Vet Watch

Basic Disaster Proofing

Hi everybody!  Well, summer’s here and there’s lots of action on the pet front over the next few months. Lots of opportunity for things to go wrong as well, so I thought a check-list of survival tips for pet ownership might be in order.

Vaccinate your pets – Cats and Dogs must be vaccinated at least 10 days before going into kennels, and all vaccinations must be kept up to date to minimize the risk of various life-threatening or debilitating diseases.

Ticks – Its tick season NOW!  If you’re not doing daily searches and regular application of anti tick insecticides then you’re asking for trouble, unfortunately.

Fleas –You should treat pets all year round with a quality product that controls adult fleas and the reproductive cycle of fleas. If you don’t control the reproductive cycle you’re wasting your time.

Heat stroke — this can kill pets very rapidly. The animals  most at risk are obese or older pets, especially short-muzzled or stocky breeds, and those with very long-haired and matted coats.

Skin Care — Warmer humid weather, pollens, contact to irritants,  parasites, moulting, ocean swims etc. It all contributes to increased frequency of skin allergies, hot spots, rashes, matted coats, smelly pets, ear infections and dread-Locks and general misery.  Keep your pets well groomed and clean.

Snakes – To reduce the likelihood of your pet being bitten by a snake, try to limit its ability to go out scavenging or hunting, especially in the late afternoons in summer.

Cars and Pets without leads – Make sure your pets are microchipped and registered and have an identifying tag on. Keep them on a lead, and please, please don’t let dogs wander the streets…its dangerous and irresponsible for all sorts of reasons!

Breeding – Unless you are really serious about breeding your pets, desex them before they come in heat so you don’t have every animal in the shire raiding your place for a bit of action.

Storm and Firework phobias- getting advice on these before the zero hour can save a lot of unnecessary anxiety and damage to pets, households and sanity.

Xmas toxicities- foods that are a potential diaster or toxic include onions, dark chocolate, fatty meals, cooked bones, raisons and grapes, lilies, macadamia nuts, human medications and recreational drugs, foreign bodies (like fish-hooks, tinsel, food in plastic bags, small toy parts, string etc) and alcohol.

Insurance – We STRONGLY, STRONGLY, recommend you get your pets insured for health and accident!  Good policies will cover for tick and snake bite, and considering these days you’re lucky to get out with a tick-bite bill under $600 or a snake-bite under $1500, its well worth it and its cheap! Usually about $30 a month. Please ask us about options.

Bye till next time! Evan

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