Pet health tips for Autumn from Bob Martin
Bob Martin gives it top tips for keeping pets happy and healthy this Autumn.
As the nights get darker and there’s a chill in the air, it’s important to adapt the way we look after our pets. When it comes to pet healthcare, options are varied with a wealth of combined treatments and preventative methods available. Other factors, such as a pet’s behaviour, can also affect their health. Here are some top tips for this season:
- Use the right treatment – new research from Bob Martin1 shows that 15% of dog owners admit to treating their pet for fleas less than twice a year, compared to only 10% of cat owners. Zoe, a vet from Shropshire and independent consultant to Bob Martin explains: “Treating for fleas is a prime example of when pet owners need to be aware of using different active ingredients for cats and dogs. You should never apply dog flea treatment to cats as it could be toxic. Dogs can tolerate permethrin, which is why some dog treatments will contain this ingredient to repel ticks, whereas it is extremely toxic to cats.”
- Be conscious of eating habits – dogs are more susceptible to infections and worms which are spread by contact with contaminated faeces or water. Cats and dogs become infected with roundworms by eating worm eggs from contaminated soil or faeces, or by eating infected rodents.2 If your pet scavenges a lot they are much more likely to contract worms. More tips and information on preventing worms can be found on: www.bobmartinclear.com
- Stay calm during Bonfire night – Bonfire night is just around the corner and the loud noises and bright fireworks can cause pets to become anxious or frightened. Owners may notice their cat or dog pacing, panting or having a reduced appetite, which can be signs of distress. To soothe and calm pets during the festivities, create a safe, comfortable place for them to settle and avoid the temptation to restrain scared cats. Try to minimise noise within the home from the TV, open windows or the radio and keep indoor doors open3. You could also try Bob Martin Vetzyme Stay Calm for Dogs available on Bob Martin Vetcare (https://www.bobmartinvetcare.co.uk/ )
- Practise prevention – when it comes to treating pets for ticks, prevention is better than cure. Infected tick bites are the main cause of Lyme disease, and symptoms of the condition can be difficult to diagnose. Take practical precautions and keep pets away from thick bushes during outdoor walks, where ticks thrive, to avoid your pet getting bitten.
- Be wary of human medications and side effects – cats are sensitive to a lot of medications that humans would commonly take. Aspirin taken in cats can lead to stomach ulceration and kidney failure, and paracetamol can cause irreversible liver damage. Even too much cod liver oil can cause Vitamin A toxicity. Dogs can generally tolerate these medications better than cats but too much can still lead to toxicity. Always seek professional advice and buy a product specifically designed for pets.
For more information on the Bob Martin Clear range for fleas and ticks and pet care tips, check out www.bobmartinclear.com. For more information and advice take a look at www.bobmartin.co.uk (website live from w/c 19th October)
- Bob Martin Clear research, UK data, June 2015, involving 1500 pet owners
- Banfield Pet Hospital, Available at: http://www.banfield.com/pet-health-resources/preventive-care/parasites/internal-parasites/i-think-my-dog-has-worms-what-should-i-do [last accessed: 5 October 2015]
- Vets Now, Bonfire & firework safety for pets Available at: http://www.vets-now.com/pet-owners/pet-care-advice/bonfire-firework-safety-pets/ [last accessed: 5 October 2015]