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Could Your Dog Have An Ear Infection?

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Any breed of dog can develop an ear infection, but those with long hair around their ears or those with floppy ears are more susceptible. This is due to their ears taking longer to dry, as air can’t circulate freely and the damp conditions create a hospitable environment for bacteria to flourish. Infections of the middle and inner ear can leave your dog experiencing a great deal of discomfort and tend to be caused by bacteria. Symptoms If your dog has a middle or inner ear infection, their ear flaps may appear red and they may paw at their ears or rub their ears along the floor. You may also notice they shake their head, or, since ear infections can cause dizziness, your dog may seem clumsy and bump into furniture. A yellow or brown discharge is sometimes present, particularly if the infection is severe, and your dog may not always seem to hear you when you call them. Additionally, dogs can become irritable when experiencing pain or discomfort, so you may notice your dog becomes irritable if anyone touches their head. Diagnosis And Treatment An ear infection can be diagnosed by using an otoscope to examine your dog’s inner ear canals. This allows the vet to establish if there’s inflammation in the ear canals. Using a swab to collect cells from within your dog’s ears can enable the vet to determine the type of bacteria that’s causing the infection. Once identified, the vet will be able to prescribe an antibiotic that’s effective at eradicating the specific bacteria present in your dog’s ears. Mild infections typically only require a short course of antibiotics, and your dog’s ears will be cleaned before they leave the surgery. Severe infections may require you to give your dog antibiotics for several weeks, and the vet may also drain any build-up of fluid to help the ears dry out and discourage bacteria from continuing to colonise the ear canals. If your dog’s ears are badly inflamed, the vet may prescribe anti-inflammatory medication, which will kick-start the healing process by improving blood circulation and allowing the ears to drain on their own. Your vet can also show you safe ways to keep your dog’s ears clean and recommend products you can use to reduce the moisture in your dog’s ears after they’ve been in the water. If your dog is displaying any of the symptoms listed above or if you have any concerns about the health of their ears, don’t hesitate to take them to a vet...

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Is it Better to Board Cats With Medical Conditions With Your Vet?

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If your cat has a long-term medical condition or is getting on in years and isn’t as healthy as it used to be, you may be worried about putting it in cat boarding. While you may have no concerns about a boarding facility’s ability to generally look after your pet, you may be worried about how the cattery will cope with your cat’s medications or what would happen if your cat gets sick and needs medical treatment. If your vet’s surgery offers cat boarding, this may give you some extra peace of mind. What are the advantages and disadvantages of boarding your cat with your vet? The Advantages of Vet Boarding Some vets will board cats in an animal hospital environment; others have a cattery attached to the practice. If your cat needs regular medical attention and you would prefer it to be monitored and treated by your own vet, this may be a good option for you. While a general cattery will have access to a vet, it may insist on using its own vet rather than the animal doctor you regularly use who knows all about your cat’s medical history. Plus, if you board your cat with your vet, it will be on the site of the practice and can get help quickly if needed. If your cat falls ill in a cattery, it may need to wait for a vet to be called out or may have to be taken to a practice. In a vet’s surgery environment, your pet may also be cared for by the practice’s nurses who may have more experience of administering medications and identifying medical problems quickly. This may give your pet more immediate access to experienced medical care if it needs it. The Disadvantages of Vet Boarding Not all vet practices operate separate catteries. Some will board your cat but will put it in a hospital type of environment. These environments may be more geared towards to looking after very sick cats or those recovering from an operation or treatment. Your cat may not get as much individual space or attention as it would in a cattery and it may get bored if it ends up sitting in a small space with no option to get exercise during its stay. Bear in mind that boarding your cat with your vet doesn’t always mean that your cat can automatically see a vet immediately if it has problems. Before choosing between a vet or a cattery, you also need to check how often the vet is available to deal with any emergency issues. While a practice may staff a boarding or hospital facility 24/7, this doesn’t necessarily mean that a vet is on site all day, every day, and there may be times when your pet may need to wait for treatment until your vet can get to it.   For more information, contact companies like Welcome Boarding Kennels &...

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Four Myths of Boarding Catteries – Exposed

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you’re going away for more than a night or two, you’ll almost certainly need to house your pet at a boarding cattery. These facilities provide a relaxed atmosphere for cats away from home, but a number of myths persist which make people reluctant to use them. Here are the biggest misconceptions surrounding catteries, and why you don’t need to worry about them. Myth One: Your Cat Will Get Stressed Out You might be worried that boarding your pet in a cattery will make it freak out due to being away from home. However, keep in mind that the people you will be leaving your cat with are trained and experienced. They will know exactly how to calm down your cat and make them feel right at home. You can make the process easier by providing familiar items – such as toys, a blanket, and the same food which the cat eats at home. Having these items around will make the cat feel less stressed, and help them adapt to the environment. Myth Two: Your Cat Will Forget You Probably the biggest concern which cat lovers face is the idea that their darling pet will forget all about them when they go away for a couple of weeks. People naturally assume that this is more likely at a cattery, where a cat will be surrounded by new sights, smells, and people. However, nothing could be further from the truth. The bond between cat and owner is extremely strong, and your cat will not forget you over any amount of time. Sometimes cats will feel a little put out over being left behind, and so sometimes ignore their owner for a day or two, but things will quickly return to normal once they realise that you’re back for good. Myth Three: Your Cat Will Pick Up an Illness If a cat is going to spend time in a facility which houses many other felines, won’t it be likely to be exposed to all manner of bugs? Fortunately, this is not the case. Catteries might be home to a whole heap of cats, but they’re also staffed by professional animal lovers who know exactly how to keep the place hygienic. To make sure you’ve found the right facility, just ask about their hygiene policies. Each staff member should be able to tell you just how they ensure that each cat is protected from picking anything up. Myth Four: Your Cat Will Feel Cramped Cats are territorial creatures, and yours will have gotten used to thinking of your whole home as its own domain. However, that doesn’t mean it will feel too confined when it comes to a cattery. Look for catteries that give each cat its own nook which is big enough to leap around in. It should have large areas for each cat – they should have a window, a place for the cat to hide away in comfort, plenty of high spaces for them to survey their new surroundings, and preferably should not directly face the other cubicle of another cat. If you’re worried about any of these myths, you don’t need to be for any longer. For more information about catterys, contact a company like Cottage Kennels &...

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Understanding Dementia In Dogs

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Improvements in veterinary medicine have led to dogs living longer, but as your dog ages, they become more susceptible to developing dementia. Dementia can occur when your dog’s brain is damaged during the ageing process, which can lead to cognitive decline over time. As dogs age, their brain cells deteriorate and die, but when this happens too quickly their cognitive abilities decline. Dementia can cause changes in awareness, impaired memory and changes in your dog’s behaviour. The condition can be managed, and early diagnosis improves treatment outcomes. Here’s an overview of the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options: Symptoms The following are common symptoms of dementia in dogs: Incontinence Loss of appetite Losing interest in play Increasingly irritable Disorientation and restlessness Can’t recall past training Waking during the night and pacing around Losing interest in self-grooming Diagnosis Diagnosis is based on the history of your dog’s health and their current symptoms, so be as thorough as possible when describing your dog’s symptoms to your vet. Some other conditions, including vitamin B12 deficiency and thyroid disorders, can cause symptoms similar to dementia, so your vet may test your dog’s blood to rule out other conditions. An MRI scan may be offered if your vet is concerned a tumour or stroke may be causing your dog’s symptoms. This type of scan can also show if your dog’s brain is shrinking and provide information on blood vessel damage, which are both signs of dementia. Treatment There’s no cure for dementia, and your dog will require extra support from you to get the most out of their life, but there are three main treatment approaches that can improve your dog’s cognitive functioning. Firstly, your vet may suggest you subject your dog to a daily routine of training, play and physical activity. This will keep your dog’s brain stimulated and cognitive stimulation can slow the progression of dementia, but this regimen will require a lot of commitment from you. Secondly, your vet may suggest you alter your dog’s diet to include nutrients known to bolster cognitive function. Research conducted by the University of Toronto found that dogs’ cognitive functioning improved when they consumed a diet rich in antioxidants. Your vet may suggest you supplement your dog’s diet with vitamin E, omega-3 and selenium. Lastly, your vet may prescribe selegiline hydrochloride, which has been shown to slow the progression of dementia. This medication works by increasing the dopamine levels in your dog’s brain. Dopamine transmits nerve impulses in the brain that can help your dog remember past training and people and think more clearly. Dementia can be frightening for both you and your dog, so if you notice a change in your dog’s behaviour or have any concerns about their well being, schedule an appointment with a vet clinic, such as Melton Veterinary Clinic, as soon as...

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Top Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe During Pest Control Activities

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Eliminating unwanted visitors in your home can be challenging at the best of times, but when your pets are at risk of illness as a result of pest control activities, it’s important to take every precaution to ensure their safety. Let’s look at some handy tips to help you keep your pets safe while controlling unwanted pests. Fix Your Pest-friendly Environment Begin your quest for a pest-free home by eliminating the food and water sources that may attract unwanted visitors. Keep your kitchen clean by mopping up any spills as soon as they occur and wiping down countertops with antibacterial surface cleaners. For a natural alternative, try using eucalyptus or lavender oil to sanitise your kitchen and bathroom surfaces. Keep floors free from crumbs, store all ripe fruit in the pantry or fridge, empty rubbish bins and do your dishes every day to ensure there are no food residues. It’s also a good idea to keep your bathroom areas as dry as possible, particularly overnight, so fix any leaking taps and mop up water spills after showering. Locate and seal all potential entry points using a silicone sealing caulk, or by repairing holes in window and door screens. Consider Chemical-free Options There are many natural methods for deterring or removing pests from your home. To protect your pet while working towards reducing pests, why not try a using a electronic pest deterrent, or one of many insect or rodent traps on the market. Even essential oils can discourage a pest invasion- mice despise peppermint oil, so consider adding a splash to your mop bucket, or soaking a few cotton balls and placing them in areas where you have seen mice in the past. Remove and Isolate Pets If you are going to use a chemical pest treatment solution, it is important to remove or isolate your pets while treating the affected area. Keep your pet safe by isolating them in a pet carrier, or placing them in a room of the house that will not be treated, such as a bedroom or garage. Alternatively, if your whole house is to be treated or fumigated, it may pay to have your pet housed with a friend, family member or at a pet boarding facility for the treatment period. Don’t Forget Your Feathered and Scaly Friends Birds, fish and reptiles are particularly susceptible to airborne particles and chemical spraying, so make sure you protect them from any pest control treatments you use in your home. Cover cages and tanks with heavy blankets while spraying or dusting treatment solutions indoors. Some species of birds can have sensitive respiratory systems, so you may need to relocate or isolate your birds during the treatment period. Speak to the Professionals If you would like more advice on the compatibility of pest control treatment solutions and your pets, contact your trusted veterinarian for quality advice tailored to your specific circumstances. Alternatively, contact a local pest control services professional and discuss the need for pet-safe pest control solutions. Many pest controllers now use chemicals that minimise secondary infection, and can provide pet-proof bait stations for harm minimisation. They may also be able to provide detailed advice on preparing your home and pets prior to treating your home, and assist you to arrive at a pet-friendly pest management...

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Water Tank Ideas For Your Home And Garden

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Rain water harvesting is a cheap way to consolidate water for your domestic needs. You can then use the water to irrigate your garden and water your livestock. However, in order for you to meet these needs, you must have the right water collection water tanks to meet your needs. Here are some ideas that could save you money and make your work easier. Save energy with elevated stand One way to reduce your irrigation costs is by creating an elevated tank. With elevated tanks you can then use gravitational force to route your water to secondary tanks or to the garden. Large poly and steel tanks often need to be corrugated for durability. You can create an elevated base of about one meter height. This will provide enough force to move considerable amounts of water around your garden. You can then pipe water around your garden through a hose. If you need your water to cover long distances, increase your elevation by creating a metal stand. By doing so, you’ll omit power costs needed to keep your pump running for hours. Mobile tanks for your garden Another idea for your garden is to get mobile water tanks that you can use to transport water around. These are helpful if you use jerry cans to water your produce. You can refill your water quickly and you don’t have to keep going back and forth to your main water tank. This saves time and makes your work much easier. You could also use your mobile tanks to refill water for your livestock as well. Some mobile garden water tanks have a wheeled base so moving them about is easy. Don’t forget about the pets If you have pets around your home, pet tanks can provide them with easy access to water 24 hours a day. These tanks could be standalone, fed by a bottle in drip fashion or they could be attached to your large water tanks and fed via a valve function. Pet water tanks eliminate the need for you to keep watch over your pet’s water bowl all the time. With a pet water tank, water supply is constant and all you’ll need to do it clean the water bowl from time to time. Talk to a company like Produce Direct & Pet Centre about the different options you could explore for easier water delivery around your home. Whatever you choose, make sure it saves you money and simplifies your gardening...

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Canine Hydrotherapy

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Our canine companions can come with a high cost. When purchasing an animal, the owner is agreeing to be responsible for them and take care of them for as long as necessary. Sometimes an animal that is in poor health requires ongoing veterinary service in the form of surgeries, medications or even ongoing therapies. Hydrotherapy or ‘water therapy’ is just one of these programs. A pet physiotherapist might recommend hydrotherapy for your pet for a number of reasons. Hydrotherapy is a low impact pet therapy that helps them exercise before surgery to help build muscle tone or after surgery to aid in rehabilitation. Overweight or senior dogs might also benefit from engaging in hydrotherapy sessions if regular exercise is too strenuous for them. Some people might even attend hydrotherapy sessions with their dogs simply to teach them how to swim in case of emergency. Your animal does not necessarily need to be frail to benefit from hydrotherapy. There are many kinds of hydrotherapy exercises available for your pooch, but here are a few of the main ones: The Underwater Treadmill The underwater treadmill is ideal for dogs recovering from injury or surgery because it provides the health benefits of walking at a much lower impact. The treadmill can be adapted to the needs of the specific patient. This means that speed, water depth, water temperature and exercise intensity can all be monitored and controlled to achieve the best possible outcome. The underwater treadmill can significantly reduce rehabilitation time and general fitness when mobility is limited. Swimming ​Swimming is great for muscle development in humans, and it is also great for muscle development in canines. It can improve the range of movement in stiff joints, making it ideal for ageing animals that may suffer from arthritis. Swimming also improves circulation and strengthens the cardiovascular system. Dogs with spinal issues may also benefit from swimming later on in their hydrotherapy program.  In Pool Assisted Hydrotherapy   This form of hydrotherapy is suitable for more extreme spinal injuries and conditions. A therapist will enter the water with your animal in order to help it perform exercises to build strength. If this is successful, the animal will move on to the underwater treadmill and independent swimming. Hydrotherapy can be a real life saver for dogs who would otherwise struggle to exercise, heal or achieve full rehabilitation. If your animal suffers from any of these conditions, then consider talking to your local veterinarian about whether hydrotherapy could be right for...

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5 Cheap But Effective Ways To Get Rid Of Termites

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Termites are a common pest throughout many countries and are renowned for their ability to silently infest and destroy structures, most commonly houses. If you have termites in your home, it’s extremely important that you get rid of them as soon as possible; termites can cause permanent damage at alarming rates.  Many efficient extermination methods have been developed and used against these persistent pests, all of which are good for different cases. What are these methods? And when are they best used? Removal Of Attractants Many types of wood-based materials will attract termites to your property. Because termites are so small, only a relatively small amount of wood is needed to attract and supply a colony. Common termite attractants include wooden mulch, scrap wood, and tree stumps. If you have some of these attractants on your property, but don’t want to get rid of them, move them as far away from your house as possible. Removal of termite attractants is a good first step to both deter and get rid of termites. Flooding Infested Soils If you think the termites infesting your property are of the subterranean type, a good method to damage or destroy their nest is to flood them. Termites can’t swim, so a well-aimed saturation can completely destroy their nest. An easy, simple way to flood a termite nest is to dig a small hole above where you believe their nest to be, put your hose nozzle in the hole, and leave you hose running for an hour or so. Flooding termite nests is very efficient and cheap, but it is only useful if you know that the termites are subterranean and know where their nest is.   Using Insecticides The termite-killing insecticide market is large, and there are many types of these insecticides, which can come in liquid, gas or foam states. This method is quick-acting and relatively cheap, but it’s sometimes necessary to leave your house for a day or so due to the concentration of some of these chemical insecticides. Using Baits Termite baits are a very effective method of extermination. Bait often utilises boric acid. Termite baits generally come in the form of bait stations, which can be placed in the ground outside. These stations attract termites with high-nutrient substances before poisoning them with the boric acid. Not only do termites ingest the poison when they reach the station, but also they share it with others of their colony. This method is proven to be very effective and is capable of protecting your home at a relatively low cost. Using Nematodes Nematodes are natural parasitic worms which can infect many pest insects and are used commonly to infect and exterminate termite colonies. They are particularly good at targeting, infecting and killing larval termites. Using Nematodes is a great and relatively cheap way to rid of large, medium and small termite colonies. For more information on termite control, contact a local pest control...

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