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We are rapidly approaching that time of year again and it is worth considering the options before the noise starts.

Sileo is a gel administered onto the gums.  It is a prescription only medication licensed specifically for the management of anxiety and fear associated with noise in dogs.  Sileo works quickly and allows dogs to remain calm without sedating them, allowing them to function and interact normally with their families.  Alternatively, some dogs respond very well to Zylkene, a natural product which reduces anxiety without any appreciable side effects.  This is available over the counter for daily use. 

The Dogs Trust website contains good information about how to minimise the stress experienced by your dog in relation to fireworks.  It also has a firework desensitisation programme – Sounds Scary – which aims to densensitise dogs in the longer term.

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We say a sad farewell to our Veterinary Surgeon Louise Melling. 

After working at our clinic for 8 years we are saying a sad farewell. Louise has been at the practice since qualifying from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2010. We wish her all the best and good luck for the future. We will miss you. 

We welcome our new Vet Louise Nixon to our practice!

Louise Nixon will be our newest full time vet working at both our Fordingbridge and Ringwood clinics. Louise has 20 years experience and worked at her previous small animal practice for the past 11 years. We are very lucky to have her on our team.

We welcome Charlie Taylor a Qualified Vet nurse to the team!

Charlie started with us a few weeks ago after qualifying at Sparsholt college, she has her graduation in July 2018 which then she can become a registered veterinary nurse. Welcome Charlie. 

Welcome back to Rachel

Rachel our qualified head nurse is back from her maternity leave after having a gorgeous baby girl Summer. She will be working a couple days a week and will be running our nurse clinics so bring in your lovely pets to the practice for weigh ins, nail clips, post surgery checks, routine bloods and dental checks.

Changes to out-of-hours services from Friday 1st September

In order that we can continue to provide the best quality care for our patients, we are choosing to work with Vets Now, a dedicated out-of-hours pet emergency service that runs accident and emergency type clinics across the country.  The advantages of this change will be:

1.      Out of hours, your pet will be seen by teams of vets and nurses who are:

a.      Already awake and ready to see them

b.      Used to dealing exclusively with out-of-hours emergencies

c.       Backed up by experienced telephone triage teams and a receptionist at the clinic

2.      We will also have the option of transferring hospitalised patients who need more intensive supervision into the care of these teams overnight, although this decision will be made on an individual patient basis.

With clinics in Salisbury, Southampton and Wimborne, the time taken to see a vet will, for most pets, be no different to the current arrangement.  Any increase in travelling time to the clinics is likely to be outweighed by the fact that, when they arrive, the team will be ready and waiting for them.  Maps and directions will be available on leaflets and via our website in order that owners can familiarise themselves with the location of their nearest Vets Now.

As a consequence of no longer covering our out-of-hours ourselves, it is anticipated that our clinical staff will be able to continue to provide the quality of service that you have a right to expect from us during the daytime, which is when we see the vast majority of our patients.

We will continue to provide weekend clinics on Saturday mornings (by appointment) and Sunday mornings (open clinic for urgent cases that are not emergencies that need to be seen immediately).  No increases in our fees are anticipated as a consequence of this change in the provision of our out-of-hours care.

I appreciate that some of you may have concerns about this change in arrangements.  We have visited Vets Now clinics, met members of their clinical staff and spoken to other practices that use them before making this decision, which we firmly believe to be in the best interests of our patients.  Should you have any specific concerns, please do not hesitate to raise them with us. 

Acute Kidney Injury Update - January 2016

Taken from Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists Facebook page: Over the past three months, four dogs have been confirmed with cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (Staffordshire, Hampshire, Greater London and Lancashire). We have seen four further suspected cases from Wiltshire (unconfirmed). We will continue to provide updates via our website and/or facebook page over the coming weeks to months. Please see their website here for more information

Update on Acute Kidney Injury Cases in the New Forest

Unfortunately over the past month, Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists (AMVS) have dealt with two dogs who presented with skin wounds/lesions, and went on to develop acute kidney disease. Both dogs had been walked in the Tiptoe / Wilverley Inclosure area. While one dog survived, the other was unfortunately euthanased due to the condition. These are the first two cases of Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) reported since March last year. Testing for a cause of the condition is ongoing, but so far remains inconclusive. Further updates can be found on the Anderson Moores' website (www.andersonmoores.com), and we will continue to provide updates here and on our website as information becomes available. In the meantime, please seek early veterinary attention if your dog becomes unwell, or if you notice any skin lesions.

Update on Acute Kidney Failure Cases in the New Forest:

We are aware that there are reports of a suspected case of Acute Kidney Failure in a dog walked recently in the Linwood area. From the reports that we have seen, the progression of the illness in this dog was different to that seen in our own cases. However, all the information we have so far is second hand, and so we are awaiting confirmation either way from Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists, who dealt with this recent case.

In the meantime, we would advise all dog owners to continue being vigilant, and to contact their vets should their dog become unwell.

Dog Vaccinations - update and alteration to protocol

Historically, most cases of leptospirosis in dogs have been caused by two serovars (subtypes) of the disease. Recent research has shown that there are two additional serovars responsible for an increasingly large number of cases. As such, our vaccine manufacturer has produced a new vaccine to protect against all four of the serovars. In light of the fact that one of these new serovars ( Serogroup Australis serovar Bratislava) has been isolated by our local specialist laboratory, we are altering our vaccination protocol to protect against these new threats.

Whilst the new vaccine will boost the immunity provided by the previous generation Lepto2 vaccine, to obtain the best immunity against these newer strains, two doses of Lepto4 must be given to all patients, separated by a four week interval. Please see our vaccination page for more information. 

Update on dog fatalities in the Ogdens / Latchmore area - 12 April 2013

An update from the National Park Authority, including the results of tests so far (all negative) can be found here: http://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/news/article/425/update-unexplained_dog_deaths

Update on dog fatalities in the Ogdens/Latchmore area - 9 April 2013

The Animal Health Trust have produced a questionnaire in conjuction with Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists and the Forest Veterinary Clinic to help investigate the deaths of dogs in the Fordingbridge area. If you have walked your dog in the New Forest Fordingbridge area since the beginning of 2013, please complete this questionnaire, even if your dog has not been affected. For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/Zd8TU5

Please feel free to share this link, so that we can gather as much data as possible.

Update on dog fatalities in the Latchmore / Ogdens area of the New Forest, 5 April 2013

We have received reports of another suspected case of acute kidney injury occuring within the last week. This case is from outside the Latchmore Brook/Ogdens area. Investigations are ongoing to see if it is related to the previous incidents, and we will keep you informed as we get further information.

As previously, please be extra-vigilant with your pets, and contact us if you have any concerns.

Should members of the public have any information that they believe would help with this investigation please contact: enquiries.southern@forestry.gsi.gov.uk or telephone 023 8028 3141. Alternatively, please let us know and we can pass the information to the relevent organisation.

Update on dog fatalities in the Latchmore / Ogdens area of the New Forest, 26 March 2013

There have still been no new cases since 1st March. Six further possible cases, all occurring prior to 1st March, have recently come to light, making a total of 12 possible cases to date. Environmental and veterinary investigations are continuing as all practical steps are being taken to establish the cause.

Local vets, specialist laboratories, The Forestry Commission, The Environment Agency and other authorities including New Forest District Council continue to co-operate in working to find the cause of the illness.

Should members of the public have any information that they believe would help with this investigation please contact: enquiries.southern@forestry.gsi.gov.uk or telephone 023 8028 3141. Alternatively, please let us know and we can pass the information to the relevent organisation.

Dog owners should be vigilant, and contact their vets if they have any concerns about the health of their dogs. In particular, we would encourage clients to present dogs with foot injuries, even if they seem otherwise well, for examination at the first opportunity.

Update on renal failure cases 18/03/2013

We are still liasing with Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists (AMVS) and various organisations, to identify the cause of the recent cases of renal failure seen after walking dogs in the Fordingbridge area. There are many different theories under investigation, but as yet no definitive cause has been identified.

Since the last case presented to AMVS on 1st March, we have not been aware of any further potential cases. We would still urge owners to be vigilant and to contact us if they have any concerns.

Update on renal failure cases from AMVS 11/03/2013

We have not had any further cases of AKI presented to Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists since 1st March. We are grateful to colleagues that have contacted us to inform us of possible cases and we are continuing to compile a detailed database of affected dogs. Renal tissue from affected dogs continues to be reviewed by veterinary colleagues as well as a human nephropathologist. Toxicology testing is on-going with no definitive cause having yet been found. We are also working with epidemiologists.
If you are a Veterinary surgeon and have any concerns about a dog with acute kidney injury then please do not hesitate to contact us via telephone (01962 767920) or e-mail (info@andersonmoores.com).
If you are a client then please contact your local Veterinary Practice in the first instance. The general advice being given at this stage is to consider avoiding the Latchmore/Ogdens area of the New Forest. If your pet develops a wound on its face or limb then Veterinary attention should be sought.

Update on renal failure cases from Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING DOGS WITH ACUTE KIDNEY INJURY
Over the past two months we have seen an increased number of dogs presenting with severe acute kidney injury (acute renal failure). Almost all of these dogs have come from the Fordingbridge area; however, others have originated from elsewhere on the South coast. These dogs initially presented to their primary Veterinary practices with a lesion on the distal limb and/or face. Symptomatic therapy was given but the dogs subsequently developed severe azotaemia due to acute kidney injury a few days later. Six dogs with foot or face lesions and acute kidney injury have been managed at Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists and we are aware of two further dogs that were managed at their primary Veterinary practices. The underlying aetiology is as yet unknown although a nephrotoxin is suspected. Renal tissue has been sent to colleagues in the USA for further evaluation and we are working hard to explain this worrying cluster of cases.
It is difficult at this time to give clients any specific advice to reduce the risk of their dog becoming affected as we do not know the route of entry or the nature of the potential nephrotoxin. We recommend vigilance amongst Veterinary Surgeons to detect the development of acute kidney injury as early as possible, as this will give the best chance of successful treatment. We would also recommend the use of NSAIDs with caution where there is a lesion or skin injury of unknown origin.
If you are a Veterinary Surgeon and have any concerns about a dog that you feel may be affected by or at risk of this condition and would like to discuss this further then please do not hesitate to contact us via telephone (01962 767920) or e-mail (info@andersonmoores.com). If you are a client then please contact your local Veterinary Practice in the first instance.

Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists

Statement 5th March 2013 - Roger Stobbs, Forest Veterinary Clinic

As of today, Forest Veterinary Clinic has seen six cases of severe acute  kidney disease in dogs associated with foot injuries since the beginning of December 2012.  Despite the referral of four of these patients to a specialist referral practice, five of the six dogs have had to be euthanized.  We are aware of another three cases in the area that fit the same pattern, all of whom have also died or been euthanized.  The progression of the disease is extremely rapid and its cause is unknown.  Investigations are ongoing and involve a specialist referral practice, one of the country's leading veterinary laboratories and the Forestry Commission.  Expert opinions are also being sought from the USA.

At present, we would advise avoiding walking dogs in the Latchmore/Ogdens area of the New Forest as this appears to be a factor common to several of the cases.  Any dog with an injured or sore foot should be seen by your veterinary surgeon as soon as possible, and any other signs of ill health should be reported.

There is no evidence that there have been any problems in species other than dogs as this time and the condition does not appear to be contagious.

March 2013

We have seen six cases of dogs with acute renal failure following foot injuries in the last 3 months. At the moment no known cause has been identified (investigations are on-going), and some of the cases may be coincidental and unrelated to the others. The majority of cases have been fatal, so we are asking owners to be particularly vigilant, and if they notice their animal is unwell to bring them to see us sooner rather than later to be checked. If we have any suspicions we can run blood tests as a precaution.

The number of cases is obviously a tiny proportion of the dogs walked in the New Forest every day, so we would ask owners not to panic, but to contact us if they have any concerns about their dogs.

October 2012 - A very lucky dog!

A lesson in gun safety - shot accidently by her owner as he was sighting his air rifle. Luckily she ecsaped without serious injury - somehow the pellet missed all the vital structures in the neck, despite passing all the way from one side to the other!

October 2012 - One of our more interesting recent x-rays

Chubbins, one of our nurses' water dragons ate one of her earrings recently - no prizes for spotting where it ended up! Luckily Chubbins passed this without any problems or long-lasting damage!

September 2012 - Myxomatosis

We are currently seeing a large number of cases of myxomatosis. This almost invariably fatal disease affects rabbits and can be vaccinated against. If your rabbit has not been vaccinated in the last year, please contact us for advice.