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AlphaPet News - Summer 2016
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AlphaPet News - Summer 2016

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Welcome to the Summer 2016 Edition of AlphaPet News

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AlphaPet Fun Day & Dog Show - Sunday 14th August

AlphaPet Fun Day & Dog Show - Sunday 14th August

We can’t quite believe that this year will be the 7th AlphaPet Fun Day and Dog Show in aid of two very worthy charities. As usual, it will be held on the Queens Field just next door to our West Meads surgery. This year we have chosen Guide Dogs and Catastrophes Cat Rescue as our nominated charities. Guide Dogs provide specially trained dogs to assist non- sighted humans, while Catastrophes is a less well-known cat... read more »

Anna runs the London Marathon

Anna runs the London Marathon

A fantastic achievement for Anna Holden, one of our West Meads reception team who completed her first ever marathon at this year’s London Marathon. She was running in aid of the Snowdrop Trust (a charity very close to her heart) and completed the course in a very creditable 5 hours 55 minutes and was the 13,093rd woman to finish! She wasn’t quite as quick on her feet for a few days after, but... read more »

Parvovirus Alert

Parvovirus Alert

For a good many years, thanks largely to highly effective vaccination policies, Parvovirus was a rare disease. We had felt that the horrific scenes of rows of dying puppies was a thing of the past. Recently however, we have seen several cases of Parvovirus in young puppies. Very sadly most of these cases have been fatal despite treatment. Despite high profile campaigns, people are still tempted by the lure of a young puppy... read more »

Raw Feeding - Seriously Risky

Raw Feeding - Seriously Risky

Feeding raw diets seems to be gaining in popularity, but there is a wealth of scientific evidence showing that there are serious risks to both our patients and clients from doing so. A recent study at Liverpool University showed that over half of dogs fed a raw meat diet contained a bacterium called E.coli that was resistant to a single antibiotic. This compared to just 17% in dogs fed a cooked meat diet. read more »

Cat Fur-Endly Waiting Area At West Meads Surgery

Cat Fur-Endly Waiting Area At West Meads Surgery

Our main West Meads reception area can get very busy at times. Cats and dogs frequently don’t mix and we recognise that cats can become stressed if they are waiting in close proximity to dogs, especially if the dogs are excited themselves. So, we have created a Cat Fur-Endly (get it?!) area at one end of our West Meads Reception where cats can escape the gaze and unwanted attentions of canine patients also... read more »

Using human medicines for pets

Using human medicines for pets

Recently, we have seen a worrying trend with clients medicating their own pets with human drugs. This is an extremely risky thing to do without specific veterinary advice. Whilst dogs and cats are mammals, just like humans, their reactions and tolerances to drugs, which are considered safe in humans, is extremely variable. For example, most of the common over the counter human pain relievers fall into the category of non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs). Some... read more »

Staff News

Staff News

As usual, the last few months have been quite busy for our staff. Vet, Laura Wingham, got married to Andy and became Laura Jenner. Many congratulations! Vet, Charlotte Gray, swapped sunny Dubai for sometimes sunny Bognor in April and has slotted in very quickly and is helping to fill the gap left by the retirement from AlphaPet of Paul Irvine-Smith. We’ve also lost nurse Aimee Dubben temporarily to maternity leave, but we’ve gained... read more »

10% off Sunscreens for pets in July

10% off Sunscreens for pets in July

Apparently, Bognor is the sunniest town in the UK. But it’s not just us humans that can get sunburnt or get skin cancer as a result of too much unprotected exposure to the sun. Cats and dogs with pink skin, especially on the ears and nose, can also get burnt and suffer from cancers such as squamous cell carcinoma. Every year we see several cats with this form of cancer on the ears... read more »

Tick alert

Tick alert

Ticks have always been a regular problem for many dogs and cats in the Chichester and Bognor Regis areas. We’ve known for a long time that some can transmit Lyme disease to dogs, but we have seen very few cases and indeed, we have seen more owners suffering from Lyme disease than their pets! However, this may be about to change. This year, new species of ticks have arrived in the UK from... read more »

Missing cat returns after 2 years away

Missing cat returns after 2 years away

Meet Alfie! He’d been hanging around a house in Chichester for a couple of months gradually becoming more friendly. Eventually, a member of the public managed to catch him and take him to our Kingley surgery. He was rather thin, and had a skin allergy caused by fleas but otherwise seemed reasonably OK. We also discovered he had a microchip and after a bit of further detective work, we finally managed to locate... read more »

Could your dog be a Life-Saving Blood Donor?

Could your dog be a Life-Saving Blood Donor?

Like humans, dogs need blood transfusions from time to time, usually as an emergency. Unfortunately, there is no local blood supply service for dogs, so at AlphaPet, we maintain a register of dogs that are suitable for donating blood. To be eligible to donate blood, a dog needs to be: Between 2-8 years old and fit and healthy (so not on any regular medications) Fully vaccinated and over 25kg Regularly treated for lungworm read more »

Heat stroke in pets

Heat stroke in pets

Every summer we warn about the risks of heat stroke for pets, but every summer we still see cases all too frequently. Dogs are still the most commonly seen patients. They have fur coats on which they can’t take off. If they go charging around on a hot day, or they are confined in a house with no windows open, but the sun coming through, or they are shut in a car for... read more »