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How to Fix Common Cat Behaviour Problems

How to Fix Common Cat Behaviour Problems

There are a whole slew of common behaviour problems that clients approach us about at our Vancouver vet clinic. Particularly around urinary issues, we’ve compiled a little list to help you out!

 

Q: My cat is spraying! How can I deal with this, maybe neuter him?

A: Yes! Neuter him! Yesterday, if you can! Neutering does a huge part in taking away hormones that lead cats to spray, but it can also be a behavioural issue for sure. The behavioural root of spraying usually comes from territorialism or wanting to claim territory- a quick consultation at our Vancouver office will help let us assist you in deciding what’s going on.

Q: My cat is straining in the litterbox.  Is this serious?

A: If the root cause is a blockage or cyst, which it usually is, then yes! If your cat is male and you feel that he can’t fully empty his bladder, you should bring him in to the clinic as soon as possible. It’s pretty rare to see a female cat have a urinary obstruction so better safe than sorry on this one if kitty’s a boy! Straining is a sign of pain so it should be dealt with ASAP.

 

Q: Why is my cat hiding?

A: Cats will commonly hide when they don’t feel well or when they are stressed or scared. If your kitty is hiding, and this is a new behavior you cannot explain, we recommend a veterinary consult.

If you have any questions, be sure to stop by our Vancouver veterinary clinic to speak with our knowledgeable vet, or to inquire about our other services such as house calls, laser therapy, or dental procedures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hiking With Fido FAQ’s

Hiking With Fido FAQ’s

Trail Regulations and Etiquette

1. When it comes to hiking with your pup, be sure to understand the regulations in the park you’ll be at- some may not allow Fido to share the trail with humans.

2. Make sure your pet is under control! Most well-maintained parks require dogs to be on a leash of 6 feet or less, leave the extendable leash at home.

3. Just having the leash won’t cut it. Be sure to learn what things make your pet tick and how to calm him, as you need to be in control at the end of the day. If Fido is a bit younger, try to stay off of high traffic trails so he can get into the groove of things.

Yes Fido, you have to wear the leash.

via GIPHY

 

To See if your dog is ready,

Check out this handy guide from REI Co-op:

Ease your dog into the routine of hiking. If you want your pet to carry some of the load, start off by having him or her wear a pack around the house, then on short walks, then longer walks.

You should also start with lighter loads. It’s safe to work to up to one-third of your dog’s weight if your dog is in healthy physical condition. For dogs who are older or in poor physical condition, consider leaving them at home with friends, They’ll be much happier… and safer, too.

If you have any questions, be sure to stop by our Vancouver veterinary clinic to speak with our knowledgeable vet, or to inquire about our other services such as house calls, laser therapy, or dental procedures.

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Flea Diagnosis and Treatment 101

Flea Diagnosis and Treatment 101

What pets are most at risk for fleas?

Infestations are largely transmitted by repeated exposure to breeding grounds for fleas in a number of different life stages. These areas have two traits in common- steady high temperatures, as well as frequent sunlight and humidity. Humidity in particular speeds up developmental stages.

Households with multiple pets bear the greatest risk, especially those who have pets who frequently hike or do outdoor activities. If your pet has contact with stray cats or roaming dogs, this will increase the risk of transmission as well. Finally, watch out for your pet playing with or eating dead birds, as interspecies infection is very much possible!

9. What are the key recommendations to prevent fleas? Check out what the Canadian Parasitology Expert Panel has to say about it!

  • Recognize the risk of pets from associating with untreated cats and dogs (e.g. at dog day cares, o leash areas, etc.)
  • Do not allow pets to roam in areas where they can contact animal dens or nest sites and prevent contact with wildlife (e.g. raccoons, rats, skunks, weasels) by keeping wildlife out of yards used by pets.
  • Use adulticide and preventive medication for pets in areas where ea infestations are a continuous problem. Flea prevention should be carried out for the entire at-risk period. In households with multiple dogs and/or cats, treat all dogs and cats with a ea preventive. If the pet or owner has ea allergy dermatitis, aggressive ea prevention is also required.

If you have any questions, be sure to stop by our Vancouver veterinary clinic to speak with our knowledgeable vet, or to inquire about our other services such as house calls, laser therapy, or dental procedures.

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Should My Dog Swim In Ocean Water?

Should My Dog Swim In Ocean Water?

Summer has finally arrived in Vancouver! Vancouverites are starting to take their pets to swim in the multitude of salt water beaches our city has to offer, be it English Bay or Jericho Beach, or up at Wreck. As a result, many pups may end up drinking salt water so it’s important to talk about the risks.

 

The Side Effects of Drinking Salt Water

1. If your dog has diarrhea, make sure they stay away from ocean water! There’s an osmotic process in the digestive system that happens that furthers dehydration.

2. Even if Fido doesn’t chug salt water when he’s having a swim, even little swallowing small mouthfuls can lead to detrimental effects.

3. If Fido manages to swallow sand, bacteria, or algae along with the water, it may lead to a whole slew of gastrointestinal problems. 5. Google “English bay E. coli levels too high”. E. coli is a nasty, nasty thing.

 

How to Keep Fido from Drinking Salt Water

The best solution to this is to feed your dog lots of fresh water while at a beach. A familiar water container is ideal, but you could always just splash water from your personal bottle in Fido’s mouth. Also, regular breaks from playing outside in the heat are absolutely crucial. If your pet is running around vigorously or just active in any way in the heat, be sure to take 5 minute breaks in the shade to help recover.

If you have any questions, be sure to stop by our Vancouver veterinary clinic to speak with our knowledgeable vet, or to inquire about our other services such as house calls, laser therapy, or dental procedures.

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Can I Walk My Dog During A Thunderstorm?

Can I Walk My Dog During A Thunderstorm?

“That’s as likely as getting struck by lighting!”

 

Given the incessant storms and relentless thunder in Vancouver these past few days, we thought it fit to write a post about your pet’s safety until these (May?) showers bring (June?) flowers. While the odds of getting struck are in your favour (National Geographic says the chance of getting struck once in a year are 1 in 3000), Fido doesn’t know this, creating a unique set of challenges for walking him during a thunderstorm.

Pets tend to run under trees or metal fences and poles to find shelter when they’re spooked by thunder, which are definitely the worst places for them to be. Owners often chain their pups to metal poles or the like as well, drastically increasing chances for things to go south.

If you’re with your pet in a sudden onslaught of thunder, get under shelter immediately until things calm down a bit. A good way to gauge the urgency of the situation is to count the difference in seconds between the thunder and lighting from where you are, and divide it by 7- that’ll give you a rough estimate of how many kilometres away it is. If it’s under 3 or 4 km away, you’ll do best finding shelter right away. Here’s a handy list of what to do, put together by the NOAA:

  • Seek shelter in a fully enclosed building
  • Immediately flee elevated areas such as hills, bridges, or highway overpasses
  • Never lie flat on the ground
  • Stay away from bodies of water
  • Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (wire fences, electrical wires)
  • If forced into your car, avoid contact with door handles, steering wheels, or panel controls

Word of caution: when your pet is frightened by thunder, don’t hold him outside and watch him tremble, calling him “jelly legs.” But here’s a good laugh of somebody doing just that, if you need some sunshine in this bleak and melancholy Vancouver Saturday!

 

If you have any questions, be sure to stop by our Vancouver veterinary clinic to speak with our knowledgeable vet, or to inquire about our other services such as house calls, laser therapy, or dental procedures.

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Pet Emergencies 101 Pt2

Pet Emergencies 101 Pt2

Last post, we delved into the situations where it would be appropriate to call an emergency clinic if something’s up with your pet after hours. To take a look at the list, check out the link here.

If your pet has any of the symptoms above, call an emergency vet clinic right away! Be sure to avoid sending emails or voice mailing anywhere- your pet needs care right away.

Once you decide to bring your pet in for emergency treatment, make sure you know where you’re going and how to get your pet there safely. If you have any questions about directions or how to move your ill or injured pet, call the hospital and ask.

Be prepared

The best way to deal with pet emergencies is to prepare for them, just in case. The next time you bring your pet in for a checkup, ask Market Hill Animal Hospital’s, veterinarian, Dr. Rashidi, what you should do in case of emergency. We do refer a number of emergency clinics, and can give you the name, address, and phone numbers of them.

At your next appointment, ask Dr. Rashidi for his cell phone number and availability after hours.

Finally, it would not hurt in the slightest to have an emergency first aid kit for your pet, at least to use on your way to treat your pet’s emergency.

If you have any questions, be sure to stop by our Vancouver veterinary clinic to speak with our knowledgeable vet, or to inquire about our other services such as house calls, laser therapy, or dental procedures.

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