Khalifa City A Branch

Khalifa City A, Abu Dhabi.
T: +971 (2) 550 - 4111
Emergency: 050 823 0780

GPS Co-ordinates

24°23'50.20"N | 54°33'18.64"E

Opening Hours:

Sunday to Thursday: 8:00 am to 12:00 Noon & 15:00 pm to 19:00 pm 

(Closed between 12:00 pm and 15:00 pm)
Friday:  Closed
Saturday: 10:00 am - 14:00 pm


NEWSLETTER BVC, November 2012

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
Head Veterinarian
British Veterinary Centre Abu Dhabi and BVC Khalifa Branch

School visit

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.
  • Roundworms and Hookworms are mostly found in puppies and kittens. These worms can be passed directly from the mother to the babies during pregnancy and during lactation. Animals of all age groups can become affected with roundworms or hookworms through contact with contaminated faeces with eggs of these parasites.
  • Whipworms are found in adult animals, but can be found in puppies as well. Dogs are mostly infected with whipworms. Animals get infected through contaminated feces in the environment.
  • Tapeworms are found in cats. Cats get infected by tapeworm by ingesting fleas that carry the immature stage of the tapeworm, or by eating rodents, or unprocessed food.  The good hunters among cats are at greater risk for tapeworm.
The diagnosis of roundworms, hookworms and whipworms is done with a fecal flotation test. The test is done by mixing a small amount of stool in a solution that allows eggs to float. The eggs can be then seen under microscope. Tapeworm is mostly diagnosed by finding the worm or its segments in the stool or around the anus.
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:
  • Panacur: against roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and some species of tapeworms
  • Droncit: against tapeworm only
  • Drontal plus: against roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms
  • Revolution canine: against fleas, ticks, ear mites, mange and heartworm
  • Revolution feline: against fleas, ear mites, roundworms and hookworms
  • Profender spot on for cats: against tapeworms and roundworms

Cats and Pain

The 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?

Because cats are both predator and prey, they make a point of hiding any kind of weakness. They know instinctively that displaying pain puts them at risk from other predators, so they do their best to mask it. That works to their disadvantage when it comes to veterinary care. The signs that a cat is in pain are so subtle that most people miss them unless they are keen observers of their cats.

Signs that a cat may be in pain:

  • Changes in eating habits, especially loss of appetite.
  • Changes in activity level: If a cat who's always ready to play is suddenly not interested in playing, the lethargy may be cause for concern.
  • Changes in drinking habits: Pets drink more in the summer than in the winter, but even taking that into consideration, you look for variations in your cat's drinking habits. Get an idea of what's a normal amount of water consumed, and be aware of changes. You don't need to measure by the ounce: Just keep an eye on how often you're refilling that water bowl.
  • Changes in voice: Does your cat's meow sounds different? Is his pattern of vocalizing changing?
  • If you feel your cat is not well; he probably isn’t. If the problem doesn’t resolve in a few days, a trip to your veterinarian is advised.

Multiple Pet Household

Accidents 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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