Posts Categorized: cats

Fireworks advice

Some advice from our head veterinary nurse Sarah, on supporting your pet during fireworks. Helpful changes to the environment Try to keep your pets inside during the evening Walk dogs at daytime/during light hours Close the curtains/blinds to reduce visual stimulation Background noise such as a television, fan or low music can help block out… Read more »

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How often should you de-flea your cat?

This is a question that is often asked in practice. Most people feel that they don’t have to worry as the weather gets colder, but flea treatments should be done all year round to get rid of those nasty little fleas. How can you get rid of fleas? Fleas can be a problem in the cleanest home and… Read more »

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The benefits of early neutering

What is neutering? Neutering is a surgical procedure carried out under anaesthetic. In a male animal, both testes are removed from a small incisions made in the scrotum. In females the uterus and ovaries are removed via an incision either on the left side or underneath. There are lots of benefits and reasons why you should… Read more »

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Measuring your pet’s blood pressure

There are many instances in veterinary medicine where your pet may require blood pressure measurement. At Vet4life we monitor many of our patients’ blood pressure during anaesthesia and surgery. This helps in the assessment of the plane of anaesthesia; low blood pressure is often the first sign of a deep plane of anaesthesia. We can… Read more »

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Feeding senior cats

As cats get older, their nutritional requirements start to change. In veterinary practice, cats of seven years and over are placed in the senior category. As your cat goes through life, you will notice they have changed their food as they have grown up. Kittens, for example, need a much higher calorie intake as they… Read more »

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Chronic renal failure in older cats

This is a really common disease in older cats that can develop. Luckily there is a lot we can do to help manage this disease. Chronic renal failure can develop in 33% of cats that are over 8 years old. The kidneys start “shutting down” and are less able to effectively filter the blood. This… Read more »

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Activity feeders – making mealtimes fun!

Often, attempts to liven up their food with treats, gravy, chicken and a different flavour or type at every meal-time leads to overweight pets. In the same way, when presented with a delicious cheese board after a big meal I find it very hard to resist indulging myself even though I have eaten more than… Read more »

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Pets and fireworks

Fireworks are used to celebrate all kinds of occasions and around this time of year we have two major events, Bonfire Night and New Year’s Eve. Although we may find fireworks entertaining many of our pets are frightened by them. One piece of research carried out by a pharmaceutical company discovered that at least 80%… Read more »

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Care of the older cat

As standards of veterinary care and diet improve, our cats are living longer. Their dietary and body changes and requirements are understood well, but what about their emotional and behavioural needs? What happens to my cat’s behaviour as he or she gets older? The most common behaviour seen in older cats is going to the… Read more »

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Pets’ Problem Behaviour

Inspired by Francesca Riccomini, veterinary surgeon and animal behaviourist People often don’t realise something is amiss with their pet’s behaviour until something goes wrong, and then it’s too late! Since pets can’t talk, their behaviour is the only indication of illness, bar any physical symptoms. When a pet is acting normally, it’s reassuring – it… Read more »

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