At Animac Vets from now until the end of May, we are focussing on animal nutrition, diets and the effects they can have on your pet.
Although it's sometimes a difficult subject to discuss and address, a recent survey done by the PFMA found that 51% of dogs, 44% of cats and 29% of small mammals are overweight or obese. All these figures have increased since their research five years ago (dogs were at 45%, cats 40% and small mammals 28% in 2015).
Commonly associated conditions in pets with obesity include arthritis, diabetes and heart disease.
However, research done in 2015 by the Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department at the College of Veterinary Medicine, at the University of Minnesota, highlights a much longer list:
✓ Orthopaedic disease
✓ Diabetes mellitus
✓ Cancer – mammary, transitional cell carcinoma (TCC)
✓ Respiratory diseases
✓ Urinary tract disorders
✓ Lipid disorders
✓ Hepatic lipidosis
✓ Dermatological disease
✓ Gastrointestinal disease
✓ Increased anaesthetic risk
In the last few years, we have seen implications for the pet insurance industry, with companies highlighting the number of claims for obesity-related conditions.
One insurer, Animal Friends, studied 20,000 pet health records and discovered that the number of claims for treatment of arthritis had more than trebled since 2015. The repercussions have been widespread with an increasing number of pet insurance companies now rejecting claims for sick animals if they are found to be overweight.
What can we do?
As with people, there is no quick fix for obesity among pets. It is a chronic disease,
which requires careful and ongoing management. but we can help by assessing your pet's body condition score and giving you up to date information and advice. Together we can work towards helping your pet live happy and healthy, long lives.
Please talk to our vets and nurses about your pet's nutrition.
(Info obtained from PFMA reports and website.)
Animac Vets now offers minimally invasive keyhole surgery (laparoscopy).
This new service offers a less invasive & less traumatic option for female neutering and other surgical procedures, with a faster and more comfortable recovery period.
What is Laparoscopy?
Laparoscopic surgery is an advanced technique that can be used as an alternative to traditional “open” surgical procedures.
A camera is inserted through a small incision in the abdomen and magnifies the internal structures on a TV monitor, allowing great visualisation & precision.
Additional small incisions are made to facilitate the use of surgical instruments like forceps and the sealing/divider system.
The vessel sealing system that we use during laparoscopy is called LigaSure, an advanced & secure method to prevent bleeding.
How is this less invasive than a normal spay and what are the benefits?
During a normal or open spay, the surgeon creates an incision large enough to get their fingers into the abdomen.
The laparoscopic procedure with a smaller incision, has a lower risk of infection, quicker recovery time, reduced blood loss and significantly less pain for your pet.
Is the uterus removed with the ovaries?
No. With keyhole surgery only the ovaries are removed. This has been common practice when spaying in the USA & Europe for more than 35 years.
Does it cost more?
There is specialised equipment and training needed to perform these procedures, so the cost will be more than traditional open surgical procedures, but not as much as you may think. Please contact us at the practice to enquire about the costs involved.
What other procedures can be performed?
Crytporchidectomy: Surgical removal of an undescended testicle.
Gastropexy: A surgical procedure where the stomach is attached to the abdominal wall in order to prevent Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV), commonly called a gastric torsion or bloat. GDV is a life-threatening condition, where the stomach flips or twists, trapping air and gases in the stomach and most commonly occurs in large breed, deep chested dogs.
Internal Biopsy: Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive method of obtaining a tissue sample from an organ or area inside the body. e.g the liver or intestines. The tissue is then analysed in a laboratory to help diagnose a variety of disorders and diseases. Because the veterinary surgeon can see the biopsy site using the laparoscopic cameras, they can choose the best representative area to take the sample biposy from and can more easily monitor for bleeding.
If you have any qestions or need any further information, please contact us at the practice on 01314529277.
Changes to Pet Travel in the event of a ‘No-Deal’ Brexit
The RCVS has given guidelines to owners who wish to travel to the EU in the event of a 'No-Deal' Brexit.
An overview for pet owners
Pet owners will still be able to travel to Europe with their pet after the UK leaves the EU, whatever the outcome of the Brexit negotiations. However, in the event of no deal, they may need to take some additional steps to be able to travel with their pet to the EU.
If pet owners are planning to travel after 29 March 2019 the Government will recommend they contact their vet at least four months in advance to check what they need to do.
Those wishing to travel to the EU on 30 March 2019, for example, should discuss requirements with their vet as soon as possible and by 28 November 2018 at the latest.
The requirements for travel would include making sure that pets are effectively vaccinated against rabies before they travel. This involves having an up-to-date rabies vaccination and a blood test to demonstrate sufficient levels of rabies antibody.
The blood test would need to be carried out a minimum of 30 days after any initial rabies vaccination and a minimum of three months before their travel date. This means that pet owners will need to talk to their vet about health requirements in good time to make sure they are able to travel with their pet.
The Government has published further guidance for pet owners on its website here
(Content from RCVS)
Animac Vets is participating in the Dogs Trust Neutering campaign. If you are on a means tested benefit and have one of below breeds of dog, you are able to get your dog neutered at the practice for £35.
Jack Russell Terrier
American Bull Dog
Crossbreed-where the primary breed is one of the others listed
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Please contact the practice for more details.
Animac Vets is now proud to be part of the Galedin Veterinary group of independent practices.
We share our core values of providing a local, friendly, personal service to our clients. This is delivered by practice teams of professionals committed to caring for all out patients based on clinical need and in partnership with their owners.
Being part of the larger group allows us to share skills and resources to offer the best options to all animals entrusted to our care, as well as developing and investing in our people and facilities.
We are committed to protecting the route for young veterinary professionals to progress within the practice, securing the futures of local families, providing employment and securing sustainable, affordable veterinary services for our communities.
From the 1st of February 2016 the practice is working with Cats Protection to provide a neutering service to eligible cat owners.
If you live in postcode areas EH1-EH55 and ML12, and are on state benefits, or a low household income, you have the opportunity to have your cat neutered for £5.
Please call the practice for further details.
We are stocking a new product- Pet Remedy- which is a destressing and calming remedy made from natural products. It comes in a plug-in diffuser and spray, is suitable for all mammals and birds showing signs of stress and anxiety and begins to work immediately.
Ask at the practice for more details.
As I am sure most people are aware, the Scottish Government recently announced that it will be compulsory by law that all dogs are microchipped by April 2016.
From the 15th of July 2015 for a limited time of 6 months, we are working with Dogs Trust to offer FREE MICROCHIPPING to all dog owners.
We will be offering Veterinary Nurse clinics for this service only at our Southside branch.
Please contact the practice to make an appointment.
We’ve recently taken a lot of time investigating and researching the various diets on the market. After careful consideration we have taken the decision to stock Burn’s food and Lily’s Kitchen as our primary diets, with other diets available on request.
Burns are a UK based company, founded by Veterinary Surgeon, John Burns. Their food is based on homemade diets made from the highest quality ingredients, containing no secret ingredients or artificial additives and are competitively priced.
The proteins used are chicken, lamb, fish and duck, which are both nutritious and highly digestible. The ingredients do not change if cheaper ingredients become available, which can be particularly important for any animals with food intolerances.
Wherever possible ingredients are ethically and locally sourced with accreditations from The Ethical Shopping Guide, Compassion in World Farming and The British Hen Welfare Trust. The company does not test on animals.
For more information about Burns Pet Foods please clickbelow
**** ATTENTION PET HEALTHCARE PLAN CLIENTS ****
We are delighted to let you know of changes to the benefits of your plan.
As you are aware our PHP currently allows clients to spread the cost of routine vaccinations and flea and worm treatment over the year. It also offers clients a six month health check each year and discounts off selected services.
We are now extending this discount to 10% off ALL products and services, including consultations, surgical procedures, medications, pet food, and petcare products.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for choosing Animac Vets and your continued support to enable us to provide the best possible health care for your pet.
If you are not already a member of the scheme why not sign up today!
The Living Wage Foundation, in partnership with Poverty Alliance, is pleased to announce that Animac Vets accredited as a Living Wage employer.
The Living Wage commitment means everyone working at Animac Vets receive a minimum hourly wage of £7.85 - significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.50.
The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.
Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, in both the Scottish and Westminster parliaments.
Living Wage Foundation Director, Rhys Moore said: “We are delighted to welcome Animac Vets to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer."
“The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.
“We have accredited over 1,000 leading employers, including Animac Vets, ranging from independent printers, hairdressers and breweries, to well-known companies such as Nationwide, Aviva and SSE. These businesses recognise that clinging to the national minimum wage is not good for business. Customers expect better than that."
November is Pet Diabetes Month!
Diabetes is becoming increasingly common amongst our pets, with an estimated 1 in 200 pets suffering from the disease.
The main clinical signs include excessive thirst, frequent urination, excessive hunger but losing weight, lethargy and cataracts (dogs). It's a condition often associated with older pets (cats and dogs over 6 years old are often more at risk), putting on weight and inactivity. Certain breeds are also at higher risk of developing the condition.
If your pet is showing any of these signs you should seek Veterinary attention. There are a number of diseases with similar clinical signs and diagnosis can be done quickly with a couple of tests.
Animac Vets are opening a branch practice in the Southside area of the city at 127-129 Nicolson Street on the 1st of September. Please see our 'Contact Us' page for the new branch details.
Recommend a Friend Scheme
At Animac Vets we appreciate that the best form of recommendation comes from loyal clients who value the care they receive from our practice.
In recognition of this, from Monday the 9th of June we are starting a ‘Recommend a Friend’ voucher scheme.
Simply print a copy of our voucher form here or pick up a copy at the practice, fill in your details and pass it on to the friend you wish to recommend. When your friend brings the completed form in the first time they bring their animal to the practice, we will send you your £10 voucher by post and credit your friend £10.
Please see our Terms and Conditions below:
Vouchers are only valid for services and products provided by Animac Vets.
Only 1 voucher is redeemable per transaction.
Not valid in conjunction with any other voucher or offer.
Not exchangeable for cash or equivalent and is non-transferable.
There is no limit to the number of friends an individual client can recommend.
The offer is only valid for friends who are bringing an animal to the practice for the first time.
Only 1 voucher can be redeemed by each new client/household.
The practice reserves the right to reject any application where there is reason to believe fraud is involved.
Since 1956 the Dog Aid Society of Scotland has been providing support and assistance for families who face the difficult decision to re-home their much loved pets.
The main aim of the Society is to re-home dogs, however the Society also has a Neutering Scheme and a Veterinary Aid Scheme for owners on a low income.
The Neutering scheme enables dog owners who are on benefits to have their dog neutered at a reduced cost. The Society is currently providing £50 vouchers to eligible applicants.
Please see their website for more details and to download an application form. http://www.dogaidsociety.com/
Frontline Combo Special Offer!
The best way to protect your home and your pet from fleas is to use a dual-action product that contains both:
• an ingredient which kills adult fleas
• an ingredient which prevents flea eggs and larvae from developing into new fleas
This is important because only 5% of a flea problem is on your pet. 95% of the flea problem exists in the pet’s environment – your home.
Each female flea can lay up to 50 eggs a day, so an infestation can accumulate quickly if you don’t routinely protect your pet.
From the 1st of October until the end of November, Animac Vets is running a special offer on Frontline Combo. Buy a 3 pack of Frontline Combo flea and tick treatment and get 1 vial free or buy a 6 pack of flea and tick treatment and get 2 vials free!
June is National Microchipping Month.
How would you feel if you lost your pet?
Even the best loved and well trained pet can go missing or get lost. Whatever the reason, you can’t be sure that a collar and tag will still be there and legible when your pet is found.
What can you do?
A microchip is a simple way to ensure that should your pet go missing, they can be easily identified and returned home. When your pet is found, a scanner is used to detect the microchip and read the unique identity code. The details of the scanned chip are checked against a pet database and the registered owner of the pet is contacted. Scanners are routinely used by vets, rescue societies and animal wardens all over the country.
At Animac Vets this June, in support of National Microchipping Month, we are offering microchipping at the special offer of £15 which is a discount of over 50%!!
Please contact us at the practice on 01314529277 to book your appointment.
Just to let everyone know about our vaccination amnesty campaign. As I’m sure you are aware, vaccinations are important to protect your pets against potentially life-threatening diseases. We do send reminders when vaccination boosters are due, however, we recognise that with today’s hectic lifestyle, these can be missed or mislaid and people can let these important vaccinations lapse. A full primary course of vaccines is then required to ensure your pet is fully protected.
From now until the end of May, Animac Vets are offering the price of a full course of vaccinations, at the reduced price of a booster!
Please contact the practice to make an appointment or for further details.
Pounds for Hounds
Vet practices around the country are calling on all dog owners to help raise vital funds for the charity Hounds for Heroes, by having their dog vaccinated for Kennel Cough. The ‘Pounds for Hounds’ initiative will run until 11 November 2013.
Established in 2010 by Gulf War Veteran Allen Parton, Hounds for Heroes provides specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of both the UK armed forces and civilian emergency services.
"It costs £20,000 to train and provide lifetime funding for one of these dogs and it is initiatives such as Pounds for Hounds that help us get that bit closer to our goal.”
“We’re urging dog owners to help their pets by vaccinating for Kennel Cough and help us at the same time. Kennel Cough is a highly contagious, airborne disease that is spread from dog to dog so can be caught when dogs are in close contact with each other such as in parks, on dog walks, in training classes and other places where dogs mix.”
Vaccine manufacturer, Pfizer Animal Health, is behind the campaign. Earlier this year the company donated £20,000 to buy and train one of the charity’s newest canine recruits, Vanguard. Now, as part of the Pounds for Hounds campaign, the company will donate 25 pence to Hounds for Heroes for every dog vaccinated with its Kennel Cough vaccine between 11 November 2012 and 11 November 2013.
To have your dog vaccinated for Kennel Cough and help raise money for Hounds for Heroes, please contact us at the practice.
To find out more about Hounds for Heroes, visit their website here.
The festive season is upon us! Don't forget to pick up a treat for your pet this Christmas. Come and see our Christmas stock today!
A shocking new animal welfare report by leading veterinary charity, PDSA, reveals millions of pets are more aggressive, overweight and misunderstood than ever due to fundamental gaps in animal welfare knowledge.
1.3 million dogs across the UK are displaying problem behaviour, 18.5 million dogs, cats and rabbits are being fed deadly diets, and 11.2 million pets are at risk of life threatening disease due to not being vaccinated or neutered.
Findings from the second PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report produced in conjunction with YouGov, exposes a serious lack of understanding and provision of even basic levels of care for millions of the UK’s pets. The report, which captures the views of pet owners, the veterinary profession and for the first time, children, lifts the lid on some of the most concerning health and welfare issues facing the pet population and reveals some uncomfortable home truths, with problem behaviour in dogs, and obesity and illness in dogs, cats and rabbits, set to rise unless action is taken.
Animac Vets are taking part in Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW). This offers the chance for all Rabbit owners to bring their pet(s) in for a free health check and receive a free Rabbit pack.
RAW runs from the 15th-22nd September 2012. Please phone the surgery for more information or to make an appointment.
More details about RAW can be found on www.rabbitawarenessweek.co.uk
We recently held an information evening at the Braid Hills Hotel with guest speaker Joy Howell from Bayer animal health. Joy provided a very informative evening regarding the diseases associated with travel both home and away.
We have launched our new Pet Healthcare Plan which helps spread the cost of routine treatments throughout the year by means of direct debit. Details on this can be found on the Pet Healthcare Plan section of this website. Alternatively phone the surgery for more information.
Having finished the refurbishment of the premises, we had our Open Day on Saturday19th November 2011 which was a great success and we would like to thank everyone who came along.