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Advice on routine procedures and care
Use a clean dry container such as a takeaway container and free catch a urine sample by directly placing under the urine outlet. Label the container with your surname, pets name and address. Try to avoid collecting debris such as soil or hair, it will contaminate the sample. Please do not use containers that may have contained sugar at some point. This can also affect the sample.
We sell a non-absorbable litter complete with pipette and container that you simply place into your cat's litter tray instead of the normal litter. Once your cat has urinated in here use the pipette to suck some urine up and place into the container and label with your pets name, surname and address.
Shred a plastic carrier bag into an empty litter tray. Once your cat has urinated transfer the urine into a clean dry pot such as a takeaway container.
Your pet has been prescribed one or more chemotherapeutic drugs as part of his/her treatment regime. Chemotherapy means the treatment of disease by chemical agents. The drugs that are used are ”cytotoxic”, meaning that they will kill actively dividing cells, such as cancer cells. As such they have the potential to damage normal cells and may cause signs of illness and are potentially dangerous for people contacting them.
Taking precautions as outlined below, will reduce the risk to yourself and others from the
hazardous effects of cytotoxic drugs.
A small quantity of patient waste (excreta, urine or vomit) deposited on the floor or on
furniture should be dealt with as follows:
Owners and other family members should exercise careful hygiene practices after handling pets receiving cytotoxic drugs. The time for particular care is during the period the drugs may be excreted which is within the 48 hours after each dose is given.
Depending on the individual drug your pet is being treated with it may be present in your pet's urine. If your pet urinates inside then please take the same precautions listed above when clearing it up. The drug is normally excreted from the animal within 48 hours after treatment, but this is dependent on the drug which is being used.
Pregnant or breast feeding women, small children and older persons should avoid contact with the drugs and the animal waste during treatment.
If there is any accidental exposure or accidental ingestion of the drugs by children, medical advice must be sought immediately. Phone 999.
If you have any drugs left that you have not administered to your pet, please bring them into the clinic for us to dispose of for you, DO NOT DISPOSE OF THEM IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD RUBBISH.
If you have any questions about your pet's health or his treatment please so not hesitate to contact us on 01704 82 1204 (Rufford Surgery) or 01704 21 44 60 (Southport Surgery).
It is important that a new born must suckle milk from the dam during the first few hours of life. Antibodies that a dam has are actively concentrated in the first milk. The antibodies absorbed by the neonate in the milk (colostrum) will circulate and protect the animal for weeks to months. This is known as passive immunity.
Absorption of antibodies is most effective in the first six hours of life and is much less effective after 24 hours.
A young animal should consume 5% of it’s body weight in colostrum in it’s first six hours of life and a further 5% before 24 hours of age.
Passive immunity will wane and it is important that the puppy receives their first vaccination which can be done as early as six weeks. Ask your veterinary surgeon for more details.
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