Dear Vicky, Is there any way I can prevent my cat getting conjunctivitis? She has had three bouts this year, is that normal?
One common cause of chronic eye infection in cats stems from them having had cat flu when younger. Often there are no clinical signs, but many cats may have suffered the infection which can ‘reactivate’ intermittently and cause eye infections. Nursing care, such as bathing your cat’s eyes, will help to alleviate symptoms and your vet or vet nurse can show you how to do this. They may also prescribe antibiotics during flare ups. Stress can also be a trigger, so minimising this for your cat may prevent recurrences. A suitable, healthy diet is also important and your vet practice can give you advice on any changes that may be needed. Vaccinations against cat flu are available, so it’s best to make sure cats keep up-to-date with these to try and prevent infection in the first place. Dear Vicky, When I am on the phone, my six-monthold spaniel pulls on my clothes and tries to get my attention. Why is he doing this?
Attention-seeking like this can become a problem, as dogs can develop anxiety if they are used to constant reassurance and then don’t get it. Ignore him every time he does this. Even pushing him away or responding verbally can be viewed by your dog as attention, so don’t respond at all or make eye contact. Only give praise and reward when he stops and remains calm, so he knows that this is the desired behaviour. If the behaviour persists then you can ask your vet for advice as they may recommend referral to an accredited behaviourist.