The leaves are falling and Christmas and New Year are approaching! Our Autumn Newsletter is all about common ailments in your pets - especially as they approach their more senior years. We have a host of special offers on preventative health products and treatments for certain conditions. We also discuss SUPPLEMENTS that are available for your pets and have special offers on every supplement that the Practice stocks.
A big HELLO from our NEW Veterinary Surgeon, Robin Stratton. Many of you will have met Robin when he acted as a locum Veterinary Surgeon during the summer months. Well, he liked the staff and clients at Vetcare so much we persuaded him to stay, and he became a full time Vet in the Practice at the end of October. Robin has many years experience in all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery, but he has a particular interest and expertise in Orthopaedic Surgery. A number of patients have already benefited from his skills.
If there is anything you need to know about the Practice or are unsure whether your pet needs to be seen by a Veterinary Surgeon then don't be shy. Give us a ring or you can also email us.
Canine Prostate Awareness Month
More than 80% of entire (uncastrated) male dogs over the age of 5 years suffer with enlarged prostate glands as a consequence of benign prostatic hyperplasia. Prostate disease is relatively common in dogs but often under-diagnosed because the prostate gland is hidden inside the abdomen. Benign Hyperplasia in dogs in painful and often only comes to our attention when the owner notices blood in the urine or when the dog is straining to pass faeces, by which time they have probably been suffering in pain for several months.
During November we are joining the National Canine Prostate Awareness Month campaign and offering FREE APPOINTMENTS WITH THE VETERINARY SURGEON to perform a general health examination but especially to check the prostate gland (which we can do simply by abdominal and rectal palpation).
We are also offering a Canine Prostate Specific Esterase (CPSE) test for £48 instead of the usual price of £60. This is a bit like the PSA test for cancer in humans but is used to test for prostatic hyperplasia in dogs.
Read more about the prostate.
Pet Diabetes Month
November is Pet Diabetes Month. About one in every 500 cats and dogs suffers from diabetes but many go undiagnosed until the disease has really progressed. We are offering FREE DIABETES TESTS during November to check your pet out. All you need to do is fetch us a urine sample. We will also do a very quick blood test if you book a Free appointment and bring your pet.
You can read more about diabetes on our website and in our information factsheets.
The My Pet Online site has information about diabetes month and offers the opportunity to win prizes and to receive daily pet care updates.
Diabetes is most common in middle to older aged dogs and most common in unspayed bitches. Certain breeds are more commonly affected. Older Cats are more commonly affected and it is castrated males that are most affected (1 in 200). However, any cat or dog of any age could develop diabetes.
Ultimate Pet Care at Vetcare
We hope that you will be pleased with the range of Special Offers and treatments we will be offering this Autumn Including:
- Free Nurse Club Appointments
- Discounts on all supplements for healthy pets
- Discounts on our range of Flea and Worm products
- FREE Flea and Worm health checks and advice
- FREE treatments for the first month for pets with suspected dementia
- Thirsty pet? -Urine analysis and specific gravity measurement for just £5
- VetComplex Diet loyalty scheme offer with FREE samples available
- 4 Weeks Free Insurance with Petplan
- 10% off all long term medications
- The new ATOPICA COMFORT CLUB
- Free Diabetes checks during November - fetch a sample
- Free Prostate checks during November
Nurse Club of the Month - October 2014: Senior Pet Club
Caring for your senior pet can be very different from caring for the young. There are many disorders that your pets can develop as they age. Some of these will have obvious symptoms and some more subtle. At the Senior Pet Club you will receive lots of advice on caring for your pet as they age, what to look out for and what you and we can do to help your pet with age related problems. You will also receive a FREE book supporting everything that is discussed and FREE samples of products / diets etc. that we recommend.
The questionnaire you complete before your appointment will give us lots of information and we will also offer you heavily discounted blood and urine tests as part of the package. All a bit like going to a 'well woman' or 'well man' clinic at your GPs.
Our Qualified Nurses run free clubs all year round:
- Puppy, Kitten and Junior Clubs
- Dental Club
- Weight Club (Pet Fit Club)
- Rabbit Club
- Senior Club (A popular 'well pet club')
- Diabetic Club
Nutrition and Vet Complex Diet
For the optimal health of your dog, cat, puppy or kitten we stock the full Virbac VetComplex Range of diets. In our opinion this food is better than any other pet food; nutritionally better, superiorly manufactured and amazing value for money. What you feed your pet is the most important thing that contributes to their health, beyond lifestyle and preventative health.You probably take a lot of care with what you eat - why not give the same consideration to your pets?
Vet Complex costs about 25% less per day to feed than the best diets sold is Pet Shops and we have a great LOYALTY SCHEME - for every 5 bags purchased get the 6th same sized bag of the same diet FREE OF CHARGE. This represents a further 17% saving.
Just call in to find out more or take some away. We have FREE samples if you need to try Vet Complex before you buy and offer a full refund palatability guarantee. Our staff feed Vet Complex to their Pets!
November 2014 STAR PATIENT
Jake is the much loved family member of Lynne, who many will remember from reception at Leigh. Many dogs and cats, like humans, are born with or develop heart murmurs. Some of these are 'innocent' and remain so for ever. Others can eventually cause problems and ultimately develop congestive cardiac failure. Fortunately, for most, this is very treatable..... read on.
Whenever we have an interesting or special case we will try and make then 'famous' by publishing their story on these pages. If you think your pet has had heroic treatment or surgery let us know.
See our Competition Page to win prizes. Currently we are offering prizes to clients from each of our surgeries just for writing us a review or a short piece for our testimonials page. £25 credit to the lucky people drawn.
Visit our online shop to buy gifts and essential items for your pet. Order from here and we can arrange for goods to be delivered to you at home or you can collect from the surgery with no postage or packing costs.