Pet Health Club members receive one of these newsletters every few months with news about your local practice and helpful information about the preventative care your animals will receive as part of their membership of the Kernow Vets Pet Health Club.
Make sure your fireworks night goes with a bang and not with a whimper!
Fireworks can be very distressing for many pets and so it’s important to make sure you are prepared and to seek necessary advice.
Preparing for Fireworks – Dogs
• Try to take your dog for a walk before dusk so that they are relaxed and will not need to go out to the toilet once the fireworks start.
• Feed your dog in the mid to late afternoon, as this can also help them relax.
• At dusk ensure that your dog is safe indoors. Do not leave your dog alone if fireworks are expected.
• Provide a safe place your dog can retreat to if they wish but do not shut them in.You can help guide this choice by providing a safe ‘den’, such as a dog crate or box covered on three sides and with blankets for them to dig into, well in advance of the event.
• Drawing the curtains can prevent your dog being startled by flashing lights.
• Playing music or turning up the volume on the television can help to minimise the impact of the sound of the fireworks.
• If your dog has never reacted to noises before try not to act as if there is something to worry about.
• Do not punish your dog for showing fearful behaviour. If they are frightened then it is OK to comfort them.
Preparing for Fireworks – Cats
• Ensure your cat is safely indoors before dusk and that all windows, doors and catflaps are secure.
• Even if your cat does not usually use a litter tray make sure that one is available at this time of year.
• Close the curtains to minimise flashes which could frighten your cat.
• Putting on music or turning up the volume on the television can help to mask the sound of fireworks.
• Ensure your cat has suitable safe places to hide if required. (Cats will often choose to hide in a dark cupboard or under a bed so make sure these places are accessible and also offer a selection of boxes in various locations for your cat). Do not try to move them once they have selected a hiding place.
We can help you with advice, support and sometimes medication that can help. Pop in to any of our surgeries for all the advice that you need.
Recent winners in the Pet Health Club Draw
Recent winners for the Kernow Pet Health Club draw include
Cocoa (Harleigh Surgery) and Mollie and Bertie (Kings Avenue Surgery).
Don’t forget if you belong to Kernow Pet Health Club you are automatically entered into the draw every month for a chance of winning a Kong toy and a voucher for a future consultation – ‘you need to be in it to win it!’.
Hedgehogs in bonfires – ‘Help the hog’
Hedgehogs are the most easily recognised British mammal, and as the name suggests, they spend their days sleeping in hedgerows or under shrubs. This time of year we must remind ourselves to always check bonfires before lighting them. This helps to reduce the risk and dangers of fire to hedgehogs and other wildlife. Bonfires should not be built
until the day in which they are going to be lit, as stacked up bonfires make for cosy nesting sites.
Ticks & Fleas
Ticks are usually found waiting on grass and plants ready to hitch a ride on our dogs and cats when they pass by. They then latch on and soon start to feed. Once they start feeding there is a risk of transfer of disease from tick to your pet. We often see an increase in ticks in the autumn before the really cold weather. All Pet Health Club members have access to tick prevention all the year round. So, keep giving the medicines against ticks and don’t think to stop just because the days are shortening.
Prevention is always better than cure so it is always good to speak to your vet to get advice on the best tick preventatives to suit you and your pet – tablets, spot ons or collars are available
Same with fleas as you will always see an increase in flea activity in the house as soon as you start to turn up the heating! Prevention is always better than cure so it is always good to speak to your vet to get advice on the best flea preventatives to suit your pet.
Check your pets regularly for ticks,which are most commonly found around the head, legs,underside and ears. The sooner you remove the tick the better, it’s a good idea to get advice from your vet before attempting to remove it, as often it’s easy to remove the body but unfortunately the mouth can be left in the skin, which can also cause an infection.
There have been celebrations in our Harleigh surgery recently as Bianca, one of our student nurses has passed her final exams. She is now added to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as a Registered Veterinary Nurse. Well done Bianca – hard work and even harder exams – but you did it!!
Welcome to our New Pet Head Start visits
Getting a new puppy or kitten, or rescuing an older dog or cat? Then don’t delay in booking for a New Pet Head Start free visit to see one of our Clinic Nurses. Our nursing team have set up this new clinic so that as soon as your new animal arrives they can meet you and go through with you all the healthcare things that you will need and sort you a calendar of events covering things like vaccination, parasite control etc. And it allows your new pet to come in and have a fuss and cuddle and get used to our veterinary team with no need for any treatment. And also, you’ll get a free bag of pet food too!
We are also promoting The Puppy Contract. Check out their website https://puppycontract.org.uk/ Don’t get a puppy without one!
Waist Watchers Winners!
Well done to Marley for winning overall the Kernow’s slimming competition for 2018! And Phoenix for winning the cat section. If they can do it then so can you – and if you belong to Pet Health Club you get the clinics all free and 10% off any diet food you buy from us.