Thank you Sarah!

Sarah is a past client of ours. She brought in a lovely Westie called Bobby.

Following hearing about our Puppy Massage DVD with Kickstarter, she sent this message

"You helped us with our Westie Bobby a few years ago at Castle vets and you were amazing.  I don't think Bobby would be a star patient as he is frail, old, almost blind, etc etc! But I wanted to say good luck and also that I know Paul. I sometimes bump into him. In fact will be seeing him this week so I will put a good word in!!!!
Hope your new dvd goes really well
Sarah Guy x"

Thank you Sarah!

 

A smart collar that can monitor your pets vital signs!

Technology is moving at an incredible rate!

PetPace have now launched a now smart collar that allows owners to monitor their pets temperature, pulse, respiration rate, activity patterns, positions and heart rate variability. It can also text the owner and vet if any abnormalities are detected.

It is wireless and small and can fit cats or dogs over 3.6kg. The information can be read on your smart phone.

These collars retail for $150 (£101) and have a $15 (£10) monthly fee.

There is more information on their website.

It is lovely that technology is moving to help people monitor their pets health out in the open world. Whilst it maybe a considerable monthly commitment at this time, this is great for detecting heart issues, particularly in susceptible breeds such as boxers. It is lovely to know that it could reduce the need for dogs to be hospitalised to read these vital signs, which would be the current way of detecting heart issues. There is no stress element to rule out at home.

Maybe one day this will be a normal way of monitoring.

PetPace smart collar available for cats

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Research shows dogs can smile! Happy pet competition

Drontal, are having a Happy Pet competition to find Britians happiest pet.

Research conducted by Bayer, found that dogs can smile when happy! But we all knew that anyway!

Competition closes 31st July. All you have to do to enter is upload a picture of your happy pet onto their facebook page and the winner will get £500!

Happy snapping your happy pets!

Smiling Floyd - Elbow dysplasia and back pain

Lecturing at the Animal Rehabilitation Expo 2015

We are proud to announce Donna Wills will be a speaker at the Animal Rehabilitation Expo at the London Excel.

Donna's subject will be Physiotherapy in the Multi-modal approach to treating osteoarthritis in Dogs.

This is on 10th and 11th June. See their website for full details of the lecture and to get your free tickets!

Lecturing

Lecturing at congress

Puppy Massage DVD!

We are so proud to announce that we are fast approaching our 10th Anniversary. To celebrate we are using Kickstarter to fund an exciting new project.

We are going to film a puppy massage DVD!

We are so pleased to say that we already have the full support of T.V. Vet Paul Manktelow MRCVS, founder of Vital Pet Health.

Please click to go to our kickstarter information pages for more information or click here to go straight to our kickstarter page

See our kickstarter page to see how you can be a part of this project!

Kickstarter Puppy Massage DVD

Cats Relax to classical music

A study has been done proving that some classical music really will help a cat relax! We love hearing anything that proves itself to be relaxing to any of our pets!

This article by the MRCVS online explains it all.

Cat with headphones

Researchers at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, found that playing Samuel Barber's 'Adagio for Strings' to cats can have a calming effect.

Lead author of the study, Dr Michael Carreira, explains: "In the surgical theatres at the faculty where I teach and at the private veterinary medical centre where I spend my time operating, environmental music is always present, and is an important element in promoting a sense of wellbeing in the team, the animals, and their owners.

"Different music genres affect individuals in different ways. During consultations I have noticed, for example, that most cats like classical music, particularly George Handel compositions, and become more calm, confident and tolerant throughout the clinical evaluation."

After reading about the influence of music on psysiological parameters in humans, Dr Carreira decided to design a study to investigate whether music could have any physiological effects on his surgical patients.

Twelve female pet cats, who were undergoing surgery for neutering, took part in the study. The clinicians recorded their respiratory rate and pupil diameter at various points to determine their depth of anaesthesia.

Fitted with headphones, the cats were exposed to two minutes of silence (as a control), followed by two minutes each of Samuel Barber's 'Adagio for Strings', Natalia Imbruglia's 'Torn,' and AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck.'

The study showed that cats were more relaxed under the influence of classical music (as determined by their lower values for respiratory rate and pupil diameter), with the pop music producing intermediate values. By contrast, the heavy metal music produced the highest values, indicating 'a more stressful situation'.

The results suggest that playing the right music during surgery could allow for lower doses of anaesthetic agents, which would in turn reduce the risk of undesirable side effects.

Dr Carreira  and his colleagues plan to extend their study by exploring what influence music has on other physiological parameters, including cortisol and catecholamines, in dogs as well as cats.

In the future, they wish to incorporate more sophisticated techniques, such as functional MRI and electroencephalography, into their investigations.

 

Body condition scoring. How does your dog or cat score?

Body weight is a really important part of staying fit, healthy and mobile. When doing an initial assessment of mobility we will always look at body weight, to see if the patient is carrying more weight on their joints than they should, or if they are too thin and therefore possible don't have the energy and nutrition needed for successful healing.

Hills have just produced 2 videos to help owners do their own dog or cats body condition scoring. The score is a simple 1-5 and only requires your hands and eyes.

So have a look!

Dog video:

Cat Video:

Remember to keep your Easter chocolate away from the dogs

The Royal Collage of Veterinary surgeons have just posted out a reminder to all owners about the hazard of chocolate when the dogs get their paws on it.

Click here to read the article

Chocolate

Enjoy your Easter and have fun,

just remember to put your chocolate in your own tum! 🙂

The effects of chocolate poisoning in dogs usually appear within 12 hours and can last up to three days.

Chocolate can be highly poisonous to pets, but dogs are most commonly affected. Although pet owners are becoming increasingly more aware of the dangers, the BVA  figures demonstrate that the majority of vets still see urgent cases because chocolate treats have not been kept out of reach.

Some of the first signs include excessive thirst, diarrhoea vomiting and restlessness. These symptoms can later develop onto tremors, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rate, hyperthermia and rapid breathing. In very severe case, dogs may experience fits and heartbeat irregularities,and some cases can result in coma or death.

Enjoy your Easter and have fun,

just remember to put your chocolate in your own tum! 🙂