Paws, Claws and More – Summer Edition 2018
Christmas and New Year Opening Hours:
December 24th: 7:30am to 6pm
December 25th: CLOSED
December 26th: CLOSED
December 27th: 7:30am to 7pm
December 31st: 7:30am to 6pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Welcome Back Dr Dolly!!
Little Theo is nearly 8 months old with many teeth for his age already! As you can see by his adorable picture that he is thriving and Dolly is looking wonderful as usual. Dolly is looking forward to seeing you and your fury friends now and in the New Year!
Christmas Training Your Pets!
Christmas brings lots of beautiful things; including Christmas trees, decorations and don’t forget the Christmas lights! But with all of these things come the hard part – keeping it away from curious pet’s claws! When training it’s important to set them up to success so remember to start small!
Tinsel Remember to start small! There’s nothing more exciting to pets then tinsel, it’s shiny and often hanging down just tempting a curious pet to reach out and grab it. I recommend if you are going to have tinsel start with a small amount of it and spray it with a bitter deterrent (such as Wound Guard Spray), the bitter deterrent stops them from eating the tinsel and after tasting it usually deter them from trying to play with the tinsel again.
The Christmas Tree Location is important. Make sure when choosing a spot for the tree make sure there isn’t anywhere that a cat can as a launch pad for jumping into the tree and that it’s not in a location that dogs usually play. Slowly introduce the tree. Build the tree slowly over a couple of weeks rather than putting it up in a couple of hours, this allows the curious pet to scope the tree out as it’s being built and they soon get bored of it and it will be less of an excitement. Don’t decorate it straight away. Once the tree is up, it is sit for a couple of days before decorating. Use decoys. A Christmas tree is fun but a cat tower is better! If they already have a high area where they can sit and play, they will be less likely to try and and it in the tree.
Christmas Ornaments. Keep it simple. Don’t overload the tree with Christmas ornaments especially glitter filled ones, the more bling you tree has the more tempting it will be for a pet to play with. Don’t use glass ornaments! Keep the lowest two branches free of dangling ornaments. This is so if your pet brushes up against the tree, the ornaments don’t accidentally fall off.
Christmas Lights. Spray away is a must. Spray a bitter deterrent just like the tinsel, this reduces the risk of them being chewed. Don’t let the lights dangle. Although it looks pretty it also pretty fun to play with in a pet’s perspective, keep the light up on the branches and wrapped tight around the tree. Switch off the lights off anytime you’re away from the tree. It’s best to unplug the lights when not in use!
Pocket Pets in Summer
It’s a forgotten fact that rabbits as well as guinea pigs and a couple of other little pocket pets cannot regulate their temperatures via panting therefore they are very susceptible to their body overheating or hyperthermia so it’s important to keep them cool in the summer weather. Mouth breathing in pocket pets is extremely serious and a life-threatening sign.
So what can you do to prevent this? You can make ice blocks by getting an old yogurt container chop up some carrots (or their favorite fruit/veg) and place them in the container with water – freeze and you have a lovely ice block for them. The same works for their normal pellets. You can also get them an ice bottle to lay against – which is simply a bottle of water frozen that they can lay against it during the day. Placing some ice cubes in their drinking water on super-hot days can help or even a misting from a spray bottle (please avoid spraying their face). Lastly, make sure their hutch is in the shade – this easiest way to take away some heat.
If you are worried that your Rabbit may be showing signs of hyperthermia:
Extremities, eg ears and feet are warm to the tough.
Increase in breathing rate, with open-mouth breathing.
In some cases, blood-tinged fluid from the nose and mouth.
If the rabbit isn’t circulating enough oxygen then their mouth and nose will be cyanotic – that is blue tinged.
If allowed to progress, the rabbit may collapse, have seizures and die.
If you see these signs call us straight away and book and appointment.
Go Native!! Northern hairy-nosed wombat!
The northern hairy-nose wombat is one of three species of wombats. It is one of the rarest land mammals in the world and is critically endangered. Individuals can be 35cm high and up to 1 metre long and weigh up to 40kg! The northern hairy-nosed wombat is nocturnal, living underground in networks of burrows. They avoid coming above ground during harsh weather, as their burrows maintain a constant humidity and temperature. They have been known to share burrows with up to 10 individuals. Did you know? Happily nick-named ‘the bulldozer of the bush’ it is also known as the coarse haired wombat, the naked nosed wombat, the forest wombat, the island wombat and the Tasmanian wombat.
With Christmas right around the corner, you can almost smell the delicious aromas of the barbecue. It might be tempting to feed our pets a little leftover sausage, the fat off a steak or a little morsel of ham or port belly. What can it hurt to give our pets a little treat? It is a holiday after all. The answer is it can really hurt the pancreas. High fat meals can predispose some dogs to a condition called pancreatitis which is inflammation of the pancreas. So keep your pets pancreas happy by withholding high fat foods and table scraps. Give your pets attention not food, as a treat this Christmas, their pancreas will thank you!