Saying goodbye to Amber

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Saying goodbye to a beloved pet is always full of sadness and emotional turnmoil, you go through stages of grief and each day is a roller coaster of emotions. Having just said goodbye to our own dog “Amber” I thought it would be a wonderful tribute to a brilliant and loyal dog if I told her story. Her time with us begins in 2006 when I myself was going through a rough time on a personal scale, my mum had passed away several months before due to cardiac failure, and my other dog “Holly” also a Lab, suddenly died. I was at the lowest point of my life and was in a very dark place. I decided that I needed another dog to help heal the wounds of losing my Mum and Holly, so the search began…..

October 2006 brought me to a place in Blackburn where a brilliant breeder bred Labradors and had a litter for sale, with trepidation I viewed the litter and was smitten with the pups and also Mum and Dad where beautiful and well cared for I chose a “female” who I named Amber after her mum. Mum was a show-dog and dad was a working gundog, so couldnt go wrong. or so I thought!!!

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I brought her home just before Christmas and instantly fell in love with this little bundle of fur!, she was perfect from day one, her cheeky character started to show not long after she came to us and was very defiant! to the point I nicknamed her “the asbo”, she had regular tantrums and made it clear she was not going to do anything if she didnt want to! She was so funny in her younger years especially when one day in the garden she decided to run round like something out of the wall of death and during the process fell into the garden pond!! much to my amusement, however that was the day she discovered water!!!

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One day in the garden she discovered a bee, and during the investigation process got stung, which resulted in an emergency appointment at the vet!! When she was six months she was neutuered, and I know from my training that she was not to be exercised, but to be kept on gentle lead exercise, however the asbo decided to compete for the grand national and ended up with a huge seroma at the incisional site!!!! One day she was being naughty and when she was told off she literally through herself under the coffee table and would not come out and let everybody know by barking constantly. Well if you could call it a bark more like a puppy squeal.

When she was 5 we moved to Cheshire and rented a cottage on a private country estate. Little did I know what was in store!!! The evironment was very rural and pheasants and sheep dominated the area, so our asbo decided to investigate every single new species which often resulted in squeals of delight and lots of running round! her love of water never left her and on a regular basis would seek out every opportunity to roll in puddles, swim in ponds and even jump off banks and bridges of local brooks and streams to get to water, the most funniest thing I have ever seen during one of our walks the asbo was running round like a loon, putting Hussain Bolt to shame when all of a sudden I couldnt see her, however I heard a lot of splashing!! then I seen what she had done and nearly fell on the floor, she had got into a field of cows and discovered the cows water trough!!! I dont know who was shocked more the cows or me!!!

We spent 2 years at the cottage and Amber was in her prime, she had so much energy and her love of life was obvious, she wanted to explore anything and everything and as they say was as fit as a butchers dog. It was at this point I remember saying to Paul enjoy this time with her as before you know it the aging process will soon kick in.

In 2011 we moved to Wigan and Amber soon made many firends, she loved her walks and we would take her to so many places which she loved, even more if there was water involved. As the years went by I noticed that sadly the aging process was starting, one night I looked at her and could see she was starting to go white around her muzzle and that she was starting to develop fatty lumps, which can happen as a dog ages. I had her checked out by our vet and we both agreed to leave them as at the time they where doing no harm, It was during our time at Wigan that we discovered Scotland and would spend many summers going there and Amber loved it!, she has been to so many beaches and swam in many rivers and ponds in Scotland I think she would put nessie to shame! Hovever, each year she was getting slower on her walks even though she was like a 2 year old on the beach!!! We made the decision to move to Scotland this year and planned on taking Amber to loads of places in her twilight years.

We had been in our new house for 4 weeks and Amber was really settling into her walks, even going on longer ones which was her choice!! she was really loving life here, she had made friends with the locals and know which walks she liked the best.

Sadly on the 2nd January we noticed that she was panting more than usual and drinking more, and she began to have coughing episodes, which was worrying and my own experience started pointng to a condition called congestive heart faiure, so we took her the vet the next day, who performed a series of scans, which all where pointing to heart problems. She was booked in the following morning to have more detailed scans and xrays, but the night before she had a difficult night. On the morning of the 4th January she wanted to go for a walk, so Paul took her for a short walk but it was obvious something was wrong. We dropped her off at the vets, who admitted her for more tests but I could see she was deteriating, the vet rung me later and gave me the news that I had been dreading, Amber was having problems with her heart and lungs and the prognosis was not good. It was at that point my stomach was in knots, i looked at Paul and explained the situation and we both looked at each other and burst into tears, It was the hardest decision I have ever had to make but it was my turn to be loyal to her and made the soul destroying decision to have her put to sleep. Paul and I where both with her and as she slowly slipped away she knew she was loved so much.

Amber was in our lives for 12 years and each day she gave us so much happiness, she helped heal my emotional wounds in 2006, and has been at our sides during our difficult times. She was the most loyal dog I have ever known and had so much love to give. She was Pauls first dog and what a dog to have!!! I sit here now with the comfort that she is with my Mum and Dad and Holly. What she gave in life, will continue with us after her passing.

RIP Amber you are going to be missed so much (2006 - 2019) xxxx

Relocation to Scotland (Kennethmont, Huntly)

Well its certainly been an interesting year, having helped so many animals with our laser therapy and achieving great results, it is great to see how they have all done well. Alongside our laser we have also seen great results with our emmipet teeth cleaning service as well, goes to show what a good product it is however it is not a replacement for a professional scale and polish at the vets.

Sadly all things come to an end and Paul and I decided to take the plunge and relocate to Scotland, it was a hard decision as we had built up a brilliant reputation in and around the Lancashire areas and have made some wonderful friends on our journey, Everyone has been so supportive and valued our services so having to let go was extremely hard. We where blown away by all the presents we recieved and cards, so much so that we did not really appreciate how much we where thought of!! We will always treasure the times we have had with our “special friends” and look forward to keeping up to date with everybody.

When we put our house up for sale we had no idea that it would sell so quickly and to have to exchange and complete within a 30 day turnround!!! It is only now we can sit back and reflect on it all and hard to believe we have actually done it!!

We are looking forward to start a new chapter in Scotland even though its daunting! but we have comfort knowing we have done this before and fingers crossed we will meet folks who are as lovely as the ones we have had to say goodbye to. We will never forget our friends in Lancashire both 2 and 4 legged!! and it will be fun to keep you all up to date with our adventures in Scotland.



EMMIPET TEETH CLEANING - UPDATE

As you all know we have been offering our Emmipet K9 teeth cleaning since May. Happy to report it has been very successful. We have been able to utilise the wonderful technology which surrounds the unique design of this brush, it is non invasive, silent and motionless therefore allowing the dog to relax into the session. It looks very much like our own sonicare toothbrush!! and when we show our clients the brush they are shocked to discover how quiet it is and even more suprised to learn that there is no vibration.

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The brush is technically a toothbrush and works via ultrasound, so no damage to the enamel of the teeth, just gentle cleaning and it also encouages maintenance of healthy gums.

Since our launch we have been able to adivse and guide owners on the maintenance of their dogs oral health. This can only be achieved by looking at the following:

Regular teeth brushing - Using a suitable brush and PET toothpaste

Regular inspection of the teeth and gums

Suitable diet

Regular visits to the vet, to ensure there are no loose teeth, abscesses and so on

Understanding your dogs dental requirements

We also advocate having maintenance sessions with the Emmipet toothbrush for your dog  to ensure that their teeth remain healthy.  If we observe that your dogs teeth need the services of a vet, we advise you to book an appointment and discuss the way forward, and once the issue has been resolved then we will look at a Emmipet routine.

Well as they say onwards and upwards, happy dogs equals happy clients :) looking forward to seeing many more dogs and most importantly getting those teeth and gums healthy!!

Due to my interest in K9 oral care I completed an Oral Health Care course recently which has enabled me to gain more insight into the health and wellbeing of your dogs mouth :)  it was a fascinating  course and I was able to gain so much from it, very challenging!!

 

LASER THERAPY

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We have had our amazing machine now for a year and it has to be said we have had fantastic results with it, we have met so many wonderful clients who have seen the benefits from using laser. We are also gaining clients from the equestrian world as well, which has been brilliant.  

We enjoy using our laser and regularly work alongside vets to ensure we are able to offer a first class service to their clients.

Our machine has the latest technology and uses advanced software so that we are able to treat a vast majority of conditions.

 

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Ultrasonic Teeth Cleaning

We humans visit the dentist every 6 months or at least we should do! But how often do we take our 4 legged friends to have their teeth checked? every 3 months? every 12 months? every 2 years? or never!  Good dental hygiene for your dog/cat or small furries are essential, not only can you prevent:

  • Calculus (Tartar)

  • Halitois (Bad breath)

  • Peridontal Disease (Bacterial infection of the gums and bone)

  • Gingivitis (Inflammation of the gums)

But you are also preventing further problems relating to the internal organs so it makes sense to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

When you check your pets teeth are you aware of what you are looking for?  In most cases many pet owners do not know exactly what they should be checking, when you think of it an adult dog has 42 teeth! so there is a lot to check!

So what should you be looking for, ask yourself these questions:

  • 1.  Is my pet eating and drinking ok?
  • 2. Is my pet rubbing and pawing at their mouth?
  • 3. When they eat their food do they have problems chewing or swallowing?
  • 4. Do they have really bad breath?
  • 5.  Is there a lot of tartar on their teeth?
  • 6. Is there any bleeding from the mouth/gums?
  • 7. Do they have any loose teeth?
  • 8. Do they have gingivitis? (Red area by the gum line)

Healthy teeth and gums do exactly what it says on the tin - They are healthy!

So what does healthy look like?

Example healthy teeth and gums:

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Example of poor teeth and gums:

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Pets have the same anatomy of a tooth just like us, and they can feel pain and discomfort due to poor hygiene, if you have ever had a tooth abscess I challenge you to tell me that it was not painful!!!

If the pulp of the tooth is exposed there are a lot of nerves in there and that is extremely painful!  

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Canine Incisor Tooth

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Human Tooth

Many pets as they age their teeth become a bit worse for wear well after all those jaws have chomped down on many a treat!!  Although the aging process will show evidence as we all age, it is more  and more essential we lookafter our pets teeth as they are living longer (whey hey!) and diets are becoming much more advanced. So it makes sense to look after their teeth.

We now offer ultrasonic teeth cleaning as we feel it will benefit so many pets and it gives us a chance to go through the correct protocols that need to be in place also giving you the chance to ask lots of questions, its not everyday you can have your very own Veterinary Nurse sit down with you and have a cup of tea (hint hint!)  to discuss your pets oral health.

If you would like to book your pet in for a ultrasonic teeth clean let us know and we will book you in.

 

 

 

Bryans wound

Bryans mum Debbie got in touch with us in November 2017 about her beloved Doberman cross "Bryan". He had sustained a really nasty wound to his right hindlimb and after numerous dressing changes she enquired would laser help with the wound.  After a indepth discussion and referral from her vet, we all agreed that laser would certainly benefit Bryan immensely.  

We begain lasering and regular dressing changes from the 6th November 2017.

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Wound before we started laser therapy 

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Wound on the 29th November 

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Wound on the 16th December 

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Wound on the 12th January 

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Wound on the 2nd February

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Wound on the 9th February

Bryan has been absolutely brilliant all the way through, he has been so brave and allowed us to change his dressings twice a week and apply laser, he has never complained, his owner Debs and Andrew have been model owners made sure all his dressings where ready for us when we got there and have supported Bryan at every stage and Debs talant at being a brilliant photographer!!! Between us, Deb and vet Mel, we all have ensured we have done the very best for Bryan and although he will be getting discharged soon, we can look back at his journey and feel proud that we have played a prominent part in his recovery.  Without the likes of Deb and Andrew, Bryan may not have been a chance to recover, the bond between an owner and dog is unconditional and it is only when you meet Debs and Andrew you realise how privileged you have been to have been able to help them.  

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Bryan with his little comfort buddy 

New Logo

Vet Nurse Direct has been offering a unique range of services for some time now and it is always good to have a change whether that maybe a new website, service or simply put a new logo. We liked our previous logo but as we have moved into offering laser therapy we are now seeing more and more equine clients  so we felt it was time for a change. I contacted one of my past students who is now on the verge of becoming a fully fledged veterinary nurse to ask would they be able to design a new logo for us as Sarah is also a brilliant graphic designer, she gladly jumped in and said she could help but with her final exams looming she put me in touch with her partner who is also a very talanted graphic designer after many changes on our part!! as we were very particular what we wanted Ett came up with the finished product, alongside designing the logo we asked for a new flyer to be designed as well and fortunately Ett was happy to assist us once again and has designed a brilliant flyer for us.

We are now absolutley chuffed with our new logo and flyer and we hope you like them to.

***To celebrate our new logo and we are  offering new clients  10% off the first laser therapy session**

 

 

 

 

So how are we doing?

Well we have certainly been busy since we got our laser. We have been lucky enough to work with brilliant clients and their pets. Up to now we have dealt with a range of conditons including:

  • Arthritis
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Gingivitis
  • Wounds
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Idiopatheic Shoulder lameness
  • Hot Spots
  • Post op cruciate repair 

All of which are doing fantastic. We knew when we where looking for a laser it had to be able to treat a wide range of conditionsand species, also to be able to penetrate deep into the tissues and thankfully we have chosen a fantastic Class IV laser which ticks all the boxes for us.

One of most satisfying things about offering laser is being able to "do something"  for animals who arein pain and discomfort and once laser treatment begins it is wonderful to watch animals start to get their quality of life back.   A happy animal equals a happy owner!!!  

The results have been amazing and for each new animal that we treat we enjoy the look of suprise on the owners face when their pets start to feel better, its a real conversation starter!!! and so fulfilling when an owner tells you " She never used to get out of the bed, but is up first now!", "He can now go on longer walks", "He wants to play with his favourite toy" "She is like a puppy again" 

Well onwards and upwards as they say. Will keep you all informed how we are doing in the coming weeks.

 

 

 

 

Laser Therapy for Laryngeal Paralysis

We all know how good laser is for both acute and chronic conditions.  A condition that appears to growing is laryngeal paralysis. Laryngeal paralysis is the term used to describe a functional failure of the larynx (voice box), particularly a failure to open the vocal cords during inspiration (breathing in)

The signs of laryngeal paralysis include:

  • Increased inspiratory noise (loud rasping noise during breathing in)
  • Coughing
  • Weight loss
  • Reduced exercise tolerance
  • Collapse
  • Reduced tolerance of increased temperature (less able to pant)
  • Altered phonation (bark/mew sounds different)
  • Problems swallowing food and/or water – affected animals have a tendency to cough and splutter
  • Sudden respiratory distress, particularly when subjected to a warm environment

If left untreated this condition can be have serious implications to the health of your pet. 

Veterinary assistance is required to assist in treating your pet and a lot of cases will require surgery, however to help alleviate the symptoms laser therapy is an ideal compliment alongside veterinary treatment.

 

 

Hot Spots (Acute Moist Dermatitis)

One of the common conditions seen in veterinary practice is something known as a "hot spot" or to us in the profession "Acute Moist Dermatitis"

So what are they?

Hot spots are the result of a bacterial infection. Your dog's skin becomes irritated and the dog starts itching, licking, or both, eventually causing a red, ugly, oozing sore.

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The sore can only be treated by focusing on the underlying infection.   Hot spots are red, moist, irritated patches of skin often caused by an initial irritation and then exacerbated by bacterial infection. The irritated patch can double in size within hours and can become very painful. Common sites of lesions are the head, neck, hips and limbs. Matting of fur, hair loss, scabbing and oozing are often seen. Hot spots seem to be common in long-haired dog breeds and are more prevalent during summer months in times of high temperature and humidity.

So what are the symptoms of hot spots?

  • Itchy, painful patch of skin
  • Continual chewing or licking at site
  • Abnormal aggression (associated with painfulness of site)
  • Possible depression (associated with painfulness of site)
  • Inflammation, redness, and swelling in a localized patch of skin
  • Crusted scabs or oozing sores
  • Dry scaly skin
  • Hair loss Moist,
  • Matted fur
  • Foul odour 

So what causes hot spots?

  • Cuts or abrasions
  • Ear infection/anal gland infection
  • Foreign objects (splinters/thorns)
  • Food allergies
  • Matted fur
  • Insect bites
  • Chewing or licking due to stress or boredom
  • Flea allergies 

So how are hot spots treated?

  • Bacterial infection must be treated via medication
  •  The matted area will need to be clipped and cleaned
  • Antihistamines may be given to reduce inflammation and pain killers given due to the intense irritation
  • Dietary supplments may be given

Hot spots are very painful and can cause distress to the dog, and it can take time for the area to heal. 

Laser therapy can be used alongside medications to encourage healing and to speed up recovery.  

The following link is a useful read regarding laser and hot spots

http://www.veterinarypracticenews.com/March-2010/Healed-Hot-Spot-Turns-Skeptic-Around/

 

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WHAT ARE THE BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF LASER?

One of the most common things we are asked about laser is how does it help my pet?

Both Paul and I know the benefits of laser and how it can help with so many conditions however the below are a more detailed overview on the biological effects of laser: 

 

Anti-Inflammation


Laser Therapy reduces inflammation with vasodilation, activation of the lymphatic drainage system, and reduction of pro-inflammatory mediators. As a result, inflammation, erythema, bruising, and edema are reduced.

 

Analgesic Effect


Laser Therapy of diseased and damaged tissue produces a suppression of nociceptors, an increase of stimulation threshold, and an increased release of tissue endorphins. The result is a decreased patient perception of pain.

Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth


Photons of light from lasers penetrate deeply into tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. Laser light increases the energy available to the cells so that they can take on nutrients and get rid of waste products more quickly.

Improved Vascular Activity


Laser light significantly increases the formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue. This speeds the healing process, resulting in more rapid wound closure.

Increased Metabolic Activity


The energy from photons of laser light is captured by chemical complexes within cells resulting in activation of enzyme systems and increased energy delivered into cellular metabolic processes.

Trigger Points and Acupuncture Points


Laser therapy stimulates muscle trigger and acupuncture points without mechanical invasion to provide musculoskeletal pain relief.

Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation


Laser Therapy reduces the formation of scar tissue.

Improved Nerve Function


Slow recovery of nerve functions in damaged tissue results in numbness and impaired limbs. Laser therapy accelerates nerve cell regeneration.

Immunoregulation


Therapy laser photons have an effect on immune systems status through stimulation of immunoglobins and lymphocytes. Laser therapy energy is absorbed by chromophores (molecular enzymes) that react to laser light. The enzyme flavomono-nucleotide is activated and starts the production of ATP, which is the major carrier of cellular energy and the energy source for all chemical reactions in the cells.

Faster Wound Healing


Laser light stimulates fibroblast development. Fibroblasts produce collagen, which is predominant in wound healing in damaged tissue. Collagen is the essential protein required to replace old tissue or to repair tissue injuries. As a result, laser therapy is effective on open wounds and burns.

We hope you now get a better understanding of the benefits of laser therapy.

LASER THERAPY AND NEW WEBSITE

Well we are not ones to remain still.  We are absolutely thrilled with our laser investment we are already getting results!  Laser is a real passion for us as we truly believe that with the correct diagnosis and treatment protocol laser can offer so much to pets who are suffering from a range of conditions.  The best thing about it is that it is totally non-invasive and pets really enjoy their treatments as it helps so much with pain relief. 

For more information visit our Laser Therapy page:

There is nothing more fulfilling than watching an animal who has been in pain for so long, to once again feel relief and pain free.

Having invested in our laser we have decided to refresh our website as we believe its always good to have a change.   We really like the site and hope you like it to.

We would love to hear your comments on our new site and feel free to suggest improvements but remember we are not website gurus!!!!