White House Vets
156 Newtown Road
Malvern WR14 1PJ
01684 560940 (24hrs)
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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.
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Fly Strike in Rabbits - added 24/05/2018
Now is the time to take action against blow-fly strike.
The green bottle fly lays its eggs on the rabbit's reat end. These develop into maggots. The flies are particularly attracted to dirty bottoms as happens if they are not kept in clean conditions, if they are elderly, or if they have overgrown cheek-teeth and are unable to clean their back ends.
Make sure thethe hutch is cleaned out daily.
We can supply Rearguard which can apply to theircoats and it gives them protection for 10 weeks - how is that?!
Sunburn in cats with white ears and noses – added 24/05/2018
Excessive exposure to sun in white cats, or cats with white ears or noses can cause sunburn which can progress to a type of skin cancer (squamous cell carninoma).
A minimum of Factor 30 sun screen should be applied before they go outdoors when the sun is shining. Special feline sun cream is also available.
Alabama Rot - updated 24/05/2018
Unfortunately, there has been a case of this disease confirmed in Malvern, but there have been 30 cases confirmed throughout the country so far thos year, which is an increase on previous years.
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).
It is called Alabama rot because it was first identified in Alabama in the 1980's.
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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.