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Google it – If you must Google here are 6 tips to make for safer web surfing.

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Let’s face it, we all do it. No matter how much we get told not to Google, in this new day & age its hard not to. So we thought we would post some helpful tips on how to avoid some of the more unhelpful advice thats given out there. Don’t forget your vet is also just a phone call away. Most vets don’t mind if you call with further questions or just to say i dont quite understand. We are here to help.

1. Make sure the advice comes from a veterinarianmonkey_computer_perry_hall_pc_repair

Writers can contribute fun & entertaining animal information, but for medical material, you want to be sure the author is a licensed practising veterinarian.

 

2. Check more than one source

When you read a piece of advice, even if it seems legitimate, find similar information from other veterinarians. You’ll find the best & most valuable information on many veterinarian’s websites.

 

3. Keep it classyrabbitexpert

Professionals don’t disparage other people. If there’s new & groundbreaking information, professionals will present the new facts in a way that doesn’t make anyone seem wrong. Be sceptical of any advice that tells you your veterinarian is doing something to hurt your pet.

 

4. Beware of catchy captions & information that feels like a tabloid headline

If the information seems incredible, listen to the alarm bells that sound in your mind.

 

5. Remember there are no checks & balances on the world wide web.

Information on the internet often isn’t peer-reviewed or run through any approval process, but veterinarians are bound to uphold professional standards & have reputations at stake. They are less likely to jeopardise their medical licenses by spreading untrue rumours or recommending unneeded serviced.

 

6. Phone a friend – as long as that friend is your own veterinarianDog with phone in mouth

If you have a question about something that you read on the internet, always ask your own veterinarian. Your veterinary team is happy to explain why we make the recommendations we make, & we’re able to make suggestions specific to your pet.


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Happy vet visit

How to create low-stress veterinary visits for cats

 The ominous hissing, the mournful meows, the defensive scratching or biting, the upset bowels—feline stress is just plain unpleasant for cats and you. Many cats get stressed when it’s time for a veterinary visit. Thankfully, there are ways to help cats relax and enjoy the ride—yes, even in the car. Here’s what you can do.

1. Transport your cat in a carrier.HappyCarrier

Putting cats in a carrier on the way to and from the veterinary clinic is extremely important. Cats are often startled by loud noises or other pets, and, if you’re carrying your
cat in your hands, you might not be able to hold on if it abruptly tries to get away. Also, cats that are allowed to roam freely inside the car face the risk of more severe injury should there be an accident.

2. Choose a hard-plastic carrier with a removable top

Some cats might resist being put into a carrier, removable tops make getting cats into—and out of—the carrier easier. Simply undo the screws or latches, lift off the top, set the cat in the bottom, and replace the top. This eliminates the need to force the cat inside, which makes the cat—and you—more relaxed.

3. Make the carrier a favorite place

Some cats come to love their carriers. When cats see their carriers as safe, enjoyable places, they’re happy to go into them and feel more safe in scary places, like the car. Use these strategies to create crate-fondness in your cat:
> Leave the carrier out in your house so your cat can access it at any time.

> Make the carrier inviting by putting a favorite blanket or toy in it.

> Every now and then, lay a few treats inside the carrier.

4. Head to the veterinary clinic for “happy visits”3edfd9e668676cf349b52556abe8f8a6

Does your cat seem to bristle at the thought of visiting the veterinarian? Then take it on a few stress-free trial runs. Call the veterinary clinic to ask if the schedule would allow you and your cat to stop in for five or 10 minutes. You won’t be making a medical visit, but rather a mock appointment that allows your cat to experience all the steps of a routine visit without the physical examination. This free-of charge “happy visit” gives your cat the chance to get used to the sounds and smells of the clinic, meet the veterinary team members, and eat a few treats all while enjoying the safety of its carrier. After some canoodling, you and your cat will head back home. If a car ride alone puts your cat in a tailspin, entice your cat into its carrier and start by going for a test drive around the block. Continue to take a drive every now and then, gradually increasing the amount of time you and your cat spend in the car. Remember to reward your cat with a treat for being a good passenger. Eventually, you’ll work your way up to doing a drive that will allow you and your cat to make a “happy visit.”

Positive reinforcement is the best way to modify feline behaviour, so making car rides and veterinary visits pleasant will help decrease your cat’s anxiety.


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2015 Menai District Business Awards

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Its that time of year again and Menai Animal Hospital is in the running.

We have won our category 2 years in a row,

help us win it a third!

Simply  CLICK HERE to vote

or pop on in to collect a form and say hi.

We are competing in the Animal Services Category.


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Cat likes glass

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Dear Mindy,

“My cat often goes up onto her hind legs and scratches at glass doors, windows and mirrors. I’m not sure what this means? I’ve opened the door for her to go out, but she doesn’t want to.
I have 2 cats and one of them does it all the time and yet the other one never does it.”

The key to this problem is can the cat see its reflection in each surface? If yes then it could be because she can see herself. Like  a budgie with a mirror she does not know it is her and thinks it is another cat. To see if this is the problem you can put some cardboard over the glass and see what she does.

If she simply goes and finds another vertical surface to stretch on does she have a scratching pole that she can scratch at full extension? It is a general rule with cat scratching poles that it must be taller than them at full extension and somewhere on the scratching pole enable them to do so.


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Can you train your cat to use the toilet?

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Dear Misty,

Can you train your cat to use the toilet?

Yes you can! Its actually quite easy!

There is a toilet training system you can purchase called the litter Kwitter that is an insert system for your toilet.

You begin by placing its usual litter tray in the bathroom till it gets used to the fact that this is its new toileting area. Using the 1st step tray which sits underneath your toilet seat and you fill this insert with a light layer of kitty litter – ensure you show the cat this. Once the cat gets the hang of this you can then move on to the next stage which is another insert with a hole in the middle. As your cat adjusts the hole gets smaller and smaller until you can remove the tray all together.

The product can be found at:

http://www.litterkwitter.com/en/index.php

You can watch the below video for a demonstration:


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