Potential danger of using Jerky Treats

Hazardous Treats

The Veterinary Poisons Information Service has recently alerted vets to the potential danger of using Jerky Treats as regular treats in dogs.

In countries like the USA,Canada & Australia the consumption of these Jerky Treats has been associated with a worrying increase in cases of Fanconi Syndrome, a potentially serious kidney disorder. With this disease the kidney tubules do not properly reabsorb electrolytes and nutrients back into the body but instead spill them in the urine. Unfortunately if not treated promptly the condition is often fatal. 

Our concern is that recently a few cases have now also been reported in the UK.

In view of this information it may well be prudent and advisable to avoid these treats in pet dogs until more information about them is available.

We will place more information about this on our website in the near future.

Black and white dog in the street.

Microchip Legislation

Every dog owner in England will have to microchip their animal from April 6th 2016 under plans intended to cut a rise in strays.

The microchips will be coded with owners’ details, and owners who do not comply could face fines of up to £500.

What is a microchip??

A small chip, the size of a grain of rice, is inserted between the shoulder blades of a dog using a sterile needle. The procedure does not require an anaesthetic and is no more painful than a standard vaccination

The chip is coated in a bio-compatible glass, the same material used in human pacemakers, which is not rejected by the dog’s body. The device fuses to the dog’s bodily tissue, meaning it will not move around.

If you are unsure if your dog has been chipped or if your details are up to date please contact the surgery or pop in and we can scan your pet free of charge to check their details.

If you would like to book your pet in for a chip this can be done in any of our surgeries please contact us on 01942 242464.

Kind Regards

Luc Van Dijck, DVM, MRCVS

Clinical Director

New Construction Started

Construction Started Across The Surgery!

Some of our clients who recently visited the surgery, will already have noticed that some demolition/construction work has started on the previous Springfield Street Garage site just across from the surgery.

We are very exited to announce that this is the actual start of a redevelopment and expansion project of our growing Veterinary Centre and business.

The aim is to be able to provide our valued clients and their pets with extra services that will complement the clinical side of the practice.

This project has taken almost 3 years of planning and preparation to reach this stage.

Please rest assured that the existing surgery building will not be affected and will keep functioning as normal. Unfortunately some temporary parking issues can be expected during the main construction period, during skip deliveries, deliveries of materials etc. We and our builder Cre8 Construction ,will however do our up most to minimise any disruption this may cause. Please ask our reception staff for help if you encounter any problems during visits.

We will try and update our clients regularly with the progress of the construction faze and in due course reveal more of our plans. 

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Luc Van Dijck, DVM, MRCVS

Clinical Director