AlphaPet News Summer 2018
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AlphaPet News Summer 2018

 

Welcome to the Summer 2018 Edition of AlphaPet News

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Alert! Your Personal Information

Alert! Your Personal Information

  You may have noticed in the news that some new legislation called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25th May 2018. These new regulations are designed to protect your personal data. As clients of AlphaPet, you have entrusted us with some of your personal data (such as your name, address, telephone numbers and email address). We use this information to help look after your pets (for example by sending you this newsletter,... read more »

Our 25th Anniversary Year!

Our 25th Anniversary Year!

2018 marks AlphaPet's 25th anniversary! Can you believe it? We can't! It only seems like yesterday that we started up in a disused video shop in the West Meads shopping precinct just outside Bognor Regis, and a converted chicken shed at Birdham! Starting with just Richard Edwards, Sandra Leatherdale, Katie Rook and Andrea Hogg, 25 years later we employ over 50 staff including 13 vets and 15 qualified nurses across three surgeries. We are a... read more »

Fun Day & Dog Show

Fun Day & Dog Show

Our annual animal fun day and dog show will be held on Sunday 19th August on Queens Field next to our West Meads hospital. It will be the ninth year we have run this very popular attraction and this year it will mark our 25th anniversary so we are hoping to make it an extra special one. Don't forget that we are already accepting donations for the adults' and childrens' tombolas as well as any... read more »

Alabama Rot - An Update

Alabama Rot - An Update

We continue to get many worried enquiries about Alabama rot (also known as Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy). Alabama rot is a serious disease affecting dogs which causes lesions on the skin (and sometimes in the mouth) which look like bites, stings, sores or wounds. Some affected dogs go on to develop life-threatening kidney failure. Unfortunately, despite much research, we still do not know the cause, so it is difficult for us to give specific advice... read more »

AlphaPet Developments

AlphaPet Developments

As many clients will have noticed, our Bognor Regis West Meads hospital in undergoing a facelift at reception. Unfortunately, it is taking a little longer than we'd anticipated, but we feel it will be worth the wait. The re-designed reception will improve our client and patient experience with 2 new quiet waiting areas for cats and nervous pets, as well as a check-in desk to reduce overall waiting times. Let us know what you... read more »

The Cost of Veterinary Care

"They're all about the money these days" is a very demoralising taunt hurled at many vets currently. Demoralising because we all work extremely hard and very long hours to do the very best for our patients. Checking hospitalised patients through the night or being called out to an emergency at 3am is not something we do just for the money. Treating wildlife casualties who cannot pay for themselves - how is that all about... read more »

Prescriptions

Prescriptions

If you need further supplies of prescription medications, please remember to call us, ideally 48 hours in advance, so we can get them ready for you. Whilst we keep stocks of most medications, at busy times, our stocks can occasionally run low and we hate for clients to have wasted journeys. Calling ahead and giving our staff the chance to prepare them in advance also cuts down your waiting times at reception which helps... read more »

Drug Reviews

Drug checks for prescription medications are a legal requirement. These regulations exist to protect your pet. Prescription medications are controlled for various reasons, some more strictly than others. For each prescription medication, there are different timescales set for how often these reviews need to be carried out. For most prescription flea and worm controls, these reviews will be annual, but for prescription drugs such as antibiotics, steroids and epilepsy medications, which are far more strictly regulated... read more »

Staff News

Staff News

We are very pleased to announce that another two of our student veterinary nurses have passed their final exams and have qualified as Registered Veterinary Nurses. Huge congratulations to Naomi Heard and Nikki McWilliam. This brings us up to a total of 14 qualified nurses, 10 of whom qualified with AlphaPet. We look forward to our other student nurses following in their footsteps. A warm welcome back for two of our other nurses who have... read more »

Microchip Details

Most pets these days are microchipped which is a great thing. Even birds and tortoises! Microchips allow your pet to be returned to you if they get lost or stray. Unfortunately, we humans don't always stay in the same place and we don't always keep the same phone numbers or other contact details, so please make a note to check that the details your microchip company holds for you are up to date. Otherwise, returning... read more »