Pet Owners Questions Answered by PDSA Vet Nurse, Nina Downing.
Dear PDSA Vet: My dog, Sprout, has been fully toilet trained for a long time but is now leaving wet spots around the house. Could it be medical or is he doing it on purpose? CLEAR
Urinary incontinence can be caused by many conditions, so you should take your Sprout to see your vet for a thorough examination. Anything that affects the urinary tract, including the muscles and nerves that control it, can lead to incontinence. Urinary tract infections can also cause this problem, so, to rule this out, your vet will ask you to collect a fresh urine sample and take it with you, when you take the Sprout for examination. Keep an eye on him to see if you can spot any pattern when he leaks urine, any information you can give your vet will help him get the treatment Sprout needs.
Dear PDSA Vet: I have an older dog who can’t wear her nails on her own. I want to start cutting it – how can I do it safely? to us
You’ll need a dog nail clipper and a second person to catch your dog because he may squirm. Wait for your dog to rest before you begin. Place your dog’s paw in a comfortable position, ensuring that you can see the nails clearly. Dogs have something called ‘quick’ inside their nails – it has blood vessels and is usually pink or red, easy to see in lighter colored claws – this part of the nail will bleed and cause pain if cut. Cut a few millimeters down the rapid. Don’t panic if the nail is bleeding, you can dip it in cornmeal or put some cotton on it until it stops. For more information on clipping dog claws, visit https://www.pdsa.org.uk/how-to-clip-dogs-nails
Dear PDSA Veterinarian: Otis, my cat, is sneezing. At first it was like that every now and then but he does it a lot now. I thought it was just an allergy, but could it be something else? Lucia
You usually don’t have to worry about sneezing from time to time, but since Otis started sneezing frequently, something might be causing this reaction. Allergies, irritants such as perfume, dust, or even nasal polyps can contribute to sneezing. However, he could also have a respiratory infection or even something stuck in the back of his throat. I recommend that you take Otis to see your vet for a check-up to get to the root of the problem. For more information visit https://www.pdsa.org.uk/sneezing-in-cats
Dear PDSA Vet: I recently brought a rabbit home. Since she is going to be a house rabbit, will she still need all her vaccinations? Andrea
Even if your rabbits will live indoors, they will need to be vaccinated. Serious diseases such as myxomatosis and rabbit viral hemorrhagic disease (RVHD-1 and RVHD-2) can be spread by insects such as mosquitoes and fleas. In addition, hares carry these diseases, and while you are out on foot, you can unknowingly carry them and carry them home on shoes and clothing. Preventive care is the best protection we can give our furry family members, so it’s important that they get all their vaccinations and receive boosters as needed. Since your rabbit will need a bonded rabbit companion, this will also provide him with protection during any introductions. For more information on rabbit vaccination, visit https://www.pdsa.org.uk/rabbitvaccines
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