White House Vets
156 Newtown Road
Malvern WR14 1PJ
01684 560940 (24hrs)
Pet Health - Christmas dangers
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Mon-Fri 08:00 - 19.00hrs
Saturday 08:00 - 13:00hrs
Sunday 10:00 - 12:00hrs
Also open Bank Holidays except
Christmas Day see below.
Appointments within 24 hours
After-hours emergency service always available
New Year 2018
|Sat 23 Dec||08:00 - 13:00|
|Sun 24 Dec||10:00 - 12:00|
|Mon 25 Dec||** CLOSED **|
|Tue 26 Dec||10:00 - 12:00|
|Wed 27 Dec||Normal hours|
|Thu 28 Dec||Normal hours|
|Fri 29 Dec||Normal hours|
|Sat 30 Dec||08:00 - 13:00|
|Sun 31 Dec||10:00 - 12:00|
|Mon 01 Jan||** CLOSED **|
|Tue 02 Jan||Back to normal|
Outside of this, comprehensive emergency cover is provided by our out of hours partner, VetsNow. Just phone the normal number to be automatically put through
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Christmas Dangers - Poisons – added 08/12/2017
Chocolate, nuts, grapes, sultanas, poinsettias, holly and mistletoe berries are all toxic to dogs and cats. Dark chocolate is the most toxic and 100grms can be lethal for a dog the size of a Springer Spaniel, whereas it would take about 1 kg of milk chocolate to have the same effect (or 4kgs of Roses!).
Symptoms of chocolate poisoning usually start with vomiting and diarrhoea but in the dogs that have had high doses it can rapidly lead to kidney failure.
Fortunately, cats are less inclined to eat it.
Mince pies and Christmas cake are on the banned list as well.
Christmas Cats & Lilies – added 08/12/2017
Keep cats away from lilies. It is the brown powder in the centre of the flower that is the most toxic, causing kidney disease. They get it on their coats as they brush past and then ingest it when grooming.
And anti-freeze, though not specific to Christmas, it is the time of year when people often drain their car radiators. A few licks of anti-freeze can be fatal.
Beware Acorns – added 20/10/2017
This has been a particularly good year for acorns - a lot of them and big ones.
When eaten by dogs they can cause vomiting and diarrhoea, and if they eat a lot they can cause liver and kidney disease.
However, we have had two instances in the last fortnight (Oct 17) where dogs have swallowed large acorns whole which have subsequently got stuck in the small intestines.
Both dogs needed surgery and made uneventful recoveries.
Beware 'Jerky' Treats from China -
and other common poisons
- added 23/08/2017
If your dog is unwell, usually vomiting and diarrhoea and increased drinking, following the ingestion of jerky treats from China, then contact us. Often dogs recover when the treats are no longer fed, but it can be more serious causing a condition called Fanconi Syndrome resulting in severe kidney disease.
There has also been a steep rise in cases of poisoning resulting from dogs biting into e-cigarettes and their refills, and ingesting liquid nicotine.
Human pain-killers, chocolate, and lilies are the biggest causes of poisoning, but other things that are best kept away from pets are contraceptive pills, raisins, and artificial sweeteners.
Alabama Rot - added 31/03/2017
Unfortunately, there has been a case of this disease confirmed in Malvern.
The disease starts with skin lesions, often ulcers or raised nodules, generally on the legs or paws, but they can also be on the body, mouth or tongue. This develops within a few days to kidney disease, and ultimately kidney failure. It is fatal in nine dogs out of ten. It can occur in dogs of any breed or age and has occurred throughout the country, although most cases have been in Hampshire, Greater Manchester, and Dorst. It was first recognised in the UK in 2012, since when there have been 102 confirmed cases, ie about 20 cases a year.
No environmental triggers have been identified and the cause is unknown. Not knowing the cause makes prevention difficult, but it has been suggested that washing your dog's paws thoroughly after a walk might help.
There is a possible winter/spring seasonality
If your dog suddenly develops skin lesions, make an appointment to see us as soon as you can (and we are now open on Sunday mornings 10 am to 12 noon).
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