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Canine Seasonal Illness- 2018

Just a reminder to all dog owners that September through to November is the risk time for Seasonal Canine Illness (SCI). The illness comes on very quickly, usually within 24 to 72 hours of dogs walking in woodland in autumn, and causes vomiting, diarrhoea and lethargy. These clinical signs are common and can be caused by lots of different things, but it is their onset within only a few hours of dogs walking in woodlands that is distinctive. Pets that receive prompt veterinary treatment go on to make a full recovery.

Despite work at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket the cause still hasn’t been established. For more information on SCI, please visit http://www.aht.org.uk/cms-display/seasonal_illness.html

Welcome to Nicola

A big welcome to our new vet Nicola. Nicola has just qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in London, and brings with her all the most current veterinary knowledge. She may be a familiar face to many of our clients as she has been ‘seeing practice’ with us over the last two years, as part of her training. It is through these placements that we got to know Nicola, and knew that she would fit in well to our team. Nicola is looking forward to working with all species of animals and she currently enjoys medical cases. She has a cat called Twiggy who will be joining her in Fakenham.

Michelle’s maternity leave has nearly come to an end, and she will be re-joining Summerhill at the end of August. So our vet team will shortly be up to six vets: Jane, Lucy, Michelle, Georgia, Kian and Nicola.

Corncrake Breeding project

Since May we’ve been involved with Pensthorpe Conservation Trust’s Corncrake breeding project. Corncrakes are related to moorhens, coots and rails but differ from most members of the family in that they live on dry land. Corncrakes are very secretive, spending most of their time hidden in tall vegetation, with their presence only betrayed by the male’s rasping call. Sadly they have suffered a severe decline in numbers due to changes in agricultural practices, in particular, early mowing. Pensthorpe is rearing captive bred Corncrakes and releasing them in the Wensum Valley. We have been involved in their pre-release health check, which includes taking a blood sample so their sex can be determined by their DNA. To find out more visit: http://www.pensthorpe.com/our-trust/our-projects/corncrakes/

Smart Flow – veterinary care


At Summerhill we are always committed to providing the best possible patient care. So earlier this year we were the first practice in Norfolk to install the Smart Flow system. Smart Flow uses i-pads and cloud-based technology to make the everyday work of our vet team easier, so we can optimize the time we spend with our patients.

The system uses a digital ‘whiteboard’, where each patient is listed, alongside their photograph and any task they need. The ‘whiteboard’ is displayed on large t-v screens in the prep room and kennels, as well as being accessible on the i-pads or practice computers. This ensures that any member of our team knows exactly what a patient requires and when.

When a pet comes into the practice whether it be for a day procedure or for a longer stay, there are numerous forms that our staff fill in. These include consent forms, care plans, anaesthetic monitoring charts, medication charts and hospitalisation records. These forms are now all in a digital format, making them easier to complete and allowing any team member to access them from any work station.

For more information follow: https://blog.smartflowsheet.com/patient-care-smart-flow