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Awesome Autumn!!!

DoggieWelcome to Autumn!! With Summer now a distant memory, we hope you are all adjusting to the colder weather! At the very least, it makes for some great walks through the leaves! Please remember if you are out walking at night to wear some reflective band or jacket to stay safe.

Edyta Keeling – R.I.P.

EdytaAll of the staff here at South Dublin Vets would like to thank all of our clients for their kind words and support at the time of the death of our esteemed colleague, Edyta. Edyta was not only a valued member of staff but a friend to us all and our very own ray of sunshine.

In Edyta’s honour we will be organising an art competition next Spring for all our younger clients. The prizes will be presented by Edyta’s two girls, Isabelle and Sophia. More specific details will follow shortly.

Halloween Horrors!!!

Unfortunately it is that time of year again when some of our pets suffer anxiety and stress from bangers and fireworks. We feel that things did improve a few years ago but feel that the last two years have seen an increase in the amount of fireworks used.autumn-3

Please keep all your pets in this weekend! Halloween is on Monday but the fireworks will probably start from Friday evening. Please close all curtains so any flashes will not be visible to your pets.

If your pet is particularly prone to anxiety then the best thing is to make a nice comfortable bed in a quiet dark room and let them rest there for the evening. It could be beneficial to have some soothing radio on like Lyric FM but no loud noises from the TV.

Please keep all nuts, raisins and brac away from dogs in particular. Raisins are toxic to pets so should be avoided at all costs. if you fear that they have ingested anything at all then please do give us a call in Terenure on 4555362 or in Dundrum on 2965876.

We do have some calming tablets both in Terenure and Dundrum that can help with the more anxious dogs and cats. We also have a new gel that can provide quick relief for anxiety on the night. Please give us a call for more information.

Remember to stay safe and if in doubt stay indoors!

Happy Halloween!

Allergic Dermatitis

This yeaautumn-5r we have seen an increase in the number of cases of allergic dermatitis. This primarily affects dogs but can also affect  cats. It can start at a very young age, namely around six months of age and can continue for their lifetime. The main allergies are to fleas, house dust mites and outdoor allergens like grass, weeds and trees.

There are many different ways to treat and manage this but probably the most important point to make is that it is a lifelong condition that can only be managed and not cured. However with new treatments we can manage it a lot more successfully than we used to be able to.

Depending on how frequent the flare ups occur we  sometimes do blood tests to try and find out what in particular is causing the allergy. It is also very important to keep up with external and internal parasite control. We now recommend monthly worming for lungworm and then an oral tablet for fleas and ticks and other external mites every three months.

Some of the main clinical symptoms can be itchy, sore ears, itchy and blocked anal glands and repeated licking of the feet giving rise to a dermatitis of the paws.

If you have any queries regarding any of the above or are concerned that your pet may be displaying some of the symptoms mentioned then please give us a call in Terenure on 4555362 or in Dundrum on 2965876 and we will be more than happy to help.

Sunday Opening!

summer2-155214We would like to remind you all that we are still open every Sunday from 10:30am until 12:30pm in our Dundrum branch. There will be a vet and nurse on duty and they will be more than happy to deal with any emergencies you may have. Please telephone Dundrum on 01-2965876 on Sunday to make an appointment. If you have any queries regarding our new Sunday service then please phone us in Dundrum on 01-2965876 or in Terenure on 01-4555362. Alternatively you can send us an email to [email protected]

Car Parking in Terenure

We would like to ask visitors to Terenure to try to use the practice car park if at all possible and to please be mindful of our neighbours.

Additionally there is a bin near the front door for doggie do-do should they get a little bout of nerves prior to their visit to us!!

We hope you have a very pleasant Halloween weekend, without noise and mishaps and we look forward to catching up again soon!

From all the team in South Dublin Vets!