With more and more pets becoming overweight our Vet Know-how video shows you what you should be checking to keep your pet at a healthy weight and in tip-top shape. Below is our video showing how you can check if your pet is a healthy weight.
Christmas is a time for goodwill to all men, but make sure this also extends to your four-legged friends. It’s easy to get swept up in the occasion and feel that you want to share all the Christmas festivities with your pets, but it can endanger their health, sometimes seriously, and even innocent treats can be deadly.
Urethral obstructions are very serious, if left untreated they cause acute kidney failure and death within 48-72hrs, so this really is a life and death situation. As soon as the bladder is unable to empty pressure starts building up in the bladder which also then transfers up the ureters to the kidneys, this back pressure can cause physical tissue damage but essentially prevents the kidneys from filtering out the toxic by-products in the blood and balancing salts, minerals and water in the body.
There is a condition that is also more common at this time of year in cats; that affects almost exclusively males, a condition called urethral obstruction or a urethral blockage.
Most of us are familiar with seeing our cats enjoying the sunshine and nibbling on fresh spring grass, but does it really indicate ill-health or is it harmless?