Keyhole prophylactic gastropexy for breeds at risk of GDV


Pool House are pleased to announce the formal launch of our laparoscopic (keyhole) gastropexy service for breeds that are at risk of developing a Gastro Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV or Stomach twist).

This service is available at our Lichfield hospital.

More details of the surgery can be found here:

As always please do not hesitate to call our Lichfield hospital on 01543 262464 or any of our branches for further details.

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RHD2 – Local outbreak


Local Outbreak of “Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease 2”









We would like to inform you about an emerging infectious disease that is affecting both domestic and wild rabbits in the UK. In the past few weeks we, as a practice, have seen five cases of sudden, unexplained death in pet rabbits registered with us, one of which was confirmed at post mortem to have died from Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease 2 (RHD2).

Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease 1 (RHD1) is the original strain of the virus and is routinely vaccinated against, along with Myxomatosis Virus, using Nobivac Myxo-RHD vaccine.


What is RHD2?


RHD2 is a new variant of the virus and was first suspected in the UK in 2010, most likely imported from mainland Europe. The threat of RHD2 to domestic rabbits has become more apparent in the past year. RHD2 can affect both young and adult rabbits. Some infected rabbits will die suddenly with no ‘obvious’ cause, others can present with difficulty breathing, lethargy, inappetence, a high temperature and blood from their bottom or nose. A few rabbits may be only mildly ill and then recover. It is spread via contaminated food/hay/water, transported on the wind or spread by people/ vermin/birds/insects. It is a very tough virus and can survive for many months in the environment.




Rabbits can be vaccinated against RHD2. As with many vaccines, vaccination does not guarantee 100% immunity to the virus. An annual vaccine called Filavac can be imported into the UK by veterinary wholesalers. It can be given from 10 weeks of age. Unfortunately, due to the high demand for this vaccine, the stock of this vaccine has become very limited in the UK. Pool House Veterinary Group have managed to source a small supply of this vaccine and would encourage clients to get their rabbits vaccinated and will administer the vaccine to patients on a first come, first served basis.


In the event that you are unable to receive a vaccine for your rabbit from us, we would advise you to contact other local veterinary practices, who we are aware may have larger stocks of the vaccine. In order to minimise the risk of exposure to the virus, it is advised to move your pet rabbit(s) indoors where possible, avoid grazing on grass that may be accessible to wild rabbits, ensure protection against biting insects (fleas/flies) and for all house rabbit owners, ensure foot wear worn indoors is cleaned thoroughly. It is very difficult to totally remove the risk of exposure to this virus.


Please do not hesitate to contact the practice on 01543 262464 to book an appointment for vaccination or speak with one of our veterinary team should you have any further questions regarding RHD2.

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Babesia risk in UK


shutterstock_340735958There have been a small number of cases of Babesiosis in dogs in the Essex area which is causing concern amongst dog owners and veterinary professions. Although there currently does not appear to be a risk to dogs in the Midlands area it is important to be vigilant as it is possible the disease may spread.

Babesiosis is a disease caused by a blood parasite called Babesia canis. The parasite is carried by ticks which then infect dogs when the tick attaches to the skin and starts feeding. The tick needs to have been feeding for 24 hours before the parasite is transmitted. The disease is specific to dogs and cannot be passed on to humans or other animals.

Babesia causes rapid destruction of red blood cells resulting in severe anaemia and sadly the disease can be fatal.

Symptoms include: lethargy, pale gums, red urine and  fever


Our advice is BE VIGILANTshutterstock_340735988

  • Check your dog’s skin for ticks every day and remove promptly using a proper tick remover. We stock these in all our branches, they are cheap and simple to use and we are happy to demonstrate how to remove a tick safely. Alternatively you can book to see a nurse/vet to have the tick removed. DO NOT attempt to pull off the tick with tweezers as you are likely to leave the head/mouthparts behind.
  • Use a tick treatment – please only use veterinary products as we cannot guarantee the efficacy of other treatments. We recommend one of three products.

1. Bravecto – Tablet treatment, effective for 12 weeks, works within 12 hours of administration. Does not have a repellent function but kills tick rapidly once they start feeding. Also effective against fleas.

2. Seresto – Collar worn to prevent fleas, ticks and biting lice for 8 months. Helps to repel ticks to reduce chance of feeding, but if tick does attach it takes up to 48 hours to kill the tick. Therefore important to still check your dog and remove any ticks promptly if found.

3. Advantix – Spot-on treatment against flea and ticks. Also repels tick as well as killing any ticks feeding but takes 48 hours after application to be effective so important to check your dogs coat after treatment.

If you have any concerns about this disease or your dog then please do not hesitate to call us, we are happy to give advice over the phone or in branch. If you dog shows any symptoms of Babesiosis then CALL YOUR VET IMMEDIATELY. We are a 24 hour hospital and can see your dog at any time of day or night, please do not delay as this disease needs prompt treatment.

Emergency number: 01543 262464/262433




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Mobility matters website launch


Mobility matters now has it’s own website making it easier for you to learn and enquire about the services available. Please follow our link and take a look for yourself.


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Microchipping dogs becomes a legal requirement as of April 2016

 BVA poster microchipping snipTo make an appointment to get your dog microchipped call any of our branches.


Alternatively we will be offering microchipping at our Lichfield Hospital Open Day on Bank Holiday Monday and the first 50 microchips are free!

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Canine blood donors

PaddyWhat it takes to be a canine blood donor

Every day dogs across the country require life-saving blood transfusions. Before the arrival of the Pet Blood Bank this could prove very challenging as a suitable blood donor wouldn’t always be available. Thankfully now we have the Pet Blood Bank, a charity set up to collect blood from healthy donors which can then be stored for when sick dogs need it most. We are proud to help Pet Blood Bank in their work by hosting a donation day several times a year.

We are always looking for new donors dogs to join the team and help to save lives. To be a blood donor a dog must be fit and well and of a friendly nature but they must also meet the following criteria:

  • Be between 1 and 8 years old
  • Over 25kg
  • Never travelled abroad
  • Never received a blood transfusion themselves

If your dog meets all these criteria and you think they would make a good donor dog then we would love to hear from you. It’s really simple. Complete our online registration form below and we will get in touch. Thank you for your interest.

Our next collection session is  10th August 2016

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Register Your Pet Online

Thank you for choosing to register online. Please enter your details using the form below and we will add you to our records within 2 working days.

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