Monthly Behaviour Tip
Summer, with its warm humid weather, brings with it a multitude of parasites your dog or cat can contract. To determine if your pet does have a parasite problem you will notice your pet exhibiting some strange behaviours.
Parasite infestations can cause a number of more obvious behaviour changes in your pet - like scooting, vomiting, diarrhoea, distended abdomen, scratching to name a few. But some more subtle behaviour changes may be difficult to notice.
Intestinal worms can cause a change in appetite, weight loss and dull coat. Flea burdens can be an underlying cause of anxiety with behaviour changes such as excessive licking, low energy, irritable and aggressive behaviour. Heartworm causes a progression of symptoms, if the initial signs are not noticed, the heartworm infestation can worsen, increasing the risk to your pet’s life. Some initial behaviour changes you may notice that could indicate your pet has a heartworm infection is low energy, mild persistent cough, reluctance to exercise and fatigue after moderate activity.
Some of these behaviour changes listed can often be typical signs of your pet aging, however, they should not go unnoticed. They can also be symptoms of many other diseases or health problems in both cats and dogs. If you have noticed a strange, unobvious change in your pet’s behaviour, it is important to have a check-up with your Veterinarian to ensure a thorough examination is performed, so the correct treatment is prescribed. Even if it is as simple as an over-the-counter flea treatment.
Veterinary Nurse Kirstie Hancock is qualified in animal behaviour with her Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services through the Delta Society. She has lots of great tips and ideas when it comes to misbehaving pets. Keep an eye out for her monthly tips on our Facebook page. Also check out her own business Facebook page - Positive Paws.
Archived previous tips:
January 2020 blog article - Summer parasites
December 2019 blog article - Christmas and NYE Festivities
November 2019 blog article - Parasite Control
October 2019 blog article - Toilet training
September 2019 blog article - Skin & allergies
August 2019 blog article - Lets talk muzzles
July 2019 blog article - How diet and obesity affects behaviour
June 2019 blog article - Teaching old dogs new tricks
May 2019 blog article - Arthritis
April 2019 blog article - Behaviour
March 2019 blog article – Behaviour
February 2019 blog article – Separation anxiety
January 2019 blog article – Summer Survival / Ears
December 2018 blog article – Christmas and holiday safety
November 2018 blog article - Vaccinations & Parasite Control
October 2018 blog article - Cat behaviour
September 2018 blog article - Skin & allergies
August 2018 blog article - Dental Month
July 2018 blog article - Cat Obesity
June 2018 blog article - Winter time
May 2018 - Senior Pets / Eye Care
April 2018 - Endocrine Disease
March 2018 blog article - Easter camping
February 2018 blog article - Heart health