Vaccinations update 22.04.20

**VACCINATION UPDATE**
As the lockdown has been extended we have reviewed the risks to pets that have not yet had their vaccinations and are please to announce we are taking steps to protect the most vulnerable animals by providing the most crucial vaccinaions. We are now offering a vaccine clinic once a week for puppy vaccines and any dog boosters that are approaching 13 months from the last booster.

We will NOT be routinely performing Kennel Cough or Rabies vaccinations unless there is a special reason to do so.

We are also offering first year boosters for outdoor cats and rabbit vaccinations. We are NOT offering annual boosters for older cats or primary courses for kittens at this time as they are at a lower risk.

We will be contacting any clients who had their booster appointments cancelled last month in order book these in but if you did not already have an appointment arranged and your pet’s vaccines are due please get in touch with us to arrange an appointment. This clinic will be following social distancing procedures which we will explain at the time of booking.

Thank you all again for your understanding at this very difficult time.

Coronavirus update 8th April 2020

Coronavirus update 8th April 2020

CLIENT ADVICE ON WHAT TO DO DURING THE CORONA CRISIS

In response to the latest government guidelines we are now only open for patients that need essential care to avoid unnecessary suffering or maintain animal welfare. In order to help you understand the best way to look after your pet please see the below Q&A

What conditions constitutes an emergency needing immediate care?

If any of the below are occurring contact us immediately for an appointment.

· Breathing difficulties

· Open wound injuries

· Trauma (e.g. car accidents)

· Male cats struggling in the litter tray to pass urine

· Rabbits neglecting food

· Swallowing hazards ie.toys/ clothes etc

· Ingestion of poison/harmful substances

· Eye problems

· Vomiting or diarrhoea, especially if your pet appears quiet or depressed or if it is going on for a long time (more than 24 hours)

· Swollen abdomen or retching (especially large dogs)

· Loss of thirst & appetite

· Struggling to give birth

· Seizuring/fitting

· Collapse

I am concerned about my pet’s health in general but I do not think it is an emergency?

To respect social distancing rules we are replacing our standard consultation service with video and telephone consultations. Please contact the practice to arrange an appointment.

Can I bring my pet in for an INITIAL VACCINATION COURSE?

If you have a puppy, we recommend that they are vaccinated as normal to ensure they are fully protected from parvovirus, hepatitis, distemper and leptospirosis. We have limited appointments but will do our best to fit these in when we can.

For kittens we advise to delay initial vaccination at the moment and keep them indoors. If they are not going outside they will not be in contact with other cats who could pass any illnesses on to them prior to vaccination. We advise that you then get this booked in as soon as possible when government restrictions are reduced.

We will review this on a regular basis and provide further updates if government advice changes.

Can I bring my pet in for its ANNUAL VACCINATION BOOSTER?

We can postpone this vaccine for up to 3 months after the due date without requiring a restart. In these exceptional times we ask that you delay the booster until up to a maximum 3 months after the due date.

Can I bring in my pet my for a HEALTH CHECK?

Not at this moment in time because this is not deemed critical. However, depending on availability, we may be able to conduct a health check via a video or telephone consultation. Please ask the practice for further information.

Can I bring my pet in for NAIL CLIPS? Or to have their ANAL GLANDS expressed?

This should be postponed if your pet is not in any danger of feeling discomfort. If you are uncertain whether this is the case please arrange a video consultation or telephone consultation with the vet or the nurse.

How can I get my FLEA, WORM, TICK and FLYSTRIKE treatments?

It is important that you continue to give your pet the appropriate treatments. We are happy to dispense these on request and are able to post them to avoid journeys to the practice. Please contact us to make suitable arrangements.

Or REPEAT FOOD and MEDICATIONS?

It is important that you continue to give your pet the appropriate food and medication. We are happy to dispense these on request and are able to post them to avoid journeys to the practice. Please contact us to make suitable arrangements.

Can my pet still have ELECTIVE OPERATIONS such as Neutering and Lumps removals?

These operations are not deemed to be critical during these extraordinary times and we therefore ask that you postpone these procedures until government guidelines on social distancing changes.

What about ULTRASOUNDS and BLOOD TESTS?

The practice can deem whether this would be critical or not – please contact us if you are unsure.

The above still hasn’t answered my question?

Please contact us directly

CORONAVIRUS FAQ

CLIENT ADVICE ON WHAT TO DO DURING THE CORONA CRISIS

In response to the latest government guidelines we are now only open for patients for that need essential care to avoid unnecessary suffering or maintain animal welfare. In order to help you understand the best way to look after your pet please review the below Q&A

What conditions constitutes an emergency needing immediate care?

If any of the below are occurring contact us IMMEDIATELY so we can direct you to your nearest open practice.

  • Breathing difficulties
  • Open wound injuries
  • Trauma (e.g. car accidents)
  • Male cats struggling in the litter tray to pass urine
  • Rabbits neglecting food
  • Swallowing hazards ie.toys/ clothes etc
  • Ingestion of poison/harmful substances
  • Eye problems
  • Vomiting or diarrhoea especially if your pet appears quiet or depressed or if it is going on for a long time (more than 24 hours)
  • Swollen abdomen or retching (especially large dogs)
  • Loss of thirst & appetite
  • Struggling to give birth
  • Seizuring/fitting
  • Collapse

If the advice is to come into practice please follow the advice on the EMERGENCY VISITS

I am concerned about my pet’s health in general but I do not think it is an emergency?

To respect social distancing rules we are replacing our standard consultation service with video and telephone consultations. Please contact the practice to arrange an appointment. We also have a advice on Video and telephone consultations here https://youtu.be/oWUvNjHOf0I

Can I bring my pet in for an INITIAL VACCINATION COURSE?

A vaccination is not deemed as an emergency and we will not be offering initial vaccination courses. If you have a puppy, we recommend that they are kept inside and not exposed to other dogs. You should book a vaccination course as soon as possible after normal service resumes.

We will review this and provide a further update if the government extends the initial three weeks of enhanced measures to slow the spread of the virus.

Can I bring my pet in for its ANNUAL VACCINATION BOOSTER?

We can postpone this vaccine for up to 3 months after the due date without requiring a restart. In these exceptional times we ask that you delay the booster until up to a maximum 3 months after the due date.

Can I bring in my pet my for a HEALTH CHECK?

Not at this moment in time because this is not deemed critical. However, depending on availability, we may be able to conduct a health check via a video or telephone consultation. Please ask the practice for further information.

Can I bring my pet in for NAIL CLIPS? Or to have their ANAL GLANDS expressed?

This should be postponed if you your pet is not in any danger of feeling discomfort. If you are uncertain whether this is the case  please arrange a video consultation or telephone consultation with the vet or the nurse.

How can I get my FLEA, WORM, TICK and FLYSTRIKE treatments?

It is important that you continue to give your pet the appropriate treatments. We are looking at ways of getting these to clients who are due them and postal / delivery services may be an option. Please contact us to make suitable arrangements.

Or REPEAT FOOD and MEDICATIONS?

It is important that you continue to give your pet the appropriate food and medication. We are looking at ways of getting these to clients who are due them and postal / delivery services may be an option. Please contact us to make suitable arrangements.

Can my pet still have ELECTIVE OPERATIONS such as Neutering and Lumps removals?

These operations are not deemed to be critical during these extraordinary times and we therefore ask that you postpone these procedures until government guidelines on social distancing changes.

What about ULTRASOUNDS and BLOOD TESTS?

The practice can deem whether this would be critical or not – please contact them to understand more.

The above still hasn’t answered my question?

Please contact us directly

Coronavirus pandemic

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 18TH MARCH 2020

In order to protect our staff and clients from the coronavirus and allow us to continue to provide a veterinary service to our clients we are taking a number of steps to reduce the risk of virus transmission in our surgery.

  • We are asking clients not to come into the practice if you have a new, persistent cough or a high temperature. If you do cough or sneeze whilst in practice please cover your nose and mouth and use a tissue when possible. Our staff will direct you to the nearest bin. Please wash your hands in the client toilet or use the hand sanitiser provided afterwards.
  • When you contact us to book an appointment and on arrival to the practice we will ask whether you have a cough or high temperature. And whether you have travelled abroad in the last 14 day. If you have travelled to any at-risk areas or show either of these symptoms we may advise a telephone/video appointment instead. If this is not suitable you may need to ask someone else to bring your pet on your behalf. Video/telephone consultations will run for the same length of time as a regular appointment and you will be charged a normal consult fee for this.
  • To avoid crowding in the waiting area we would prefer that only one person accompanies your pet into the practice. We are asking clients to call us on arrival and wait in the car park until the vet or nurse is ready to call you in. Please leave your car windows open so you can hear the vet/nurse calling you in.
  • In the interests of hygiene and safety we will avoid shaking hands with clients.
  • Please use the hand sanitisers provided on arrival and before leaving the practice.
  • As recommended by the World Health Organisation we’d appreciate if you could pay by card rather than cash.
  • We have robust internal procedures in place should a member of staff feel unwell or be at particular risk of contracting COVID 19. This means we have fewer staff working each day and we cannot always guarantee that you will see a specific vet. Routine appointments may also need to be rescheduled if we receive an emergency on the day. These precautions have been taken to minimise any spread of the virus as best we can and hope that our clients understand the need for these measures.
  • As our staffing level is lower we would appreciate if you could email any non-urgent queries to info@milfordvets.co.uk and where possible use the online form on our website for prescription requests to reduce the calls coming into reception. https://www.milfordvets.co.uk/repeat-prescription/

We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused by these new protocols and thank you all for your understanding during this difficult time. Our first priority is always the health and welfare of our patients and their owners and these steps are aimed to ensure we can still provide the best possible service throughout this national crisis.

Pet Passports update

We have now received confirmation that during the Brexit transition period clients can continue to use their pet passports for travel as before until the 31st December 2020. We will provide you with further information about post-Brexit arrangements as soon as these details become available.

Greek Dogyssey 2019 part 3

As well as neutering as many dogs as possible, Sheena and Donna spent a large part of each day treating sick dogs. This year the charity raised funds to buy blood testing kits, so it was possible to test almost 100 dogs for life threatening disease such as Ehrlichia, Leishmania, heartworm, and Anaplasma.

Ehrlichia and Anaplasma can cause excessive bleeding and anaemia, (many of the dogs who come into the shelter are anaemic), but these diseases are easily treated. Leishmania is a more difficult disease to treat, but can be kept at bay with long term medication. One of the dogs Sheena treated on her first trip to this area arrived emaciated and on the point of death, she spent 3 days in the clinic onn intravenous fluids. She is now on Leishmania medication, and 18 months later is doing really well. Patsy would love a home to live in as she is a calm and gentle little soul, but it is unlikely that she will ever find a home due to her need for long term medication. Sheena was so happy to see her looking so well, and Patsy seemed very happy to see Sheena too. Donna plans to raise funds to pay for further blood testing and treatment for Ehrlichia and Leishmania, so watch this space!

Patsy in 2018
Patsy today

Greek Dogyssey 2019 part 2

Tuesday and Wednesday were two more busy days. Tuesday was spent blood testing and neutering as many dogs as possible. Some of these dogs had recently been brought to the shelter on the point of starvation, and were not well enough for neutering. They started treatment for the various diseases they had contracted, and Sheena took blood to check if their vital organs were still functioning. They were all anaemic, and some had severely low protein and glucose levels,

Poor little Virgos could not even raise his head

Sadly one dog died on Tuesday despite Sheena and Donna’s best efforts to save her. Everyone was devastated. Another dog who was considered well enough to be castrated, had a heart problem which manifested itself after his surgery and he had to have intravenous fluids to help boost his circulation. Happily he enjoyed his night of comfort on his orthopaedic bed and was ready to face the world again by the following morning. They were two very difficult and stressful days.

A Greek Dogyssey 2019

This year Sheena and Donna returned to Greece to help provide emergency veterinary care and neutering for the strays. They have gone back to the same shelter as last year because the need was so great. They were very lucky to have been given free accommodation in a local resort, so Sheena donated all the money she usually spent on hotels to pay for even more drugs and equipment.

The first day was extremely busy with a lot of dogs for neutering, all the dogs are now tested first for diseases which can cause excessive bleeding, so Sheena was relieved to have this test available (for the first time). This meant a few dogs have had their surgery postponed so they can receive treatment first. Despite this, one dog did bleed excessively, and Sheena spent a lot of time tying off all her blood vessels, but she recovered well, and the day ended on a good note. An even better end to the day was the lovely 10km ride home (instead of 19km last year!), on amazing bikes kindly loaned to them by the resort manager.

Greek strays September 2019

Once again Sheena and Donna will be heading out on 20th September 2019 to provide more vitally important veterinary care to the stray dogs and cats of Greece. We are appealing to our wonderful clients for any donations you may be able to make towards these animals. All donations will go directly to the strays to provide medication and other equipment that may be needed to improve the health and quality of life of the dogs and cats in the area.

Please leave your kind donations at the practice reception, making sure you state they are for the Greek strays. Thank you as always for your generosity!