Spotting the signs of Tick Paralysis and what to do next

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Ticks are skin parasites that feed on your dog’s blood. There are 3 types of tick in Australia – Bush, Brown and Paralysis ticks

The bite itself is not usually painful, but the parasite can transmit diseases which can lead to death. Tick control is therefore important especially during PEAK tick season (July-Dec in Brisbane).

Paralysis Ticks (pictured)

This is the single most dangerous parasite for dogs in Queensland and throughout the eastern coast of Australia. Tick paralysis can also affect cats too. Paralysis ticks inject a toxin which paralyses their legs and breathing and can lead to death. Just one tick is capable of causing paralysis and death.

Signs of Tick Paralysis

If you notice ANY of the following symptoms, then you MUST take your pet to the vet for immediate. The sooner your pet is treated, the better chance of survival they have:

  • Change of bark or mieow
  • Lethargy, depression, decreased ability to exercise
  • Loss of coordination in the hind legs (wobbly or not being able to get up)
  • Loss of appetite, retching, coughing or vomiting
  • Laboured or rapid breathing

Nutrition for older dogs

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Dogs begin to show visible age-related changes at about seven to twelve years of age. There are metabolic, immunologic and body composition changes, too. Some of these are unavoidable. Others can be managed with diet.

  1. Since smaller dogs live longer and don’t experience age-related changes as early as bigger dogs, size is used to determine when it’s time to feed your canine a senior diet:Small breeds/dogs weighing Read More

What should I feed my kitten?

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Kittens are energetic, fun loving creatures that are sure to bring you much joy. In return you can make a major contribution to their long term health by providing him or her with good nutrition.

Kittens grow until they are 18mths old. Initially, kittens grow very quickly for the first few months and then this slows down until they have reached adulthood. Therefore, it is incredibly important that you provide them with good nutrition throughout this period and beyond to help them stay healthy throughout life.

Humans and dogs are omnivores. Cats are carnivores. Another tip to remember is that it impossible to change a cat’s eating habits when older so it is important to offer a varied diet from an early age. However, introduce any changes to diet slowly so as to avoid tummy upsets and diarrhoea.

Recommended feeding programme

-Good quality commercial, complete wet and dry food specially formulated for growing kittens. You can substitute the wet food for fresh meat such as fish and chicken for variety
- During the first few months of your kitten’s life feed them little and often, if they are still hungry feed more until they are satisfied!
- Once your cat has reached a year old then start to feed morning and night, keep an eye on your cat’s body condition. Ask your vet or vet nurse to explain how to do this if unsure
- Make sure there is plenty of water available. Change your kitten’s water regularly as kittens tend to play with it
- Don’t overfeed, judge meal sizes by changes in body condition. As your vet or vet nurse how to do this if unsure
- You can choose to give raw bones such as chicken wings and necks to maintain healthy teeth and gums
- DO NOT FEED COOKED BONES AS THEY CAN SPLINTER AND CAUSE GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
- Avoid giving cats human milk as it can cause colic and diarrhoea, however, cat milk available in supermarkets and pet shops is fine just don’t feed too much!
- Avoid sudden changes in diet as this can also cause colic and diarrhoea
- Cat treats are fine in moderation, just not too many as this can contribute to obesity!

Dog Allergies

Just like people, dogs can show allergic symptoms when their immune systems begin to recognize certain everyday substances—or allergens— as dangerous. Even though these allergens are common in most environments and harmless to most animals, a dog with allergies will have an extreme reaction to them. Allergens can be problematic when inhaled, ingested or contact a dog’s skin. As his body tries to rid itself of these substances, a variety of skin, digestive and respiratory symptoms may appear.

Puppy Pre-School

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Our classes provide you with plenty of information and practical advice about how to raise healthy, happy and sociable dogs as well as socialisation and basic training, play education and fun for your puppies using positive reinforcement techniques.

The classes are open to all puppies between 8-16 weeks and run for one hour, once a week for four consecutive weeks. Only 4 – 10 puppies per class so you and your puppies can get as much as possible out of the classes!

For more information and / or to enrol your puppy, please contact us on 073893 0858 or drop in to the surgery for a chat.

Next class starting: 20th July 2016