Behavioural Tip of the Month

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

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