VETS Q&A

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE - VICKI LARKHAM

Dear Vicki, I re­cently bought a puppy, but it died just a few weeks later and my fam­ily were dev­as­tated. Even though I thought I was care­ful, it turned out to be from a puppy farm and had loads of health is­sues. I am sorry to hear about your puppy. It must have been heart-break­ing. One of the most im­por­tant things to do be­fore you buy a dog is down­load the free Puppy Con­tract and Puppy In­for­ma­tion Pack (pup­py­con­tract.rspca. org.uk). Dear Vicki, My cat Margo is six and only seems to be able to keep small amounts of food down. If he eats too much he’s sick, but this hap­pens reg­u­larly. There are many pos­si­ble causes of re­peated vom­it­ing, in­clud­ing an in­fec­tion, worms, a tu­mour or an over-ac­tive thy­roid gland. Your cat may even have swal­lowed a for­eign body, which could also cause th­ese symp­toms. It’s im­por­tant to take your cat to see a vet so they can get to the bot­tom of what’s mak­ing him un­well. Dear Vicki, I have a baby map tur­tle At­tie but she’s not eat­ing or be­hav­ing nor­mally, and her eyes look sore and in­flamed. I’d rec­om­mend tak­ing At­tie to see a vet as soon as you can, prefer­ably one with a spe­cial in­ter­est in rep­tiles. She may have con­junc­tivi­tis, or pos­si­bly other health prob­lems caus­ing her to go off her food. To find a vet with an in­ter­est in ex­otic species you could ask your lo­cal vet­eri­nary prac­tice to rec­om­mend some­one nearby, or al­ter­na­tively visit the Royal Col­lege of Vet­eri­nary Sur­geons web­site www.rcvs.org. uk and use their on­line ‘Find a Vet’ fa­cil­ity.

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