May Newsletter 2017

May Newsletter 2017

With winter well on its way in, it’s important to remember our furry friends during the colder season! One of the most common problems we see in cats during winter is a urethral obstruction, more commonly referred to as a blocked bladder. It’s most predominantly found in male cats due to having a long and narrow urethra. The change in season causes cats to drink less and go outside less frequently which can contribute to inflammation and cellular and crystalline debris building up to form a urethral plug. This is a life-threatening emergency and clinical signs include straining to urinate, discomfort/pain in the abdomen and hind quarters, vocalising, licking at genitals, vomiting, lethargy, and collapsing. To help prevent this, ensure that there is lots of fresh water available and that your cat has access to toileting areas – including having multiple litter trays. There are also specifically formulated diets created to help prevent the formation of stones and crystals, so if you think your cat might be at risk, talk to us about whether a change in diet would be ideal for your cat.

The winter weather can also be very hard on our older pets, especially those with arthritis. Be sure to put some extra blankets on the bed to help with stiff joints and to ensure they have a sheltered or preferably indoor area to sleep to keep them warm and dry.  Be mindful of slippery areas and let your pets recuperate from any exercise in a warm, soft space. It may also be beneficial to look at supplements to help lubricate the joints and ease the effects of arthritis. If you think your pet might be suffering from arthritis, speak to one of our nurses for more information on what you can do to keep them happy and comfortable.

What’s new?

* We would like to give a big welcome to our newest team member, Amber Corney! Amber is a qualified vet nurse who completed her Diploma in Vet Nursing in 2012 at Unitec. She has been abroad the last two years in the UK and having come home, she is happy to be back and to become part of you and your pet’s lives.
* Hill’s have released a new prescription food for both cats and dogs called d/d skin and food sensitivities.  There are a variety of causes for itchy skin in pets and often it can come down to allergens in the food. The d/d diet is formulated to help benefit pets with food sensitivities using a novel protein (a less commonly used protein source in pet foods) as well as being grain-free and made with gluten-free ingredients. For cats, we have a venison and green pea formula and for dogs, we have a venison and potato formula.
* Buy a 6-pack of cat Frontline flea treatment and you will receive a free cat carrier bag! (While stocks last.)

Wishing you all the best,

The team at Whangaparaoa Vet Centre.