Summer Greetings from the Staff at Prospect House
We hope you and your pets are keeping well and managing to enjoy the patches of nice weather when we get them. At least we are now able to get out into the beautiful countryside around us again.
As we gradually ease out of lockdown we want to thank you again for all your support and patience throughout the pandemic.
At the current time we are still maintaining our social distancing measure and will keep you informed on any changes. We all hope the positive steps continue in controlling coronavirus during the coming months.
We would like to welcome Sophia Faux to our nursing team. Having spent time working at Idlewild Animal Sanctuary Sophia has a keen interest in a wide range of our furry and feathered friends. She is looking forward to meeting you and your pets. Alongside her work with us Sophia will be starting a Veterinary Nurse Training Course in September.
In our last newsletter we talked about the huge support our pets have given us through lockdown and provided advice for families who have welcomed new pets into the home.
This time we feel that some of our mature patients should take the limelight so we are celebrating our Golden oldies by making June our Senior Pet Month.
As veterinary care advances we have many ways to support our companions and keep them healthy as they grow older.
For several years we have been inviting our mature cat patients to come in for a Senior Health Screen. With the availability of new tests which can detect heart and kidney changes earlier in the disease process we are making some changes to improve this screening panel.
These blood tests will be added to our blood pressure measurement, weight check and urine tests to pick up problems as early as possible in our feline patients. For more details on this and more information on conditions of older cats please see here. To arrange this screening for your cat please give us a call.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common cause of lameness in our pets, particularly as they get older. It can be a debilitating disease affecting mobility, cognitive function and quality of life in both cats and dogs. For the first time in 20 years we now have a new way to treat OA in our companions – Monoclonal Antibody Therapy.
A monthly injection of monoclonal antibodies, given under the skin on the back of the neck, targets nerve growth factor in joints to reduce pain and inflammation. Trials have shown excellent results for patients and we hope this can provide a safe and effective alternative to traditional treatments. For more information on this therapy please ring the practice to talk to one of our team about Librela in dogs or Solensia in cats.
For more information on all the treatments available for OA please visit this page. We also have a mobility questionnaire to help identify pets that may benefit from treatment.
Keep following our Facebook page for more updates on Practice news and interesting cases. We look forward to featuring your senior Pets on our social media during June. You will find some more season articles in our online newsletter.
Many thanks again for all your help and support
Best Wishes from the Prospect House Team