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Are you Arthritis Aware?

Are you Arthritis Aware?

January is Arthritis Awareness Month at AlphaPet! Sadly, many pets develop this painful condition without their owners noticing and end up suffering in silence, often needlessly. As yet no one has patented the elixir for eternal youth. So as the years go by many of us, including our furry friends, typically need to contend with at best reduced flexibility, but more often significant stiffness and pain in our joints. Dogs over the age of 7 years... read more »

Feeding Dogs & Cats

Feeding Dogs & Cats

I am always a little surprised when clients come into my consulting room and I mention that their pet is perhaps carrying a few extra pounds, that they immediately come back with “Oh, but he doesn’t get very much” or “Oh, but I only feed her what it says on the packet”. There seems to be something of a disconnect between what a pet looks like and what we... read more »

Getting pets accustomed to ‘cat’herine wheels!

Getting pets accustomed to ‘cat’herine wheels!

It is estimated that approximately 45 per cent of dogs become stressed and fearful while fireworks are going off, yet many owners are unawareof how to help their dogs with firework fears and the precautions that can be taken to help them cope with their fear of loud noises. Dogs Dogs should have a safe haven or den to retreat to in the home; an area that they feel secure in. The den can be a... read more »

Wildlife - to treat or not to treat ...

Wildlife - to treat or not to treat ...

As vets, we are regularly presented with wildlife casualties which we have an obligation to treat, if only for the prevention of unnecessary suffering, which can mean immediate euthanasia. Very quickly, we not only have to determine what has actually happened to that animal, but we also then have to assess how likely it will be that it can be successfully released back to the wild such that it has a good chance... read more »

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