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Canine Babesiosis

We are so sorry to hear about the dogs in Essex who have developed Babesiosis. Here is some information.

What is it?

Babesia is a tiny parasite, spread by a tick called Dermacentor.  This tick is uncommon in the UK but has now been identified in a small pocket in Essex. This disease is seen in Western Europe, but has not before been seen in dogs in the UK that have not travelled outside UK borders.

What happens?

Infection of red blood cells can lead to severe anaemia in dogs. Signs to look out for include lethargy, weakness, pale gums, jaundice, red/brown urine and fever. The infection is life threatening. Ticks are thought to have to be attached to the dog for 24-48 hours to successfully transmit the disease.

Why has it appeared now?

It is likely to be associated with a relaxation of the rules of the Pet Travel Scheme in the UK. The rules changed in 2012 and removed the requirement for dogs entering the UK to be treated against ticks. This was vociferously opposed by the Veterinary profession at the time because of a fear of exactly this type of problem.

Is it likely to spread in the UK?

Yes. 

Can it be treated?

Treatment involves killing the parasite, controlling the body's immune response and in severe cases blood transfusions may be required. 

How do i prevent it?

There are no vaccines available in the UK.

Check and completely remove ticks from your dog after walks.

Ask your Vet to recommend a suitable tick prevention to stop the spread of this sort of tick.

Do humans get it?

No. Humans are not thought to contract canine babesiosis. They can only get the human form which is seen only in the US or other parts of Europe. 

What about my cat?

No. Cats and other species are not thought to contract canine babesiosis.

For more information and advice concerning tick control please call us on 01525 373329.

We're helping rescued pets!

There are many pets in rescue centres in this area. Could you spare some food/ a toy or some blankets to cheer up their days? Just drop them off to use (there's a collection box in reception and we'll make sure they are sent where they are needed). This year we are collecting for Appledown Rescue Kennels, Cats Protection and Rainbow Rabbits.

Alabama Rot

There have been varying local news reports about Alabama Rot. Dogs may present with area of red or ulcerated skin. Over a period of time kidney failure develops.

As yet the cause of this disease is unknown.

If you are concerned then please call us on 01525 373329

More info from Andersen Moores Veterinary Hospital

Cats Protection Rehoming Day - a great success!

Could you give a puss cat a furrever home? Our re-homing afternoon on Saturday 21st March was extremely successful with 9 puss cats found furever homes.

Every year CP re-home thousands of cats across the UK, fostering stray or unwanted pets until a new h

ome can be found for the. They rely on help and funding from the general public.

If you are interested in rehoming a cat call Cats Protection on  0845 3712246 or visit their website

Make sure your dog's business is nobody else's business

In partnership with Leighton-Linslade council we are supporting a campaign on cleaning up after your dog. For FREE poo bags  contact us.

Download our advice leaflet

Antifreeze Poisoning 

Sadly we see poisoning with antifreeze every year. Even a very small amount of antifreeze can cause kidney failure and death. 

To help prevent this:

  • Please clean up any spillages immediately  - no matter how small.
  • Keep all containers tightly sealed and away from pets, clearly labelled.
  • Check your car is not leaking coolant onto your driveway.
  • Always dispose of antifreeze safely and responsibly.
  • If you suspect your pet has been in contact with antifreeze contact us immediately. The signs of poisoning (vomiting, depression, seizures) do not show until 2 days or so after exposure - by which time it is often too late to save a pet.

Rock Salt Poisoning

Salt used on roads in cold weather can cause illness if pets lick the salt from their paws. Clean your pets paws with water or a mild shampoo after walking in rock salt. If you are concerned that your pet has eaten some rock salt please contact us immediately

Complementary Microchip when your pet is neutered this February

Give the one you love the best chance of coming back to you if lost. When your pet is neutered this February we'll pop and microchip in for free. For more information click here or to make an appointment call 01525 373329

We're helping rescued pets!

There are many pets in rescue centres in this area. Could you spare some food/ a toy or some blankets to cheer up their days? Just drop them off to use (there's a collection box in reception and we'll make sure they are sent where they are needed). This year we are collecting for Appledown Rescue Kennels, Cats Protection and Rainbow Rabbits.

Our new Webshop is now open!

Visit the Ark House Vets Webshop and choose toys, pet food and other vital items for your pet. Save money by buying online and using our 'Click and Collect' service or have your chosen items delivered to your door!

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Local Events

With so many great pet-friendly activities and fun days in this area we thought we could do with a guide to what's going on locally.

If you'd like your pet friendly event to be featured here please email with some details:

kate@arkhousevets.co.uk

2017

Linslade Canal Festival

Rushmere Summer Fair

Appledown Rescue Kennels Open Day

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