Managing Pain in Dogs

21 Oct 2020

Knowing your dog is in pain can be a difficult and stressful experience for owners but these days there are so many treatment options available to help manage that pain.  Pain can be as a result of a surgery, an injury or as a result of the ageing process, such as arthritis.  It could be short-term or chronic but whatever the reason there is a way for owners to manage pain in their pet.

Here at Rowan we offer pain clinics which are led and run by Francis.  Francis has worked with many owners establishing a bespoke menu of traditional and complimentary pain management treatments with great success.  Treatment plans can consist of acupuncture, hydro-therapy, traditional pain medication which is developing and improving all the time, as well as dietary and food supplements such as Yumove and CBD Oil.  Francis works with owners to develop a pain management plan for your dog’s needs and along with regular monitoring to ensure that programme is giving the relief your pet needs, your dog can live a full and active life. 

If you think your pet could benefit from a pain management consultation or want to know about new pain medication options, call the team and book an appointment with Francis on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352.

Pain in rabbits is very difficult to notice but knowing the signs to look for makes it easier to know if there is an issue with your pet. 

It’s important that any pain your rabbit might be experiencing is managed.  Whether this pain is as a result of an injury or short-term illness or as a result of a long-standing chronic condition, by working with the vet the pain can be managed meaning your rabbit has a better quality of life.

Managing pain in rabbits is usually with medication and although there are no pain killing medications licensed for use with rabbits, the vets have a good knowledge of drugs that are effective and safe when used at the correct dosage.

Read our earlier post about the signs your rabbit my show that they are in pain and if you have any concerns, call the team and book an appointment with a vet on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352.

Cats & Pain

13 Oct 2020

Cats suffering from chronic pain or illness will hide their discomfort and it’s something they are VERY good at!  Showing signs of weakness in the wild is likely to end in disaster by becoming a meal for a bigger predator, so it’s in their DNA.  That’s why it makes it incredibly difficult for owners to know that their beloved cat is in pain.

So, what are the signs an owner can look out for that might give us humans a clue?  There are several but they can be subtle.  

Some signs are:

  • A reduced appetite – could indicate dental pain.
  • Sleeping more.
  • Less interest in playing, interacting with their humans or going outside.
  • Appearing more sensitive to their human touching their body and actively or passively avoid being handled.
  • Changes in how they move; no longer jumping onto surfaces or the bed, taking the steps one at a time.
  • Increased irritability with more frequent vocalisation such as hissing or growling.
  • Decrease in their personal grooming OR and increase in grooming potentially leading to bald patches and/or sore skin.

These signs may develop over time and can go unnoticed which is why it’s important to spend time just observing and getting to know your cat so you can understand and identify what is “normal” for them so that you are more likely to spot something different if it presents itself.

If you want advice on any health issue that is affecting your cat, call the team and book your vet appointment.  We also have a fantastic FREE clinic for our senior cats (7 years and older) where you can access a free urine test, a free health check and a free blood pressure check. Call the team today and book yours on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352.

Dogs & Pain

7 Oct 2020

Dogs can’t talk to us so it can be difficult to know when they are in pain.  The reasons for pain could vary; an injury, a strain or a progressive aging problem.  Whatever the cause we can help owners identify the signs that your dog may show when they are in pain. 

Aside from any obvious limps or malformations, there are some signs you can look out for that may indicate your dog is in pain.  If your dog suddenly becomes more aggressive toward you or tries to avoid contact with you this could be a sign that they are in pain.  They may stop running to greet you at the door and perhaps sleep more than they have or show other mobility issues. 

Other signs, such as a loss or reduced appetite and a difference in the amount of water that they’re drinking are commons symptoms of pain.  If they are having difficulty in eating, particularly dried food, this could indicate dental pain.

Some dogs become more vocal, either yelping, growling or snarling with some even howling in an attempt to tell you that something is wrong.

Some dogs self sooth by excessively grooming and often licking where it hurts, even if the pain is internal.

It is very important that owners don’t try to treat their dog’s pain themselves.  Many human medications can be dangerous to dogs, potentially causing them more harm.  We can work with you to treat your pet’s pain in a safe way so if you have any concerns that your dog might be in pain, call and book your vet appointment on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352.

Rabbits & Pain

5 Oct 2020

Managing pain in rabbits can be tricky.  It’s really difficult for owners to know if their rabbit is feeling anything other than normal and ok so how do you tell if your rabbit needs to see a vet?

Rabbits in the wild are bottom of the food chain so it’s in their DNA not to show any signs of weakness.  If they do, they could end up as someone’s dinner!  This is the reason why it’s hard for us to know when they are in pain so owners need to watch very carefully for any unusual behaviour.

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The main sign to look out for is your rabbit’s appetite.  It is vitally important that your rabbit keeps a healthy gut so rabbits need to be constantly grazing and the reason why they must always have a constant supply of fresh hay!

Other signs to look out for are runny eyes as this could suggest a dental problem and a head tilt could indicate an ear infection.  One of the more common health issues is arthritis of the joints.  Your rabbit could show signs of stiffness after having laid still for a while or have difficulties walking.

If you have any concerns about your rabbit’s health, call and book an appointment with a vet on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352.

Monthly Mash Up

29 Sep 2020

Welcome to our newsletter which contains information on all the topics we’ve shared on our social media during September. The theme was “All Things Cat” and you can download your copy HERE and keep it for future reference or just visit our website when you need to look at it again.

Next month we are looking at pain in our pets. How do you know they are in pain, what are the signs to look out for and what can you do to help? These are all the questions we hope to answer. If you need any advice or are concerned about your pet’s health, the team are here to help on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352.

Cats and Pain

24 Sep 2020

Cats are masters of disguise.  They will hide pain from you because in the wild, showing weakness or vulnerability would put them at risk of attack and possible death!  It’s in their DNA!  However, there are signs that your cat is in pain if you know what to look for. Download our information sheet HERE which shows the body language your cat may display that might indicate that they are in pain.  If you want advice or think your cat might be in pain, call the team on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352 and book in with a vet.

If your cat is 7 years old or over, why not take advantage of a Senior Cat Clinic.  These clinics are run by our head nurse, Hayley and are FREE.  Your cat will receive a full health check, a weight check, a complimentary urine test and a complimentary blood pressure check.  For further information click HERE

Your Cat & Worms

22 Sep 2020

Different cats have different worming needs but how do you find out what your cat needs?  The simple answer is “Risk Assessment”.  Now, before you glaze over, this assessment takes just 2 minutes of your time.  It protects your cat but also your family members and is the most cost effective way to keep your cat healthy! To find out what your cat needs click on the link and visit the WormWise website HERE Answer a few simple questions to find out how often to worm your cat to keep them and you safe and healthy.

You can also download our interactive risk checker HERE and give the result to a vet so they can help you with the right products at the right time.

If you have any questions about parasite control or want to order products, call the team on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352. 

Cat Carriers

17 Sep 2020

Owners regularly tell us that they find bringing their cat to the vet a very stressful experience for all concerned.  One of these stressors can be trying to get your cat into a carrier so that they can be safely transported. 

It’s advised that owners train their cat from an early age to accept and become familiar with a carrier so that when it’s needed your cat won’t be deterred or stressed by it.  However, as the saying goes, it’s never too late to learn new tricks so we’d like to share some tips on how you can introduce a cat carrier into your cat’s world to help reduce the stress of transporting them. 

  • Firstly, purchase a carrier that can be split into two.  This makes it MUCH easier to put your cat into and take your cat out of the carrier.  It can also help the vet or nurse who is treating your cat, as much of an examination can take place with your cat in the bottom half of the carrier where your cat feels safer and therefore less stressed by the visit.
  • Leave the carrier in your living room all the time (or other room that your cat spends a lot of time in) with the door open, so that your cat can explore it in their own time.  Your cat may be curious about the carrier to begin with, sniffing it and walking around it.  In time your cat will accept the carrier as part of the furniture. 
  • Your cat may enter the carrier of their own accord.  If they don’t, encourage them by putting some dry food or treats inside.  You could also put a familiar toy or blanket in the carrier to help entice them but whatever you use, always keep the experience calm and positive, giving your cat lots of praise throughout.  In some cases, cats have been known to enjoy being fed in their carrier!
  • With time your cat will become used to the carrier and may even use it to sleep or rest in.
  • When it’s time to use the carrier to transport your cat, take the carrier apart and place your cat into the bottom half, holding them gently while you secure the top half of the carrier together.  Again you could place a familiar blanket or toy to provide some added security for your cat.

As with all things, routine and habit form much of our lives and that applies to our pets too.  What they become used to or view as “normal” comes from repeating the same thing again and again, so persistence and consistency is key.  You can download some other hints and tips on how to make a visit to the vets much less stressful for your cat HERE

Cats & Worms

15 Sep 2020

Cats are fantastic and efficient hunters and some owners regularly get “presents” from their cats after a successful hunt.

If your cat is a regular hunter, they are at risk of picking up parasitic worms from mice, birds and even from mud!  Trying to stop the natural behaviours of your cat or controlling where they roam, if they’re outdoor cats, is pretty impossible.  The only way to protect them is to ensure that they get regular worming treatment.

Download our information leaflet HERE to find out about the types of parasitic worms that could affect your cat.

If you would like more information on your cat’s specific needs or on the products available, call the team on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352.