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Dr Jonathan Hale
Head Veterinarian
British Veterinary Centre Abu Dhabi.

News update from Dr. Jonathan

With temperatures already soaring, I think we can safely say that Summer is already upon us and it's going to be a scorcher! The onset of higher temperatures also brings with it many responsibilities for pet owners in the UAE . Aside from the usual precautionary measures against heatstroke, it is also a time when many expats make plans to return to their home countries for either holidays or repatriation. In either instance, proper vaccines and treatments must be kept current to avoid restrictions on pet travel. Our website at: provides a broad selection of information on the import and export of pets. We also offer a full range of services to assist you in any pet transportation requirements you may have. We look forward to seeing you at the clinic for all of your summer pet care needs, and on behalf of all the staff at the BVC we thank you for your continued patronage.

Dr. Jonathan Hale, Clinical Director, BVC

What is heat stroke and how does it occur?

Summer is just around the corner, although with the high temperatures during the last couple of weeks you may even think it is already there. With high temperatures, the danger of your pet suffering from heat stroke should be considered. If you click here, you'll find an article detailing heat stroke, how it affects your pet, and how to prevent it.

Ophthalmologist visit

Dr. Lo-An Odayar from the Johannesburg Animal Eye Hospital will be visiting the UAE again in June to perform specialised eye surgery in pets. She will be available for consultations and surgery from June 7th to June 9th 2011. Consultation & Surgical appointments with Dr. Odayar can be booked directly with the reception staff at the British Veterinary Centre, Abu Dhabi (tel no. 02 6650085) or by emailing: For those clients interested in cataract surgery and causes of cataracts, please click here and you will find a comprehensive information sheet from the Johannesburg Animal Eye Hospital.

Tick Control

Ticks are insects and external parasites that attach to the skin of your dog and on humans. If you would like information on how to keep your dog free of ticks, please click here.

Special promotion

Proper dental hygiene is important for your pet, therefore until the end of June, the British Veterinary Centre offers you a 10% discount on all dental procedures scheduled within 2 weeks of a BVC vet recommendation.

Is your cat avoiding the litter box?

It is maybe hard to believe but it can be possible for your cat to opt for other places to do his business instead of the litter box he normally uses. Aside from medical reasons or an unclean litter tray, another factor is stress. If you would like to read about some solutions to this problem, please click here.

Summer Abandonment

The BVC has a very clear stance regarding abandoned pets. If you would like to read this article, please click here.

Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease

If a parrot is losing feathers that are not recovered after a few days or weeks but leave bald patches on the skin, it may be infected by a virus infection called PBFD. Hiding behind the abbreviation PBFD is Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (you also could call it "Parrot's Beak and Feather disease"). Usually bigger parrots, cockatoos etc. are affected by this infection caused by the so called avian circovirus. If you would like to read more, please click here.

Ouch, he bit me!

Strange as it may seem, your cat is not biting you out of hostility, but because he is a perfectly normal cat. Many cats nip and bite when they're happy, particularly if they have a low threshold for stimulation. You can learn the warning signs of when your cat is becoming over- stimulated. You might feel his muscles tense up or see his tail twitch or his rear end waggle. If you can tell he's about to bite, stop petting, and pet him again when he's calmed down. Like to read more? Please click here.

Pet of the month: The Jack Russell Terrier

The Jack Russell Terrier is a cheerful, merry, devoted, and loving dog. Spirited and obedient, yet absolutely fearless. Careful and amusing, he enjoys games and playing with toys. Jack's are friendly and generally kind to children. Children should be taught not to tease or hit the dog. They are intelligent, and if you let them take an inch, they can become willful and determined to take a mile. It is paramount that you are this dogs pack leader. He needs to be given rules to follow, and limitations as to what he is and is not allowed to do. If you would like to read more about this dog with a larger than life personality, please click here.

Cat Breed of the Month: The Siamese

Highly recognizable, the Siamese has deep blue, almond-shaped eyes, a chiseled, wedge-shaped head, sleek, tubular body and large pointed ears. They are curious, affectionate and athletic. Their vocalization sounds like human baby cries. They love to be around their favorite people and tend to share your pillow at bedtime. Highly intelligent, this breed can be trained to perform commands and tricks and has proven to be a viable competitor in feline agility. Like to read more? Please click here.

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