Rose Park Vet

Obesity

When it comes to food, most of us are guilty of giving our pets too much love! It's hard to resist those pleading eyes or that persistent meow.
Did you know that feeding a 10kg. dog one small plain biscuit or one slice of buttered toast is the same as you having one hamburger!
One cup of milk for a cat equates to 3 hamburgers !!!!!

Dogs and cats require a balanced nutritional diet and the amount depends on their activity level. It is usually a lot less than you think.
Most healthy cats fall between 4.5 and 5.5kg and dogs depend upon size and breed.
A simple test is to rub your fingers firmly over the rib cage area - it should feel like a gentle 'wave'. If the dips ,in the wave are very deep then it is likely that your pet is too thin. If you can't feel a wave then they may be too fat. All pets should have a visible waistline !!!

Obesity leads to debilitating health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes as well and bone and skeletal problems.

If you have any queries regarding your pets weight then come in for a Weight Check. Use the scales in the reception and ask us what we think of your pets weight. We will record the weight and suggest feeding amounts dependant upon what you are currently feeding. Then at your leisure you can come in regularly and monitor the weight over time. Remember that it is always easier to control weight by accurately measuring what you feed and keeping the amount consistent.

Summer

Hooray !  The warmer months are upon us. Now is the time to ensure your pets enjoy the Spring and Summer but stay fit and well at the same time.

Avoiding Heat Stress is very important.
Make sure you provide plenty of shade and cool fresh water at all times. Walk dogs in the early morning or late evening. NEVER leave pets unattended in cars.

Cats are great sunbathers - something that does not usually cause many problems - unless your cat has white ears. Cats with white ears and pink noses are very prone to sunburn and repeated episodes of sunburn can lead to localised skin cancer on the ear tips or the nose. You can reduce the risk by keeping them out of the sun or by applying special sunblock to their ears during the hot months. If your cat has white ears and shows any abnormal skin changes please let us check them for you.

For dogs it is time to get out the lead and head to the park for some exercise. Remember that now is the time that grass seeds are on the rise and easily work their way into pads,toes ,ears and eyes so if you have a long coated dog now is the time to get the coat clipped back short especially the feet so that after a walk you are able to check easily between the toes for any lurking seeds. You may not like the look of a short clip however it will grow and it could save you much expense in the long run. Remember that Groomers get very busy at this time of the year so now is the time to make a booking. We have a list of groomers available from our nursing staff if you do not know any so please give us a call.
Always avoid walking in long dry grass and check your pets ears and inbetween toes after the walk to see if there are any seeds lurking there!

Fleas are back already so make sure you start applying the spot on treatments monthly if you have let it lapse. Recently we have seen the return of these nasty critters and in some cases huge proportions so if your petr is showing any signs of increased scratching or bald patches on the skin then let us have a check to ensure that your pet stays flea free over these warmer months.

BBQ's - dont we love them ! BBQ's however can present dangers to our pets particularly dogs. Onions are poisonous to dogs and cats causing a severe type of anaemia so do not feed them the leftovers or allow the more nimble pets to get up to the BBq to eat what has been left !
Cooked chop bones are a prime candidate for getting stuck in dogs mouths,causing gastroenteritis or even worse an intestinal obstruction so as nice as they smell and as good as they taste they really should not be given to dogs.Give them a steak instead ! Another nasty is skewers - greedy dogs will swallow these leading to perforation of the intestine. The great difficulty here is that wooden skewers are not visible on xray and thus can be a challenge to diagnose that your dog has indeed swallowed one - keep them away from your dog !

Allergies are in full force. Allergens come in the form of flea,food,contact and inhaled.There is also the possibility of insect bites such as bees and wasps. The main sign of an allergy is red itchy skin.When your pet is suffering from allergies they scratch and often break the skin leading to secondary bacterial and yeast infections. If your pet is scratching more than usual and the skin seems irritated then seek veterinary attention to determine the cause. There are many ways we can make your pet more comfortable.

Remember that older pets who suffer from arthritis and needed special attention over Winter may get some relief now that the weather is warmer. They still however have the condition so in many cases they need to stay on their current medication even if they appear to be moving more freely. If you are at all concerned about the comfort of your pet or the level of medication they are on then come in and we will asses them for joint soreness and advise you of the many treatment options available.


Giving Medications

Have you ever had trouble medicating your pet ???  Fortunately we now have some easier way to get medications into your pet.
Some medications come in palatable oral forms that are simply placed onto food.
Some injections come in long acting forms - even antibiotics that last upto 2 weeks.
Compounding pharmacies can also prepare medicines in forms that can be placed on the skin of the inner ear and absorbed that way or add flavours to traditional medicines for those finicky eaters.
If you have trouble medicating your pet then simply tell us and we will try to choose something more suitable for your pet.
  

Heart Disease

More than 1 in 10 pets suffer from heart disease. Some breeds are more susceptible than others.
Early diagnosis and treatment is essential and can add many more happy healthy years of life rather than sliding into Congestive Heart Failure.
Signs to watch out for include - coughing (particularly at night).
                                                - reluctance to exercise.
                                                - reduced exercise ability.
                                                - laboured breathing.
                                                - weight loss.
                                                - enlarged belly.
If you notice any of these signs then have your pets heart checked now!
There are many excellent treatment options available.

 

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