Healthy Weight

5 easy tips to get your pet’s weight back on track

 

Being motivated to stay in shape can be a challenge for humans, let alone our pets. We know that our lack of motivation or even bad habits can easily spill into the lives of our beloved furry friends. That’s why we teamed up with Hill’s Pet Nutritionto give you 5 simple tips to help you get your pet back in shape.

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1.       Be sharp-eyed. Now is the time to keep an eye on what your pet is eating. Sneaky feeds from the kids can help your pet pile on the pounds without realising it. Not to mention not knowing what human foods can be dangerous. Letting your children know why overfeeding can become a problem for your pet; will help them watch the amount they give during the course of the day.

 

2.       Get them on the move. The festive season was all about staying in and enjoying family time. The New Year is all about getting out with the family, which includes your pet. Don’t let the cold scare you back inside, having longer walks, or playing in the park for a couple more minutes helps you both burn off a few extra calories!

 

3.       Keeping count. It isn’t as tedious as it sounds. If your furry friend is eating a full daily calorie allowance in kibbles, plus getting another round of calories in treats, snacks and goodies, it ends up being too much food.By simply adjusting amounts as needed, can be one of the simple fixes you use to help manage your pet’s weight loss.

 

4.       Portion control. When it comes to food, try to measure the correct amount of daily kibbles according to the package instructions, size, age and lifestyle.If they are a bit on the chubby side, just measure out slightly less. Instead of feeding it all at once, break it up into breakfast, dinner and post play treats or treats here and there. They won’t even notice your managing their food portion.

 

5.       Attention doesn’t mean feed them. Just because they look like they’re begging for your food, doesn’t mean they want it. Most of the time, your pet just really wants your tender loving care and attention. So instead of giving your pet some of your dinner- especially if they have just been fed- try a pat on the belly, or scratch behind the ear. Even a little indoor play time wouldn’t hurt.

 

If you have any concerns about your pet’s health or are worried that they are severely overweight, always seek veterinary advice before starting a weight loss programme.

For more about Hill’s Pet Nutrition and how they can help you manage your pet’s weight through their food range speak to one of our qualified veterinary nurses and arrange a FREE weight consultation and you can also visit http://www.hillspet.ie for helpful hints to see if your pet is carrying some extra weight

 

Dogs and cats come in all shapes and sizes and there is an ideal body shape and weight for different breeds. This ensures that your pet is at a healthy weight. Vets use a technique called Body Condition Score, to confirm this. It’s something that can be done easily at home, so with the help of Hills we decided to provide you with a step-by-step guide, so you can try it yourself.

How to Check Your Dogs Body Condition Score

How to Check Your Cats Body Condition Score

 

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New Monthly Offers

We will be advertising our monthly offers each month through our facebook page, so follow us to keep on top of our offers.

In March, we have an amazing 2 offers!

 Firstly we have Microchipping, we are offering a 25% discount on all microchips aswell as offering free nurse consultation to  check that your pets microchip details are all up to date.

Secondly Southview Grooming Parlour is offering a FREE flea treatment with every groom for the month of March and each groom is entered into a draw at the end of the month to win a grooming voucher worth €40.  Limited appointments available.

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Canine Reproduction Facebook

We are delighted to announce that we have launched our new

Canine Reproduction Facebook Page!

 Follow us there to keep up to date with tips, services provided, special offers and also success stories!  Should you need further information or to discuss your individual case, please contact Sarah here on 052-6121429 or send us an email at southviewvets@gmail.com!

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Microchipping

Microchipping Your Pet

Microchipping your pet is Lifetime Protection for them. It is a simple, effective  and permanent way to make sure your pet can be easily identified should they get lost, stolen or stray. Your pet can then be reunited with you as quickly as possible.
Why do Southview Vets recommend microchipping as part of our preventative health programme for all pets?

  1. Accidental loss occurs when visitors or tradespeople leave your gate open. In our experience no pet or yard is fully escape proof – accidents happen. Escape by pets with “wanderlust” is common, especially in young animals before neutering.
  2. Attractive and valuable animals are stolen to keep or to sell for profit. The problem with collars and tags it that they often fall off or are removed. Microchips cannot be removed. It is virtually impossible to sell on a dog that has a microchip and is thus identified for life.
  3. Thousands of owned pets are destroyed each year simply because they lack identification. Over 6,000 dogs were euthanized in Ireland last year.
  4. In our experience losing a pet can be even more traumatic for the owner than the death of a pet especially where children are involved.
  5. If you wish to travel abroad with your pet it will need a microchip and a Pet Passport.

A Microchip is a tiny computer chip, about the size of a grain of rice which has a unique 15 digit number. This provides a permanent identification which cannot be lost, altered or intentionally removed. The chip transmits a radio signal which can be ‘read’ by a scanner that all vets and animal sanctuaries will have. Once injected into the animal the biocompatible chip will anchor in place for the lifetime of your pet.
Microchipping can be done by specific appointment but we often do it when pets come in for their annual health assessment, vaccination or neutering.  The injection creates only a slight discomfort and is over in a second, it is just like an ordinary vaccination.
The cost of getting your pet microchipped includes lifetime registration of your pet and your contact details on a central database. All strays taken to pounds and vets are scanned for the presence of a microchip – when one is found, a quick check of the Animal Database locates the owners and ensures a happy reunion.
Since 2006 all pedigree puppies have to be microchipped for Irish Kennel Club registration. This is usually done by the breeder’s vet when the puppies are 6 weeks old. It is important to ensure that the contact details relevant to your new puppy are yours.  If your pet is already microchipped and you are unsure if its microchip details are registered, bring them to your vet to scan their microchip and check that the correct details are registered.
Microchipping is a safe, simple and inexpensive way to protect your pet against loss. It is never too late to chip your pet.

Halloween

 

A percentage of dogs each year will show heightened or extreme fear responses to fireworks. Preventative advice may help reduce the occurence or developement of these responses.

Here are a few quick tips to help your pet through the halloween season!

Minimize Exposure!

*Walk earlier in the day

*Keep indoors at high risk times

*Radio and Television

*Curtains closed

 

Provide Retreat Area! 

*Secluded area of house

*Make comfortable

*Don’t reassure your pet, this enforces  frightened behaviour

 

Increase Stimulation!

*make your pet tired through play and stimulation

*this may help them sleep indoors during the fireworks

 

Get Help! 

*Speak to us today about what prevention treatment is suitable for your individual pet 

*For best results, start these treatments 1-2weeks

prior to frightening situation