There’s been a lot of change at Rowan Vets over the last 18 months.  We have used COVID as an opportunity to look at how we can improve the way we do things.  We #love our patients and want them to have the very best we can offer! 

This month we are going to share all the changes that have already taken place as well as other exciting projects on the horizon which we hope our clients will love!

A change we made earlier in the year was the introduction of PetsApp.  Most people expect to be able to communicate on a digital level.  Our clients are no exception and being able to offer them the ability to contact us without calling on the telephone just seemed like a #nobrainer!   

PetsApp is a great way to communicate with us quickly and discreetly using your mobile phone or tablet.  You can order repeat medication, send pictures and videos, ask for advice and pay your bill by opening up a “chat”.  Client feedback so far is positive and we have almost 1500 animals registered.  If you’d like to download the app click on the link that applies to the practice you visit, below:

https://petsapp.com/ml/rowan-veterinary-centre-ltd-hillock-lane

https://petsapp.com/ml/rowan-veterinary-centre-ltd-whitegate-drive

Another change is the introduction of a lovely new member of the vet team, Andreea.  Andreea joined us just over 18 months ago and has had a pretty tough start to her veterinary career here at Rowan.  She arrived just before the first national lockdown back in 2020 and has never worked at Rowan under normal circumstances.  Thankfully, things seem to be moving in the right direction so having clients back in the consultation room is the first part of that transition for Andreea.

If you have any concerns about the health of your pet, get in touch!

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Allergies to food can appear at any age but they more commonly become apparent at around 1 years old.  A food allergy will affect your pet all year round.  In a small number of cases (10% to 15%) it can also affect a pet’s gastrointestinal system such as vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss and abdominal discomfort. 

A food allergy is the result of the immune system overreacting to most often, a protein source within the food.  There are sometimes reactions to a carbohydrate source too, but these are less common.  Commercial diets or “off the shelf” diets like the ones you might buy in a pet shop or supermarket, are regularly contaminated with other protein sources as part of the manufacturing process.

The only way to find out if your pet has an allergy to food is through a food elimination trial.  A diet trial needs to consist of a food that has a “novel protein”  source or more simply, a source that your pet hasn’t been exposed to before. 

There are several options available to owners to find the right kind of diet:

  • Home cooked food – this is time consuming and sometimes less practical option and requires a real commitment from an owner.
  • Hydrolised diet – a diet where the proteins are broken down so small, the body cannot detect their presence.

Whichever choice is made, your pet would need to stay on this diet for 6-8 weeks.  Once your pet has been diagnosed with a food allergy the only treatment is a strict avoidance of the ingredient causing the allergy.

If you think your pet has an allergy and you’d like some advice, call the team today on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352 or open a chat on PetsApp.

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Pets are as prone to burning in the sun just as we are.  Both dogs and cats LOVE to snooze in the sun and pets that have a white or light coloured fur and skin are particularly susceptible to burning.  It’s important that you protect them but human sunscreen is not safe for our pets.  Human products commonly contain Zinc which is toxic to dogs.  Owners need to look for a petsafe sunscreen that doesn’t contain the toxic ingredient Zinc which will provide them with the protection they need.  

To find out more about how to protect your pet in the sun, head over to the PDSA website HERE.  There’s a great little video showing you how to apply sunscreen to your pet! 

Sunburn is painful and if your pet is severely burned you should seek veterinary advice straight away. 

If you have any concerns about the health of your pet, call the team on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352 or open a chat on PetsApp.

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#dogsdieinhotcars is a campaign that is visited every year.  It’s a campaign that is highlighted every year yet some people still leave their dogs in their car in boiling hot temperatures. It’s so important that owners understand the danger they are putting their pet in.  Leaving their pet, even for a short time and with the windows open, can put the animal at risk.  Take a look at this short campaign film HERE to highlight the dangers.

It’s not just hot cars that can cause an issue for your dog.  By following some simple steps you can protect your pet from the effects of heat and hot weather.  It can cause a very painful and potentially fatal situation. 

Download our information leaflet HERE on how to deal with a pet suffering from heatstroke and don’t forget our small furry pets living outdoors in the garden.  It’s really important that you ensure they are also considered.  Download information HERE to see how you can take care of them during the hotter months.

For more information on how to keep your pets safe during the hotter months, visit the RSPCA site HERE

If you are concerned about any aspect of your pet’s health, call the team on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352 or open a chat on PetsApp

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This handsome boy is Hugo.  Hugo is a patient of Laura’s who came to see us back in October 2020.  His owner had noticed some redness and fur loss in his armpit and Hugo was licking and scratching a lot.  He was initially given a steroid treatment.  Steroid treatment can only to be used in the short term due to the side effects of the medicine.  Once the treatment was stopped, Hugo’s symptoms flared back up.

An itchy skin is annoying and uncomfortable for anyone, including our pets.  Constant scratching can also damage the protective layers of the skin making it more open to infection.

Hugo’s next option was a medication that stopped the itching.  However, again when the medication was stopped, Hugo’s itchy symptoms returned. 

A diet trial was recommended which looks to identify an allergy to food.  We’ll post more information about food trials later in the month.

Hugo was already on a urinary diet.  He was prone to kidney stones so choosing the right food was very important to protect his other organs as well as alleviating him from the discomfort of allergies.  This meant that regular monitoring of his urine and blood was important so Laura knew how the food was affecting him overall.  In the meantime, Hugo continued to take the anti-itch medication to control his symptoms until the food had time to take effect.  It was also recommended to use a special foam to use on Hugo’s body to control the levels of bacteria on the skin.

Hugo was a prime candidate for a new allergy therapy.  This is a medical treatment where very small amounts of the allergens a pet is allergic to, are injected just beneath the skin in increasing amounts.  The goal is to change the immune system’s response so that it becomes less sensitive or not sensitive at all to those allergens.  They should either decrease or disappear altogether and remove the need for other medication too.  It is a licensed medicine that is prescribed by a vet.  It is custom made, safe and can be used for long periods. 

Here’s Hugo having his monthly injection and check up with Laura.  Although Hugo isn’t a big fan of visiting the vet (we can’t win them all 😊), his human says that the treatment has been a real help with the uncomfortable symptoms of his allergies.

If you think your pet might have an allergy, call the team today on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352 or open a chat on PetsApp.

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The skin protects an animal from infection so damaged skin leaves it vulnerable to infection.  In many cases of allergic skin, the skin is damaged from the incessant scratching to try to alleviate the itch and any infection will require treatment. If the allergy isn’t identified and managed then the skin infections will continue as long as the pet is scratching trying to ease the itch.  It’s a vicious cycle which is costly for the pet owner and not pleasant for the pet.

Finding the cause of the allergy is the obvious solution but the process is one of a process of elimination.  It needs to be approached in a logical fashion and here’s how we can help.

If a vet suspects your pet may have an allergy we are now able to refer you to a specialist skin clinic run by Laura, one of our experienced vets.  These skin clinics have been developed so that clients can access a more affordable, local service. 

There is a tried and trusted method used by Laura to help diagnose an allergy.  It’s a method that requires commitment and support of the owner.  An owner is ALWAYS integral to any treatment process but more so in the case of skin allergies.  The process is:

  • Initial – A full history which means LOTS of questions being asked by the vet of the owner – we did say you were an important part of the process.
  • Stage 1 – Rule out parasites – even if your pet doesn’t have visible fleas, treating the home regularly too is very important as it reduces the likelihood of exposure for your pet.
  • Stage 2 – Skin scrapes – to check that the natural “balance” of the skin’s natural flora and fauna is as it should be and that there are no infections of the skin.
  • Stage 3 – Hair plucks – this process is useful if there are already bald patches to check hair growth, whether the patches have been chewed or have fallen out.
  • Stage 4 – Food allergy – usually as a result of an overreaction to a protein source in food.  We will be looking at this particular allergy in more detail later in the month.
  • Stage 5 – Atopic dermatitis – allergies to the environment or genetic links to allergies.  Again, we will be looking at this specific area in more detail later in the month.

At each stage Laura is looking to either identify or eliminate the cause of the allergy so she can develop a bespoke allergy management treatment programme for your pet. 

Why not take an allergy quiz HERE to see if your pet might be allergic. We also have a handy leaflet HERE and a tracking sheet HERE to monitor how itchy your dog is.

If you suspect your pet is affected by an allergy, call the team today on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352 or why not open a chat on PetsApp.

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Just like us humans, our dogs like to get away for new adventures.  Increasingly we are taking our dogs away with us on holiday within the UK and with COVID, a #staycation is the new thing. 

What you may not know is that different areas of the UK present different parasite health risks for our pets.  Why not have a chat with us before you go away so we can help you keep your pet protected. 

One of these risks is ticks.  Ticks have been spreading around the country at a rapid rate.  Click HERE to see what the risk is in the area you are visiting. It’s especially important to protect your pet from ticks as there is the risk of them contracting Lymes Disease.  Visit the PDSA website

HERE for information on ticks, Lymes Disease and how you can help protect your dog.

Call the team today to discuss your flea, tick and worming needs on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352 or open a chat on PetsApp to order and pay for your usual products.

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It’s not just dogs that can have allergic skin.  Cats also have issues with allergies and there are 4 common areas that can affect them:

  • The environment – Pollen, grass, fungi, mold and dust are some of the environmental allergens that can affect cats.  Your cat may also have allergies to other things like cigarette smoke, perfume or even cleaning products.

Fleas – more specifically the protein in the flea saliva.  It can also affect the cat’s whole body, not just the site of the bite.  Owners should ask the vet about a good quality flea prevention product to protect the cat. 

  • Food – allergies to food are most commonly as a result of the body’s overreaction to a protein source within the food.  It can also sometimes be as a result of a carbohydrate source. 
  • Atopic dermatitis – this is when the skin reacts to an allergy by developing skin sores, scabbing, hair loss and redness.

The most common signs that a cat may be allergic are:

  • Itchy skin
  • Over grooming
  • Hair loss
  • Rash
  • Repeated ear infections

If you think your cat may be displaying these symptoms, call the team today and book to see a vet.  You can reach them on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352 or by opening a chat on PetsApp.

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#didyouknow that six out of the top ten popular breeds in the UK are prone to allergic skin disease?  Here at Rowan we are seeing more and more pets who are suffering from the annoying and often uncomfortable symptoms of allergic skin.  With the ongoing risk of skin infections, it’s really important that owners seek help for their pet as soon as possible.

The skin is an important part of any pet’s anatomy.  The skin is the biggest organ of the body, making up 12% to 24% of the animal’s overall weight.  Your pet’s skin provides protection from infection, controls their temperature and gives your pet their sense of touch.  The skin is a complex organ and there’s a lot that can go wrong with it. 

The most common cause of allergic skin is flea allergies.  To be more specific it’s an allergy to the protein in the flea saliva that causes a reaction.  Owners should ensure that they have a regular and effective flea treatment regimen in place to minimize this risk.

Another common allergy is canine atopic dermatitis which in simple terms are allergies to environmental irritants such as pollen and house dust.

Disorders of the skin can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are very similar.  The most common signs that your pet may be suffering with an allergy are: 

  • An increase in grooming
  • Thin or balding patches
  • A dull or greasy coat
  • Persistent itching and scratching
  • Dry or flaky skin
  • Redness and inflammation

Another common sign that your pet is allergic are recurring ear infections or other recurring issues with the ears.   You can read more about the signs of allergies HERE

As with everything in medicine, there’s a lot that can be done to ease the uncomfortable symptoms of an allergy.  Call the team today if you think your pet might be suffering from an allergy to access the help your pet needs.  You can reach us on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352 or why not open a chat on PetsApp.

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We’ve shared lots of information over the month about managing the pain of arthritis.  Arthritis isn’t the only disease or condition that causes pain.  Your pet may be showing the signs of pain but for a very different reason.  The important message is to notice when your pet might be in pain so that you can seek advice and support from a vet.

Arthritis requires long term management of pain.  However, there are instances where short term pain management might also be needed, such as after a surgery or an injury.  The same approach is applied to each patient. Each patient is an individual. Whichever treatment is recommended it will be with the patient’s specific needs in mind. It will take into consideration any additional health conditions so as to protect the whole health of the pet.

Click HERE to read about the experience of Pluto, Poppy, Jacob and Fred and if you relate to anything we’ve shared over the past month, call the team on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352 or open a chat on PetsApp and book an appointment.

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