Help Your Pets Cope With Thunderstorms and Fireworks

We are often asked about helping a pet cope with thunderstorms and fireworks because for many pets this can be a very stressful time. Here are some top tips for minimising the stress for your companions.

  • Make a safe hiding place for your pet – many pets feel safer if they have a comfortable little den to hide away in. Cats often like to be up high, so a secure den on a top shelf can be very useful.
  • Try to walk your dog before it goes dark to minimise the risk of being outside when the fireworks start.
  • Play the radio/television quietly in the background to help muffle the bangs of fireworks/thunder.
  • Keep the curtains closed to reduce the flashes that your pet sees.

A 'desensitization' programme can be very useful in animals IF STARTED BEFORE firework/thunder season gets under way. This involves playing a CD of 'scary noises' very quietly in the background whilst your pet is eating/playing/happy. This can then gradually be increased in volume to get your pet ready for 'the real thing'. We can direct you towards the relevant CD.

In some animals, their level of fear is such that medications will be required in addition to the above. Therapeutic intervention can involve pheromones, mood enhancers and mild sedative

Book an appointment with us to discuss which therapy would be most appropriate for your pet.

Congratulations...

to Sophie Walton and Leighanne Sims

for passing their nursing exams. Sophie and Leighanne are both qualified and are now Registered Veterinary Nurses.

Well done we are thrilled for you!

Happy 1st anniversary!

Wow - we can hardly believe that on 19th September we celebrate one year with Vets Now at our High Wycombe surgery. We are pleased to say that it has been going very well for both our staff and Vets Now team who have been working together to take good care of your pets 24/7.

This is a good time to remind our clients that if your pet is in for overnight patient care that your pet is NEVER left alone! Our staff look after your pet until we close at which time Vets Now staff are already on site and we personally hand over our patients. Vets Now vet and nurse are on site working at all times that we are closed and personally hand over patients to us when we open in the morning. Someone is watching your pet at all times!

We look forward to many more years working together with Vets Now to offer genuine 24/7 care.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MYXOMATOSIS AND RHD

What are Myxomatosis and RHD?


Myxomatosis is a disease of rabbits caused by infection with myxoma virus. It is typically spread by blood sucking insects – in particular fleas and mosquitoes. The virus can also be spread from rabbit to rabbit if the animals are housed together. Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD), also known as Viral Haemorrhagic Disease, is caused by a calicivirus which is spread by direct contact between rabbits (both wild and domestic) and by indirect contact. Possible indirect contact can be through people, clothing, contaminated hutches and bedding, as well as insect vectors such as fleas or flies.

Why is the vaccine currently unavailable?


We buy our rabbit vaccine from the manufacturer, MSD Animal Health. Unfortunately they are temporarily out of stock of their Nobivac Myxo-RHD vaccine and this has led to a general shortage of this type of vaccine.

MSD Animal Health is doing everything possible to produce the vaccine as quickly as possible and your rabbit will be revaccinated against this disease once vaccine is available again.

Has your pet been poisoned?

The VETERINARY POISONS INFORMATION SERVICES has launched a new service for pet owners.

If you think your pet has been exposed to anything you are concerned about CALL 01202 509000 for expert advice 24 hours a day (Charges apply – please see their website for details).

This poison line is a triage service to let you know if a trip to the vet is required.

Animal Poison Line

Is your rabbit vaccination due?

We regret to inform you that there is a temporary shortage of rabbit vaccine in the UK at the moment. We buy our vaccines from the manufacturer MSD Animal Health and, due to an unexpected production delay, the company is temporarily experiencing a short supply with its rabbit vaccine.

If your rabbit is due for a vaccination during now and June, we would recommend as a matter of urgency that you contact us to provisionally book an appointment at one of a limited number of rabbit vaccination clinics we will be running over this period.

Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience that this situation may cause.

If your rabbit appears unwell or you are concerned at any time please contact us.

Welcome Jessica Ford

We are excited to welcome Jessica Ford to our practice. Jessica graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 2013. Since graduating Jessica has begun specialising in Cardiothoracic medicine and has a special interest in soft tissue surgery.

Jessica joined our practice on 20 February 2017 and is primarily based at our High Wycombe surgery. She looks forward to meeting you and your pets in the near future.

Stokenchurch Dog Rescue

We'd love forever home!

We do a lot of work with Stokenchurch Dog Rescue and are proud to support this great charity. Each week one of our vets and nurses visits the charity to do check-ups and vaccinations. Here are a few pictures taken at our last visit.

There are many wonderful dogs desperately waiting to be adopted so please consider pet adoption before purchasing your dog from a breeder.

Visit their website for more information on pet adoption stokenchurchdogrescue.org.uk

Happy Retirement Malcolm Walters!

While it is a happy event as we celebrate Malcolm’s decision to retire and enjoy his new found free time, we are so sad to see Malcolm leave us on 2 December 2016.

Malcolm has been instrumental from the start in building Crossroads Veterinary Centre and growing it to what is today. In 1974 Malcolm joined the practice that Mellis Archard founded in 1958. Malcolm became a partner in April 1975 at which time only our High Wycombe surgery existed.

Without Malcolm and the support of his wife Sandy, our lovely Hazlemere surgery would not have been built.

Malcolm enjoyed introducing people to the veterinary world very young and would frequently visit schools to teach children about what a veterinarian does and how to care for animals. He loves sharing his knowledge and passion for the business.

Malcolm, your influence, experience, sense of humour and commitment is felt throughout Crossroads. We know that clients, many of whom have been with us for over 20 years, will miss you dearly, as will all our staff.

You will be missed so much - it is hard to imagine Crossroads without you!

Thank you Malcolm and Sandy.

Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease

Latest vaccine now available! Call us to book your appointment with one of our vets to vaccinate your rabbits against this devastating disease.

This disease is a variation of the already known Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (RVHD). The vaccines used to protect rabbits against RVHD do not appear to work to prevent them against this new strain of the disease. It is important to vaccinate your rabbits against this new strain known as RVHD2. We are here to help you and have the new vaccine in stock.

BVA (British Veterinary Association) offers advice on a NEW STRAIN OF RABBIT VIRAL HAEMORRHAGIC DISEASE. Please read this article to find out more about this disease.
To read full article click here .

Welcome Anusha Veena

We are excited to welcome Anusha to our practice. Anusha studied Veterinary Science in Scotland and qualified in 2012. She then spent a number of years working at a large Veterinary Hospital in India as the Head of Inpatient Department. Anusha joined our team on 1st October and is primarily based at our High Wycombe surgery where she looks forward to meeting you.

Welcome Vets Now!

We are delighted to announce that we are able to offer around the clock care for all pets requiring veterinary attention, 24/7, right within our practice. Vets Now are providing out of hours emergency care DIRECT from our main branch, 54 West Wycombe Road in High Wycombe.

You can find out more about these changes, Vets Now, and meet the Vets Now team by visiting our Emergency page.


History of our Veterinary Practice