NEWSLETTER BVC, February 2012

Welcome to the British Veterinary Centre's February newsletter.

First of all I would like to wish all our clients and their pets a wonderful 2012.
The New Year has many exciting challenges ahead for us at the BVC. I am happy to announce that after much struggle, we are nearly ready to open two new branches in both Khalifa City and Al Ain.

We look forward to seeing you at the clinics 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
Head Veterinarian
British Veterinary Centre Abu Dhabi.

Ophthalmologist- and Dental Specialist visit

This month the BVC will again host veterinary ophthalmologist,
Dr. Izak Venter for specialist consultations. Dr. Venter will be in the UAE from the 14th to the 16th of February. Dr. Venter will be consulting at The Veterinary Hospital on the 14th and on the 15th and the 16th he will be consulting and doing surgeries at the BVC. For appointments or more information,
please contact the BVC or TVH.

Cats have no sweet tooth

People crave sweets - cakes, candies, cookies - but cats are generally unimpressed. A cat's taste buds are incapable of detecting, appreciating or triggering a craving for foods that we recognize as "sweet." As "obligate carnivores" (animals who need meat protein to survive), cats simply don't need sweets. People eat a much more varied diet, and human taste buds reflect that -- we have nearly 10,000 on our tongues. No such variety for cats: They're happy to stick with cat food and need fewer than 500 taste buds to figure what's on the menu and what isn't.


A cataract is opacity of the lens. This opacification results in less light reaching the nerve layer of the eye known as the retina. This in turn can lead to reduced vision and ultimately blindness. A cataract may start as a small opacity that gradually enlarges. Most cataracts will mature and lead to blindness. If you would like to read more,
please click here.

Why does my pet's mouth smell bad?

Pets have become part of our immediate families like any other child.  They share our homes and even our beds.  It is therefore logical that if they do not smell as good as they should that it can be offensive to us and it will affect our relationship with them. Halitosis (bad breath) is a sure sign that Fluffy will get the couch and not the bed tonight. 

There are several causes for bad breath and I will try to elaborate on them in order for you to decide which one will be more applicable to your pet. Like to read more? Please click here.

How to feed your reptiles

All prey is not created equal!

At the very least, there is the difference between vertebrate and invertebrate prey.

Fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals are all included in the diets of the many carnivorous and omnivorous reptilian species. Some are generalists, feeding on many different types of prey, while others are specialists, feeding on a limited number of species of prey. Most reptiles feed in the wild only on living prey, though a few species are carrion eaters. If you would like to read more, please click here.

Rabbit Dental Disease

Dental disease in pet rabbits remains one of the most common problems. In recent years we have come to a better understanding of causes, prevention and treatment of these diseases.
If you would like to read more, please click here.

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