Monday, 19 December 2016
Do you have a guinea pig? We have some top tips for Croydon pet lovers on guinea pig care over the winter season. These little furry friends of ours can do with some TLC during the colder months, and it would be best if you get it from the pros themselves, such as the friendly vets in Croydon.
Read more from this blog.
Friday, 16 December 2016
Vets in Surrey expect the usual busy holiday period. It’s a fact that not all pets cope well with the holidays or disruption to their routine. So let’s look at what you can do to avoid a trip to vets in Sutton, Surrey, who have to deal with the holiday casualties.
Read more from this blog.
Friday, 18 November 2016
In the months since the European referendum, there has been a great deal of speculation about what leaving the European Union might mean for the U.K.
The European Pet Passport
The most obvious concern for many pet owners is the future of the European pet passport. Under the current scheme, dogs, cats, and even ferrets can travel between the countries in the European Union, provided they have an up to-date passport.
Thursday, 17 November 2016
A rabbit can live for up to 10 years if cared for correctly. Knowing a little more about them can help your pet have a long and fulfilling life. Below are some interesting facts about our furry little friends, which prove that there is more to these animals than meets the eye.
Rabbits Are Lagomorphs
Although it is a common misconception that rabbits are part of the rodent family, they are in fact lagomorphs. Members of this group are very similar to rodents, but are different in a number of aspects. Lagomorph literally means 'hare-like' and they are most noticeably defined as being herbivores with two pairs of upper incisors, which differ from the rodents' single ones.
Monday, 3 October 2016
Unfortunately, dogs have a knack for eating stuff we don’t want them to eat, from old pairs of shoes to chocolate. Whether your dog snuck into your sugar stash while you were out or lapped up any spilt cocoa powder during your last baking session, it is imperative that you act quickly.
Friday, 30 September 2016
Pet anxiety can be helped through conditioning and training. For instance, if your pet suffers from separation anxiety, you can improve his behaviour by providing his ‘alone time’ with positive reinforcement. However, if anxiousness is your dog’s natural disposition, trusted vets in Surrey recommend that you a try the following solutions.
Sunday, 25 September 2016
If you own a cat, it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of common health problems so that you can visit vets in Croydon in a timely manner, if required. Here are three of the most common health problems to look out for in your cat.
Diarrhoea can be caused by a lifestyle change, such as a change in diet, or a serious illness, such as liver disease. The most common sign of diarrhoea is soft, liquid or watery stools. In some cases, you may also observe other signs in your cat, such as blood or mucus in their stools, loss of appetite, and lethargy.
Most cases of diarrhoea in cats last for only a few days and do not require treatment. However, where diarrhoea is severe and/or prolonged, it may be necessary for you to seek veterinary help.
Friday, 23 September 2016
Small animal ownership is on the rise in the UK. While rabbits and rodents used to be seen as children's pets, busy lifestyles, smaller homes, and lack of green spaces all mean that many adults are choosing smaller pets as their animal companions.
It is a mistake to treat all small animals in the same way. Habits and needs vary greatly between species, even those which at first glance seem quite similar. Hamsters are nocturnal and solitary, while gerbils are active during the daytime and need to live in pairs or groups in order to thrive. Rabbits and guinea pigs were once often kept together, but this can be very stressful for the animals due to their different behaviours and needs.
Just as small animal species differ dogs, cats, and each other, in the lifestyle they need to keep them happy and healthy, they also require different care. It's important to find a local vet who understands your pet and its needs.
Thursday, 22 September 2016
Understanding the potential diseases that a pet can contract is the best way to provide protection because you know what to do to reduce risks and when to get treatment. Canine distemper is a dangerous viral disease that is highly contagious and has no known cure. It has a high fatality rate in dogs, and those that survive may experience lifelong suffering. Besides dogs, animals such as foxes, raccoons, skunks, wolves and ferrets can also contract the disease, making them a danger to your pet dog as well. Fortunately, the disease is highly preventable with a vaccine that is standard in the UK, so vets in Croydon can help protect your pet. It is important, though, to understand what the dangers are.
Tuesday, 20 September 2016
Recent reports have shown that the number of dogs and cats suffering from obesity across the UK has risen substantially over the last five years and the main reason for this is high calorie diets and lack of exercise.
Vets have expressed their concerns over the increase in pets being diagnosed with diabetes, which is thought to be the result of obesity. In 2011, 309 dogs and cats were diagnosed with this serious health condition and in 2015, this number rose to a whopping 2,877. This increase has been linked to the fact that pet-owners not only overfeed their furry friends, but feed them the wrong kind of foods.
The Consequences of Obesity to Animals
Much akin to humans, as well as a diminished quality of life, obese pets can suffer from many other serious health complaints such as arthritis, kidney and heart disease, high blood pressure and certain types of cancer. It is very important then, that people make sure that their pets are not overweight.
Tuesday, 9 August 2016
A dog owner should have relevant information regarding some of the common diseases that the animal may be exposed or predisposed to. Canine Coronavirus (CCV) is one of the risks that dogs face as they grow. The disease is highly prevalent in puppies, making it the second biggest cause of diarrhoea in dogs. Coronavirus and canine parvovirus can be hard to distinguish, and that makes it important to have the right knowledge on it when taking care of a pet dog. One notable difference between the two diseases is that parvovirus often leads to fatalities, but that is not the case with CCV. Vets in Croydon can conduct examinations for an accurate diagnosis.
Monday, 8 August 2016
After furry domestic animals such as dogs, cats, and in particular, rabbits are the most popular pets in the UK. In fact, the 2015 Animal Wellbeing Report from PDSA puts the number of these pets at 1.2 million. Traditionally, not a lot of people kept rabbits as pets largely due to lack of knowledge on their proper care. There is no precise formula for rabbit care, but with the right information from vets in Surrey, you can gather the basics. Just like other pets, rabbits have dietary needs that their owners need to know of.
The nutritional needs of a rabbit is often largely dependent on age. The diet of a young rabbit should include pellets because they are designed to provide specific nutrients for weight gain. Commercial pellets are naturally balanced and have high fibre content to cater to the needs of a growing rabbit.
Thursday, 7 July 2016
Like any living organism, age takes its toll on cats. You may be a pet owner with a cat that has lived past its primes. Knowing how to take care of an ageing cat is very crucial. Age advancement in cats is unique with a one-year-old cat termed as equivalent to a 16-year-old human psychologically. So, how do you tell yours is a senior cat? If it's between 7 and 12, then that is an old cat. Ageing is natural and some heath complications arise from it. With the help of veterinarian services in Croydon, it is possible to manage some of these issues. What are some of the problems that an ageing cat has may have?
A decreased immune strength is one element to watch out for cautiously. As a cat ages, it loses the strength to battle diseases. A deficiency in the immune system results in chronic conditions such as liver, heart, thyroid and kidney diseases that may weaken a cat. The conditions are common causes of weight loss in cats.
Tuesday, 5 July 2016
With the days starting to heat up, vets in Surrey as well as the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA), are appealing to rabbit owners to ensure that they take the adequate precautions to keep their small, furry pets safe from the sun this summer.
Unlike most other pets, rabbits lack defense mechanisms such as sweating and panting that regulate body temperature and aid the cooling process when temperatures rise. Add this to the fact that rabbits have dense fur that acts as an insulator, it is easy to see why high temperatures can cause them to overheat. The ideal temperature for a rabbit is between 15ºC and 20ºC. Anything higher than this can cause potentially fatal heat stroke.
Don’t Let Rabbits Stay Under the Sun
The main way to ensure that your rabbit doesn’t overheat is by providing plenty of shaded areas for it to escape from the sun.
Saturday, 4 June 2016
Arranging suitable care for your pets while you're on holiday is important for their welfare and your peace of mind. Pets can get stressed out by their owners' absence, by being in a strange place, or being looked after by strange people, but there are ways to make sure they have a good time while you're away. Kennels and catteries look after large numbers of cats and dogs every year. Your pets will be looked after by professionals and given all the care they need, including daily exercise. Vets will tell you, however that some pets find being away from home, and surrounded by other animals stressful. To help them settle, take along their own bed or blanket, and a favourite toy or two. Something that smells of you, like a sweatshirt you've been wearing, can also be comforting.
Friday, 3 June 2016
Diabetes in cats is a problem that vets in Surrey see frequently in their surgeries. Approximately 200 cats in the U.K. are suffering from feline diabetes mellitus. Just as in the human form of the disease, the body of a diabetic animal does not produce enough insulin, resulting in raised levels of glucose in the blood and urine. Recent studies undertaken in Australia have shown that feline diabetes is often an inherited condition, with the Burmese being a particularly susceptible breed. Symptoms Diabetes is a treatable condition, especially when caught and treated early. As a matter of fact, around half of all cats with this condition make a full recovery. One of the major causes of feline diabetes in obesity, so it is important to keep your pet’s weight always in check. The disease usually becomes apparent at around 7 - 10 years of age.
Friday, 6 May 2016
Cats are known for taking good care of themselves, but it is still important for a pet owner to provide them with the necessary attention their health. Like any other pets, cats can be vulnerable to illnesses. Kidney disease is one of the potential health challenges that a cat may have to face. A kidney disease may develop over a prolonged period, which can be dangerous. For this reason, a pet owner should take their cat for regular visits to a vet. Croydon vets have the necessary expertise to diagnose and treat cats with this condition. However, a pet owner should have some basic information on what it is exactly. Causes Kidneys play vital roles in a cat’s body. One of that is the removal of toxins and waste substances, and the circulation of clean blood in the system. Kidneys also control the levels of blood in hormones.
Animals suffer from health issues just like humans do, and it is imperative to ensure that they get suitable treatment. Taking care of a pet calls for an understanding of the potential health issues that they may face and how to spot them when they appear. An ear infection in a dog is one of the common problems that a pet owner should know about. A dog that is suffering from an ear infection should see a vet as soon as possible for treatment. However, it helps to know what to watch out for before seeking the expertise of licensed vets. Common Causes Typically, ear infections in canines are bacterial. When infected, inflammations may occur in the middle ear (Otitis media) or in the internal ear (Otitis interna). Besides bacteria, an ear infection may be due to allergies, excessive hair, ear mites, moisture, or wax in the hearing canal.
Monday, 25 April 2016
Nobody likes going to the doctor, and our pets are no exception. A trip to the vet's can be stressful, so it's best to avoid unnecessary visits. However, there are some situations in which a vet's attention is vital, and could save your pet's life. Learn to recognise these signals, and you will feel more confident making the decision. New pet owners should register with a local vet as soon as possible so that if an emergency does arise, you already know who to call and where to go. Learn the route so you can reach your vets from Croydon at any time of day or night.
Caring for a pet does not come naturally and there some things that you need to learn about. Visiting a veterinarian will help you keep up with the health of your pet. One element of pet health that doesn’t get a lot of attention is dental. Dental care for a pet is essential to good health. Statistics state that most cats and dogs start to have dental problems as young as age three. The minute you notice that something is off with your pet’s oral health, find vets in Surrey with the necessary services for assistance. If you own a pet or plan to get one, it helps to know the type of dental issues to expect.
Monday, 21 March 2016
Our dogs are far more than just ”pets” to us and it is common practice to like our pooch more than our in laws, but there is more to our best friends than meets the eye. Here are some awesome facts about dogs that you probably didn't know. Dogs Don't Feel Guilt When we scold our dog for doing something naughty we interpret that cute, but guilty look in the dog’s eyes all wrong. A scientist at Barnard College in New York discovered that this look is more down to being upset that they're being told off and not guilt.
Dogs and cats remain the top pets in the U.K., a position they have held for many years, with dogs currently in the top spot. However, many people find that modern lifestyles make it difficult to commit to a dog or cat. Longer working hours, living alone, and smaller, often shared or rented homes all cut down on the time we can spend on our pets, and the facilities we have for looking after them. Dogs need regular exercise, usually several times a day, which can be hard to fit around a busy working life. Cats are happiest if they can go outdoors, but busy, urban streets or upper floor flats make this difficult. Small pets, like hamsters and mice, caged birds, or tanks of fish have always provided an alternative to cats and dogs, but many of us would like a larger animal we can cuddle and play with.
Friday, 26 February 2016
Taking a pet to the vet can be a stressful experience, especially if your pet is already feeling under the weather. Dogs are probably the easiest animals to transport, as they are usually used to being out and about on a lead. Small dogs may feel more secure in a pet carrier. If you go to the vet by car, make sure your dog is restrained properly, either with a car harness, in a crate, or behind a dog guard. If you're going to the vets in Croydon, you might take a bus, train, or tram. Pets are allowed on public transport, but staff can ask you to get off if your pet is causing a nuisance. Hold carriers on your lap, or put them on the floor, rather than taking up a seat.
Fleas are parasites and feed off of a pet's blood by biting them; unfortunately as well as taking the blood without asking, they can pass on a range of diseases which are harmful for both the pet and humans. Myxomatosis in rabbits and tapeworms in cats and dogs are to name but a few, if an animal has an allergic reaction then their health can be seriously compromised. How Fleas and Worms Are Contracted Prevention treatment is vital for both fleas and worms as they are so rife in a pet's everyday environment. Simply suckling milk from its mother can pass on worms to a new born animal and brushing past a flea infected dog can allow them to jump ship to a different host and go onto multiply. Washing hands is as vital after contact alongside the use of prevention treatment that can be acquired from any vets in Surrey to stop a chain of infection.
Thursday, 25 February 2016
In England from 6th April 2016, all dogs over eight weeks old must be microchipped, unless a vet certifies that there is a medical exemption. The new law is intended to encourage responsible dog ownership and increase the numbers of lost dogs who are returned to their owners. Microchipping is highly recommended for all pets, and your local vets in Croydon can help and advice. Stray dogs in England can cause serious problems. When the new law was announced in 2013, the BBC reported that over 100,000 dogs are abandoned or lost every year, and less than half are eventually returned to their owners. This is not too surprising considering that less than 10% of these stray dogs are microchipped. The majority are either rehomed or remain in rescue centers, with a small number being put to sleep. The financial cost, an estimated £57m per year, is borne by animal welfare charities and the taxpayer.
Wednesday, 24 February 2016
Your pet is part of your family, so you want it to have the best care. And sometimes, even the healthiest pets will need the attention of a vet. But there are so many vets in Surrey that it's difficult to know how to choose the right one. Should you just go to the nearest, most convenient one? And how do you know if they can be trusted with your precious pet? Here's how to choose the best vets has to offer … Recommendation Ask someone whose opinion you trust if they can recommend a vet (obviously they should have a pet of their own!). Friends, family or neighbors can give you an impartial recommendation.