AlphaPet News Winter 2018
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AlphaPet News Winter 2018

 

Welcome to the Winter 2018 Edition of AlphaPet News

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Adopting dogs from abroad

Adopting dogs from abroad

We are seeing increasing numbers of dogs being registered having been imported from countries such as Romania, Bulgaria and Greece. It is very understandable for us all to want to help these dogs by giving them a loving home, given the appalling conditions they have often come from and, in many cases, this can be hugely rewarding. However, rescuing any dog comes with challenges but this can particularly be the case with pets from... read more »

Brexit Issues

Brexit Issues

At the time of writing, we still have no idea what Brexit will look like or even if it will happen at all! Whilst the uncertainty is playing havoc with the financial markets, its effect is also being felt by pet owners who wish to travel to and from the EU after 29th March. If we leave under a No Deal Brexit, there is a possibility that the rules under which dogs, cats and ferrets can... read more »

Alabama Rot

Alabama Rot

Recent studies have shown that almost 95% of confirmed cases have occurered between November and May. There have been 46 cases so far in 2018 with a total of 169 confirmed cases across 38 counties since 2012. Most cases have occurred in the western and southern parts of England. Despite the highest number of cases being reported in West Sussex, Dorset and Hampshire, it is important to remember that Alabama Rot is still an extremely rare... read more »

Applying Spot Ons

Applying Spot Ons

We'd just like to emphasise the importance of applying spot-on products correctly following a couple of tragic fatal accidents. It is vitally important to check that the product you are using is meant for the species you are applying it to. Dog spot-ons applied to cats can cause serious harm. They contain different chemicals to tackle parasites such as fleas and ticks. Please also ensure that they are applied in the correct place on the back... read more »

Brandy's Home!

Brandy's Home!

It happens to AlphaPet staff as well! Receptionist Becky Pullen's cat Brandy went missing over 2 years ago. Despite trying everything she could think of to find him, she'd pretty much given up hope of ever seeing him again. Then one day, he was brought into our Bognor Hospital as a stray. Fortunately he was microchipped, so a quick scan confirmed his identity and here they are reunited! Miracles do happen. Happy days!read more »

AlphaPet Improvements

AlphaPet Improvements

Many clients who have visited AlphaPet in the last few months will have noticed the changes at our Bognor Regis and our Chichester surgeries. Our Chichester surgery has undergone some major changes in both increased staffing, such that there are two vets there every day now, as well as the Reception area having a very impressive facelift to reflect its unique character. Our Bognor Regis Hospital has also undergone some major work with the reception area... read more »

Wildlife Treatment

Wildlife Treatment

AlphaPet has always treated wildlife casualties presented to us by clients and members of the public. Over recent years however, we've been getting more and more wildife casualties from other vets via Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital. Brent Lodge is a wildlife recuperation and rehabilitation charity, wholly reliant on legacies, donations and fund-raising to allow them to do their amazing work. When many casualties still need workups and treatment, these are having to be financed by... read more »

Nurse Clinics

Nurse Clinics

AlphaPet continues to expand its range of nurse clinics for patients. For the last few years, we have run specific weight clinics, SAGA clinics, diabetic clinics and tortoise clinics. Our highly qualified Registered Veterinary Nurses have a wealth of experience and knowledge to help you look after your pets better. Understanding the need to make these as convenient as possible, RVN Charlie Sampson now holds evening nurse clinics at our Bognor Regis Hospital between 6pm and... read more »

Tortoises & Hibernation

Tortoises & Hibernation

This year hasn't been a great year for tortoises in the UK. We've noticed a significant increase in the numbers of tortoises being presented with diseases related to hibernation and the cold snaps last spring followed by the very hot spells this summer and now a very up and down Autumn. Over the last 25 years, since AlphaPet was established, a huge amount of new knowledge has been gained about how we should be looking... read more »

Gecko

Gecko

Occasionally, we are lucky enough to come across some really cute patients. This tiny Mediterranean House Gecko arrived in the UK from Spain with a bag of sweet potatoes. How he didn't get crushed on the journey over, we have no idea. Unfortunately, the finder refused to leave a name or contact details so we know no more. Weighing in at a little over 1 gram, he was a little dehydrated when he arrived with us,... read more »

Staff News

Staff News

We are very pleased to welcome several additional members of staff. New vets, Michelle Beckett and Jake Ambridge are pictured below. A warm welcome also to RVN Laura Brind. A new arrival of a different sort: Huge congratulations to nurse, Amie van der Hut who has given birth to a healthy baby girl. We'll shortly be saying au revoir to receptionist Becky Pullen and vet Charlotte Gray on maternity leave for a while. Congratulations to ANA Jaz... read more »

Reminders

Reminders

Written Prescriptions If you choose to request a written prescription for medication for your pet, please be aware that it is your responsibility to obtain their medication from either a local pharmacy or a reputable online pharmacy and to keep a supply in until such time as a repeat drug check for a further written prescription is due. Please be aware we require 48 hours notice if you do need an emergency supply of up to... read more »