Under the measures announced by the Prime Minister, everyone has been instructed to stay at home and only go out for a small number of essential reasons including shopping for basic necessities and any medical needs. The British Veterinary Association BVArepresenting over 18, vets in the UK, has confirmed that veterinary practices are considered to be essential services under the new measures.
However, in the interests of safety and complying with government advice, vet practices should only be delivering emergency treatment and urgent care and should be cancelling routine and non-urgent appointments. What does this mean in practice for pet owners with sick pets? First, if your pet needs the vet urgently, then you should just phone your local vet as usual. If, for any reason at all, they are unable to see your pet themselves, they will let you know how to find a vet who will see you.
Vets are obliged under their professional code of conduct to ensure that the animals under their care are able to get veterinary help twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, fifty two weeks a year. In the past, vets used to have a direct on-call rota for after-hours work, and many vets still do this.
In some areas, vets now have a shared after-hours rota, so you may see a different vet from the normal day time vet. And in other areas, there may be a centralised pet emergency clinic that serves vets in a wide area, with full time vets and nurses employed just to cover night and weekend work. Every day it seems that the national picture shifts, and government policy adapts to meet the need to control the virus. Veterinary care for urgent cases has been continued even in places that have been completely locked down.
So even in the worst case scenario, with complete shutdown of our society, measures should be in place to provide veterinary care for your pets should they need it. Whatever happens, you should always be able to phone your local vet clinic to receive instructions on how to have your pet seen by a vet.
What about possible risks to humans going to vets and potentially meeting other people that could be carrying the Coronavirus? Again, this should not be something to worry about. We all know that because there is currently no vaccine available to prevent COVID, the best way to avoid becoming ill is to avoid exposure to the virus. Vets are already experts in preventing the spread of viral infections: as part of our job, we have to care for animals that can suffer from far more lethal and contagious animal viruses than COVID Fortunately, these pet diseases such as Parvovirus do not affect humans, but vets have many years of experience at controlling dangerous infections in their clinics.
This latest crisis has meant that we need to adapt such controls from being animal-centred to being people-centred. All vet clinics are now taking preventive measures to ensure that members of the public and staff members are protected from the Coronavirus.
Vets are now using personal protective equipment PPEincluding masks, gowns, and gloves in many instances. Non-contact methods are being used to hand over essential medication. Veterinary team members who have any symptoms of respiratory illness are staying at home and following medical advice on self-isolation. If a vet clinic team member is ever confirmed to have COVID, medical advice will be followed on how to proceed, to ensure that the rest of the team, as well as the public, are kept safe.
This may be done via video apps online, or even just using the old-fashioned telephone. If an animal owner is ill with COVID, and if their pet needs to be seen in person, the ill owner will need to ask a healthy family member or friend to bring their sick animal to the vet clinic. They will need to phone the local vet clinic ahead of time, to sort out the best way to handle this situation.
This is a difficult time, but remember: a vet will always be available for your pet if they have urgent need of help. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. Visit our adblocking instructions page.Account Options Sign in. Top charts. New releases.
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Pets with diabetes can be treated very well resulting in a good quality of life. The best results are achieved when you as a pet owner record all things that are important indicators of success or failure.
The diabetes management can be fine-tuned on the basis of these, avoiding complications associated with low and high blood sugars, as well as the costs associated with such complications. He designed the app for two main reasons: 1. To provide diabetic pet owners with a convenient free tool to actively participate in the medical management of their beloved pet; 2. To enable the gathering of strictly anonymous data on diabetic pets and their management.
This enables diabetic pet owners to actively participate in research and help develop better treatment options for pets with diabetes. The Diabetes Log feature of the app allows users to record, and easily share with their veterinarian, all those parameters that are essential to keep an eye on when it comes to pet diabetes management; they include: clinical signs like weight, appetite, thirst and urination changes, as well as urine and blood sugar values for those owners who perform home blood or urine glucose testing.
This will maximise your chances to achieve the best possible result, together with your veterinarian. Life is complicated enough, let the Royal Veterinary College Pet Diabetes App be your personal assistant to take extra good care of your furry member of the family and automatically help pet diabetes research along the way! Reviews Review Policy. Language updates. View details. Flag as inappropriate. Visit website.
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Surgery to correct Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome which is a combination of upper airways problems that is typically common in short nosed breeds such as Pugs, French Bulldogs and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. The nurse will perform a general health check on your pet to make sure they are in tip top condition. This will include checking for discharge in their eyes, nose and ears as well as checking their teeth. They will also recommend regular flea treatment to avoid future episodes occurring.
You will notice your pet itching and licking more than normal. They may also have red and inflamed skin. The nurse will firstly take measurements of your dog or cat which include around the neck, thorax and abdomen. This will help the nurse gain a better understanding of your animal and provide the right weight management programme for them. Once this information is collated, the nurse will provide your pet with a body score, which is generated through an online tool in conjunction with our nutrition partner, Hills.
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Plus microchipping for dogs is now compulsory since 6 April What is a microchip and how does it work? The tiny microchip is inserted under the skin of your pet. The microchip can be scanned, revealing the code which links to your contact details kept on a database. Here at The Vet we have qualified nurses and vets who can implant microchips in the correct place between the shoulder blades of your pet. It is similar to getting an injection, with little or no pain experienced — most pets do not even feel it being implanted.
It can be done at the same time as neutering or another procedure if you would prefer your pet to be under anaesthetic. Neutering is the general term used describe surgically removing some or all of the reproductive organs of your pet. In males, the operation is called castration and is a routine procedure carried out under general anaesthetic and can be performed on cats, dogs, rabbits and ferrets. Why should I get my animal castrated? Castration greatly reduces the risk of your pet getting tumours of the testicles as well as reducing stress if unable to find a mate.
This is not true but you might see a fall in certain behaviours such as roaming, spraying urine, mounting and fighting. When should you castrate your pet? Castration is usually done at a young age, but can be performed at any age. If your pet is 8 years or over, our vets will recommend a blood test first to check overall health before the anaesthetic. In females, the operation is called spaying and is a routine procedure carried out under general anaesthetic and can be performed on cats, dogs, rabbits and ferrets.
Why should I get my animal spayed? Spaying greatly reduces the risk of your pet getting breast cancer and infections of the womb as well as stopping unwanted litters, which can be risky for the mother.
When should you spay your pet? Spaying is usually done at a young age, but can be performed at any age. Why should I get my rabbit vaccinated? Myxomatosis and rabbit haemorrhagic disease RHD are two fatal viral diseases which can so easily be prevented by an annual vaccine.