NEWSLETTER BVC, September 2010

We would like to wish Ramadan Kareem to all our Islamic clients and would like to wish them prosperity, fortune & happiness for their family and loved ones. May the spirit of Ramadan be with you today and always.

In this month’s newsletter, you’ll find lots of information on subjects that may be of interest to you. We have a questionnaire on your pet’s feeding habits, we continue with our sequel on "shall we get a puppy?", and one of our night duty nurses has written a article on a night at the BVC. You will find our monthly special promotion and lots of other information. In our “Breed of the Month” section we give you information on the Pug.

Letter from the Head Vet Dr Jonathan Hale


Dr. Jonathan has written a letter that contains important information on various subjects. One of subjects is heat stress in dogs. Another subject is low blood sugar in kittens that are not eating every few hours. Following up on questions from clients Dr Jonathan also includes a summary of the BVC’s Pay Plan in his letter. Like to read more, please click here.

What breed of puppy?
Are you considering adding a puppy to your family?
In last months newsletter we advised you what to consider before you decide to get a puppy. Now we would like to help you choose a breed that is suitable for you, your family, your living conditions, the time you have to spend on a dog/puppy etc. We have two articles in this newsletter on this subject.  The first article is here and to read more please click here.


Our second article on choosing the right puppy is by Sonja Gehlsen from Dogversation, Abu Dhabi’s first certified German dog behaviourist and trainer who works in conjunction with the BVC for all dog behaviour related matters. If you would like to read Sonja’s advise, please click here.

In the news this month
Product recall on some IAMS and Eukanuba veterinary and specialised dry pet food. We herewith like to confirm that the recent product recall on some IAMS and Eukanuba pet food products is a North America recall only. No IAMS and Eukanuba products available in the Middle East markets are affected by this recall. For the official Procter & Gamble statement please click here.

Notice of upcoming event at the BVC
Opthalmologist visit  
Dr Anthony Goodall from the Johannesburg Animal Eye Hospital will be visiting the UAE again in September to perform specialised eye surgery in pets. He will be available for surgery from September 3 till September 7 2010. Consultation & Surgical appointments with Dr. Goodall can be booked directly with the reception staff at the British Veterinary Centre, from 4-6th September (tel no. 02  6650085).

One of the surgeries that Dr. Goodall will be performing is cataract surgery. If you would like to read more about what causes cataracts and the corrective surgical procedure etc, please click here and you will find a comprehensive information sheet from the Johannesburg Animal Eye Hospital on this subject.


Your kindness can be harmful to your pet
We all love our pets and want to do the best for them but sometimes in our efforts to show how much we love them, we may actually be inadvertently harming them.
From over-feeding them or feeding them the wrong type of food to not giving them enough exercise can cause serious health problems for our beloved furry friends.

Increasing the exercise level is not what you should do this time of year due to the heat and humidity (see previous article). The only thing you can do now is to reduce your pet’s food intake and or change to a good balanced diet that is gives a “full” feeling but does not contain too many calories.

Click here and you’ll find a questionnaire to see if you are “killing your pet with kindness”.


A night as a night duty nurse at the BVC
June Lloyd Pomicpic, one of our night duty nurses has written an article on what working at the BVC’s looks like during the night. Interested in his story? Please click here.



Special promotion in September on Hill’s pet food
For every 10 kg bag or more of Hill’s pet food purchased, you will receive the Hill’s food bin for FREE.
(One per customer and subject to stock availability).

These paws are made for walking
Imagine stepping barefoot onto hot pavement or hot sand. Ouch! It is important to remember your dog’s paws feel heat extremes too. To prevent burns and blisters, avoid walking your dog on hot pavement or sand. Signs include blisters, loose flaps of skin and red, ulcerated patches. For minor burns, apply antibacterial wash and cover the paw with a loose bandage. For serious burns, visit your vet immediately.
And for those who really like to pamper their pet’s paws, click here
for some tips to keep their feet healthy. 

To protect your dog’s feet from hot asphalt or sand, here’s a link were you can order protective dog shoes http://petboots.com/


Dog Breed of the month: the Pug
The Pug’s entire reason for living is to please and be near the people they love. Their sturdiness makes them a family favorite. They are comfortable in small apartments because they need minimal exercise and can easily adapt to all sorts of situations.
The pug is an even-tempered breed, exhibiting stability, playfulness, great charm, dignity, and an outgoing, loving disposition. If you would like to read more, please click here.

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