SPECIAL OFFER FOR AUGUST – SENIOR PETS
Research has shown that the ageing process can affect our pet’s health once they reach 7 years of age and their requirements can change. The effects of this process can often be subtle, but can be picked up at an early stage; giving you the opportunity to maintain your pet’s quality of life.
As pets age they can experience the same age-related problems as us, however, our pets can not always tell us when something is wrong.
Problems such as kidney disease, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, arthritis and hyperthyroidism are very common conditions in older pets.
Many of the signs that the pet shows when they have these diseases are often just put down to old age for example weight loss, excessive drinking, stiffness and tiredness. However, with modern advances in early detection, diagnosis and treatment of many of these diseases, you will see a noticeable difference in a pet’s quality of life. In many cases we may be able to increase the life expectancy.
SPECIAL OFFER = Consultation with the Veterinary Surgeon including a full clinical examination & health check + Urinalysis + In-house blood test + blood pressure monitoring. Should be £97.85. Special offer price ONLY £50 throughout August only.
Available for senior pets only. Dogs are classed as senior depending on the size. For small dogs, it can be from 7 years upwards and the larger breeds from 5 years. For cats it can be from 7 years.
Even if your pet seems healthy we recommend a senior health check as some conditions may be detected even earlier by routine monitoring.
For more information or to book an appointment please contact us on 01670 457271
We are one year old on Tuesday 23rd July and will be celebrating all day.
We have lots of cake for all our amazing clients come along and join us celebrate on Tuesday and enjoy some cake too. We’d love to see you and thank you for all your support with some cake 😉
During the hot summer weather many of us want to be outside; relaxing, playing with the children, sunbathing – generally enjoying time with friends and family, including our canine pals.
Enjoy the fun, but please remember that dogs (and cats) can suffer from the same problems that humans do from over exposure to the sun, including overheating, dehydration and even sunburn.
Here are some tips to follow to prevent your dog suffering in the heat:
NEVER leave your dog alone in a vehicle. You could run the risk of your beloved pet being stolen, or getting hyperthermia – usually known as heat stroke, which can be fatal. Many people still leave their dog in the car thinking that parking in the shade with the windows open slightly is enough to keep them cool, but this is still dangerous because the sun moves during the course of the day and temperature can increase very quickly. The power of the sun can even penetrate light cloud cover and quickly convert a car into an oven. Also do not leave your dog in conservatories, greenhouses or other small buildings with a large number of glass windows and no ventilation.Avoid heat stroke and keep your dog cool
– Restrict outdoor exercise, making sure they don’t play too hard and have plenty of breaks
– If you take your dog to a beach or a day out please check in advance that your dog is permitted to be with you. Do not be caught out by arriving at your destination to find out your dog is not allowed access and you have to choose between leaving the site and leaving your dog in the car! Do not stay in the hot day sun for long.
– Walk them early in the morning or later in the evening, and avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day
– Make sure they have access to a cool shaded place and fresh bowl of water (you could even add some ice cubes too), and always take water on a walk
– Spray them with cool water, hose them down, or if you have access to a safe pool or lake, take them for a swim
– Avoid leaving them in a suntrap such as a conservatory, greenhouse, tent and never leave your dog in a parked car on a hot day, not even for a minute
– Long-haired dogs are more likely to be affected than those with short hair, so it’s a good idea to get your dog a trim come the summer months
– Avoid long car journeys, but if you do take your dog, keep it cool with air-conditioning on, or keeping windows open, plenty of water and regular fresh air breaks.
– Be careful of letting your dog stand on tarmac. This heats up very quickly in high temperatures and if your dog stays still on it his paws can be burnt.
– If you do keep your dog outside provide plenty of fresh water and shade. Make sure any housing for your dog is of the appropriate materials to prevent temperature build up and make sure it is ventilated. Bring your dog inside to a cooler spot, at least during the hottest part of the day.
Know the signs – how to recognise heat stroke
– Faster, heavier panting
– Barking, whining or signs of agitation
– Excessive thirst
– Excessive drooling with strands of saliva hanging from the mouth
– Increased pulse and heartbeat
– Dark-coloured gums or tongue
– Glassy eyes
– Elevated body temperature (104ºF and up)
– Staggering, weakness or collapse
– Detecting heat stroke early and treating it promptly is essential to your dog recovering successfully. As it’s difficult to detect heat exhaustion in the early stages, it’s a good idea to learn how to take your dog’s temperature. By the time a dog is exhibiting symptoms of heat stroke, it’s often too late to save them.
If you suspect your dog may have heat stroke, please seek veterinary advice immediately. Even if your dog seems better, it’s always best to get them checked out.
If you do see a dog in distress please contact the RSPCA 24 hour national cruelty and advice line on 0300 1234 999.
If you see a dog in a parked car when the weather is hot, note the car’s details including colour, registration number and model. Note where it is parked then call 999, or either the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999
Advice from International Cat Care
Most of us are surrounded by plants, both wild and cultivated, in our homes and gardens and come to no harm. However, a small percentage of these plants have the potential to cause harm to ourselves and our cats.
What are the risks?
Most cats are fastidious creatures and are careful about what they eat. Poisoning in cats is therefore generally rare. It is the young inquisitive cat or kitten that is most at risk of eating harmful plants, particularly household ones. Boredom also has a part to play. When a cat is confined to a run or lives entirely indoors, hazardous plants should be removed from its environment. Cats given free access to the outside world tend to have other things to occupy their minds than sampling unfamiliar vegetation. But even free-roaming adult cats may accidentally ingest needles or seeds that have become entangled in their coat during grooming.
All plants, even grass, can have an irritating effect on a cat’s gastrointestinal system causing it to vomit. But, given the opportunity, cats like to nibble on grass. When not available, their attention may turn to less suitable household plants. Particularly dangerous are Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane), and lilies, which are popular in bouquets and flower arrangements.
Remove all potentially hazardous household plants to prevent unnecessary exposure. This is especially important for kittens and for cats kept indoors. A list of plants that are unsuitable for a house with cats is given overleaf.
Outdoors the story is not so simple. Free-roaming cats have access to many gardens so it will be impossible to prevent all possible contact with potentially harmful plants. You can, however, remove the most toxic plants from your garden and make a note of any in your neighbours’ gardens that are potentially dangerous. List common and Latin names. This list may help your vet if poisoning is suspected.
You can also ensure that any new additions to the garden are safe. The Horticultural Trade Association has a code of practice for its members, and most garden centres and nurseries label plants that are toxic or cause skin reactions. Plants are grouped into three categories:
A Poisonous; B Toxic if eaten; and C Harmful if eaten. You are unlikely to find a category A plant on sale – Poison Ivy being one example. Category B plants should be avoided.
After gardening, never leave hedge clippings or uprooted plants near pets. Their novelty value may encourage inquisitive chewing. Sap from damaged stems can cause skin irritation as well as being poisonous. Bulbs, rhizomes and roots can be the most hazardous parts of some plants.
Has my cat been poisoned?
A veterinary surgeon should be contacted immediately if your cat suddenly collapses, has repeated vomiting or severe diarrhoea, or shows signs of excessive irritation (redness, swelling, blistering or rawness) of the skin of the mouth or throat. Cats that are lethargic and off their food for a day or more may also have ingested something unsuitable and professional help should be sought. If you see your cat eat something that you suspect to be poisonous, do not attempt to make the cat vomit. Take the cat to the vet with a sample of the plant – or even better a plant label. This will help the vet to find a treatment or antidote to the poison. Make a note of the time of eating and any symptoms. Several days may pass between the ingestion of the undesirable material and the effects.
It is more common for plants to cause skin irritation in gardeners than to poison them. Contact with the leaves, stems or sap of certain plants can cause rashes and
hypsensitivity to sunlight resulting in sunburn. In cats these plants may cause blistering or itching of the mouth and gums. Occasionally this is misdiagnosed as gingivitis.
Sneezing and eye problems can also be caused through contact with these plants. Contact with the leaves of food plants such as tomato, strawberry, rhubarb, parsnips, carrot, celery, marrow and cucumbers may all potentially affect the cat in this way. Geranium and Primula leaves can also cause similar skin irritation. Many plants that are poisonous when eaten may also have the potential to cause skin irritation on contact with their leaves or sap. These are indicated in the list overleaf.
The following is a fairly comprehensive list of plants that are potentially poisonous or harmful to your cat when eaten. Contact with some of the plants listed may be sufficient to cause skin irritation (marked*). It is often the fruit or seeds of plants that are potentially harmful. Many of us are already familiar with plants that carry really toxic berries such as Deadly Nightshade. Only a small quantity of these need to be eaten for a fatal result. Other plants in the list may come as a surprise – Daffodils, for example. Here, however, it is the bulb that causes harm if ingested.
The fact that the list contains some very common plants should not be cause for concern. Most of these potentially harmful plants taste bad and are unlikely to be eaten in sufficient quantities to cause permanent damage. Woody garden plants are also unlikely to be eaten by your cat – tender household plants pose most risk.
Ivy (also see Hedera)
Larkspur (also see Delphinium)
Lily of the Valley (also see Convallaria
Lobelia* (except bedding Lobelia)
Lords and Ladies (Cuckoo Pint) (also
Madagascar Periwinkle (also see
Marigold (also see Tagetes)
Monks Wood (also see Aconitum)
Morning Glory (also see Ipomoea)
Nightshade, Deadly (also see Atropa)
Nightshade, Woody (also see
Oak (also see Quercus)
Onion (also see Allium)
Peach (also see Prunus persica)
Peony (also see Paeonia)
Pokeweed (also see Phytolacca)
Poppy (also see Papaver)
Privet (also see Ligustrum)
Rhamnus (including R frangula)
Rosary Pea (also see Abrus
Rubber Plant (also see Ficus)
Rue (also see Ruta)
Skunk Cabbage (also see Lysichiton)
Snowdrop (also see Galanthus)
Solomon’s Seal (also seePolygonatum)
Spindle Tree (also see Euonymus)
Spurge (also see Euphorbia)
Sumach (also see Rhus)
Sweet Pea (also see Lathyrus)
Thornapple (also see Datura)
Tobacco (also see Nicotiana)
Tomato (also see Lycopersicon)
Yew (also see Taxus)
|* Contact with these plants may be sufficient to cause skin irritation|