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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.
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?
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.
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!
*Walk earlier in the day
*Keep indoors at high risk times
*Radio and Television
Provide Retreat Area!
*Secluded area of house
*Don’t reassure your pet, this enforces frightened behaviour
*make your pet tired through play and stimulation
*this may help them sleep indoors during the fireworks
*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