FRESH BREATH AND PEARLY WHITES

Most pet owners are eventually faced with enduring the dreaded “stinky breath.” What you may not realize is that bad breath in cats and dogs is a result of some serious things happening in their mouth. When sticky plaque accumulates and tartar builds on your pet’s teeth, bacteria are allowed to grow and thrive in that environment. This is what causes the bad breath to develop.  If allowed the chance to continue unchecked, these bacteria will cause serious gum disease and infection in the mouth and the rest of the body.

For this reason, it is imperative to monitor the health of your pet’s mouth and to have their teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis. If you are not able to brush your pet’s teeth, or your pet has a...

has your pet lost the spring in their step?

Degenerative joint disease (arthritis) is a common cause of severe pain in our pets.  Figures show that approximately 90% of pets over 10 years suffer from arthritis.  This is the result of long term stresses on a joint either from an old injury, abnormal cartilage development or trauma. Arthritis affects both dogs and cats but is particularly prevalent in large breeds of dogs

Arthritis can affect any joint but is most commonly found in a pet’s hip, elbow, shoulder, knee, wrist, ankle or spine. Preventing this degenerative disease from progressing is all about maintaining the normal structures of the joint, so it’s important to understand joint structure first. The articular surfaces of the joint have cartilage caps on the ends...

IT'S TIME TO DITCH THE ITCH

There are several reasons why dogs and cats will scratch, lick or bite. The bottom line is... don't let them suffer!

If you as the pet’s owner are being driven “nuts” by the pet’s scratching and licking, imagine how awful your poor pet must feel.

The most common types of skin and coat issues are:

Environmental Dermatitis

Pet’s in this category present with signs of itching and scratching, hair loss and skin irritation. Many pets are very sensitive to simple lawn grasses, by matching what is visible on the pet’s skin with a probable environmental irritant - the cause of the skin problem can be determined and treated.

An example is moist eczema, or more commonly called hot spot. These skin lesions often occur as a...

A debate has been going on in recent years over the importance of vaccinations. In human medicine an increasing number of parents are opting not to vaccinate their children, which is causing concern for health officials. Veterinarians are also concerned that a growing number of unvaccinated pets increase the risk of a disease epidemic.

The importance of vaccination cannot be underplayed, and the success so far of the World Health Organisation’s ‘global polio eradication campaign’ is an illustration of the real value of large scale vaccinating. However, we also need to balance this with the risk of side effects. In the 1990s a type of cancer was linked to inoculations for rabies, necessary when exporting animals to some countries...

Firstly, please remember that the best place for advice on any of your cats health issues is your local vet. Sometimes it is easier and cheaper to find a solution from your local pet store (just like we go to the pharmacy), but if your cat is really sick then you should always go to your vet.

However it is always a great idea to learn more about your cats health which can help prevent health issues arising. Below are some things it is great to know.  

Lack of Water

One of the most common ailments in cats is urinary tract crystals. It’s very important that your cat has easy access to clean water to help prevent this occurring. If you find your cat is not drinking from its cat bowl, you may find your cat prefers to drink running...