It’s Mental Health Awareness Week here in the UK, so we wanted to explore the connection between pet ownership and mental health.
We have some big news here at Oak Barn. Vets Louise and Andrew Ketteridge will be retiring in June.
It has been their privilege and honour to look after the pets of Shalford and the surrounding areas, but the time has come to take a step back. As many of you know, 2019 threw a few health challenges at the Ketteridges and 2020 hasn’t been very forgiving either.
Rabbits are the third most popular companion animal in the UK. In 2019 the PDSA’s Animal Wellbeing Report documented that 900,000 rabbits live in homes throughout the United Kingdom. So, do rabbits use body language to communicate their feelings like our dog and cat family members do? The simple answer is yes.
On this VE Day, it will be 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe. The 75th anniversary will provide us with an opportunity to reflect on the bravery and sacrifice of people from all walks of life. It is equally important to consider the role animals played and how they were touched by war.
We love dogs; they’re amazing companions – fun, loving, and they bring us lots of joy. But for some people their dog is more than just a pet – they’re a lifeline. Most of us are familiar with Guide Dogs, who are bred and trained to help people with visual impairments navigate their way around outdoors. But did you know that Hearing Dogs also exist, to support people with hearing loss?
As we head into the summer months and temperatures start rising, it’s important to remember that your pets are most vulnerable at this time to many injuries and illnesses which are brought on by hot weather, including sunburn, foot pad burns, dehydration and the most dangerous of all, heatstroke. While heat stress is more common during the summer months, it can occur at any time throughout the year.
If there is one thing that many dogs look forward to each day, it is getting out of the house for a walk. Whereas this used to be plentiful, the arrival of COVID-19 and the resulting Government measures that followed, has caused changes to the routines of both pets and owners alike.
So, to make sure you (and your pet!) can get the most out of ‘walkies’ we have put together five handy tips
Can massage benefit my pet?
The simple answer to this is yes!
Massage and stretching will help to free your pet of tension and knots. This means that they are comfortable, happy and will have increased overall strength and endurance, which is great if they are competing!
What are the benefits?
Looking after our Feline friends
As we mentioned in our first post, the current Coronavirus outbreak has brought many changes to our everyday lives, this also applies to our pets. We have already briefly discussed the basics of dog language and looked at some enrichment ideas to keep our canine companions happier and calmer. So, what about our feline family members?
The Oak Barn veterinary team is here for your beloved pets, all year round, and despite the current circumstances remain committed to quality and excellence in everything we do – which is why we wanted to ‘paws’ this World Veterinary Day to say thank you.
By adapting our ways of working we’ve continued to provide the best level of care in these challenging circumstances, while keeping the health and wellbeing of patients, clients and teams our number one priority.
Are you wondering how to safely socialise your new puppy during the coronavirus lockdown? We’ve put together a few tips for all new puppy parents.
As we all do our best to stay safe and comply with the government’s lockdown restrictions, puppies are likely to have their primary vaccination course later than usual. This delay means they’ll need to wait a bit longer before they can safely go out and explore the world. The good news is there are many ways you can help your puppy get used to new experiences without even leaving your house!
The majority of the nation gets excited to be eating Easter eggs or chocolate for breakfast, lunch, or dinner or perhaps all three! But we need to careful and ensure our pets don’t get a hold of any, as chocolate could be dangerous for our animals, especially dogs!
What should you look out for this Easter?
The current Coronavirus outbreak has brought many changes to our everyday lives, this also applies to our pets. Our Dogs, Cats, Rabbits and all of our other animal companions we share our homes with, normally follow a regular routine, so changes to their daily patterns, spending more time with their human families and having less space may create feelings of frustration, anxiety or over excitement.
As you’re probably aware, we continue to monitor the situation and respond quickly to government advice and the professional guidance from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and British Veterinary Association. As a result, we are focusing our efforts on the pets in urgent need of our care and are only physically open for urgent and emergency cases.
However, you can always call us on 01483 455355 for any assistance and we will advise you on how your pets can still receive the care they need.
A little insight to life as a veterinary rehabilitation specialist, from Kerrie who is heading up the Wellness Centre.
I absolutely love my job as a veterinary physiotherapist and hydro-therapist! I love what I do and not only is it very rewarding, It’s a challenge mentally as well as physically.
The ongoing uncertainty surrounding the recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will no doubt cause disruption to our usual routine and reduce the amount of social contact we have – preventing us from doing some of the things we enjoy which helps protect and maintain our mental wellbeing.
With today, March 20, being International Day of Happiness, we thought we’d highlight the importance that our furry friends play in our lives as well as share some tips on how to keep them happy and stimulated during these uncertain times.
At Oak Barn Vets, the health, safety and wellbeing of our patients, our staff and our community is our number-one priority.
We remain committed to delivering exceptional care to your pet, while doing our part to reduce the spread of respiratory illness (in particular, COVID-19 coronavirus), including careful monitoring of the health and wellbeing of our staff.
Over the past few weeks, we have taken a series of precautionary steps at our practices in response to this outbreak, including increased cleaning, disinfection and access to hand sanitiser for our staff and clients.
With the current changes in place around Covid-19, we have been looking at how we can minimise contact on a day to day basis between clients and staff, whilst still running a fully functional service here at the barn. We remain committed to delivering exceptional care to your pet, while doing our part to reduce the spread of respiratory illness (in particular, COVID-19 coronavirus), including careful monitoring of the health and wellbeing of our staff.
As of today, Wednesday 18th March. We would kindly ask our clients to help us by taking these simple steps:
Over the weekend there have been a few posts on social media regarding Alabama Rot. Sadly there have been three confirmed cases over the past week, this brings the total number of confirmed cases to 219 since 2012, with 15 in 2020.
With the help of Andersen Moores Veterinary Specialists we would like to provide our clients with the up to date information regarding Alabama Rot or CRGV as it is also known.
Vetcompass and the RVC have undertaken disease surveillance examining the epidemiology of elbow pathology in the dog.
The results are rather interesting!
Your pets dental hygiene is just as important as your own. With out healthy teeth and gums, you pet can’t or won’t be able to chew their food and unlike humans, they can’t tell us that there is a problem. There are so many ways to promote health dental hygiene and if you work on their oral care regularly, they’ll be less likely to have issues.
We aren’t just talking about clean teeth here. Your pets oral care should include their teeth, gums and breath.
We keep giving you sneak peaks and hints to our up and coming new Wellness Centre, so we thought it was about time to start sharing some of our physio cases on our blog.
Case one, is something Kerrie was very excited about and is thrilled at how Zin Zan is responding to treatment!
We have welcomed Rimante back to the Barn.
Some of our clients might recognise our newest member of the Veterinary team. Rimante did a short Locum period with us back in 2018. After completing her internship at Fitzpatrick Referrals, we are thrilled to welcome her back as a permanent member of the team!
So it’s Friday 13th! Unlucky for some… Here is our December blog “Christmas Hazards.” We have been seeing a fair few cases of pets eating things they shouldn’t, so have written a piece to highlight some potential Festive hazards in the home.
Here’s our top tips for keeping you dog safe during the Winter months.
Keep them Warm and Dry
It is especially important to rinse and dry off muddy dogs after walks. Ensuring that the wet mud has been removed and the fur dried off before returning them to their cosy bed, will mean your dog won’t be lying in a wet bed for the rest of the day. You can help by choosing a location for their bed away from any drafts, if you have underfloor heating this can help keep your pets’ super cosy by placing their bed in the room with it.
As the 31st rapidly approaches it appears that the UK will be leaving without a deal. Who knows what will actually happen? Leaving with a No deal Brexit will have masses of implications if you have any plans to travel with your pets and it is vital that you check what is required for your trip before you travel.
Wow! We’ve been blow away by all the talented entries recieved at the Barn this year for our annual Christmas Drawing Competition! Have a look at the gallery below for the 12 winners who will be made into a 2019 Calendar. Extra congratulations to Hektor with his great picture of Miss Beverly his cat who was our grand winner, but we hope all 12 of the winning entries have enjoyed their christmas goodies!