Tips to keep your cat out of Veterinary Emergency
Keeping your cat safe from harm is normally just a matter of a little bit of common sense and some good planning. After 10 years working in Veterinary Emergency and seeing hundreds of preventable emergencies, Jules & Divine Creatures’ affiliated Veterinarian, Dr Katie Hankins, talk below about a few tips on how to avoid a trip to ER.
Heat Stress –Heat stress common yet often overlooked.
Fleas – DO NOT USE DOG FLEA PRODUCTS ON CATS – this will poison them very effectively.
Ticks – Warm weather increases tick numbers and left untreated paralysis ticks will kill cats.
Car Accidents – Unfortunately cats are very prone to being hit by cars.
Dog Attacks – Unfortunately some dogs are very aggressive to cats and it’s a horrible way to die.
Holidays Lots of cats get fed by well-meaning neighbours & cat sitters during holidays. Unfortunately neighbours & cat sitters are not veterinary trained & are not always good at noticing when your cat is ill especially in the early stages. Find a reputable Cattery or kennels…
Is it really February already? Christmas and New Year are well and truly behind us. The relos have gone home… The kids are back at school… Fido and Felix have collapsed in a heap!
Most people plan a holiday immediately after their last one. So if you’ve got your calendar out trying to work out where and when, remember to check availability at Divine Creatures for your cat’s holiday as well. We’re already heavily booked for Christmas 2014.
February is of course our humid month and it can become quite unpleasant even on cooler days. Just because it’s overcast or the air temperature is a little lower still be diligent in checking on your pet’s comfort and well-being.
Because dogs and cats can’t release heat by sweating the way humans do, humidity can raise their body temperature. Keep an eye on them and make sure they’ve got fresh clean water and a cool place to rest.
Enjoy our last month of summer. With activity levels starting to normalise and with a little bit more time on our hands, it’s a great opportunity to hang out and spend more time with our divine creatures.
Best wishes from Jules and the team from Divine Creatures
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Important Information to Keep Your Pets Safe From Heat Stroke / Stress This Summer
Heat Stress one of the most common seen conditions in veterinary emergency and the cata strophic effects of the condition are often fatal despite best efforts by veterinarians. The good news is that it also one of the most easily preventable. Dogs and cats can suffer from heat stoke / heat stress and it is not only caused by dehydration. We want to help you stay out of the Emergency Department! Here are our tips to help keep your pet cool this summer.
Symptoms of heat stroke include:
- Excessive panting (sometimes rasping sounds)
- Tongue protruding excessively out of mouth (back of throat can been seen)
- Thick saliva (sometimes white & frothy foam around lips)
- Restless behavior as your cat tries to find a cool spot
- Panting, sweaty feet, drooling, excessive grooming in an effort to cool off
- Both cats & dogs
- Increased heart rate
- Deep red or purple/red gums
- Depression or lethargic
- Unable / unwillingness to walk
- Loss of appetite
Things to remember:
- Cats don’t normally pant
- Brachycephalic breeds (snub nose breeds such as Pugs, Bulldogs and Persians) are more susceptible
- It isn’t just hot cars in the summer that causes heat stroke
- Never tie your dog up on a chain
- Just because your car is nice and cool when you leave, it can heat up rapidly once the air conditioner is off. Opening a window is never enough. Never leave your pets in the car
First aid for heat stroke:
- Run cool not cold water onto a large towel & wrap your pet
- Poor cool water on toes & anus
- Get your pet to a Vet ASAP. Don’t delay
- If possible take a rectal temperature
***Do not over cool your pet. You could send your pet into shock if temperature goes below normal body temperature or if you cool too quickly by using cold water or ice***
Prevention of heat stroke is best of all. Provide shade and plenty of water. Be aware of your pet’s environment, both inside and outside. Everything begins with awareness.
Meet our growing team of cat lovers, grab a bargain in our huge birthday sale, learn how to trim your cat’s claws…
Trimming Claws – you can do it!
Lots of owners are frustrated by cats scratching the new couch, ripping threads from the carpet or making a mess of the doors. So they buy Fluffy a scratching post. Scratching posts are great – cats love them. They simulate getting to mark trees and sharpen claws. The downside – Fluffy now has sharp claws to use on the new couch.
Solution – let’s trim Fluffy’s claws! First let’s look at the inside of a claw:
The aim of trimming is to take the tip of the claw off and not cut the quick. It is best to trim just 1-2 mm of the claw tip every couple of weeks if you are new to trimming. As you get more confident you will realise how much you can trim and probably only need to trim every 6-8 weeks.
If you press on each pad in turn the claw will move forward and is much easier to trim.
If your cat is a wriggler, think about just trimming one or two claws then give your cat a treat. It is better to stop when you are going well. This makes trimming a positive experience. If you stop after Fluffy has turned into a hissing and biting ball of fury this will be the behaviour you’ll be likely to see in future before the clipping process has really progressed. It will be aimed, of course, at getting you to stop before you’ve started.
As for clippers, we all have our favourites. They don’t need to be expensive. Just make sure they feel comfortable in your hand so you can trim confidently.
If this all sounds a little daunting, get a confident cat person like your vet or one of the team at Divine Creatures to show you – this is a great skill to have and may save your couch!
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