WINTER 2015 SMALL ANIMALS NEWS

WINTER 2015 SMALL ANIMALS NEWSLETTER

Arthritis alert

Arthritis is a common problem in pets and may initially go unnoticed as it is often gradual in onset. It is usually worse in the colder months, causing a variety of symptoms arthritisincluding pain, stiffness – particularly after rest, and reluctance to play. A healthy joint has a smooth layer of articular cartilage covering the ends of the bones and is lubricated by synovial fluid, allowing friction free movement.

Arthritic joints typically show a progressive breakdown and thinning of the articular cartilage. As the cartilage wears pets suffer from pain and inflammation of the joint. On x-ray, new bone can often be seen around the affected joint.

 

There are several possible causes of arthritis: The commonest is a lifetime of activity, simply resulting in wear and tear on the joints. Arthritis may also occur following joint trauma or as a consequence of joint malformation (e.g. hip dysplasia), resulting in an unstable joint and increased wear and tear on the cartilage. Although arthritis cannot be cured, the good news is that we now have a great range of treatments to help your pet. For many pets that are carrying a few extra pounds, losing weight can make a huge xraydifference. In addition to weight loss, many pets benefit from anti-inflammatory pain relief medication and food supplements containing glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate. If you are worried that your pet may have arthritis, please come and see us for a consultation.

Osteoarthritis is a progressive condition but there are many things we can do to help control and slow its progress. Contact us for advice on appropriate medications such as anti-inflammatories and chondroprotive agents. These can be administered as pills, liquids or as injection.

Never administer human anti-inflammatories to animals as some of them have serious side effects, including death!

Chocolate alert!

Most Dogs love chocolate, but as well as being very fattening, it also contains a naturally Chococcurring substance called theobromine which is poisonous to dogs. The theobromine
content, and hence the toxicity of the chocolate, varies according to the type of chocolate with plain chocolate the most dangerous. So if you “must” feed your dog chocolate, specially formulated pet chocolate is the safe option!

What’s Bugging you?

With the warm weather just a distant memory, it can be tempting to take a pause in the bugbattle to keep your pets and home flea free! Adult female fleas can lay in excess of 50 eggs per day, therefore even a brief infestation can result in literally thousands of eggs being produced. These fall off your pet and are deposited around your home in carpets and bedding where they can lie dormant for up to a year or more before developing into adult fleas.

Dogs and cats with dust mite and mould allergies tend to get worse during Winter, due to more time spent indoors. To avoid heat loss in the home, doors and windows are generally kept shut. This can lead to increases in dust and mold accumulation within dwellings and therefore lead to worsening of itching and scratching in pets with dust mite allergies

 

Microchipping Laws

AS A DOG OWNER THERE ARE 3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEW LEGISLATION

1. Your dog MUST be microchipped and registered on a government approved database such as Fido by 31st March 2016microchip

2. You must have a certificate from a government approved database such as Fido to prove that your dog is microchiped and registered on the database.

3. You must keep your contact details up to date. Any changes of ownership or of contact details such as changes in address or phone number must be notified to the database.

IF YOU ARE BUYING,SELLING OR TRANSFERRING OWNERSHIP THERE ARE 3 MORE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NE LEGISLATION

1. From 1st September 2015 all pups must be microchipped and registered with a government approved database such as fido by the time they reach 12 weeks of age or before they are moved from their birth home.

2. It is illegal buy or ownership of a pup that is not microchipped and registered on a government approved database such as Fido and that does not have a certificate from the database to prove this.

3. You must inform a government approved database when you buy, sell, take ownership or transfer ownership of a dog.

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