VETS Q&A

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE - VICKI LARKHAM

Dear Vicki, My young cat Char­lie keeps wee­ing on the floor. What can I do to stop her do­ing this? There could be a med­i­cal cause for unusual uri­na­tion, such as a uri­nary in­fec­tion or it could be due to stress. Chang­ing the type of lit­ter you use can also cause cats to start uri­nat­ing away from their tray. I’d ad­vise tak­ing him to your vet to get him checked out for any pos­si­ble med­i­cal causes. If he gets a clean bill of health, then you can dis­cuss his be­hav­iour with your vet to de­ter­mine the cause. Dear Vicki, My dog Reuben has a pet pass­port and I’ll be tak­ing him to France for our sum­mer hol­i­days. Does he need vac­ci­na­tions be­fore we go? Firstly, it’s im­por­tant to con­sider whether trav­el­ling abroad is the best thing for Reuben. Some pets can find long jour­neys stress­ful and sud­den changes in the tem­per­a­ture can be dif­fi­cult for some pets. Ar­rang­ing for Reuben to stay in ken­nels or with a friend could be a bet­ter op­tion. How­ever, if he loves an ad­ven­ture and will en­joy the hol­i­day here is the in­for­ma­tion you need. Dogs, cats and fer­rets trav­el­ling un­der the Pet Travel Scheme must be mi­crochipped and have a ra­bies vac­ci­na­tion at least 21 days be­fore trav­el­ling. It’s also rec­om­mended that you take a visit to your vets at least three weeks be­fore you travel as they can ad­vise you on any rel­e­vant pre­ven­ta­tive med­i­ca­tion that’s re­quired for trav­el­ling to your des­ti­na­tion. Be­fore you re­turn to the UK, Rueben must be treated for tape­worm by a vet and have his pass­port signed.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on tak­ing your pet abroad, visit: www.gov.uk/ take-pet-abroad

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