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Feb 2018 Chisivet newsletter

Feb 2018 Chisivet newsletter

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Greetings and best wishes for 2018 – as you can see, January has whizzed past already before getting our newsletter out. The year started off with poor drug stocks but is improving nicely now.It is still advisable to ring to check on vaccine stocks  before coming in. Our landlines 494862/3 work intermittently with lots of crackles so it is better to use the cellphones. It is also advisable to phone and check which vets are on duty if you are requesting a specific vet – Clare, Taps or Whisper. Val is coming out from UK in Mar/Apr so we look forward to catching up with her.

This year, we are going to select items for discussion by going through the alphabet – we welcome suggestions from you. So A is for:-

Anal sac disease. Anal sacs are small glands either side of the anus . Their purpose is traditionally for marking territory, and the secretion is foul-smelling. They are normally emptied as a dog/cat passes faeces but they can be emptied when a dog/cat is scared eg at the vet!. The commonest problem we see is impaction/ not emptying properly – very common in small breed dogs – scooting /rubbing their bottoms is a sign that the glands are too full. Or sometimes a fishy smell attracts your attention. Pets with this problem often have to come in regularly every 4-6 weeks so that a vet can squeeze them empty. Other problems  include infection/abscesses/tumours.

Acetaminophen toxicity.. This may not sound important to you but acetaminophen is paracetamol and many people grab the paracetamol bottle when their pets are unwell.

It is a very good pain-killer and anti-inflammatory and yes we do use it but you need to know the correct dose. Dogs and cats are very sensitive to it – it leads to liver failure and is the commonest drug toxicity in cats in USA.  An average sized Labrador/GSD can only take half a tablet ; so a quarter tablet is too much for a slim Jack Russell. Do not even think of using it in cats.  If you need to use it in a dog, please phone and speak to a vet first.

That leads on to a useful tip:- if you have a problem with one of your pets over the weekend and phone a vet for advice, it helps if you know your dog’s and cat’s weight – it is much safer to home-medicate when you know the exact weight instead of guessing ( as the above discussion on paracetamol indicates) and it also helps with deworming / puuting on Frontline, etc.

Well, we could go on with the letter A for the rest of the year but let’s keep it short and sweet. As always, your comments/suggestions are most welcome.

 

Kittens in search of a home
Kittens in search of a home