Many pet owners think that seasonal and warm weather flea control is sufficient but contrary to popular belief fleas can and do thrive during the winter months; especially in the UK where the weather is fairly mild and our lovely warm houses are the perfect breeding ground for fleas. These pesky blood-sucking parasites are definitely a year-round problem for our pets and they can be a real nuisance, making your pet’s life miserable by causing symptoms ranging from minor irritation and scratching to hair loss and severe allergic reactions in our pets (This is made even worse if they start biting the humans in the household as well!) Continue reading
Our pets are susceptible to heart problems, just like we are and because our pets are living longer lives than their predecessors, heart disease is becoming increasingly more common in dogs and cats. Heart problems can occur in any breed, age or sex of animal, but some dog breeds, such as the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Poodle, Boxer, and Bulldog, and cat breeds, such as the Persian, Maine Coon, Siamese and Ragdoll seem to be more susceptible to heart disease than others.
Heart problems may be present from birth (congenital), or may happen as our pets get older.
- Congenital: Heart conditions can be caused as the embryo develops in the mother’s womb or may be a hereditary (passed on from the mother or father). In this case the problem is present at birth but signs may go undetected for a while.
- Adult onset: These conditions occur as a result of damage to the heart which prevent it functioning properly and may be caused by
- General wear and tear with age
- Increased stress on the heart from concurrent illnesses or obesity
- Hereditary conditions which do not present until the animal is fully grown.
Bulldogs, Persians, Cavaliers and Siamese can all suffer with heart problems
Pet obesity is a growing problem in the United Kingdom with an estimated 1 in 3 dogs and 1 in 4 cats being overweight. Pet obesity is an extremely serious welfare issue in our pets for the following reasons
- Obesity is a preventable disease caused by being fed too many calories
- Obesity can cause a lot of unnecessary suffering in pets
- In some animals obesity can be extremely disabling
- It can affect animals for long periods of their lives
Being overweight can also make it more likely that your pet could suffer from serious health problems and conditions such as Continue reading
Ears are very sensitive organs that are not only necessary for hearing, but are also responsible for maintaining balance.
In some animals they also play a very important part in communication, with them using their ears to express what they are feeling, for example pricked up ears are usually seen in alert animals and ears laid flat against the head can be a sign of fear. Continue reading