Welcome to the British Veterinary Centre's November Newsletter.
November is here and cooler weather is just around the corner. The
team is very pleased to be seeing so many clients at our Khalifa City
branch. We anticipate assisting you with all of your veterinary needs
in both locations and thank you for your continuing patronage.
Dr Jonathan Hale
On May 27, 2012 Dr. Jonathan, Jen and Teddy visited Brighton College in Abu Dhabi. The team visited with 2 groups of students to talk about being a veterinarian, and about animals in general. The children had many questions, and the topics discussed included everything from the diet and exercise of pet dogs and cats, to snake grooming and counting the legs on a tick!
Students were invited to pet Teddy and talk about their own pets and experiences at a veterinary clinic. The team was very impressed by the smart and interesting questions asked by the students and looks forward to a return visit!
Toxic Food (Courtesy of SVG)
We all know that dogs and cats are not people but did you know that some of our favorite foods are toxic for them. Most toxic foods are present in every household. The ingestion of chocolate, caffeine (found in coffee and sodas) and theobromine (teas) will cause digestive and/or nervous signs and can be fatal. Other commonly eaten products are also poisonous for our pets: grapes, raisins, sultanas, onions, garlic, avocado and Macadamia nuts.
Xylitol is an artificial sweetener found in candy, sugar-free chewing gums, toothpaste and some baked snacks. It is harmless for people (and widely used in the fight against obesity) but very toxic for dogs (where it causes hypoglycaemia). The animal becomes depressed, cannot walk properly and finally fits and collapses.
Dogs seem to be attracted by alcoholic drinks even in small amounts. Therefore glasses, even ones that are almost empty, should not be left unattended. If your pet has had access to any of these common foods or beverages and starts behaving oddly, contact your veterinary surgeon immediately. Of course now that you have been warned, no doubt you’ll make sure that human food and drinks are out of the reach of your favorite companion.
Breed of the Month; the Himalayan Cat
The Himalayan cat is considered one of the most luxurious and beautiful of the long haired cats. Sweet and loving, with a playful and energetic personality, they have fast become one of the most popular cat breeds today.
The Himalayan cat came into existence by crossing a Persian with a Siamese, creating a cat with the build and coat of a Persian, with the colour and energy of a Siamese.
Depending on where you live, the Himalayan is either classed as a breed in its own right, or as a colour variation of the Persian. Either way, they are considered separate enough to be judged and sold as a class of their own.
Himalayan cats are said to be very in tune with their owners, and love to spend time with their caretakers, watching what you do, and just chilling out with you. Their laid-back and calm temperament makes them ideal cats for first time owners looking for a long haired cat, multi-cat households, and families with older and considerate children.
Don’t mistake their laid back nature for laziness, just like the Siamese that went into making this wonderful breed, Himalayans love to play, chasing balls, pieces of string and feathers, and are intelligent enough to learn a few tricks. However, due to their sweet temperament and long hair, they are considered indoor cats only, or aviary/secure garden cats, as they can get themselves into a lot of trouble!
Just like their Persian ancestors, they need brushing daily to ensure their coat stays healthy and knot-free, and to ensure even distribution of the oils found naturally in the skin. Depending on what facial type you choose, Himalayans with very flat faces can be prone to watery eyes, and will need their face cleaned daily, with a warm damp cloth, to prevent buildup of bacteria or dirt. Depending on the coat type of your Himalayan, some cats will require regular bathing, the person who will know about their coat care needs are the breeders, so make sure you ask them what their daily grooming ritual involves. Most good breeders brush and wash kittens from a very young age, meaning that the cats come to enjoy being brushed and groomed, making your job much easier!
Some Himalayans are also prone to Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) which if tested can be identified early on. On average, you can expect your Himalayan to be with you 15 years +, and assuming you keep them well groomed will make a loving and heartfelt companion to you and your home.
Gastrointestinal (GI) parasites, parasites of the stomach, small and large intestine and colon are common in all domestic animals. If the parasites are not treated they can cause weight loss, anemia, intestinal blockage, diarrhea and vomiting.
Some of these intestinal parasites can be transferred to humans through contact with infected animals in combination with poor hygiene. Humans that have become infected will exhibit symptoms ranging from diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, blindness and organ failure.
Children are more prone to infestation while playing with the animals and touching their face before washing their hands or the dog/cat licking the child face. Thus the deworming of your dog or cat should be done on regular intervals.
The deworming medication can be administered in 3 ways: by mouth (orally), by subcutaneous injection and as a spot on for cats. The oral medication comes in liquid form, granules, paste and tablets.
The pregnant bitch or queen should be dewormed 2 weeks before partus (delivery) and 2 weeks after. With this schedule, any uterine infestation of the puppies is prevented as well as infestation through the milk.
The puppies and kittens should be first de-wormed at 2 weeks of age and every 2 weeks after until the age of 2 months. From 2 until 6 months of age the puppy/kitten should be dewormed monthly. The suitable dewormer for this age is in a form of paste or Syrup
From 6 months onwards the de-worming should be done every 3-4 months.
There are many products available for deworming. Some of them are:
Cats and Pain
way cats express pain is very hard to notice. It's much easier to notice
pain in a dog because we tend to interact with dogs directly. We take
them on walks and we see whether they're limping, for instance, or
moving more slowly. With cats, it's much more difficult to see the
changes in mobility that signal injury or arthritis. Unless you happen
to see your cat while he's doing his business in the litter box, you
might not notice that he's having more difficulty squatting or no
longer does the high kick to cover his scat. You might not notice that
he doesn't jump to the top of the bookcase anymore, and you might like
it that he no longer jumps on the kitchen counter. You just notice that
he's sleeping more and, hey, that's what cats do, isn't it?
Multiple Pet HouseholdAccidents can happen even to the cautious. One disaster that's all too common in a multipet household is a biting incident between a predatory animal (cat or dog) and a prey one (bird, hamster, rabbit). A bite is a genuine medical emergency, even if the pet who has been bitten seems fine afterward. Dogs and cats have bacteria in their mouths that can develop into a deadly infection in a bird or other prey animal. For many of these, a prompt trip to a veterinarian and a course of antibiotics will mean the difference between life and death. Nights, weekends -- no matter when it happens -- a bitten bird or rabbit needs help, fast. Never assume your dog or cat won't bite your rabbit or bird. The prey-predator wiring can be very difficult to short-circuit. Keep these pets safely apart at all times.
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