Balanced Being
Unit 8 Erivan Park
Sandbeck Way
LS22 7DN
Tel: 01937 543860

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Balanced Being Veterinary Centre

Welcome To The Balanced Being Veterinary Centre Website

Balanced Being Veterinary Centre offers integrative veterinary care of the highest standard predominantly for small animals however we do also offer a specialist alternative medicine referral service for equines. Whilst we have a particular interest in racehorses and the performance horse we treat horses of all shapes and sizes. Our ethos is to provide veterinary care and preventative medicine tailored to the needs of the individual animal and the circumstances and requirements of you, the owner.

The integrative approach includes conventional medicine with diagnostics and surgery as well as homeopathy and accupuncture. All treatments are provided in relaxed surroundings designed to put your animal at ease and avoid the negative experience which can often be associated with 'going to the vets'. A look at our services page will highlight the many types of treatments that we can use to provide a unique individual integrative treatment programme for your animal. We look forward to welcoming you and your animals to Balanced Being.


DNA test for Ivermectin Sensitivity/MDR1


NEW! DNA test for ivermectin sensitivity/mdr1 now available

The Animal Health Trust (AHT) is now offering DNA testing for the Multi-Drug Resistance gene (MDR1), also called Ivermectin Sensistivity, in the following breeds:

Rough Collie, Border Collie, Australian Shepherd, Miniature Australian Shepherd, Old English Sheepdog, Shetland Sheepdog, German Shepherd, English Shepherd and McNab Shepherds.

If you are the owner of one of the above breeds and are interested in finding out whether your dog has this gene mutation then please get in touch with the practice.
If you currently breed from your dog, or are planning to in the future, then we would recommend this test.



If you do not know anything about this gene mutation then here is a brief summary from the AHT:


This mutation (mdr1-1Δ) causes sensitivity to the anti-parasitic agent ivermectin and a number of other drugs. The mutation lies in the gene for P-glycoprotein, which is involved in transporting drugs across the blood-brain barrier, and allows build up of drugs in the brain causing potentially fatal neurotoxicity. P-glycoprotein mediated biliary excretion is also inhibited (delaying clearance and therefore enhancing toxicity of P-glycoprotein substrate drugs beyond simple CNS toxicity). The condition has been found in the following breeds: Rough Collie, Border Collie, Australian Shepherd, Miniature Australian Shepherd, Old English Sheepdog, Shetland Sheepdog, German Shepherd, English Shepherd and McNab Shepherds.


Breeders using the test will be sent results identifying their dog as belonging to one of three categories:

This dog is CLEAR of the Multi-Drug Resistance (mdr1) mutation: These dogs have two normal copies of DNA. Clear dogs will not show drug sensitivity as a result of the mdr1 mutation, although we cannot exclude the possibility that they could show drug sensitivity due to other mutations they might carry that are not detected by this test.

This dog has ONE COPY of the Multi-Drug Resistance (mdr1) mutation: These dogs have one copy of the mdr1 mutation and one normal copy of DNA. These dogs may show some drug sensitivity as a result of the mdr1 mutation and will pass the mutation on to approximately 50% of their offspring. We cannot exclude the possibility that carriers might also show drug sensitivity due to other mutations they might carry that are not detected by this test.

This dog has TWO COPIES of the Multi-Drug Resistance (mdr1) mutation: These dogs have two copies of the mdr1 mutation and will show drug sensitivity.






Vaccination Guidelines Update 2014

Update to Canine Vaccination Guidelines - October 2014

Following the latest annual WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association) congress at the end of last month we have updated our canine vaccination guidelines. Professor Michael Day from the university of Bristol gave a lecture on the latest canine vaccination guidelines, based on information from the WSAVA Vaccination Guidelines Group (VGG) and the American Animal Hospital Association.

Here is a summary of the changes:

  • Leptospirosis is now considered a core vaccine in the UK, so annual vaccination is recommended for all dogs.
  • The final puppy modified live vaccine for DHP (Distemper/Hepatitis/Parvovirus) should be given at 16wks of age. This is because it has been found that at 12wks, 1 in 10 puppies still have maternal antibodies that ‘block’ the immune response to the vaccine.
  • A vaccine one year later is required to ensure full immunity develops. After this protection against DHP lasts for at least 3 years.
  • For those preferring to minimise vaccination, a titre test at 20-22wks showing adequate immunity to DHP, removes the need for a booster vaccine after the first year .
  • Where Leptospirosis vaccines are used in puppies, as in the UK, these should be given after the modified live vaccines, at 18wks and 22wks. This is because the adjuvanted bacterins in the vaccine increase the risk of side effects from vaccination, especially when given with other vaccines in young animals.

Having studied these guidelines we are now recommending the following:



16wks:Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus



Adult Dogs


Every 3yrs:Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus OR Annual titre tests from the 3yr point until immunity drops and revaccination is required



Balanced Being Monthly Talks 2014

Balanced Being Monthly Talks 2014

Please Note: If you wish to attend one of the talks below you MUST let Zara know. Booking is essential as we have limited space & these talks are popular. Please do not assume we know you are coming!!


***Unfortunately due to other commitments we have had to postpone our October


26th November - Natural Feeding for Dogs & Cats

Whether you're a seasoned raw food feeder, or have never thought beyond the bag of dry kibble, there's always more to know about how to feed your pet in the most beneficial and natural way possible. Come and learn what your pet needs in their diet and why. We're always thinking about what we eat - why should our pets be any different?

**Please note the change of date for the November talk**

10th December - Dogs Behaving Badly

Dogs inevitably behave badly at some points in their lives - but some seem to make it their life's mission to be as naughty as possible! There's lots of reasons for bad behaviour and lots of ways to help correct certain behaviours. Come and have some of the mystery of dog behaviour explained.


If you are interested in attending any of these talks please email Zara, on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Each talk takes place at the Idexx Laboratories, just down the road from the practice on Sandbeck Way, and costs £10 per person. We look forward to seeing you there!




Have you been to see the vet within the last year?

> As a minimum we recommend you take your pet to the vets at least once a year for an annual health check. This allows us to examine your pet thoroughly to ensure any potential problems are investigated and disease is identified as soon as possible, allowing prompt treatment.

> We can also answer any queries you may have and discuss how to keep your pet as healthy and happy as possible!

When did you last weigh your pet?

> It is best to get your pet weighed at least twice a year, more often if they are still growing or are either overweight or underweight. Most foods are fed by weight so this ensures you are feeding the correct amount of food for your pet.

> If your pet is overweight or underweight we can offer advice on how to come up with a feeding plan to suit you and your pets needs.

Have you asked you vet about the different pet foods available?

> Most people feed their pet what they have always fed their pets, but times change and so do pet foods!

> With an ever-increasing range of foods available ask your vet or nurse about what brand of food or style of feeding would be best for your animal.

When did you last check your pets skin?

> Think this isn’t essential? Think again! Regularly checking your pets coat and skin is essential for early diagnosis of not just skin disease, but some other more serious conditions (e.g. hormonal imbalances, cancer etc.)

> The things to look for are:

  • Fleas or flea dirt (little black flecks in their coat), lice, ticks or other parasites
  • Areas of hair loss or abnormal hair growth
  • Scabs, spots, redness, ulceration, heat or other signs of irritation
  • Lumps and bumps

Have you thought about worms in the last 6 months?

> To ensure your pet (and your family!) stay worm-free we recommend you bring us a stool sample every 6 months so we can check if your pet has worms – the lab checks for the presence of worm eggs so we know if they need to be wormed or not.

> Some people prefer to just give a worming tablet every 6 months, which is fine but make sure you weigh your pet first so you know you’re giving the right amount!

> If you have a young family or your pet is a regular hunter/scavenger then it is better to leave only a 3 month interval.

> Don’t forget Lungworm! There is now a blood test available for lungworm which is even more accurate than the previous faecal test.

Is your pet due its next vaccination?

> Some vaccines need to be given every year, whilst others can last for 4 years or more. If you’re not sure what your pet has had, or needs, then ask your vet or nurse.

> Don’t forget Titre Tests! These are blood tests which measure the amount of immunity your pet has against the core diseases vaccinated against – if your pet has adequate immunity then they don’t need a vaccination for at least another year.





Our new Pet Care Plan allows you to spread the cost of caring for your pet throughout the year. It covers your pet for all its basic health care needs, including treatment and expert advice, giving you complete peace of mind.


The Pet Care Plan guarantees your pet regular health check-ups, where we'll dispense advice if it's needed, along with support and treatment planning to prevent problems arising with your pet in the future.


The cost of maintaining the general health of your pet is then distributed throughout the year by monthly direct debits.


What is included in the Pet Care Plan:

* Annual Health Check with a vet - Consultation 15 minutes

* Annual Vaccination or Titre Blood Test.

* Another 20 minute Consultation with the vet - ideally a 6 month health check

* Faecal Parasite Test - twice a year

* Lungworm blood test

* Microchip

* Annual Blood Test - Extended Basic Profile for dogs, Geriatric & Thyroid profile for cats

* Comprehensive Nurse Clinic - 30 minutes - twice a year


*** Also includes 10% off all services & products - excluding food items ***


Advantages of signing up to the Pet Care Plan

- Cost of health care for your pet is spread throughout the year.

- 10% off all other services and products can really cut down costs on patients that are on repeat prescription medication or require an operation such as neutering, dentals, radiographs or other major procedures.

- Items that are listed in our Pet Care Plan are on a whole NOT covered by most insurance companies.

- Whilst our Pet Care Plan is NOT an insurance policy, promoting good preventative health care can cut down on your insurance premiums.

- Offers peace of mind that your pet is receiving excellent health care throughout the year.



Please call Balanced Being today to find out more about our new Pet Care Plan.






Kennel cough - What is it?

  • Kennel cough is not a serious disease in most dogs, if otherwise healthy. However, it is VERY contagious and will spread rapidly around a population of dogs, especially if they're living in close quarters (like at the boarding kennels!).
  • The disease is caused by a combination of bacteria and viruses, most commonly including: Canine parainfluenzavirus, Canine adenovirus and Bordetella bronchiseptica.
  • Like a cold in humans, kennel cough is spread via contact with infected animals or surfaces that they've been in contact with.

What are the symptoms?

  • Cough - as the name suggests coughing is the main symptom! The cough is dry and hacking, as if your dog has something stuck in its throat or is trying to retch, often followed by a swallowing action.
  • High temperature - some cases will have a high temperature and may be 'out of sorts' for a day or two.
  • Most cases get worse for a day or so and then gradually the cough goes away after 2 to 3 weeks.
  • Occasionally the disease can become more serious if a secondary infection gets into the lungs - this is more common in young, old or immunosuppressed animals - so it's always best to get your pet checked out at the vets if you think they're infected.

How can I stop my dog from getting Kennel Cough?

  • There is a vaccine available for kennel cough - it is given as a liquid into the nose and covers against 2 of the possible components of kennel cough.
    • > It must be stated that the vaccine does not prevent your dog from contracting kennel cough as it only covers 2 of the numerous potential causative agents. It can reduce the severity of the infection.
  • There is a homeopathic nosode available for kennel cough which, like the vaccine, can help reduce the severity of infection or prevent symptoms if given at the appropriate time.

Treating Kennel Cough

  • Unfortunately there isn't a specific treatment for kennel cough and your dog will have to fight off the infection themselves!
  • Here at Balanced Being we use homeopathy to help our patients tackle this disease - we find they respond well and their symptoms are less severe.
  • Other ways to help your pet: Keep them in a warm environment (where possible); Try not to exercise them too much; Avoid situations where your dog is likely to bark; Remove your dog's collar when it is not in use.

  • In the rare cases where the infection spreads to the lungs, antibiotic tablets may be prescribed, but these do not stop the coughing any quicker, or make your pet safe to interact with others sooner.
  • In some cases, especially the old or immunosuppressed, your vet may decide to give your dog something to help boost their immune system, helping them fight off the infection before it gets into the lungs.

Your dog will be contagious for up to 1 month after it 1st showed signs of disease - respect other dog owners and keep them isolated.

***If you think your dog has kennel cough please leave it outside and come into the waiting room alone - we will come outside to examine it***



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