Acorn Vet Centre News

‘Fireworks!’ How can I prepare my home for fireworks season? You can help your dog or cat by creating a den.  If your pet already has a hiding place then this space can be used making it as snug and secure as possible by adding blankets or bedding. If you are making the den from... More detail
‘Dangers of pets in the heat!’ Do apply sunscreen if your pet has a light coloured nose or ears.  Mammals burn just like humans, and can even develop skin cancer. Don’t take your dog for a long walk in the heat of the day.  Go in the early morning or late evening, and... More detail
Our lovely Vet Nurse, Shelley, has completed her course on Oral Care and is now officially our Dental Care Nurse.  She is able to advise on dental care for your pets and perform post-operative checks after dental procedures.  Well done Shelley, we're all so pleased for you! More detail
‘Fly strike’ What is flystrike? Caused by green bottle flies which are attracted to damp fur soiled with urine or soft faeces.  Each fly lays eggs around the rear end which hatch into maggots and grow by feeding on flesh.  This can lead to the maggots eating large areas of... More detail
Our lovely Deputy Head Nurse, Kay, recently visited Studley High School to give information to young students about careers in the veterinary profession.   She had a great morning and we think her 1 year old Pug, Dexter, had an even better time enjoying all the fuss and attention from all... More detail
Did you know? Acorn Veterinary Centre neuters kittens from four months of age and is registered on the Kitten Neutering Database (KiND) As a member of KiND, the practice is helping to prevent unwanted litters being born and reducing the number of homeless kittens ending up in shelter... More detail
Is your dog vaccinated for the holidays? What is my dog vaccinated against? Parvovirus Parainfluenza Distemper Adenovirus Leptospirosis As long as the vaccinations are repeated within a few weeks of the due date then most dogs will be able to continue with their annual vaccinations. If... More detail
Did you nose? A dog’s sense of smell is more sensitive than a humans by up to 10,000 times! Dogs can hear sounds at a far greater frequency range than humans. Dogs are long sighted and can see movement from nearly 1km away! Dogs have approximately 1,700 taste buds which is 5x fewer... More detail
‘Lungworm’ What is lungworm? - Slugs and snails carry the lungworm larvae, and dogs can become infected when they eat these common garden pests whilst rummaging through undergrowth, eating grass, drinking from puddles or outdoor water bowls, or pick them up from their toys. What are... More detail
‘Spring Poisons’ Chocolate: contains a stimulant called theobromine (a bit like caffeine) that is poisonous to dogs. Raisins: don’t forget that treats such as hot-cross buns contain raisins. Spring flowers: daffodils can be toxic, most often after ingestion of the bulb but... More detail


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  • July's Pet of the Month

    July's Pet of the Month award goes to Niko.

    Niko has just turned 1 year old and he was rescued by his owners when they were on holiday in Greece when he was just a few weeks old.

    Unfortunately for Niko, his first year was rocky to say the least.  Mr and Mrs Wright first brought Niko to the practice back in October last year for a check up after his journey into the country.  Niko was showing symptoms of kennel cough which needed to be treated and required vaccinating but otherwise was well.

    The following month, Niko started having seizures.  These started to become more frequent and resulted in Niko being taken to our emergency out of hours clinic, Vets Now, for treatment.  The following day, he came into our hospital for continued monitoring and support.  The seizures caused temporary hearing and sight loss, which was quite frightening for Niko but with gentle care and support in the hospital and at home, Niko's senses recovered.

    A few months later he started to have diarrhoea which despite regular routine treatments became persistent.  Other symptoms then started to occur including lameness and skin problems.  The vets suspected there was a likely link to all of these conditions and so Niko was booked in for a diagnostic work up which included blood samples, xrays and skin biopsies, all of which were sent to our external laboratory for testing.  

    Results showed Niko was suffering from Leishamiasis.  Leishamiasis is a parasite infection caused by the sand fly that is found in the blood and can cause a range of symptoms.  Although not endemic in this country, it is very common in Greece.

    Niko has started treatment for the condition and is showing very good improvement.  The condition will need to be treated for at least 6 months and will always be a threat throughout his life.

    Niko will need to be reguarly monitored throughout his life but is looking good and behaving like a happy and healthy dog.  Niko has been a pleasure to care for.


  • Slimmer of the Month
    Slimmer of the Month

    This is George, he is a Golden Retriever who has been on a weight loss mission!

    Last August, George weight 54.6kg and was severely overweight, putting him at a greater risk of many health problems.

    With the help and support from Shelley, our Weight Watcher's Nurse and George's amazing and dedicated owners, George now weighs a healthy 44.4kg and officially has an ideal body condition score!

    We are SO PROUD of George and his owners and would like to share his fantastic success!




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    (Offers ends 20th October, only available on the lifestyle range.)