As they get older cats often begin to suffer with arthritis.
This can have a negative impact on their quality of life – affecting their ability to move and jump around comfortably and keep themselves clean and tidy by grooming themselves. Being less active and not grooming properly can cause a range of secondary issues such as loss of muscle mass and tone, fur matting and skin infections.
Osteoarthritis is usually a painful condition but being a predatory species cats can be very good at hiding obvious signs of being in pain. This means that cats don’t recieve treatment as often or as early as dogs where the problem is much easier to spot.
The chart below shows a number of signs you can watch out for that might suggest your cat is suffering with arthritis – if you start to see any of these changes it can be worth getting in touch to have your cat checked over as there are things that can be done to help and treat the condition.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns about your cat!
Medication will be posted 1st class signed for via the Royal Mail unless we have discussed otherwise – please bear in mind that postage is taking longer than normal at present and let us know if you require something urgently so that we can arrange a next day delivery where possible.
We are currently able to offer most services but please be aware that there may be a longer wait time than normal for non emergency appointments. To discuss an appointment please call us on 01302 785549.
At present we require all our clients to adhere to social distancing guidelines put forward by the government and our governing bodies. Please observe the following when you come for your appointment:
• Be prepared to wait outside or in your car until we are ready for you – please either ring the doorbell or ideally phone us to let us know you are waiting.
• Wear a face covering to cover your mouth and nostrils. Please note that there are no exceptions to this rule. If you have a medical reason that you cannot wear a mask or young children that cannot wear a mask then we will not be able to permit you access to the building. We will still be able to treat your pet but you will need to wait outside and we will speak to you over the phone where necessary. Not granting you admittance to our private property based on a health and safety risk assessment is not an infringement of your rights in any way.
• Attend the practice as a group of 2 or less where possible.
• Do your best to remain 2 metres away from staff member or any other clients waiting outside. Please be aware that we will need to ask you to wait outside the consulting room whilst we examine your pet – you will be able to see and converse with the vet but will need to remain at a safe distance.
• If you are self isolating due to symptoms of coronavirus please arrange for a friend or relative who is not self isolating to bring your pet to the practice.
There is currently no evidence that pets can transmit this strain of coronovirus to humans – please see the WHO’s current advice for further information or updates on this. It is however theoretically possible that an infected person could transfer the virus onto a pets fur as with any other object so we would encourage you to try avoiding petting animals you don’t know and to wash your hands well before and after handling any pets.
Do you regularly check your dog for ticks? These bloodsucking parasites may start off tiny but they can cause serious harm to your dog– spreading diseases such as Babesiosis and Lyme disease. Make sure you check your dog for ticks, especially around their head and tummy. Ticks are common but hard to spot and tick-borne diseases are on the rise.
Ticks feed on dogs for days causing both discomfort and sometimes passing on serious infections such as Lyme disease. Using a product to kill ticks quickly will reduce the risk of these diseases being transmitted.
A study has shown that as many as 1 in 3 dogs carry ticks without their owners realising. 1
We are delighted to be able to offer a species specific endotracheal tube for rabbits – the V-gel tube.
Endotracheal tubes allow for the maintenance of an airway for pets to breathe and be administered anesthetic gases under anesthesia.
The V-gel rabbit tubes are specifically shaped for a rabbit’s airway and have a super soft gel cuff – this allows the tube to be fitted quickly and easily, avoiding trauma whilst also providing a superb seal to prevent breathing around the tube.
We believe this represents a great advance in anesthesia technology for rabbits as it can be difficult and time consuming to place a conventional endotracheal tube (and surgery without a reliable airway is far from ideal). The end benefit of a quicker less traumatic intubation is increased safety and a smoother recovery for the patient.
Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about these tubes or rabbit surgery in general!