University of Cambridge/KC BOAS Respiratory Function Grading Scheme : Certified Assessor
Kevin, after many years involvement in French and English Bulldog health , was brought into the University of Cambridge and Kennel Club Respiratory Function Grading Scheme as a Certified Assessor. This scheme for the grading of Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS ) has become instrumental in the improvement respiratory health of Bulldogs ( French and English) and Pugs. If you need to have your dog BOAS graded please speak to our reception for a grading appointment with Kevin . Ps wear running shoes, some gentle exercise involved !!
Fox mange and Lungworm
Over the past few years we have been seeing an ever increasing amount of LUNGWORM in London. Lungworm is a nasty parasite that lives in the lungs and is transmitted by snails in the garden. Lungworm infection can be asymptomatic and can cause acute catastrophic disease, so please ensure that your dogs are having regular preventative treatment such as Nexgard or Advocate.
The prevelance of urban foxes in central London means that we also do need to continue parasite control in dogs to prevent them catching fox mange, a very itchy skin parasite. Foxes tend to come into the gardens and even wander the streets of Chelsea throughout the year and dogs love rubbing themselves on the ground where foxes have lain, which is how mange parasite is transmitted. Preventative treatment is easy with a regular prasitic treatment such as Nexgard or Advocate.
The Leaders Council
Kevin was invited by Lord Blunkett to be interviewed by Scott Challinor about how he managed the team at the Brompton Veterinary Clinic and how he was able to manage the difficulties of working through the Covid-19 lockdown.
The podcast interview can be heard on the following link:
Travel into the EU and returning Post-Brexit.
Questions and confusion around Brexit and what it means for pet travel continue to abound. The government advice can be found on the following link:
Basically the old parasite treatment rules still apply and EU (ie not UK ) issued Pet Passports are still valid for travel into the EU and the UK.
However UK issued EU Pet Passports issued before 31st December 2020 are valid for ENTRY ONLY TO THE UK along with the necessary parasite treatment as before but they ARE NOT valid for travel into the EU.
To travel into the EU you will need to apply for an ANIMAL HEALTH CERTIFICATE within 10 days of EVERY entry to the EU unless you have a valid EU pet passport.
However you still need any more help please speak to one of the staff directly for current advice. Please try and come in the afternoon to chat about this as our phone lines are being jammed with Brexit questions!
Kevin's volunteering trip for a rabies vaccine and neutering program in Thailand.
Kevin visited the Bon Jardin dog rescue and rehabilitation centre outside Bangkok to see their temple dog neutering program and also travelled north to join the Worldwide Veterinary Service team at the BLES elephant sanctuary in Sukhothai. The team there spent a week travelling to isolated villages vaccinating dogs against rabies and neutering nearly 300 dogs and cats.
If you are interested in helping the street dogs of Thailand please check out the Bon Jardin dog rescue website at : www.bonjardin.com
Tick borne disease outbreak in Essex:
An outbreak of the extremely serious disease Babesia, in Essex, is of particular concern to all dog owners. Babesia Canis is a parasite carried by ticks and is prevalent in Europe. Babesia is not believed to have been contracted in the UK before.
Symptoms of Babesia include weakness, lethargy, fever, anaemia and red urine. We are advising that all dog are treated for ticks now that spring is here. Please call the clinic for advice.
Identity Microchips is now compulsory for all dogs over 8 weeks of age in the UK. Most of our dogs and all dogs with passports will already be microchipped but if your dog has never been chipped you wil need to come in and get one implanted. It is very straightforward and only takes a few minutes.
Holidaying in Spain and Southern France?
There is a mosquito-borne disease called Leishmaniasis not present here in the UK which is present in the Southern Mediterranean, especially Spain but also the South of France, Italy and Greece. This is a particularly unpleasant canine disease which is difficult to treat and often fatal. We strongly advise the use of anti-mosquito collars such as Scalibor for dogs. This would be in addition to the regular parasite control such as Nexgard. Please remember that ticks are a bigger problem in Europe and there are also more tick-bourne diseses in Europe than we have here in the UK. Please contact the clinic to discuss further if required.