George has recently found a dog carrying a tick called Dermacentor Reticulatus which it had caught in Bramcote. There are some frequently asked questions addressed below.
1) Where did the dog catch the tick?
A – The dog caught the tick in Bramcote Woods. She had not been walked anywhere else for several days.
2) Was the dog that was carrying the tick unwell?
A - Yes. The dog was off colour, not wanting to run around. She is doing well now though.
3) What was different about the tick found?
A - The tick was identified as Dermacentor reticulatus. This tick has until recently only been found on the South East coast of the U.K. This tick carries diseases including Babesia which can be very dangerous for dogs.
4) Has there been a case of Babesia caught by a dog in Nottingham?
A - No. We have discovered the tick which can carry Babesia but not the disease itself.
5) What can I give my dog to protect it from ticks?
A - There are now a number of products that can do this but they all have advantages and disadvantages. You should speak to experts like the vets at Churchcroft Veterinary Centre to work out which is best for your dog given its lifestyle and habits.
6) Where can I get the products to protect my dog?
A – Churchcroft Vets carry a wide range of these products. Some of these are prescription only so your dog may need a check over before he or she can get these. Churchcroft Vets are doing these checks for FREE in April and May.
7) Can I avoid my dog coming across ticks?
A - You can reduce the chance of your dog coming across ticks. Ticks are most active in the spring and early summer. You can avoid overgrown areas like woodland and scrubland and stick to roads and well mown parks.
8) What shall I do if I find a tick on my dog?
A - If you are confident in your technique you can remove the tick. It is important not to squeeze the tick or pull it such that you leave the head behind. It is much easier to get a tick out successfully if you have a device designed to do so. If you are unable to do this you should call your vets.
9) Can humans catch Babesia?
A - Yes, but not the dog version. The human version is not present in the U.K. and is a relatively rare disease.
10) Are ticks dangerous to people?
A - Potentially yes. It is best to always check for ticks when you’ve been in woodland or parkland where you may have picked them up and remove them safely if present. You should make a note of the date and where you got it in case this is important later.
It's cold outside! A reminder to keep your rabbits and guinea pigs warm and dry with plenty of high quality hay (and clean, fresh water too).
These two rabbits are enjoying each other's company.
We'd love to see photo's of your rabbits and guinea pigs enjoying some quality time with you. Tag us in so we can enjoy too.
FREE VET ARTHRITIS CONSULTATION
Call 0115 922 4855 to book your appointment.
Has your dog, cat or rabbit slowed down this winter, maybe started acting a bit older, coat looking less well groomed?
Churchcroft Vets are keen to help owners give their arthritic pets a better quality of life by offering free arthritis consultations and treatment during January and February. We also have some limited stock of FREE trial pain killers for new cases diagnosed in this time.
Call 0115 922 4855 and take a dvantage of this special offer.
At this time of year when the weather gets colder some pets become less keen to get out of bed and exercise or maybe become less keen to socialise with the family. Owners frequently mistake these signs as old age but they are more often symptoms of arthritis. Colder weather makes arthritic joints stiffer so the signs of arthritis become more apparent at this time of year. Any ONE of these signs can indicate your pet has arthritis:
1) Hesitating to jump onto the sofa / into the car
2) Licking at a joint e.g. a wrist or an elbow
3) Toileting in the house
4) Being less keen to go for a walk or into the garden
5) Getting less keen to be stroked
6) Losing coat condition, grooming less
7) Becoming bad tempered with other pets
8) Appearing stiff when walking or dragging back feet along the ground
9) Gaining weight despite no change in feeding
If your pet has ANY ONE of these signs then they may have arthritis and be in pain.
A professional veterinary examination can pinpoint areas of discomfort and joints with reduced movement. Owners whose pets are treated for arthritis often report that their pet becomes much happier and more playful and generally seems younger.
CALL 0115 922 4855 to book your appointment today.
Does anyone recognise this little guy?
Found on Bramcote Lane looking a little lost. He is a middle to old aged neutered male and is wearing a blue collar. He is in fair condition, not injured. We'd like to speak to his owner if anyone can put them in touch with us?
To help you prepare your pets, here are some dates of local fireworks displays.
Friday 3rd November
The Lanes Primary School (College House Junior School)
Bramcote C of E Primary School
Saturday 4th of November
George Spencer Academy
To help keep your pets safe, secure and calm remember the following. Walk dogs early in the day, shut cats indoors long before dark, provide dark places to retreat to and products such as pheromones or medications from your vet to enable your pet to feel less anxious and calm.
We have posted more detailed guidelines (on Facebook) on how to prepare your pet for the difficulties of fireworks. Churchcroft Vets give free advice on 01159224855.
Flash, bang, crash, whimper..... help dogs and cats deal with fireworks.
There are a number of ways to help your pet:
seek professional help, call Churchcroft Vets for free advice on 0115 922 4855. We have some really good medications that are very effective and a new gel to rub on their gums.
Find out when your local fireworks displays are on so that you can prepare:
Make sure cats are secure indoors well in advance of the fireworks.
A good long dog walk earlier in the day so that they are tired.
Provide a safe hiding place for dogs and cats, a crate, or even behind the sofa can be good.
Place your worn jumper or T' shirt in the crate to reassure of your presence.
Close the curtains and put some music or the TV on to help distract from the flashes and loud bangs.
Provide a long lasting chew, such as a frozen stuffed Kong to give another focus.
Pheromone or herb based plug in products can be helpful, we can discuss these with you.
Look after your little pumpkin over the fireworks season.
The flashes and bangs of fireworks can cause a real fear for many dogs and cats. Please don't let them suffer. There are some really good medicines available including a new, very effective gel to rub on their gums.
This is what Mr Lucas (Yasmin, the dog pictured) has to say. "I'm so glad we went to Churchcroft Vets to help Yasmin with her fear of fireworks, the medication has made all the difference to her and to us".
Please contact us for FREE advice on the best way to help your pet 0115 922 4855.
I'm sure the majority of us are aware of this but it's well worth sharing. It's a basic courtesy that is important for many and varied reasons for a lot of dogs. These dogs deserve a little space and respect for their needs.
Good to see BT working to get the many homes and businesses back online after a car crashed into the box. We are down to one phone line and no internet for a few days. We are open as usual and thank you for your patience until it's fixed.
We were lucky to have Churchcroft recommended to us over 5 years ago when Daisy joined us as a puppy. When we rescued Lacey we never expected to spend so much time with you. Lacey could not have had better care than that which she received from everyone associated with Churchcroft. Although the outcome was not what we wanted the extra time that she had with us was down to the expert vetinary care she received. We can never thank you enough for the care and compassion shown to her, Daisy and us h...
Thank you for your exceptional care and treatment of Howie
Zoe & Tim
We really appreciate all the care, support and your patience in answering all of our questions. Your kindness really helped us through. Thank you.
Sinead & Will
Thank you so much for the way you care for Tom. With your guidance he's doing so well and I have no doubt he's in the best hands.
Jen, Keith, Fred and Tommie
We couldn't have asked for more. Thank you.
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