Fireworks and Bonfire Night

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Fireworks Its that time of year again where Bonfire night is fast approaching . With the many days before and after when random fireworks may be going off in your area, it is now time to start thinking about what you need to help your pet remain as calm and relaxed as possible. Planning in advance is the best way forward, so start a desensitisation programme using a CD such as one called “Sounds Scary” which comes with full instructions and tips to help your dog settle.Read More

September Holiday Weekend

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The Granton, Lochend and Oxgangs branches are closed on Monday 18th September for the September holiday weekend. The Dundas Street branch is open from 8.30am and 12noon for emergency appointments. All branches open as normal again on Tuesday 19th September.

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Exciting News

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Cat-and-dog-sitting-01   Dundas Vet Group will be launching Pet Health Plans as of 30th August 2017. The monthly payment plan is an easy way for you to protect your dog or cat from preventable diseases and discomfort by making sure all their preventative treatments are up to date. These include: Two annual health checks, vaccination boosters including kennel cough for dogs, year round flea, worm and parasite treatment, along with discounts on selected routine procedures. More

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An Overview of Parasites

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With the warmer weather upon us, it is a good time to remember parasite control for our pets - what do we need to protect them against and why. Parasites can live internally and externally and are an all year round threat to our pets’ health. Let’s meet the common culprits!   FLEAS The most common external parasite on dogs and cats the flea spends a lot of it’s life cycle in the environment. Approximately only 5% of the flea population lives on your pet, the remaining are found as eggs, larvae and pupae in the environment including the outdoor vegetation and in our houses. A single adult female flea can lay up to 40 eggs per day with a 3-4 week development stage.This means that within one month of a flea entering your home there could be

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Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month (VNAM)

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May is Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month.  The following details the important job a Veterinary Nurse carries out in practice. What an RVN does in practice: Advice RVN’s are there to help both you and your pet by offering you advice or explaining any special care your pet may require. They can help you with:

  • Weight loss or nutrition
  • Advice on home nursing care for some health condition
  • Selecting flea/worming treatment for your pet
  • Behavioural advice
  • Help with your puppy/kitten
  • How to give medications
  • Insurance
Some RVN’s may also provide clinics in weight loss, post-operative check ups, nail clips, and 2nd vaccines.   Moni

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A fond farewell

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IMG_0876 (2) We would like to take this opportunity to say a fond farewell to our colleague and friend Sheila Cranna.

Sheila joined the practice in 1988, becoming a partner in 1996 with Audrey Fearn.

She took the decision to retire from the practice this year to spend more time with her family.

She will be missed by both clients and staff alike, and we wish her every happiness for the future.

Peter Sharp, who will be a familiar face to our Lochend Road clients, will join his wife, Emma, as co d

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Case Report – The Geriatric Patient

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In Veterinary practice we have the privilege of seeing and treating all ages of pets.  Whilst there can be nothing cuter than the first puppy or kitten consult, we must not overlook the importance of the other end of the age range - our geriatric patients.  These pets have been part of our lives for many years, often accompanying us through major life events and we must ensure that they continue to receive the right level of care as they go through the inevitable ageing process. A cat can start showing signs of old age from 11 years old and a dog at 8 years old although this can be very variable between breeds.  The signs can be both physical and / or behavioural. One of the most common physical changes that we see is the development of osteoarthritis. Cats can be subtle in th

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Christmas and New Year – branch closures

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Our Christmas and New Year closures are as follows:   Dundas Street: 176-free-christmas-tree-vector Monday 26th December - closed Tuesday 27th December - 9am to 12noon - emergency appointments only. Monday 2nd January - closed Tuesday 3rd January - 9am to 12noon - emergency appointments only.   Granton Road, Lochend Road and Oxgangs Road: Monday 26th December - closed Tuesday 27th December - closed Monday 2nd Janu

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Petplan Veterinary Awards 2017

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Nominations are now open for the Petplan Veterinary Awards 2017. The nomination categories are: Practice of the Year Vet of the Year Vet Nurse of the Year Practice Support Staff of the Year. For more information, please visit the Petplan website for more details. 4987 VA'14 Practice website promo v2.indd

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Fireworks/Bonfire Night

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Bonfire night is fast approaching and with the many days before and after when random fireworks may be going off in your area, it is now time to start thinking about what you need to help your pet remain as calm and relaxed as possible. The best way forward is to plan in advance and start a desensitisation programme using a CD such as one called “Sounds Scary” which comes with full instructions and tips to help your dog settle. Leading up to a known event, an Adaptil diffuser can be very helpful. This releases a pheremone which soothes your dog and is used to aid many aspects of behavioural training. It can either be used as a diffuser in the room where your pet spends most of his time or as a collar. Another product which has recently become available is Zylkene. This is a natu

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