What to expect if your pet needs surgery
Your pet is a treasured family member and we understand how much they mean to you. We take enormous pride in our surgical work and our knowledgeable team are often called upon to give advice and expertise to others.
Here at Oakhill we promise that your pet will receive the highest level of veterinary care and that as their owner, you will be kept informed at all stages.
Worms – what you need to know
Pets are victims of several internal parasites frequently referred to as worms. The most common are the roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms. Of these only two are commonly seen in faeces with the unaided eye: roundworms and tapeworms. Worm infestations can cause any or all of these symptoms:
Do I need to vaccinate my pet?
Vaccinations are required to prevent some very unpleasant diseases. All of the diseases that we vaccinate against can cause severe symptoms and sometimes even death. Pets do not need to meet an infected animal to pick up most of these diseases. Some viruses and bacteria can remain active in soil and water for years, or can be carried by insects.
Tick prevention and removal
Ticks are blood sucking insects. They are found in many parts of the UK but more commonly where there are a lot of sheep or deer. They are very common in the Lake District, on moorland and heathland and in woodland.
Life cycle of a tick. Ticks spend most of their life in humid vegetation (bracken and long grass) where they wait for an animal to brush past, such as a dog, cat or human.
How to prevent Dental Disease
Dental disease follows a progressive course. The teeth surface is constantly exposed to saliva and bacteria in the mouth. Teeth are also exposed to food particles during eating. Particles of food that remain in the mouth are digested by bacteria, producing a biofilm, a soft white cheesy-like substance called plaque. If this builds up on teeth it will form tartar, a hard stone-like substance.
Regulations relating to the supply of prescription medications by veterinary surgeons are enforced by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD). These guidelines apply to all controlled medications, including some topically applied products such as antibiotic ear drops and steroid skin creams. These regulations have been formulated to ensure that vets act in the best interest of animals.
Do I need a Pet Passport?
The UK has for many years been free from a number of diseases, most notably Rabies. In order to maintain this, animals entering from abroad were in the past forced to endure six months quarantine in an approved kennels. This was extremely stressful for both owners and their pets. So, in recent years the government has introduced the PETS Travel Scheme which allows animals to re-enter the UK without the need for quarantine.
Neutering – what you need to know
What is neutering?
Neutering is the surgical removal of the reproductive organs. Female dogs and cats undergo removal of the uterus and ovaries – an Ovariohysterectomy, often referred to as speying. Male dogs and cats undergo castration – the removal of both testicles. What are the advantages of neutering male dogs and cats? Statistically neutered animals live longer than those that are un-neutered.
Microchipping your pet
What is a pet microchip? A pet microchip is a small computer chip about the size of a grain of rice which has been programmed with a unique identification number that is readable using a small hand held scanner placed close to the pet’s body.
How are microchips administered? The microchip is injected under the skin, typically between the shoulder blades in dogs and cats.
Eek! Fleas. Now what?
What are fleas? Fleas are small biting insects that have been a source of irritation to both man and animals for a very long time! As well as causing itchy, annoying bites, fleas can also cause more serious problems: Allergic reactions (often require veterinary attention), Anaemia (especially in very young or old, sick animals), Fleas can transmit other diseases (such as tapeworms)