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New Pet Health PlanNew Pet Health Plan
Added: 07 May 2017
We will soon be launching our new revamped health plan for cats and dogs. Current members rest assured your pet’s preventative health needs will be better covered. If you like the sound of spreading the cost of your pet’s health care, this is certainly the plan for you! Keep an eye on facebook and this website for further details coming soon!
 
Merry Christmas to all our clientsMerry Christmas to all our clients
Added: 02 Dec 2016
All of us here at the Barn would like to wish all our clients a very Merry Christmas. We hope you donít need us for an emergency over the festive period, but if you do, please phone either surgery to get details of the vet on call.
 
 Free Cat Neutering
Added: 26 Oct 2016
FREE CAT NEUTERING

Ipswich Cats Protection will be at Pets At Home, Ranelagh Road, Ipswich on 5th & 6th November, offering vouchers to cover the full cost of neutering. These vouchers are NOT means tested and available to all.

We look forward to welcoming many of you to either of our practices with your cats.
 
Taking Your Dog on HolidayTaking Your Dog on Holiday
Added: 12 Aug 2016
Taking your dog on holiday

Whether you’re going abroad or having a staycation, here are some tips to help keep your pet happy and healthy during your trip.

Planning ahead
If you’re planning on going on holiday abroad, the Pet Travel Scheme allows you to take your dog with you. To qualify, your pet must be:
· microchipped
· vaccinated against rabies with an approved inactivated rabies vaccine at least 21 days before travelling
· be issued with a Pet Passport

For full details on the Pet Travel Scheme and everything you need to do, please ask your vet or visit the DEFRA website www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad

Getting there
There are plenty of options to transport you and your pet to your holiday destination- car, boat, rail and plane. A list of approved routes can be found on the DEFRA website. Make sure you check with your travel company regarding any specific requirements they may have.

If you’re travelling by car, bear in mind that long trips can be stressful for your pet (and you!), but there are some things you can do to make it easier:
· exercise your dog before leaving
· take regular toilet and exercise breaks- every 2 hours if possible
· pack plenty of fresh water
· pack some of your pet’s favourite toys and treats
· keep them cool- use the air conditioning or consider window blinds if necessary

While you’re there
There are some simple things you can do to make your pet’s holiday as enjoyable as possible.

If the weather is hot, remember that your pet will feel the heat too. Some steps to avoid heat stress:
· avoid direct sunlight, especially at midday. Make sure there is a shady area for your pet to relax in
· ensure a plentiful supply of fresh water
· exercise your dog during the cooler parts of the day- early morning/late evening
· do not leave pets in the car
· take particular care with flat-faced breeds (such as pugs and bulldogs) and older or overweight pets- these animals will be particularly sensitive to heat

Risk of disease
If you’re going abroad, your pet may be at risk of contracting potentially serious diseases not usually seen in the UK. Many of these diseases are spread by insects such as ticks and mosquitos, so you can reduce the risk by:
· treating your pet with a suitable insecticide to repel/kill the bugs. Discuss this with your vet before you travel.
· Keep your dog indoors at night- insects tend to be more active at night
· Examine your dog regularly and remove any ticks found- discuss the best way of doing this with your vet
Even within the UK, the risk of ticks and some of the diseases they carry may be higher at your holiday destination. For example, ticks and Lyme disease are known to be a problem in many of the national parks and other popular holiday destinations within the UK, so may sure you take appropriate precautions.

These diseases can be difficult to treat, so prevention is much better than cure!

Coming home
If you’ve been abroad, the rules of the Pet Travel Scheme require your dog to be treated against tapeworm between 1 and 5 days before re-entering the UK. This treatment must be done and certified by a vet, so we suggest you bear this in mind when booking your return trip. Book your pets appointment well in advance as time slots could rapidly fill up, especially in the busy summer months.

With some forward planning and appropriate precautions, your dog can have a great holiday too!

(Courtesy of Merial Animal Health)
 
Rabbit VHD OutbreakRabbit VHD Outbreak
Added: 17 Jun 2016
Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease

In recent weeks we have had a number of cases of suspected VHD in rabbits, one has been confirmed by post-mortem examination.

VHD causes
- sudden death
- fever
- anorexia
- lethargy/dullness
- bleeding
- breathlessness
- convulsion

It is spread by direct contact between rabbits (wild ones included), insects, birds, carried on the wind, objects such as hay/bedding/hutches.

Please be vigilant and consider getting your rabbits vaccinated.

Our yearly Myxi/VHD vaccinations are currently £32.32
Please ring to book your rabbit in and discuss other prevention strategies.
 
 Microchipping
Added: 26 May 2016
Take a look at this useful guide to microchipping, kindly produced by ’Money Matters’ blog.
Website: http://www.sainsburysbank.co.uk/money-matters/pet-microchipping.shtml
 
BabesiosisBabesiosis
Added: 17 Mar 2016
We have had a number of clients phoning us for advice on the current situation surround the cluster of cases of Babesiosis in Harlow, Essex.

As it stands, there are currently 4 dogs suffering from the disease, all of which have not travelled outside the UK. All 4 have been exercised in a similar area.

What is Babesiosis?
Babesia is a disease spread by ticks and is mainly found in mainland Europe. Until recently, the British climate has not allowed the tick species which carries the disease to live and breed here. Most cases of the disease occur in dogs who have travelled abroad.

What symptoms does it cause?
Babesia is a single celled parasite which attacks red blood cells. The resultant destruction of red blood cells causes anaemia, lethargy, discoloured urine, fever and various other symptoms.

How can you prevent infection?
Always ensure your dog is treated regularly with an anti-tick treatment. Ask a member of staff which product would be suitable for your pet. Always check your pet over thoroughly to identify any ticks. If you are confident, remove any attached ticks as quickly as possible, if not, ask one of our nurses to remove it. As always, if your pet is unwell in any way, please contact the surgery.

Is Babesiosis treatable?
In most circumstances yes. With intensive treatment and support, many patients will survive infection if identified and treated early in the course of disease.


 
BabesiosisBabesiosis
Added: 17 Mar 2016
We have had a number of clients phoning us for advice on the current situation surround the cluster of cases of Babesiosis in Harlow, Essex.

As it stands, there are currently 4 dogs suffering from the disease, all of which have not travelled outside the UK. All 4 have been exercised in a similar area.

What is Babesiosis?
Babesia is a disease spread by ticks and is mainly found in mainland Europe. Until recently, the British climate has not allowed the tick species which carries the disease to live and breed here. Most cases of the disease occur in dogs who have travelled abroad.

What symptoms does it cause?
Babesia is a single celled parasite which attacks red blood cells. The resultant destruction of red blood cells causes anaemia, lethargy, discoloured urine, fever and various other symptoms.

How can you prevent infection?
Always ensure your dog is treated regularly with an anti-tick treatment. Ask a member of staff which product would be suitable for your pet. Always check your pet over thoroughly to identify any ticks. If you are confident, remove any attached ticks as quickly as possible, if not, ask one of our nurses to remove it. As always, if your pet is unwell in any way, please contact the surgery.

Is Babesiosis treatable?
In most circumstances yes. With intensive treatment and support, many patients will survive infection if identified and treated early in the course of disease.


 
Microchipping Days - Staying LegalMicrochipping Days - Staying Legal
Added: 19 Jan 2016
As of 6th April 2016 it will be illegal to have a dog without it being microchipped. Does your dog need one? Would you like your pet’s chip to be checked?

We are holding microchipping days on
2nd February
16th February
1st March
15th March
29th March
12th April

Give us a call and book your pet in!
 
New Urinalysis MachinesNew Urinalysis Machines
Added: 07 Jan 2016
Just before Christmas we took delivery of 2 new urinalysis machines. We now have one at both surgeries which give fast and accurate readings. We hope this new addition to our diagnostic facilities will enable closer monitoring of pets with certain conditions. If you think your pet would benefit from a urine test, please ask a nurse or vet.
 
 Christmas Opening
Added: 04 Dec 2015
Christmas Opening

Christmas Eve: early closing 1530
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: Closed
28th December: 10-12am Copdock only
29th/30th: early closing 1800
New Year’s Eve: early closing 1730
New Year’s Day: Closed
 
CPL Neuterthon 2015CPL Neuterthon 2015
Added: 24 Aug 2015
Free Cat Neutering
On 5th/6th September, the Cat’s Protection League will be at Pets At Home on Ranelagh Road Ipswich to give out free neutering vouchers. Once again we will be participating in this scheme. We look forward to welcoming anyone who’s voucher is valid at the Barn Vet Practice!

For further details and terms and conditions visit
Website: http://www.ipswich.cats.org.uk
 
Online Shop Now Open!Online Shop Now Open!
Added: 22 Jul 2015
Have a browse through the stock of our new online shop and redeem your 10% off voucher at the check out. All orders are click & collect from either surgery. Just enter barnopen10 at the check out to apply the discount. Happy Shopping!
 
National Microchipping Month June 2015National Microchipping Month June 2015
Added: 14 May 2015
National Microchipping Month will soon be here and in support of this we are offering microchipping for £9.99 on the 2nd June at our Ashcroft Rd surgery. Please call us to book in. As of April 2016 it will be compulsory for every dog to be microchipped, owners of dogs which are not will face a large fine!
 
Easter Opening Easter Opening
Added: 25 Mar 2015
Easter will soon be upon us, please find our opening hours on the right hand side of the page.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for Easter themed posts.
 
Puppy Party Number 2 - Pet Behaviourist TalkPuppy Party Number 2 - Pet Behaviourist Talk
Added: 02 Feb 2015
Our second puppy party took place on 31st January with a guest appearance from Lucy Bingley, Pet Behaviourist. Yet again it was standing room only at our Copdock Surgery and a good time was had by all. The party ended with a fun puppy show with prizes! Our next puppy party is nearly fully subscribed but there are still a couple of places left. Please phone the practice if you are interested.
 
Egg-citing Times!Egg-citing Times!
Added: 26 Jan 2015
It may seem a bit early but Easter is just over 2 months away and weíre already getting in the spirit at the practice. We now have stocks of Doggy Easter Eggs so your canine companions donít feel left out!
 
Puppy Party!Puppy Party!
Added: 14 Jan 2015
On Saturday 10th January Yaz and Abi our trainee nurses hosted the first of our puppy parties. The waiting room at Copdock was full to bursting and everyone had a good time. If you are interested in coming to one of our parties in the future, please get in touch and we will contact you with availability.
 
Christmas Opening TimesChristmas Opening Times
Added: 15 Dec 2014
Both our practices will be open as normal over Christmas apart from on the following days:

18th December: close 6pm
24th December: close 1pm
25th/26th December: closed
29th/30th/31st December: close 6pm
1st January: closed

All of us at the Barn Veterinary Practice wish you all a very Merry Christmas!
 
Exciting New Waiting Room StockExciting New Waiting Room Stock
Added: 27 Nov 2014
We have now taken delivery of a selection of products from Beco. We have a range of brightly coloured, eco-friendly bowls and toys, all at great prices! Come to either of our surgeries to take a look.
 
Cat Found!Cat Found!
Added: 10 Nov 2014
This weekend a black and white cat was handed in to our surgery. It is currently being looked after by us but will soon be transferred to a local animal shelter. If this cat looks like yours, please get in touch.
 
New WebsiteNew Website
Added: 16 Oct 2014
Welcome to our new website! Itís been a number of months in the making but we hope it contains all the information you need. All suggestions welcome, just email us or visit us on Facebook.
 
Dog walk in aid of MacMillan Cancer SupportDog walk in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support
Added: 04 Sep 2014
Thank you to everyone who took part in our dog walk on Friday 19th September in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support. We raised a fantastic £150!!
 
Opening Hours & Contacts
Copdock Ashcroft
01473 730213
Barn Veterinary Practice, The Barns, Wenham Rd, Copdock, Ipswich, Suffolk IP8 3EY
Monday - Friday: 08:30-19:00
Saturday: 09:00-12:00
Sunday: No Surgery, but appointments available at Ashcroft Road Surgery 10.00 to 12 noon.

24 hr Emergency Service. Telephone 01473 730213
It was great for the puppies to play and socialise together. Very useful information and lots of questions answered. Thank you!
Puppy Party Guest
 
The best weíve found-EVER. So caring & supportive-we can NEVER thank you lot enough!!
Mrs Briggs, Suffolk
 
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