January, 2016

You know how great your own mouth feels after an annual dental cleaning?

You know how great your own mouth feels after an annual dental cleaning?

You know how great your own mouth feels after an annual dental cleaning? It is no different for your dog. Now imagine if you didn’t brush your teeth for the next year. How healthy could your mouth be? It is no different for your dog. Oral health is the foundation for your dog’s overall health and quality of life just as it is for you. Perio dontal disease, gingivitis and painful mealtimes are realities for your dog as they are for you. It starts with plaque bacteria accumulation on the teeth. It affects and infects below the gum line; destroying […]

Spring Brings Allergies

Spring Brings Allergies

If your dog or cat has reddened or inflamed skin and is constantly scratching and itching, this may be caused by an allergy. Affected dogs are itchy especially around the head, feet, legs and belly causing them to lick, scratch, chew, or rub themselves on the ground or furniture. The trauma from doing this can allow skin infections to develop, commonly Bacterial or Fungal infections. An allergy, once formed, is usually present and annoying for the rest of your pet’s life. Pets that are allergic to inhaled substances such as pollens, moulds, or house dust mites in the environment may […]

Aches, Aging & Arthritis in Our Animals

Aches, Aging & Arthritis in Our Animals

As the winter weather kicks in and we find it harder to get out of bed, our senior pets often struggle as well. Once our beloved pets hit 8 years of age, they are then considered a senior citizen and should be monitored for signs of arthritis which may include the following: Stiffness in the legs – especially in the mornings Excessively licking and/or chewing at their joints Cats not grooming themselves properly Limping or falling behind on walks Hesitant to walk, run, jump or play Avoids certain joints being touched or cries in pain Behavioural changes, short-tempered or stubbornness […]

Thinking of adding to your family?

Thinking of adding to your family?

We have lots of excited families who visit us with their new furry or feathered family additions. Though acquiring a new pet is truly a wonderful thing, nothing brings a smile to our faces more than when we see families who adopt or rescue an adult pet, who otherwise would be left homeless and heartbroken. Though everyone loves and adores cute puppies and playful kittens, it is important to remember there are lots of adult animals out there that have not had the opportunity to be spoilt and cared for by a loving family.  So when you next consider expanding […]

No bones about it!

No bones about it!

5 reasons why we recommend raw carrots instead of bones: Carrots do not break or split healthy teeth, bones do Carrots do not cause injuries to the mouth or tongue Bones can get stuck in the mouth, throat, intestines and bowel and can cause constipation & tummy upsets Carrots are inexpensive & can be given frozen, chilled or fresh Carrots are as effective at cleaning teeth as bones!

Increasing your cats activity

Increasing your cats activity

Did you Know:- When your cat is meowing at you, even in the kitchen, it may not be asking for food. Most of the time all they want is a cuddle or a game. It is becoming increasingly common for us to see overweight cats in the clinic. Many cats are leading more sedentary lives, and this reduced activity is not good for our pets waistlines or their mental wellbeing. So what can we do to help our cats get off the couch you ask? We have surveyed some cats in the clinic and they have given us the following […]

ANAL GLANDS (A  PAIN IN THE BUTT)

ANAL GLANDS (A  PAIN IN THE BUTT)

What are anal glands? Anal glands are small pea sized glands located just inside the anal sphincter at 4 and 8 o’clock as you look at it. Both dogs and cats have anal glands. What do they do? They are scent glands. Animals release a small amount of scent when they defaecate but can also release them when they are scared or frightened. How do they work? Normally the anal gland is squeezed by the faeces passing through the anal sphincter. What can go wrong? Sometimes the glands can become blocked or impacted. This sometimes is caused by diarrhoea or […]

Why does my pet need a dental?

Why does my pet need a dental?

Gingivitis ( inflammation of the gums), infection in the mouth and fractured teeth are all painful conditions. Having gum recession around teeth as your pet’s oral health deteriorates is the equivalent of an open wound in the mouth. Toothache and mouth pain is not pleasant as anyone who has experienced these for themselves will testify. But he’s still eating? Dogs and cats often do not show pain like we do. Survival  is built into their very genetic makeup. They eat because they know instinctively that if they do not eat they will die. So if an  animal is not eating […]

LILY TOXICITY IN CATS

LILY TOXICITY IN CATS

Lilies are amongst the most beautiful flowers in the world, however unfortunately they are also one of the most deadly if you happen to be a cat. Sadly this fact is not well known and lilies appear in flower arrangements all year round and pose a very grave risk for our feline friends. Lilies are so toxic  that poisoning  does not only occur from ingesting  the flowers or leaves but also from grooming  just a minute amount of the pollen off their fur. The   first sign  of lily toxicity is usually  salivating and vomiting  and this  happens within hours of […]

HAIR BALLS IN CATS

HAIR BALLS IN CATS

What are hairballs? Hairballs ( also known as furballs) are accumulations of hair in the stomach. Contrary to their name, hairballs are very rarely shaped like a ball and usually resemble a sausage ( all be it a furry one!) Who gets them? All cats can get hairballs, but long haired breeds and cats that groom themselves a lot are more prone to getting furballs. How do I know if may cat has hairballs? Cats with hairballs will often vomit intermittently and you may find evidence of hair in the vomit. Sometimes they make a sound almost like a cough […]