UK Veterinary Info

Post Reply
User avatar
Webs
Cavies 'n Cobwebs

Post   » Mon Apr 09, 2007 4:59 pm


Thanks to the RCVS, Thistle Cavies and other guinea pig rescues, the CCT and various UK GL members for help in providing the following information on UK veterinary practice, medicines and clinics.

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is the regulatory body for veterinary surgeons in the UK. Established in 1844, it is the governing body of the veterinary profession and safeguards the interests of the public and animals by ensuring that only those registered with the RCVS can carry out acts of veterinary surgery.
Read more in About the RCVS.

There follows a few summarised paragraphs from The RCVS Guide to Professional Conduct 2006 which states:

Under the Veterinary Medicines Regulations, veterinary surgeons may prescribe veterinary medicinal products only following a clinical assessment of animals under their care.

Any selected product must be authorised for use in the UK in the target species for the condition being treated and used at the manufacturer's recommended dosage.

If there is no suitable authorised veterinary medicinal product in the UK for a condition, in order to avoid unacceptable suffering, veterinary surgeons may exercise their clinical judgement according to the 'Cascade', whereby they select in a set order. See link below.


More detail on The Use of Veterinary Medicinal Products.

In relation to the use of human medication for animals, a veterinary surgeon must be satisfied that the animal would benefit from such medication, particularly in the case of antibiotics or hormones.

Clients should be made aware of the intended use of unauthorised medicines and given a clear indication of potential side effects. In the case of exotic species most of the medicines used are unlikely to be authorised for use in the UK and owners should be made aware of and consent to this from the outset.

User avatar
Webs
Cavies 'n Cobwebs

Post   » Mon Apr 09, 2007 5:11 pm


Full information can be found on the following pages.

The Ten Guiding Principles.

The Vets’ Responsibilities to their Patients (animals in their care).

The Vets’ Responsibilities to their Clients.

The new Veterinary Medicines Regulations allow owners to buy prescription-only medicines from ANY veterinary surgeon or pharmacist. Vets are no longer able to charge for a prescription for a relevant veterinary medicinal product (essentially a POM-V) and that their clients are able to have the prescription dispensed in places other than at their practice.

More detailed questions and answers on the 2005 Medicines Legislation.

Read more here on The Veterinary Medicines Regulations.

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate www.vmd.gov.uk can give advice in relation to the appropriate vet meds for particular species or the licensing of these medicines.
The vision of the VMD is the responsible, safe and effective use of veterinary medicinal products, working towards protecting public health, animal health, the environment and promoting animal welfare by assuring the safety, quality and efficacy of veterinary medicines.

User avatar
Webs
Cavies 'n Cobwebs

Post   » Mon Apr 09, 2007 5:38 pm


Listed here are some of the medicines from the main Guinea Lynx Medications page and relevant UK brand names (where applicable). This list is for information only and neither exhaustive nor in order of preference.

Antibiotics

Chloramphenicol

Doxycycline – Vibramycin

Enrofloxacin – Baytril

Gentamycin – Tiacil Ophthalmic Solution, NOT FOR ORAL USE

Oxytetracycline – Terramycin, NOT FOR ORAL USE

Trimethoprim Sulpha (US-Bactrim) – Septrin, Tribrissen, Borgal


Antifungal
Itraconazole – Sporanox, Intrafungol

Miconazole – Daktarin Cream for skin and Daktarin Oral Gel for mouth (human fungal meds)
Malaseb Shampoo – contains chlorhexidine gluconate 2% miconazole nitrate 2%

Nizoral – human topical shampoo (contains ketoconazole 2%)


Antiparasitic
Albendazole – Valbazen

Fenbendazole – Panacur

Imidacloprid – Advantage

Ivermectin
Ivermectin Pour On 0.5% 10ml
Xeno 450 Spot On with Ivermectin
Beaphar Antiparasite Spot On for Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Ferrets & Rats (Ivermectin only)
Vectin Horse Paste (Ivermectin only)
Since other forms of ivermectin are becoming more readily available, there is probably less need to use this.

Metronidazole – Flagyl

Selamectin – Stronghold


Circulatory/Respiratory Medications
ACE inhibitors work to lower blood pressure:

Benazepril HCI – Fortekor

Enalapril – Enacard


Diuretics work to remove excess fluid in the body and lungs:

Furosemide (US-Lasix) – Furosemide Vet, Dimazon

Pimobendan – Vetmedin


Digestion / Motility / Antidiarrhoea
Activated Charcoal / Charcoal Tablets / Charcoal Powder (adsorption of toxins)

Loperamide – Imodium Instant Melts – antidiarrhoea

Metoclopramide – motility

Simethicone – Infacol (anti-gas, for relieving wind in babies)


Probiotics
Help restore the balance of microflora in the digestive tract and boost appetite

Acidophilus gel capsules (available from health food shops)

Protexin Bio-Lapis for Rabbits and Small Pets – contains probiotic, prebiotic, enzymes, electrolytes and vitamins

Vetark Avipro Plus – contains probiotics, prebiotic, electrolyte mix, vitamins A, C and E


Nutritional Supplements

Oxbow Critical Care – dietary supplement

Supreme Science Recovery – dietary supplement

More information on these supplements is mentioned in the Notes on Handfeeding the Sick Guinea Pig later in this thread.


Miscellaneous
Cymalon Cranberry Liquid – human cystitis treatment containing potassium citrate

Dioralyte Relief – rehydration in babies (main Dioralyte may be too high in sugars)

Hartmann's Solution – rehydration (subQ)

Lactated Ringer's Solution – rehydration (subQ)

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) – Chorulon (for cystic ovaries in guinea pigs)

Maxitrol – for eye inflammation when prevention of bacterial infection required (contains dexamethasone, neomycin and polymixin)

Silver Sulfadiazine – Flamazine cream (skin cream for burns/healing)

Vitamin B complex

Vitamin C

Multivitamins routinely added to the diet and mineral wheels are not recommended as excessive amounts of vitamins such as A and D can cause serious problems for your pet.


Pain Medications

NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs)
DO NOT USE WITH STEROIDAL DRUGS
Carprofen – Cartrophen Vet, Rimadyl
Meloxicam – Metacam

Opiates
May cause sedation
Butorphanol - Torbugesic Injection

Glucocorticoids (A class of steroids)
DO NOT USE THESE DRUGS CONCURRENTLY WITH NSAID DRUGS
Dexamethasone – Dexadreson

User avatar
Webs
Cavies 'n Cobwebs

Post   » Mon Apr 09, 2007 5:56 pm


Notes on handfeeding the sick guinea pig

Oxbow Critical Care is becoming more readily available in the UK, either at vet clinics or online for handfeeding sick or recovering guinea pigs. It is a complete "assisted feeding" formula for small herbivores that are not eating due to illness or surgery.

Another recovery feed for small herbivores is Supreme Science Recovery, an alfalfa based supplement compared to the timothy-hay based Oxbow product. It does not contain such a full range of vitamins or minerals and because of this is NOT suitable for prolonged syringe feeding. However, it is more readily available, cheaper and useful for getting piggies back to health in the short term when used as a supplement to their usual diet.
Oxbow Critical Care is generally thought of as the superior product and more suited to longer term use.

Do not confuse Oxbow Critical Care with another product called Critical Care Formula from Vetark. While both can be used with guinea pigs to help recovery, the Oxbow Critical Care contains fibre and is closer to their general dietary requirements. The Vetark Critical Care Formula is an emergency liquid food to provide energy and protein, more suitable for tube feeding to collapsed animals.

To increase appetite or encourage the sick or recovering guinea pig to eat, babyfoods can be added as flavouring to pellet mashes or recovery feeds. With the range of purpose-made small herbivore products on the market these days, it is not generally recommended that babyfoods are fed on their own.

The following organic babyfoods are available in the UK.

Baby Organix make a choice of pure fruit/veg foods and are preferable to ones that have cereals or rice added.

Hipp also make organic babyfoods, but seem to have fewer pure fruit/veg mixes.

Boots the Chemist and Heinz both have ranges of organic babyfoods.

Heinz has now relaunched its Simply Fruit and Simply Vegetables ranges into one – Simply Organic

Truuuly Scrumptious Organic Food has GM, gluten and dairy free, vegetarian babyfoods – but stockists are limited.

Of course, your pig doesn't have to eat organic, and there is a huge range of other babyfoods - the main thing is to avoid starchy fillers and unnatural ingredients, and stick to pure fruit and vegetable varieties.

Your guinea pig’s favourite veg or fruit can also be mashed or puréed to mix in for handfeeding as an alternative.

User avatar
Webs
Cavies 'n Cobwebs

Post   » Mon Apr 09, 2007 5:59 pm


The following websites give detailed descriptions of medicines, both veterinary and human for information.

Veterinary Medicines
www.petdispensary.co.uk

www.hyperdrug.com/products.asp?dept=81

http://www.hyperdrug.com/departments.asp?dept=239

http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_enrofloxacin.html (US based site)


Human Medicines
www.medicines.org.uk

www.netdoctor.co.uk/medicines/

User avatar
Webs
Cavies 'n Cobwebs

Post   » Mon Apr 09, 2007 6:08 pm


UK VETERINARY CLINICS

To help find a suitable vet, visit the Find-A-Vet page on the RCVS website as this contains the most up-to-date info on all registered veterinary clinics.

The above page also gives information on registered vets, nurses and also what to do if you are not happy with your current vet or practice and wish to make a complaint.

If looking for a vet for the first time, the following information may be of help. Guinea pigs come under the title of 'exotic animals' so look for that in the list of animals seen when you click on each clinic. Where it says small animals they usually mean dogs, cats, rabbits and other small furries so if they say exotics AND small animals they should have more experience than most. HOWEVER, it still comes down to how many guinea pigs come through the door of that practice and which vet in particular has the practical experience in surgery on guinea pigs or diagnosing their illnesses. Also, just as confusing, there will be vets with the experience of guinea pigs but may not have listed themselves as having seen exotics, such as those associated with guinea pig rescues.

Remember, don’t be afraid to ask if they own any guinea pigs themselves or have much experience with spaying, neutering or bladder stone surgeries for example. You can also ask some of the questions from Kleenmama on this link in the GL Medical Guide but remember there may be differences in the trade names of the drugs used in the UK. If you just ask the vet clinic if they ‘treat guinea pigs’ they will no doubt say yes, even with little or no experience, so it will help your pigs if you can root out the vague-sounding answers at the beginning!

The following UK veterinary surgeries have been recommended (and used) by GL members and guinea pig rescues. Relevant contact names are also provided since not everyone in a practice will have the same experience with guinea pigs.

According to their clients, all the practices mentioned are competent in various surgical procedures on guinea pigs.

User avatar
Webs
Cavies 'n Cobwebs

Post   » Mon Apr 09, 2007 6:19 pm


SCOTLAND
---------------------------------------------------------------
Abbotswell Veterinary Clinic
Nigg Kirk Hall
ABERDEEN
AB12 3DB
Tel: 01224 872024
Contact: David Wilson
Helen Miskelly
Kate Adam

Cults Clinic (David S Wilson Veterinary Surgeons)
Unit 8
The Courtyard
Aberdeen
AB15 9SD
Tel: 01224 869366
Contact: David Wilson
Helen Miskelly
---------------------------------------------------------------
Aurora Veterinary Clinic
Old Stoneywood Church
Bankhead Road
ABERDEEN
AB21 9HQ
Tel: 01224 716848
Email: enquiries@auroravet.co.uk
Website: www.auroravet.co.uk
Contact: Andrew Stalker
---------------------------------------------------------------
Abbey Veterinary Clinics
9 Lindsay Street
ARBROATH
Tayside
DD11 1RP
Tel: 01241 873100

225 East High Street
FORFAR
Angus
DD8 2HL
Tel: 01307 462358
---------------------------------------------------------------
Tay Veterinary Centre
260 Clepington Road
DUNDEE
DD3 8DY
Tel: 01382 884411
Email: tayvetcentre@aol.com
Contact: Mr J McConnachie
Miss N Maharaj
---------------------------------------------------------------
Ryan and Calder
24 St. Margaret Street
DUNFERMLINE
Fife
KY12 7PE
Tel: 01383 732897
Email: info@ryanandcalder.co.uk
Website: www.ryanandcalder.co.uk
Contact: Aileen Ryan

User avatar
Webs
Cavies 'n Cobwebs

Post   » Mon Apr 09, 2007 6:25 pm


ENGLAND

NORTH WEST
---------------------------------------------------------------
Michael Gourley Veterinary Surgery
82 Wellington Road
Ashton-under-Lyne
LANCASHIRE
OL6 6DP
Tel: 0161 330 2514/4839
Email: enquiries@mgourleyvets.co.uk
Website: www.mgourleyvets.co.uk
Contact: Michael Gourley
---------------------------------------------------------------
Calder Veterinary Group
Savile Road
Dewsbury
WEST YORKSHIRE
WF12 9LN
Tel: 01924 465592
Email: enquiry@caldervets.co.uk
Website: www.caldervets.co.uk
Contact: Meg
---------------------------------------------------------------
Greenwood & Brown
The Veterinary Surgery
23 Mill Hill Road
Pontefract
WEST YORKSHIRE
WF8 4HR
Tel: 01977 702056
Contact: Mr Brown
(only Mr Brown recommended for cavies)
---------------------------------------------------------------
Birch Heath Veterinary Clinic
Birch Heath Road
Tarporley
CHESHIRE
CW6 9UU
Tel: 01829 733777
Contact: Kevin Eatwell
Suzetta Billington
---------------------------------------------------------------
Rose Cottage Veterinary Centre
Chester Road
Sutton Weaver
Runcorn
CHESHIRE
WA7 3EQ
Tel: 01928 717581
Email: rosecottagevet@aol.com
Contact: Ken Robinson

User avatar
Webs
Cavies 'n Cobwebs

Post   » Mon Apr 09, 2007 6:28 pm


MIDLANDS
---------------------------------------------------------------
Acorn Veterinary Centre
21 Station Road
Studley
WARWICKSHIRE
B80 7HR
Tel: 01527 853304
Email: Pete_Haseler@compuserve.com
---------------------------------------------------------------

EAST
---------------------------------------------------------------
Cambridge Cavy Trust Guinea Pig Hospital
1 Splash Lane
Wyton
Huntingdon
CAMBRIDGESHIRE
PE28 2AF
Text only: 07721 026401
Contact: Vedra Stanley-Spatcher

Although not a veterinary surgery registered with the RCVS, The Cambridge Cavy Trust do have an associated RCVS registered vet, Amir Kashiv, and provide additional training/information to other veterinary surgeons and owners.

The CCT is a registered charity and membership costs £25 a year if you wish to join. They can offer telephone advice and an appointment for an emergency before joining. Members have 24 hour emergency contact (text Vedra 07721 026401 - she will call you or tell you to call her back and she will pick up) as well as other benefits. They will also give non-members the name and address of the nearest cavy experienced vet or rodentologist if required.
---------------------------------------------------------------
Companion Care (Norwich) Ltd
Pets at Home
Sprowston Retail Park
Salhouse Road
Norwich
NORFOLK
NR7 9AZ
Tel: 01603 484359
Email: Norwich@companioncare.co.uk
Website: www.ccnorwich.co.uk

User avatar
Webs
Cavies 'n Cobwebs

Post   » Mon Apr 09, 2007 6:32 pm


SOUTH
---------------------------------------------------------------
A F O'Meara Veterinary Surgeries
Website: http://www.omearavets.co.uk

150 Kingston Road
Ewell
SURREY
KT17 2ET
Tel: 020 8393 6049
Email: ewell@omearavets.co.uk

6 Tattenham Crescent
Epsom
SURREY
KT18 5QG
Tel: 01737 359929
Email: epsomdowns@omearavets.co.uk

438 Hook Road
Chessington
SURREY
KT9 1NA
Tel: 020 8397 1776
Email: chessington@omearavets.co.uk

170A High Street
Banstead
SURREY
SM7 2NZ
Tel: 01737 210011
Email: banstead@omearavets.co.uk

Anne Taylor
Anne is particularly interested in the treatment of guinea pigs and will examine/clip molars without anaesthetic.
---------------------------------------------------------------
Corner Veterinary Clinic
1 Stayton Road
Sutton
SURREY
SM1 1QY
Tel: 020 8641 6126
Contact: David More
---------------------------------------------------------------
Twickenham Veterinary Surgery
64 Hampton Rd
Twickenham
MIDDLESEX
TW2 5QB
Tel: 020 8898 0528
Contact: Christabelle Mosley
---------------------------------------------------------------
Active Vetcare
Website: www.activevetcare.co.uk
Contact page on website

Summerleaze Veterinary Centre
Summerleaze Road
Maidenhead
BERKSHIRE
SL6 8EW
Tel: 01628 628121
Contact: James Brooks (CCT trained)

Tilehurst Veterinary Centre
19 School Road
Tilehurst
BERKSHIRE
RG31 5AR
Tel: 0118 942 8240
Contact: Jenny Towers

An excellent surgeon and an up-and-coming surgeon who does many rescue pig castrations and bladderstone ops. This vet is also the veterinary contact for the study on Osteodystrophy in Satin Guinea Pigs. Does dental and X-ray without anaesthetic.

User avatar
Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Mon Apr 09, 2007 8:49 pm


A link to the veterinary references can be found on the vetlist page in the guide:
www.guinealynx.info/vetlist.html

Medications in this thread can also be found described in more detail in the medical guide:
www.guinealynx.info/medications.html

User avatar
Webs
Cavies 'n Cobwebs

Post   » Thu Apr 09, 2009 4:36 pm


This may be of interest to UK and Northern Ireland members on taking out pet insurance for guinea pigs.

The plan is from Pet Plan's Exotic Direct policy.

Cost £82.20 per animal per year (£6.85 per month) from 8 weeks to 5 years old. (As at Feb '09)

Covers vet fees for accident, sickness or disease per policy per year up to £2,000.

£45 excess per animal per course of treatment. Larger excess may apply to certain treatments such as x-rays, ultrasound etc up to 50% of the treatment cost. I can't remember if they do not cover consultations to vet schools etc. or cover just a percentage.

Existing treatments are not covered, those that start after the policy start are taken on a year by year basis as long as treatment hasn't lapsed for more than 60 days.

Do not cover theft, escape or mysterious disappearance.

Do not cover preventive treatments.

Do not cover any treatment relating to coming into season, breeding, pregnancy or giving birth.

Do not cover spay/neuter or euthanasia.

Do not cover any injury caused by you, your family, your other pets or any animal coming to your premises.

Do not cover more than 50% of dental treatment less the excess depending on preventive and routine care having been provided.

A more comprehensive list of exclusions is on their Current Policy Terms.

Post Reply
12 posts • Page 1 of 1