Disease Information – Alabama Rot
Cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV), otherwise known as Alabama Rot, is a disease caused by damage to the blood vessels supplying the skin and kidneys. Tiny blood clots are formed within the blood vessels which blocks them, resulting in damage to the affected tissue. Within the kidneys this can lead to severe kidney dysfunction, and for ulcers and lesions to appear upon the skin.
At present, the cause of CRGV is unknown, although research and investigations are ongoing. Recent reporting of cases seem to suggest the possibility of a Winter and Spring seasonality, and although an environmental cause of the disease is possible, current tests have proved inconclusive. Cases have been reported in various areas within the UK.
It is important to remember that most of the time a skin lesion will not be caused by CRGV. Lesions can, however, be difficult to distinguish from cuts, bites and stings. If your dog develops any unexplained swellings, soreness, or reddened areas, speaking with one of our vets about the best course of action is advised.
Seasonal Toxic Warnings – Flowers & Chocolate
With all the beautiful Spring flowers emerging, and the onset of Easter around the corner, it is worth bearing in mind that some of the seasonal treats can be toxic to our furry friends. Below is a small list of some of the ones to avoid:
Cats: Lillies, Amaryllis, Chrysanthemums, Iris & Gladioli, Cyclamen
Dogs: Azalea, Bluebells, Buttercups, Rhododendron, Sweetpea
Both: Tulips, Daffodils, Hyacinth, Chocolate
Common household, as well as garden plants, can also be toxic to rabbits. Please follow the link for further guidance https://rabbitwelfare.co.uk/rabbit-diet/poisonous-plants-rabbits/
I have found a baby bird – what should I do?
Whilst it is encouraged to look out for our native wildlife and fledglings at this time of year, we would like to also offer guidelines about when to intervene with a wild animal in need. Birds, rabbits and deer all leave their young unattended for long periods of time before returning to feed them. Finding a lonesome juvenile, therefore, may be normal. Once an animal, or bird, has been touched and removed, they often cannot be returned to their parents, and chances of survival and release are reduced once they enter captivity. If you find an animal you are worried about, following the below guidelines should help. Remember it is better to call for advice before intervening or attempting to syringe feed food or water.
- If you find an injured animal, call the practice for advice.
- If the parents are known to be dead – call your local wildlife rehabilitation, RSPCA or vets for advice.
- If the animal is in immediate danger but does not appear injured – move to a safe spot a short distance away.
- If there is a featherless young bird out of their nest – call your local RSPCA, wildlife rehabilitation or vets for advice.
If handling and transport if wildlife is required, wear gloves and keep them in a secure, warm container.
Hydrotherapy case study – Narnia, Collie Cross, Age 8
In September, Narnia ruptured the cruciate ligament in her left knee whilst playing in the park. Our Orthopaedic Vet, Peter O’Hagan, performed an operation to repair this, called an MMP TTA. An orthofoam wedge was inserted into the top of her tibia, which held the bones in a new position and created stability once again within the joint. Once she had recovered from the operation, Narnia started her rehabilitation program within the practice. She attended weekly hydrotherapy sessions with our qualified nurses.
Unfortunately for poor Narnia, she moved awkwardly whilst enjoying a play on the beach in December and ruptured the cruciate ligament in her other leg. She underwent the same operation on her right leg, and once again started weekly physiotherapy and hydrotherapy sessions within the practice.
We are happy to say she is recovering very well and is getting a lot of benefit from her physio and hydrotherapy sessions. She always maintains her happy persona and has been a great patient to nurse. We hope to see her back on the beach in no time!
If you would like to enquire about our hydrotherapy facilities, please contact the surgery. Sessions can be tailored for patients requiring rehabilitation, weight loss, recreational use or for those suffering from restricted mobility or arthritis.
Rabbits teeth, unlike most of our other pets, are continuously growing. They are perfectly adapted to their natural diet of abrasive grasses and vegetation. Continual growth ensures that they are sharp enough to efficiently grind down these substances.
We can help maintain their oral health by ensuring we feed our pet rabbits with food as closely aligned to their natural diet as possible. Good quality hay and grasses should make up over 80% of their daily diet, with the addition of a small portion of leafy greens and a small amount of pellets. It is strongly recommended to stay away from muesli style rabbit foods as they encourage selective feeding and are high in sugar. This can lead to an unbalanced diet, reduced hay intake, and further digestive problems. Teeth can also become overgrown and produce painful spurs and spikes which can wear against the cheek and tongue.
The good news is that providing a balanced diet as outlined above, and encouraging increased hay intake, goes a long way to helping maintain a happy and healthy rabbit. We recommend regular 3 monthly teeth checks, and our nurses can provide these free of charge. Please call the practice for any advice, or alternatively book an appointment with one of the team.
We are trying to reduce our plastic footprint within practice. To help us achieve this we are asking clients to return their plastic medication bottles to us. They will be cleaned and sterilised, so we can reuse them.
Meet the Staff – Senior Registered Nursing Team
Jenny Savage BSc RVN
Owns – 1 rescue cat
Loves – Nurse consultations and supporting her nurse team, Outside of work Jenny loves crafting, sewing and baking.
Carli Shaw BSc Dip RVN
Owns – 2 rescue rabbits
Loves – Rabbit clinics, medical nursing and dental care. Outside of work Carli enjoys bizarre endurance events (!), decorating and photography.
Adele Welsh Dip RVN
Owns – 2 dogs, 8 cats, 2 horses – all rescues!
Loves – Behaviour, medical nursing, wound care and geriatric nursing. Outside of work Adele enjoys long bubble baths with a good book and a large gin!
We will be holding an Open Day soon! Keep an eye on our Facebook page, or ask within the practice for further details.