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BVC Newsletter | September 2013

Contents/Quick Links: Read the welcome letter | Kennel Cough | Dr Rachel Shaw | Ringworm | Dr Izak Venter - Opthalmologist | First Aid - Vomiting | First Aid - Vomiting | Partner Ponder - Red Gums and Smelly Breath

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Kennel Cough Prevention And Treatment

Kennel cough, more correctly known as infectious tracheobronchitis, is actually an upper respiratory infection that can be passed between dogs through a variety of different methods. Since it most commonly is associated with dogs in confined spaces or dogs in contact with lots of other dogs the more informal term kennel cough is typically used to describe both the symptoms and the condition. There is not one specific virus that causes kennel cough but there are some that are more common than others. In most areas either parainfluenza virus or Bordetalla bronchiseptica are the most problematic agents. Some research also shows that canine herpes virus and the type 2 canine adenovirus are also commonly present in dogs that are diagnosed with kennel cough.

For healthy dogs kennel cough is more of an irritation than a serious health concern, but when the problems continue or if the dog has any other health problems, even those that were previously mild, it can seriously compound health risks.
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Pet Secure

Written by Jess Morrison

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Dr Rachel Shaw

Welcome to Dr Rachel Shaw, the newest Vet at the BVC - Khalifa City.

Rachel graduated from the Royal Veterinary College London, in 2001. She spent her first five years gaining a wealth of experience working in small animal practice in the North of England before coming to the UAE to practice in 2006. Rachel joined the team at our Khalifa city branch as Associate Veterinarian in June 2013. She prides herself in being a competent and compassionate first opinion veterinarian committed to providing the very best in patient care. She is experienced in and thoroughly enjoys treating our smaller and furrier patients.


Ringworm is a fungal infection that invades the hair and hair follicles. Most cases are caused by Microsporum canis. Ringworm in dogs is primarily a disease of puppies and young adults. Typical areas of involvement are the face, ears, paws, and tail.

Ringworm is transmitted by spores in the soil and by contact with the infected hair of dogs and cats, typically found on carpets, brushes, combs, toys, and furniture. Humans can acquire ringworm from pets, and vice versa. Children are especially susceptible.

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Modern Life

Dr Izak Venter

Dr Izak Venter - Opthalmologist visit in October 2013

With almost 2 decades of experiance in the feild, The Veterinary Ophthalmologist, Dr Izak Venter from the Animal Eye Hospital in South Africa, will be performing Phaco, Consults, ERG's and Ophthalmological Surgeries at The British Veterinary Centre in Abu Dhabi from Teusday the 22nd to Thursday the 24th of October.
He will also be consulting at TVH (The Veterinary Hospital - Dubai) Monday the 21st and in the afternoon on Thursday the 24th of October.

For more information about the Animal Eye Hospital, you can visit their website. You can contact the British Veterinary Centre on +971 (0) 2 665 0085 & email: or the Vet Hospital directly +971 (0) 4 338 7726 for bookings and appointments or more information.
For Cataract Surgical Cases - Please download the info sheet for pre-op instructions, more information and cost estimates.

September Dental Special

September is dental month at BVC - Al Ain!

  • Free Dental Assesment by Appointment
  • 25% Off Dental Cleaning/Polishing + a Free Dental Treats
  • Free tooth brushing with any grooming
  • 10% off every dental product purchased

For more information about this special offer or to book your free dental assesment please contact the BVC Al Ain branch on 03 768 2978 or via email:

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First Aid

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Pet First Aid

When your pet has an emergency, being prepared is very important. We cannot stress enough that you SHOULD NOT get on-line during a pet emergency or when your pet is seriously ill. In an emergency, first aid is not a substitute for veterinary treatment. However, before you are able to get your pet to a veterinarian, knowing some basic first aid can help. Always seek veterinary care following first-aid attempts.

What can I do if my cat or dog is vomiting?
Dr Emily Connabeer - BVetMed MRCVS, says: "If the animal is weak or not moving, call your veterinarian. If the animal is bright, withhold food for 24 hours. Give the pet ice cubes for two hours after vomiting stops, then slowly increase the amount of water available over a 24 hour period. After starving, introduce very small portions of a bland diet such as boiled chicken (cats) or boiled chicken and rice (dogs). Gradually increase quantity/frequency over 48 hours."

A Partner Ponders

~ By Dr Jonathan Hale

Red Gums and Smelly Breath in cats

An illness we see a lot of in young Arabian Mau cats, especially those that have recently been rescued from the street, is called Abu Dhabi Street cat mouth. There is a really awful smell from the cats mouth. The cats often have black discharge on the lips and on the front paws, because they have wiped at their mouths. Inside the mouths the gums are red and thickened in places, there are frequently teeth with exposed roots that may be loose and there is lots of blood tinged saliva. Its a very painful condition and cats can often be seen pawing at their mouths while eating presumably to try and get some relief. Its often difficult to get a look in a conscious cat. Some of the worst disease is at the back of the mouth and simply opening the mouth is acutely painful.

The cause is thought to be a combination of common viruses and an excess inappropriate response by the bodies immune system to bacteria on the teeth. Treatment requires a combination of approaches. We tend to prioritize doing the things we can easily do. So we can bring the bacterial side of things under control quite well with antibiotics. The arrival of a relatively new very long acting veterinary antibiotic injection called Convenia has helped. Getting anything down orally when the the mouth is so sore is tricky. Pain relief needs to be given. The most effectively long term treatment is often an aggressive strategy of removing the teeth behind the canine ones. Not something one likes to rush into, but over they years I recognize that its probably the single most effective treatment. Other treatments that have been tried include feline omega interferon - a cat specific antiviral.

We still offer free dental assesments at our Khalifa City Branch and Al Ain also has a promotion this month to have your pets teeth checked, click here for more info.

Dr Jonathan

Dr Jonathan Hale,
Head Veterinarian

Tick Fever?

An interesting and slightly concerning case we saw this week is a case of tick fever (Babesiosis) in a dog. Its the first case I have seen in 10 years here. Biliary fever is a tick transmitted disease. We have always seen lots of ticks at certain times of the year but this is the first time we have seen them transmitting this particular parasite. Its a reminder to all of us dog owners to check if our pets are up-to-date with their Frontline, or that we have some other tick treatment in place on our dogs for their protection. The good news is our patient seems to be making a good recovery.

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