Don’t forget to worm Puss too!

Preventative care is one of those things we tend to forget about or put on hold, until of course – there’s a problem.

And preventative care for our feline companions is no exception.

While fleas tend to get your attention quickly because of the obvious signs i.e. scratching, other parasites such as intestinal worms can be living and multiplying quite happily without giving themselves away too much at all.

Meanwhile, they can be making your cat sick and worse still, potentially contaminating your environment, your family – and your children.

Don’t take this risk. Worm your cat regularly with an effective proven intestinal wormer.

The good news is that the days of having to give your cat a tablet are long gone. A spotton product called Profender has been available for some time now. Applying this product every 3 months is easy and a great way to keep your cat and family safe from intestinal worm infections.

What Vaccines do Cats need?

Much of the attention lately has been focused on vaccinations for dogs, especially with the introduction of the new 3 Year C3 Vaccine.

Let’s not forget about the cat. Cats need to be protected from Feline infectious diseases too – espcially the core diseases: Feline Rhinotracheitis, Feline Calicivirus (these make up what is commonly called “Cat Flu”) and Feline Enteritis.

These illnesses can be contracted without the need for contact with infected cats so are particularly important. The vaccine effective against these 3 diseases is called a F3 Vaccination which is given yearly.

If your cat is an indoor and outdoor cat – we also recommend vaccination against Feline Immunodeficiency Virus – commonly called “Feline Aids” or FIV.

This disease is most commonly contracted through fighting with an infected cat.

The initial course of three FIV Vaccines are given 2 – 4 weeks apart, then updated with a single FIV Vaccine each year.

Feline aids is dangerous to cats only. It cannot be transmitted to humans.

So while cats demands on your time and pocket are oftem much less than dogs, please don’t forget the important preventative care.

When to euthanase my pet

Euthanasia. When is the right time?

Deciding whether or not to euthanase your beloved pet is one of the most difficult decisions you’ll ever face. You may feel that you’re playing “God” – deciding between life and death for a living creature you love. Yet you are fully aware that your pet is suffering or has little quality of life.

Be assured – It’s completely normal to feel confused and emotional when dealing with this situation.

Electing to euthanase a much loved pet is never an easy decision to make. However in the right circumstances – it can be the kindest act of all.

Most often the decision to euthanase involves Quality of Life concerns – however sometimes other factors are just as important.

The following questions may help you make this decisioneuthanase dog

  • Is she still enjoying her food? (Eating and drinking normally) Y/N
  • Can she still control bowel and bladder function and keep herself clean? Y/N
  • Is she still responsive to commands and seems interested in what’s going on around her? Y/N
  • Does she still walk around of her own free will without too much difficulty? Y/N
  • Are the medications still making an observable difference? Y/N
  • Are there human limitations (Emotional, timing or financial) that you need to consider? While it may be difficult to admit that any of these reasons are helping you make that decision, they are still very valid and acceptable.

If paying for your pet’s veterinary care is causing your family financial strain then this alone is a valid reason for considering euthanasia. There is absolutely no shame in this at all.

Let us help you make the right decision

If you need someone to help guide you in making decisions around quality of life issues or are feeling uncertain of what is best for pet at any stage, please feel free to talk to us.

Our role as veterinarians is to help guide your decision making during this difficult time in a non judgmental way while at the same time considering your pet’s quality of life throughout.

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Euthanasia – The Final Act of Caring.

Dog Euthanasia

Euthanasia – The Final Act of Caring

It’s a reality that in your lifetime, you’ll have more than one best friend.

Dogs and Cats have shorter life spans than us. They grow old and eventually – they will leave us. And as they get older we begin to see the subtle changes the aging process brings with it.

Although these days – many old age related illnesses can be effectively managed through various therapies, there will come a time when these are no longer adequate in maintaining your pet’s quality of life.

This now forces you to consider the final act of kindness – euthanasia.

The word euthanasia comes from the Greek combination of “Eu” meaning well or good and “Thanatos” – meaning death. Translated this results in “Good Death.Dog Euthanasia

The Euthanasia Process

True to the meaning of the word – when putting an animal to sleep or performing euthanasia – the aim is to provide a painless and peaceful passing for that animal.

An injection of a concentrated drug is used to induce deep anaesthesia during which the heart stops beating. Sedation is routinely used beforehand to ensure your pet is relaxed and not anxious or in pain.  This is a time you can your final goodbyes while your pet is still aware of your presence though deeply relaxed.

This procedure is performed at the clinic although you can choose to have an at home euthanasia if you prefer.

Making a Plan for Saying Goodbye to Your Pet

When Euthanasia becomes a consideration a powerful positive action is to make a plan for their passing. This not only helps you and your family become more emotionally prepared for the event, it also helps reduce any regrets about not having done things you wish you’d thought of earlier.

A Basic plan would include:

  • Where the euthanasia is to take place
  • Who will be present?
    • The whole family? Including any children?
    • Just you?
    • You don’t want to be present
  • Do you want to arrange time for any other friend or relative to say goodbye to your pet?
  • Have you organised a time to discuss the process with your vet?
  • Have you decided on body care (aftercare) options?
    • Cremation (Individual or communal)
    • General communal burial (These are at undisclosed sites)
    • Burial at home
    • Do you want to take special photos of your pet for remembrance?
    • Do you want to have a special day out to your pet’s favourite place or organise a special activity for them to add to your memories of special moments.

These are just a few ideas that we pass on to our clients and the feedback we receive has always been extremely positive.

Clients never regret spending extra time with their pet. They regret NOT having spent that time.