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Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care boosted by donation from Airdrie vet surgery


Pets in Airdrie have benefitted from a charity initiative from a local veterinary practice. Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care, which is a rabbit dedicated animal charity, was chosen by Vets4Pets Airdrie to receive free veterinary treatments as part of a nationwide initiative. 

The national initiative which has been launched by Vets4Pets to support local charities, allows each of the group’s 438 practices, to donate up to £300 worth of treatments to care for pets in their local community. The Scottish based charity will use the donation towards the veterinary treatment of rabbits in the care of local foster carers, within the Airdrie area. 

Mike from Vets4Pets Airdrie, said “It’s great to be able to offer our services to charities in the local community that need support. We chose Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care as rabbits are often forgotten about and owners sometimes don’t fully understand the unique care that they require.” “These charities often rely on fundraising and donations from the public so the donation from the Lifelines scheme really can make a difference.” 

“We’re proud to play an important role in supporting Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care’s work in caring for rabbits, which supports our ethos in promoting responsible pet ownership.”

 


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Heidi's Story


Heidi is now in the autumn of her years and her owner noticed a few months ago that she was having ‘wee’ accidents in the house overnight. Having always been a very clean lady, this was very unusual and her owner realised that she was also drinking a lot more than normal. 

Heidi was taken to her vet, who after getting a sample and doing a blood test, was suspicious that Heidi had developed Diabetes mellitus (sugar diabetes) After being seen by our own vet Mike, the diagnosis was confirmed with a further simple blood test. 

Diabetes mellitus is quite a common disease, seen more commonly in older cats or dogs of any breed although small breed dogs are over represented. Just as in people, obesity is a significant risk factor. It is caused by a lack of insulin production (sometime secondary to another disease) and causes your pet to want to pee more and subsequently drink more to compensate. Often it causes changes in appetite and will result in weight loss. If left untreated it can lead to ketoacidosis which is a life-threatening form of the disease and is both very difficult and expensive to treat. However, increased drinking and peeing can also be a sign of a number of other diseases more common in our older pets so always get you pet checked by the vet if you are worried they are drinking or urinating more than normal. 

The main treatment for Diabetes is to give twice daily insulin injections. Heidi’s owner was worried that he might not be able to do this easily but with the new Vetpen and some practice, he became quite adept at giving Heidi her injections. Four weeks on and although Heidi’s blood glucose levels have not fully stabilised, she is drinking much less and has not had any overnight accidents for a short while. Heidi has still some way to go and will need to have injections for the rest of her life, but due to the dedication and care shown by her owner, she is on the way to recovery. Unfortunately, Diabetes can be very expensive to diagnose and treat, especially as lifelong treatment is required. This is why we recommend that you insure your pet against illness but also make sure you have life cover insurance, as some insurance policies will only insure your pet for the first 12 months from when symptoms start.


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Welcome to our new team member:

Elaine Logan

I started with Vets4Pets Airdrie on 20th July 2017 I have one dog called Gizmo and wee cat called Tommy Cat. I have loved my first five months with the Practice, they are a fantastic Team who go the extra mile for both pets and clients.


Exclusive discount for over 65's at Vets4Pets Airdrie


At Vets4Pets Airdrie we are offering over 65's 20% off all veterinary services on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout January. Call us now on 01236 756 595 to book an appointment.

Terms and Conditions apply: Valid at Vets4Pets Airdrie only. Promoted by Pets at Home Vet Group Limited, registered at Stanley Green Trading Estate, Epsom Avenue, Handforth SK9 3RN. Customers must register or be registered at Vets4Pets Airdrie. Clients must be 65 or above. Proof of age may be required. Please bring this voucher to your appointment. Appointment must be booked in advance.  Subject to availability. Offer may be withdrawn or amended at any time. Further consults, treatment and medication to be charged at full price. One voucher per customer. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer and excludes Health Plans. Offer only valid on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays. Single use voucher. No cash alternative. Offer ends 31.01.2018.