NEWSLETTER BVC, October 2011

Welcome to the British Veterinary Centre's October newsletter.

First of all I would like to inform you about our changed opening hours starting on October 23rd:

  • Sun – Thurs 7:30 am to 8:00 pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat 8:30 am to 8:00 pm
  • Dr Jonathan Hale
    Head Veterinarian
    British Veterinary Centre Abu Dhabi.

    News update from Dr. Jonathan

    October is upon us once again and with it comes our latest group of Duke of Edinburgh volunteers. The Duke of Edinburgh Award consists of a programme of activity, which includes developing skills, service, and physical recreation. Students taking part must show a high level of self-motivation and commitment. The BVC would like to extend a special "Thank you" to students volunteering with us this year for their interest and dedication. I hope you find our October newsletter informative and helpful.

    As always, I encourage and welcome feedback and suggestions for future editions. We look forward to seeing you at the clinic for all of your 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

    Bloat, why is it so serious?

    There are many injuries and physical disorders that represent life-threatening emergencies. There is only one condition so drastic that it overshadows them all in terms of rapidity of consequences and effort in emergency treatment. This is the gastric dilatation and volvulus or bloat. Classically, this condition affects dog breeds that are said to be deep chested, meaning the length of their chest from backbone to sternum is relatively long while the chest width from right to left is narrow. Examples of deep chested breeds would be the Great Dane, Greyhound, and the setter breeds. Still, any dog can get bloat, even dachshunds and Chihuahuas. Dogs weighing more than 45 kg have approximately 20% risk of bloat. If you would like to read more, please click here

    Opthalmologist visit

    This month the BVC will again host veterinary ophthalmologist, Dr. Lo-An Odayar for specialist consultations. Dr Lo-an will be in the UAE from the 18th to the 20th of October. She will be consulting at The Veterinary Hospital on the 18th, consulting and doing surgeries at the BVC on the 19th and 20th of October. For appointments or more information, please contact the BVC or TVH

    Noisy Cats

    Some cats are chattier than others. For example the Siamese will just "talk and talk and talk" to you. In this case to a certain extent you're just going to have to live with the problem - in other words, you can't change the stripes on a tiger! Some noisiness is inborn, for example kittens call to their moms when they want something. Some noisiness is actually trained into cats by humans. If you hop up and accommodate her every time your cat demands something - to be fed or let out or in - you've taught her that the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Even in the middle of the night or at the crack of dawn. To retrain your cat, resolve not to give in to her demands. If you start out by ignoring her yowling and then give in anyway, you've taught her that all she needs to do to get her way is to make more noise, not less. Correct her for the noise - with a shot of air or water - and then go about your business. She will understand soon enough that her demanding gets her nowhere.

    Feline Herpes

    Feline herpes virus [FHV] is the most frequent cause of conjunctivitis and corneal damage in domestic cats. It is thought that about 70% of cats show antibodies to the virus, indicating that they have been exposed to it. If you would like to read more, please click here.

    Arthritis in Pets

    Arthritis in pets is very common. Arthritis is a chronic, slow progressing condition that is caused by the breakdown and destruction of your pet's cartilage. As that occurs, the bony structures begin to rub against one another causing pain and discomfort. If you would like to read what you can do if your pet suffers from arthritis, please click here.

    Have you ever woken up in the wrong bed?

    Dog Breed of the Month: The Bernese Mountain Dog

    One of four varieties of Swiss Mountain Dog, the Bernese Mountain Dog is the only variety that possesses a long, silky coat. The "Berner" is intelligent and strong and this versatile breed participates in conformation, obedience, carting, agility, tracking, herding and therapy work. Like the other Swiss breeds, they are tri-colored, with patches of black, rust and white. If you would like to read more about this stunning dog, please click here.

    Cat Breed of the Month: The Scottish Fold

    Scottish Folds are fun loving, affectionate and loving cats. They are carefree but will return every bit of love that you give them. They make wonderful companions, not too demanding and loving you completely. Scottish Folds are intelligent, sweet-tempered, soft-spoken, and easily adaptable to new people and situations. If you would like to read more about this adorable cat breed, please click here.

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