What can you do when your dog just doesn’t like coming to the vet?  We love to work with clients to try and help them makes their visits easier.  What issues do you have and how do you try and resolve them?  Share your ideas on our Facebook page with others who might be struggling.

Download an information sheet HERE with some useful hints and tips.  If you’d like more information about the medication that can help, call to discuss this with a vet or our Head Nurse.

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Sometimes, getting your pet to the vet can be difficult, particularly for cat owners.  It can be stressful for the owner when their pet is showing clear signs that they really want to be anywhere other than the vet.  Cats in particular find strange environments stressful so as part of our Cat Friendly status, we put measures into place to make their visit as stress free as possible.

Download our Top Ten Tips on what you can do to try and reduce the stress for your cat.  Share your tips on our Facebook page on what you do to make the visit less stressful.

Click here to find out what makes a Cat Friendly Clinic.

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Have you ever wondered what actually happens when your pet comes in for a dental procedure?  Here at Rowan we grade our patient’s teeth to give owners an idea of the condition of their pet’s teeth:

Grade 1 – basic scale and polish

Grade 2 – heavy scale and polish

Grade 3 – scale and polish and up to 3 extractions.

Grade 4 – scale and polish and 4 or more extractions.

Unlike humans, pets won’t allow us to handle their mouths or undertake treatment whilst awake so they have to be anaesthetised.  Like humans, we recommend that you try to clean your pet’s teeth at home using the many products available, such as toothbrushes and pet specific toothpastes, dental “treats” or dental toys.  We  recommend regular preventative basic scale and polish treatment as this can reduce the likelihood of needing to have the more expensive, higher grade dental work in the future.  Download our leaflet on dental care here for further information.

Ginny came to us for her annual health check and booster and it was noted that she had a problem with one of her teeth.  “Feline resorptive lesion” is a condition that can affect up to 60% of cats and after the age of 5 this percentage increases.  Dentin, the hard substance that surrounds and protects the root canal, begins to erode, exposing the nerve and blood supply.  This is  VERY painful and there is no known cause for the condition.  Ginny’s problem tooth was extracted (see picture) and as you will see from the film, the rest of her teeth were in pretty good condition.

The signs that something is wrong can be very subtle as cats are masters of hiding pain.  You may notice your cat’s appetite remains normal but whilst they eat, they tilt their head.  They may chew their food on one side or try to swallow hard kibble without chewing at all.

Visit our YouTube channel here to watch the short film about Ginny’s visit and what happens behind the scenes.

 

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Teeth

13 Jun 2018

Like humans, a dog’s and cat’s teeth need taking care of.  Now, this can be difficult particularly for owners of cats.  The thought of cleaning our cat’s teeth puts shivers of dread in our minds so what can you do as an owner?

As with all things, starting them young is the key.  Getting your dog or cat used to having their mouth touched, examined and cleaned should start when they are a puppy or kitten.  If this isn’t possible then having regular checks at the vets can also help to identify issues early on so they don’t become big and expensive problems later.

It’s particularly important for rabbit owners to get their pet’s teeth checked regularly.  Rabbits teeth grow constantly so it’s important to understand what to look for, what the best diet is to help keep teeth ground down and the issues overgrown teeth can cause if not checked.

There are products available for both cats and dogs that can help to keep your pet’s teeth clean, such as dental food and treats, toys that dogs can chew on which helps remove tartar build up, liquids that can be added to their drinking water and a good quality dry food can also reduce the build up of tartar.

Download our leaflet here on dental care for cats and dogs and rabbit care here for further information on teeth and diet.

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Fleas

12 Jun 2018

The mere mention or thought of fleas  gets everyone’s skin crawling and itching, yet it’s a really easy and preventable problem to treat.

Fleas can live in the environment for up to 6 months and only 5% of a flea population is visible – that’s 95% hiding away as eggs, larvae and pupae in your home!!

As consumers  we are bombarded with a multitude of products all promising to get rid of fleas.  The problem is that although usually much cheaper, a lot of supermarket, pharmacy  and off the shelf products just don’t work so it can become VERY frustrating for you and very uncomfortable for your pet, not to mention the money wasted on something that just isn’t fit for purpose.

There are some great and effective products available to pet owners that DO work.  However, to keep on top of fleas these products need applying regularly and in accordance with their instructions and not a couple of times a year.  Any product will only work for a specific period of time and once it “wears out”, any new contact with a flea will start the whole cycle off again.

With a female flea able to lay up to 2000 eggs in a lifetime your home can become a haven for these pesky critters pretty quickly.  To make matters worse, this isn’t just a seasonal issue as centrally heated homes provide THE best environment for them to breed and flourish.

Take a look at our YouTube channel on the flea life-cycle and if you want to know more, book in for a complimentary flea consultation with one of our registered veterinary nurses.

 

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The first years of your pets life can be exciting; they grow, change and develop quickly.  There’s a lot to consider such as diet, exercise, healthcare, illness & accidents and the financial commitment that this might entail, so it makes sense to prevent what you can, when you can doesn’t it?

Part of our Gold Standard care approach is working with owners, raising awareness of the benefits of preventative healthcare.

If you could save time AND money on taking steps to avoid preventable health issues, wouldn’t you choose the easy option?

Having your pet neutered can be a worrying and stressful time for owners but unless you plan to breed from your pet, there are benefits of having this procedure done, including the expense of an unwanted litter.

One of our clients allowed us to share their dog’s story to show others what happens behind the scenes and to try and alleviate some of the worries owners might have about their pet’s procedure.

Visit our YouTube channel here to see the video of Jasper.  For further information about what happens before and after and why we neuter, download our  information leaflets.

If you have further questions or want to discuss your own particular needs before making this decision, please do contact us on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352.

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Did you know?….. rabbits often suffer from arthritis from as young as four years old!  How can you tell if your rabbit might be suffering?

  1. Has your rabbit changed its litter tray habits?
  2. Is your rabbit exercising less?
  3. Is your rabbit jumping less?

If you think that your rabbit may be suffering from arthritis or have any other questions about rabbit care, call us on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352.  Download our rabbit care leaflet here for lots of other information on how to care for your rabbit.

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Did you know that a rabbit’s teeth grow continuously throughout its life?  If their teeth are not regularly checked and trimmed, they grow “spurs” or spikes which can lacerate the rabbit’s tongue, cheeks and other soft mouth tissues.  They can also suffer from “malocclusion” which means that the teeth don’t meet normally and so don’t wear down as normal.

Rabbits can suffer from bone abscess, ulcers and infected eyes as a result of poor dental hygiene so regular checks by you and by a vet as part of a full health check will help to keep on top of this painful issue.

For lots of information about rabbit care click the link here for a great video on how to care for your rabbit and download here the accompanying booklet.

 

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The wrong diet can cause health issues for your rabbit and RAW’s focus this year is to raise awareness of the benefits of switching to a hay based diet.  Rabbits will, if given the choice, pick out the most tasty and often less healthy parts of a muesli diet.  This can cause digestive health problems, dental health problems and an increased risk of fly strike.

 

Download our Rabbit Care leaflet here for further information on diet and other general care of your pet rabbit.

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Fly Strike – RAW

5 Jun 2018

Fly strike is generally a problem in the Summer.  Rabbits who don’t clean their bottoms properly and/or sit in dirty bedding will attract flies who are looking to lay eggs.  Once the eggs hatch and turn into maggots, they eat from the rabbits’ skin and if not caught and treated quickly, can lead to deep wounds which can be fatal.

Download our Rabbit Care leaflet here for further information on how to prevent this issue and the treatment available.

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