PDSA Weekly Vet Q&A Ticks, Toxic Plants, Flu and Fasting.

PDSA Weekly Vet Q&A Ticks, Toxic Plants, Flu and Fasting.

The best way to look for ticks is to check everywhere after every walk. Ticks are most commonly found on your pet’s head, ears, armpits, groin and abdomen, but do a full examination of Nellie if this occurs.

If you find a tick on Nellie, it is important to remove the tick quickly and correctly using a tick removal tool For advice on how to do this safely, visit: www.pdsa.org.uk/ticks-on-dogs

Dear PDSA Veterinarian, We have just moved to a new home with our Greyhound, Joey. We have a beautiful garden full of plants, but do I need to be considerate around some of them? Rosemary

Hi Rosemary, I hope you are doing well in your new home.

Many beautiful common plants, such as daffodils and tulips, are toxic to pets and can make them sick if they eat them. Bulbs often have a higher concentration of nutrients than leaves or flowers, so they can be more dangerous to your pet.

If your joey likes to explore with his mouth, it may be a good idea to section off any areas of your garden that contain poisonous plants, or use planters and planters that are raised off the ground where he can’t reach them. More information can be found: www.pdsa.org.uk/poisonousplants

Dear PDSA Vet, My 6 year old cat Ginger has been sneezing, has teary eyes and a snotty nose. Should I be worried? Thank you, Suhaila

Hi Suhaila, It looks like Ginger may have cat flu, and has symptoms similar to human flu, like the ones you mentioned, and sometimes he has a high temperature.

You can help Ginger by keeping his nose clean to prevent buildup, so he can smell his food, which will encourage him to eat. Also encourage him to drink, offering him liquid from a can of tuna in spring water will tempt him.

There is no specific treatment for cat flu, but treatment can help reduce symptoms, speed recovery, and limit future attacks. It is best to contact your vet so he can advise you on the best treatment options for ginger. More information about cat flu can be found: www.pdsa.org.uk/cat-flu

Dear PDSA Vet, My rabbit, Sugar, has suddenly stopped eating and doesn’t seem to be eating much, is this a cause for concern? Zoe

Hi Zoe, Unlike many other species, which can handle skipping a meal occasionally, rabbits need to eat almost constantly to keep their bowels moving. It is very important to contact your vet if Sugar suddenly starts eating less or not at all.

There are many different problems that can cause your rabbit to stop eating, but some of the most common are dental disease, stress, and intestinal problems.

If Sugar stops eating completely, she could be at risk for serious, life-threatening complications such as intestinal stasis, intestinal obstruction, dehydration, and liver disease. So, call your vet to check your blood sugar. Find out more: www.pdsa.org.uk/rabbits

For more information visit pdsa.org.uk

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