vaccines for this new strain are now available in the UK and Jersey.

There have been supply issues with this vaccination, however these are hoping to be remedied soon.

RVHD2 is more variable in its rate of disease progression than RVHD1, with presentation ranging from sudden death (with or without bleeding from the orifices), to a longer disease course of three to nine days, increasing the risk of unwell rabbits being brought into practices and in turn increasing the risk of transmission to other pet rabbits.

Until vaccination becomes more routine, avoiding the risk of infection is important!

Sean Wensley, BVA President, said: “Although the risk of a rabbit contracting RVHD2 appears highest in situations where rabbits are kept in large groups with regular new additions, such as at breeders or rescue centres, we encourage all owners to speak to their vet about vaccinating their rabbits against RVHD2.

“Veterinary advice from The Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF) has stated that the spread of RVHD2 may be facilitated by its apparent slower disease progression compared to RVHD1, and research suggests that we can expect to see RVHD2 starting to predominate in the UK’s wild rabbits over RVHD1 in the next five years or so.”

John Chitty, BSAVA Vice President, said:

“BSAVA would encourage practices to talk to rabbit owning clients about RVHD2 vaccines, and where there is deemed sufficient risk recommend the vaccine along with the essential vaccination against Myxomatosis – and it should be noted that this must not be done within two weeks of vaccination against RVHD2.”

BVZS President and veterinary pathologist Mark Stidworthy said:

“It is clear from post mortem examinations and PCR testing over the last 18 months that RVHD2 is now geographically widespread in the UK and all rabbits should be considered at risk from this potentially devastating disease.”’

So far there have been NO reported cases in Jersey!

WE HAVE CHANGED OUR NAME!

We are pleased to announce that from the 1 August 2015 Allan & Rushton-Taylor Veterinary Surgeons has now become Jersey Village Vets Ltd.

This change won’t affect any of our services. The teams at Ballantrae, Sommet Vert and Oak Farm will be there for you and your pet’s needs as always and our service to our equine and farm clients will remain unchanged. Our contact details will all stay the same. Keep checking out our website and Facebook page for more exciting developments…

NEW YEAR BANK HOLIDAY OPENING

Here are our opening times for this coming week:

Our opening times are as follows:

Monday, 29.12.2014 and Tuesday, 30.12.2014: Normal opening hours

Wednesday, 31.12.2014 (New Year’s Eve): 8.30 – 14.00, Emergency service after 14.00

Thursday, 01.01.2015 (New Year’s Day): Emergency service only

From Friday, 02.01.2015: Normal opening hours 

A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ALL OF US HERE AT ALLAN&RUSHTON-TAYLOR VETS!