Perks of getting pet nutrition right with Daventry Vets

As responsible pet owners, we take on the duty of caring for our furry companions in the best possible way. A significant part of this responsibility is ensuring that our pets receive proper nutrition.

Good pet nutrition for dogs and cats is the foundation of their health, happiness, and longevity. In celebration of Responsible Pet Ownership Month, our team at Daventry Vets have some helpful advice for you below, so let’s explore what good pet nutrition looks like and why it’s of paramount importance.

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A protein rich diet & adequate hydration

Protein is a vital component of a pet’s diet, helping to build and repair tissues. Look for pet food with a high-quality protein source, such as meat, poultry, or fish. There are also some some vegetarian and vegan diets available. Fresh, clean water is just as crucial as food. Ensure your pet has constant access to water, especially in warm weather or if they are on a dry kibble diet. Our vet’s top tip is to add a splash of water to your pet’s bowl of food to help keep them hydrated.

Properly Balanced Nutrients

Good pet nutrition means a diet that is well-balanced in macronutrients (proteins, fats, carbohydrates) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). A balance of these nutrients supports overall health and prevents deficiencies or excesses. One of the most convenient and reliable ways to provide balanced nutrition is through high-quality complete pet food for dogs or cats. Our team can advise on the most suitable pet food brands, call us on 01327 877767.

Age-appropriate food and feeding routine

Pets have different nutritional needs at different stages of life. Choose complete pet food specifically formulated for your pet’s life stage, whether they are a kitten, puppy, adult, or senior. These formulas are designed to provide the right balance of nutrients, so follow the feeding instructions to work out how much food your pet needs and how often.

Depending on your dog or cat’s lifestyle, they may need an increase or decrease in the amount of food they consume to ensure they stay at a healthy weight. Daventry Vets’ nurses can help you work this out and give your pet regular weight checks – book a nurse appointment for your pet.

Diets for medical conditions

There are an increasing number of diets formulated and proven to help with medical conditions. These should only be used on veterinary recommendation. Some for example renal (kidney) diets can slow the progression of disease.

The importance of good pet nutrition

  • Health and longevity: Proper nutrition can prevent or manage various health issues, including obesity, allergies, and digestive problems.
  • Energy and vitality: Pets with balanced diets are more active, playful, and enthusiastic about life – prepare for some exciting adventures in and around Northamptonshire with your dog!
  • Weight management: Maintaining an ideal body weight is essential for your pet’s overall health. Good nutrition, combined with portion control, helps prevent obesity and related health problems. Come and see our nurses if you’d like help with this.
  • Strong immune system: Proper nutrition supports a robust immune system, helping your pet resist illness and recover faster when they do get sick.
  • Shiny coat and healthy skin: A well-balanced diet enhances the appearance of your pet’s coat and keeps their skin healthy, reducing the risk of dryness, itching, and allergies.
  • Improved digestion: Good pet nutrition promotes healthy digestion, reducing the likelihood of stomach upset, diarrhoea, or constipation.

Good pet nutrition is at the core of responsible pet ownership, and it plays a pivotal role in our pets’ health and wellbeing. By selecting high-quality complete pet food, considering their life stage, and monitoring their diet, we can help our furry friends to thrive and enjoy happy, healthy lives by our sides.

Join us in celebrating Responsible Pet Ownership Month and book a consult with our nurses to ensure your pet’s diet is the best it can be.

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Why neutering is the responsible choice for cat owners in Northamptonshire

Cat owners cherish the companionship and love their feline friends bring into their lives. However, with the joy of having a cat comes the responsibility of ensuring their wellbeing and contributing to the welfare of the feline community.

One of the most responsible choices cat owners in Northamptonshire can make is to opt for neutering their cats. In this article, the team at Daventry Vets will explore why and how it benefits both individual cats and the larger feline population.

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Cat neutering – why it’s the responsible choice

1. Preventing unplanned litters & curbing overpopulation

Perhaps the most compelling reason to neuter your cat is to prevent unplanned litters of kittens, not just for your home, but for the wider cat population. Cats are prolific breeders, and one unspayed female cat and her offspring can produce hundreds of kittens in just a few years. Overpopulation is a serious issue in the cat world, many rescue centres are full and so by neutering your cat, you are actively contributing to controlling the feline population and reducing the number of homeless kittens in and around Northamptonshire.

2. Promoting health and longevity

According to Vet Sarah Aldridge, cat neutering offers several health benefits. It significantly reduces the risk of uterine infections and certain cancers in females. Neutered cats are also generally healthier and live longer lives.

3. Behavioural improvements

Neutering can lead to positive changes in a cat’s behaviour. Male cats tend to be less aggressive and territorial, while females are less likely to yowl or exhibit restlessness during their heat cycles. Neutered cats often make for more pleasant and well-adjusted pets.

4. Reducing roaming tendencies

Entire male cats have a strong instinct to roam in search of mates. Sarah wants owners to know that this behaviour puts them at risk of accidents, injuries, infection with Feline immunodeficiency virus and encounters with other animals. Neutering can reduce this desire to roam, keeping your cat safer.

5. A more peaceful home

Unspayed female cats can exhibit vocalisations and behaviours that can be disruptive during their heat cycles. Neutering can create a more peaceful and harmonious living environment for both cats and their owners! If you have a multi-cat household, our team can advise you of more ways to keep the peace.

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6. Responsible Ownership

Being a responsible pet owner means taking steps to ensure the health and wellbeing of your cat, as well as being considerate of the broader feline community. Neutering is a responsible choice that aligns with these principles.

The take-away message from our article is that neutering your cat is about more than controlling the feline population; it’s also about promoting the health, happiness, and longevity of your beloved pet. It’s a choice that reflects your commitment to responsible pet ownership and compassion for the welfare of cats in Northamptonshire and beyond. Thanks for reading!

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Daventry Vets are working with Cats Protection and are taking part in their neutering scheme to offer low cost neutering to low income households.

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Vet Sarah Aldridge explains causes of bad dog breath and when to be concerned

Northamptonshire dog owners are no strangers to the unique scents that come with pet ownership, but one smell that often raises concern is bad dog breath. While it’s not uncommon for dogs to have occasional odorous breath, persistent bad breath, or halitosis, can indicate underlying health issues that require attention.

Our Vet Sarah Aldridge has put together the following article about the causes of bad dog breath, when it’s normal, and when it’s a sign of something more serious. Don’t forget that the nurses at Daventry Veterinary Clinic can demonstrate tooth brushing – call us on 01327 877767 to get booked in for a doggy dental demonstration!

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Normal causes of bad dog breath

Occasional bad breath in dogs is not unusual and can be attributed to factors like eating smelly foods, chewing on certain toys, or simply waking up from a nap. If your dog’s breath is only temporarily bad and improves after a short time, it’s likely nothing to worry about:

  • Diet: According to Sarah, the food your dog eats can have a significant impact on their breath. Some dog foods may contribute to stronger odours, whilst high-quality diets teamed with practising good dental hygiene can help minimise it.
  • Oral hygiene: Just like humans, dogs need proper dental care. Without it, plaque and tartar can build up, leading to bad breath. Regular brushing and dental check-ups at Daventry Vets are essential.
  • Chewing habits: Dogs often chew on various objects that can affect their breath. However, the action of chewing on dental toys and chews can help clean their teeth and stop bad breath.

Abnormal causes of bad dog breath

Persistent and extreme bad dog breath is not normal and is one of the signs of dental disease and some illnesses:

  • Dental disease: Persistent bad breath is often a sign of dental issues such as gum disease, periodontal disease, tooth decay, fractured teeth or infected gums. Sarah advises that these conditions can lead to chronic pain and health problems if left untreated.
  • Digestive problems: Sometimes, digestive issues can cause foul-smelling breath. Gastrointestinal problems or an upset stomach can result in odorous breath.
  • Oral infections: Infections in the mouth, throat, or respiratory system can lead to bad breath. These infections need prompt medical attention.
  • Underlying medical conditions: In some cases, bad breath can be a symptom of underlying medical conditions like diabetes, kidney disease, or liver problems.
  • Oral Tumours: Sometimes bad breath is the first thing an owner notices when their dog has a tumour in it’s mouth.

Taking action

As with all dog health concerns, prevention is better than cure, and early intervention is always the best route as this will give your pet the best chance of a fast recovery. Sarah recommends that dog owners in Northamptonshire should take note of the advice below:

  1. Regular dental care: Establish a routine of brushing your dog’s teeth, just like humans daily brushing is advised to keep plaque at bay. Providing dental chews or toys designed to promote good oral health. You can have peace of mind the manufacturers have done their homework and their products really do work by choosing ones accepted by the Veterinary Oral Health Council Their list includes diets too.
  2. Diet: Feed your dog a balanced diet with dental-friendly options. Talk to our team for dietary recommendations.
  3. Veterinary check-ups: Schedule regular check-ups with our team, including dental exams, to catch and address any potential issues early.
  4. Stay alert: Pay attention to changes in your dog’s breath. If it becomes consistently foul, contact us to book a dental check-up.
  5. Professional treatment: When necessary, our vets may recommend a professional dental to address any existing dental problems.

While some degree of bad dog breath is normal, persistent and foul-smelling breath should not be ignored. It’s often a sign of an underlying issue that requires attention. Regular dental care, a balanced diet, and vigilant observation of your dog’s health can help keep their breath fresh and their overall wellbeing in check.

Contact our vets at Daventry Veterinary Clinic on 01327 877767 to discuss your dog’s dental care and how you can help at home.

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Daventry Vets’ advice to reduce furniture damage from your cat

Cats are beloved members of the family but sometimes their scratching can be quite frustrating. Your cat does not care that your furniture and carpets shouldn’t be clawed at, so the team at Daventry Vets have compiled a list of advice on how to control the furniture scratching whilst also promoting your cat’s wellbeing. Contact us on 01327 877767 for more advice and share your tips on our Facebook page.

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Why do cats scratch?

According to vet Sarah Aldridge, scratching is a perfectly normal and healthy behaviour for cats. It serves several purposes, including:

  • Claw maintenance: to keep nails sharp, cats will scratch their claws to shed the outer layers, keeping them healthy.
  • Territory marking: scratching deposits scent marks from glands on their paws to establish their territory. The outer layers of claws left behind and the scratch marks themselves are also territory markers.
  • Exercise: Scratching exercises the forelimbs and spine.
  • Stress: cats can scratch in more areas when they feel insecure. This can happen in multi cat households or in areas where there are high numbers of cats.

How to reduce furniture and carpet damage from cat scratching

  1. Provide scratching posts and pads strategically near furniture that your cat has targeted before. If they are made from materials such as cardboard, sisal and carpet, it will really help to satisfy your cat’s scratching needs.
  2. Make sure scratching posts are high enough for your cat at full stretch.
  3. The team at Daventry Vets recommend using either double-sided tape or sticky pads on furniture that your cat scratches to act as a deterrent as cats don’t like sticky surfaces (make sure it is non toxic)
  4. Use catnip on scratching posts and pads to make them attractive to your cat, some scratching posts already have catnip impregnated into them.
  5. Cats often scratch to mark their territory so offering them more space can help. Provide them vertical spaces like shelves and cat trees and offer them praise and treats when they use them correctly. This positive reinforcement will help to prolong the life of your furniture!
  6. Use Feliway diffusers to decrease stress.
  7. Play with toys near scratching posts to encourage your cat to use them.
  8. Clipping cats claws can be part of the solution but should only be used for totally indoor cats as indoor-outdoor cats may need to use their claws to climb a fence to escape or for defence if attacked.

Changing any cat’s behaviour takes time so patience and consistency is key to success.

By providing your cat with suitable scratching alternatives, you can protect your furniture whilst ensuring your cat leads a happy and healthy life.

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Antifreeze pet poisoning risks in Northamptonshire

Antifreeze is something that most pet owners living in Northamptonshire will have around their house once it comes to winter. However, even the smallest amount can be highly dangerous for your cat and dog. The primary danger comes from ethylene glycol which is toxic to all animals

If you even suspect your pet could have ingested antifreeze then contact Daventry Vets immediately on 01327 877767.

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Why cats like to lick antifreeze

The reason antifreeze is so appealing to cats and dogs is the sugary taste. They tend to try and lick it off the driveway and cats will lick it off their paws and fur if they’ve walked through it. Once ingested, ethylene glycol is rapidly absorbed into their bloodstream. Your pet metabolises the ethylene glycol producing a number of TOXIC metabolites severe damage to the kidney. Acute kidney failure in cats and dogs due to antifreeze poisoning, can be fatal, cats have a higher mortality rate than dogs – prompt treatment is needed to provide your pet with a chance of recovery.

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Symptoms of antifreeze poisoning in cats

All of the symptoms of antifreeze poisoning can occur within 30 minutes to 24 hours of ingestion. Symptoms to look for include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of coordination
  • Seizures
  • Signs of kidney failure including increased thirst and urination
  • rapid breathing.

If your cat is admitted to Daventry Vets with suspected antifreeze poisoning, treatments can include induced vomiting( only within the first hour of ingestion) , administering intravenous fluids to support the kidneys.

Protect your cat

To protect your cats and dogs, be diligent about keeping antifreeze containers securely closed and stored out of reach. Clean up any spills immediately, and consider using antifreeze products that contain propylene glycol, which is less toxic but still not entirely safe if ingested in large quantities. Contact Daventry Vets immediately if you are concerned about your pet or if you know they have been exposed to antifreeze.

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Learn how to exercise your small furry pets with Daventry Vets

Just like with all mammals, keeping your small furry pets exercised is essential for their physical and mental wellbeing. Daventry Vets have put together their advice on how best to exercise your small furry pets.

Our team love seeing your small furry pets thriving – share photos with us on Facebook of how you exercise your small furry pets for the chance of having your pet shared on our page!

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Exercise in their enclosure

Whether you have a hamster, gerbil, pet mouse or a fancy rat, most small furries love to play and explore. Check out our Daventry vet nurses’ exercise suggestions below.

  • Exercise wheels: A wheel is a must-have for most small furry pets*. Choose an appropriate-sized exercise wheel that is made for your type of pet and allows your pet to run without arching their back and make sure the surface is solid to prevent injuries.
  • Climbing structures: Our vet nurses recommend providing climbing opportunities, such as ropes, branches and ladders to help your pet exercise and explore vertical spaces.
  • Toys: opt for interactive toys specifically for hamsters, gerbils, mice and rats, and rotate them regularly to avoid boredom. Enrichment toys and tunnels/balls will provide your pet with hours of entertainment.

*It’s important to know that exercise wheels are too dangerous for guinea pigs and should not be used, nor should climbing structures that cannot support their body shapes and weight.

Exercise outside of their enclosure

All small furry pets can become bored which is why it’s essential to vary your hamster, gerbil, guinea pig, rabbit and pet mice and rats’ exercise activities. You can achieve this through time outside of their housing with these aids:

  • Playpen: Setting up an external playpen or enclosure where your pet can explore and play outside of their cage. Use tunnels, hideouts, and toys to create an enriching environment.
  • Obstacle course: Create a mini obstacle course using cardboard boxes, tunnels, and small toys. Encourage your pet to navigate through the obstacles for mental stimulation and exercise.
  • Hide and seek: Our vet nurses advise that your small furries will love this one – hide small treats or pieces of fresh vegetables around your pet’s enclosure. This stimulates their natural foraging instincts and keeps them active and happy.
  • Supervised outdoor time: If your pet can safely enjoy outdoor time, consider taking them outside in a secure, escape-proof playpen or harness. Ensure they are protected from predators lurking in and around Daventry and environmental hazards.
  • Social interaction: Many small furry pets are social animals (usually except hamsters) and benefit from interacting with their owners. Gently handle and play with your pet to provide mental and physical stimulation.

Remember that small furry pets have varying exercise needs and preferences and it is important to tailor their exercise routine to their species and individual personalities. We love the products from Oxbow

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Daventry Vet’s top 10 books for animal lovers this Winter

If you’ve been searching for the perfect read this winter while snuggling up with your pets on the sofa look no further. Our vets and nurses have have put together their list of the top 10 books every animal lover should read. Check them out then tell us if you like them. Why not go one better and share share your favourite animal reads on our Facebook page and we’ll update our list.

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Here’s our top ten…

  1. The Art of Racing in the Rain – Heart-warming story about a golden retriever’s dream to become a racing driver, and the friendship and devotion he shares with his family. Not one to be missed!
  2. A Street Cat Named Bob – Ginger cat living rough in London adopts a homeless man (true story). Their unlikely friendship changes both of their lives forever.
  3. Marley & Me – We recommend spending a lazy afternoon growing up & growing old with faithful retriever Marley and his human family.
  4. Box Inspector & Other Important Jobs for Cats – You’ll chuckle as you flick through this cute collection of amusing cat comics, lessons, and insights into which jobs cats were simply born to do.
  5. Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund – Must-have coffee table book about a tiny, larger-than-life sausage dog and his pals living their best lives – you can’t help falling in love with them.
  6. A Friend Like Henry – Read this inspirational account of how a talented and loving dog helps a family struggling to break into their autistic son’s world.
  7. A Dog’s Purpose – Remarkable tale of one dog’s journey through several different lives, trying to discover why he, and sometimes she, is here.
  8. Buster’s Diaries – Buster the famous rescue dog owned by Roy Hattersley wrote these diaries himself! They are hilarious.
  9. My Encyclopedia of Very Important Animals: For Little Animal Lovers Who Want to Know Everything – The title says it all – this may be a 2017 book, but it’s still highly recommended.
  10. The Secret Life of Pets – Whichever book you choose from this franchise, your little ones won’t be disappointed. Makes you wonder what your pets get up to when you’re at work though…

Like we said, now you’ve seen our picks why not share them on Facebook with your animal-loving friends, and lets see if they agree.

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Vet Sarah shares advice on helping your dog deal with moving house

A house move is a big change for the whole family to process. The team at Daventry Vets understand that this is often a stressful and turbulent time, but Veterinary Surgeon Sarah Aldridge is urging dog owners to not forget how their pets could be coping with the upheaval.

To help dog owners in Northamptonshire with a house move, Sarah and our veterinary team at Daventry Vets have put together advice on how your canine companion can learn to accept a house move. This will make the process a lot smoother for owners and their dogs. Our experienced team of dog vets are available to advise on an individual basis too, just book an appointment ahead of the big day.

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1. Keeping to your dog’s routine

Our Daventry team know that most dogs and their owner have a daily routine. This may fluctuate slightly, but on the whole, it is highly likely your dog is fed, walked, played with and cuddled at a similar time every day.

As you are moving house, it will help your dog to adjust if you stick closely to this routine. Your behaviour and feelings will also have an impact on your dog’s stress levels. Trying to remain calm will in turn help your dog to react and behave as normal.

If you have the option of introducing them to your new home beforehand, it could help them to settle in more quickly. If not, then try to take them on some new local walks to get them used to the neighbourhood.

If there is along journey for your dog and they are not used to travelling make sure they have familiar bedding and are secure in your car. Our vets can prescribe anti sickness medication for dogs that get travel sick book an appointment for this in plenty of time.

2. Your old home

Packing your home up into cardboard boxes can often be emotional and time consuming. Especially if there is a dog ‘trying to help’!

Vet Sarah Aldridge recommends packing gradually so your dog will get used to the changes in their living environment over time. Also, keep their bedding and toys out for as long as possible. These familiar belongings will help to provide them comfort if their old home is starting to look a little different in the run up to the move.

3. Moving day

Once you arrive at the new house, you need to ensure your dog is safe and secure as your belongings are unloaded. If possible, set up a safe space in your new house immediately for your dog. Use their normal bed, blankets, toys and bowls and work on positive associations. The scents of their items will help to make them feel at ease in an unfamiliar environment. You will need to be patient with your dog during this transition period. Work on establishing their routine in the new home and stick to it as closely as possible in the beginning.

4. After you have moved in

There will undoubtedly be a lot of administration to complete once you have officially moved into your new home. On this list, make sure you include updating your pet’s microchip details and also updating your account details here at Daventry Vets.

If you are moving out of the area make sure you register with a local veterinary practice and tell us where we can send your dog’s clinical notes to ensure they get continuity of care.

Sarah believes that if you follow the guidance set out in this article, you are providing your dog with the best chance to become happy and settled in their new home as quickly as possible. If your dog suffers from anxiety, or you are concerned that a house move could affect them more seriously, contact us so we can help you make a plan.

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Valuable advice for cat adoption in 2024 from Daventry Vets

Adopting a cat from a rescue centre can be a wholesome way to introduce a new feline friend to your family. To help this process run smoothly, the team at Daventry Vets have put together advice on what you should be asking rescue centres during the adoption process.

Please remember, adopting a cat is a big responsibility that should not be taken on lightly. Daventry Vets urges owners to do plenty of research on cat care before making any big decisions.

The team at Daventry Vets are happy to answer any questions you may have about caring for a cat, just contact our team on 01327 877767.

What should I ask the rescue centre when adopting a cat?

Before heading to a rescue/rehoming centre, it’s important you sit down and gather some ideas as to what type of cat would be most suitable for your family. Research different breeds and their typical characteristics, as well as if there are any that are predisposed to certain medical conditions. Daventry Vets also recommends discussing your needs with the rescue centre staff. They know each of the cats in their care and want to ensure that they go to the correct home. Opening the discussion will help both you and the centre to match the perfect cat to your family.

1. Background information

Daventry Vets recommends asking what is known about the cat’s history and how they ended up at the rescue centre. This will give you valuable insight into their past experiences and whether they could have any behavioural or medical issues. It could also identify whether the cat is used to other cats, pets, or children.

2. Assessments for health and wellbeing

One of the benefits of rehoming a cat from a rescue centre is the fact they will have a full assessment done prior to any adoption process. This assessment will cover things like their behaviour and any potential or underlying health conditions that may need treating. This information will help you and your family make an informed decision when choosing your new cat.

3. Medical conditions and preventative care

Daventry Vets wants to urge new cat owners to research the benefits of vaccinations and neutering. Most rescue centres will have policies in place to protect the animals, which typically include having them neutered and vaccinated prior to rehoming. However, by understanding why this happens, it shows that you understand the practical side of pet ownership.

4. Training

Make sure you ask the rescue centre about your chosen cat’s training. Whether they are house trained and are happy being groomed and petted will make a big difference to the start of your journey together.

5. Special considerations for your chosen cat

Does your chosen feline require a certain type of living environment? Do they seem frightened of loud noises? Are they purely a house cat or do they need to roam?

Understanding what the cat needs before you go through the adoption process will help you to understand if your feline friend is the right fit for your home and family.

6. Preparing for your new cat’s arrival

Make sure you get everything ready before you bring your new cat home.

  • Food, keep this the same as the rescue centre initially. Unless your cat requires a specific diet due to a medical condition it’s ok to change it gradually .
  • Litter tray and litter, try to get the same type as the rescue centre, even if your new cat is going to go out it’s best to keep them in for a few weeks.
  • Pheromones, Feliway make pheromone products that can help your cat settle into your home.
  • International cat care have some great tips too.

When it comes to rehoming cats, our knowledgeable team of cat vets are happy to advise you about how to care for your cat once you get them home, as well as what veterinary care they will need at this stage of their life. Contact us on 01327 877767 and don’t forget to register your new cat in the New Year with Daventry Vets – we can’t wait to meet them!

Vet Sarah explains pet diabetes.

To help raise awareness of diabetes in dogs and cats, our Veterinary Surgeon Sarah Aldridge wants to educate pet owners on the condition. In the paragraphs below, Vet Sarah will cover: the condition itself, how Daventry Vets will diagnose and treat the condition and how your pet’s care would need to be altered if they receive a diabetes diagnosis.

If you are concerned your own pet may have some symptoms of diabetes, then do not hesitate to contact Daventry Vets’ reception team on 01327 877767 or you can book online.

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Understanding diabetes

Like humans cats and dogs can become diabetic. This happens when they produce little or no insulin. Insulin is made in an organ called the pancreas. It allows the body’s cells to uptake sugar from the blood to use as fuel.

Diabetes in dogs is like Type 1 diabetes in humans. Some of the breeds most commonly affected are West Highland White Terriers, Beagles, Bichon Frise, Labradors, Dachshund, Samoyed and crossbreeds. The age of onset is usually middle age. Intact female dogs are twice as likely to get diabetes as spayed ones and often develop it around a season.

Diabetes in cats is more like type 2 diabetes and overweight cats are certainly more at risk. It generally occurs later in life but sometimes occurs in younger cats.

Symptoms of diabetes in your pet

Sarah wants owners to be aware that early detection of diabetes is key in providing your pet with the medical treatment they need to manage the condition. The following symptoms are all indicators that your pet may be suffering from diabetes:

  1. Increased thirst.
  2. Increased urination:
  3. Weight loss despite a good appetite
  4. Deteriorating body condition
  5. Altered appetite. This can be increased during the earlier stages as glucose ( blood sugar) cannot be used by the body’s cells for fuel. If left untreated then appetite can be decreased as using fat and protein stores for energy can make your pet feel unwell.
  6. Reduced energy.

Diagnosis & treatments available for pet diabetes

The first step to diagnosing diabetes in your pet is test a urine sample. We can provide a suitable collection device and sample pot. If glucose is present in their urine blood tests will need to be taken to confirm the diagnosis.

Following the tests, your vet will then create a management plan, involving insulin injections to be given at home, controlled exercise, and a controlled feeding schedule. We recommend Intact female dogs are spayed otherwise hormonal changes can make treatment extremely difficult.

Help your pet live with diabetes

Diabetes is a lifelong condition in dogs. Cats can occasionally go into remission, but for most it is lifelong.

Diet

Your pet’s nutrition plays a big part in helping them to cope with diabetes. Our vets at Daventry Vets will always recommend a type and brand of food that will work best for your individual pet. However, if your pet is a fussy eater then make sure you chat to Sarah or any of our vets before moving them onto a different kind of food. Looking for foods that slowly release sugars and removing all treats from their diet will help to keep their blood-glucose levels consistent.

Exercise

Regular exercise is essential when it comes to managing diabetic pets. It helps to prevent weight gain and also helps your pet’s glucose regulation. Our vets will recommend an exercise regime to follow daily to help keep them healthy.

Monitoring blood-glucose levels

Sarah explains that if your pet is diagnosed with diabetes, our vets will train you on how to monitor your pet’s blood-glucose levels at home. We ask you to do this periodically to monitor treatment. The vet can advise you if any dose changes are needed.

Routines are key!

Sarah wants owners to understand that if your dog receives a diabetic diagnosis, then routine is key to keeping them as healthy as possible. Your feeding and walking schedule will need to happen at certain times of the day, as well as monitoring them and insulin injections.

We hope our advice will help owners with undiagnosed diabetic pets to receive the diagnosis and treatment they need. Remember, early intervention is key in your pet living a happy and comfortable life. Contact us on 01327 877767 or use our online booking system to book a diabetes check for your pet at Daventry Vets.

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