A recent ministerial statement by Secretary of State at DEFRA Mr Owen Paterson advised that the Government is to introduce regulation in England making it compulsory that all dog owners have their dog microchipped by April 6th 2016. The policy of compulsory microchipping is part of a wider package of measures to encourage responsible dog ownership.
Additionally the current dog owner will have to register the details of a new owner before a dog is sold or given to the new owner. There will also be an onus on the dog owner to keep their registered microchip details up to date in much the same way as one might have to do with a vehicle registration.
The Dog’s Trust noted that in 2010/11 52% of stray dogs could not be traced to their owners because of a lack of identification. It is hoped that the changes in legislation will reduce the burden on animal welfare charities.
It has not been yet decided what penalties will be levied for owners who fail to comply with the new legislation when it comes into effect in 2016.
If you are thinking of getting a new puppy or kitten, or have an existing adult animal that is not microchipped, please speak to a member of the team about having your pet protected. The cost for a lifetime’s peace of mind and protection is only £15 which also includes immediate on-line registration and four week’s free pet insurance cover (terms and conditions apply).
Best Friends are pleased to announce the opening of their new online webshop.
Accessible by the “Webshop” link on the left hand menu bar our online store is an exciting new addition to the services that we offer.
Initially the Webshop will offer a far greater range of pet foods and accessories than we can currently hold in stock at the surgery. In time we hope to expand this service to other products such as flea/worm control, shampoos, toys and accessories.
Products ordered before 8pm on a week day will be available for collection the next working day from the surgery. Alternatively home delivery is available for a small extra fee.
If you normally purchase your pet food, cat litter or accessories from the supermarket or petshop then please do compare our pricing as you may be pleasantly surprised.
We are very proud to announce that the practice has been assessed and awarded the highest accolade for Cat Friendly clinics - GOLD
Various criteria are assessed including the qualification and knowledge of the staff treating your cat; our feline friendly facilities such as separate waiting, consulting and cattery areas; and ways to help a cat have a pleasant stay at the clinic such as relaxing sprays, hideaways and a range of food, beds and bowls to meet your cats every need.
The two cat advocates at the practice are Sharon Bevan RVN and Kirsty Ryley RVN so if you have any questions or want to know more please do not hesitate to contact us.
We are proud to announce that Best Friends Veterinary Surgery has been chosen as the official veterinary surgeons for the Worcester Animal Rescue Centre (WARS). Despite stiff competition from other practices in the area it was the ethos, facilities and standard of care that was the deciding factor in where the contract should be awarded. Ben Sargeant, the site manager at WARS, said “Best Friends recognise our own vision and level of care that we give to all of the rescue dogs and cats entering the shelter. Their level of commitment, compassion and expertise dovetails perfectly with that of our staff here and we look forward to an excellent working relationship.”
Since opening shelter in 2001 WARS have rehomed over 1200 dogs and 180 cats. WARS are also having a fund day and dog show on Sunday 16th September. Please visit their website at www.wars.org.uk for more information.
Kayleigh Yates, a student veterinary nurse at Best Friends, talks through an average day at the surgery.
To read more about a day in the life of a student veterinary nurse please click here.
Dog displaying signs of leishmaniasis
Anyone who has travelled with their dog to the continent will be only too aware of the risk of canine leishmaniasis. This killer disease is endemic in most of continental Europe and there is no real effective treatment against it. Transmitted by sand flies the only prevention that owners have been able to undertake is keeping their dogs indoors at dawn and dusk when the sand flies are most active.
Virbac have just brought out a vaccine against leishmaniasis offering new levels of protection previously unknown. Anyone who already a visitor to France or is thinking about taking their dog abroad should contact us at the earliest opportunity to have their dog vaccinated as the course takes eight weeks to complete.
Please see the leaflet link below for more information on leishmaniasis and the vaccine.
Canileish Information Leaflet (Adobe PDF 2.1MB)
Print out your own poster here - RehomingDayApril2012 (Adobe PDF)
Jon Slattery, veterinary surgeon at Best Friends, talks through an average day at the surgery.
To read more about a day in the life of a veterinary surgeon please click here.
On 1st January 2012 (despite the arrangements not actually being fully finalised) sweeping changes were introduced into the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS). The changes have been been controversial to say the least. Whilst they do make it easier for animals to move across European borders, the same also applies to serious diseases such as rabies, babesia, leishmaniasis and ehrlichia.
The United Kingdom, being an island nation, has so far been free of these fatal diseases but with such severe relaxation of border controls, it is only a matter of time before we have a serious and sustained outbreak.
The changes to PETS are summarised below: -
|What has to be done
||Pre 1 Jan 2012
||1 January 2012
|Documentation (pet passport or third country certificate)
|Blood test (dogs and cats)
|Pre-entry waiting period
|Length of waiting period before entry to the UK
||6 months from date sample taken for blood test
||21 days after vaccination against rabies
||Yes (24-48 hours before embarkation)
||Yes (as for ticks)
||Yes (120-24 hours before embarkation)
(European and qualifying countries only)
There are tighter controls from non-qualifying countries but even these have been noticeably relaxed. For more information please go to the PETS section of DEFRA’s website or download the fact sheet below.
Bringing Pets in to the UK (330Kb PDF)
Anyone considering taking an animal abroad or bringing one back in to the UK should contact the surgery as soon as possible for guidance on keeping your pet safe.