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We like to keep our clients informed of any changes in the practice and aim to provide information that may be of interest to owners or useful for their pet, horse or business. If you have any queries, that aren't discussed on our website, please contact us and speak to a member of our team. 

 
 Sherborne Surgery: 01935 813288     
 Yeovil Surgery 01935 421177         
 Woodlands Equine Clinic: 01963 210604                
 Shavehill Equine Clinic: 01747 822799
   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

INDEPENDENT VET CARE ANNOUNCEMENT     

The Partners of Kingston Veterinary Group are pleased to announce the merger with Independent Vet Care.

Our veterinary practice reaches as far back as 1886 and over many years we have attracted high quality committed professionals and enjoy an excellent reputation for all facets of our practice.

Over the past few years we have experienced particularly good growth and we have decided to merge with IVC as we believe a larger organisation will allow us to provide a wider array of services.  The new affiliation will show the same values as we do now, continuing the traditions we have for excellent services, expertise and care for your animals.

You will continue to see the same vets and staff that you have in the past as all our staff are being retained in their current roles. 

Our fee structure will not change and the services we have provided you in the past will continue to be offered.  Our practice name, address, phone numbers and emails will remain the same.

Sherborne 01935 813288 Yeovil 01935 421177

 

   

NEUTERING YOUR PET

Unless you are planning to become a breeder, having your pet neutered is wise in order to avoid unwanted pregnancies. Even if you have an indoor pet that lacks opportunities to mate, the procedure has a variety of health benefits to be considered. 

Cats and rabbits can be neutered from four months old and dogs from six months, though timing can vary according to your pet’s size and breed. We can advise you on the best timing for your pet.

Male pets are castrated (their testicles removed) and female pets have their ovaries and usually their womb removed, which is called spaying. Though he or she may look young, your pet can become pregnant (or impregnate others) while still immature. And unneutered siblings of the opposite sex can also mate.

Before the operation, your pet will need a health check in case there are any reasons why they shouldn’t have the general anaesthetic required for the procedure. The procedure lasts up to an hour and your pet will usually come home the same day.



Our vets and nurses will provide you with tailored instructions dependent on the surgery type, pet breed, size and temperament. This will including feeding pre- and post-op, as well as pain relief, wound care, exercise plans and post-op checks. Your dog is likely to have made a full recovery within a fortnight.

Your dog: What to expect?

The benefits:

  • Unneutered male dogs are at a higher risk of testicular tumours. Neutering also helps prevent some prostate conditions.
  • Neutering lowers the risk of female dogs developing mammary and ovarian tumours – as well as serious womb infections, which can occur following any season/menstrual cycle. 
  • After being castrated, male dogs are less likely to hump, scent-mark or roam looking for a mate. Female dogs are less likely to be pestered by male dogs.

    Your cat: What to expect?

    The benefits:

  • Neutering your female cat helps to avoid mammary and ovary tumours and womb infections – and the health risks of pregnancy.
  • Unneutered male cats tend to be more aggressive, to roam and fight over females or territory. This can make them susceptible to abscesses and diseases such as so-called feline aids (FIV) and leukaemia (FeLV).
  • Your cat is likely to be less stressed about other animals and its environment after neutering. Neutering also lessens their likelihood to spray and mark territory indoors and out.

Your rabbit: What to expect?


Following the operation, male rabbits will need to be kept apart from unspayed female rabbits for six weeks as amazingly they can still be fertile during this time. 

The benefits:

  • Female rabbits can be calmer after spaying. It also cuts the risk of common uterine tumours (adenocarcinoma) and infection.
  • Male rabbits will no longer spray urine (like cats) – and aggressive pre-op male rabbits should become calmer.

Hyperthyroidism                                                                        

What is it?

Hyperthyroidism develops when the thyroid glands become overactive, in dogs and cats these thyroid gland lobes lie on either side of the windpipe. These glands control the speed at which the body’s metabolism works and when too much hormone is being produced, the metabolism is working too fast, this results in signs of hyperthyroidism disease.

Signs and Symptoms

 

The most common signs of the disease are weight loss, accompanied by usual appetite or increased appetite and an increase in thirst. The onset of hyperthyroidisms is so gradual that it is often the case that it isn’t recognised until the more advanced stages of the disease. Hyperthyroidism is very rare in dogs but is common in middle-age or elderly cats, which can also be mistaken in cats for ‘old age’.

At the later stages of the disease affected animals can become hyperactive, restless, irritable and more vocal than usual. Affected cats may stop grooming and have a matted coat, develop vomiting/diarrhoea and a high blood pressure.
 

Diagnosis

When an older cat is presented with weight loss, despite having a healthy appetite, a vet will suspect hyperthyroidism. During a veterinary examination, enlarged thyroid glands and an unusually fast heart rate could also indicate a link towards the disease.

In most cases where the disease is suspected, in a dog or a cat, a simple blood test can detect the disease. When the blood is taken to test for hyperthyroidism it is likely the vet will also run a general blood profile which can rule out any other disease.

Can my cat be treated?

Yes, usually hyperthyroidism is a very manageable disease in a feline, with the exception of few extreme cases, treated cats can have a normal quality of life.  Following diagnosis the initial treatment is oral or topical medication in tablet form which aims to reduce the thyroid hormone level. It will take two to three weeks for the medication to take affect and after this period another blood test is run to check the hormone level. In some cases medication may need to be increased or decreased depending on the second blood result.

Can my dog be treated?

Unlike cats, when hyperthyroidism is diagnosed in dogs they are also usually diagnosed with a cancerous growth and the treatment is more difficult. If it is possible the enlarged thyroid gland is removed and various additional treatments can be considered to attempt to control the disease, such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

If your pet is showing any of the discussed symptoms then give us a call to arrange an appointment with one of our vets.

















 
Out of Hours Emergencies:

Telephone calls to our Surgeries during out of hours will go straight through to our Answering Service where details are taken and then passed on to the Duty Vet
01935 813288 or 01935 421177

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