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Welcome to Inglis Vets


Welcome to Inglis Vets we’ve been caring for Scotland’s pets for over 50 years. Dunfermline is the home of our RCVS accredited hospital and Inglis Vets Healthy Pets the UK’s first health and wellbeing centre for pets. You can find Inglis Vets surgeries in Cowdenbeath, Alloa, Inverkeithing, Kirkcaldy, Corstorphine, Kinross and Polbeth. Our friendly and caring vet service has a reputation built on pet-focused care and exceeding client expectations as we deliver the finest and most compassionate care around. Every pet is treated as one of our own.

In addition to dedicated and experienced vets we have a great team of caring, friendly and highly skilled veterinary nurses and client care advisors all committed to ensuring you and your pet receive the very best care and attention. Visiting specialists complete our team based at our state of the art hospital and cover areas including cardiology, orthopaedics, dermatology and feline medicine.

News

 

Vets urge new pet owners to join the fight against puppy dealers 

A vet practice is joining the fight against puppy dealers by launching a new educational service for would be pet owners with backing from the Scottish SPCA.

Inglis Vets in Alloa have launched free ‘pre-pet’ consultation sessions, where people thinking of getting a new puppy or dog, can visit to speak to a qualified veterinary nurse to assess which pet would be suitable for their lifestyle.

The practice has felt the need to implement this service after seeing a rise in the number of puppies being brought in with health related issues, often associated with irresponsible breeding, or worse, puppy farming. As well as this, the practice often meets pet owners who have taken on a particular breed which isn’t suited to their lifestyle.

Branch manager and vet Laura Cowan said, “Sadly, we’re seeing more and more puppies come in for their first health check displaying signs of illness. When you ask owners where they got the puppy from, it’s often from an advert they’ve seen online and basic things you’d expect from a good breeder aren’t being met. For example, the new owner not being able to see the pup’s living conditions, or their mother and no paper work provided when they take the pup home.”

The ‘pre-pet’ consultations are free for anyone thinking of taking on a puppy or dog. During the session, a vet nurse will run through a number of aspects with the potential owner, such as what kind of breed they’re looking for, their activity level, financial costs associated with dog ownership and information and materials to help them choose their new pet responsibly.

Vet nurse Laura Sinclair said, “It’s a shame when you see highly energetic breeds taken on by people who can’t give them the physical or mental stimulation the dog needs. This can often lead to more dogs in rehoming centres, so this is a chance for us to educate people better before they make any rushed decisions without doing the proper research.”

The initiative also backs the ‘Say No To Puppy Dealers’ campaign driven by the Scottish SPCA, by promoting responsible ownership and breeding.

Scottish SPCA Chief Executive Kirsteen Campbell said, “We are delighted to support this initiative from Inglis Vets. Unfortunately, many members of the public inadvertently fall victim to the illegal puppy trade as they seek the next ‘cute and fluffy’ addition to their family.

“By helping families better understand the commitment required to best care for certain breed types, and how to buy or rehome puppies responsibly, Inglis will really help reduce the number of incidents involving unwanted dogs. If you’re looking for any further information about the puppy trade and how to spot potential dealers, visit www.saynotopuppydealers.co.uk.”

 


Get your rabbit vaccinated against deadly disease

Rabbit owners, did you know that as well as getting your pet vaccinated to protect against myxomatosis and RHD1, there is a new deadly strain known as RHD2 that this vaccination doesn't cover?

RHD2 is highly contagious, often showing few or no symptoms and can lead to sudden death.

Sadly, we’ve seen a few cases of this in the last few weeks which is why it’s so important to make sure your rabbit is protected.

We are now offering a separate vaccination which covers against both RHD1 and RHD2. If you’d like to book in, give your local branch a call.


Hepatitis outbreak

We're advising dog owners to make sure they're up to date with their pet's vaccinations following an outbreak of hepatitis in the Borders.

Sadly, four dogs have died from contracting the infectious disease.

The only way to protect your pet from hepatitis is annual booster vaccinations.

If your dog's vaccinations have lapsed, we're offering a restart course for the price of a booster until the end of July. Please give us a call to book an appointment.


Get vaccinated against the Kennel Cough for only £20!

We're offering the Kennel Cough vaccine for only £20 throughout the months of June and July at all Inglis Vets Centres. And if you are a member of our Inglis Vets Care Plan - then it's included in your membership! 

Kennel Cough is highly infectious and can quickly spread throughout any group of dogs that are kept in close contact with each other, so it's very important to get your dog vaccinated if you plan to put them in a boarding kennel this summer. You can read more about Kennel Cough and everything you need to know on our blog. 


Pet Dental Month at Inglis Vets Care and Save

This month we've launched our own Pet Dental campaign to raise awareness of the importance of keeping on top of your pet's dental health!

As part of the dental month at Inglis Vets Care And Save in Cowdenbeath, we're offering: 
- Free nurse dental checks all month 
- 25% off scale + polish and extraction
- 50% off scale + polish if you're on the Inglis Vets Care Plan

Call us today to book in on 01383 510 999. You can also check out our new blog on the importance of prevention. 


Adverse weather update 8:30am 2/3/18 

As always, our Pet Hospital will be available for emergencies, and below is a list of which branches will be open today (Friday) for urgent appointments.

Dunfermline (Halbeath) Open 
Alphavet (Kinross)          Open 
Cowdenbeath                 Open
Inverkeithing                   Open
Corstorphine                   Open* 
Polbeth                           Closed
Alloa                                Closed
Hospital Hill                    Closed
Kirkcaldy                         Closed

*Please call the branch beforehand to check.

If you need an emergency appointment, please call 01383 722 818.


Changes to insurance referral process 

A recent change has meant that some insurance companies underwritten by RSA insurance group will now request a £200 excess fee from their clients if their pets are referred outwith their insurance company’s’ preferred referral network.

RSA is informing its customers of these changes, either when they take out a new policy or renew an existing policy.  Referral helplines are in place for customers to call if they have any questions in regard to the Network and policy terms.

Unfortunately, Inglis Vets has no say over these changes or this charge. Our policy is always to offer a referral to the best specialist for our client’s pets,which may or may not be included in the insurance company’s preferred network. If your pet is being referred and you have any queries regarding this please do not hesitate to speak to your veterinary  surgeon.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

The Inglis Vets Team


Facebook advice helps to save dog’s life

Fast action saved a young dog his life – after his owner recalled advice given on a Facebook post and rushed him to a pet hospital.

Four-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback Sam McNair was taken to Inglis Veterinary Hospital on Halbeath Road, after he started displaying signs of GDV, or Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus, one of the ‘worst emergencies’ a pet can suffer from.

When they arrived at Inglis Vets, Sam was immediately rushed to surgery under the care of vet Laura Cowan.

Laura said, “Thankfully Sam’s owner got him to us right away. GDV is one of the worst emergencies a dog can encounter and without prompt treatment, it’s very likely he would not have survived.

“GDV is caused when a dog's stomach inflates with gas and then twists, making it extremely hard to breathe and for blood to flow properly, which is why it can quickly turn deadly. Although we can’t always be certain what causes GDV, often it’s triggered after a dog digests a large meal or lots of water followed by exercise.  

“One of the most common signs is the dog trying to vomit and not bringing anything up. They can also become restless and begin panting, and you might notice their abdomen looking bloated.

“It was by sheer coincidence that Sam’s owner remembered reading a Facebook post a few days before about the signs of GDV, and as soon as they realised he was displaying some of the symptoms, they wasted no time in getting him to us.”

Sam feeling better. 

After undergoing successful surgery, Sam remained in the care of Inglis Vets for a couple of days before he was able to head home. He’s since been for a check up and is recovering brilliantly.

Laura added, “GDV is more common in big-chested dog breeds like Ridgebacks, Great Danes and German Shepherds, and we would encourage owners to think about feeding smaller meals during the day instead of one large meal, and try not to exercise your pet straight after they’ve eaten.

“I’m so happy Sam has made a great recovery and can continue having a healthy happy life. If owners are ever worried their pet is showing signs of GDV, the best thing to do is get them to a vet right away, as every second counts.” 


Vets microchip tortoise buddies

Inglis Vets are reminding exotic owners that it is possible for their pets to be mircochipped – after two tortoises visited to have their details registered.

Tortoises Bella and Finn were brought to Inglis Vets in Polbeth, West Calder, to have microchips inserted by vet Amy Wilson.

Amy said, “Tortoises often require sedation to be microchipped but Bella and Finn were really brave and didn’t need anything. We hospitalised them for the morning to make sure there weren’t any problems afterwards.

“Many people don’t realise that it’s possible to microchip certain exotic pets and is actually a legal requirement for certain tortoises. In any case it’s a good precaution to take, as tortoises need natural sunlight and exercise which means they’re often allowed to roam around the garden, and can end up getting out and going missing.

“Tortoises are actually a surprisingly common pet in this country, some can even live to be over 80 years old. This is why it is so important for us to help owners take good care of them and ensure they have the optimum environment to flourish.

“Bella and Finn are lovely pets and I’m sure their owners will have greater piece of mind now they have both been chipped!

“We’d always recommend tortoise owners to seek veterinary advice if they have any concerns about their pets.”


Avoid horror this Halloween by keeping human treats away from pets

We are warning pet owners to be extra vigilant with their pets this Halloween – after a Cowdenbeath dog broke his way into his owner’s chocolate cupboard and scoffed six KitKats, two KitKats Chunky bars, two Aero bars, four caramels and a bag of miniature chocolates.

The dog was immediately rushed to Inglis Vets Care and Save branch in Cowdenbeath, moments after his owners discovered what had happened.

Vet Rachel Rogers said, “Luckily, we were able to make the dog sick and bring up all of the chocolate he had eaten. As most people know, chocolate is toxic to pets and can be fatal depending on the size of the dog and how much is consumed.

“Thankfully in this case, the owners were able to get their pet to us right away so we were able to counteract the damage.

“With Halloween coming up in a few weeks and people buying in sweet treats for trick-or-treaters, we would always recommend keeping all human treats well out of reach of pets. The toxic agent in chocolate is theobromine and for pets, this can cause abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures, and in worst cases, death.

“If you do suspect your pet may have eaten chocolate, seek veterinary help immediately. It’s also useful if you know how much has been consumed.

“Take our advice, this is definitely one scare you could do without this Halloween!”

Vet Rachel with her own dog Sweep.

 


Inglis open latest vet surgery in Polbeth, West Calder

Inglis are delighted to officially open their eighth veterinary centre in Polbeth, West Calder today (Monday 2nd October). The team are excited to welcome the residents and pets of Polbeth, West Calder and Livingston along to their state of the art branch. Inglis have also welcomed three new staff members who will be based at the surgery, they are RVN Mary Young, Client Care Advisor Diane Lambert and Client Care Advisor Cheryl Wilson. The surgery can be reached on 01506 242 444 or email polbeth@inglisvets.com 

(From L-R: Adam Tjolle, Mary Young, Lee-Ann Brogan, Diane Lambert, Graeme Eckford, Laura Dugdale, Audrey Kelly and Kate Wilson)


Vets urge owners to look out for signs of canine diabetes

Grace with Pepper the dog.

 

Inglis Vets is urging pet owners to look out for signs their pet may be diabetic.

We want to educate owners on animal diabetes and the dangers if the condition goes unnoticed or untreated.

One such example is that of Pepper, the 10-year-old Yorkie from Tullibody, who was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus in January.

Pepper has been undergoing regular treatment at Inglis since the beginning of the year, but has sadly gone blind due to diabetic cataracts – a common problem in diabetic pets.

Vet Laura Cowan said, “Poor Pepper was doing really well with her initial treatment, sadly however, her diabetes became unstable and she wasn’t responding well to the insulin.

“Scanning Pepper with our ultrasound machine showed she was suffering with pyometra – a condition of the uterus which can be life threatening.

“Following a hysterectomy, Pepper has been responding well to her insulin again and doing well.”

Peppers owners, Elaine and Andy Truesdale, are both diabetic with Elaine needing regular injections.

Elaine said, “We first noticed something was wrong when Pepper started drinking a lot more water and was always sleeping.

“When Pepper was younger she used to whine at me as a warning I was about to have a hypo and was very intuitive towards my illness. As she’s gotten older and has started battling with her own diabetes, she no longer does this.

“Thankfully Pepper’s now doing great, and even though she’s lost her sight, she’s adjusting well and still has such a loving personality.”  

Laura added, “It’s really important to be aware of the signs that your pet may be diabetic. Common symptoms include increased thirst, urination and often weight loss. If left untreated, diabetes can cause a number of health issues in dogs, which is why pet owners should always consult a vet if they have any worries.

“Although the condition requires regular treatment, it is manageable and, like Pepper, many diabetic pets will live an active and happy life.”


Pet owners urged to act quickly after dog swallows toy whole

Tinker with Alex from Inglis Vet Hospital

 

Inglis is warning pet owners to be cautious when it comes to giving toys to their furry friend – after three dogs were admitted last month needing surgery to remove toy parts that had been swallowed.

Tinker the one-year-old boxer dog was brought to Inglis Veterinary Hospital by owner Anne Crawford after she became concerned that her pet was repeatedly being sick. After rushing Tinker to Inglis, it was discovered the young canine had ingested a red ball toy she had been given at Christmas.

Tinker was x-rayed which discovered the toy had become lodged in her stomach, meaning an immediate operation to remove the object was needed.

Head Nurse Denise Docherty said, “Poor Tinker, like many other dogs her age loves to chew toys, and in this case ended up swallowing whole a toy she was given at Christmas. It’s possible the toy had been in her stomach for some time and Tinker’s owner had become worried after seeing her repeatedly vomiting - which is often the first sign that something is wrong.

Tinker's x-ray

“Tinker was operated on immediately to remove the ball from her stomach and, after a few days of recovery in hospital, was thankfully okay to go home.”

In the same week Tinker was admitted, Chica, a female German Shepherd Dog, was also brought to Inglis Veterinary Hospital having swallowed bits of a solid ball toy which she had chewed in half. Parts of the ball had to be removed from the dog’s stomach and intestine before the pet was thankfully safe to be discharged. 

And in another incident, an English bull-terrier named Akeba was given an emergency operation after swallowing a toy duck’s head. The pet required a complicated operation and is now at home recovering.

Denise added, “Although all three dogs made a recovery, sadly that’s not always the case and we would strongly advise owners to call their vet as soon as possible if they think their pet has ingested something they shouldn’t have.

“Cases like these could result in potentially life-threatening issues and the longer it’s left, the worse it could get. Common signs to look out for include vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation or your pet being unable to finish their food as the object is causing a blockage in their insides.

“As an owner, it’s definitely good practice to be selective about the toys you give your pets to play with. Make sure the ones you choose aren’t small enough to be ingested or have parts that will break off easily. Dogs can also choke on squeakers that they manage to remove from the inside of toys, so these should be avoided with certain pets.

“Thankfully, in all these cases, we were able to successfully operate to remove the objects and our patients are now back in the comfort of their own homes on the road to recovery."


Inglis enables Malawi students by donating education supplies

Staff from Inglis Vets Hospital recently despatched over 100 text books, lab coats, boiler suits and items of stationery, to the new veterinary school at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Malawi's capital.

Several text books and other items were also generously donated by students and staff from The Royal Dick Vet School in Edinburgh.

The gesture was co-funded by Inglis Vets and Lilongwe Society for the Protection and Care of Animals, the leading veterinary charity in the country.

As a member of the Scotland Malawi Partnership, Inglis first developed a relationship with Lilongwe SPCA in 2012 when Chief Executive Adam Tjolle and colleagues travelled to the country to convert the charity’s very basic and ill-equipped clinic into a state-of-the-art facility. Since the partnership began, the Inglis team have visited Lilongwe to help equip the clinic, train staff and carry out educational and veterinary work in the community.

Inglis Quality Assurance manager Audrey Kelly said, “Last year, we delivered a stockpile of books weighing 146 kilograms in total to the university in Lilongwe. We've done better than that this time, with 350kg of books being sent across.

“White coats are regarded as precious commodities in Malawi but more important are text books. Books are invaluable to student vets as they have a great deal to learn about many different species.

“Books are particularly important in Malawi, where internet access is slow and extremely patchy. Even something as basic as the supply of electricity cannot be guaranteed there.”

In October 2015, the Inglis team personally presented 40 white coats to veterinary students of Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Audrey added, “Less than a year ago, Malawi declared a state of emergency over worsening food shortages caused by a severe drought. The consequences for people are tragic, but the situation also impacts considerably on animal welfare.

“We’re determined to continue to provide support to our colleagues at Lilongwe SCPA.”

Veterinary Professor Melaku Tefera, of ‎Lilongwe University has been left humbled by the support of the Scottish vets. He said, “The Malawi school of Veterinary Medicine was established in 2014 and when I arrived there was nothing other than a few old edition veterinary books. This was until we met Adam and the team at Inglis who kindly sent us emergency books for our students.

“Thanks to Inglis supporting the Lilongwe SPCA over the last few years, we are now able to use their clinic as our home. The Inglis team sending us books, white coats and instruments has been amazing and helped the school to save money for additional requirements.

“We’d like to thank them once more for not only the materials, but for the moral support they’ve provided through a time of uncertainty for us. Now our students are finishing their third year and will be going into fourth year in the next six months.”

Chief Executive Adam Tjolle said the partnership has also provided a fantastic learning experience for the Inglis staff. He said, “Our relationship with Lilongwe SPCA is going from strength to strength and is benefiting everyone involved. It’s been a great learning and life experience for our staff members who have been there, and we’ve been able to do some very worthwhile work in a desperately poor country with barely basic veterinary provision.

“For example, in 2015 we were able to participate in a mass rabies vaccination programme. I’m still amazed that we were able to carry out 33,000 vaccinations in just two weeks.”

The veterinary college in Malawi first opened two years ago, and was the first in the country's history. The college had only one text book on its opening day – it now has many hundreds, and a library.  

Adam added, “When we forged our relationship with Lilongwe SPCA Malawi, which has a population of 14 million, they had only nine registered vets and it's great to see progress in developing an infrastructure to improve that situation.”


Inglis announced 'Best Scottish Vet' 2017 in VetHelpDirect Awards

Inglis Veterinary Hospital in Dunfermline has been awarded the title of ‘Best Scottish Vet’ for the second year in a row in the VetHelpDirect Awards. 

Practices are recognised for gaining the largest number of four and five-star client reviews from February to February around the UK, with feedback left on the VetHelpDirect website.

Inglis Veterinary Hospital received 358 positive reviews in the last year to scoop the title of Best Scottish Vet, an accolade they’ve held since 2016. The Fife-based animal hospital also ranked third place in the Best UK Vet category, with competition from over 3000 veterinary practices across the UK.

Inglis Vets Chief Executive, Adam Tjolle said, “We’re absolutely delighted to retain the crown of Best Scottish Vet for the second year in a row. It’s a testament to every one of our hospital team members who give their all to our clients and their pets 24 hours a day.

“We’d also like to say a heartfelt thank you to all of our clients for taking the time to give their feedback to us. At Inglis we’re proud to be providing the highest standard of pet care in Scotland.”  

Inglis Veterinary Hospital provides 24-hour hospital care in addition to routine appointments and has received glowing feedback from loyal clients. One review stated, “My family vets for over 60 years. Always received excellent treatment for both family pets and now the rescue animals that come into my care. Cannot recommend them enough for efficient, caring and understanding treatments.”

Inglis’ base in Halbeath Road has long been regarded as one of the leading veterinary hospitals in Scotland. It is the only accredited veterinary hospital in Dunfermline and is regularly inspected by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons to ensure that it maintains the highest standards of veterinary care.

To read more of the reviews, visit www.vethelpdirect.com

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