If Your Pet is Sick – Please Don’t Do This!

Email is a great way to send messages and submit queries but it’s NOT good for urgent situations that require an immediate response.

For Urgent Veterinary Help – Phone Your Vet

I don’t know about your inbox but whenever we open ours it’s quickly filled with a variety of messages ranging from client questions, advertising materials, supplier invoices, industry updates, general enquiries, right through to annoying spam emails.

And for most communications – email’s a great tool.

But it should never be considered for posting an URGENT request.

Here’s Why

Like any business, there are things that take priority and in our situation, there are a host of activities and responsibilities that need to be taken care of before we even consider sitting down and opening our email account. Although we like to check our emails daily – that’s not always possible, which is why we never encourage this platform for urgent messages or concerns.

But it still happens

Only this morning there was an urgent request from the weekend from someone with a very sick pet wanting some help. I don’t know why he didn’t call since he obviously had our contact details from the website through which the question was submitted.

But he didn’t. I have no idea what his course of action was (if any) so this type of email really concerns us. Hence this blog post.

Emails are Not a 24 Hour Help Line

Emails are for general enquiries only AND which do not need an immediate response.

These could include:

  • General enquiry about a service or routine procedure and associated fees
  • General animal health question
  • Account query
  • Notification of a payment made via EFT Transfer

For all other enquiries – please pick up the phone and give us a call. Even if the person at reception who takes the call can’t give you the answer you need straight away, at least we have the ability to follow up your enquiry and prioritise as appropriate – no matter what time day or night!

Is Your Cat a Tuna Junkie?

Beware of Tuna Addiction

Next time you’re at the supermarket, take a look at the range of cats food and see which flavour combinations dominate. I’ll bet it’ll be some sort of seafood or similar combination. That’s because cats love the taste of fish, particularly its strong, seductive smell and pet food manufacturers know this.

Luckily however, most fish flavoured cat foods are never 100% tuna because they’re usually mixed with other nutrients a cat needs so these products are OK.

It’s the Human Grade Tuna fed to cats that can cause problems.

Some cats will literally go crazy over the smell of a freshly opened can of fish – especially tuna.

But there’s a real danger in feeding too much of it. And that’s because it’s highly addictive and once hooked, your cat may start refusing all other foods. We call these cats “Tuna Junkies”

Secondly, feeding your cat too much tuna can cause a serious Vitamin E deficiency which can lead to a dangerous condition called “Steatitis” or “Yellow Fat” disease (Pansteatitis).

This is usually a result of feeding a diet too high in unsaturated Fatty Acids and deficient in Vitamin E. Oily fish, especially Red Tuna can be the cause of this.

Steatitis is a painful disease where the fat in the cat’s body becomes inflamed and may actually harden. Tuna is also high in in minerals which can cause bladder stones.

What are the symptoms of Steatitis?

  • Your cat shows pain when touched or handledTuna for Cats Danger
  • Reluctance to move
  • Loss of appetite
  • Greasy, dull coat and flaky skin

If left untreated, steatitis can cause death.

Avoiding the problem

Limit feeding Human Grade Tuna and fresh uncooked fish to special occasions only.

If you have a cat that may be heading down the dangerous path of becoming a Tuna Junkie – eliminate all fish from its diet immediately and find a suitable alternative. I know this may be hard because cats can be fussy eaters however, you must find a way to reverse this addiction.

Tip: If it helps, you may want to try pouring a little Tuna Water (brine from canned tuna) over another cat food flavour to coax your cat to eat it then reduce this over time until it’s no longer needed.

We sometimes use this method on very sick cats in hospital that refuse to eat and it has helped.