House call veterinarians offer many conveniences that traditional veterinary hospitals cannot.
One of the biggest of those is overcoming the fear and emotional trauma that many dogs and cats experience when taken from their home in a car to a veterinary clinic. Many animals release pheromones (chemical scent signals) under traumatic conditions that linger in the air and may cause fear reactions (ie. aggression, shaking, submissive behavior like urinary incontinence) in animals that detect them.
By examining your pet in its own home where it is more secure, your mobile veterinarian can better evaluate behavior and conditions which may be caused or aggravated by the pet’s environment.
In addition, there is a lower risk of being exposed to possible diseases that may be found in a busy veterinarian’s waiting room. This is especially important for a very young puppy or kitten. Preventing contact with viruses and bacteria is also beneficial for very old pets that do not have good immunity or for any dog or cat with a weakened immune system due to drugs, cancer or other diseases.
WE CAN HAVE A LAUGH...BUT CATS ARE SCARED WHEN THEY HAVE TO LEAVE THEIR KNOWN TERRITORY. YOU CAN AVOID IT. WE ARE HERE TO MAKE YOUR CAT COMFORTABLE AND LET HIM/HER LOVE THE VET.
Christmas & Pets
A delicious recipe for your furry friend :)
(plus do & don't in kitchen)
The festive season is fast approaching once again and keeping our furry family members safe during this time can be a somewhat tricky task. With decorations about to go up, did you know that holly, mistletoe and poinsetta plants are poisonous to cats and dogs? Fake plastic or silk plants are much safer for your pets.Thankfully, most of us are now aware of how poisonous chocolate and xylitol-containing sweets can be for our little friends but here's some lesser known food dangers from our Christmas shopping list, that cats and dogs should avoid eating;Christmas pudding, Christmas cake and mince piesGrapes, raisins and datesMacadamia nutsAlcoholBonesFatty foods, such as potatoes cooked in goose fat should also be avoided. If you would like to include your pet in Christmas dinner, the ideal treat is plain cooked turkey with some delicious crunchy vegetables. Better yet, here's a recipe that's food-safe for your pooches AND made from leftovers (unless it's going into that turkey curry again!)Let's start!Preheat oven to 180C.In a bowl, mix 1 cup turkey breast, 1 cup chopped potato, ½ cup flour, ½ cup chopped veg (like parsnip, carrots, squash etc).Roll into small balls and flatten onto a baking tray to make cookies.Press your thumb into the centre of each and fill the fingerprint with cranberry sauce.Bake for 20-30mins.If Scruffy prefers a crunchier cookie, turn the oven down low and cook for 60mins.From all of us, we WOOF you a Merry Christmas!!
''Don't terrier yourself up about it'' 6 Halloween Safety Tips for your PetsWith the change in seasons comes Halloween and on the spookiest night of the year, keeping your pets safe needn't be tricky. Here's a handful of helpful tips to keep Scruffy and Snowball safe;Keep sweets out of reach
The dangers of chocolate poisoning in pets is now widely known, but with a rise in sugar free products, Xylitol poisoning is now becoming more common. If you suspect your pet has eaten something they shouldn't have, please call your local veterinary practice for medical advice.
Bring pets inside
Vicious pranksters have been known to tease, injure and even kill pets during the Halloween season. Inexcusable but not preventable. Black cats are most at risk. In fact, rehoming centres have been known to stop rehoming black cats for the entire month of October to help prevent this from occurring, so keeping them inside is safest.Keep pets confinedWith lots of doorbell ringing by strangers in costumes shouting for sweets, pets can become uncharacteristically anxious or aggressive, particularly dogs, so keeping them confined and away from windows can help to prevent this. If they are nervous, keeping them confined will also help to prevent any mad dashes out the front door. No one wants to spend hours hunting for a lost pet on Halloween night.DecorationsWhile pumpkins are relatively non-toxic to pets, ingesting large amounts can cause intestinal upsets or serious intestinal blockages that can normally only be resolved with surgery. The candles that light them up also pose a fire safety risk for those more inquisitive pets.Dressing pets up in costumesEveryone wants to join in on the party but please only dress your pets up if you are absolutely certain they enjoy it. Cats in particular can become very traumatized in this sort of situation. Ensuring the costume fits well, without constricting breathing or movement and there are no ties/string will help to keep them comfortable and safeFireworksWhile we all ''oooohh'' and ''aaaahh'' at the local fireworks show, the noise and lights can often terrify our furry family members. It helps to keep them confined in a small space and away from windows, with comforting aids like their favourite teddy or gentle background music. However, if your pet is not manageable during this time, please speak to your veterinary surgeon to get a personalized management plan.
Is your pet scared of fierworks? Here some good advise.
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