Latest news from Airedale Veterinary Group

COVID-19 Update 1st June 2020

We Here we are, almost 10 weeks into Covid-19 Lockdown. So
much has happened and so much has changed in the last 10 weeks that it is hard
to keep up and even harder to keep focus on what we are doing and why we are
doing it.

At the start of Lockdown, Airedale Vets, in common with all
other practices, shut its doors to all but urgent and emergency cases. Some of
our staff have been furloughed and some staff are working from home part of the

Over the last few weeks, we have gradually been allowed by
our governing body, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), in consultation
with the British Veterinary association (BVA) & the government, to do more
work, but we are currently not allowed to go back to anything like normal. We
have also found new ways of doing things which allow social distancing.

We are now vaccinating
dogs, cats & rabbits at both our surgeries on Devonshire St, in Keighley
and our branch surgery in Wilsden. So, if your new dog or cat needs a booster
or your pet, please ring to arrange an appointment. For dog boosters this will
be done outside for now, we may not be able to give a booster if your dog is
very nervous or aggressive. Cats & puppies will be brought into the surgery
without her human I’m afraid! ☹ We are unable to give 1st vaccines to
puppies at our Wilsden surgery, these will need to be done at Keighley, in most
cases 2nd vaccination for puppies can be given at both surgeries. Please
look at Special Offers page to see offers for kittens & puppies.

For reasons of wanting to reduce animal welfare problems we
are now also neutering dogs and cats at our Keighley surgery. Please email up
on to organise this with us.

We are having to continue to make very difficult decisions
as to how we can carry on working safely and continue to provide an appropriate
service. Over-riding all of this remains the absolute need to protect the
welfare of our patients, and the safety of our staff and our clients.

Always ring our normal telephone number 01535 609040, sometimes
you will get an answer machine asking you to ring 07050185185 and you will then
be able to speak to a member of staff, so we are still here for you. If not
urgent, please email

Due to social distancing & new protocols we are forced
to use, everything takes much longer to carry out, from consultations
(telephone, video, or face to face) to medicine dispensing. We very much
understand, and share, the frustrations voiced by some clients because we are
unable to offer a full service and the protocols, we have introduced are often
slow and cause delays. Please be patient.

In common with most other practices, we continue not to
allow clients into any of our surgeries in order minimise the risks to our
staff. This policy is being continually reviewed and we will allow a return to
face to face consultations indoors when the time is right.

Vet Of The Year Nomination

Airedale Vets are proud that one of our vets, Peter Eccles has been nominated for Vet of the Year in the prestigious 2019 Petplan Veterinary Awards, known at the “Oscars of the Veterinary World”. These celebrated awards are highly regarded and to be nominated is a great achievement. Visit for more details.

New Parasite Treatments for cats & dogs.

Kitten Pup

Latest dog vaccine introduced


Ee by gum: you dont get any good new medications for ages, & then two come alongKitten Pup together.
Two new products have come onto the market for parasite control. We have a new spot on treatment for cats which controls fleas, ticks, ear mites, roundworm & hookworm & tapeworm. This the only product that succesfully treats all these parasites. We think this is a great new product. Since this medication is POMV we can not advertise its name, nor can you buy this from a pet shop. Ring the surgery for details.

We also have new tablet for dogs to kill fleas & ticks. One tablet lasts for three months. We have a loyalty card, which means if you buy three tablets you get the fourth tablet free. So you could buy one now, another in three months, you might then want to come back in 11 months & buy another and then get the fourth free, or you might want to buy three at the same time and get the fourth free. Please ring the surgery for more information on 01535 609040.

New rabbit vaccine against both myxomatosis and HVD


Airedale Vets are also using the latest vaccine for use in rabbits. This means that we can vaccinate at the same time against both myxomtosis and HVD with just one injection. This saves you money, saves you time and is safer for the person holding the rabbit (usually the owner), as some of the vaccines in the past had some risk with accidental injection. Ring the surgery on for details.


New Conditions In Humans Found To Be Caused By Roundworm.

The European Scientific Counsel for Companion Animal Parasites (ESCCAP), highlighted strong links between the roundworm (Toxocara) and common health issues in humans. Numerous studies which have linked Toxocara to conditions in humans such as asthma, allergies, epilepsy and even learning difficulties. It has been known for a long time that Toxocara causes eye problems including blindness & other serious health problems, especially in children.

Speaker and ESCCAP chairman, Maggie Fisher, highlighted one study which involved 425 children with a persistent cough and 1600 children who were not displaying symptoms as a control group.

The findings from this study show that 32 per cent of the children with a cough tested positive for Toxocara antibodies, compared to 17 per cent of the control group.

Furthermore, Maggie pointed towards a US study which suggested a link between the worm and reduced cognitive function in children.

In this study, children testing positive for antibodies to the parasite scored far lower on both verbal and manual tests, as well as maths and reading tasks.

Interestingly, Maggie noted, studies also indicate an indefinite or non-existent link between pet ownership and increased risk of toxocara infection, suggesting the highest risk is from the environment.

Maggie explained that as toxocara eggs can take weeks to become infectious after being passed in the animal's stools, worming and picking up waste is essential to reducing these environmental risks.

This research shows that it is very important to worm cats & dogs regularly with modem & effective work treatments to protect your pets, but also to protect people who have direct or indirect contact with your pet. A recent study showed that over 30% of dogs where infected with Toxocara. Some of the older wormers have showed to be very ineffective at treating dog & cats fo Toxocara. Please contact your vet for advice on the most effective treatments for Toxocara & other worms & parasites which cause problems in humans.

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Airedale Veterinary Group
36 Devonshire Street
West Yorkshire
BD21 2AU


Airedale Animals Limited
36 Devonshire Street
West Yorkshire
United Kingdom
BD21 2AU
Company No. 06546738

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