NEWSLETTER BVC, November 2010

BVC News Update by Dr Jonathan Hale

JonathanOctober's been a fairly quiet month at the clinic. Not many cases requiring emergency attendance or great feats of surgical skill. The staff has been kept busy with the routine work of sterilization and vaccinations. It does remind me though what a significant amount of bird work the practice does. This may be because it's a particular area of interest for a number of our staff among which I number myself. Bird owners tend to know when the staff of the clinic they are using are familiar and happy with birds. This month we have included some information on the various species of birds that are kept as pets.

Inevitably in the UAE there are staff changes that come up. In November our nursing section head, Gelah, a much respected head nurse is leaving after almost three years with us. Joining us will be a very enthusiastic zoology graduate from the UK who wants to become a qualified veterinary nurse, Kirsty.

Euthanasia of pets is a serious issue. Never more so than in the UAE where there are such diverse cultures. Culture in the sense of the summation of teaching and experience can produce very strong beliefs on what is right and wrong. The issue of euthanasia of pets doesn't seem to get much rational discussion here – there is often a head long rush to loss of respect and criticism over this issue. It seems to me that the successful formula in UAE is in part because a cross cultural respect is maintained. Can the same consensus be reached over the issue of pet euthanasia?     

The BVC is proud to be associated doe_awardwith various volunteer programs that help give young people an experience of working with pet animals. In this edition of the newsletter we have some information about the Duke of Edinburgh awards.Please click here.

guide_dogsOn the subject of young people with initiative a young lady called Stefanie is running a project to raise funds for the Guide Dogs for the Blind by collecting used Ink Jet Cartridges and we attach information about that. Please click here.

The staff at the BVC re-home hundreds of abandoned pets – dogs, cats, fish, terrapins, hamsters, tortoises etc every year via the BVC adoption program. The program allows many pets a second chance in life and is not limited to a single species. If you are interested in more information, please click here and you'll find article on this subject.

One of the many things I like about being a veterinarian is that I have cat_baththe opportunity and time to speak to people throughout the day. So when Ilona and Niko said that their cat Chaplin actually likes a bath I asked for a picture.  

Well that's it from me again.  I hope you are enjoying the cooler weather and the opportunity to get outdoors. I know I am and I thank those of you friends that supported my fund raising via the Abu Dhabi mile swim.    


Two smelly problems

With the festive season around the corner we would like to address a rather explosive issue; flatulence or gas in dogs. Although gas is rarely a cause for concern, it can be uncomfortable for the dog and rather unpleasant for the owner. If you can identify the cause of your dog's gas there are ways to prevent it. Like to read more? Please click here.

The other smelly issue is a dog's anal glands. This is more common in small dogs, but can affect any breed. Located on either side of the anus, these small glands release a strong-smelling liquid that is used to mark territory, show fear and help dogs identify one another. These sacs are usually emptied when the dog defaecates. A small amount of the liquid is released along with dog faeces. They are also emptied when there is a sudden contraction of the sphincter. This causes a characteristic dog smell when your dog is afraid or upset. Like to read more? Please click here.

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This month we have a special promotion! If you bring in a bag of ‘supermarket’ brand dry cat food, whether it is open or unopened we will exchange it for a 2 kg bag of  Hill’s Optimal Care for cats for FREE!!

Cat Quotes

If you own a cat, the cat's characteristics of being independent, aloof and thinking of you as their personal can opener are not new to you. Here are some quotes about the cat's characteristics for you cat lovers to enjoy. Please click here.

Shall we get a Parrot?

We received some questions from our readers to share information on considerations before getting a parrot. If having a dog or a cat is a long term commitment, having a parrot is definitely a lifetime commitment as they can grow extremely old. If you would like to read more, please click here

If you would like to see an overview of parrot species that are kept as pets, please click here.

Cat Breed of the month:

The Scottish Fold is best known for its distinctive ears, which are folded forward and down, and by its large rounded eyes, which give it a sweet, wide-eyed expression. They are intelligent, sweet-tempered, soft-spoken, and easily adaptable to new people and situations. They are very loyal and tend to bond with one person in the household. Despite their devotion, they are not clingy or demanding cats and usually prefer to be near you rather than on your lap. If you would like to read more, please click here.

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