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Cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy- Information for Clients 
What is CRGV?
CRGV is a disease caused by damage to blood vessels of the skin and kidney. It causes tiny blood clots to form in the blood vessels which blocks them and can ultimately lead to damage of the affected tissue. In the skin, this causes ulceration; however, in the kidney it can lead to severe organ dysfunction (kidney failure).
Unexplained redness, sores or swelling of the skin (particularly on the paws or legs but also the body, face or mouth) are often the first sign of this disease. It is important to remember that most of the time a skin problem will NOT be caused by CRGV; however, the lesions in CRGV can be difficult to distinguish from cuts, wounds, stings or bites, so if in doubt bring in for a check. Even if skin changes are caused by CRGV, many dogs will not develop kidney problems and will recover fully.

KEY MESSAGE: although CRGV can be very serious, the number of dogs affected with skin lesions and kidney failure remains low (122 confirmed cases across the UK between November ‘12 and Jan’18)
How do I stop my dog from getting CRGV?
Unfortunately, as the cause is currently unknown, it is very difficult to give specific advice about prevention. You may consider bathing any area of your dog which becomes wet or muddy on a walk; however, at this stage we do not know if this is necessary or of any benefit.

What causes CRGV?
The cause at this time remains unknown but investigations are ongoing.

Where should I walk my dog to avoid CRGV?
Cases of CRGV have been reported from across many different counties in the UK and we are not currently advising dog owners to avoid any particular locations. Although an environmental cause for this disease is considered possible it has not been proven with testing to date.
A map detailing all confirmed cases from 2012 to Dec 2017 is available at
Wellness Bundles
For your geriatric cat
It includes:

Blood sample and in-house blood profile including phosphorus
T4 blood test (to check thyroid function)
SDMA (checking for early signs or renal disease)
Nail clipping
All for £144

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For your geriatric dog
It includes:

Blood sample and in-house full blood profile
SDMA (checking for early signs or renal disease)
Nail clipping

All for £125

A saving of over £40
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We would like to say a MASSIVE Happy Birthday to Clyde! 
He has recently reached the grand old age of 17! 
This is him pictured above looking as handsome as ever.
Lumps and bumps
Lumps and bumps can appear at any time on your pet, they can appear for a number of reasons such as an allergic reaction, abscesses, cysts or tumours. Tumours worry owners the most, they are more commonly benign, meaning they can grow slowly and remain in the same place however occasionally they will be malignant meaning they will grow quickly and can spread all over the body. All lumps should be checked as soon as possible for treatment to start, to be removed or even just to be assessed.
Lumps that are removed can be sent off for histology so we can find out what they are and whether any more action needs to be taken.
Routinely grooming and stroking over you pets body are the best way to check for any new changes.
If you have any concerns please book your pet in for an appointment.
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