Pet Resource Page
Looking after a pet is a big responsibility so it's important to understand how to provide the best for your animal. Our pet resource page is full of useful information that can help you to care for your furry friends.
Pet Travel After Brexit
We are getting a lot of enquiries about this and, to be frank, we don’t know! Even the Government doesn’t know at the moment whilst we await the outcome of whether Parliament will accept the Government’s deal with the EU. As a worst case scenario we will be going back to rabies blood tests and a three month wait before travel (plus 30 days after vaccination has to pass before blood testing). The Government notice can be found here.
Antibiotic use in Veterinary Medicine
Antibiotics are essential drugs in treating disease in humans and animals. However, their increasing usage has led to the development of antibacterial resistance in many types of bacteria. The World Health Organisation has stated that antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security and economic development today. This is a ‘One Health’ issue as antibiotic resistance in the bacteria that cause disease in our pets also affects the resistance of bacteria that cause disease in us. For the sake of human health we have to all work together to reduce unnecessary antibiotic usage. Recent studies have shown that many diseases where antibiotics have been traditionally used in both animals and humans are actually not responsive to antibiotics as there is no bacterial cause to the disease. Examples are Canine infectious respiratory disease complex (Kennel Cough), cystitis in cats and most cases of diarrhoea. Tweed House is working to PROTECT our antibiotics. There are times that you may feel that antibiotics are necessary, but we refuse to prescribe them even if your pet has had them for the same condition in the past or they have been prescribed by another vet before. This is because new information is becoming available about the appropriateness of antibiotics for various conditions. We will not withhold antibiotics when they are indicated. For further information please see the British Small Animal Veterinary Association and Small Animal Medical Society Guide that we follow here. You may also receive a non prescription form.
Coping with the loss of a pet
Our pets are special to us and to many they are considered part of the family. Mourning the loss of a dear pet is to be expected and people are affected by this in different ways. You are not alone and we are here to help you in the decision making for your pet and also in the difficult time afterwards. It is perfectly natural to feel guilty at this time as it is a normal part of the grieving process. If you have any concerns or worries, please do discuss them with us. There is also help available from the pet bereavement support service available on 08000966606.
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