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Its nearly upon us – this night where a scary amount of sweets are consumed… we don our favourite black bins backs to look like witches and spend the evening crawling round the house in darkness hiding from Trick or Treaters!! So if this is how scared we get on Halloween imagine what our poor pets think!! In order to help those Were-rabbits, Scooby doos and black cats we have put together a blog to help make Halloween as un-goulish as possible.
All forms of chocolate — especially baking or dark chocolate — can be dangerous, even lethal, for dogs and cats. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhoea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and seizures. Halloween sweets containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also be poisonous to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar and subsequent loss of coordination and seizures. And while xylitol toxicity in cats has yet to be established, it’s better to be safe than sorry. More sweets for us!!
The RSPCA are warning gardeners to tread carefully to avoid disturbing or harming the wildlife which may be living in their gardens after a hedgehog was found with a severe cut to his head.
Quick checks for wild animals and their nests in the long grass or foliage could be all that’s needed to prevent young animals from being abandoned, severely injured or killed. One incident involved an adult hedgehog who was injured by a strimmer and other cases involved a toad with its hind legs chopped off by a strimmer, a hedgehog burnt in pampas grass clearance, a blackbird speared by a garden fork and a toad stuck in a watering can.
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?
The time of year has arrived when sneezing, coughing and sniffing doesn’t mean the start of a cold, not its much worse – ITS ALLERGY SEASON!!
With the on set of hay fever we know what symptoms to look out for and how we can treat ourselves – but imagine how our poor pets feel. We see so many pets with allergies whether it be severe skin allergies, sneezing and coughing or conjunctivitis and unlike us humans these cant be nipped in the bud unless we know what to look for.
The name for a start is very misleading – they do not originate from the pig species nor are they from Guinea – they actually originated from the Andes. They have been domestic pets in South Africa since as early as 5000BC, they were introduced into Europe as pets in the 16th century. As they were seen as exotic pets they were kept by posh people, Queen Elizabeth 1 even had one!!
So what are Guinea Pigs apart from Sassy, vocal and beautiful!!
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!!
Although at this moment it doesn’t feel like Spring – (it is snowing outside) we all know it has arrived whether it be the snowdrops appearing, lambs bouncing in the fields or the Easter eggs in Asda!!
So as we prepare to put our winter clothes away and our doggie jumpers lets remember that as well as new beginnings, the wonderful outdoors and Mr Sun peeping at us every now and then there are a few things that us pet owners need to keep in mind.
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!!
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.
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% sure in my mind I wanted to go down the most sensible route and I have certainly landed on my feet with my choice.