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It’s Easter Time! That means chocolate danger.

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Easter is fast approaching us, as we are all reminded by the stacks of chocolates and Easter Eggs in the shops, which we can’t wait to enjoy!

BUT

Our 4-legged friends and family sometimes enjoy it too, and it does more than just damage their waist-lines.

Our advise is, of course, to keep your treats somewhere safe and out of reach! But sometimes they out-smart us and manage to get their paws on it anyway.

Chocolate Toxicity in dogs can cause:
Vomiting and Diarrhea
Increased Thirst and/or urination
Panting
Restlessness
Increased Heart Rate
Muscle tremors
Seizures
Heart failure can also be seen.

Symptoms are dependent on amount ingested, type of chocolate (dark is the worst type, but milk chocolate can cause symptoms too!), and the health of the animal.

 

If your dog ingests chocolate, call a Vet ASAP. They will be able to calculate the potential risk to your pet and give advise based on this. Often we will induce vomiting, but there is a limited time window to do this in to be effective.

Happy Easter Everyone!
(we hope you don’t need us!)

FREE Check-Ups

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Our nurses are really excited to now be offering FREE Monthly Check-ups for Puppies and Kittens at 5 and 6 months.

Our hope is to provide you with support for your new 4-legged family member, that extends beyond puppy/kitten vaccinations.

These check-ups are a great chance to bring your pet in for some socialising with our nurses, get them used to being in the clinic when only nice things are happening! We are also here to discuss any concerns you have, answer any questions about diet, training, or neutering, and giving them those important monthly flea and worming treatments! Our nurses can also microchip your pet, if it hasn’t already been done!

If you’d like to arrange your free check-ups just give us a call on 03 347 9682! We can’t wait to spend some time with you and your best bud!

Firework Feelings

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With Guy Fawkes coming up, it’s time to plan which firework display you are going to watch! But while these displays are going on, many pets are made to feel worried or anxious by the noises they create.

There are lots of things you can do to help ease these anxieties, and one of our team are always happy to help you with what could be best suited for you and your pet this year.

Things you can do:

  • Provide a safe place for your pet to “hide”:
    • Somewhere comfortable that your dog or cat likes to be, e.g. behind a couch in a wardrobe that is away from windows and not a large open space in the house, so they feel as if they are hiding away.
    • Put their normal beds and blankets in this space so it smells of them, some dogs or cats also like something comfortable that smells of you, like your dressing gown.
  • Bring small furries like rabbits and guinea-pigs inside to reduce the noise they can hear. Ideally in a small crate or cage that they are used to, and happy, being in. Provide plenty of food and extra bedding like hay so they can hide inside it.
  • Close curtains/doors to muffle the sounds as much as possible and keep the radio/TV on to mask sounds outside.
  • Provide toys or treats that they like, and that will keep them occupied, to distract them. These should be given to them BEFORE any “scary noises” start or your dog starts to look anxious, otherwise may be seen as a “reward” for being worried or scared.

Do not punish your dog for being scared, try to let them hide and don’t over react to them being anxious.

On top of these things you can do, there are lots of options of things you can give them to help relax them and make them feel safer:

  • Adaptil diffusers, sprays or collars for dogs. Adaptil replicates pheromones released by mother dogs to communicate with her pups, it helps to reassure dogs and ease anxiety.
  • Feliway diffusers or sprays for Cats. Feliway is the Cat equivalent of Adaptil for dogs, and can be used to help with a number of different unwanted behaviours which can be associated with stress in cats.
  • Pet calming supplements or medications can also be used for animals who need a little extra help to relax. There are a number of different options, so speak to one of our staff to find out what is available for your pet.