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Quantock Veterinary Hospital
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A friendly Bridgwater based veterinary practice and 24/7 animal hospital
A friendly Bridgwater based veterinary practice and 24/7 animal hospital

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Hot on the heels of our last 'Pet of the Month', we're delighted to let you know about our next - September's - 'Pet of the Month'! Cola is a handsome and brave cat that was recently diagnosed with diabetes. His story demonstrates how, although life changing, a pet and owners can manage this potentially dangerous condition.

Congratulations to Cola and his dedicated owners! Here's Cola's story http://quantockvets.co.uk/cola-the-story-of-a-diabetic-cat/

And remember - November is Diabetes month and we're offering a free diabetes clinic and test for your pet - contact us for details or ring to book an appointment. http://quantockvets.co.uk/diabetes-animals-serious-conditi…/
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NOVEMBER IS DIABETES MONTH - Don’t miss our free November Diabetes Clinic Offer.
Diabetes in animals is a very serious condition. At risk animals are often middle aged or older and may be overweight. Typically animals will show signs of drinking more, urinating more, weight change and lethargy, although these signs can be very subtle and not all signs may be seen at all.
EARLY DIAGNOSIS is really important and during November we’re offering a FREE screening test to check for diabetes in our patients.

Please don't ignore the potential signs. Click here for more information, or call us if you're interesting in finding out more or booking in. http://quantockvets.co.uk/news-from-quantock-vet-hospital/
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We are happy to announce that we have now got the Filavak RHD2 RABBIT VACCINE IN STOCK!

This vaccine protects rabbits against the nasty new strain of rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD2). This disease initially emerged in Europe, but there is now some evidence to suggest that it has spread to the UK. There have been confirmed cases of the disease in the Republic of Ireland. In Europe, research papers have shown that once in a population, RHD2 becomes more prevalent in the population than the original strain, as it causes a slower death (and more rabbits survive) allowing it to be passed on by direct rabbit to rabbit contact more efficiently.

This strain can also be spread by other means, as it survives well in the environment. Less rabbits die from the new strain, but studies show mortality can be up to 50%, i.e. one in two rabbits, which is a risk many pet owners will not want to take!

It is vital to still vaccinate against myxomatosis and the original RHD but we now advise also vaccinating against RHD2. These two vaccinations must be given at least two weeks apart. RWAF recommend vaccination every 12 months in low risk areas (including Somerset) unless breeding establishments.

Please ring us to make an appointment to book your rabbits in for their vaccinations. We need to take this disease seriously. http://quantockvets.co.uk/new-rh2-rabbit-vaccine-now-stock/

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Are you worried that your dog or cat has become less active, maybe through injury, illness or weight gain, or they might be struggling with osteoarthritis which is surprisingly common?
Until the end of the year, we're offering FREE mobility clinics packed full of advice and support for any animals - do contact us if you'd like more information or if you'd like to attend. See our news for more information: http://quantockvets.co.uk/news-from-quantock-vet-hospital/
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Happy Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month to all of our amazing veterinary nurses. Your hard work, expertise and care are so critical to us, our patients and their owners.
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Our new poster raising awareness of the April 6th deadline for microchipping your dog. Do get in touch if you're concerned or have any queries.

And if you've moved, make sure your details are up to date with your microchipping organisation too!
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Here at the hospital we work closely with the superb wildlife charity Secret World Wildlife rescue - this teamwork is hugely important in getting wildlife the help and care they need.

This young greater black-backed gull came into Quantock Veterinary Hospital last week, brought to us by a Secret World Wildlife Rescue volunteer who after a quick examination realised the bird needed urgent veterinary attention. Two fishing lines were hanging out of the birds mouth with the fishing weights attached to the end of them. Vet Hannah and nurse Claire quickly anesthetist the bird for X-rays to see what was going on.

It became clear that the hooks attached to the end of the fishing lines were embedded into the birds gullet and, with barbs on the end of them, they weren't going to budge easily. They realised that they'd need to be pulled back out! After a long, pain staking procedure both hooks were successfully removed from the birds throat. We're delighted to say that the bird has gone back to Secret World to be looked after and will be released back into the wild when fit and strong.

You could certainly say this gull bit off a little more than it could chew! Without quick assessment of the bird's condition, alongside the veterinary care received at Quantock and the supportive care provided by Secret World following the procedure, this could have been a very different outcome for this beautiful bird.

Please discard your fishing tackle properly! Carelessness can cause painful and life-threatening injuries to wildlife.
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We have a new vivarium to improve our reptile hospitalisation facilities. Exotic pets require specialist equipment and a lot of special care. This is Alice with Stiggy the bearded dragon - one of our recent exotic patients, who stayed with us for a number of days whilst being nursed back to full health.

If you have any questions about how best to care for, or have any concerns about your exotic pets, please don't hesitate to ask us.
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The perfect photo for National Hug Day!
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