Iguana acupuncture, how to make a heat pack, hydrotherapy offer and lots more...

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Welcome to our Spring Newsletter

Philippa's been busy at Active Pet with clients but also with exams, but is pleased to announce that she is now one of only a handful of Veterinary Surgeons to have gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Western Veterinary Acupuncture & Chronic Pain Management.  To find out more about this qualification click here.
Meet Ralph
This gorgeous little 9 year old pug came as a hydrotherapy referral from Davies Vet Specialists.  A couple of years ago he had surgery on his spine and in April this year he suddenly became wobbly on his hindlimbs.  An MRI scan revealed some scarring at the original surgical site which was likely affecting the flow of spinal fluid and disrupting the nerve transmission to his back legs.  Ralph also has hip dysplasia and subsequent hip osteoarthritis and has been on painkillers for this since September 2013.

Ralph had a physiotherapy plan organised for him at Davies but has been having hydrotherapy and acupuncture at Active Pet.  Although he is still a little wobbly when he walks Ralph is getting back to his cheeky self again and keeps waking everyone up in the morning as he wants to play, which he hasn't done for a long time!  Check out his pink toenail covers in the picture, which help stop him wearing his claws down when he drags his back legs.
We have had two successful lectures so far and it has been great meeting everyone both old clients and new ones.  There are three more scheduled lectures so we hope you can make it to one of them.  Philippa will also be giving some nurse talks on 26th June at the clinic and 2nd September in Guildford so please contact us if you are an interested Veterinary Nurse.

If you would like to contact us about any of the news articles or to discuss your pet then please telephone the clinic on 01494 725968 or email us at mypet@activepet.co.uk

July 2014

Date for
your diary

'How to look after
your senior cat' talk.

Spring Offer

Book two hydrotherapy sessions in one week and get a 20% discount on the second session.

Osteoarthritis in cats

Did you know that up to 90% of cats over 12 years old suffer from arthritis in their joints and back? 

Heat Therapy

Heat can be a wonderful way of increasing blood flow to sore joints and muscles.  You should only use it where there is not a sudden flare up in pain or inflammation.

Use a warm pack for 10 minutes 3 – 4 times a day, ideally before exercise or stretches. 

Never leave your dog unattended while the warm pack is used and always place a tea towel or similar between the pack and the skin to assure proper temperature and keep checking the skin underneath.  Not every dog likes warm packs so do not force your dog if they don’t enjoy it.

Warm packs can be homemade by placing 2 cups of raw rice in a sock and tying the top of the sock.  Place the sock in the microwave for 1 minute and the pack should stay hot for 15-20 minutes and can be used several times.

Iguana acupuncture!

It's not just furry pets that can have acupuncture; feathered and scaly ones like Louie the iguana, pictured above can benefit too. 

Find out more about acupuncture here or come to our talk on Friday 5th Sept.


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