If you think your pet needs to be seen by one of our team, but you maybe at risk of COVID-19 virus infection, or are self isolating, please contact the practice and we can discuss the best option for your pet to ensure they get the right care.
We have had many phone calls over the past few days asking if pets are at risk from the coronavirus, here are answers to some common questions regarding the virus and pets.
Do animals get coronaviruses?
Coronaviruses are very common in animals and there are many different strains (types) which are different from COVID-19. In general, they normally cause problems like coughing or diarrhoea that are relatively mild.
Do animals get COVID-19?
There have been no confirmed COVID-19 infections in animals. Some coronaviruses are zoonotic which means they can jump from one species to another, for example human to animal or the reverse. There is some suggestion that COVID-19 originated from animals(bats) but this is not yet confirmed. COVID-19 seems to spread from human to human, not animals.
How do animals contribute to the spread of COVID-19?
At the moment we don’t think animals play a significant role in the spread of COVID-19. However, if a person with COVID-19 is in contact with an animal they could potentially spread the virus to another person via the virus being on the coat of the animal. In this situation the animal is a fomite (something that can transfer a virus from one person to another without them having to meet).
Can I get COVID-19 from my pet?
No, but if they have been in touch with someone infected with COVID-19 then there is a slight risk. Make sure you wash your hands before and after feeding/playing with your pet and avoid kissing, licking or sharing food with them
Can animals be vaccinated?
No, we have some vaccines for other types of animal coronaviruses but they are not useful when thinking about COVID-19.
Jack, a one-year-old sprocker, was rushed to Donview Veterinary Centre in Inverurie after eating a box of human anti-inflammatory pain killers called naproxen.
Naproxen, a common medicine that can be bought without prescription to reduce inflammation and pain, is highly toxic to both dogs and cats.
Even eating one of the tablets could potentially have proved fatal or caused acute kidney failure and gastrointestinal ulcers for the pup.
Jack stole the tablets, which had been stored in a ground-level cupboard at his owner Mark Anderson’s home in Aberdeen.
Mr Anderson rang Donview Vets to ask for advice before being advised to bring his much-loved pet to the practice.
The veterinary team induced vomiting and gave him liquid charcoal to absorb any toxic fluids in his stomach.
Jack was also hospitalised and given intra-venous fluids for 24 hours to prevent damage to his kidneys, and sent home with medications to protect his stomach from ulceration.
Mr Anderson, who has owned Jack since he was a puppy, found the ripped up naproxen box and chewed up tablets when he returned home from work at Aberdeen Airport.
He said: “They were in a box under a unit in the kitchen, but Jack is a scavenger so he managed to get in and steal them. Being so young, he has a habit of chewing everything. I found fragments of the tablets on the floor and quickly Googled to check the dangers and then rang the vets.
Donview Vets, Inverurie, Thursday 27rd February 2020
Pictured is Jack the Spaniel with onwer Mark Anderson and Vet Charlie Carnochan
Pictured Left to Right is Charlie Carnochan and Mark Anderson
Picture by Euan Duff / Abermedia
“He knew he had done wrong and was in trouble as he was looking sorry for himself.
“The tablets perhaps weren’t in the best place and we’ll be more vigilant now about what’s at ground level as Jack is so energetic and curious.”
Donview Vets clinical director Charlie Carnochan added: “It was a happy outcome for Jack, but it could have been worse.
“Jack’s owner was quick off the mark to speak to us about it so we were able to take advice from the Veterinary Poisons Information Service and act swiftly.
“We always recommend that medication, including veterinary treatments, is kept out of reach of pets and that owners contact their vets at the earliest opportunity for advice and guidance.”
Please see below our opening hours for Christmas & New Year.
If you require medication or food for your pet our last day for deliveries before Christmas is Tuesday 24th, so please have your orders in by the 23rd. Our next delivery date after Christmas would be Friday 27th December. Deliveries for New Year are the 31st and then the next date for deliveries is the 3rd January.
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We love our pets, and they are part of the
family. So, when we’re on our travels during
the festive season, of course we want our pets
to come along too! If you’re travelling over
#Christmas, here’s some advice to ensure
your trip is as smooth and stress-free as
1) Make sure your pet’s microchip
identification is up to date. This includes your
name, home address and telephone number,
as well as adding the temporary address of
where you are staying.
2) Get copies of your pet’s medical records to
carry with you in case of an emergency.
3) Schedule an appointment with us several
weeks in advance to make sure your pet has
had all vaccines, prescription medication
refills, and parasite prevention.
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Scientists have detected the tick-borne parasite in sheep in the north east of Scotland – BBC News article.
This is scary news, babesia was a disease we were taught about at Vet school, but we’re told it’s an African disease and not one we have in the UK. We now have it in North East Scotland. It’s now very important to protect your pets, please bear in mind that not all tick products treat all species of tick and not all kill ticks quick enough to prevent disease spread. It’s also important for us humans to check for ticks if we are it walking. Lyme’s disease in common in this area and now we have babesiosis. We can’t legally list which tick products are effective enough against ticks as it’s classed as advertising prescription medicines so please ask us if you need a recommendation.
BBC News – Tick-borne parasite found in Scottish sheep in UK first
This wee cat is Holly, pictured with her owners Mr and Mrs Rae.
Holly was brought into us as a stray in Inverurie centre. Luckily she was microchipped and we were able to trace her owners who live in Ellon! On phoning them and much to their surprise and telling us Holly had been missing for a year, we were able to reunite them. The best part is, it’s Holly’s birthday this week!🎉
Stories like this just shows never to give up on your lost companion. It was Holly’s chip that traced us back to her owners and so we cannot stress enough on how important it is to get your cats microchipped.
We hope Holly settles back in at home – and no more adventures! 😻
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As mentioned as few weeks ago we have unfortunately had to say goodbye to Dave who is now on his travels and Laurie to enjoy maternity leave so we would like to introduce some new faces to the practice!
Firstly we’d like to welcome back Gemma, who worked at Donview for a number of years as a mixed animal vet before deciding 7 years ago to move to another practice in Aberdeen to focus on small animals. We are glad to welcome Gemma back to Donview as a small animal vet! 😊.
Next we’d like to introduce two new fresh faces to the team. Please welcome Molly and Gregor. Both originally from this neck of the woods. Gregor has just graduated from Glasgow Vet School and Molly has just graduated from Edinburgh Vet School.
We are very excited to have all 3 of these guys join the team! 🐶🐮🐈
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Did you know that today is Annual Veterinary Receptionist Appreciation Day?
Today is aimed at celebrating the vital contribution of veterinary receptionists who are the first port of call to you, our clients.
Veterinary receptionists not only book all your routine appointments but are also the first person you speak to in an emergency. They try to ensure the smooth running of our day whilst also accommodating each and every emergency whenever they arrive.
It can be a difficult and emotional job – being there and supporting clients experiencing a range of emotions when your pets have to visit us.
So a huge thank you to our lovely team of Gemma, Mhairi, Fiona, Lindsay, Cate, Debbie, Katrina, Louise, Vicky and Ailsa. We don’t know where we would be without you!
The wee chocolate Cocker Spaniel is Penny who belongs to Josie one of our Nurses and the wee yellow Lab is Baxter who belongs to Emma who is also one of our Nurses. As you can see they are very cute wee pups and we cannot wait to see them grow 🐶🐶
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