I hope you are all enjoying the warm summer weather, where you can finally sit out in the garden to enjoy a relaxing afternoon or celebrate by having a BBQ with friends. Many of us like to include our furry friends during these events but there are a few things that you should be aware of to keep them safe...
During the summer we all love to to see the flowers bloom and the plants grow but sometimes these plants can be harmful for our pets. This can include plants such as Daffodils, Cherry laurel, Lilies, Philodendron, Foxgloves, Rhubarb and many more. For a longer detailed list you can visit the Dogs Trust website which will give you the list of poisonous plants, garden and household substances. Keen gardeners trying to keep their plants safe may use pellets or pesticides, however these can be extremely toxic to our canine and feline companions. Symptoms of poisoning can vary from skin irritation, drooling and increased thirst to more serious things like rapid breathing, fits or heart failure, so if you are concerned that your pet has come in contact or eaten something they shouldn't have, we advice you to call your vet as soon as you can. It is a good idea to bring any packaging, that you have available with you, as it will give the Vet a better idea about the actual substances that have been ingested.
With the meaty aromas and a large gathering of people, a BBQ is any dogs idea of heaven, however there a few things to bear in mind. We all know our dogs can get very excited when we have visitors which is not ideal around a boiling hot BBQ, prevent your dog from running around too much as we wouldn't want them to burn themselves or others by running into the BBQ! We all know Corn on the cob taste lovely when it has been cooked on the BBQ, unfortunately I am sure your dog will agree. Corn on the cob can be very dangerous, if it is eaten by your dog, as they can not always digest it and it is also a choking hazard. Other possible dangers to look out for are skewers and cooked bones as these items could splinter the intestine or even damage their bowels.
For all of the rabbit lovers reading this, you will be pleased to hear rabbit awareness week is on 18th June - 26th June to make sure the bunnies out there are living happy healthy lives. A good quality diet is vital to prevent weight gain. At least 85-90% of the rabbit’s diet should consist of hay, grass and dried grass. They also need a small amount of nuggets (20-25 g per kg ideal body weight is all that is needed). You also need to make sure they have some healthy green leaves as part of their diet and water should always be available for them. The correct diet is important so that they produce solid poos. It is normal for some feces to be slightly softer as they do eat their soft poo to get more nutrients from it, but if they are overweight it will be tricky for them to get around to do this. If they are unable to get around or if their poo is too soft then the feces could get stuck to their fur which will attract the nasty flies! Flies are not good as they lay eggs, which can lead to fly strike. Using a product called Rear-guard can help to prevent fly strike along with, regularly cleaning and changing the bedding and checking your rabbits bottom to clean it if necessary.
Did you know that 57% of rabbits live alone? The RSPCA recommend rabbits living in pairs as they are sociable animals that become easily bored. Although it is worth looking into neutering to prevent any unwanted bunny babies! To prevent boredom and depression, just like other animals, it is important that rabbits are able to run around in a safe environment. Not only can they become frustrated by being kept in a hutch all day, but by letting them hop around, it will keep your bunny fit and healthy.
For those of you which read last months 'Paws For Thought', you will be aware of the brand new product we are selling called Simparica. It is a tablet which is given monthly to kill fleas, ticks and mites! There has recently been lots of publicity and concern about the diseases Babesia and Lymes disease, so you will be delighted to hear that Simparica minimizes any chance of these diseases being passed on to your dog, as it will kill any ticks within 12 hours of attachment. It will also be included in your Best Friends Club monthly scheme. We are stocking this from the beginning of June.
We would also like to check that you are all receiving your flea and worming text reminders at the correct time. We have previously had a few 'technical glitches' so let us know if you have any concerns over getting them too often or out of sync. You can call us on 01225 446269 as we will happily correct this for you.
Many of you have already had the pleasure of meeting Kate Martin, who is our amazing new permanent Locum! This is Kate with her gorgeous doggy Simon. Simon and, Clara's dog, Betty are now best of friends! Welcome to the Ashman Jones team Kate and Simon.
NEW AND IMPROVED
More good news! Our London Road Practice will soon be having a fantastic new look! We will be renovating the waiting room and consult rooms too! Please bear with us during the couple of weeks when the improvements are taking place, but as I am sure you will all agree, it will definitely be worth it! We will give you more information nearer the time about when the renovations are going to be taking place. Our opening hours will still be remaining the same during this period of time.
Murray has been very brave, agreeing to complete the Mud run event in August. Rather him than me! Murray will be running the event in aid of HEART Rescue Animal Charity, so if you would like to sponsor Murray, this would be greatly appreciated.
That's all for this month but I will leave you with another interesting animal fact: Some species of tarantula can survive for more than two years without food, how amazing!
Holly Smith @ Team Ashman Jones