Pet Care Blog

By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Tuesday, 10 April 2018 8:31 PM
                                                          

 

Rat bait is designed to kill rats and mice, but it can also be deadly if eaten by your pets. Dogs may see rat bait as a smelly/tasty treat that has been left within their reach. Meanwhile, cats (in particular) may eat rodents that have recently been poisoned.

Poisoning with rat bait can cause your pet’s body to run out of vitamin K which normally helps to form clotting factors in the blood. This means that your pet’s blood will not be able to clot so even a small wound or bruise (internal bleed) could be life-threatening.

It is important to remember that signs of poisoning can take several days to appear after your pet has eaten rat bait. Owners often do not see their pets eat the bait, so it is important to check your pets regularly for signs, particularly if rat bait is being used on your property or surrounding properties.

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By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Monday, 2 April 2018 9:09 AM
Although our pets are unable to speak human language, they communicate to us in their own way through body language and behaviour. Have you ever wondered how a vet knows what is wrong with your pet? Although we would like to think they are ‘pet whisperers’ or ‘Dr Doolittle’s’, a large part of their diagnosis is based on assessing your pets behavioural response and body language.

If you notice that your pet’s behaviour is abnormal it may indicate a health condition or illness is present. It is important to be aware of what behaviours are ‘normal’ for your pet and especially when they change. By noticing subtle changes in your pet’s behaviour and acting early you may be able to start treatment earlier. In turn, saving your pet prolonged discomfort and potentially saving yourself money by getting onto treatment in early stages.

If you have any concerns about your pet’s behaviour or have noticed any changes whether drastic or subtle, please contact the veterinary clinic to discuss with one of the...

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