To comply with pharmacy regulations, the practice requests a minimum of 48hrs notice to dispense medicines.
We are only able to prescribe medicines to animals that are under the care of our veterinary practice. This means that your animal must have had a consultation/prescription check within the previous 3 months.
In situations where we have not seen your animal for more than 3 months, you will be required to make an appointment with a veterinary surgeon before medicines can be dispensed and will be invoiced for a prescription check.
Under RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) guidelines we are able to dispense flea and worming medication to animals that have had a consultation with a veterinary surgeon within the previous 12 months.
We are unable to accept the return of any medicines once they have left our premises and whilst we are able to dispose of any unused medicines, we are unable to issue a credit for them. Therefore, we would like to remind you to check that all medicines are correct before you leave the practice.
Written prescriptions are available from this practice.
Most puppies will have roundworm infestations from birth as they will pass from the mother via womb and through the milk. The breeder will hopefully have given several doses of worming treatment before you take on your puppy but you will need to continue worming treatment at least monthly until the pup is six months age to prevent disease and reduce risk to your family. Regular worming of puppies is very important to prevent a dangerous build-up of worms in the bowel which can cause obstruction and death.
Adult dogs are, fortunately, unlikely to suffer greatly if they acquire a few intestinal worms. The main reason we recommend regular worming treatment for all dogs in the UK is to reduce the risk of disease in humans as we can catch worms from dogs. Maximum protection can be achieved using monthly dosing of an appropriate product although dosing every 3 months may be appropriate for lower risk families. It is important that you discuss your individual situation with the vet so that they can prescribe appropriately.
A further way to reduce risk is to make sure you pick up the dog’s faeces and dispose of it appropriately to prevent spread of the parasites into the environment for other dogs and people. Try to make sure you don’t let your dog foul on areas where children play as children are most at risk of disease.
There has recently been a lot of media coverage about lungworm in dogs. This disease appears to be very regional with the Bristol area seeming to be of very low risk at this time. The parasite is transmitted when dogs eat infested slugs or snails, which occurs more commonly in young puppies. We will advise of appropriate treatment options if you think your dog is at risk and some of the routine worming products we use will have a good effect at preventing this disease anyway.
Flea control can be administered in a variety of ways, a spot-on skin application which lasts around one month is commonly used but flavoured chews are now increasingly popular for use in dogs. Fleas account for the majority of skin irritations in dogs and play a significant role in allergic skin disease. Regular treatment throughout the year is essential to prevent your home being contaminated with flea eggs and larvae, which then acts as a reservoir of infestation for your pets. Severe flea infestations in young puppies can drain sufficient blood to cause anaemia and serious disease. Once a flea problem is established in your home it typically takes 3 to 6 months to achieve full control again.