In this issue of our monthly newsletter, we welcome a new member of staff, discuss the hazards which summer heat poses to your pets and provide tips on what you can do to keep them safe. Additionally, we offer an overview and great savings on
microchipping in our BVC July promotion. And in our “Breed of the Month” section we give you information on Siamese cats and the Saluki.
The BVC welcomes a new Dr to the team
Dr Nick Terraz joins us from the UK. Actually it’s a bit of a homecoming for him after 10 years away. Dr Nick was schooled in Dubai. He left Dubai to do his veterinary qualification at the Royal Veterinary College in London and then spent the last 5 years in various busy UK practices leading up to coming out to the UAE as a highly experienced veterinarian. Dr Nick’s special interest is in exotic pets – that’s a term used to encompass all those special pets that are not cats and dogs so rabbits, turtles, birds, ferrets and many others. He’s got some particular language skills that he’s going to be able to use, being able to speak fluent French and conversational Arabic. We wish Dr Nick a hearty welcome to the BVC team.
Your pet(s) and the summer heat
It’s that time of the year again in the UAE. Temperatures are rising, and people are feeling uncomfortable due to the humidity. AC’s are running on high. No more lazy evenings in the garden. The next few months will be spent indoors. Everybody tries to stay cool as much as possible. Keep in mind that besides people, your furry friend(s) suffer from the heat as well. If they are exposed to too much sun, it can cause heatstroke and can cause a pet’s skin, particularly delicate areas such as the nose or ears, to become sun burnt, eventually leading to skin-cancer just like it does for us. Dogs are particularly prone to heat stress, especially the snub-nosed breeds like the Bull Dogs, Pugs, Shih Tzu’s, Boxers and Pekinese for they have difficulty breathing/panting. Cats can also suffer from heat stress.
How to keep your pet “cool”
Keeping your pet cool during the summer is a matter of planning and alertness! Since almost every home in Abu Dhabi has air-conditioning, it should be possible to prevent overheating. Unfortunately we see quite a few pets suffering from heat stroke throughout the year in our clinic, but mostly during the summer. This is mainly caused by lack of sufficient knowledge by the owner or caretaker of the pets. Click here if you want to read what you can do to keep your pet safe and cool.
Signs of heat stress / stroke
It is important to be able to identify the symptoms of heat stress/overheating/heat stroke.
First of all, if you think your pet is suffering from heat stress start cooling it down! It is vital that you take immediate action since heatstroke can be fatal. While cooling your pet down call the vet and bring your pet as soon as possible but keep cooling him/her down. Spray your pet with cool (not cold) water, put cooling packs (cold soda cans/ frozen vegetables or whatever available in the inguinal area and armpits) and transport him/her in your car to the clinic with the AC turned on high. Waiting too long before you seek professional help may be fatal to your pet. (Cold blankets should be regularly refreshed otherwise they work as an isolation and do not help to cool down your pet!).
Click here if you want to read what the symptoms of over-heating are.
In case your Air-Conditioning breaks down
Not a scenario you would like to happen, but you never know. Click on your pet animal below for tips specific to them on how to keep cool without the help of AC.
Dogs and cats: click here
Small mammals: click here
Make your own doggy ice-cream
If you would really like to treat your pooch to something cool and tasty, please click here and you find some delicious ice cream recipes that your dog will love.
One of the recipes contains yoghurt. It is true that dairy products aren’t good for dogs, but yogurt contains much less lactase than regular milk and the live cultures are great for your dog’s digestive system.
If your dog has a food intolerance or food allergy, you should not give them these treats!!
Microchipping is the insertion of a rice grain sized implant under the skin of the pet.
It provides a permanent unalterable means of identification for your pet. It’s a requirement for travel to many counties.
When the chip number is registered in a database (we recommend the World Pet Register) http://www.worldpetregister.com/. It can provide a way back home if your pet is lost or even stolen.
The biothermal chips (available at the BVC) allow your pet’s body temperature to be taken non-invasively.
FAQ’s about microchipping
Does it hurt to put in?
It’s a very short passing stinging sensation for your pet that stops after literally a second. Doing the chip at the same time as a procedure like spaying or dentistry can completely prevent all discomfort.
How do I register my pets chip on the World Pet Register site?
Send an email to Ludwig@britvet.ae and he can do this for you.
Lifetime registration is 80Dhs. See this month’s special offer too.
- For more FAQ’s about microchipping, please click here.
Special Promotion for July
The July special offer is 25% off the price of microchipping. Contact reception on
02 6650085 for a microchip appointment – please quote the July newsletter special offer.
If you pet is already chipped and you would like to add their chip number to the World Pet Register during the month of July we provide a 25% discount off registration. Contact Ludwig@britvet.ae
In our monthly dog feature, we would like to introduce the Saluki.
In 1919, the National Geographic Society's The Book of Dogs' said of Salukis: "This ancient race is one of the most peculiar, most beautiful, and most puzzling of dogs.
If you would like to read more about the Saluki, please click here.
Did you know? The BVC vets have looked after the Saluki dogs for the Arabian Saluki Centre of Abu Dhabi for many years. http://www.arabiansaluki.ae/center.html
The Siamese cat has fascinated people around the world since they were first officially exported from Thailand, and known then as the Siam, in the late eighteen hundreds. Their sleek lines, striking color contrast, finely chiseled aristocratic heads, deep blue almond eyes, and short silky coats make them living art. Combine this beauty with acute intelligence, inquisitive personality and a loving nature and you have the essence of the Siamese cat. If you would like to read more about the Siamese, please click here.