Coronavirus and your Vet

LOCKDOWN 3.0 UPDATE:
Advice from our governing bodies has now been released, and we would like to make you aware of the following:
– When booking booster vaccinations for your pet, we may need to delay them for a safe period of time over their 12 month interval.
– Where possible and appropriate, we may use mediums such as telephone or video (skype) for remote consultations and prescribing.
– When booking appointments, we will make a judgement as to whether the problem is essential, necessary or could wait following advise from a member of the team.
– Any surgery/consultation currently already booked will STILL GO AHEAD, unless we contact you to cancel.
Please be advised that we will maintain our service as best we can given the circumstances and of course, any urgent cases will be seen without delay. Thank you again for your ongoing cooperation.
Many thanks
Bishops Castle Vets
https://bishopscastlevets.co.uk/

Pet Travel to the EU 2021

*PET TRAVEL*
From the 1st January 2021 Great Britain will become a Part 2 Listed third country under the EU Pet Travel Scheme.

The current EU passport will not be valid for travel to the EU or NI from this date.

An animal health certificate (AHC) will be needed instead which you may obtain from us no more than 10days before travel.

Your animal must be microchipped.
Your animal must be vaccinated against rabies.
Your animal must he over 12 weeks old
You must wait 21 days after the primary rabies vaccination before travel.

You must make an appointment to visit us with your animal no more than 10 days before travel for an AHC to be issued.

The new documents are lengthier to complete so please allow enough time before travel and book appointments in advance to ensure we have time to see your pet before travel.
The new AHC is valid for a single trip to the EU and onward travel or reentry to Great Britain for 4months.
Only some of our vets have the correct certification to complete PET Travel documents so make sure you plan in advance.

We appreciate the transition period has been tricky to navigate in travelling with your pets so thank you for your patience at this time🇬🇧

Any queries with regards to pet travel do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email to discuss individual queries.
Many thanks
Bishops Castle Vets
https://bishopscastlevets.co.uk/

Stay Safe with Skype Consultations

Social Distancing continues to be an issue during this difficult time, so we are making the most modern technology and really pleased to be able to offer virtual consultations by using Skype.

Simply search Skype for ‘Bishops Castle Vets’ and we can help you from there or call us on 01588 638356

Stay home & stay safe.

GUIDANCE FOR VISITING THE PRACTICE –
*CALL IN ADVANCE
*WE ARE OPEN FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY.
*PLEASE DO NOT ENTER UNLESS ADVISED TO DO SO

– Please make every effort to order medication IN ADVANCE so that we are able to get your order ready for collection and can then bring it out to you, or leave in the box by the front door.

– If you have an appointment with us then please ring the practice upon arrival and we will come out to you when we are ready – REMEMBER – EMERGENCIES ONLY!

– We would like to remind all of our clients that we are ALWAYS available for help and advice but please use Skype, WhatsApp or Telephone 01588 638356

Thank you for helping is all stay safe.

Bovine Respiratory Disease – review

It’s that time of year again – Bovine Respiratory Disease! This devastating disease causes significant economic and production losses in cattle youngstock.

Prevention is far better than cure with every pneumonia case costing approx £80 per animal. Vaccinating and looking at housing measures are a much more cost effective solution, but vary significantly between systems.

Please get in touch if you would like a farm visit or to discuss vaccination and prevention.
Meanwhile life goes on as normal as possible at the practice along with our rounds to visit livestock owners across:
Bishops Castle, Craven Arms, Church Stretton, Lydbury North and Montgomery.

We are making the most of new virtual consultations by using Skype.

Simply search Skype for ‘Bishops Castle Vets’ and we can help you from there or call us on 01588 638356

GUIDANCE FOR VISITING THE PRACTICE –
*Call in advance of your visit
*Please make every effort to order medication IN ADVANCE so that we are able to get your order ready for collection and can then bring it out to you, or leave in the box by the front door.

– We would like to remind all of our clients that we are ALWAYS available for help and advice but please use Skype, WhatsApp or Telephone.

Bishops Castle Vets are a well established, independent rural practice located at
Unit 1a, Bishops Castle Business Park, Bishops Castle SY9 5BX

Thank you for helping is all stay safe.

Whelping Bitch Advice

Guidance for care of the Whelping Bitch

Care of the Whelping Bitch

The Stages of Whelping


Pre-Whelping
FEEDING— It is important that a pregnant bitch maintains her condition well throughout the
entire gestation period. A high quality complete puppy food can provide the added nutrients
and highly digestible formula needed for the increased demands on the bitch. After about 3-
4 weeks of gestation, this puppy food can be introduced gradually (over a period of 5 days)
into the diet and the amount of total food consumption increased until by week 9 (around
whelping) she is eating around a third more than normal. Feeding several meals throughout
the day will help spread out food consumption and the amount given will depend on the
manufacturers guidelines for that particular food.


WORMING— Ideally, a bitch will be wormed daily from day 40 of pregnancy up to the 2nd day
following whelping. The round worm toxocara canis will infect all pregnant bitches and their
offspring so worming is vital for the puppies. The best wormer for pregnant bitches is fenbendazole (Panacur).
 Several days prior to whelping, a bitch may act restless and behave abnormally including
nesting, or being more attentive and she may refuse food.


STAGE ONE— Uterine contractions begin in this first stage. She may pant, shiver, even vomit
and this stage can last between 6 and 12 hours.

STAGE TWO-Abdominal straining begins. Foetal fluids are then passed and a puppy is expelled. The time between each pup can be between 5 and 120 minutes . ANY straining of the
bitch with no pup being produced in 2 hours requires veterinary attention. If foetal membranes have been passed and no pup has been expelled in 2-3 hours then you must contact
your vets.
 If your bitch appears to be in significant pain or a puppy appears to be stuck in the birth canal
please contact us.


STAGE THREE—Expulsion of placenta (usually follows each pup but not always).
 The puppies will be covered in a thin membrane which is normally licked and chewed away by
the mother. If this doesn’t happen then gently clean away the membrane and dry the pups.
 If in any doubt please contact your vet.
 Signs such as restlessness or nervousness in a bitch after whelping should be investigated as
she may have low blood calcium levels.
 Infection of the uterus / womb (metritis) or mammary tissue (mastitis) can happen and require treatment.
 Puppies and bitch should be wormed at 2, 5 and 8 weeks following whelping.
 As soon as the bitch has had her puppies it is important to increase her food gradually over 4
weeks due to the huge increased demands on her body . By week 3 she should be eating
300% of her normal portion size.
 Once the puppies start eating solid food at around 4 weeks, and gradually wean, the bitch’s
intake can be gradually reduced back towards normal.

Coronavirus Update to our procedures

It’s a worrying time for us all at the moment and we all need to Stay Home & Stay Safe where possible so that essential workers can keep going as we all support each other.

FOR GUIDANCE –

ALL CLIENTS – PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE PRACTICE UNLESS ADVISED TO DO SO.

– If you have an appointment with us then please ring the practice upon arrival and we will come out to you when we are ready.
– We will now only be open for emergency and urgent consultations at the practice.
– We will be offering consultations via Telephone, Skype or Whatsapp should you wish for advice on your animal – on a case-by-case basis.

– Please make every effort to order medication IN ADVANCE so that we are able to get your order ready for collection and can then bring it out to you, or leave in the box by the front door.
– Puppy and Kitten vaccinations will still go ahead but routine booster vaccinations (unless otherwise indicated) will be postponed until further notice.
– We would like to remind all of our clients that we are ALWAYS available for help and advice….
If you have any animal worries, and need a vet’s advice, Bishops Castle Vets are pleased to announce that we can take enquiries and talk to you via Skype.

Skype consultations are a great way of dealing with the circumstances at the moment.

Simply search Skype for Bishops Castle Vets and we can help you from there or call us on 01588 638356

Stay home & stay safe.

Vets for animals large and small

For animals large and small!

For animals large and small!

Bishops Castle Vets are a well respected, trusted, independant rural practice located in Bishops Castle, South Shropshire providing extensive veterinary services for all farmyard animals along with family Pets.

We cover:
Bishops Castle, Craven Arms, Church Stretton, Lydbury North and Montgomery.

Visit our website: https://bishopscastlevets.co.uk/
or call to make an appointment: 01588 638356

Changing Season brings changing threats to your pet’s health

Changing seasons and your pet’s health

With the changing seasons come changing threats to your pet’s health, so it is important to keep informed on what to look out for as the nights start to draw in and we move into the Autumn.

You need to be alert to some hidden dangers for your pets. We all know to be careful around Bonfires and Fireworks but Acorns, Conkers, Mushrooms and Toadstools can all cause problems for dogs if they have a tendency to chew or swallow things they find on the ground.

If you do have problems, we cover:
Bishops Castle, Craven Arms, Church Stretton, Lydbury North and Montgomery.

Bishops Castle Vets are a well respected, trusted and independent rural practice located in Bishops Castle, South Shropshire providing extensive veterinary services for all Pets, Horses, Cattle and Livestock.

Visit our website: https://bishopscastlevets.co.uk/
or call to make an appointment: 01588 638356