I have recently been volunteering at a charity called Streetvet. They were set up in 2016 to help provide veterinary care to the growing number of homeless people and their pets across London. They have since set up a network of volunteers across the country from Bristol to Manchester.
bit creaky? Slowing up a bit? Stiff in the mornings? Whilst this may be true for yourself, I wonder if you’ve noticed similar signs in your pet. Arthritis can impact animals in similar ways to humans, and it’s good to be aware of the signs so we can keep your furry friend springing about comfortably for as long as possible.
Arthritis – what actually is it?
Simply put, arthritis means inflammation of the joint. A healthy joint is where the ends of two bones meet, with smooth cartilage to protect each bone surface, and an oily joint fluid in the joint space to allow easy gliding movement.
Neutering your pet is one of most important decisions you will make for your pet. It comes with many health benefits and helps them live longer, happier lives and helps your male companions stay closer to home.
From working in veterinary, I always find that people generally have the same questions about spaying/neutering their pet whether it be how long the procedure takes or how risky it is to put their animal under anaesthetic. This article will answer all the main questions/concerns owners usually have.
It can seem virtually impossible to get our pets to lose weight – my cat Squeaker was on her weight loss diet for 4 years before seeing significant progress, most likely triggered by moving to a country with a colder climate where suddenly her body had to burn some fat to stay warm.
TV Vet Marc Abraham has 10 tips for avoiding ticks for you and your pet
- Out walking, wear suitable clothing: wearing shorts in tick habitat is an invitation to be bitten!
- Insect repellents can be sprayed on to clothing, but always follow the manufacturers guidelines.
- Carry a tick removal tool and antiseptic wipes.
- Walk in the centre of paths and avoid over-hanging vegetation at the edge of paths where ticks may be waiting.
- Have a ‘tick buddy’ to help you check your body and be your dog’s ‘tick buddy’.
- Deter ticks from gardens: keep leaf litter to a minimum, grass short, vegetation cut back, and seating and play equipment away from borders, trees and bird feeders.
- Keep pets tick free using tick-control products.
- Treat pet accessories with repellents too.
- Groom pets thoroughly: make sure you brush against, as well as with, the hair growth to see any embedded ticks. Check inside the ears, around the eyes, on the chin and around the muzzle, as well as between pads and toes.
- Don’t bring ticks home: take off outer clothes before going indoors. Tests have demonstrated that ticks can survive a full cycle in the washing machine and short periods in a dryer.
For more information about ticks please read more here: https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/health/for-owners/ticks/
Marc Abraham is a vet based in Brighton. He regularly appears on UK television. For more information about Marc please visitwww.marcthevet.com.