Does Your Cat Have OCD?: The Signs, Symptoms and Treatment Options

While you may be aware that obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can affect humans, you may not know that it can also affect your cat. Below is a guide to everything you need to know about how OCD can affect your cat and how the condition is treated. Causes of OCD in cats While it can be difficult to identify a particular trigger which has caused your cat to develop OCS, there are some common situations which increase the risk that your pet will develop the disorder. Here are some of the symptoms: Being confined to a small space for extended periods of time Long-term illness Mistreatment by a former owner Symptoms of OCD in cats Most pet owners are usually alerted to the fact that their cat has OCD because of changes in their behaviour. Below are some behaviours...

In the Dog House: 3 Dog Grooming Mistakes

Every dog owner wants their pooch to look its best. Taking the time to regularly look after and groom your dog is a great thing to do. However, when carrying out DIY dog grooming at home it is easy to make mistakes. Below we look at three of the most common dog grooming mistakes. Not Handling Your Dog You should make a habit of handling and touching your dog in ways they will be touched during grooming. This means holding their paws so you can examine their nails, lifting their ears and gentling touching the area around their ear canal, wiping their faces with a cloth and opening their mouths to expose their teeth for cleaning. You should perform these actions even when you are not grooming the dog. This will familiarise your dog with the different sensations it...

Stopping your cat from destroying the house while you are away this holidays

If you have a nervous cat who tends to scratch up the furniture when you are away and make protests in the forms of smelly deposits, it makes sense to make some plans to try and calm them down. Here are some ideas that can help. Cat feeder You should get your cat feeder to come over before you leave, so that your cat doesn’t associate their presence with you leaving. Having the cat feeder’s smell in the house already can make their appearance seem like less of an intrusion and more an established part of the cat’s routine. You can also try spraying the house with synthetic cat pheromones, which are available in a diffuser, which some cats find calming. Try to get your cat feeder to keep to your normal schedule and feed the cats at a normal time....

Understanding Dog Dementia

Many people begin to show the symptoms of dementia as they get older, but did you know that dementia can affect dogs too?  So, how do you know if your dog has dementia and how can your vet clinic offer any treatment for your pet?  Read on to find out more. Dementia and dogs Elderly dogs can suffer from a condition known as Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS), commonly referred to as animal dementia.  The signs of CDS usually begin to appear in dogs over 11 years of age and vary in intensity from minor to life altering.  Common behavioural signs of CDS include: random barking or whining, often during the night repeatedly pacing back and forth forgetting toilet-training not responding when you call their name appearing confused, staring into...

How To Clean Your Dog’s Teeth

Good oral health is extremely important for your dog’s overall well-being, and it starts with clean teeth.  Poor dental care can result in rotten teeth and gum disease that could cause your pet discomfort and give him foul-smelling breath.  Your local mobile dog grooming service will be able to clean your dog’s teeth for you; however, it’s a good idea to familiarise your dog with the process before a stranger undertakes it. Here’s how to accustom your dog to having his teeth cleaned. The right tools for the job The most important thing to note is that human toothpaste and toothbrushes are not suitable for use on animals.  Not only are the brushes too big and unwieldy, many of the ingredients of toothpaste are not compatible...

Total Hip Replacement In Dogs: Four Possible Complications You Should Know About

If your dog shows signs of hip pain and problems with mobility, a vet may recommend a total hip replacement. Total hip replacement (THR) is a complex, invasive form of surgery, and while the procedure has a high success rate of around 95 percent, complications can arise. Find out about the possible side effects from a total hip replacement, and learn more about the steps you or your vet can take to avoid these issues. Problems with anaesthesia Your dog will need anaesthesia during the surgery, and the anaesthetist will constantly check the animal’s vital signs to spot any problems. Nonetheless, there is always a small risk of complications when a vet uses anaesthesia, particularly in older dogs. If your dog is at very high risk of problems with the...

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