Christmas Time for Pets

      

A PET IS NOT jUST FOR CHRISTMAS

A PET IS NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS

A pet is not just for Christmas.It is estimated that more than one-in-five puppies or kittens given as Christmas presents will ultimately be handed into shelters as unsuitable.

If you are thinking about buying a pet for Christmas, ask yourself a few questions before making this big decision.

Am I ready for a commitment?

Owning a pet is a lifetime commitment. The average dog lives for 13 years. The average lifespan for a cat is 15 years but they can live into their twenties.

Do I have the time?

Be honest, do you have the time to devote to looking after a pet? They are similar to babies in the time and energy they demand. They can not be left alone for hours. They need to be house trained and they also need play time, including socialisation with other animals.

Am I financially ready?

Really consider whether you have enough disposable income to pay for a pet’s needs. Vaccinations, spaying, neutering , food, toys , cattery or unexpected vet appointments and surgeries aren’t easy on the wallet.

Will my lifestyle still accommodate a dog or cat in five to fifteen years?

Think about the future. Do you own your home, or do you rent?Does your tenancy agreement allow you to keep pets? Are you planning to move away in the next couple of years? Make sure to take all those factors into consideration before getting a cat or dog.

Is Christmas really a good time to get a new pet?

Christmas is always a very hectic time of the year with relatives and friends arriving. Unusual noise, activities and extra demands upon the household can make it difficult for any pet to settle into their new homes.

Here are some tips to keep your  pets safe and well over christmas.

DON’T feed your pet left overs from your Christmas meal. Poultry bones can get stuck or cause perforations, and rich food can cause vomiting and diarrhoea.

DON’T feed your pets christmas cake or mince pies as raisins (and grapes) are toxic. Some dogs can eat quite a few grapes or raisins without any obvious side effects, others can eat just a few and suffer fatal kidney failure.

DON’T feed your pet chocolate, it’s another potential toxin. (For more information see our winter poisons post.)

DON’T leave pets unattended around your Christmas tree. Pets love playing and chewing with bright shiny objects, including fairy light wires. Electrocution or gastro-intestinal blockages could occur.

DO ensure that your pets have someone quiet they can take themselves off to, if you are expecting lots of guests.

DO ensure your pets are microchipped so they can be identified. They may get cold in winter weather or scared by Christmas festivities and seek shelter in unlikely places. Don’t leave your pets unattended outside- they can be quickly stolen leading up to christmas time and sold on. keep them safe and well and in your sight

DO wrap up short haired dogs, (and those that are young or old), with dog jackets, if you are out walking in very cold weather.

DO wash your dog’s feet if they have been walking on gritted pavements. The salt can be very irritant to their paws.

DON’T allow pets near frozen ponds or canals. However often people are warned of the dangers, nearly every year fatalities (both animal and human) occur.

DON’T GIVE PETS AS PRESENTS! A dog is for life, not just for Christmas. <3 <3

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Felv and Fiv (feline aids) in cats

478FBB09-4E1C-4C6C-95AE-594001F540D2Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)

In the last few months we have noticed  a huge increase in stray cats testing positive for fiv and felv . The best way to protect your cat is by neutering and vaccination.

At the Allcare Veterinary Centre in Killarney we include felv in our basic vaccination program

Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) are viruses that infect cats only. These viruses act somewhat like the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in people; cats infected with FeLV or FIV develop severely compromised immune systems. Infected cats can appear perfectly normal but will usually die within a few years of overwhelming infections or certain types of cancer. The viruses are transmitted by close cat to cat contact such as mutual grooming and bite wounds. Kittens born to an infected mother can be infected before birth or through the mother*s milk. Fortunately, a simple blood test can tell us if a cat or kitten is carrying one of these viruses.

FeLV /FIV Testing

Who: All new cats or kittens entering a household. This is particularly important if you have other cats at home that could potentially be at risk of being exposed. New *house mates* should be kept separate from each other until the FeLV/FIV status of each cat is known.
– Any kitten or cat with unexplained or chronic disease
– Any cat with significant dental disease or gingivitis

What: A screening test (ELISA) for FeLV/FIV can be performed on a small blood sample from your cat. Results are generally available within 48hrs.

When: Ideally, testing should be done as soon as possible after acquiring the new kitten or cat. Samples may be obtained during a routine office appointment such as a “Health Check” or vaccinations or we may ask you to leave your pet with us for a short while.

Why: FeLV/FIV are devastating diseases for cats. While there is no cure, early diagnosis can help us keep affected cats as healthy as possible for as long as possible. More important however, is that early diagnosis can help prevent the spread of the virus to other cats.

Since it is impossible to tell if a cat or kitten is infected with one of these viruses just by looking at them (or by looking at the mother cat), we recommend that EVERY new cat or kitten entering a household be tested for FeLV and FIV.

Please ring us at 0646637333 for information or to book an appointment ,

Protect your Pets at Halloween

65856A82-1017-4AB3-BFDD-BEA6F544A21FHalloween is approaching and now is the time to prepare your pet for this scary time.Over the Halloween period, if your pet has only recently developed sensitivity to fireworks or noises, try to act as if there is nothing to be scared of – jolly him along and praise him for responding positively. However, if your dog has a serious or long-standing phobia, give him attention if he requires it – he’ll be too scared for this to act as a reward, so it won’t encourage the unwanted behaviour and instead he will benefit from the comfort that this gives him. Essentially though, try to find out what helps him to cope and be sure to let him do this, – e.g. letting him hide under the table – don’t try to coax him out, if this is where he feels safest – he’ll come out when he’s ready and then you can praise him.

Should you fear your pet will be scared
You can use the following

ThunderShirts
– a calming vest that applies gentle, constant pressure that may help your dog or cat feel safe and secure we can order one for you at the Allcare Veterinary Centre.
Adaptil spray,
collar or plug in diffuser – releases dog appeasing pheromones that help calm your dog,
Feliway
works equally as well for cats cats
Pet Remedy –
a blend of essential oils that can help calm the nerves of anxious or stressed pets
Keep your dog busy with interactive toys such as those that can be stuffed with tasty treats, such as
Kongs

At very noisy times around Halloween, provide your dog or cat with
a safe hiding place (
a suitably sized cardboard box would do) in his favourite room of the house and close the curtains. If it is not possible to black out your windows, consider taping black bin liners to them. Also turn up the volume of your television or radio to drown out the firework noises. Remember not to shut any internal doors, as your pet may feel trapped and panic.

Please don’t leave your dog alone in the house, as he may panic and injure himself.

A stodgy high-carbohydrate meal (e.g. with well-cooked rice or pasta) in the late afternoon may help make your dog feel more sleepy and calm during the evening. Also make sure he goes out for a walk and to toilet before it gets dark and the fireworks start.

Please consult us on 06437333 if you think your pet will really struggle this Halloween with fireworks as there are now several anxiety reducing drugs available for dogs and cats .

Your family should also consider the following points to ensure the safety of your dog during this spooky time:

Do not leave your dog alone outdoors during the Halloween period, scared dogs will make desperate attempts to escape and there is the danger of him being injured by a stray firework or even stolen.
Be extra careful when opening the door as your dog may escape; if possible, try to ensure there is another closed door between your dog and your front door. Please also make sure that your dog is wearing a collar and an ID tag and that his microchip details are up to date via www.fido.ie in case he escapes (microchipping and the possession of a microchipping certificate are legal requirements).
Never force your dog to wear a dog costume – loosely tied festive doggie bandanas are usually more acceptable to dogs.
Keep the treats and sweets away. Chocolate, raisins and the sweetener xylitol are poisonous to dogs. If you suspect your dog has eaten anything he shouldn’t, please call us immediately and always store their out of hours emergency number on your phone.
Do not force your pet to receive any unwanted attention even from family members, as they may not recognise people in costumes.
Please think twice about taking your dog on a trick or treat outing. The extra excitement around the event and meeting strangers may cause him distress.
Keep lit pumpkins out of your dog’s reach as they run the risk of burning themselves or knocking them over and causing a fire.
Please keep a close watch on your pet this Halloween to reduce any chance of distress, so that he or she and the rest of the family can enjoy the celebrations without any mishaps.

We hope you and your pets have a safe Halloween!

Dental Problems in cats and dogs

64BFE586-FBE4-4F81-917B-CFFBB40039B0Dental disease is very common in cats and dogs. Surveys show that after the age of three years, about seven out of ten pets have some kind of tooth disorders. If left unattended these may cause irreversible damage to the dog’s teeth, gums and jawbones. Stopping the build up of plague can prevent dental disease.

 Signs of dental disease 

Plague is a yellowish white deposit made up of bacteria and debris, which forms around the surface of the teeth. In time it hardens to become yellowish brown tartar (sometimes called calculus) at the base of the tooth which gradually spreads until it may cover the whole of its surface. As well as the visible tartar there may be other indications of disease. Foul breath is very common and the pain resulting from advanced dental disease may cause difficulties in eating. If your dog dribbles excessively and sometimes this is flecked with blood or shows signs of pain and discomfort such as head shaking and pawing at its mouth it may have problems with its teeth.

However it is uncommon for them to express pain and they can suffer in silence. Therefore it is very important to check the teeth regularly.

How does dental disease affect my pet’s health ?

The tartar hidden below the gum line is the main cause of problems. It contains bacteria which will attack the surrounding gum tissue causing painful inflammation (gingivitis) and infection can track down to the tooth roots. Pus may build up in the roots and form a painful abscess. This inflammation wears away tissue from the gum, bones and, as the disease becomes more advanced, the teeth will loosen and fall out. Bacteria and the poisons they produce can also get into the bloodstream and cause damage throughout the body in organs such as the kidneys, heart and liver.

How can dental disease be treated ?

Any loose teeth will have to be removed because the disease is too advanced to be treated. Your vet may prescribe antibiotics before doing dental work if there are signs of infection. Your vet will remove the tartar and clean the remaining teeth, usually with an ultrasonic scaling machine. Finally, your dog’s teeth will be polished to leave a smooth surface which will slow down the build up of plaque in the future. However, it is inevitable that plaque will re-appear. To keep your dog’s teeth in good condition it is likely that they will need regular scaling and polishing, in some cases at intervals twelve months

In the wild your pet’s teeth would be much cleaner because its diet would contain harder material than are found in commercially tinned or packaged foods. Cats and dogs naturally eat the bones, fur, etc of their prey, which wear away deposits of tartar. Replacing soft foods with dry or fibrous materials will slow the build up of plaque. The extra chewing involved helps control infection because it stimulates the production of salvia which has natural antibiotic properties. There are special diets to help maintain clean teeth. We also have a liquid you can add daily to the drinking water that prevents tartar buildup in cats and dogs .

What else can i do to keep my pets teeth clean ?

Brushing your pet’s teeth is just as important in preventing dental disease as brushing your own. Ideally your pet should get used to its teeth being cleaned from an early age. Wrapping a piece of soft gauze around your finger and gently rubbing the pet’s teeth should get it used to the idea. You can then move on to using a toothbrush specially designed with soft bristles. Toothbrushes, which fit over the end of your finger, are available for cats and dogs

For those of you who find this difficult you can use dentagen  aqua daily in the drinking water .

. There are some mouth washes and antibacterial gels, Logic oral gel, which can help to reduce plaque deposits and prevent infection. Do not attempt to use human toothpaste, which will froth up in mouth, your pet will not like the taste and it could your pet serious harm.

We are also recommend special foods  for both dogs and cats which help to maintain good oral health.

PLEASE RING our specially trained nurses at the All Care Vetero Centre for a free dental check on

0646637333

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Pet Passport available at Allcare Vets Killarney

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Taking your pet on holiday abroad ?

There have been some recent updates  to the pet passport scheme, specifically travel to the UK. Some countries may have further requirements. Remember if you are planning a return journey there are a few extra points to remember. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

 

TRAVELLING TO THE UK ONLY  [PRIVATE OWNERS travelling with 5 or less animals]

Dog must be micro-chipped at or before Rabies vaccination

Dog must have a Rabies vaccination administered no earlier than 12 weeks of age

Passport to be filled out by issuing veterinary surgeon

Can only travel 21 days after Rabies vaccination

Clinical Exam and passport certified by owners Vet  24 hours  before travel

COMMERCIAL TRANSPORT TO UK (Includes welfare org’s re homing, any exchange of ownership or private owners with more than 5 animals)

Type 2 Transport authorisation required – from Dept. of Agriculture

Clinical Exam and passport certified by owners Vet 24 hours before travel

Balai health cert required* – issued by Dept. of Ag. Within 24 hours of travel

*May not  be required when travelling to certain sporting events e.g. greyhound race, proof will be required

 

Private transport to Continental EU

As UK private above

PLUS Tapeworm treatment given BY VET & certified on passport 5 to 1 days pre ARRIVAL at destination.

(We highly recommend a tick treatment is also given, although this is not mandatory)

REMEMBER; Further requirements for RETURN journeys depending on length of stay

( Andorra; Gibraltar; Greenland and the Faroe Islands; Iceland; Liechtenstein; Monaco; Norway; San Marino; Switzerland; Vatican City State are included in “EU countries”)

NB The above is a summary of the main points and are based on the assumption the owner is travelling with the animal. Owners must not rely solely on this information when making travel arrangements. The regulations are subject to changes from time to time and are published by the Department of Agriculture http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/ . Failure to adhere to the regulations may result in seizure and quarantine of your pet at your expense.

Non listed countries must adhere to different regulations please refer to above Department of Agriculture website for further details.

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amazing pet facts

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Surprising animal facts

 

.Rabbits have near 360-degree vision and can even see behind them. Their only blind spot right is right in front of their nose.

Guinea pigs are not related to pigs and do not originate from Guinea in West Africa. They are actually rodents and come from South America.
A dog or cat nose print is as unique as a human fingerprint
Approximately 1/3 of a dog’s brain mass is devoted to smell (compared to being only 5% in humans!) and their sense of smell is between 1000 and 10000000 times more sensitive than ours is, depending on the dog breed.
According to Guinness World Records, the oldest cat ever was ‘Crème Puff’ who lived to be an amazing 38 years old! The greatest reliable age recorded for a dog is 29 years 5 months for an Australian cattle-dog named Bluey.
 
Happy rabbits will often jump and skip around in joy – it’s called a binky.
Fish can see colors and some scientist believe that fish may even be able to see more colors than humans.
 
Research by the University Of Minnesota concluded that cat owners are much less likely to suffer from a stroke.
 
Pet ownership can help make you more able to deal with pain. One study found that stroking a dog could halve the amount of pain relief needed by a patient recovering from a joint replacement operation.
A cat’s tongue is lined with tiny elevated backwards hooks that help to hold prey in place, which is why it feels rough if they lick you.
Tortoiseshell cats are nearly always female because the coat colour is dependent on the female chromosomes XX. Because males carry the XY chromosomes, tortoiseshell males are extremely rare.
 
Some common terms for groups of animals – A clowder or comfort of cats, a kennel or pack of dogs, a business of ferrets, a chatter of budgerigars, a warren of rabbits and a troubling of goldfish.
 
One in four pet owners sign their pet’s name on christmas and other greetings cards
Ancient Romans considered the rat good luck, and in China the rat is considered a sign of prosperity.

Ticks in Dogs and Cats / All Care Veterinary Centre Killarney

 

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Killarney with its abundant deer and wildlife has the highest population of ticks in the country and they can act as carriers for Lyme Disease and other infections . April to September is the main risk period

What are ticks?
Ticks are blood-sucking external parasites of humans, pets, livestock and wild animals. They are also vectors of a wide variety of disease-causing organisms to animals including humans. There are around 850 described species worldwide, of which only a few exist in Ireland. Only one species is common in Ireland – Ixodes ricinus – there is a possibility that Dermacentor reticulatus may be present here, though this has not been confirmed. The latter species is present in the UK. Rhipicephalus sanguineus (brown dog tick) though present in southern Europe is not thought to occur in Ireland. Ticks are wingless and do not fly or jump.

Why do I need to be concerned about ticks?
Ticks are efficient hunters, waiting (“questing”) in brush or tall grass and when they sense vibration, carbon-dioxide (CO2), warmth and humidity, from a passing animal (or human), they climb aboard, attach and start to feed on its blood. Immature ticks are flat and only 0.5-3mm in size. They have special mouthparts which allow them to attach to their hosts. During the attachment process the tick uses its secretions mixed with host skin to form a cement which strongly attaches it to the host rendering it difficult to remove. Tick saliva contains an anaesthetic, so your pet will not feel the bite and neither will you!

And once attached, ticks on dogs/cats or other mammals remain—often unnoticed—for several days, making them excellent carriers for disease. Ticks are generally only noticed when they are filled with blood and protrude through the pet’s coat (or a human’s skin). They resemble coffee beans and can vary in colour from grey to red or purple. But ticks aren’t just out in the wilderness—they can be transported much closer to home by rodents and birds. Tick larvae, nymphs or adult ticks can easily end up in residential areas, creating a whole new tick population waiting to be fed in your own garden or neighbourhood park.

Where do ticks hang out?
Ticks are found in habitats that are populated by a supply of vertebrate hosts, mainly mammals and birds. Some of the most productive habitats are rough grasslands, moist woodlands and areas of vegetation around the edge of forests, along forest trails where a dense mat close to the ground provides a warm moist habitat to harbour developmental stages. There is a seasonal risk period for exposure from April to October, mainly influenced by sufficiently high temperature and humidity in the ticks’ environment to initiate activity and questing.

What is the lifespan of a tick?
After feeding, an engorged female falls off to lay 3,000-6,000 eggs! It can take up to 3 years for the adult tick to develop. The eggs are laid in the environment and hatch to larvae which attach to another host, feed, fall off and moult to nymphs. These in turn attach, feed, fall off and moult to an adult completing the life cycle as in the diagram below.

Tick live cycle
How will I know if my pet is affected with ticks?
When ticks bite, they can cause a range of signs including:

Mild skin irritation
Itching and biting of skin
Hair loss
Very heavy infestations in young animals can result in excessive blood loss resulting in anaemia and occasionally death.
It is important to note that many dogs and cats harbouring ticks may not display any signs at all!

Ticks also spread disease, and as external parasites, are second only to mosquitoes in terms of their public health importance worldwide. When a tick feeds, its saliva mixes with the animal’s blood allowing for the transmission of any infectious agents (bacteria and viruses) that they are carrying.

What diseases do ticks transmit in pets?
Tick borne diseases in Ireland and the UK include mainly Lyme disease, but conditions, considered endemic on the continent, may be brought in via infected ticks from other European countries. Please check out our disease risks page to know more about the hazards associated with infestations of fleas or ticks.

How do I control ticks?
Various products are available for controlling ticks. We can advise you on the product of choice for your pet.
We recommend long acting products that prevent Not all products prevent ticks attaching and some only act for short periods so call in to us at The Allcare Veterinary Centre and we can best advise you on the best safest and most appropriate product for your pets

 

 

 

 

 

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At the Allcare Veterinary Centre Killarney we wish to encourage the Yellow dog project If you see a dog with a yellow ribbon on its lead it means do not approach it give it some space We will supply ribbon to you at the surgery to put on your dog if you would prefer people or animals not to approach them .

 

Vaccinations are Important in Dogs and cats at the All Care Veterinary Centre

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These beautiful 6 week old Yorkshire Terriers are visiting The All Care Veterinary Centre Killarney for their first vaccinations and microchipping .

Vacccinations
Despite the availability of vaccines, many dogs are affected each year by parvovirus, leptospirosis and kennel cough. Should an unvaccinated dog or puppy come into contact with one of these diseases, it could prove to be fatal. Those that recover may be left with long-term damage to vital organs. There is no need for this to happen as a dog can be protected through a couple of injections as a puppy and then regular boosters throughout his life.

Puppies should be vaccinated at 6-9 weeks of age and then again at 10-12 weeks. They will become fully protected two weeks after the second vaccination.
The vaccine contains a weak dose of the disease and this stimulates the dog’s immune system to produce antibodies that will be able to fight the disease should they become exposed to it at a later stage.
If your dog is unwell, has been recently unwell or unusually quiet when he is due to have his vaccinations, make sure that you tell your Vet. It may be a good idea to postpone his injections for a while, just to minimise the small risk of adverse reaction.
Vaccines are given in different ways. Most are injected into the ‘scruff’ of the neck; however, the kennel cough vaccine is given as drops into the nose.
Regular ‘booster’ vaccinations are necessary to keep the dog’s immunity levels high enough to protect him against disease throughout his life. Dogs need to be vaccinated and have a full health check every year .
Apart from kennel cough the following diseases share the initial symptoms of depression, appetite loss, and a high temperature. Veterinary treatment should be sought immediately if your dog is unvaccinated and becomes unwell.
Remember, ALL of these diseases can be fatal: Distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, leptospirosis and kennel cough.

Special Offer

We are currently offering a Vaccination Amnesty  if your Dogs vaccinations have lapsed(18 months ) we are offering the full commencement course ( 2 visits 3 weeks apart) for the cost of the annual booster.

Please feel free to contact the Allcare Veterinary Centre (064)6637333 if you have any questions or want to avail of the amnesty

 

 

 

 

Protect Your Pets in Cold Weather

Protect Your Pets in Cold Weather

Protect Your Pets in Cold Weather

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If it’s too cold outside for you then it’s probably too cold for your pets! Making sure your pets are warm enough… in the cold weather is vital for their overall health and comfort.

In this article, we discuss the signs that will alert you to your pet being too cold, the steps that you should be taking to keep them warm and our top safety tips to make sure they are safe.

What Are The Signs That Your Pet Is Cold?
#1. The Weather
If it’s too cold for you outside then your pets will feel the same. Just because they have fur doesn’t mean that they don’t feel the cold.

Keep an eye on the weather forecast and make sure you prepare for the cold weather coming. If you know that we are expecting cold weather at night then make sure you bring your pets inside earlier during the day.

#2. Their Ears Are Cold
We all get a bit cold from time to time, but your pets ears shouldn’t be freezing cold when you touch them. This is a definite sign they are too cold.

If their body is cold too then it’s too cold outside for them. If they are inside pets and they still feel cold to the touch it may be that you need to consider clothing or extra bedding for them. Short haired breeds will often feel the cold more than long-haired breeds.

#3. They Are Shivering
Much like we shiver when we are cold our pets will too. This is a sure sign that it’s time to bring them in out of the cold.

Shivering is one of the early signs of Hypothermia.

#4. They Are Curling Up To Keep Warm
Animals tend to curl up when they sleep, but if they are curling up very tightly to keep warm then it’s time to bring them in.

#5. Lethargic/Slow Moving
When your pets are too cold they will be very lethargic and slow moving as they clearly don’t want to be outside. You may find them reluctant to go back outside after being inside.

Watch for a change in the behaviour of your pets once the cold weather starts and if they are acting differently to normal it may because they are cold.

Winter Tips

The Dangers Of Hypothermia
If your pet gets too cold, then they could suffer from Hypothermia. Hypothermia can be fatal, but early signs can often go unnoticed. If your pet is too cold then they will shiver and feel cold to the touch. It’s unlikely if your pet is indoor that they will suffer from Hypothermia unless the house is very cold and they have been left wet after a bath or not dried after a walk.

Make sure when you take your dog out for a walk that you dry them off and remove any ice or snow. If your cat comes in and is wet then dry them off and keep them warm.

If your pet is suffering from severe Hypothermia than they will be lethargic, will be disinterested in their normal activities and appear depressed.

Often people assume that because their pets have a fur coat they don’t feel the cold. However, It’s important that you don’t let things get to this stage and keep an eye on your pet.

Winter Hypothermia in Dogs

How Should You Keep Your Pets Warm?
#1. Bring Your Pets In
The easiest way to ensure your pet is warm over the winter months is to bring them into the house. Your pets will love the warmth of the house. If you don’t want them to have full access to the house then create a space in the home that they can call their own. Maybe in a utility room or dining area.

#2. Extra Bedding
Just like we bring out the thicker duvet and extra blankets in the winter months then you probably need to do the same for your pets.

They might like an extra blanket or a warm bed when the cold sets in.

#3. Clothing
Some dogs wouldn’t dream of wearing a coat or a jumper, but others love being snug and warm in the latest fleece coat. For smaller or short-haired breeds it can be a necessity for them in the colder months.

If you are introducing clothing to your dog, then it’s advisable to try them out with it for short periods of time when they are not alone. Let them get used to it and if you feel they are not stressed by it then it might work well for them during the winter months.

#4. Heating
During the very cold months, heated beds or blankets are a great addition for any pet. Much like we love our heated blankets your pets will appreciate the extra warmth.

If you are out at work, you may want to consider leaving the heating on low during the day if your house gets very cold. Or alternatively, use a timer to turn the heating on and off at certain times of the day.

#5. Crying Or Whining
If you notice your pets crying or whining, or even scratching at the door, then they are probably letting you know that they are too cold.

Usually, a change in the behaviour of your pets is a sign that something is wrong. If you are concerned, then always take them to the vet.

Top Safety Tips For Pet Owners This Winter
#1. Beware Of Antifreeze
Antifreeze is toxic to pets. It’s a very sweet tasting substance which is attractive to animals, who will lick it or even drink it.

Make sure that if you spill any that you clean it up and keep any away from your pets. If you do suspect that your pets have ingested any then please take them straight to the vets.

Note – take notice on walks if your dog is sniffing or licking at driveways or paths as there may be split antifreeze.

#2. Avoid Ice
Be very aware of any frozen pond, lakes or areas of water. If you are taking your dog out for a walk and they are normally used to playing in the water, make sure you keep them on the lead.

Frozen water can be very dangerous if it cracks under the weight of your dog, so it’s best to keep away from these areas.

#3. Protect Your Pets Paws
Salt added to the roads and pavements can irritate your pet’s paws so it’s advisable to wash their paws when you come in from your walk and then dry them.

If your dog has a lot of hair between their paws, then it can be a good idea to trim it to avoid a build-up of ice. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this yourself then ask your groomer.

Dog boots can be helpful if your dogs are sensitive – although it might take a while for them to get used to them. Or you could put petroleum jelly on their paws to create a protective barrier.

#4. Be Careful Near Heaters And Open Fires
If your pets are feeling the cold they often try to get a little bit too close to the fire or heater. If your pets are getting too close to an open fire they are at risk of being burnt by sparks from the fire. It’s always advisable to have a guard in front of a real fire – just like you would if you have children.

Electric heaters can also be dangerous if they get knocked over or your pet gets burnt on them.

#5. Don’t Overfeed Your Pets
It’s probably worth consulting with your vet if you are thinking of increasing your pet’s food during the winter. Unless they are doing additional walks or activity it’s not really advised to increase their food.

In fact, you may find that your pets are more lethargic during the summer and don’t burn as many calories.

#6. Be Mindful Of Older Pets
If you have a senior pet then it’s important to keep an eye on them during the cold weather. If they suffer from arthritis then it could flare up during the cold, so it’s important to make sure they are getting regular exercise and taking any supplements.

If you are taking your dog for a walk in the icy weather then take care that they don’t slip and injure themselves.

#7. Keep An Eye On Water Bowls
If your pets have water bowls outside, then make sure that they don’t freeze over. When the temperature drops they can freeze over very quickly, especially at night.

Inside water bowls shouldn’t freeze.

#8. Maintain Visibility
There are lots of things you can do to keep you and your pets visible on walks.

High visibility jackets for yourself

If you are out with your dog late at night then it’s important that people can see you on the road. High vis jackets should be worn by anyone walking at night – with or without a dog.

High visibility coat for your dog

A high vis coat for your dog will keep them visible late at night on your walks. If they did get off the lead you would be able to see them a lot easier if they have a reflective coat on.

Reflective collars for cats and dogs

The more reflective items you have on your pets the better. For cats it can be vital for them to be seen by cars.

Reflective leads for dogs

Again, the more you can do to keep your dog visible on your walks the better.

#9. Always Keep Your Dog On The Lead
During cold/bad weather it is always best to keep your dog on the lead in order to keep them safe. Snow may have build up and be a hazard to them or they may be tempted to walk on frozen lakes or ponds.

#10 . Collar, ID And Microchip
It is important to ensure your pets microchip is up to date with your address and contact details, and that their collar has an ID tag on with contact details.

Are Your Pets Safe During The Cold Weather?
It’s important that you and your pets stay warm. Your pets will be perfectly safe during the cold weather if you adopt some of the suggestions listed in this article.

However, if you have any concerns about the health of your pet then always contact your vet.

A PET IS NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS | All Care Veterinary Hospital Killarney

A PET IS NOT jUST FOR CHRISTMAS

A PET IS NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS

A PET IS NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS

A pet is not just for Christmas.It is estimated that more than one-in-five puppies or kittens given as Christmas presents will ultimately be handed into shelters as unsuitable.

If you are thinking about buying a pet for Christmas, ask yourself a few questions before making this big decision.

Am I ready for a commitment?

Owning a pet is a lifetime commitment. The average dog lives for 13 years. The average lifespan for a cat is 15 years but they can live into their twenties.

Do I have the time?

Be honest, do you have the time to devote to looking after a pet? They are similar to babies in the time and energy they demand. They can not be left alone for hours. They need to be house trained and they also need play time, including socialisation with other animals.

Am I financially ready?

Really consider whether you have enough disposable income to pay for a pet’s needs. Vaccinations, spaying, neutering , food, toys , cattery or unexpected vet appointments and surgeries aren’t easy on the wallet.

Will my lifestyle still accommodate a dog or cat in five to fifteen years?

Think about the future. Do you own your home, or do you rent?Does your tenancy agreement allow you to keep pets? Are you planning to move away in the next couple of years? Make sure to take all those factors into consideration before getting a cat or dog.

Is Christmas really a good time to get a new pet?

Christmas is always a very hectic time of the year with relatives and friends arriving. Unusual noise, activities and extra demands upon the household can make it difficult for any pet to settle into their new homes.

Dogs Trust have initiated a Paws For Thought Campaign this Christmas.

Paws because last year, 12,549 dogs entered Irish pounds.

Paws because 1,522 of them were needlessly destroyed.

Paws because Dogs Trust had a 58% spike in surrender requests after Christmas last year.

Paws because a dog is for LIFE, not just for Christmas®.

Please… Pause.

And think twice before getting a dog this Christmas . A pet is not just for Christmas

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What about puppy farms?

The ISPCA is asking the public not to purchase a puppy and help put an end to the puppy demand. By deciding to adopt after the festive season, you will reduce the risk of becoming the latest victim of this cruel trade. Buying a sick puppy is a heartbreaking experience for any family to endure, especially at Christmas.

Owning a pet is a lot like having a child. It takes a lot of work and patience and you still can’t escape a few surprises along the way.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you are thinking about getting a new pet

Our vets and nurses are here to answer all your questions to help you make the right decision.

We will be discussing this topic on talk about with Deirdre Walsh on Radio Kerry on Thursday 30December at 2pm

Here are  some tips of do’s and don’ts to keep your pets safe and well over christmas.

DON’T feed your pet left overs from your Christmas meal. Poultry bones can get stuck or cause perforations, and rich food can cause vomiting and diarrhoea.

DON’T feed your pets christmas cake or mince pies as rasins (and grapes) are toxic. Some dogs can eat quite a few grapes or rasins without any obvious side effects, others can eat just a few and suffer fatal kidney failure.

DON’T feed your pet chocolate, it’s another potential toxin. (For more information see our winter poisons post.)

DON’T leave pets unattended around your Christmas tree. Pets love playing and chewing with bright shiny objects, including fairy light wires. Electrocution or gastro-intestinal blockages could occur.

DO ensure that your pets have someone quiet they can take themselves off to, if you are expecting lots of guests.

DO ensure your pets are microchipped so they can be identified. They may get cold in winter weather or scared by Christmas festivities and seek shelter in unlikley places. Don’t leave your pets unattended outside- they can be quickly stolen leading up to christmas time and sold on. keep them safe and well and in your sight

DO wrap up short haired dogs, (and those that are young or old), with dog jackets, if you are out walking in very cold weather.

DO wash your dog’s feet if they have been walking on gritted pavements. The salt can be very irritant to their paws.

DON’T allow pets near frozen ponds or canals. However often people are warned of the dangers, nearly every year fatalities (both animal and human) occur.

DON’T GIVE PETS AS PRESENTS! A dog is for life, not just for Christmas. <3 <3

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A PET IS NOT jUST FOR CHRISTMAS

A PET IS NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS