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Maes Glas Vets is becoming small animal only!

From the 1st June 2017, Maes Glas Vets will be combining forces with Park Vets in Cardiff to form South Wales Farm Vets, a new practice offering farm animal services in the South Wales region. The newly formed South Wales Farm Vets will employ veterinary surgeons from both practices to offer a farm animal specific service for farmers and smallholders. Please speak to our staff for more information. Contact details for the new practice tbc.

Please note that from 1st June 2017, Maes Glas Vets will no longer be offering farm animal and equine services.

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Maes Glas Vets is now in Cowbridge!

Our new Cowbridge branch opened Monday 20th March 2017. Why not drop in and say hi to the team!

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Changes to our canine vaccination policy

As you know, we vaccinate dogs against a variety of diseases including parvovirus, leptospirosis, distemper and hepatitis - all of which can sadly be fatal. 

Diseases do not stay the same. New strains can emerge from time to time, which is why our vets continue to clinically review our vaccination policy and take advice from leading experts. As a result, we are pleased to tell you that we are one of the first practices in the country to provide our clients with a completely new vaccination range called Versican plus, which we believe offers your dog the most up-to-date protection available. While newly licensed in the UK, the vaccine has been used on the continent for the last few years, offering extra protection for both parvovirus and leptospirosis. 

There are more than 5 types or 'serogroups' of Leptospira. We have historically vaccinated against two of the most common using the existing Lepto 2 vaccine. These are serogroups canicola and icterohaemorrhagiae

Our new core vaccine now gives additional protection to Leptospira serogroups Australis and Grippotyphosa, however, in order to benefit from this extra protection, previously vaccinated dogs will require a second vaccination, 3-4 weeks after their normal booster. In addition, Versican contains a new parvovirus strain, offering excellent protection, particularly against the most common type of parvovirus seen in the UK. Parvovirus is a highly contagious and potentially fatal viral infection which we frequently see in this area. We are fortunate to be able to offer protection with vaccination as treatment of affected animals can be expensive, prolonged and sometimes unsuccessful, not to mention the distressing effects these unpleasant illnesses can have on your dog.

If your dog is coming in for his annual booster vaccination between September 2015 and September 2016, you will be able to take advantage of the extra protection at no extra cost. Your dog will need to come back for a second, leptospirosis only vaccination 3-4 weeks after his normal booster. 

For dogs, starting or restarting their vaccination courses, our new vaccine will now be included as part of the standard protocol.

Please speak to one of our vets if you would like any more information regarding vaccination.

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New laboratory facilities

Maes Glas Veterinary Group have recently invested in state of the art laboratory machines and we are now in a position to run many tests such as those for thyroid levels and lungworm which we would previously have had to send to an external laboratory thus reducing waiting times for results and eliminating previous problems with postal delays. We are fortunate that as a large practice we are able to invest in excellent diagnostic equipment such as our digital radiography and ultrasound scanning facilities to provide a great service for our clients.

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Maes Glas On Facebook

Maes Glas Vets is now on Facebook. Like our page and stay up to date with our latest news, offers and client information events.

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Horse Medicines

Recent news stories have highlighted the food safety concerns related to British horses entering the human food chain. All horses over 6 months old born since 2009 must be in possession of a valid horse passport by law and the purpose of this passport is to stop horses which have been treated with certain drugs from entering the food chain ... [More]

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Tetanus in Horses

On a more serious note, we have recently seen several cases of tetanus in horses in the Bridgend area. Tetanus is a disease caused by toxin produced by Clostridium tetani bacteria which are found in much of the environment including soil and droppings. The bacteria thrives in low oxygen conditions such as at the base of puncture wounds and produces its powerful toxin which affects the muscles and nerves causing progressively worsening muscular stiffness and spasm.

The horse will often develop an anxious expression and dilated nostrils and may have difficulty chewing and swallowing food and saliva hence the old name of lockjaw. There will often be an overreaction to normal stimuli such as noise and light, difficulty in moving around, a tendency to hold the tail straight and stiff behind when walking and if the muzzle is raised to the same height as the ears then you may see the third eyelid flash over the eye surface. In advanced cases the horse may be completely unable to feed and collapse and convulsions are frequently seen. Death will normally follow soon after.

Unfortunately tetanus, once developed is difficult to treat. On the other hand, the vaccine is extremely effective at preventing the condition from developing. We recommend that your horse is vaccinated for tetanus, or if this is not done then anti-toxin is given if a wound is found or suspected. When vaccinating, the initial course is two doses given 4-6 weeks apart followed by a subsequent dose one year after. After this the requirement is for a single vaccine given every 2 years. Foals can be vaccinated from 3 months old. If the mare has been vaccinated in the last few weeks of pregnancy (the primary course should have been given before the mare became pregnant) then a degree of immunity will be acquired by the foal. Nevertheless, we recommend an injection of tetanus anti-toxin be given to foals soon after birth to provide protection for their first few months of life.

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