Weclome to your Medivet Healthcare Plan newsletter, where you can find helpful information about your healthcare plan. Read about protecting your bunny from flystrike, microchipping your pet, protecting you dog from Kennel Cough, and what your 6 month health check includes!
Flystrike is one of the most serious problems to affect rabbits. This occurs most frequently in the warm weather and involves flies laying eggs on the rabbit. The eggs hatch into maggots that start to eat the flesh of the pet. Flies tend to be attracted to soiled fur, normally around a rabbit’s bottom. For this reason, it is essential that you perform regular checks of your rabbit and keep their bottom clean.
We recommend you call into your practice to collect Rearguard for your pet rabbit. Rearguard will not kill adult maggots; it works by preventing any eggs laid by flies from developing. Rabbits should be treated at 8–10 week intervals under conditions of repeated blowfly challenge. Please ask your vet or nurse to assist you with the application if you are at all unsure and they will be delighted to help you. If you are a member of our Healthcare Plan, Rearguard treatment is included.
Flystrike can be fatal and progresses very quickly, so any affected bunnies should be classed as an emergency and taken to the vet immediately.
According to a study carried out by the PDSA which involved more than 4 million cats, 2 in every 5 cats are not microchipped.
Cats Protection report thousands of cats missing every year, with only 1 in 2 cats ever being found.
There is, however, good news for dogs. According to data from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, since introducing compulsory microchipping 95 per cent of UK dogs are now microchipped.
This has enabled thousands of dogs to be reunited with their owners and the Dogs Trust's annual survey found the number of strays fell last year by 21 per cent to the lowest levels since the survey began in 1997.
A microchip is the size of a grain of rice that can help find your pet and reunite them with you if they ever get lost or stolen. And it’s complimentary when your pet joins our Medivet Healthcare Plan! So if your cat or dog is not microchipped, please make an appointment to visit your vet. If your pet is chipped, please pop into your practice so that we can scan the chip and ensure your details are up-to-date. Microchipping is only effective if your details are accurate.
So if your cat or dog is not microchipped, please make an appointment to visit your vet. If your pet is chipped, please pop into your practice so that we can scan the chip and ensure your details are up-to-date. Microchipping is only effective if your details are accurate. Microchipping is only effective if your details are accurate.
Kennel cough is a highly infectious, but rarely life threatening respiratory infection that can spread from dog to dog – either in kennels, at dog training, playing in the park, or just on walks. It is one of the most common infectious diseases in the UK.
It is one of the most common infectious diseases in the UK.
Symptoms include a harsh ‘honking’ cough, which is sometimes followed by retching. Other symptoms include loss of appetite and breathlessness. In the worst. In the worst cases, dogs may cough for weeks and some may get more serious complications such as pneumonia.
Don’t take any chances, ensure your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date today.
Annual boosters of kennel cough, along with distemper, parvovirus, leptospirosis, hepatitis and parainfluenza, are included in our healthcare plan.
Our pets age about 6 times faster than we do, so getting a health check every 6 months is the equivalent of every 3 years for a human! The idea is that they get a thorough clinical examination twice yearly – once in the annual health check and booster examination, and then 6 months in-between.
If your pet is due (or overdue!) his/her 6-month health check please contact your local Medivet clinic to book an appointment (this is included if your pet is a member of the Medivet Healthcare Plan) and we will be delighted to assist you.