Archive for the ‘Animal advice’ Category

Managing chronic kidney disease (CKD)

I am writing this blog to help owners and highlight the importance of understanding kidney disease, as CKD involves a long term relationship with the pet owner and the veterinary team. Good understanding means good compliance which equals the best outcome for the animal.

In most cases of chronic renal failure, treatment is symptomatic and supportive as unfortunately CKD is not reversible.  Patients sometimes require intravenous fluid therapy (a drip) to help correct dehydration and possible electrolyte imbalances initially.  Once they are stable the main concern is to support the kidneys there after and there are a number of ways that the vets and the owners can do to this by working together to optimise the animals quality of life and increase life expectancy.

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Obese pets – What are the risks?

We all love our pets dearly and giving them treats and extra food they enjoy makes us feel happy that we are pleasing them but are we killing our pets with kindness?

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Ticks – what, where and when

Ticks are small parasites – they look a little bit like spiders as they have 8 legs, and they feed on blood.

They do not have wings and they cannot jump. They travel by walking on the ground and up plants from where they latch onto their prey with specially designed hooks on their legs. An unfed tick is approximately 3mm (sesame-seed-size) and small, oval and flat. After a blood meal, a tick can reach 11mm in diameter with the grey/brown body extending out from the back of the thorax.

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Why does my pet’s breath smell so bad?

This along with other questions you may have asked yourself, could be: ‘Why is my cat only licking the gravy/jelly of the food?’ or ‘why does my pet make a funny noise when eating?’.




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Top 5 Tips for Successful Postoperative At-Home Care for your Pets.

The outcome of a surgical procedure is often determined after a patient leaves the practice because most postoperative healing and recovery happen at home, under the owners care.

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Please make sure that you are very clear on all the following important points, so you can understand what your pet needs and because gaps in the after care can complicate and extend patient recovery:




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