New arthritis treatment in dogs!

There is now a new treatment for arthritis in dogs!

 

Degenerative joint disease is very common in older animals and can severely affect their quality of life. It is one of those diseases where multimodal therapy (using more than one type of treatment) is most effective.

 

We use pain relief as the primary treatment (which have side effects) but weight loss, low impact exercise, K-Laser, joint and high level essential fatty acid (EFA) supplements and chondroprotective injections (cartilage protection) all play a very important role in managing the condition.

 

Fortunately, we now have a new treatment – Monoclonal antibody injections that specifically target the osteoarthritis pain factors.

 

The treatment is very specific so it has minimal side effects.  It can be used in combination with other medications and is very effective. In some cases, the dogs have been able to come off their anti-inflammatories. It is a monthly injection.  Continuing the other supportive treatment is important to get the best results. This is a brand-new therapy, so we have only used it in a few dogs, but we are very impressed with the results so far.

 

Arthritic pain is not curable but is manageable and we can slow the progression of the disease to hopefully allow your dog to have a good quality of life for longer.

 

If you think your dog may be suffering from arthritis, or are wondering if more can be done, please come and see us.

Update on travel to the EU and Northern Ireland

An update on Pet Travel to the EU and Northern Ireland.

 

Pet travel to the EU now that the transition period has ended.

 

The UK, for pet travel, has been granted Part 2 Listed Status. This has important implications for travel with your Pet to the EU.

The UK Pet Passport is no longer valid for travel. A pet passport issued in an EU country is valid for travel but a UK vet cannot update any sections except health check and tapeworm treatment.

 

All dogs, cats or ferrets which need to travel to the EU must be microchipped and vaccinated for Rabies (after 12 weeks of age) and must then wait a minimum of 21 days before they can travel.

Every time the pet travels to the EU they must get an Animal Health Certificate (AHC) from their vet. It can only be completed more than 21 days after a Rabies vaccination. This is a multi-page, official document that takes the vet about 45-60 minutes to complete and certify. Once completed it is valid for 10 days for travel out of the UK into the EU and for 40 days for ongoing travel in the EU and return to the UK.

Blood tests for Rabies serology is not required.

Tape worm treatment requirements remain unchanged

 

Travel to the EU with your pets is still possibly but has become more time consuming and costly to arrange.

Please always check the requirements, before you travel, on the APHA website.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-and-from-great-britain

Best wishes

Alan

Covid19 Vaccination and Neutering

BSAVA Vaccination Guidance

An update on Covid-19

The government has announced that new cases and deaths due to Covid-19 are on the decline, that is good news.  We are now waiting to see what the new regulations will bring.

In the meantime, we are in the position where human safety outweighs animal welfare and we have to apply social distancing and do our very best to keep people safe and still look after animal welfare – a challenging task.

Clients at our practice are asking questions based around vaccination and neutering.  This is understandable as vaccination dates start to pass and puppies and kittens get older and become more likely to have their own puppies and kittens!  

Our advisory body has put together a guidance sheet for the public to indicate how decisions are made both on vaccination and on neutering.  Our vets are currently calling the owners of pets whose vaccinations have lapsed and individually assessing them.  Please call and ask to speak to a vet if you are in anyway unsure of what to do, or feel your pet’s vaccination is overdue, please be patient.

I’m afraid it’s still not business as usual, but hope that the interpretation of these important questions is a little more clear.

Best wishes

Alan