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AlphaPet News Summer 2017
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AlphaPet News Summer 2017

 

Welcome to the Summer 2017 Edition of AlphaPet News

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Dogs Die In Hot Cars

Dogs Die In Hot Cars

Every year we try to remind owners that dogs die in hot cars but every year we see the results of owners forgetting that message. Already this year we have seen one very sad fatality. Cars heat up so quickly, even with the windows down and even if they are not in direct sunshine. Dogs have fur coats and they can't sweat like humans so they literally cook from the inside. And even if they do reach... read more »

Fun Day & Dog Show

Fun Day & Dog Show

Our 8th Annual AlphaPet Family Fun Day & Dog Show will be taking place on Sunday 20th August on Queens Field just next to our Bognor Regis Hospital. There will be all the usual attractions with the Dog Show taking centre stage but lots of other things to see and do including a bouncy castle for the kids, pets corner, and some more unusual pets such as owls, Alpacas, miniature Shetland ponies & goats. This year,... read more »

Babesia - The New Threat To Dogs?

Babesia - The New Threat To Dogs?

Babesia canis is spread by ticks and the first outbreak in the UK was recorded in Harlow, Essex, last year. It is likely to spread further this year. We advise all clients to assess the risk to their dogs and provide protecton accordingly. Please ask us if you are unsure.read more »

Pet First Aid Course

Many clients ask us what they should do in an emergency involving their pet, so we intend to run two pet First Aid courses at our West Meads Hospital for clients on Sunday 10th September and Sunday 29th October. These will be free for Pet health Club members and £10 for other clients. Places will be limited so please book your places quickly. You can request a ticket via info@alphapet247.vet or on our website.read more »

Trooper's Story

Trooper's Story

A truly heartwarming story Trooper was brought in to us by a member of the public. We believed him to be a Jack Russell cross Chihuahua and was just a few weeks old. It looked as if he had been abandoned. He was cold and dehydrated with skin infections and eye ulcers. He was a very sick puppy when he arrived and we didn't think he was going to survive. But no one gave up on... read more »

Dangers Of Dr Google

Dangers Of Dr Google

The internet is a wonderful resource, one that many clients consult first when their pet is showing signs of something being wrong. A Google search can be quicker and less expensive than a trip to the vets .... surely? The problem is that Dr Google can also be dangerous to your pet's health! If you aren't able to properly identify symptoms or you miss some of the signs your pet is exhibiting, the answers you may... read more »

Update Your Pet's Microchip Details

It's the law! Have you moved or changed your phone number since your pet was microchipped? When was the last time you checked your pet's details against your chip? Did you know that not only is it a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped, but it is also a legal requirement to ensure that your details are kept up to date on the microchip database. You can check at: http://www.check-a-chip.co.uk/read more »

Vet Continuity

Please help us to help you! Enabling our clients to see the same vet at each visit is something that we always aim to achieve. Obviously, our vets can't work all the time - they need time off occasionally! Whilst all our vets will have access to your pet's clinical notes, nothing is quite as good as having seen a patient before. We want to do everything we can to maintain continuity of patient care. You can help... read more »

Technology For Pets

Technology For Pets

Did you know that you can now buy fitness trackers for pets as well as wearable cameras and GPS trackers for pets? Attempts to develop pet emotion sensors and pet-human translators have also been made! Where will it all end?read more »

BBQ Danger

BBQ Danger

Over the last few years, we have seen increasing numbers of dogs eating corn on the cob segements from barbecues. Unfortunately, they don't seem to chew them and end up swallowing them whole. They are just small enough to pass into the small intestine, but often slightly too large to pass through the whole gut so they get stuck resulting in major and expensive surgery to remove them. Please beware!read more »

Staff News

Staff News

In March, Sarah Eglen retired as Practice Manager after over 20 years of service in order to move down to the New Forest. However, she hasn't left AlphaPet entirely and is now working more behind the scenes as Accounts Manager. Although not technically employed by AlphaPet, Sarah's partner, Gordon Hackshaw, AlphaPet's builder-in-chief and general handyman is also going to make the journey back to continue working for us! New Practice Manager A very warm welcome to Gayle... read more »

Cannabis Toxicity In Dogs

Cannabis Toxicity In Dogs

Whilst cannabis is still illegal in the UK, sadly, it is becoming increasingly common as a recreational drug. Many people aren't aware that dogs are particularly attracted to the smell of cannabis but its effects are many times greater than they are for humans. Toxicity is an increasingly common problem for us to deal with, especially as many owners are reluctant to admit that their dog may have had access to an illegal drug. Dogs can... read more »

Client Focus Groups

Would you be interested in contributing towards the future of AlphaPet? We'd like to create a number of focus groups to help us understand what we are doing well, what we could be improving upon and most importantly where you would like us to focus our efforts in the future development of AlphaPet as a practice. If you would be interested in this, please contact the Practice Manager, Gayle Bardgett at our Bognor Regis hospital or... read more »