In case of Emergency please phone: Pets: 01422 354999 Equine/Farm: 01422 354106
As from 21st Feb, 2022 and due to the nationwide problem of veterinary Surgeon recruitment the following will apply to our Ripponden Surgery.
There will be no vet or nurse consultations at Ripponden, please ring our Halifax surgery 01422 354999 or our Walsden Surgery 01706 810271 for an appointment.
There will be times when your phone call to the Ripponden branch will be diverted to one of our other branches.
Ripponden will be open Mondays and Fridays 9-5pm (closed between 1 and 2pm) for repeat prescriptions and flea and worming medications only.
We hope this will only be a temporary change.
We have been aware of it and have followed its slow spread northwards.
The condition has recently been highlighted for us by a confirmed case and a seriously ill dog within this practice.
There are many symptoms to watch out for although an infected dog may equally appear totally healthy. Persistent coughing, reluctance to exercise, depression, weight loss fits, vomiting, diaorrhoea, weakness, paralysis. behavioural changes and persistent bleeding from even insignificant cuts are all possible signs.
Dogs under the age of two appear to be more susceptible but dogs of all ages can be affected. The wide range of symptoms can easily be confused with other illnesses so contacting your veterinary practice is important in any case if any one of the above have been noticed.
For lungworm to infect dogs they have to pass through an intermediate host and then be eaten by the dog. The intermediate hosts in this case are slugs and snails and occasionally frogs.
Dogs don't normally eat slugs and snails willingly but unwittingly do so by eating grass or anything else they choose to eat outside.
Outside water bowls or the feeding of dogs outside may increase the risk of them eating a slug or snail.
If you suspect your dog may have eaten a slug or snail or habitually does make an appointment to see your vet without delay.
An infection can be tested for very quickly and there is a treatment readily available.
Prevention is far better and licensed products are available. They require monthly treatment to ensure that mature infections do not become established.
Lungworm in dogs
We may record telephone calls for training and monitoring purposes.
Small Animals King Street Practice
2 King Street, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1SR
Small animal: 01422 354999
Farm/Equine: 01422 354106
Shelf Equine Hospital
Lower Giles Hill Farm, Giles Hill Lane, Shelf, Halifax,
West Yorkshire, HX3 7TW
Tel: 01274 601534
52 Oldham Road, Ripponden, West Yorkshire, HX6 4DP
Tel: 01422 823312 Fax: 01422 822732
Unit 2D, Walsden Industrial Estate, Rochdale Road, Walsden, West Yorkshire, OL14 6UD
Tel: 01706 810271 Fax: 01706 818841
Sheffield Equine Clinic
Howarth Lane, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S60 4NB
Tel: 01709 911900
Hird and Partners LLP - Cheshire
Chowley 7, Chowley Oak Business Park,
Chowley Oak Lane, TATTENHALL, Cheshire, CH3 9GA
Tel: 01829 708222