Healthcare and insurance
Each year 1 in 3 pets is injured or becomes ill* and needs urgent veterinary treatment. Insurance can help you cover the cost of these unexpected bills leaving you free to concentrate on helping an important member of your family recover.
Damory Vets recommend having your pet insured and are accredited as an Appointed Representative of Vetsure Pet Insurance®. Through working relationships with the veterinary profession Vetsure aims to offer the best value for money premiums and access to the highest standards of treatment through their network of trusted practices.
We promote Vetsure Pet Insurance® because...
- Vetsure make it simple: We are part of the trusted Vetsure network. This means that Vetsure are happy for us to settle the bill directly with them when you make an eligible claim. After treatment you simply pay us the policy excess.
- Vetsure for tailored cover: Pick and choose from a range of benefits and benefit levels to suit your budget. To further adjust your monthly premium, you can choose from a range of excess levels (£69, £109 or £149).
- Vetsure cover for life: If your pet develops an ongoing condition like arthritis or diabetes, the vet treatment benefits offered will recharge every year for each condition**. Vetsure also only charge the excess once per unrelated condition – many insurers charge the excess every year – which can soon make costs add up.
We can now also offer 5 WEEKS FREE COVER WITH VETSURE PET INSURANCE
As a fully accredited Vetsure practice we can exclusively offer our clients 5 weeks cover free of charge. Simply choose whichever level of cover you are interested in taking out and get the first 5 weeks free.***
In order to benefit from this offer, click on the quote button or pop into our practice and we will arrange for Vetsure to contact you and put your cover in place today!
Alternatively, ask a staff member to arrange a call from the Vetsure team at your convenience!
*source: Datamonitor - UK Pet Insurance 2008.
**provided your premiums are kept up to date and your policy remains in place.
*** terms and conditions apply – visit vetsure.com for details on cover available.
Currently vaccination is carried out against Parvovirus, Distemper, Infectious Canine Hepatitis every 3 years and Leptospirosis and Parainfluenza every year. Kennel cough vaccination is also available as an optional extra annual vaccination. This is recommended for dogs which enter high risk situations such as kennels and shows and also when there are local outbreaks. Primary vaccinations are carried out at 8 weeks and 12 weeks of age.
Distemper and Infectious Canine Hepatitis are now, thankfully, extremely rare in the UK, although isolated cases are still reported. The success of reducing the frequency of these diseases is entirely down to vaccination. However in areas of poor vaccine uptake, cases of these diseases are still seen and they are invariably fatal.
Parvovirus is a severe form of gastroenteritis leading to profuse bleeding from the intestines. It is more common in young dogs and is often fatal. Those that survive will require intensive treatment. This condition is still relatively prevalent. Although far fewer cases are seen than was once the case we have, nevertheless, seen several cases at the practice over the last few years.
Leptospirosis is a serious bacterial infection affecting the liver, kidneys and causing anaemia. The vac-cine against this is not as efficient as other vaccines so must be given more frequently (yearly). The main hosts for this disease are rats so contact with rat’s urine is seen as the most likely source of infection. The disease is treatable if caught early enough but many dogs present so acutely that they are beyond help by the time treatment is instituted.
|Price Puppy Course (1st and 2nd Vaccinations)
This also includes:
|Annual Booster and Full Health Check||£37.00|
|Annual Kennel Cough||£35.50|
|Annual Kennel Cough given with other annual booster||£17.00|
|Rabies Vaccination (every 3 years)||£42.00|
Kennel Cough is seen very commonly and is often seen as outbreaks with the disease being extremely contagious between dogs. There is a bacterial form of kennel cough caused by bordatella and a viral form caused by parainfluenza virus. We incorporate the parainfluenza vaccine into our routine vaccina-tions but further protection against the bacterial form can be given via an intranasal vaccine.
Cats are currently routinely vaccinated against Cat flu (herpes virus and calicivirus), Feline Enteritis (panleucopaenia) and Feline Leukaemia Virus. All these vaccines are carried out annually except feline enteritis which is carried out every 3 years. Primary vaccinations are carried out at 8-9 weeks and 12 weeks of age.
Cat flu is caused mainly by either herpes virus, calicivirus or both although sometimes other viruses and bacteria may contribute to the symptoms seen. The problem is most commonly seen in kittens and can be fatal in the most severe cases. Much of the problem lies in the chronic effects of contracting these viruses. Calicivirus may cause chronic gum disease but the main concern is herpes virus which stays in the body and reactivates especially at times of stress, in a similar way to cold sores in people. Herpes virus is the commonest cause of recurrent conjunctivitis in cats and is also a cause of chronic recurrent sneezing (rhinitis). If a cat has previously suffered from cat flu it is still considered worthwhile vaccinating to try to maintain good immunity and prevent recurrences.
Feline Enteritis is caused by a virus similar to parvovirus in dogs. It can cause brain damage in kittens as well as severe, often fatal, diarrhoea. Thankfully, vaccination has largely brought the condition under control and confirmed cases are now quite rare. Thus the vaccination is now given only every 3 years.
|Primary Kitten Course (1st and 2nd Vaccinations) - Including Leukaemia
This also includes:
|Primary Kitten Course (1st and 2nd Vaccinations) - Excluding Leukaemia||£39.00|
|Annual Booster and Full Health Check - Including Leukaemia||£41.50|
|Annual booster and Full Health Check - Excluding Leukaemia||£27.30|
Feline Leukaemia Virus is blood-borne and therefore is much more commonly seen in cats that fight (especially stray Toms). If cats are to be kept indoors or are in a confined garden then there is little need to vaccinate against this. The virus itself, when contracted, may only cause mild fever and may go un-noticed but it has many chronic effects predisposing cats to various types of cancers, anaemia and immune problems. Anaemia and immune problems may also arise secondary to FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus). This disease is also blood borne but there is currently no vaccination available to protect against this disease.
A vaccine is also available against Chlamydia, another cause of conjunctivitis. In view of the relatively easily treatable nature of this condition we do not include this in our core vaccines.
Healthy and happy pets require certain routine treatments. In order to help you meet these needs, we have designed the Damory Health Care Plan for dogs, cats and rabbits. Unlike pet insurance, which covers accidents and illnesses, our plan includes routine treatments and offers that your pet needs to stay in the best of health. It is an affordable way to spread your pet’s yearly healthcare costs into regular, manageable monthly payments and can save you up to 25% on routine healthcare.
If you would like to join the plan, please complete the appropriate form below and bring into the practice or pop in and speak to one of our receptionists.
Rabbits are vaccinated against Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease on an annual basis. Myxomatosis is a disease common in wild rabbits. It causes swelling of the eyelids and genitals and the rabbit is very unwell and can die. It can also cause skin lesions without the swellings. It causes many deaths in wild rabbits and can be transferred to pet rabbits by fleas or other biting in-sects.
Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD, also know as RHD) is a virus which can cause sudden death in rabbits and can cause large numbers of deaths within a colony. It is present in Britain having spread across from Europe.
Vaccination against myxomatosis used to consist of a single injection that lasted for 6 months. However, the manufacturers have now replaced it with a combined myxomatosis and VHD vaccine, which will provide immunity for one year. We strongly recommend you vaccinate your rabbit on a yearly basis.
There have been a few cases of a new variant of RHD (RHD-2) confirmed in the UK. As this is a new disease little is known so far but it appears to not be covered by the current VHD vaccine. There is a new vaccine but this requires importing from Europe and requires a booster every 6 months. Please talk to us if you feel your rabbit is at risk and would like to discuss having this new vaccination.
|Annual Combines RHD and Myxomatosis||£37.50|
|RHD2 - given from 10 weeks old, booster must be given every 6 months||£30.00|
CONCERNS ON VACCINATIONS
As vets we are regularly asked as to whether vaccinations are necessary. This has come about due to the decreased incidence of many diseases as a result of vaccination but also due to health concerns about over-vaccination.
Whilst it is right to question the frequency of vaccination there is no doubt that there is a genuine need for vaccination as a concept and it is our belief that alternatives such as homeopathic nosodes are of little, if no benefit. The vaccination company that we use (Nobivac) has a good reputation for decreasing the frequency of vaccination where the evidence shows that we can do so safely.
We, as vets, are also guided by independent bodies such as the British Small Animal Veterinary Association. Nobivac recently carried out a large, nationwide study of the development of diseases such as epilepsy and skin problems between the vaccinated and unvaccinated populations. There was no statistical difference in the development of chronic medical conditions between the vaccinated and unvaccinated population, suggesting that vaccination should not be implicated as a trigger factor for these diseases.
That is not to say that vaccination cannot have side effects. Individual animals may react badly to an individual vaccine and its use again would have to be carefully considered. There is one known and well-recognised condition that cats get on the back of their necks. This is an injection-site sarcoma, a type of tumour, which appears to be related to repeated injections (vaccinations or other) at this site. If we suspect this we would offer prompt surgical intervention.
On the whole, however, we believe that the benefits of vaccination far outweigh the risks. If you have any specific concerns, however, one of the vets will gladly discuss this further with you
Passports and Travel
If you are considering travelling abroad with your pet you will need to obtain an official UK pet passport. The process involved is simple and allows travel between EU and listed countries.
Firstly a microchip must be inserted or, if already inserted, checked for position and correct reading. We strongly recommend that you get the microchip checked by one of our nurses a few days before you travel to make sure it is reading correctly.
You must then get your dog, cat or ferret vaccinated against rabies before it can travel to another EU country or back into the UK. A period of 21 days following the vaccination must pass before your pet can travel to the EU or return to the UK. After the first vaccination and the 21 day waiting period, you can enter the UK whenever you like as long as booster vaccinations are given on time. The rabies vaccination we give is currently valid for 3 years.
A vet must treat your dog for tapeworm and record it in the pet passport every time you want to enter the UK. The treatment must be given between 1 and 5 days (24 to 120 hours) before you’re scheduled to arrive in the UK (this can be done with a UK vet before you leave as long as you return within the 120 hour period). The treatment you use must have praziquantel or equivalent as its active ingredient.
Further information on the scheme can also be found on: www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad which we strongly recommend you check before travelling, or phone their helpline on 0370 2411710.
PLEASE NOTE: Although these guidelines are intended to help, ultimately it is your responsibility to check the regulations before travelling with your pet.