Next week celebrates the first day of Spring, and finally, we have the weather beginning to match it. Now I like winter, but all this rain has been rather depressing. Anyway, this week's topic focusses on what critters need to be dealt with when the flowers start to bloom.
Fleaing, worming and ticking (is that a thing?)
Whilst surfing the internet last week I may have spotted the most ridiculous headline on Sunday. It read 'Today is the hottest day of 2014'. And to be honest, there wasn't much competition within the rest of the year, so it was a slightly pointless headline. However, this is the start of hopefully a long, warm and bright time of the year. And with this, come the parasites.
Parasites can take many forms, but the most worrisome in Britain are fleas, worms and ticks.
Fleas we have noticed in particular, are becoming a real problem, as they have started to be present year round, instead of just in the summer. What is even more unnerving is that not all the products on the market now work in Bath. We do stock flea products that use working active ingredients (thankfully), so you can pop in at any time to top up. These are usually monthly spot-ons, however we do have collars that last for around six months and program injections for cats which last around the same.
Worms come in many shapes and sizes, however can be easily disposed of with a tablet or two that acts as a massive flush through the system. Nuff said about that.
Ticks tend to be more seasonal and are becoming more prevalent from now until the leaves start to fall. Hidden in high grass, they latch onto their host and burrow in, to drink as much blood as possible before falling off, drunk as a skunk after their binge. There are two problems with ticks, the first is the sheer numbers or size of the tick can cause anaemia (low red blood cell count), but more worrying is that ticks can be a reservoir for Lyme's disease, a nasty disease that primarily affects dogs. Therefore ticks have be removed as soon as spotted. What should be noted, is that they should not be just pulled off, as there are 8 legs and a head all below the surface of the skin, so any form of uneven pull will result in one or more appendages being left in there (with much pain to the host). Thankfully, there are tick removers available, if you have a shop around (or alternatively come to either surgery). There is also ant-tick spot ons available behind the counter, if you would prefer prevention over treating if there is an issue.
What's been happening?
Well it has been quite a topsy-turvy week at Ashman Jones. Firstly Pip was off on her form of a sabbatical (Cheltenham Races) and so we have had the lovely Clara in for cover. And have we needed her. Because on Sunday, Sophie decided to have a disagreement with some stairs, whilst carrying a heavy hoover. The upshot of it all has led to Soph on crutches and unable to venture downstairs very quickly to help with ops. On good news for Soph however, is, whilst she had the week off, she became an OV, or an Official Vet. Don't worry, this doesn't mean she has been practising unofficially for the past 18 months, it just means that she is now a recognised authority for the migration of animals across borders. Therefore, you can now visit any vet at Ashman Jones, if you were thinking of taking your furry abroad.
Rather interestingly, have been contacted by Arrow Media in the past couple of weeks. Arrow Media are a production team currently working with Channel 4 on a new series of programmes about the secret lives of dogs. The reason I mention this, is that they are looking for potential stars. Since the subject of the show is related to behavioural problems, they are looking for dogs that may need some help in this regards, in particular OCD or aggression. If you are willing to participate, just pop into either surgery and we will begin contact.
Next week, we will be back to full strength as Pip returns. Caz is off on the Friday, so there is a little jig around of who is where in regards to receptionists and nurses, but they're all the same faces, just in different places.
And for this week, a typical cat.