Winter conditions can cause havoc for your dog’s skin & coat:

  • Dry Skin – winter conditions increase the rate at which water  is lost through your dog’s skin, causing their skin to dry out faster.  This leads to dandruff and scurfy skin, and can cause itchiness.
  • Excessive hair loss – big differences between temperatures  outside and inside the house can trigger ‘out of season’ moulting  cycles, leading to excessive hair loss.
  • Damaged coat condition – harsh weather can take a toll on your dog’s coat condition, causing it to dry out or lose condition.

Keeping your dog’s skin & coat properly supplied with the right omega 3 & 6 oils can help your dog combat these challenging  conditions.

Yumega helps your dog’s skin & coat in 4 ways during winter:

  1. Improves coat condition – Yumega is high in the omega 3 ALA  that keeps your dog’s coat in great condition. Unlike fish oils, ALA is  not used by other parts of the body, so its available to improve your  dog’s coat. And because it doesn’t soften the coat, it’s great for  improving coat condition and texture in any breed.
  2. Reduces hair loss & improves coat growth – the omega 6  GLA plays a key role in the skin replenishment cycle, contributing to  hair growth. By providing the key nutrition to keep your dog’s hair  follicles in an active growth phase, Yumega helps reduce excessive hair  loss and encourage growth of your dog’s coat.
  3. Replenishes dry skin – Yumega provides an omega 6 oil called  Linoleic acid which is vital to your dog’s skin moisture barrier.  Shortages of this omega 6 can result in dry & flaky skin, made worse  by winter conditions. By topping up the skin moisture barrier, it helps  your dog’s skin remain soft, supple and better prepared for the drying  effects of winter.
  4. Supports skin defences – Vitamin E plays a key role in skin  defences and must always be added when you add oils to your dog’s diet.  Yumega is rich in natural Vitamin E to mop up free radicals and improve  your dog’s skin defences.

If your dog’s skin & coat is in need of some TLC this winter,  make sure they are getting enough Yumega to keep their skin & coat  in top condition and able to cope with these harsh conditions.

While the Movember campaign during November highlights the issue of prostate disease in men, St Clair Veterinary Care is taking part in Canine Prostate Awareness Month (CPAM), also held during November, and we are urging owners of elderly, unneutered dogs to get their pet checked for prostate problems too.

Research shows that over 80% of unneutered dogs over five years old are likely to suffer from prostate disease. Whilst symptoms such as constipation, lameness and difficulty passing urine can occur, usually the dog shows no obvious signs of the disease.  However, a simple test can now be done to check for the disease which, if left untreated, can progress quickly, causing serious health problems.

“Prostate disease is a very painful and rather common disease of unneutered dogs as they get older but, in our experience, owners are often unaware of the problems it can cause if left untreated”, explains Rory. “The Movember campaign is a good opportunity to remind dog owners that prostate disease doesn’t just affect men.  Fortunately, both testing for it and treating it is usually simple and inexpensive and will ensure their dog continues to live a happy, healthy and pain free life.

I will be wearing a moustache while consulting throughout Movember to raise awareness of the issue.  We’ll also be giving a free dog lead to any owners who book their dog in for a prostate check during November (while stocks last) and look forward to discussing any concerns people may have about how this condition may be affecting their dog.”

For further information on Canine Prostate Awareness Month or to book an appointment, contact the practice on 01670 45 72 71

We are having an Open Day on Saturday 17th November 2012. Starting at 11am and finishing at 4pm.

Our Open Day will be fundraising for SHAK (Safe Homes And Kindness) please visit www.shak.org.uk for more information on this hard working charity.

You will be invited to look around our premises and staff will be on hand at all times for you to meet and ask as many questions as you like. We will have representatives from SHAK, as well as face painting for children, games and entertainment. Our mascot Stanley may even make an appearance if we’re lucky 🙂

If there is anything in particular you would like to see or do on the day please contact us and let us know.

We will be holding a raffle to raise funds for SHAK, including prizes such as a signed Newcastle Falcons shirt, Champagne, Dog beds, dog toys, plus many more prizes yet to be announced.