Merry Christmas from everyone at MCVG!
Please remember Christmas time can be a hazard for pets.
Care needs to be taken with decorations and toys that, when eaten, can cause serious problems such as intestinal obstructions. Chocolate is toxic to animals, particularly those with high cocoa solids, ie. dark chocolate, or if eaten in large quantities. Ensure chocolate is kept well out of pets reach. If you are concerned your pet may have eaten chocolate phone us for advice.
The extra hustle and bustle and visitors around Christmas time can be stressful for pets used to a quiet life. Try to ensure they have a safe refuge they can escape to if they want a break from the excitement. If you feel your pet finds Christmas and New Year (and the associated fireworks) stressful, please make an appointment to see one of our vets who can discuss the problem with you and advise, and possibly medicate, accordingly.
Christmas is a time of excess for many of us and our waistlines often suffer! The same can be true for our pets. If you feel your pet’s New Years resolution should be to lose weight then make an appointment for him/her with our nurse weight loss clinics.
There has been a case of parvovirus diagnosed in Elgin. Parvovirus is a life threatening disease affecting dogs. It can cause sudden onset abdominal pain, fever, weakness, vomiting and bloody diarrhoea amongst other signs. It is highly contagious and needs prompt treatment. Fortunately it can be vaccinated against. All dogs getting regular ‘booster’ vaccinations will be protected against this disease. If your dog is unvaccinated or overdue for it’s yearly booster we would recommend getting them done as soon as possible.