"Paws For Thought"

September is going to be a very exciting month for our Veterinary Nursing team, here at Ashman Jones. Hayley is about to commence her final year at college! Just one more year and Hayley will have the opportunity to show off all her knowledge and practical skills to be able to achieve the title of a fully Qualified Registered Veterinary Nurse. Good luck for your final year Hayley! I have also started my first year at college so with the help of my Clinical Coach Caroline and everyone else at Ashman Jones, hopefully in a couple of years I will be able to achieve a Registered Vet Nurse status too.

Recently, at Ashman Jones, we have seen many cases of bee and wasp stings. It is a relatively common occurrence as it is not unusual for dogs to have the urge to chase flying, buzzing insects, unfortunately the result of catching them is not so satisfying for our furry friends. The majority of the time insect stings will cause irritation or discomfort for your canine companion but will get better with time. However, as we know, our furry pals sometimes like to snap at the bees or wasps flying on by. This can be dangerous as it leaves very vulnerable parts open to be stung such as their mouth or throat. This can be more problematic as any swelling could block their vital airway. Just like us, dogs too can have allergic reactions to bee and wasp stings. Signs that they are having an allergic reaction can include swelling and difficulty breathing. If you think your doggy has been stung more than once at any one time or if they are having an allergic reaction you should take them to your vet as soon as possible. Another thing to bear in mind is when you or your dog have found windfall apples on the ground as sometimes the wasps get into the apple due to its sugary content. If the apple gets picked up this could startle the wasp and cause it to sting.

Some of our lovely clients already know, we now have another incredible permanent Locum called James Greenwood, along with Kate who many of you have also previously met. As they are our permanent Locums, it means that even when one of our regular vets are away, you will still have continuity for your furry friend.

As many of you may have heard on the radio recently,1 in 3 dogs in the UK were found to be carrying a tick on them when checked at random, During the study carried out by Bristol University last year. The study was carried out on 15,000 dogs and 31% were found with at least one tick on them. Ticks can pass on diseases such as Lymes disease and in some areas Babesiosis. This reinforces the reasons why we now recommend Simparica, here at Ashman Jones, as it not only treats fleas and Sarcoptic mange but it will kill any ticks within 12 hours, meaning they will not be on your pet long enough to pass on these, sometimes fatal, diseases.

Now that Autumn is coming, so are the slimy snails and slugs! Not only are they not exactly the cutest animal in the world but they also carry a risk to your dear little cats and dogs. Snails and slugs carry the larvae of the Lungworm which means if your furry friend ingests them, either by accident or on purpose, they could have this parasite thriving inside of them. Infection can also spread through the slime being ingested which is why we recommend bringing any toys and bowls in the garden indoors overnight. Lung worm can be difficult to spot in some cases, however signs to look out for include breathing problems, changes in behavior, bleeding more or for longer than usual and sickness. As Lungworm can be a very nasty parasite we advise you to worm your cats every three months and dogs every month, using a wormer such as Milbemax, which will flush any Lungworm out of their system.

Congratulations to Murray for completing the Muddy NUTS challenge and raising hundreds of pounds for HEART charity! The run included 200 obstacles and it took 4 hours to complete. It is still not too late to donate. You can donate by visiting this website http://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/heart

Finally I will finish this months 'Paws or thought' with another interesting animal fact for you... did you know that elephants have a specific alarm call which means 'human'?

Warmest Wishes

Holly Smith @ Team Ashman Jones