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| Pets Rule - Pets' Rules
To be posted VERY LOW on the refrigerator door - nose height
Dear Dogs and Cats,
The dishes with the paw prints are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food.
Please note, placing a paw print in the middle of my plate of food
does not stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.
The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack.
Beating me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me doesn't help
because I fall faster than you can run.
I cannot buy anything bigger than a king sized bed. I am very sorry
about this. Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch to
ensure your comfort. Dogs and cats can actually curl up in a ball
when they sleep. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each
other stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that
sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out the other
end to maximize space is nothing but sarcasm.
For the last time, there is not a secret exit from the bathroom.
If by some miracle I beat you there and manage to get the door shut,
it is not necessary to claw, whine, meow, try to turn the knob or
get your paw under the edge and try to pull the door open. I must
exit through the same door I entered. Also, I have been using the
bathroom for years - canine or feline attendance is not mandatory.
The proper order is kiss me, THEN go smell the other dog or cat's butt.
I cannot stress this enough!
To pacify you, my dear pets, I have posted the following message on
our front door:
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What Your Pet
should not eat
at Christmas Time
|Article from Mansfield Veterinary Clinic newsletter, December 2010.
Reprinted with permission.
With Christmas parties starting to get under way, please be mindful of what your pet is hoovering up off the floor. Sudden changes in diet, especially a sudden rich fatty meal can trigger a bout of gastroenteritis or even pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) which would land your beloved pet in hospital over the festive season. It might be worth also alerting you to the foods that are toxic to your pets.
Chocolate contains theobromine which is toxic to dogs. Dark or cooking chocolate contains far more theobromine than milk chocolate and therefore pose a greater risk. Generally speaking, a 10kg dog would need to eat about 500g of milk chocolate before they would become sick. But if they were to eat cooking chocolate, a dog of the same size may be sick after as little as 50g.
Symptoms of chocolate toxicity include, vomiting, diarrhoea, restlessness, rigid muscles, increased reflexes, rapid breathing rate. Advanced signs include weakness, heart failure, coma and death. Remember that some dogs will be more susceptible than others, so if in doubt, ring the vet for advice as to whether the amount your dog has consumed is toxic.
When consumed by cats and dogs, onions (raw or cooked) cause oxidative damage to the red blood cells. This destroys the red blood cells leading to anaemia. Symptoms include, lethargy, weakness, pale mucous membranes and laboured breathing.
GRAPES, SULTANAS, RAISINS, DATES
This food group was only recently discovered to be toxic to dogs and cats and hence, little is known about the mechanism of disease. Essentially, consumption of even a few sultanas or grapes can be enough to cause acute life-threatening kidney failure. So if your dog or cat eats grapes, sultanas, raisins or dates, call the vet immediately.
As with most toxins, the key is to induce vomiting. If most of the ingested toxin can be removed from the body, then there will be less effects. Treatment for all of these toxicities is supportive and involves the administration of intravenous fluids to flush through the toxin and possibly flushing of the stomach or bowel.
Animal Snakebite care
|Snake repellers available from
Mansfield Produce and Pet Supplies
From Mansfield Veterinary Clinic newsletter, Nov 2008. Reprinted with permission.
The warmer weather has come again (did we even have winter??), and unfortunately it's that time of year when we start to see animals with snakebite.
Snakes are already out and about with numerous sightings around the district and this means they are at risk of coming into contact with our animals.
We see many snakebites in dogs and cats each summer, and although we manage to save most cases, snakebite is still fatal in some animals.
If your animal has been bitten by a snake, rapid action helps to achieve a good outcome. It is important to know the signs of snakebite (although often seeing your animal wrestling a snake is a reliable indication).
Signs of snakebite vary but some signs are common to most cases.
Animals often vomit shortly after being bitten by a! snake. Other signs that are likely to follow include tremoring, salivating, panting, incoordination and collapse. Sometimes animals appear to recover temporarily after initial symptoms.
In dogs these signs often progress very rapidly and may not all be seen by owners. Cats sometimes simply present as very flat, weak and unable to walk properly. They may also have big black dilated pupils.
If you think your animal has been bitten it is important to call the vet straight away so that we can be prepared for you.
Please note that we do not need to see the snake involved as it doesn't alter our treatment. We treat snakebite with combined tiger-brown snake antivenene, intravenous fluids and supportive management.
Most cases have a good outcome if treated early.
Remember -be alert, not alarmed!
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