Tick Control this Spring and Summer
As spring is now upon us and summer is just around the corner, we would like to remind owners of the importance of tick monitoring and prevention on ourselves and our animals whilst enjoying the sunny outdoors. Here are some top tips on how to protect yourself, your family and your animals from tick bites to reduce the risk of contracting Lyme Disease (Borreliosis).
1. Know where to expect ticks – Many areas of the UK with good ground cover and diverse wildlife (such as squirrels, hedgehogs, birds & deer) can pose a potential risk as wildlife feed any ticks and allows their population to increase and multiply. Animals can transport ticks to new areas.
2. Use a tick repellent. Read instructions carefully. There is currently no vaccine to defend against Lyme Disease so protection is very important. Please contact us for information on tick repellent animal spot on treatments.
3. Carry a tick remover. By having a tick remover (and antiseptic wipes) with you, any attached ticks can be removed sooner, lessening the chance of disease transmission.
4. Tuck your trouser legs into your socks. This helps to deter ticks from crawling inside your trouser legs, down into your shoes and through most socks. Wearing gaiters will also help to prevent this.
5. Take a walking stick with you. Where you can’t keep to the center of the paths to avoid ticks on overhanging vegetation, you can use a stick to tap the vegetation ahead of you, knocking off any awaiting ticks to prevent transmission to you or your dog.
6. Check you and your dogs bodies carefully after being outdoors.
7. Carefully remove ticks. Ticks should be removed correctly by twisting them out of the skin using a ‘tick hook’ or ‘tick twister’. These can be purchased from us. Please ensure you remove ticks correctly and do not pull the tick with tweezers (as tempting as this may be!) as if you leave the head in you could cause further problems and infection.
For any more information on tick control and removal, or if you would like to purchase a tick hook to keep to hand over the summer months, please contact the surgery on
☎ 01670 457271.
Candle of Remembrance
It is an important role of our jobs to support owners through the euthanasia of their beloved animals. We like to pay our respects by providing owners with quiet time to say their last goodbyes. We now have a candle of remembrance in our reception area which will be lit during these times. When the candle is lit, we kindly ask clients to be patient and respectful.
*IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE DOGS TRUST NEUTERING SCHEME*
As you may be aware, the Dogs Trust run a subsidised neutering scheme along side veterinary practices to encourage neutering. This scheme is available from us at St Clair Veterinary Care for clients on eligible benefits. However, there has been some changes to the scheme which you may not be aware of:
From 1st March 2016 there will be some changes to the Dogs Trust neutering scheme. The current price which the owner must contribute for a Dogs Trust neutering voucher is £30, this will increase to £35 per pet. And as well as providing us with proof of benefits to purchase a voucher, photograph ID will also be required such as a passport or driving license. from 1st March the Dogs Trust will also be limiting the breeds which qualify for the scheme. Eligible breeds will include:
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Jack Russel Terrier
Any crossbreed where the primary breed is identifiable as one of the above listed breeds.
For more information on the Dogs Trust neutering scheme please contact the surgery on 01670 457271. We will continue to offer FREE pre-neuter checks prior to booking neutering through the Dogs Trust. Photo ID and proof of benefits must be provided to us when purchasing the voucher, which then enables us to book the operation. We cannot issue any vouchers without a recent pre-neuter check.
Eligible benefits to qualify for this scheme are as follows:
- Income Support
- Housing Benefit
- Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Council Tax Reduction / Council Tax Support
- Jobseekers Allowance (Income Based)
- Child Task Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- Pension Credit
- Universal Credit
As benefits are now paid directly into people’s bank accounts or post office accounts, they will not benefit books but should be able to provide a recent letter, bank statement or certificate of benefit from an official source. (e.g. Job Centre Plus, Dept. For Work & Pensions etc).
‘Check In‘ on Facebook and Save £1 on EVERY Visit!
Introducing St Clair’s new Facebook ‘CHECK IN’ discount!
Every time your pet visits us at St Clair for an appointment or operation, ‘Check in’ on Facebook at ‘St-Clair Veterinary Care’ and receive a £1 discount!
Please ask our lovely staff for instructions on how to ‘Check in’ from your mobile device during your visit.
*PLEASE NOTE: This excludes free appointments where only mediation is purchased*
SPRING HEALTH CHECKS
Are your fury friends healthy INSIDE and out?
There are many pets living day to day with undiagnosed medical conditions such as diabetes, dental disease, heart disease, liver & kidney diseases, gastrointestinal diseases, thyroid disease and many more.
Throughout Spring we will be offering our discounted ‘Spring Health Checks’ for cats & dogs of all ages. The check includes a full health check with one of our vets, Rory or Andy, as well as blood sampling for biochemistry and haematology (a general health sample). There is an optional extra for our more senior patients which also includes a thyroid blood test.
Prices are £65 for Spring Health Checks and £85 for our Senior Spring Health Checks (including thyroid). These are discounted prices aiming to promote screening and health awareness this spring, which is a great opportunity to catch any underlying problems early so they can be treated as required.