VHD-2/RHD-2 Update For Rabbit Owners
Due to nationwide problems in the supply chain for this vaccine, we have not received the supply of RHD-2 vaccines we were told would be sent to us at the end of July. We have spoken with the supplier to rectify the issue and they have given us a new expected arrival date of the end of this month (August 2016). We have also spoken to multiple associated local practices and unfortunately none currently have any spare vaccine due to the above supplier difficulties in meeting demand from owners.
We will keep our rabbit owners updated as soon as some becomes available.
Once again, it is worth remembering that although the disease has been very well covered in the media, there have not been any confirmed cases in out immediate area.
To help reduce the risk of new infections, biosecurity advice is as follows:
- Keep wild rabbits out – reinforce fences to keep them out of the garden. Consider a double fence around the rabbit run if they keep entering the garden
- Don’t pick wild weeds etc. to feed your rabbits from areas where wild rabbits live, as they could have been exposed to sick rabbits
- Insect proof hutches/enclosures if possible
- Consider bringing rabbits indoors
- Quarantine new animals, feed them last, use new bottles/bowls for them – this reduces the chances of a new rabbit infecting your established bunnies
- Use foot dips/chance footwear between outside and the areas you rabbits use – especially if you go walking in woodland etc.or visit homes with other rabbits – This helps to avoid bringing traces of the virus in on your shoes.
A useful webinar is available to watch for free at:
Finally, although unlikely to be RHD-2 related, any sudden/unexpected deaths should always be reported to us – we can arrange post postmortems to confirm cause, and cremation for safe disposal.
New Strain of Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease Reported – RHD-2
Rabbit viral haemorrhagic disease (VHD or RHD) has been present in the UK for decades and is one of the diseases we currently vaccinate against yearly. It can cause symptoms of lethargy, fever, and seizures; however, sadly a common outcome is sudden death without signs of illness.
In recent months the European strain of the disease, referred to as RHD-2, has been reported in small outbreaks in the UK. Sadly the usual vaccines used in the UK do not fully protect rabbits against this form of the disease, but a European vaccine is expected to be licensed for use in the UK within the next month or so.
While there have not been any confirmed cases in the immediate area, we will be obtaining a stock of the vaccine once available and will alert the owners of our registered rabbit patients when we do.
In the interim, we recommend that rabbit owners take extra care to limit potential disease exposure: it can be carried by insects and rodents as well as contact with infected rabbits and their waste. Therefore, take care when introducing any new rabbits; wash hands (and shoes) if visiting other groups of rabbits to avoid spread between homes; consider adding mesh to openings/windows to keep out insects and wildlife; and do not forage wild plants for your rabbits from high-wildlife areas which may have been exposed to wild rabbits and their urine.
Once again, we have not seen any cases in the immediate area so far. However, please do report any illness and especially any sudden deaths so we can accurately diagnose the cause – this will help us and the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF) keep track of the spread of this disease.
Oak Processionary Moth Caterpillar Warning – April 2016
Oak Processionary Moth Caterpillars are a pest that can be a hazard to oak trees, people and animals in this area. The caterpillars have thousands of tiny hairs which contain an irritating substance called thaumetopoein, from which the species derives part of its scientific name. Contact with the hairs can cause itching, skin rashes and, less commonly, sore throats, breathing difficulties and eye problems. This can happen is people or animals touch the caterpillars or their nests, or if the hairs are blown into contact by the wind. The caterpillars can also shed the hairs as a defense mechanism. Caterpillars start emerging in April from eggs laid the previous summer, with the greatest risk period in May to July.
It is advisable to keep yourself and your pets away from oak trees during the risk period. If you see nests or caterpillars then contact the Forestry Commission, do not attempt to remove them yourself.
As always if you have any concerns about your pet you should contact your local brand of Wingrave Vets.
Dog Pneumonia Warning – March 2016
Sadly last week two local dogs died of a rare disease called Streptococcus Zooepidemicus. This bacteria cases a severe blood pneumonia in dogs. Signs, which can include bloody nasal discharge, lethargy and fever, usually develop rapidly. It is spread by direct contact with infected animals. Wingrave want to reassure clients that there is not believed to be any risk of contracting the disease from walking in local parks the affected dogs frequented, however if you have any concerns your dog may be showing signs of ill health then please contact one of our surgeries. Our thoughts are with the families of both affected dogs at this difficult time.
Wingrave Warns Dog Owners of Potentially Fatal Tick Disease – March 2016
Wingrave Veterinary Practice is warning dog owners in Surrey to be aware of a potentially fatal tick borne disease that has been discovered in Essex.
Ticks carrying the Babesia Canis parasite have been found in fields in Harlow, Essex. Sadly one dog has died and three others are seriously ill. The tick acts as a vector and the parasite enters the bloodstream when the tick bites, in a similar way to the transmission of malaria to people by mosquitoes. Babesia then goes on to attack the dog’s red blood cells leading to lethargy, weakness, pale gums, red/brown urine and fever, among other signs. While Babesia is found in other parts of the world and has long been recognised as a risk in UK dogs that have traveled abroad, this is the first report of a cluster of cases in dogs with no history of foreign travel.
Liz Stenson, Veterinary Surgeon at Wingrave said: ” The fact that these dogs had no travel history and that ticks able to carry Babesia have been recovered from the field in Essex is extremely concerning. Every female tick will lay a couple of thousand eggs and all those offspring will also carry disease. As mammals move around the countryside they will help spread infected ticks. It is possible that this parasite will spread throughout the country as the Spring weather improves, so we are keen to raise awareness of the disease and its signs as this is the first steps to protection. The tick needs to be attached for 24 hours to transmit the disease. We advise using a tick collar or spot on preparation that repels and kills ticks. Owners should also regularly check their dogs for ticks and remove any they find with a tick remover. Dogs who spend a lot of time outdoors particularly in rough and wooded areas where ticks like to live are most at risk. Any owners concerned should immediately consult their vet for advice.”
New Wingrave Nonsuch Surgery – June 2015
We are delighted to have had our plans approved to open a new Wingrave Surgery at the Nonsuch Park Lodge Site and we look forward to continuing to support our clients in this areas and creating long term employment opportunities for local people. Click on the link to read the full details.
Wingrave Achieves Surrey Gold Standard Accreditation for its Cat-Friendly Facilities – December 2014
We are delighted and proud to tell clients that we are one of just a couple of practices in Surrey to have achieved the status of a “Gold Standard Cat Friendly Clinic”. Click on the link to read the full details.
Local Village Fetes
We participate in many local fetes each year. Our practice stand hosts a variety of small pets and an animal health care interactive quiz for children. Please take a look at our events page to see where we will be and be sure to look out for us and come and say hello.
We like to encourage children to learn about pet care and handling.
Each year we invite school children to visit our practice where they have an opportunity to learn something about various health issues and general animal care through quizzes and competitions. The children love coming to see the surgery and greatly enjoy their visits.
We are happy to arrange visits to schools, scouting groups, etc. We find the children (and adults) enjoy their interactive fun learning sessions with the information presented in an age appropriate manner. Contact us for further details.