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Don't forget that your dog will soon need to be microchipped due to new legislation.

From 6th April 2016 all dogs will need to be microchipped and registered with an approved microchip database.

This also means that puppies from 8 weeks old will need to be microchipped and registered on a database.

The details required on the database will be the dogs details and the name and address of the owner. If the owner is the breeder and has a local authority license, this will also need to be recorded.

After 6th April 2016 if a dog is NOT microchipped then there is 21 days to comply. Failure to comply may result in up to a £500 fine.
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With a holiday weekend here now, we are thinking that a walk in the woods with the family is a great thing to do. Fun to run around (both two legs and four legs!) getting lots of fresh air - wonderful way to spend the day.

Where are you walking this weekend?

Please remember that wherever you live or take your dog for a walk, that your pets could pick up ticks. These blood sucking parasites don't just live in the woods but are also widespread in urban parks and gardens as well.

Ticks pierce your pets' skin with their mouthparts and cement themselves into position so they can feed. This means they are not as easy to remove.

When ticks feed they can also transfer serious diseases such as Lymes disease.

To minimise the risk of disease you should use a product that kills ticks within 48 hours of them attaching. Ticks should drop off once they are dead, but if not, try gently pulling them off with a tick hook.

Nexguard is a specially designed treament for fleas and ticks to be a tasty chew for your dog montly.

Broadline is a combination external(fleas and ticks) and internal (intestinal worm) treatment that is easy to apply as a monthly spot-on to your cat.

Please contact our surgery if you need further advice on tick or flea treatment.
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Our Easter Opening Times are

Thursday 2nd April Normal Opening Hours

Friday 3rd April CLOSED - GOOD FRIDAY

Saturday 4th April Hillyfields Vets 8.30am-11am
Alexandra Vets 11am - 1.30pm

Sunday 5th April CLOSED

Monday 6th April CLOSED - EASTER MONDAY

Tuesday 7th April Normal Opening Hours

In case of emergency assistance or advise, please contact our out-of-hours provider - Vets Now on 0117 9713111

The staff at Alexandra and Hillyfields Vets hope you have a safe and happy Easter holiday.
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A number of national papers are publishing articles about an emerging disease that affects dogs in the UK called Alabama Rot. This is due to a paper being released in the Veterinary Record this week.

Idiopathic cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy, otherwise known as CRGV or 'Alabama Rot' is a diease that has been known about since the late 1980's. It was initially only thought to affect Greyhounds and the dogs reported with the disease in the USA presented with kidney failure and/or skin lesions. The cause of the disease is unknown.

Since November 2012, a number of confirmed cases of CRGV have been seen across the United Kingdom. There is no apparent breed, age or sex prediliction in these UK cases.

The skin lesions are a symptom of the disease rather than being traumatic wounds from an injury. Typically the skin lesions have been below the knee or elbow but lesions have also been seen on the face and the skin of the bottom of the chest and abdomen. These lesions may present as a patch of red skin or a defect in the skin ( like an ulcer), and typically ranged from 05cm to 5cm in diameter. Over subsequent one to nine days the affected dogs have developed clinical signs of kidney failure which can include vomiting, reduced appetite and tiredness.

It is important to remember that only a very small number of dogs have been affected. Most skin lesions will not be caused by this disease and most cases of kidney failure will have another cause.

If your dog is affected, early recognition of the disease and aggressive management is likely to lead to the best outcome.

In our area here, a more likely cause of kidney failure in dogs is due to leptospirosis - a very preventable disease with vaccination!
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Does my male cat need the snip?

There are very good reasons for having your male cat done. They need to have a simple operation called castration. This can stop him from spraying in your house to mark his territory, which can be very smelly and unpleasent, and getting nasty injuries from fights because he want to have sex. He will also be less likely to wander off and get run over as cats that are snipped tend to stay closer to home.

Having your male cat snipped will protect him from a nasty disease called FIV - which is similar to HIV in people, but for cats. It is spread through cat bites, often between males fighting over a female mate. It can’t be caught by people.

Spring is here now so think about having your male cat neutered soon, please contact the surgery for further advise.
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Everything in the garden is growing well now. Noting a few weeds in the garden - could they be a treat that you didn't think about? Dandelions and milk thistle often grow in our backyards, but did you know that you can feed them to your rabbits and guinea pigs?

Dandelions are definitely safe for your rabbits and guinea pigs to eat. Dandelions are very nutritious and contain even more beta-carotene that carrots, more iron and calcium than spinach, and more potassium than bananas.

Not only are they full of nutrients, dandelions are one of the favorites of most rabbits and guinea pigs. Other benefits of feeding your pet dandelions include promotion of digestion, good dental wear and good respiratory health.

More good news: there are no poisonous look-alikes for dandelions: pretty much anything that you find with serrated leaves growing in a rosette pattern will be edible. You may pull up chicory or thistle or plantain, but these are all edible.

Once you’ve introduced dandelions, watch for diarrhoea and if it occurs, discontinue giving as your pet may be sensitive, but this is a rare occurrence.

Be sure never to use dandelions that have been directly sprayed or are located in the vicinity of any kind of chemical herbicide or fertilizer.
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When you come in with your pet for an examination we listen to the chest with a stethescope. Sometimes your vet might comment that they have heard a heart murmur. What is that?

A heart murmur is an abnormal heart sound that is heard when listening to the heart with a stethoscope. It is cause by abnormal turbulent blood flow. Abnormal turbulent blood flow can occur when blood passes across abnormal heart valves or across abnormal structures within the heart. It can also occur when blood flows very fast across normal structures (such as when an animal is excited).

Depending on the nature, age, breed and species of your pet, will vary on what may be recommended. Your vet will have further questions to ask you about your pet and also then discuss if further investigation may be required.
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Please be aware that local veterinary practices in Bristol, Bath and North Somerset have seen a number of cases of Leptospirosis (also known as Weil’s disease) in the last 6 months. Until now, this disease has been very rare in vaccinated dogs. However, there have been a number of cases recently in vaccinated dogs, so it is suspected that a new strain of Leptospirosis bacteria is emerging in this area, one that the classical vaccination does not protect against.

Leptospirosis is a serious bacterial infection which can cause liver and kidney failure and can be fatal if not treated promptly. Spread by rats and contracted from areas of stagnant water, it is also possible for humans to contract Leptospirosis, particularly children or people with a poor immune system.

How can I protect my dog?

Alexandra and Hillyfields Vets have been pro -active in changing their Leptospirosis vaccinations over the last 18 months to increase the coverage against this disease. So this means if you have had your dog vaccinated at our surgeries, your dog will already have greater protection against Leptospirosis.
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Urinary incontinence occurs when a housetrained dog loses control of their bladder. This can range in severity from occasional small urine leaks to inadvertent voiding of a large amount of urine.

What Causes Urinary Incontinence in Dogs?
Hormonal imbalance
Weak bladder sphincter
Urinary tract infection
Urinary stones
Spinal injury or degeneration (frequently seen in German shepherds)
Protruding intervertebral disc
Prostate disorders
Presence of other diseases that cause excessive water consumption, such as diabetes, kidney disease, hyperadrenocorticism
Congenital abnormalities
Anatomic disorders
Certain medications

What Are the General Symptoms of Urinary Incontinence in Dogs?
Dripping urine, which can irritate the skin and cause redness, is one of the most recognizable symptoms of incontinence, as is excessive licking of the vulva or penis area. You may also notice the area where the dog sleeps is contaminated with urine.

What Should I Do If I Think My Dog Is Incontinent?
Call our surgery and make an appointment for a check up - bringing a urine sample at this consultation can be very helpful.
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What would you do if you had 10 children a year, every year?

!!! Exactly!
So what about your pets?

We love our cats so we feed them a good diet and they are healthy so cats can become sexually active earlier in life. Did you know that a female cat can give birth to one litter of kittens, and then get pregnant straight away!

Our female cats are now coming into season/calling due to the change in the weather. Please consider speying your female cat from 5 months of age at this time of the year. Or she will be pregnant soon, and the shelters and re-homing centres are already struggling with unwanted kittens and cats.

Please contact our surgery if you have any questions.
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Sometimes you are asked to bring in a urine sample for your female dog. How do you go about collecting it? Hopefully, these are some tips that can help.

Make sure that you use a clean plastic container. The surgery can provide you with a collection kit (ie uripet) or you may use a clean margarine or takeaway dish or something similar. A plastic pie plate works best for female dogs.

Keep in mind that a fresh specimen is best. Anything more than 12 hours old will not provide accurate results.

If you can’t bring in the specimen within an hour of collecting it, make sure to place it in the refrigerator.

How to collect the sample -
Take your dog out on a short lead for a walk outside.
Approach the female dog slowly as she begins to squat.
Place a shallow container under her after she has started to urinate. It is easiest to leave the container on the ground until she is finished. This is called a mid-stream sample.
If you have used a pie plate, transfer the urine to a collection container with a lid and bring it to your vet as soon as possible.
Some dogs will stop urinating when your approach them. If you experience difficulty in collecting a sample, contact the surgery for further advice.
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20-24 Alexandra Road Clevedon, Avon BS21 7QH United Kingdom
20-24 Alexandra RoadGBAvonClevedonBS21 7QH
+44 1275 343457alexandravets.co.uk
VeterinarianToday 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Monday 8:30 am – 6:00 pmTuesday 8:30 am – 6:00 pmWednesday 8:30 am – 6:00 pmThursday 8:30 am – 6:00 pmFriday 8:30 am – 6:00 pmSaturday 8:30 am – 1:30 pmSunday Closed

WE ARE A FRIENDLY, HIGH QUALITY, PRIVATE PRACTICE WHO WILL ALWAYS PUT YOUR PET’S WELFARE FIRST – WHY NOT REGISTER YOUR PETS WITH US NOW??

 
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?
  • PROUD TO BE INDEPENDENT AND NOT PART OF A CORPORATE CHAIN 
  • HIGH QUALITY PERSONAL SERVICE TAILORED TO EVERY CLIENTS AND ANIMALS NEEDS 
  • FREE GENERAL HEALTH CHECKS FOR NEWLY REGISTERED PETS 
  • 15 MINUTE UNRUSHED APPOINTMENTS 
  • FREE 6 MONTH AFTER BOOSTER GENERAL HEALTH CHECKS 
  • EXCELLENT CASE CONTINUITY – YOU CAN ALWAYS SEE THE VET YOU PREFER 
  • INSURANCE CLAIMS PROCESSED DIRECT AND FREE OF CHARGE*                 
  • DEDICATED A&E SERVICE FOR OUT OF HOURS EMERGENCIES 
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"Fantastic vets, we travel 20miles to take our cats here, very kind helpful..."
4 reviewers
"Great care and consideration ever since the cat is now 12 ! Totally recommend."
"...two other vets had not been able to resolve our dog's health issues..."
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Jeannette Saxton
3 weeks ago
I went to see Rob at Alexandra vets (Clevedon) for a second opinion regarding our family pet dog who had been poorly for about six weeks. Unfortunately two other vets had not been able to resolve our dog's health issues and I was getting upset and frustrated. Rob was very patient and listened to my concerns and then managed to get to the route cause of our dogs health issues which finally made him better. Rob was very professional and caring covering all areas of our dog's health in detail. We are very happy with the service received and have now moved to Alexandra & Hillyfields Vets for our lovely dog's future needs
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Mo Griffiths
a month ago
Our dog is a rescue dog who came to live with us nearly three years ago. We visited a few Vet's surgeries and chose Alexandra vets as they seemed very friendly and welcoming. We visit them fairly regularly as unfortunately our dog doesn't enjoy the best of health. She loves going there, adores all the staff ( and the treats they all give her!) and they make a huge fuss of her. I would recommend them as they are very thorough and efficient. I also find it useful that I can ring and receive advice over the phone and if they say they will ring me back. they always keep that promise.
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Anthony Kerry
3 weeks ago
Very approachable vets and Vetinary nurses who are compassionate and knowledgable.
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Jon Earl
2 months ago
Excellent Vets. Saved our cats life when it got run over the first time it went out. Great care and consideration ever since the cat is now 12 ! Totally recommend.
Martyn Wright
a month ago
My labradoodle is very nervous of vets after a very unfortunate experience with another practice. Rob has been brilliant with him - he fully understands his behaviour and has gained Mylos trust. He has been so patient with him, allowing him to gain confidence in his own time. They are very friendly and efficient and I wouldn't go anywhere else!!
Sue Harris
3 months ago
A friendly well run practice with sensible opening hours and always someone on the end of the phone when needed. Without their diligence, help and support over the past few years I doubt we'd still have our two elderly and poorly cats. We recommend for these reasons.
Angie Smith
2 months ago
Fantastic vets, we travel 20miles to take our cats here, very kind helpful and happy staff that go that extra mile for you and your animals....can not recommend enough.