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Veterinary advice

Pet Insurance

We recommend that you insure your pet, to cover the unexpected and make sure that your pet gets the best possible treatment available. We can usually offer you 4 weeks’ immediate cover for your puppy or kitten, free of charge at the time of vaccination.

Advances in veterinary medicine and surgery allow us to help your pet more than ever before, both here by our team of nurses and vets in Llangefni or by referral to specialist centres who can perform advanced diagnostics including CT and MRI scans, as well as advanced treatments.

Many insurers offer a choice of 'Annual' or 'Lifetime' policies. For annual policies the terms of the insurance only stand for 12 months. This means that if your pet is insured on an annual policy and develops a condition for which you need to claim, that condition will be specifically excluded when you come to renew the policy for the next year. This can be a problem for chronic illnesses. Lifetime policies are a little more expensive than annual policies but give you the peace of mind that any illness is covered for life.

There are many different companies offering pet insurance, including PetPlan who we believe offer the most comprehensive and reliable policy. Please note that no insurer will cover your pet for routine procedures such as neutering or vaccination, nor do they cover preventative treatments.

Fleas

No matter how clean your home or your pet, at some stage you will face the problem of fleas!

Fleas are small, brown insects that feed on your pet and also on humans. They only spend about 5% of the time on an animal, and the rest of the time they live in the carpets, bedding and any other cosy corner they can find. Each flea can lay up to 50 eggs a day, and each of these eggs can develop into an adult flea in as little as 3 weeks so it's easy to see how an infestation can take hold. As well as causing a number of skin problems for your pet, including severe discomfort and allergic skin disease, fleas can also cause anaemia (iron deficiency) and transmit tapeworm. 


Treating fleas requires two actions:

Treat your pet with an effective flea product - make sure you do not use products intended for dogs on your cat as some are toxic to cats. The flea products we stock are prescription medicines - this means that they have been proven to be both effective and safe. These products need to be used at regular intervals - once you purchase them from us, we will send you text or email reminders to help you remember when it is time for the next dose.

Treat your house with a suitable environmental insecticide. This will eradicate fleas and their eggs from soft furnishings and bedding to prevent your pets from being re-infested.

Unless you treat both your pets and your house, the flea life cycle will not be broken and you will continue to have a problem with fleas. 

Worms

Almost all puppies and kittens are born with roundworms, transmitted from their mother. This means that puppies and kittens must first be treated for the worms passed from their mother, and then treated for the worms they pick up in the environment. It is particularly important that your dog is regularly wormed if it comes into contact with children, as one of the roundworms can be transmitted to people.


There are a different types of worms affecting cats and dogs:

Tapeworm are flat tape-like worms that live in the intestine. Sometimes segments that look like small grains of rice break off the worm and pass out of your pet and may be visible in the fur or bedding. Tapeworm can be caught from fleas or from the environment, e.g. rodents.

Roundworm look like thin white earthworms and can grow up to 10cm in length.

Lungworm is a parasite that can cause serious illness in dogs. Slugs and snails carry the lungworm larvae, and dogs can become infected when they accidentally (or purposefully) eat these common garden pests whilst rummaging through undergrowth, eating grass, drinking from puddles or outdoor water bowls, or pick them up from their toys. The adult lungworms move through the dog's body to live in the heart and blood vessels.

Exercise

We all know that exercise is good for us, and owning a pet can provide a great opportunity for shared exercise. Walking your dog is a great way to keep healthy yourself, and has been shown to benefit us both physically and mentally.


What about cats?

Although not many people take their cat for a walk, there is still plenty you can do to exercise them at home.

Nutrition

You've probably heard the expression "You are what you eat", well that's just as true for our pets as it is for ourselves. There are three main factors contributing to your pet's health: genetics, environment and nutrition. You can't do anything about their genes, but the environment you create and the food you choose for them could have a direct effect on their future health.

Not all pet foods are the same, and it is important that the food you choose includes the correct balance of all the necessary vitamins, minerals and nutrients they need. Many manufacturers now offer diets tailored to the natural changes in nutritional requirements that take place as your pet ages, e.g. puppy/kitten, adult, senior. We are always happy to advise on the most appropriate food for your pet.

When introducing a new food we recommend that it is introduced gradually, by mixing gradually increasing amounts mixing in with the previous food. You should also monitor your pet's weight regularly, and adjust the amount of food you give them to keep them at a healthy weight. Take care with treats too! It's easy to give a few small treats here and there and this can result in weight gain.

Providing easy access to clean, fresh drinking water is just as important as providing the right food.


Foods to Avoid:

Remember there are certain human foods that can be harmful or even fatal to your pets. Although it can be tempting to share, you must avoid giving your pets foods such as:

Chocolate - contains Theobromine, which is toxic and causes vomiting, diarrhoea, restlessness, hyperactivity and seizures. As a general rule chocolate with a high cocoa content is more toxic.

Onions, Garlic, Chives - cause stomach irritation and red blood cell damage and anaemia (particularly onions).

Caffeine - although couple of laps of tea or coffee will not do any harm, the ingestion of moderate amounts of coffee grounds or tea bags can lead to serious problems. Signs are similar to chocolate toxicity.

Alcohol - is significantly more toxic to dogs than to humans. When consumed, alcoholic beverages and  food products can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, decreased coordination, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death.

Avocado - the fruit and seeds contain a substance called Persin that can cause vomiting and diarrhoea.

Macademia nuts - can cause dogs to experience weakness, depression, tremors, vomiting and hyperthermia (increased body temperature).

Corn on the cob - unlike most vegetables, corn does not digest well in a dog’s stomach. If your dog swallows large chunks of the cob, or even whole, it can cause an intestinal blockage due to it's size and shape.

Grapes and Raisins - can cause kidney failure. Be particularly careful with foods such as fruit cake where a single mouthful can contain large number of raisins.

Bones - dogs can choke on bones, or sustain injury as the splinters can become lodged in or puncture your dog's digestive tract. If you choose to give your dog bones be sure to keep an eye on them, and avoid giving cooked bones (which splinter easily) or giving bones that are small enough to get stuck in their bowels.

Xylitol - an artificial sweetener found in chewing gum, and many reduced-sugar products. It causes a dramatic lowering of blood sugar levels and even very small amounts can be fatal.

Lilies - many varieties of Lily are extremely toxic to cats, and all parts of the plant are poisonous. Cats can be poisoned if they eat part of the plant, or even when they groom themselves after picking up pollen when they brush against the flower. Lily toxicity causes kidney damage.

Antifreeze - poisoning by antifreeze containing ethylene glycol is unfortunately quite common in cats. Ethylene glycol smells and tastes sweet so cats will drink from spills on the ground and lick it off their paws. Even a few drops in a puddle can cause serious kidney damage and may be fatal.

Behaviour

Just occasionally, your pet may show unwanted behaviours. These could include inappropriate fear, aggression or soiling the house. Jill, one of our nurses, has a special interest in behaviour and has just completed an advanced qualification (Nurses' Certificate in Animal Behaviour). If you have any concerns or questions about behaviour, Jill would love to hear from you.

Practice information

Aran Vet Clinic

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