Fes­tive sea­son not al­ways rosy for pets

Shepparton News - - WEEKEND - DR FIONA CAMERON Shep­par­ton Vet­eri­nary Clinic www.shep­pvets.com.au

Christ­mas is just around the cor­ner and many peo­ple in­clude their pets in hol­i­day ac­tiv­i­ties and travel plans.

Car sick­ness and anx­i­ety in the car are aw­ful for pets and hu­mans who are stuck to­gether in the same small space for hours.

There is med­i­ca­tion to make the jour­ney so much eas­ier for both of you, so ask your vet how we can help.

It is also a time of year to be­ware the choco­lates wrapped un­der the Christ­mas tree — a fes­tive sea­son has not gone by without mak­ing a dog vomit up some­one’s present.

Cats aren’t overly in­ter­ested in the sweets but the dec­o­ra­tions on the Christ­mas tree can cause in­testi­nal havoc if in­gested.

Kit­tens, es­pe­cially, are more in­quis­i­tive and en­joy play­ing with some trin­ket that is swal­lowed by ac­ci­dent.

Be cau­tious when buy­ing AEow­ers if you have a cat. The lilly fam­ily is ex­tremely toxic and can cause kid­ney fail­ure.

New Year’s Eve Åre­works are a night­mare for many pets.

Please get med­i­ca­tion for these an­i­mals as it is a ter­ri­fy­ing time for them.

Put them in­doors where they can’t es­cape and are in­su­lated some­what from the noise.

Thun­der jack­ets (a patented tight Åt­ting jacket) can also help. There are also de­sen­si­ti­sa­tion CDs if you have the time and in­cli­na­tion to train.

These pets are usu­ally storm-pho­bic too and beneÅt from med­i­ca­tion to re­lieve the anx­i­ety.

Ta­ble scraps and vis­i­tors feed­ing too much fatty food to the ever-hun­gry pet are the typ­i­cal recipe for a se­vere bout of pan­cre­ati­tis, which can land the dog in hospi­tal on a drip for days, and pos­si­bly, di­a­betes down the track so be care­ful.

Pan­cre­ati­tis presents as a sick dog — vom­it­ing and a se­vere tummy ache that can’t be ig­nored.

I am of­ten asked by pet own­ers “how do I know if I should bring my pet to the vets?”.

The sim­ple an­swer is, if they won’t eat and if they are not act­ing like they nor­mally do some­thing is wrong.

Why wait for days?

There is some­thing re­ally wrong with me if I miss even one meal and our pets are no dif­fer­ent.

When pets in­gest hu­man pre­scrip­tion or recre­ational drugs, the best plan of ac­tion is im­me­di­ate at­ten­tion at the vets.

Our furry-friends com­monly weigh a frac­tion of what a hu­man does so never adopt a wait-and-see at­ti­tude.

The warm weather has re­sulted in an ex­plo­sion of snails and slugs in my vegie patch and it is tempt­ing to put snail bait out but it’s not worth the risk to the dogs.

We have seen sev­eral tox­i­c­i­ties re­cently so take care where you put it and when vis­it­ing oth­ers.

Signs are shiv­er­ing and shak­ing all the way to full-on seizures.

We have had sev­eral of these pa­tients spend the night in my en­suite bath tub as they are some­times kept anaes­thetised for hours un­til the poi­son is out of the sys­tem and need fre­quent top-ups of med­i­ca­tions and care.

Hope­fully you and your fur-ba­bies stay safe and out of trou­ble this hol­i­day sea­son.

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