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Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Creating safer, stronger and active communities


Lungworm is a common problem in southern areas of England so people all over the UK should be aware of it. 

How do dogs get lungworm?

 Dogs get lungworm by eating larvae found in infected snails, slugs or frogs. They can also accidentally eat infected tiny slugs if they are on a toy or their fur. The lungworm larvae then grow inside the dog and adult lungworms move through their body to live in their heart and blood vessels. This can cause heart problems, breathing problems and pneumonia but in mild cases infection can remain unnoticed by owners. After about 28 days the worms start to produce their own larvae which can lead to serious problems. It can cause haemorrhages in the lungs, liver, intestine, eyes and spinal cord but also pretty much anywhere in the body. If left untreated, it can be fatal in severe cases.

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Dog Fouling

Street Scene Officers from Fenland District Council were invited to Alderman Jacobs School to speak to their assembly about the small minority of irresponsible dog owners who fail to clear up after their dogs, this followed on from upset and annoyed parents who contacted both FDC and the school regarding their children who, while walking to and from school, were having to dodge the dog mess left behind and some had got this on their shoes and were carrying it into school and home.

The students were invited to  get involved in a poster completion which will be judged and the winning poster will be displayed around Whittlesey in the next coming week, this is one way Fenland District Council is getting the community on board to help tackle  this issue and hopefully these posters will prick the conscience of the few dog owners who refuse to take responsibility for their dogs.

Look out for these posters which are displayed around Whittlesey !

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Seeds and Dogs

The late Spring and early Summer is the time when grass starts to seed. Your pet may love bounding through the long grass but remember, always check at the end of a walk and remove any seeds that you see. Grass seeds can cause an extremely common problem with the dog becoming uncomfortable, often lethargic, and in a lot of pain. Seeing a dog in this condition can be equally as distressing as receiving the final bill for the treatment needed to fix this often preventable problem. Also be aware that grass seeds are not the only problem as many plants, like nettles,  have very small almost dust like seeds which can cause eye irritation.

The types of dog mostly affected by grass seeds are breeds possessing hairy ears and feet, like Spaniels, that are walked in meadows or woodlands where grasses commonly grow in abundance. Spaniels, for example, often pick up grass seeds in their feathery paws.

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Warning about Xylitol

Ollie, a four-year-old English Springer Spaniel, ate gum containing xylitol at his home in Stretham, Cambridgeshire. He ate about 10 tabs of chewing gum containing Xylitol.

Ollie was taken to the vet very quickly as an emergency and was very lucky to survive.

Xylitol is being used in an increasing range of foods as an artificial sweetner. Xylitol can kill a dog!

Please check food labels carefully and if your dog eats food containing Xylitol seek vetinary advice.

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What to do if your dog is lost

You must act quickly if your dog is lost or you believe your dog has been stolen.

Hopefully your dog is chipped or tattooed. Get the relevant details together - it could be a good idea to store these details on your mobile phone address book, at least make sure you know where you can find the infomation immediately if it is needed. 

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This is the home page of the Meerkats.Why did we choose the Meerkat? The Meerkat belongs to the mongoose family. It is famous for standing upright looking out for eagles and hawks that might attack their community.

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A Meerkat is always careful.

Meerkats work together to keep themselves safe. When a deadly puff adder attacked a burrow the meerkats helped each other and carried all their babies to safety.

 When they want to be safe, meerkats go to their burrow.

 Like the meerkat you can learn to be watchful and help to keep yourself safe. Meerkats teach us not to let our guard down and work together to keep our community safe from dangers.

We do not live in the wild, but we do have to know about the world around us because sometimes other people, or things we do, can be unsafe. 

The Meerkat pages will help you to find out how you can help yourself and your friends to stay safe.