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EQUINE SECTION


BOX REST- THAT DREADED TERM

We all hope never to have to box rest our horses but if an injury necessitates it then there is usually little time to prepare. Physical  restriction, while generally unhelpful for a horses physical and mental health, is crucial for effective healing of some injuries. What you need to do is offer the best possible environment you can to help your horse to cope.
Digestive problems
The sudden change in diet (e.g. from grass to hay), antibiotics and physical restriction increase the risk of colic, as does overeating a straw bed. A shavings (or equivalent) bed is more suitable. Adequate water intake is very important and soaking hay and feed can be beneficial. Soaked chopped, dried grass can replace pasture grass and soaked sugar beet is a good fibre based feed. Probiotics can be useful for horses on antibiotics. Feeding from the floor, if not uncomfortable or contraindicated, is more natural and encourages the sinuses to drain.
Behaviour problems
Offering different types of forage (e.g. hay, haylage, swedes, carrots, high fibre nuts) can    encourage the horse to browse like in normal pasture. Feed decanting balls can also be    useful for this and helps to prevent boredom. Box rested horses should ideally be able to see and touch other horses, and they should also respond to regular human contact with grooming and massage sessions.
Feeding the box rested horse
Confined horses have lower calorie requirements than normal and it can be easy to overfeed, especially when trying to relieve boredom by offering lots of small treats. Generally they should be fed adlib low nutrient forages with a broad spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement in place of their normal hard feed. Molasses, pureed or juiced apples and carrots, crushed
polo mints, fennel, fenugreek and aniseed may all tempt anorexic horses to eat.

Although this forced confinement is the last thing we want for our horses it is possible to come through the episode with a happy healthy horse with a little preparation and understanding.


 Kate McMorris finds her new vocation in life!
Some of you may have already heard Kate on  Radio Solent giving advice on equine and small animal topics. She is AWOL from Seadown Veterinary Group on the occasional Thursday morning and can be heard on Julian Cleggs show between 8.30 and 9.00am.

SHOULD I MICROCHIP MY HORSE?
Identification of your horse to deter theft or improve your chance of recovery after loss has to be a good idea in this day and age.
Freeze branding provides a highly visible result, but does not always remain clear and indisputable. Micro chipping, however, gives a unique lifetime   identification of an animal. The major drawbacks are that it is not obvious to a potential thief and that recovery is dependant on scanning taking place.  Owners of micro chipped horses are thus advised to advertise the fact with notices on stables and field gates. Scanning is also rapidly becoming common place, particularly with the advent of passports and stricter control of animals movement and medication. There is also no reason not to both brand and microchip for added security.
The chip is the size of a grain of rice. It is implanted into the crest, generally on the left side, with a large bore needle. Most horses tolerate the procedure with no more reaction than to a vaccination injection. Removal once implanted would prove very difficult.
The cost is £19.75 and can be combined with routine vaccination or dental work if requested prior to a visit. The fee includes lifetime registration on a national and international database to facilitate     recovery.
As with any surgical procedure there is always the risk of a complication, such as infection but the occurrence of these is very rare indeed, and the benefits of micro chipping far outweigh the risks and cost.

HORSE PASSPORT LEGISLATION
You should be aware that two commonly used drugs Equipalazone and ACP, amongst others, require that any horse receiving them must have been declared as not intended for human consumption in accordance with the Horse passport Legislation. Should these drugs be given to your horse with your permission and your passport not be available for signing we will ask you to sign a form which states that it is your responsibility to complete your passport to show that your horse is unsuitable for human consumption.



Laminitis

Our equine meeting on laminitis was attended by over 160 clients and we thank you all for your interest. Remember prevention is better than cure.
Do not allow your horse/pony to become overweight
Restrict grazing in spring and autumn when there is a flush of grass
Increase work before increasing feed
Avoid turning out on frosted paddocks
Ensure regular exercise
Ensure feet are regularly and adequately trimmed



Grazing Management to reduce the risk of laminitis.


The main strategy is to reduce the ingestion of fructan which has been proven to be linked strongly with the development of laminitis.
Fructan is the way grass stores energy.  By photosynthesis grass feeds itself by converting water and carbon dioxide into sugars in the presence of light and warmth.  The more water and the warmer the weather, the more sugar the grass makes.  The first sugar it makes is sucrose and this is used for the growth of grass.  If grass makes more sucrose than it uses for growth, then it starts to convert the sucrose into fructans, so that it can store the energy for a later date.

Due to the highly variable and unpredictable nature of the fructans accumulation, pasture animals predisposed to laminitis should preferably be denied access to grass pasture during the flowering season.  However if some grazing is unavoidable current recommendations include the following:

As fructan levels are likely to be at their lowest at night to early morning, turn animals out at night or very early in the morning, removing them from pasture by mid morning at the latest (but see below reference bright frosty mornings).

Mature ‘stemmy’ grasses may contain more fructan, as it is stored in the stem, therefore avoid pastures that have not been properly managed by regular grazing or cutting. Try to maintain a young leafy sward of around 4cm high.

Prior to flower development, when energy demands are high, fructan levels are likely to be highest, therefore avoid turning horses out to pasture during the spring and autumn when fructan levels are rising.

Cold temperatures will reduce grass growth, resulting in the accumulation of fructan. Therefore do not turn horses out onto pasture that has been exposed to low temperatures in conjunction with bright sunlight i.e. bright frosty mornings, until the frost has gone.

As fructan is stored in the stem do not allow animals to graze recently cut stubble i.e. after a hay crop for instance.

Consider grazing animals on pastures that contain Timothy and Cocksfoot as these grass species produce lower levels of fructans than ryegrass.


Equine Client Communication

In order to improve our client communication, such as notification of meetings, special offers, and for that matter newsletters, we would like to include client     e-mail addresses on our database.
If you agree to us using your e-mail address for such purposes, we would      appreciate it if you could send it to us either with any payments or e-mail it to                vets@seadown.co.uk      
We wish to assure you that your e-mail address will be treated confidentially and will not be released to third parties.

Passports

Remember passports are now needed for equines except for forest depastured ponies.

Flu Vaccinations

FEI rules on 'flu vaccination have changed to require 6 monthly vaccination where horses are competing under these rules.


Some Common Skin Conditions

Mud Fever (greasy heal, Pastern Folliculitis, Pastern Dermatitis)

Summer is just about over, which means that the weather is going to slowly turn wetter and our fields will get muddier   increasing the risk of mud fever.
Mud fever commonly affects the lower limbs, especially the hind legs, and is caused by the bacteria Dermatophilus  congolensis which thrives in wet conditions. It commonly  penetrates soft, chapped skin, leading to weepy sores and scabs around the coronet, heels and pastern. In severe cases the legs may become swollen and extremely painful, lameness can also occur. Chorioptes mites can cause a similar condition in horses with feathering.

Risk factors include:
1.     Extremely muddy conditions
2.     Heavy feathering on the lower limb
3.     Having white legs and pink skin

Mud fever can be prevented by periodically bringing your horse in to allow the legs to dry, and brushing off the mud. If your horse has lots of feathering then clipping the feathers will stop the limbs becoming clogged with heavy damp mud.  There are also a number of barrier methods such as creams  e.g. soft white paraffin to waterproof the skin, leg bandages/Summer is just about over, which means that the weather is going to slowly turn wetter and our fields will get muddier   increasing the risk of mud fever.
Mud fever commonly affects the lower limbs, especially the hind legs, and is caused by the bacteria Dermatophilus      congolensis which thrives in wet conditions. It commonly  penetrates soft, chapped skin, leading to weepy sores and scabs around the coronet, heels and pastern. In severe cases the legs may become swollen and extremely painful, lameness can also occur. Chorioptes mites can cause a similar condition in horses with feathering.


Risk factors include:
1.     Extremely muddy conditions
2.     Heavy feathering on the lower limb
3.     Having white legs and pink skin

Mud fever can be prevented by periodically bringing your horse in to allow the legs to dry, and brushing off the mud. If your horse has lots of feathering then clipping the feathers will stop the limbs becoming clogged with heavy damp mud.  There are also a number of barrier methods such as creams  e.g. soft white paraffin to waterproof the skin, leg bandages/boots that can be used to protect the legs of horse susceptible to mud fever.

Should you suspect your horse has mud fever please  contact your veterinary surgeon for advice. Usual treatment includes clipping the hair and washing the legs with an antiseptic solution such as hibiscrub or pevidine, this will soften the crusts to allow them to be removed before treatment, sedation is needed in some particularly painful cases. Poulticing or wrapping the legs in warm  hibiscrub solution soaked cotton wool wraps, or beer towels may be required to soften the hard crusts before removal. The leg is dried thoroughly before applying an oil based antibacterial/corticosteroid product e.g. panalog, fuciderm, flamazine provided by your vet. In  severe cases where the horse is very lame and the legs are swollen, treatment with oral antibiotics may be       required.  


Ringworm

A common condition comprising some 10-15% of skin cases. Ringworm is a fungal condition, the most prevalent being Trichophyton equinum and T.mentagrophytes. Others include T.verrucosum and Microsporum.  Natural infection is by direct contact with infected animals and indirect transmission by brushes, tack and stable woodwork.
Immunity may follow infection and consequently ringworm outbreaks are most commonly associated with naive young horses or new animals. However re-infection can sometimes occur. This may be due to a different organism, an          overwhelming challenge or previous prompt, or effective  treatment before an adequate immune response has been possible.
Clinical signs-
The incubation period is approximately 5-10 days following contact. Typically multiple areas of scaling (cigarette ash  appearance) and, but not always, hair loss (alopecia) develop which are usually associated with a slightly raised area.
Tack areas are most commonly affected such as lower girth area, neck, face and thorax.
Diagnosis-
The clinical signs are frequently very suggestive of  ringworm but confirmation can be obtained by examination of a hair pluck or fungal culture which takes 10-14 days.
Treatment-
Natural resolution typically takes 1-3 months although treatment should be undertaken to limit environmental  contamination.  Isolation of cases and “in contacts” is advisable, but defining the isolation period is more difficult. Isolation for up to 2-4 weeks following treatment is advisable but may be insufficient in some cases.
Topical treatments include Imaverol, Malaseb, Pevidine and Hibiscrub. It is important to wash a wide area or even the whole horse!!
Oral griseofulvin has been used but is of questionable   efficacy as the drug may not be incorporated into infected hairs.
Topical treatment of tack, equipment and possibly the stable is advisable as spores will remain viable for years under natural conditions.


SMALL ANIMAL SECTION

NEW AMBULANCE


You may have seen our smart new ambulance out and about locally.  We have purchased it from a specialist company to ensure safe and comfortable transport for our patients.
Its main role is for transport of animals to and from our branch surgeries when clients have difficulties in taking them to the hospital.  By necessity this has to be on pre-arranged mornings.  We also offer free delivery on large orders of pet foods- via ambulance.
It is also very useful for carrying bulky xray equipment when needed for “field” x-rays of horses.

Missed and Late Appointments

We aim to provide a friendly, efficient service and offer appointments at times which suit you . Our vets endeavour to keep surgeries running to time, this is made easier with your help.
We apologise if your appointment is delayed, however on a busy day our vets can see up to nineteen clients in a three hour consulting session.
Appointments are scheduled at ten minute intervals and although we try to keep to time, unusual or difficult cases can cause us to run late.  Another  factor which can cause delays is if clients come late for their appointments as every small  delay has a knock on effect, meaning your vet will be running late for all the following appointments.  If you are running very late we would ask you if possible to notify us, as we may have to ask you to reschedule or wait a while for the vet to fit you back in to the consulting session.

We have a very high demand for available appointments and any  missed appointment is time which someone else could have used.  
If you can't make your appointment please let us know as soon as possible so that we can let someone else have the appointment and rearrange an alternative time for you.
Thank you

Wheat Gluten Contamination

There has been newspaper articles reporting that pet food wheat gluten and rice protein imported from China has been contaminated with malamine.  We have spoken to Royal Canin and they have assured us that Royal Canin Europe does not import externally so has not been affected at all.
So we can say with confidence that the food we sell produced by Royal Canin is not affected.
For further clarification you can contact the Royal Canin helpline on 0800 717800 or visit their website.

Diet and Nutrition.

Everyone knows that if your pet is unwell a trip to the vet is sensible.  But did you know that much of our job is about prevention of disease.  Whether that is by cvaccination, parasite control and more.  Nutrition plays a huge part in prevention of disease-there are diets to help prevent weight gain, bladder stones, dental problems and more available to assist in the control of diabetes, skin disease, joint problems etc.  It is not necessary to wait until your pet suffers from any of these conditions.  Why not try the Royal Canin early care range stocked at Seadown.  This is a range of diets tailored to meet the specific needs of your pet as it goes form a puppy/kitten to old age.  For example, for Golden Retrievers who are more likely to suffer from weight gain and joint problems as they get older we would suggest “weight and Osteo” whereas for your West Highland White Terrier with his itch skin and sensitive tum “Skin and Digest” would be more suitable.
You may need some help to choose the diet that suits your pet most- all our staff are happy to assist you with this -and we can also tell you how much it will cost per day to feed.  You may be surprise by how cost effective it really is!

OBESITY


Obesity is an increasingly common problem in dogs, cats and rabbits.
The underlying cause for this is ultimately that the animal is consuming more calories than it is burning off.  Weight gain sometimes occurs after an animal has been neutered or becomes less active in middle to old age.  Obesity may cause or exacerbate a number of health problems including :-

Diabetes

Osteoarthritis/mobility disorders

Heart disease

Breathing problems

There are a number of ways of dealing with this problem, which can be discussed with a vet or at a nurse clinic.
Reducing food intake
Changing diet to a light or special prescription diet food.
Increasing exercise in some circumstances.
There is a new medicine available that may be able to help.  This is not a “diet pill for dogs” and should not take the place of a diet and exercise changes, but it can assist in a more rapid reduction of weight, while also reducing a ravenous appetite. Please ask your vet for details.
Weight loss programmes are not easy but are hugely rewarding and are likely to extend the life- span of your pet while making it happier in meantime.

KEEP THE SPRING IN YOUR DOGS STEP

With better weather and longer days on the horizon your dog may find itself taking more exercise.  You will know how to pace yourself but your dog does not, and many will simply run themselves into the ground with the excitement of it all.  This will generally not be a problem for a young fit dog- but do spare a thought for the older overweight pooch.  Don't be a killjoy but do build up and maintain their activity levels- a ten minute lead walk Monday-Saturday then 3 hours flat out over heather and through bogs on a Sunday is going to end up with some serious ruptures and strains, probably for both of you


Hear, hear.............



You may have seen one of our Vets, Kate McMorris, make her debut on Meridean TV recently with Weasel, the dog born with no ears.  Weasel had been taken in by the Dogs Trust in Bridgend Wales, after he was abandoned as a pup.  He was brought to Seadown Veterinary Hospital for specialised hearing tests which revealed that his hearing is only partially affected by this defect.

You may wonder why poor Weasel had to travel from South Wales  to the New Forest for this test.  Well, Seadown is the only vets in  the South of England to offer this service.

Hearing loss can effect an animal greatly.  If only one ear is affected the pet may have difficulty in locating a sound, but if both ears are affected there Ability to interact will be effected.   Dogs that are born deaf will be much harder to train, and cats will be more at risk of accidents.

The BAER test (Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response) performed at Seadown is a quick, relatively painless procedure which can ascertain whether a pet can hear normally, not at all, or only loud sounds in one or both ears.  It can be done from 5 Weeks of age onwards.

If you would like to know more about hearing tests please visit our web site www.seadown.com or contact Kate McMorris at the surgery or on vets@seadown.co.uk.


SEADOWN VETS are awarded top marks!

Seadown Veterinary Hospital  has been awarded the highest accreditation (Tier 3) on the newly launched RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) Practice Standards Scheme. The scheme was established to promote and maintain the highest standard of veterinary care, while giving clients the choice of which level of practice they want to visit.
Practices joining the voluntary scheme undergo rigorous inspections every four years and may be subject to spot-checks annually. There are three levels of accreditation. Tier 1 is Core Standards, Tier 2 is General Practice and Tier 3 is accreditation as a Veterinary Hospital.
Seadown vet, Kate McMorris, who oversaw the recent inspection says “We are really pleased that  rigorous inspection revealed Seadown to still be fulfilling the high standards that we aim for. Although we were already accredited as a Veterinary Hospital under the old schemes run by the British Veterinary Hospitals Association and the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, and used to the inspections held by these bodies, it is great that the RCVS recognise that our work is to a high level and that we have a good range of diagnostic and surgical equipment to offer our patients. The new Practice Standards Scheme should enable clients to pick a practice for their pet that meets stringent standards, so  they can have complete confidence in the care their pet will receive.”
For more information on  the Practice Standards Scheme visit the website www.rcvs.org.uk/practicestandards.


PET TAGS

It is a legal requirement for dogs while in a public place to wear a collar/badge with the name and address of its owner inscribed.  We have invested in a pet tag engraver and can supply brass or aluminium tags in a variety of shapes for either £4 or £5. We also have a range of brass equine tags for the stable, halter, saddle or bridle with prices ranging from £5-£12.00.
Tags can sometimes be engraved while you wait or will usually be available for collection within 24 hours.


Myxomatosis Vaccination for Rabbits

Myxomatosis is a viral disease which can rapidly be fatal in the unvaccinated rabbit and there is no cure once infected.
The disease is spread mainly by fleas or other biting insects and is transmitted in this way from wild to pet rabbits.
Myxomatosis vaccination can be given to rabbits as early as 6 weeks of age.



THOUSANDS OF DOGS ARE LOST OR STOLEN EACH YEAR.
YOU MAY THINK IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO YOU.
THINK AGAIN - IT MIGHT........…

I make no apologies for using the slogan from a marvellous nationwide organisation called Doglost, as it says it all - it really can happen to any of us.
Dog theft is the largest growing crime in the UK- latest figures suggest up by 141% in the last 12 months, but this could be the tip of the iceberg, as many police forces around the country do not consider it to be serious (we are lucky in this area - we have a great WPC who is also a dog lover!)
It can be very difficult to get your dog back if he or she is stolen, so prevention is better than cure.
Here are a few steps you can take to help keep your dog safe.
* Have your dog microchipped and/or tattooed, and make sure you keep their details up to date.
* Make sure your dog has a collar and tag - this is a legal requirement. Always include contact telephone numbers.
* NEVER leave your dog tied up unattended outside a shop - not even for a minute.               NEVER leave your dog alone in a parked car.
* Beware of strangers taking too much of an interest in your dog.
* Don't let your dog out of sight on walks - if recall is not his strongest point, consider using a flexi lead. Vary your route and time if possible.
* Make sure your garden fencing is secure. Don't leave your dog in the garden when you are out, and keep them in view. Consider attaching a cow bell to your gate.
* Keep clear, up to date, preferably digital, photos of different views of your dog. Keep a note of distinguishing marks.
If the worse happens, and your dog is lost or stolen, here is an initial list of people to contact:
* New Forest Dog Wardens - Neil or Rachel on 02380 285446, or out of office hours, 0870 6091449
* Hampshire Police on 0845 045 45 45
* Seadown Vets on 02380 842237
* Other Veterinary practices in the area
* Radio Solent on 02380 631311
* Doglost on 01302 743361, or www.doglost.co.uk. They can have posters ready to print and distribute within half an hour, and a huge national network of volunteers to help in all sorts of ways.
* Your Tracer company if microchipped.
If you find a stray dog, it is a legal requirement that you notify the local authority - this is the Dog Wardens on the above numbers.
Finally, and I really can't stress this enough, MICROCHIP, MICROCHIP,
MICROCHIP!!

PARVOVIRUS IN DOGS


 Although  not currently a problem in this area, it is important to be on the alert in case this situation changes.  The virus is usually transmitted via faeces and can cause a variety of clinical signs including diarrhoea, vomiting, loss of appetite and fever. Young dogs are most susceptible and can die if infection is severe.
The recent increase in cases may be partly explained by the decrease in number of dogs that are vaccinated.  Picking up faeces is also important, as the virus can survive for months in the environment.  Vaccinated dogs are very unlikely to suffer significant illness as long as inoculations are kept in date.  There has been much negative publicity surrounding vaccination in the last few years but it is worth while remembering that in the 1970's people queued up to get their dogs vaccinated to prevent the spread of this extremely unpleasant disease.



Blood Donor Dogs Required!

The administration of blood can be an essential procedure in emergency situations.  To date we have always had fresh blood on hand stored and ready to give.  To keep this up we rely on many of our clients dogs who occasionally donate their blood.  If your dog is healthy, fully vaccinated, under 8 years of age and over 25kg in weight then please consider this.  Should you like to know more please leave your details with a receptionist who will pass them on to a veterinary surgeon.  We can then give you more information before making a decision.
Your dog could save another's life.  


Kennel Cough

This is probably the most common cause of respiratory disease in the dog. The characteristic retching cough often leads owners to believe that there is something stuck in the throat of their pet and may well take some persuasion to the contrary!  The three main causal agents are an adenovirus, a parainfluenza virus and a bacterium called Bordetella bronchiseptica.  There are also a number of other possible causal and secondary invading agents that can be relevant to the disease in an individual.  The disease is so named as the close proximity of kennelled dogs allows rapid spread via  coughed droplets.
Outbreaks can also occur, however, within groups of dogs that live or walk together. All of the causal agents may be found in a normal dogs throat thus whether the original start up point is a “carrier” or simply opportunist replication is open to debate.  The disease certainly gets worse the more the dog coughs and the inflammation increases in a viscous circle.
Some episodes of the disease will be mild and self limit but caution must be taken with very young/old/otherwise unwell animals.  Those with persisting symptoms or distress should be seen by your vet.  Treatment is twofold. Antibiotics will directly treat Bordetella infection together with any secondary bacteria.  Anti-inflammatories will reduce the soreness and irritation caused.  Benylin or neat Ribena can also be given by mouth to soothe the throat -one teaspoon three times daily to your average canine. Response to treatment is often rapid but the cough may take two to three weeks to  fully clear.  Dogs should not be allowed to mix with others until they have been cough-free for 5 days or more.
Vaccination against the three main agents is possible.  Standard annual vaccinations will cover the adeno and parainfluenza viruses.  Nobivac Kennel cough intra-nasal vaccine covers both Bordetalla and gives further parainfluenza protection.  As this vaccine provides protection for 1 yr it is well worth giving at the time of annual vaccination if your dog is going into boarding kennels or regularly mixes with a group of others.  The vaccine should be administered at least three days before any expected challenge. Despite vaccination symptoms of Kennel cough can still occur either due to incomplete protection or because one of the less common causal agents is present



Cruciate Injuries in the Dog


These are one of the commonest causes of hind limb lameness seen by your vet.
The cruciate ligaments are a pair of tough fibrous bands that hold the femur to the tibia-that is the two main long bones of the hind leg that meet at the knee.  The joint is cushioned by the two cartilages that sit either side of those ligaments on top of the tibia.  The knee is a very badly designed joint that works like a hinge in one plane, thus any abnormal force on the joint-particularly rotational, will easily damage the internal structures.  It is no wonder that so many footballers suffer cruciate and or cartilage injuries as they twist their upper bodies and thighs with the foot planted firmly in the turf.  Injuries to dogs are particularly common in those breeds with “upright” knees -
notably Rottweillers.  Those with angular knees such as Collie and Greyhounds are more rarely effected.  Problems occur in two distinct age groups.  Young dogs injure themselves through violent manoeuvres whereas older dogs with degeneration of the ligaments can suffer ruptures after very little provocation.
Nonetheless, these injuries can effect any dog of any age and the best course of action depends upon several variables and circumstances.  Dogs weighing less than 15kg will often heal as well with rest and time as surgery-unless cartilage injuries cause persistent pain.
Those between 15kg and 50kg are more likely to require intervention. Repair is achieved by opening the stifle joint, inspecting and resolving any cartilage damage, then stabilising the joint using  either nylon or fibrous tissue from around the knee to form a replacement cruciate ligament.  Dogs weighing more than 50kg are poor candidates for conventional surgery so are often referred for a more drastic procedure where the tibia is deliberately broken and plated back into a different shape in order to counteract the sheer force of the dogs weight upon the damaged joint.
Surgery where indicated, will serve to stabilise the joint and reduce the progression to arthritis.  It is fair to say, however, that once injured the joint will never be 100% again.  If you watch carefully you may see that reflected in transfer fees!

MICRO CHIPPING WORKS!

Mrs C was delighted to get a call from Seadown one afternoon in May to say that we had her cat Misty.  A lady from Marchwood had seen a beautiful grey long haired cat around her garden for a week and had brought her in to see if we could scan her for a microchip.  We were able to do this and within minutes had traced her owner.
 
Mrs C with Misty

An emotional reunion occurred about half an hour later and the full story emerged.
When Mrs C's brother asked her in October 2005 to look after his two dogs whilst he worked abroad she had taken them in, much to Misty's displeasure.  So much so that her son offered to look after Misty at his home until the dogs left. Misty remained at the sons house for about a month and then disappeared.
Despite advertising posters being displayed around the area and looking for her she was not found.
7 months to the day Misty was reunited with her owner.  If she hadn't had a microchip put in as a young cat then nobody would have known who she belonged to.  Mrs C had given up hope of ever finding her.  Misty was well fed and, apart from a few knots in her long coat which Laura the veterinary nurse at Seadown soon clipped out, was none the worse for her adventure.
Misty went straight home and took one look at the two offending dogs growled and scratched them both on the nose before settling down on the couch to sleep.  
Laura helps with some grooming

VNAC Centre

The Hospital at Hythe has now been recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as a VNAC which is the highest grade of training level for Veterinary establishments.
Our aim is to provide an excellent centre for nurse training and thereby provide the best possible care for our patients.