What’s new for 2019 at Mid Sussex Veterinary Clinic?!

We have been busy updating our new website, we do hope you like the new content!

The main differences that you will notice are our new Monthly Blog, keeping you up to date throughout the year and our Pet Factsheets to provide you with information on commonly diagnosed conditions.

In house we have been busy making the clinic cat friendly, with our new ‘Kitty Corner’ and purpose built cat ward.

Our Registered Veterinary Nurses are now running daily nurse clinics.

They can carry out consultations to include:

Post op checks
Nail Clips
Weight Clinics
Ear Cleaning
Adolescent puppy checks
Some vaccinations/injections
Socialisation visits
Administering medication
Stitch and Staple Removal

We do hope you approve of the changes we have made and that you and your pets all have a fantastic 2019!

 

 

Pet Care Plan discount scheme

MSVC dog stethoscope

We are delighted to be able to offer our clients a new Pet Care Plan.

Help keep your pet healthy and save up to £91.46 a year.

Join our Pet Care Plan and enjoy the following benefits:

• Health Check and Annual Vaccination
• Six month Health Check
• A year’s supply of Flea Control (Advocate)
• A year’s supply of Worming (Droncit/Profender)

PLUS 10% DISCOUNT OFF EVERYTHING ELSE!

All this for a monthly cost payable by direct debit:

• Cat – £12.75
• Small Dog (0-10kg) – £13.50
• Medium Dog (10kg-25kg) – £14.75
• Large Dog (25kg-40kg) – £17.00
• Giant Dog (40kg+) – £24.50


For more information please contact us on 01444 363636

Do you have a “secret” cat?

We have found that a quite a few clients have their dogs registered with us, who come in for regular checks and vaccinations and when they then call in, they ask if they could have some parasite prevention for their cat at home who we haven’t seen before. A lot of people have either “semi- feral”, “farm cats” or just “good doers” who seem to live hassle free and healthy lives and therefore are not seen to require regular visits to see the vet. We know you still love your cat and care for them and therefore still want them to live life parasite free.

Under the Veterinary prescribing cascade, Veterinary Surgeons are unable to dispense prescription only medicine (POM) to animals that haven’t been seen within 6 months. The Veterinary Surgeon has to legally carry out a full health check on your animal and have an up to date weight in order to dispense the medication.

The main parasite control we dispense for cats, comes in the form of Advocate (a monthly spot on) which treats flea, worms and mites and Profender (a 6 monthly spot on) which treats tapeworm, round worm and hook worm and these are a prescription only medicine, therefore we cannot legally dispense these for your cat if we haven’t seen them.

So how can you prevent your secret cat from getting parasites?

We have just ordered in a new product called Dronspot for your cat, which isn’t a prescription only medication. Dronspot is a spot on round and tapewormer and we can legally dispense it without having to see your cat. Dronspot comes in two sizes- 2.5kg- 5kg and 5kg-8kg, so it is ideal if you are able to weigh your cat at home so we can dispense the correct size pipette. Another bonus of using Dronspot is you no longer need to try and tablet your cat, which we all know is never a straight forward task!

That’s the worms covered, so what about flea treatment?

We also stock a monthly spot on called Advantage, which also doesn’t require a prescription to be dispensed. Like Dronspot, Advantage is a spot on which we recommend you to apply every month to treat fleas. Advantage comes in two sizes- less than 4kg and more than 4kg, so again it is preferred if you can try and weigh your cat at home before popping in to collect the treatment.

So what are you waiting for? Call in today to collect your parasite prevention for your “secret” feline friend. Don’t they deserve to be parasite free too?

All about Cats!!

We are pleased to announce that we have built “kitty corner” in our reception area.

MSVC Cat

So what is the purpose of kitty corner?

We all know that coming to the vets can be a stressful time for your feline friends, as not only have they had to travel in a car in their cat carrier, they then get placed on the floor in full site of curious canines!

We have therefore built kitty corner, so your cat can be placed up off the floor, away from wagging tails and nosey noses.

We have provided blankets you can place over the carrier, to help your cat feel more secure and safe and there is a spray bottle of Feliway you can use on the blanket. Feliway is a synthetic copy of the feline facial pheromone that cats leave behind when they rub their faces within the home, which is a sign that they feel comfortable. It has been clinically proven to support cats during stressful times and reduce their stress levels.

We have also now completed the “cat ward”.

We wanted to build a separate cat ward for when your cat is having to spend the day with us for either an operation or hospitalisation, away from any dogs that may increase their stress levels.

We now have a nice, quiet cat ward, away from all the noise and hustle and bustle.

We have a Feliway diffuser plugged in at all times, which releases synthetic happy pheromones to minimise stress levels within the cat ward. Each cat is also provided with a fluffy bed and a big towel that they can hide under if they are feeling nervous. We spray the towel with Feliway as well and this towel remains within them throughout the day.

Each cat  has a litter tray placed in with them and the kennels are big enough for their cat carrier to be left in with them, with the carrier door left open, so they can choose if they sit inside the carrier or explore and settle in the kennel on the fluffy bed.

We also have an examination table in the cat ward, so that we can examine and medicate the cats without having to move them into different rooms.

The role of a Registered Veterinary Nurse

MSVC treatment

Have you ever wondered what the role of a Registered Veterinary Nurse is in practice, or been interested in becoming a Registered Veterinary Nurse yourself?

Then please read the information below.

The role of a Veterinary Nurse is extremely varied, with lots of different roles being included under the umbrella of Veterinary Nurse. So what are the different roles that are involved?

Firstly, in order to become a Veterinary Nurse, you must have a true passion and love for animals- whether they have fur or feathers, scales or long tails!

A lot of people believe a Veterinary Nurse’s day consists of cuddling puppies and kittens and although that is part of our role, there is a lot more to being a Veterinary Nurse. Below is an average day to day running of a Veterinary Nurse.

The Veterinary Nurses admit patients that are due to come in for surgery/ hospitalisation. They talk through the procedure that will be performed with the client, answer any questions that the clients may have and go through a consent form which is a legal document which needs to be signed in order for the proposed procedure to go ahead. Often the animals and the owners are nervous so the nurses also provide emotional support to the owners and physical support (cuddles and kisses) to the patients.

The nurses then prepare the patients for surgery. Suitable kennels have to be set up for the animals whilst they are in for the day. This includes making sure they have a comfortable bed to lie on, checking that the animals will be warm enough, providing litter trays to cats and making sure the animals feels as happy as they can.

The theatre nurse works out which medication the patients need for the day and draws up the medications so they are ready to be used, once the drug calculations have been checked by the Veterinary Surgeon.

The nurses then place a catheter in the patient so it is ready for surgery. The purpose of the catheter is so that you have intravenous access to administer medications and fluid if required.

Veterinary nurses are also trained phlebotomists, which mean they can take blood samples.  Often patients have a pre-anaesthetic blood test run before they have surgery. The purpose of this blood test is to check that the animals liver and kidneys are functioning correctly and they have the correct level of red and white blood cells. Blood samples can also be taken within the Veterinary Practice and sent to an external laboratory where they can test for a huge variety of conditions, such as Cushing’s or Addison’s disease, diabetes, kidney disease and even to identify allergies such as allergies to mites, plants or food.

Another important role of being a Veterinary Nurse is being an anaesthetist. It is the Veterinary Nurses job to monitor the anaesthetic and increase or decrease the anaesthetic agent under the instruction of the Veterinary Surgeon. Recordings are taken every five minutes of the patient’s heart rate, respiratory rate, eye position, mucous membrane colour, capillary refill time, blood pressure and oxygen concentration. The patients are also linked up to an ECG machine which gives an electrical reading of the heart’s activity.

During some surgical procedures, it is necessary for the nurse to ‘scrub in’ and assist the surgeon with passing instruments, handling tissues and holding instruments.

Under schedule 3 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act, qualified Veterinary Nurses are allowed to suture wounds and carry out minor surgical procedures such as lumpectomies, provided they do not enter a body cavity.

The nurses are then responsible for monitoring patients post-operatively. They regularly take readings of the patient’s temperature, heart rate and respiration rate and also use a pain score to ensure the patient has had adequate pain relief. They make sure the patient is warm and comfortable and provide them with food and water once they have fully recovered.

As well as the above tasks, nurses apply bandages and dressings to wounds. They also hold nurse consultations, providing education to owners on food/weight management, giving of medications, puppy/kitten training and parasite control.

Here at Mid Sussex Veterinary Clinic, the Veterinary Nurses are also responsible for carrying out all reception tasks. These include booking in appointments, triaging patients via phone calls, providing clients with information on how to administer medication and the dosages if they are being dispensed medication, taking payments, weighing dogs prior to their appointments and of course giving the animals the love and attention they deserve.

All the Registered Veterinary Nurses here at Mid Sussex Veterinary Clinic have their names included on the list of Registered Veterinary Nurses held by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons  and they have taken the follow oath:

“I promise and solemnly declare that I will pursue the work of my profession with integrity and accept my responsibilities to the public, my clients, the profession and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and that above all, my constant endeavour will be to ensure the health and welfare of animals committed to my care.”

If you are interested in becoming a Registered Veterinary Nurse please visit the BVNA or RCVS website for more information.

New website design

Mid Sussex Vets new website design

Our new website design is now live.

In the redesign we have worked hard to ensure that pages are quick to load, the site is easy to navigate and that we provide visitors with useful information about Mid Sussex Vets.

We would really appreciate your feedback. If you can’t find what you are looking for, have ideas on how we could add to and improve the site or maybe just want to tell us that you think it is great, please let us know.

Thank you.

MSVC Wendy
Wendy Line RVN

Wendy

Email: feedback@midsussexvets.co.uk

New Puppy?

Puppy toy

Join our Puppy Socialisation Classes

At Mid Sussex Veterinary Clinic we offer a free 4 week Puppy Socialisation Class for puppies that have had their initial vaccinations.

We believe training of your new puppy should start soon after you pick him/her up from the breeder.

Most puppy training classes won’t accept puppies until after their Initial Vaccine Course.

Our 4 week Puppy Socialisation Classes start after the 1st Vaccination.

The aim of the classes is to get your puppy used to visiting the Vets from a young age. It will teach vital ‘life skills’ which will help your puppy become a well adjusted adult dog in the future.

The classes are carried out in a controlled manner with all puppies on leads.

Held each Wednesday between 11.30-12.30

For Puppies from 8 week old who are registered with us, have had their 1st Vaccination and have had a health Check from one of our Vets.

Plus information on:

  • Flea and Worm Treatments
  • Vaccinations
  • Microchipping
  • Neutering
  • General Puppy Care

Any other questions? Just Ask

All puppies completing the course will receive a goody bag and certificate

Invites are sent out to puppies having been to Mid Sussex Veterinary Clinic for their initial vaccinations.

Please speak to a Veterinary Nurse to book your place

Laparoscopic Ovariectomy (Keyhole Spay)

Keyhole Spay

“Because small holes hurt less and heal quicker.”

A ‘keyhole spay’, or a ‘laparoscopic ovariectomy’ to use the technical term, is an alternative to traditional spaying (ovariohysterectomy) in dogs. The traditional spay has been used successfully for decades for neutering female dogs but the new technique gives all the benefits that keyhole surgery gives to humans.

Ovariectomy involves removing the ovaries only. The traditional spay involves removing the ovaries and the uterus (womb) which is a full ovariohysterectomy. The ovariectomy procedure is standard practice in most European countries and it has recently been shown that there is no reason to remove the uterus unless problems with the uterus have been identified. The data on this has been published in ‘Veterinary Surgery’ and the conclusion is that ovariectomy is the preferred method of sterilisation in the dog. Leaving the uterus means the surgery is less invasive.

Laparoscopic techniques are often faster (less suturing) reducing the length of time the animal is anaesthetised. A larger clipped area is required to allow access for the surgical instruments.

The keyhole spay technique allows the surgeon to perform surgical procedures with a much smaller incision. This reduces pain and hastens healing. Also as there is less handling of internal tissues, there is less internal pain post surgery.

As the visualisation of all the tissues is improved using laparoscopy, and as the uterus is left intact, there are fewer complications during the surgery.

After a laparoscopic keyhole spay, your pet may recover so quickly, it is difficult to keep her as quiet as you will be advised! As with any surgical procedure, complications can arise due to the anaesthetic, bleeding, infection post-operatively and wound breakdown.  All risks are reduced with laparoscopic procedures.

The protocol is the same as a ‘traditional’ spay. We carry out the procedure before the first season or mid way between two seasons.

To find out any more information please contact us 01444 363636