Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month

Thank you to all our wonderful nurses!

Did you know that in the same way Nurses work alongside Doctors, Veterinary Nurses work alongside Vets, and no Veterinary Practice/hospital could function without them! Veterinary nursing is a profession in its own right, and a profession that requires knowledge, skill, and (depending on course provider) up to 4 years intensive training to complete the course and pass the RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) examinations required to qualify as a Registered Veterinary Nurse.

To find out more about what our nurses to care for your pets visit our Nurse Consultations page.

JOB VACANCY: REGISTERED VETERINARY NURSE

We are seeking a dedicated and enthusiastic RVN to join our excellent and friendly RCVS Small Animal General Practice, to start as soon as possible. Please see all the details here.

CONGRATULTIONS KATHRYN!

We are delighted to announce that another one of our vets, Kathryn Miller, has passed her exams through the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and is now qualified as ‘Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine’.

This is an official recognition of a veterinary surgeon’s particular knowledge and skills in a designated field of veterinary practice beyond their initial primary veterinary degree, and it confirms that they continue to be up to date in their field over and above the minimum requirements for continuing professional development (CPD).

Well done Kathryn we are very proud of you!

PUPPY SOCIALISATION

Do you have a new puppy addition to the family? Congratulations!

You will have so much fun watching them play and discover new things. It is so important to make sure your puppy is socialised correctly within the first few months of life. It helps them grow up with confidence and learn the rules of proper play with other dogs which also helps to prevent behaviour problems later in life.

We regularly hold Puppy Socialisation Classes run by qualified Veterinary Nurses at our Hazlemere surgery. Visit our Puppy Page to learn more about our classes.

Our nurses will provide the right environment to help them learn to interact safely with other puppies. You will receive valuable information and guidance in addition to having fun evenings!

Help your puppy grow into a confident adult dog! Classes are popular and fill up quickly so call us at 01494 718700 to book your class.


INTO THE SENIOR YEARS

As we celebrate our 60th Birthday year, it's incredible looking back at how things have changed and advanced over the 6 decades.

We can now do so much more for pets no matter what age, so when you start noticing the changes in them over the years, don't be frightened to come and talk to us! There are many things we can do to make your pet's golden years as comfortable and happy as possible and it need not be as costly as you think.


Aches and pains

'Oh he/she is just slowing down, it takes a while for them to get up but that’s normal' Whilst it is more common for older pets to have joint problems, it need not be so uncomfortable and difficult for them to do simple things like getting up off their bed.

There are a number of joint supplements and joint targeting diets available, and our vet may also feel your pet could benefit from being on long term anti-inflammatories and pain relief to help with their mobility.

Preventative Healthcare and Regular 'MOTs'

Many owners will stop vaccinations, flea and worming treatment when their pet becomes 'old'.

This can not only be potentially life threatening, especially if no longer covered against the fatal parasite Lungworm (which is non-discriminate and can affect them at any age) but it also means that they probably aren't coming into the vets much either.

Regular check-ups are so important, even more so in the later years, so we can catch signs of disease early and start treatments before they become more serious. In many cases, potentially serious health problems are picked up at the 'annual jabs', when the owner doesn't know there is something else going on.

We include preventatives (vaccinations, flea treatment, wormers) in our Pet Health Club (PHC) plans. Our PHC means you spread the cost of your pet's preventatives into affordable monthly payments, with included 6 monthly check-ups. We now offer 3 different plans one of them being a senior cat/dog plans too, which include blood/urine screening and blood pressure check-ups!

Come and see us!

NOMINATED VET OF THE YEAR

Thank you so much to our clients for nominating Denise Kinnard for ‘Vet of the Year' in the 2018 Petplan Veterinary Awards! Congratulations Denise for being nominated.

COMPETITION TIME!

Have you entered our competition yet?

You could WIN a FREE VET CONSULTATION! We are giving away 5 free vet consultations every month in celebration of our 60th anniversary.

All you have to do is LIKE and SHARE the post at the top of our Facebook Page or you can fill out a competition slip at reception.

BEWARE CHOCOLATE IS TOXIC TO PETS

Easter is a fun time where lots of chocolate is brought in to the home. It's oh so yummy for us but it can put pets at serious risk of poisoning. Most emergency care over the Easter weekend is due to pets ingesting chocolate!

Chocolate contains an alkaloid called theobromine which is highly toxic to many animals. Dogs in particular must be watched carefully because of their tendency to eat things they shouldn't. The most common signs of chocolate poisoning are diarrhoea, vomiting, panting, faster heart rate, restlessness, pancreatitis, and neurological problems.

Here are some tips for preventing accidental chocolate ingestion:

  • Make a note of where chocolate is hidden for treasure hunts so that none is left behind which will be found by pets.
  • Keep all chocolate high up and preferably in the cupboard so it is well out of reach from pets.
  • Don't leave your chocolate unattended at any time. It only takes a second or two and your pet could swallow it!
  • Promptly throw wrappers in the garbage out of reach of your pet. If an animal eats a candy wrapper it could cause intestinal irritation and blockage which requires surgery.

Wishing you a pet-safe HAPPY EASTER!

CONGRATULATIONS Katie!

CONGRATULATIONS to Katie Mead on passing her nurse exams. Katie is now a fully qualified Registered Veterinary Nurse! Well done Katie we are so proud of you.

HEART DISEASE

Did you know that heart disease can affect our pets much in the same way it does us? We all want to do everything we can to protect their loving hearts, so we've listed some of the more common signs of heart disease below. If you notice any problems with your furry friend, please do make an appointment to see one of our vets.

Common heart disease indicators:

  • Appetite changes
  • Restlessness
  • A persistent cough
  • Becoming withdrawn
  • Weakness
  • Breathing difficulties

We are pleased to announce that we have a visiting heart specialist at our High Wycombe surgery. Andrew Francis is a Specialist Veterinary Cardiologist and if our vets detect heart issues which requires further investigation you would have the choice to see him right here on site instead of travelling to a referral centre. Please see our Visiting Vets page for more about Andrew’s qualifications.

Joint Pain

Have you noticed your pet licking excessively at a particular joint? It can often be a sign of joint pain, and even if you don’t always notice them licking or biting at the joint, other tell-tale signs can include saliva staining, sore skin and fur loss. Arthritis and joint pain is not uncommon and can affect the quality of life your pet is experiencing. If you’re concerned your pet may be suffering from some joint pain, please make an appointment to see one of our vets. There are many ways we can help them and ease the discomfort they may be feeling.

Please have a look at our new health plans for rabbits and senior pets.

NEW PET PLANS

Have you seen our NEW Rabbit and Senior Dog & Cat Healthcare plans now available in our Pet Health Club? Go to our PET HEALTH CLUB page to find what's included/download a membership form, or give us a call for a friendly chat!

Many of you have ageing pets and they require special attention. Did you know a pet is technically an ageing pet at 8+ years? To help you take good care of your senior pets we are holding a FREE evening, with vet Sally Warwick and registered nurse Catherine Dakin, where you can learn more and have your questions answered. Click here to learn more about our Q&A evening on “Caring for Senor Pets”.

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CONGRATULATIONS JENNY!

We are delighted to announce that Jenny Woolgar, one of our vets, has been awarded the title of 'Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine' by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

'Advanced Practitioner’ is an official recognition of a veterinary surgeon’s particular knowledge and skills in a designated field of veterinary practice beyond their initial primary veterinary degree, and confirms that they continue to be up to date in their field over and above the minimum requirements for continuing professional development (CPD).

ANNOUNCING THREE NEW HEALTH CARE PLANS!

We are very excited to announce the launch of 3 NEW Health Care Plans to our popular Pet Health Club!

Our health club allows you to spread out the cost of your pet's routine healthcare into smaller monthly payments, access exclusive discounts, with the added peace of mind of regular vet and nurse check ups.

In addition to our current Cat and Dog plans, we now offer:

  • Rabbit Health plans
  • Senior Cat Health plans
  • Senior Dog Health plans

You can find out more about what's included and download a membership form (click here), or give us a call for a friendly chat with the team!

Nominated ‘Practice of the Year’

Thank you so much to our lovely Watlington Clients, for nominating our Watlington Branch for 'Practice of the Year' in the 2018 Petplan Veterinary Awards!

All of our team are very touched by the nomination, fingers crossed our 60th birthday year will be the year!

If you would like to nominate us, or a particular staff member, for an award you can go to the Petplan website

Congratulations JUDITH CARRINGTON
Monthly draw winner!

Congratulations JUDITH CARRINGTON - You are the winner of our survey draw!

You have won your FREE HEALTH CHECK AND VACCINATION for one dog, cat, rabbit or small pet. Thank you so much for your feedback!

We would like to thank all our clients who kindly took the time to provide us with valuable feedback.

Watlington Christmas
Fair Prize Winner!

Congratulations to Jeff and his owner on winning a FREE Vaccination! We loved meeting you last week, well done Jeff!

This year was our fourth year attending the Watlington Business Association Christmas Fair! It's a great community event, and we love taking part. Thank you to all who stopped by!

ALABAMA ROT

When dog owners hear the phrase 'Alabama Rot', they are understandably filled with fear and dread. This is especially true with re-occurring headlines about a new 'flesh-eating deadly disease' popping up in newspapers and across social media.

We have produced this fact-sheet, to help inform owners about what vets know so far, and to hopefully help reduce owner anxiety.

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If you have any concerns regarding your dog's health please contact us on 01494 459 095 (24 Hour On-Site Emergency and Inpatient Care 365 days a year)

It's A Girl!!!

Eva Marie Dillon was born at 6.30 AM on Sunday 26th November.

The Dillon family are all doing well, and Fergal is now off for the next couple of weeks to enjoy being a new dad!

We are so happy for you both and can't wait to meet her.

Lots of love from all of us at Crossroads XxX

IS YOUR DOG TREATED MONTHLY AGAINST LUNGWORM?

Lungworm is transmitted by slugs and snails, and dogs can become infected through the following ways:

  • Eating grass
  • Rummaging outside in undergrowth
  • Drinking from puddles/outdoor bowls
  • Snails/slugs in toys

Lungworm symptoms might include:

  • Coughing
  • Breathing difficulties
  • General sickness
  • Behavioural changes
  • Blood clotting issues

LUNGWORM CAN BE FATAL but is PREVENTABLE!

Make a FREE Flea/Worming Consultation today to ensure your pet is parasite protected.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

It’s that fun time for many as they dress up in fancy costumes and going door to door in the dark collecting treats. Fun for us but not fun for our pets and it can also be potentially harmful to them. To a pet there are strangely (and often really scary) dressed people coming to the door and wandering around the streets making a noise.

All that candy, chocolate and other treats about the house might be tempting to a pet so please keep them away from pets. Chocolate and sweets must not be given to pets. All forms of chocolate - especially baking or dark chocolate - can be dangerous, even lethal, for dogs and cats. Chocolate contains an alkaloid called theobromine which is toxic to many animals, especially to dogs. The wrappers are often shiny, crinkly and attractive to pets and if ingested can cause a blockage.

Safety Tips!

  • Pets should be safely confined without access to the front door.
  • Keep pets inside on Halloween night. Sadly, each year cases of cruelty are reported at Halloween time so we recommend keeping your pets locked up at this time.
  • Cats are particularly at risk - Keep them indoors. They can easily get frightened and get themselves lost or worse become a victim to cruelty, especially black cats!
  • Fire is a hazard. Keep lit pumpkins and candles away from pets.
  • Most pets don't enjoy being dressed up in costumes! If you choose to dress up your pet for Halloween, keep the costume simple, comfortable and make sure it is safe for them to wear.

Please remember to keep your pets safely locked up around Halloween time so you and your children can enjoy the fun! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

For more on Halloween pet safety read our article by Fiona Mullan (RVN)

Previous Survery Draw Winners!

Congratulations to our past winners RUTH PAGE and HAZEL BASCOMBE, we hope you enjoyed redeeming your prizes!

Thank you so much to everyone for taking the time to provide us with valuable feedback.


History of our Veterinary Practice