March, 2016

Toad Poisoning

Toad Poisoning

TOADS are also very common in our back yards throughout Summer. Toads are toxic to dogs and cats and unfortunately many pets like to chase and chew them because they hop around the yard like living toys. Symptoms to watch for are frothing at the mouth, bright red gums, shaking, collapse, and seizuring. Using a bucket of cold water and an old wash cloth, you can help by wiping your pet’s gums and mouth thoroughly with the dampened wash cloth for 20 minutes, as the toad toxin is absorbed through the gums. Vet treatment is recommended as soon as possible.

Dry Eye In Dogs

Dry Eye In Dogs

Dry eye is a condition seen in dogs, usually as they get older The symptoms are red and inflamed eyes and recurrent discharge from the eye. The discharge is thick and sticky and tends to collect in the corner of the eye. Dogs often rub or paw at the eyes as they feel dry and gritty. Dry eye results from either inadequate tear production or poor quality tears. It is diagnosed using a non invasive Schirmer Tear Test which is a special litmus paper strip that measures the amount of tears produced in 1 minute. If Dry Eye is confirmed the […]

Is Your Pet a Foot Licker?

Is Your Pet a Foot Licker?

Do you have one of those pets that licks and chews their own feet? Does it seem like it has become a habit for them? More often than not, this is not the case. For most pets, there is a reason for chewing feet. These include:. Cuts on the feet or pads, or torn nails will cause pets to lick Allergies can cause the feet to become itchy. In fact, with Atopy (an allergy with similar allergens as human hay fever), itchy feet is one of the first signs a pet may exhibit Skin infections of the feet are common, […]

5 tips for a stress-free visit to the Vet

5 tips for a stress-free visit to the Vet

Safety first: Please keep your dog on lead at all times and bring your cat in a secure pet carrier. Don’t make a fuss: Saying “it’s OK” to your pet when they are worried or anxious will only encourage your pet to feel scared. If you are calm, your pet will be too. Be wary of others: Please keep your dog or cat away from other pets in the waiting room unless you have asked permission for dogs to meet or for dogs to sniff cats in carriers. Bring a list: Any questions or concerns you have at home may […]

Chocolate is Toxic to dogs and cats!

Chocolate is Toxic to dogs and cats!

Around Easter time Vet clinics see a lot of pets who have eaten Easter eggs! Chocolate contains substances like caffeine and theobromine which dogs and cats are very sensitive to. Different types of chocolate contain varying amounts of these substances. The darker and more bitter the chocolate, the greater the danger to your pet! Clinical signs vary from vomiting, diarrhoea, increased thirst, panting or restlessness, excessive urination, to a racing heart rate, muscle spasms, and seizures. If you catch your dog eating your chocolate this Easter then call the Vet straight away!

Separation anxiety in dogs

Separation anxiety in dogs

Separation anxiety is a distress response dogs experience when separated from their owners. The distress may result in destructive behavior, causing damage to your house or yard, barking or howling, toileting inside the house and even trying to escape. When treating a dog with separation anxiety the goal is to resolve the dog’s underlying anxiety by teaching him to enjoy, or at least tolerate, being left alone. When leaving home make sure there’s fresh water available, provide toys and things to chew on , and leave out a special treat for your dog. What else can you do to make […]

Heart Murmurs

Heart Murmurs

Heart murmurs are a quite common condition in dogs, and occasionally cats. No obvious signs of heart disease may be present and many pets with a heart murmur will continue to lead a normal life for years. At this stage, no treatment is necessary. In the future, the condition may be progressive and Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) can develop. When this occurs, medication and lifestyle changes will be required to manage the disease. The good news is that your dog may not show any signs of CHF for many years. What is a Heart Murmur? Valves within the heart open […]

DEGENERATIVE JOINT DISEASE (a form of arthritis)

DEGENERATIVE JOINT DISEASE (a form of arthritis)

There are many different forms of arthritis ( including juvenile, immune mediated and septic forms) however the most common type of arthritis is degenerative joint disease. It is most commonly seen in senior pets and is inflammation in the joint(s) caused by the degeneration and deterioration of the joint due to age or excessive wear and tear. Both dogs and cats experience DJD although it is often easier to recognize in dogs . Signs of DJD can be relatively mild eg stiff when getting up from a resting position, licking of sore joints or can be very obvious eg limping, […]

Moulting in Pet Bids

Moulting in Pet Bids

Birds moult to replace damaged feather so they can fly, maintain body heat and remain waterproof In most birds, a moult happens once a year and is associated with day length. Some birds such as parrots will lose a few feathers at a time all year round. A moult requires lots of energy and nutrients, so feeding a good quality food is essential. Seed alone may not be enough.  Pelletized foods provide the nutrients required, and supplying a variety of green, fruit, vegetables and nuts is always advised. Occasionally, a bird will have an abnormal moult with malformed and distorted […]

10 Reasons Why it’s Bad Idea to Give Your Dog a Bone

10 Reasons Why it’s Bad Idea to Give Your Dog a Bone

Broken teeth. This may call for expensive veterinary dentistry. Mouth or tongue injuries. These can be very bloody and messy and may require a trip to see your veterinarian. Bone gets looped around your dog’s jaw. This can be frightening or painful for your dog and potentially costly to you, as it usually means a trip to see your veterinarian. Bone gets stuck in esophagus, the tube that food travels through to reach the stomach. Your dog may gag, trying to bring the bone back up and you will need to see your veterinarian. Bone gets stuck in the windpipe. […]