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A Graceful Pair…

Two two swans were brought to us via the RSPCA late one evening. (They are not actually a bonded pair.) One had substantial damage to its tongue and the other had damage to its wing.

The swan with damage to its tongue, had a hook removed from it by a passing farm vet the day before. The swan was kept in a barn over night to recuperate but in the morning the tongue was very swollen and sticking out of the side of the beak!

The RSPCA were called and brought the swan to us for assessment. Our Vet gave the swan a full check over and there were no other injuries and the swan seemed to be healthy.

The tongue was so swollen due to infection that it was being pushed out of the beak. The swan was then inadvertently cutting the blood supply off to its own tongue with its beak. The swan was given long acting antibiotics and pain relief and sent to a local rehabilitation centre to recover. We suspect that once the swelling reduces in the tongue the swan will be able to return to normal life and be released back into the wild. Below are some pictures of the swan.

The second swan seemed to have a broken wing upon arrival so the vet gave the swan a full examination to ensure there were no other injuries. the swan seemed to be fine other than having a slightly limp wing. The vet could not feel any obvious breaks but we decided to take an x-ray to be sure. A swan cannot be released to the wild if both wings are not fully functioning. Once the swan was settled on the x-ray table we placed a towel over its head to keep it calm and dimmed the lights. The vet studied the x-ray and couldn’t find any obvious reason as to why the wing was limp, there were no breaks. The bird was given some pain relief and sent to a rehabilitation centre along with the other swan to be assessed over the next couple of days.

A couple of days past, and we have been updated that the swans have made a full recover and been release back where they were found.

 

 

 

All things wild and wonderful

A lucky escape…

A fox came to us from the RSPCA late one evening with reports that it had been attacked by two large dogs. Foxes are renowned for being very vicious and also perfect escape artists therefore we could not examine him conscious. He was brought to us in a large carrier, from what we could see there appeared to be a wound on his back and also blood coming from his mouth, we needed to see whether the wound would need surgical intervention or whether it could be left to heal. We also needed to check on his bleeding mouth.

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Once asleep the first thing we did was quickly check his mouth, we could not see any injuries and believe the blood may have been from fighting back with the dogs. After this we muzzled the fox as although he was very heavily sedated, if by chance he woke up we did not want to get bitten! On examination of the fox we only found one small puncture wound. The patch that we thought looked like a wound was in fact a very heavily saliva stained patch, possibly from one of the dogs trying to bite the fox.

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Whilst the fox was asleep we took an x-ray to make sure there were no internal injuries and very luckily nothing abnormal could be seen! We recovered the fox in his carrier and when he was awake we sent him to a local wildlife rescue centre to be monitored for a few days before being released back into the wild.

The fox was an adult male and in very good general health, there were a few signs of old injuries that had healed over showing that this probably wasn’t his first altercation…however this time he came away unscathed…lucky Mr Fox!

Blog published by Demi Ann Seddon – Auxiliary Nurse – Bay Vets Lancaster

When Cuddly turns into Chubby…

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HEALTHY FELINE WEIGHT AND HOW TO ACHIEVE IT…

Cats like people can  put on extra pounds during the winter, and also cats like people can over indulge. Indoor cats may have the same problem – too many treats and not enough exercise. Although cats do not have any incentive to prepare for swimsuit season, being overweight is a problem and can be a serious health concern. Feline obesity can lead to:

  • Diabetes
  • Liver disease
  • Joint disease
  • Skin problems
  • Shorter life

The demands of increased body mass may exceed the body’s ability to produce insulin. Obese cats are 2-4 times more likely to develop diabetes.

The liver is a vital organ that supports nearly every other organ in the body. Excess fat stored in the liver, fatty liver disease (hepatic lipidosis) decreases liver function and can be life threatening.

Of course, excess weight puts stress on joints. If movement is painful Kitty is even less likely to play and burn off calories.

Overweight cats cannot groom themselves properly. The extra weight makes them less flexible and they just can’t reach all the places that need attention. Consequently they may have dry flaky skin and dull fur, even if they have a high quality diet.weigh

Before starting a weight loss program Kitty should have a complete exam. Weight needs to be taken off slowly and should be done through a combination of diet and exercise. The body can’t cope with rapid release of toxins and certain vitamins stored in fat.

FUN FACT – Did you know that, unlike people, cats must get all their vitamin D from food? It is stored in fat, and blood concentrations of vitamin D can be a predictor of feline health.

Your vet may suggest a special weight loss diet or simply smaller portions of Kitty’s regular high protein food. Cats are obligate carnivores. Cats just don’t have the ability to digest carbohydrates the way people and dogs do. Cats need protein. Under natural conditions their meals would be small and unpredictable.

In fact – one mouse is the perfect meal for an average sized cat! A typical mouse is made of 20 percent protein, 9 percent fat and lots of moisture.mouse

This is a difficult concept for many humans. Food is equated with love and cats have a way of looking “so hungry” they must need at least a small treat. Free feeding (leaving a full food dish out all day) is the human equivalent of sitting next to a large bag of snack food. Kitty may be eating more due to boredom than because she is hungry. Feeding small meals throughout the day has an added advantage of showing exactly how much is eaten (or not).

Follow your vet’s recommendations for portions and number of feedings per day. Weight should be checked at monthly intervals. Toys are a great way to increase activity. But some cats just aren’t interested in catnip. (It is genetically determined and does not mean anything is wrong.) In that case interactive toys (e.g. feathers on a wand), cat furniture for climbing, or even a playmate may help.feather

Once Kitty has reached a healthy weight follow your vet’s recommendations for maintenance. (Remember, being too thin is also unhealthy. If your cat is losing weight despite eating normally or has stopped eating do not delay in seeking professional help.) Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the ways to increase the chance of a long and happy life for your cat.

HOW TO HELP A CHUBBY CAT IN A MULTI-CAT HOUSEHOLD LOSE WEIGHT…

First, free feeding is never a good idea. To prevent over eating cats should have two meals a day. Breakfast and dinner. Each cat should have their own food bowl spread out to allow for space between the cats.

Tell your vet how much the plump cat weighs. Ask what the ideal weight for that particular  cat is. Ask the vet how many calories a day the cat needs to slowly  drop the weight. Ask your vet for a realistic time frame for the weight to come off safely.

For a chubby cat who needs to lose a few pounds  feed that cat in a room separately from the other cats with the door shut. To make this even better – split that cat’s food portion into two bowls. This gives the impression of more food!  Allow 20 minutes for all of the cats to eat. Collect the food bowls of the cats in the kitchen first, then the bowl of the cat who’s behind a closed door and let the cat out. A hard process with the separating but a must to prevent tension at mealtimes.

With the support of your vet and your time and patience your cat is sure to win slimmer of the year!!!!

A Jack Russell is named pet slimming champ after losing a third of bodyweight in PDSA Pet Fit campaign, Sunderland, Britain - 27 Nov 2013

 

The OAP Cat …………………….

24By the time your cat reaches the age of 10, she’s officially a feline senior citizen. The good news is that many cats today are living into their late teens and even early 20s. With the proper care, a kitty in good health at 10 can easily live another 8, 10, or even 12 years.

So there’s no need to panic if your feline companion is getting older, but it is time to start taking some steps to insure your pet stays as happy and healthy as possible throughout her senior and geriatric years.

Here we will look at how cats show signs of aging and what you can expect as your kitty gets older.

What to Expect at 10 to 12 Yearsold

By the time most kitties turn 10, they have slowed down a little (or a lot, depending on how high-energy they were as youngsters). You might notice your cat isn’t jumping up on high surfaces as much anymore, or isn’t climbing to the uppermost spot on the cat tree.

And while all cats, regardless of age, do best with a consistent daily routine, older cats can become especially stressed when presented with anything new or different in their environment.

You might also notice your kitty doesn’t always run right out to greet you when you get home. He may not initiate play as often as he once did, and he may take more naps.

Many cats also become more vocal as they age, and more fearful of strange or loud noises and unfamiliar people.

Older cats can also suffer from many of the same health challenges older humans face, including arthritis, diabetes, thyroid problems, and kidney disease, so it’s really important to bring your cat for twice-yearly wellness visits with your vet. The sooner a change in your kitty’s health is identified and addressed, the easier it will be to resolve or manage the problem.

At veterinary visits, be sure to mention any and all behaviour changes you’ve noticed in your cat, no matter how minor, as these can provide important clues about health problems that may be brewing under the surface. It’s also important you and your vet keep regular tabs on your cat’s weight, to assure she isn’t gaining or shrinking over time.

What to Expect at 13 to 15 Yearssenior

From 13 to 15 years of age, not only are most cats moving quite a bit slower than they once did, many are also experiencing at least some loss of vision and hearing.. They may also have less tolerance for cold temperatures.

Elderly cats can develop age related dementia, making small changes in their environment or routine increasingly stressful. Some older kitties are also easily confused.

Along with more napping and less activity, your senior cat may grow a bit cranky and easily irritated. If your household includes young children or a rambunctious dog, everyone will need to learn to approach kitty in a quiet, non-aggressive manner. And if yours is a multi-pet household, it’s important not to allow your aging cat to be bullied by younger pets who may sense a change in the natural pecking order.

You may also notice that your cat prefers to spend more time alone these days. You can enhance his feelings of safety and security by making his favourite hideout a warm, comfy little spot he can retreat to whenever he likes. But keep in mind that senior cats still need to interact with their humans regularly, so set aside some time each day to spend with your pet. You can engage him in gentle play, an ear scratching session, or some brushing or combing.

What to Expect at 16 Years and Oldercatold

If you’re lucky enough to share your life with a cat of 16 or more, first of all, congratulations! Either you’ve done a bang-up job raising your kitty to a ripe old age, or you’ve opened your heart to an elderly cat in need of a loving home in her final years. Regardless, you did good!

As a point of reference, you can reasonably compare your cat at 16 to an 80-year-old human. She’s moving and thinking more slowly these days, and she may have an assortment of age-related health challenges. She’s probably not as alert or responsive as she once was, and at times she may seem quite confused.

Even if she’s still in good health, chances are she’s sleeping and vocalizing more, and interacting with family members less. She may not be as perfectly groomed as she was in her younger years, and even the most well-mannered geriatric cat may occasionally forget to use her litter box.

As long as your cat is seeing the vet at least twice a year for check ups, and between visits you’re keeping an eye out for significant or sudden behaviour or health changes, there’s no reason to be alarmed. Try not to hover, as your cat is still a cat and prefers attention on her own terms. Do make every effort to keep her comfortable, secure and relaxed by maintaining a consistent daily routine and providing her with a quiet, cosy hideaway equipped with comfy bedding and a familiar toy or two.

At your regular vet visits, you’ll want to mention any changes you’ve noticed in your pet, including increased or decreased appetite or water consumption, constipation or incontinence, aggressive behaviour, or mental confusion. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for signs that your cat is in pain, which can include hiding, teeth grinding, panting, shortness of breath, loss of interest in food, or reluctance to move around.

Five tips to ensuring your OAP cat grows old gracefully glasses

1. A Good Diet :

Many cats tend to put on weight as they get older and their metabolism slows down. If it reaches the point of obesity, not only is the cat’s quality of life is significantly diminuished but they may be at greater risk of diabetes. Cut back on fatty treats and ask your vet to recommend a calorie controlled diet that will help your cat lose weight without missing out on nutrition.

2. Proper Exercise :

Cats lose mobility as they age, often for the same reasons that people do: arthritis, weight gain, inactivity… Leaving them to lie around won’t help – quite the opposite, in fact, Cats need physical activity throughout their lives, even if it’s more moderate as they get older. To help maintain his muscle tone, agility and circulation, play with your senior cat regularly in ways that will encourage gentle movement.

3. Frequent Vet Visits:

Your cat’s immune system will decline with age and his skin will become thinner, making him more vulnerable to infection. Older cats are also prone to a host of chronic medical conditions, including dental disease, diabetes, Kidney failure, hyperthyroidism, high blood pressure, arthritis and cancer.Expect to spend more time at the vet’s as your cat gets older: check-ups should be more frequent than before, and more thorough. As well as a physical exam, your vet may want to test your cat’s blood, urine and stool at least once a year to check that her kidneys, liver and pancreas are all working as they should.

4. Watching for Behaviour Changes.drink

Elderly cats are also susceptible to senility or feline cognitive dysfunction. The condition can result in a number of undesirable behaviours, including peeing outside the litter box, meowing excessively, avoiding interaction, failing to recognise familiar surroundings and wandering aimlessly. There’s no cure for cognitive dysfunction, so follow your vet’s recommendations for managing the condition and be as patient as you can: it really isn’t your cat’s fault.

5. Creature Comforts:

Older cats will appreciate a helping hand. Think about ways you can make your cats life more comfortable, by relocating food bowls to a spot that he can get to without climbing or jumping, for instance, choosing a litter tray with lower sides that’s easier to enter, or providing a warm, comfy bed. Senior cats often find it difficult to groom themselves, especially if they have joint problems. You can help by brushing your cat daily from head to tail, and trimming his claws if he can no longer keep them short by using his scratching post.

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Ode To an Old Cat

I have shared with you your laughter,
You have wet my fur with tears.
We’ve come to know each other
Throughout these many years.
Just one more hug this morning
Before you drive away,
And know I’ll think about you
Throughout your busy day.

The time we’ve left together
Is a treasured time at that.
My heart is yours forever.
I Promise – This old cat.

Author: K Bigamon

Take your Pet to Paradise

Pet Paradise Veterinary Grooming

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Sometimes a nice hair-cut and good manicure is all it takes to have you feeling your very best. But did you know a little tidy-up is often all your companion needs to feel great too?

It has been proven that pampering pets can have a positive effect. Simply de-matting a cat’s fur, clipping your rabbit’s claws or cleaning your pooch’s ears can have them feeling brand new in no time; and that’s where we can help.

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Cat Friendly

We understand it is stressful when you have to bring your cat to see us. This is why we are proud to announce that we have been accredited as a Cat Friendly Clinic. To find out more, visit www.catfriendlyclinic.org. 

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For the first time, Vets are allowed to call themselves “Dr”

Earlier this year the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons made a ruling that vets, for the first time, be allowed to call themselves “Dr”. Until now we have been plain “Mr” and we were “mister” because we were surgeons in the same way as medical consultant surgeons revert to “mister” from “doctor”.

With globalisation it became increasingly clear that the UK was out of step with the rest of the world as vets are known as “Dr” in almost every other country. When British vets travel overseas there is considerable confusion when they introduce themselves as “Mr” and when foreign vets visit this country there is an awkwardness, in that should they be called “Dr” because that is their title in their home country?

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Bay Vets Caton – How can I help?

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Bay Vets is expanding – and not in the ‘Staff are eating too much Chocolate’ way!! Yes we are opening a branch in Caton on Monday 23rd March!! This is going to make it much more easier for our clients who live out in the countryside or fancy a post vets drink in one of the lovely pubs in the village!!

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Pet accessories that make the mind boggle???


So after a recent post I put on facebook I started wondering…..where does the madness end and what would people resort to when it comes to keeping up with the latest trends. I simply typed in google… ‘Stupid Accessories for pets’ and these are some of the worst products I found – believe me some weren’t child friendly!!!

So we all like to dress our pets up for the odd photograph but now people have taken this to a whole new level – PET HAIR DYE!!! Yes we all remember the pink cat that was traced back to its pink haired owner, luckily she had looked in to the hair dye and it was cat friendly…but still!!

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An Owners Guide To Breeders….

As we all know there are always lots of animals in rescue centres crying out for homes, I for one will always have rescue bunnies in my life…but have recently branched off the rescue route and landed myself with the two most beautiful bunnies Danni and Fanny.

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It was a big decision to make but I feel I definitely went with the right breeder. With so many breeders out here now and pages on facebook selling litters I was 100{300fd1586fceabc87c4d8f98bf51832974a3fae01dd7ef6231bfc12603c51db2} sure in my mind I wanted to go down the most sensible route and I have certainly landed on my feet with my choice.

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