Finally the time has arrived, the evenings are stretching and we’re all looking forward to longer and milder days and the spring of growth that this time of year brings.
As great as this time of year is, it does present a few perils to your furry friends:
1. Spring flowers – Many spring flowers e.g. Tulips and daffodils, are recognised as being toxic to our pets. The bulbs are the most toxic part of the plant and if dug up and eaten by pets they can be fatal.
**There are a myriad of plants that are toxic to animals. As a general rule, before adding a plant to your garden/home, it is advisable to check if it is toxic to your pets.
2. Slug pellets – As growth improves with the milder weather, gardeners will often put out slug pellets to protect their produce. The chemical metaldehyde contained in these is highly toxic.
3. Paraquat – this is a weed killer that is toxic to both humans and animals. It is fatal as it causes Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.
4. Rat poison – This is highly toxic to animals. It can cause internal bleeding and is rapidly fatal to animals if immediate treatment is not accessed.
Compulsory Microchipping introduced in UK
DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) in the UK, have announced that the micro chipping of all dogs in the UK will be compulsory by 2016.
Since micro chipping is essential to the traceability of pets, and is a pivotal part of responsible pet ownership, we are hoping that the Irish government will introduce such reforms in this country soon.
It is already compulsory for all dogs to wear a collar and an ID tag but this further step is urgently required.
Kathryn was in Athlone last week for the annual Veterinary Ireland Conference. She had a great day and picked up some useful tips, especially on how to deal with itchy dogs!
Happy Valentine’s Day to all our clients and patients from all at Barna and Moycullen Veterinary Clinics!
Pet of the month
April is a gorgeous tabby girl that came to us as a stray a few weeks ago with a very bad eye ulcer. She was with us for over 2 weeks while undergoing treatment. This involved providing pain relief and administering medication into her eye 4 times a day. She accepted her treatment very bravely, proving herself a very relaxed cat, spending her time lazing in her kennel, interspersed with periods of playfulness.
She was lucky enough to find her a lovely home last week and she is settling in well. We wish her and her new family all the best.
Dog Donor Clinic
Just like people, blood transfusions are sometimes needed by our pets due to accidents, surgery or immune -mediated disease. Due to this need, the Dog Donor Clinic was founded and is located in University College Dublin. Here owners bring their pets to donate blood under safe and controlled conditions.Due to ongoing demand for blood, the clinic is always on the lookout for new donors. Donors, however, need to fulfil certain criteria.
They must be:
over 25kg in weight
aged 1 – 8 years
in good health
not receiving any medication
must not have ever travelled outside Ireland or the UK