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New from July 2017

Nurse Clinics in Corsham - Mondays 11am - 1pm.  

For nail clips, administering medication, repeat injections, grooming and more!


Lambing Room now available                                           

New lambing facilities at our 1 Bristol Road surgery, available any time day or night.  Bring in eves to the surgery for prolapses/lambings/caesareans.

Calf Hospitalisation

Intensive treatment for scouring calves.

Worm Egg Counts

Avoid unnecessary worming costs by running egg counts before worming.

Canine Babesiosis

New tick-borne disease in dogs, canine babesiosis, found in the UK                 

You may have seen several reports in the press and on social media about cases of Babesia canis, a disease transmitted to dogs by infected ticks, confirmed in Essex.

Garden Veterinary Group would like to pass on information we have been given about this disease by the University of Bristol.

Scientists at University of Bristol say recent confirmed cases of Babesia canis, in four dogs in Essex that had not travelled abroad, have increased the need for surveillance of tick-borne disease in the UK.

What are the symptoms of Babesia Canis?

Symptoms of babesiosis can range from mild to severe and include lethargy, lack of appetite, fever, anaemia, pale gums, an enlarged abdomen, weight loss and jaundice. If your dog has or had ticks and you are concerned for the health of your dog, please contact a vet immediately.

Detecting ticks

Check your pet’s skin on its head first (around the mouth and ears, behind ears and on its neck), then work your way down its forelegs and the rest of its body, searching for any lumps on the skin surface.

If you find a lump:

• Part the hair and look at it more closely (with the help of a magnifying glass, if necessary)

• The place where the tick attaches may or may not be painful and there may be skin swelling - It is distinguished from other skin swellings and growths because close scrutiny can reveal the tick’s legs at the level of the skin.

What to do if you find a tick

When attempting to remove a tick avoid handling the parasite directly. Wear gloves and dispose of ticks hygienically so they cannot re-attach themselves or lay eggs.

If you find a tick on your pet’s skin:

• The aim is to remove the whole tick, including its mouthparts without squeezing the tick's body

• Use a specially designed hook or scoop with a narrow slot that traps the tick's mouthparts

• Slide the hook under the tick at skin level so as to grip the head of the tick, ensure that the hook is not entangled

• Scoop out the tick – rotating the hook around the tick's head may help dislodge the mouthparts before removal

• Flush the tick down the lavatory (or sink - with hot water)

Do not attempt to burn, cut or pull the tick off with your fingers

- Buy a tick removal tool and keep it in your pet first-aid box

- If in doubt, take your pet to the vet

How to protect your dog from Ticks and tick borne disease

To reduce the risk associated with ticks on dogs, veterinary surgeons have innovative and convenient treatments that are only available on prescription. The options available to protect dogs against ticks include spot-ons, sprays, collars and oral chewable formulations. For best advice on how to remove a tick correctly from your pet please speak to your vet.

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Take a look at our new Pet Care Videos

Videos that cover a range of items from how to get your cat into a basket to how to flea/worm your dog/cat.

Refer a friend and get a £10 voucher each

We are always delighted to welcome new clients to the practice. Get a £10 voucher for yourself and a friend when you recommend Garden Veterinary Group to a new customer.

At their first consultation your friend will be given a £10 voucher to pass on to you as a thank you for your referral.

2013 was our Golden Anniversary                                      

We celebrated our 50th year as an independent veterinary practice in July  with an Open Day and welcomed all our clients and staff past and present.  It was a beautiful day and thoroughly enjoyed by all who came.

This is a picture of the partners, old and new along with the son of our founding vet Mr Garden.

Alice Hall, Lisa Trowbridge, Dewi Jones, Bruce McFadyen, Wynn Walters, John Jones and Nick Garden.

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