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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. […]

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 […]

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 […]