March, 2016

HOT SPOTS

HOT SPOTS

What are hot spots? Hot spots are patches of moist dermatitis on the surface of the skin. They are often very red and angry and have a purulent coating. They grow very quickly often starting about the size of a 20 c piece and spreading to the size of your palm or bigger within 24 to 48 hours. They are most common during the warmer more humid weather. Who gets them? Both dogs and cats can get hot spots but it is normally dogs that are affected. Some breeds, such as Golden Retrievers, Labradors and Rottweilers are more prone to […]

Secure your best friend

Secure your best friend

Whether taking your dog to the Vet, or on a weekend outing, you need to be sure your pets are secured properly in your vehicle. Pets should not ride unrestrained in the front or back seats of any vehicle. A special harness can be attached to your vehicles seatbelt, allowing them to sit or lie on the seat. These harnesses are available from the Surgery in a variety of sizes. Smaller pets can be transported in carriers, but remember to strap these in with the seatbelt. Pets can be put in the back of a station wagon with a cargo […]

Warning Signs of Illness in Pets

Warning Signs of Illness in Pets

As a general guide, if you notice any of the following symptoms in your pet, you should see a vet and have them checked out. Abnormal swellings that continue to grow. Sores or ulcers that do not heal in two weeks (Check the ear tips and nose of white animals – cats and dogs). Chronic dermatitis and hair loss Weight loss, loss of appetite, energy loss or pale membranes. Bad breath, loose teeth, offensive odour, chronic sneezing, or runny eyes or any discharge. Difficulty eating or swallowing, salivation and/or vomiting and diarrhea. Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating Trouble walking, hesitation […]

Guinea Pig Games – environmental enrichment for our small furry friends

Guinea Pig Games – environmental enrichment for our small furry friends

What many of us don’t know is that the humble Guinea Pig has a curious nature and loves to be kept busy, so unfortunately many pet Guinea Pigs suffer from boredom, stress, and obesity as a result of poor diet and poor living conditions. Environmental enrichment is vital for any domestic pet (dogs, cats, birds, fish, guinea pigs, hermit crabs, rats and mice alike) to ensure they live a happy and healthy life with purpose and adequate entertainment. This means creating a habitat for your pet which allows them to exercise both physically and mentally, through the use of play […]