Do we over-vaccinate our dogs?

Your veterinary team at Newnham Court regularly reviews standards of care. Over the past few years, the need for annual re-vaccination has been questioned in both veterinary and lay press. A vaccination policy review this year led us to change the way we vaccinate dogs. Why vaccinate? Distemper, parvovirus and hepatitis are viral diseases which kill many dogs throughout the world. Vaccination agai ...[Read More]

Deadly danger in the driveway

Deadly danger in the driveway Vets dread winter.  It’s not that we are more susceptible to the cold weather blues, but we know whenever winter hits hard, we are certain to see heart-breaking cases of ethylene glycol poisoning.  These poor dogs and cats suffer terribly, and almost always die. Often clusters of poisoning occur in a neighbourhood: I decided to write this blog after a neighbour in Cox ...[Read More]

Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD)

VHD is highly infectious and presentation ranges from sudden death (with or without bleeding from the orifices), to a longer disease course of three to nine days. Until vaccination becomes more routine, biosecurity is key to prevent the disease from spreading. It can be spread by: Contact of a rabbit with inanimate objects contaminated by the virus (i.e. via fomites). Such object would include clo ...[Read More]

Lyme disease in dogs

Lyme disease in dogs Lyme disease is a tick-borne bacterial disease which affects both humans and animals. The disease is caused by bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi, which is transmitted to humans and dogs following a bite from an infected tick. It’s the most common tick borne disease in Europe, and the number of reported human cases has risen dramatically in the UK in recent years, with an in ...[Read More]