DEAR PDSA Vet: I’ve heard Christmas decorations will be harmful to pets. Is it attainable to maintain our new kitten Ronnie secure, with out banning all festive celebrations? Fran
Cats discover Christmas bushes so tempting – they usually like to climb them and play with the sparkly decorations, so safe it to the wall in any other case your cat and tree can come crashing down! Keep away from glass baubles which might shatter, select extra sturdy, plastic baubles, simply in case he does knock them off. Fairy lights may cause minimize mouths and even electrical shocks, so select battery powered ones and distract Ronnie with a toy if he appears . Cats love taking part in with tinsel, but it surely shouldn’t be inspired as they’ll by accident swallow it, doubtlessly inflicting harmful intestine blockages. To maintain Ronnie secure, preserve the door closed in your tree, until you may supervise. Learn our Christmas survival information right here: www.pdsa.org.uk/christmas-guide.
Pricey PDSA Vet: My three-month-old Springer Spaniel pet, Derrick, is continually ravenous and hyper. I feed him 4 instances a day, is that sufficient? Pete
Feed Derrick a pet food, which is appropriate for his ‘life stage’ as this may comprise larger ranges of energy and protein to assist exercise and development. Comply with the packet feeding pointers on the quantity to feed and use some cheap digital kitchen scales to verify you’re getting it proper. Splitting the meals into smaller meals all through the day fits smaller tummies. Puppies which are allowed to develop into obese usually tend to be obese or overweight as adults. Springer Spaniels are very energetic, so you should be sure that he’s getting loads of alternative for socialisation, train, and time to play. I’d suggest taking Derrick to coaching courses. Go to www.pdsa.org.uk/dogtraining for extra recommendation on reward-based coaching.
Pricey PDSA Vet: My rabbits reside in a giant, sheltered hutch and I depart them exterior over winter, with loads of further bedding and placing an previous blanket over the hutch. However, if this winter will get very chilly, ought to I carry them inside? Niall
Rabbits can nonetheless reside exterior even in winter; so long as rabbits are dry, clear, and out of draughts, they’ll tolerate cooler temperatures. Further bedding and laying the blanket over their hutch (be sure you depart sufficient gaps for air flow and entry) is essential to assist preserve them heat. If the temperature drops to freezing then you must transfer your rabbits’ house someplace sheltered, like a shed. Be certain your rabbits nonetheless have loads of house to train freely and entry to pure daylight. Verify their ingesting water every day, ensuring it’s recent, clear, and never frozen, not forgetting water spouts in case your rabbits use one.
Pricey PDSA Vet: My rabbit, Sooty, has very watery eyes which generally look somewhat purple. My vet prescribed antibiotic drops, however they didn’t seem to assist. He stated Sooty might have a blocked tear duct which will want flushing out, however he’s consuming and ingesting usually nonetheless, what might be unsuitable? Sophie
Eye issues in rabbits will be brought on by many situations, together with eye infections, irritations, accidents, respiratory infections, dental illness or, as your vet urged, tear duct issues. Because the antibiotics didn’t seem to assist final time, you’ll have to get Sooty checked by your vet once more; this time they might wish to strive different medicines or perform some investigations. You’ll be able to gently bathe the fur across the eye with some cooled boiled water, to assist forestall the pores and skin getting sore from the discharge. For extra details about weepy eyes in rabbits go to: www.pdsa.org.uk/rabbit-weepy-eyes
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