DOGS & PUPPIES
The importance of responsible dog ownership and breeding – BVA
Hereditary conditions such as Hip Dysplasia and Glaucoma can seriously affect a dog's quality of life, which is why health screening is so important. Reporter Nick Wallis went to see the work the BVA and Kennel Club are doing to encourage and monitor responsible dog breeding, to help eliminate inherited diseases in dogswww.youtube.com/watch?v=svaX5ybQsgI&cm_mid=6104801&cm_crmid=84de730a-6d1e-e411-ad62-005056a70019&cm_medium=email An alternative to surgical castration provides a choice to pet owners – Virbac
When it comes to having their dogs castrated, many owners aren't aware of all the options available to them. Louisa Preston went to see how a hormone implant, made by Virbac, is offering dog owners an alternative to surgical castration www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2uhQfMcnP4 Thinking of buying a puppy?
Please consult the Kennel Club’s “Find a puppy” service which has the following benefits:
- Search as many times as you like for FREE
- Only KC registered puppies are advertised
- Free email alert option when new puppy litters are added
- Assured Breeders are listed at the top of searches
- Breeders who advertise on it are expected to adhere to a Code of Ethics
- Provides an excellent source of information on breed clubs, breed characteristics, breed standards and breed health
- Offers a free PUPPY GUIDE to advise how to get prepared before getting your puppy, as well as other useful nutrition and training tips
Take a look at all the Kennel Club's information http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/media/1034456/abs_leaflet.pdf
and get peace of mind when buying your puppy through the “Assured Breeder Scheme” https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/services/public/findapuppy/Default.aspx?utm_source=homepage&utm_medium=carousel&utm_campaign=kcwebsite
Here is the link to the Kennel Club video on the “Do’s and Don’ts of buying a puppy” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EhTu1TQcEc
What to expect when buying a puppy from an Assured Breeder – watch this video to learn the pitfalls of buying from a puppy farm and spot the difference when you visit an assured breeder https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tdEdnp2T8U
For canine health information please have a look at http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/health/pet-health-information/CATS & KITTENS
A really useful website is http://icatcare.org/
where you can find information on all things pertaining to cats including the following
1) Health issues http://icatcare.org/advice/cat-health/z-conditions-and-treatments
2) General cat care http://icatcare.org/advice/general-care
3) Cat behaviour http://icatcare.org/advice/cat-behaviour
4) How to encourage your cat to drink http://icatcare.org/advice/how-guides/how-encourage-your-cat-drink
5) Cat life stages – what are the health issues http://icatcare.org/advice/life-stages
Another very useful website for both information and technical guides aimed at cat owners is www.vetprofessionals/catprofessional
These guides include:
- Giving subcutaneous fluids to your cat
- A 3000 word illustrated article showing you, step by step how to give subcutaneous fluids to your cat at home. This is one treatment that may be recommended for cats with kidney failure.
- Wobbly kittens: a 1500 word article discussing the causes and diagnosis of ataxia (a wobbly gait) in young cats.
- Home care of cats with renal disease: an article discussing owner-care of cats with chronic renal failure. The article was originally printed in the SPVS Review 2007 and is available here with the kind permission of Scorpio Publishing.
- Encouraging your cat to take in more fluids: A guide for cat owners. This slide presentation outlines measures that can be taken to encourage your cat to drink more water and take in more fluids with their food. The presentation contains a series of easy to follow practical tips which are especially helpful for cats with kidney disease or lower urinary tract disease.
- Understanding feline arthritis an article written by Feline Specialist Samantha Taylor in which the causes, clinical signs and management of arthritic cats is discussed.
- Owners Guide to Urine collection: An owner’s guide to urine collection and analysis. This slide presentation illustrates how to collect a urine sample from your cat at home and tells you about typical analysis performed by your veterinarian. Collection and analysis of urine samples is especially helpful in cats with kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus and urinary problems. The author recommends routine urine collection and analysis in all cats over the age of 7 years in order to look for common health problems which can be helped with treatment.
Hills 10 Tips to relieve stress – this can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdV4o6V0UZg
Talking CKD (chronic kidney disease) with Sarah Caney – information for cat owners – this can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJEEofrvv3I
Tips for administering oral medications to cats (for cat owners) – this can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TduDNZkOvQ
Hyperthyroid cats and transdermal methimazole https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq0vmoi-GwI
Another useful website for cats with chronic renal failure is 'Tanya’s comprehensive guide to chronic renal failure' and contains a mix of practical information and emotional support written by Helen (an owner of 3 cats with CRF) www.felinecrf.org RABBITS
The good site for all information pertaining to rabbits is http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/
The RWAF has existed since 1996 and is the combined effort of the Rabbit Welfare Association and its charity partner, the Rabbit Welfare Fund, working to improve the lives of domestic rabbits across the UK through education and communication by making people realise that rabbits are intelligent creatures that need space, exercise, companionship and stimulation and are not to be bought on a whim.
Sadly, despite being the third most popular pets in Britain, rabbits are still one of the most neglected domestic animals.
A huge proportion of rabbits live out their days in a small hutch with little or no exercise, or are unwanted and discarded to rescue centres that are already bursting at the seams. Most cases of cruelty and neglect towards rabbits are out of ignorance; people often don't realise they are doing anything wrong because they haven’t done enough research into rabbit care and wellbeing before choosing to buy a pet rabbit.
As well as being an animal welfare agency, the RWAF also offers members the support needed to give their rabbits the best lives possible and have a huge wealth of experience to share with you.
The Happy Hoppers Rabbit Care and Welfare Channel with the help of Dr Anne McBride post some very useful information & videos on the internet including
1) Why a hutch is not enough – it is inadequate rabbit accommodation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vvlb-prX4I
2) What is a rabbit & why it is designed the way it is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1He4UDY4Rw
3) Handling & lifting rabbits – an expert guide https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJec3qQuvl4