The Art of Keeping Pets Cool on a Hot Summer’s Day

The sun is blazing and the heat is on in East Renfrewshire. While we humans have various ways to beat the heat, our furry friends often need a little extra help staying cool when the mercury soars. Fear not, pet parents, for we’ve got you covered with some cool tips to keep your beloved companions comfortable and safe on those scorching summer days.

If your pet is not coping well in the heat, contact our team at Rouken Glen Vets for advice.

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The Art of Keeping Pets Cool

Whilst most of us look forward to a hot summer in East Renfrewshire, it can get too hot for our pets and affect their health. Here’s our advice on how to keep your pet’s cool:

  1. Hydration: Keep water bowls filled up, ensuring your pet stays refreshed and revitalised.
  2. Cool Spaces: Create cool havens indoors, avoid hotspots like porches & conservatories.
  3. Shady Retreats: Offer shady spots for your pet to relax in away from the sun’s glare.
  4. Outdoor Comfort: Design outdoor areas & enclosures with shade and consider bringing pets indoors on very hot days.
  5. Heat-Free Zones: Keep pets away from outdoor hot spots like greenhouses & sheds.
  6. Cool Runnings: Plan outdoor activities for cooler times of the day to prevent overheating.
  7. Car Safety: Never leave pets in hot cars, ensuring they’re always safe and cool by your side.
  8. Water Watch: Supervise pets around water features, ensuring they play safely.
  9. Vigilant Monitoring: Watch for signs of heatstroke like panting & vomiting, and act quickly.
  10. Emergency Care: Seek vet help immediately if your pet shows signs of overheating.

If you would like any further advice or your pet is struggling in the heat, contact our team at Rouken Glen Vets.

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Now, for some more pet tips & treats!

Dogs:

Treat your dog to a splash in the paddling pool or set up a shady spot with a wet towel or cooling mat for them to lie on. Frozen treats like doggy ice lollies made from pet-safe ingredients (such as strawberries) are also a paw-some way to keep your canine companion cool and satisfied.

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Cats:

Provide plenty of fresh water for your cat to drink, add ice cubes to keep it cold. Create a cat-friendly chill zone indoors with closed curtains, a fan, cooling floor tiles or even a damp cloth straight from the freezer. When trying something new, introduce it slowly and monitor your cat’s response.

Rabbits & Small Furry Pets:

Fluffy furballs like rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters can quickly overheat and need cool retreats. Our vet nurses in Giffnock suggest frozen water bottles wrapped in towels or a ceramic tile that’s been chilled in the fridge make excellent cooling spots. For rabbits, you can lightly mist their ears with cool water, but don’t leave them too wet & cold.

Remember, pet parents – when it comes to keeping your pets cool on a hot day, a little extra TLC goes a long way. So, break out the frozen goodies, set up the shade, and let’s keep our pet pals happy!

For more heat-related pet advice, contact our experienced team at Rouken Glen Vets.

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Top Tips from Richard on Summer BBQ Pet Safety

Ah, the sizzle of sausages, the aroma of burgers on the grill… there’s nothing quite like a summer barbecue with friends and family. But while we humans may be drooling over the delicious delights cooking up, let’s not forget about our furry friends who are eager to join in on the fun. To ensure a paw-some barbecue experience for everyone, here are some top tips from our Vet, Richard Black at Rouken Glen Vets, to keep your pets safe and happy around the grill.

And just in case you need it, here is the emergency number for our vets in Giffnock – 0141 620 2580.

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How to Grill & Chill this Summer

If you know your pets will be into everything, it may be wise to keep them indoors, but if your pets can handle your ‘BBQ rules’, here’s Richard’s tips for how to Grill & Chill:

  1. Create a ‘Safe Zone’: First things first, Richard recommends establishing a designated ‘pet zone’ away from the grill and cooking area. Set up a shady spot with water bowls and comfy bedding where pets can stay cool while you flip the burgers. Portable pet pens are handy for this.
  2. Keep an Eye on Pets: Naturally, the sight & smell of food cooking on the grill will tempt pets to investigate. To prevent them from getting too close to the grill or attempting to steal barbecue food, keep a close eye on them or put someone on ‘grill guard duty’ to steer roaming pets away to safety.
  3. Beware of Hot Surfaces: Grills can reach scorching temperatures that pose a burn risk to curious noses and paws, long after cooking has finished. Richard suggests using a grill cover or barrier to prevent pets from accessing the grill area altogether to avoid accidental burns, and have a plan for hot ash afterwards – see our emergency information.
  4. Pet-safe Barbecue Foods: While it’s tempting to share your barbecue feast with your furry pals, not all barbecue foods are safe for pets. Avoid giving them toxic or harmful foods like onions, garlic, grapes, chocolate, chicken bones, corn on the cob, and foods high in salt, spices, fatty juices, or sugar. Stick to pet-safe treats like plain grilled chicken or lean meat without seasoning. Consider grilling apple, mango, or cucumber for a tasty BBQ treat, if your pet can eat them.
  5. Watch Out for Falling Food: Accidents happen, and tasty treats may accidentally fall onto the ground. Picking up dropped food instantly will prevent pets from eating it; some items may pose a choking hazard or cause gastrointestinal upset.
  6. Keep Your Pets Hydrated: Provide plenty of water during the barbecue festivities for pets to drink. If they seem unwell, call our vets in Giffnock on 0141 620 2580.
  7. Have a Plan for Leftovers: Clearing up thoroughly straight after a BBQ is vital when you have pets. Disposing of barbecue leftovers and scraps promptly and securely will prevent dogs and cats from scavenging through the rubbish. Leftover bones, skewers, and other barbecue remnants can pose choking or gastrointestinal hazards if ingested by pets.

With these grill-tastic tips in mind, you and your furry friends can enjoy a safe and enjoyable barbecue season together in East Renfrewshire. Plus, you’ll be helping to keep wildlife safe too! So, fire up the grill, gather your friends and family, and let the summer celebrations begin!

And remember, call 0141 620 2580 in an emergency.

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Rouken Glen Vets’ Guide to a Safe Summer by the Sea with Your Dog

Summer is all about having fun in the sun, rolling in the sand, and splashing in the sea – especially when your furry friend is in tow! To ensure your dog stays safe at the seaside, Rouken Glen Vets shares top tips for a worry-free beach day below.

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Sun, Sand, Sea and Safety!

Rouken Glen Vets knows that a bit of sun-smart planning can make all the difference for a safe summer with your pooch. So…

  • Feeling hot? Consider leaving your furry friend to relax in a cool spot at home, especially if they are really young, old, have a very thick coat or a health condition.
  • On long days out and holidays with your dog, factor in time out of the sun together or schedule beach outings during cooler times of the day i.e. early morning or late afternoon.

Ready to hit the beach? Here are some tail-wagging tips from our dog-loving Vet, Richard Black:

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  1. Sun Protection & Shade: Consider lightweight, UV-protective gear and dog-safe sunscreen to prevent sunburn. Set up camp in shaded areas to shield your furry friend from the sun’s rays.
  2. Vet Richard Black, advises dog owners to be aware of the signs of heatstroke in dogs which include excessive panting, drooling, restlessness, red gums/tongue, lethargy, vomiting & diarrhoea. If your dog is struggling, take them out of the heat, wet their fur with cool water, encourage drinking and get prompt vet advice.

  3. Watch Those Waves: Assess water conditions before letting your dog take a dip. Stick to calmer waters and keep a close eye on your pup while they paddle.
  4. Prevent Saltwater Intake: Discourage your dog from drinking saltwater, as excessive consumption can lead to health issues. Ball games in the sea can result in dogs gulping saltwater.
  5. Stay Hydrated: Bring plenty of fresh water for your dog to drink and offer regular hydration breaks. A collapsible water bowl is a convenient accessory for beach outings. Richard’s top tip for spotting dehydration in dogs is to pull up a pinch of skin and let it drop. If it doesn’t go back to normal right away, your dog is likely dehydrated.
  6. Protect Those Paws: Sand and hot surfaces can scorch sensitive paw pads. Consider doggy booties or schedule beach visits during cooler times of the day.
  7. Watch Out for Hazards: Keep an eye out for sharp debris that could harm your pup’s paws. Take a stroll along the shore to ensure the area is safe before letting your dog off-leash.
  8. Sand Safety for Dogs: Keep an eye on your pup to ensure they’re not ingesting sand, which can lead to digestive issues or blockages – rinse off sandy paws after beach play. Sand in the eyes can cause problems too so wipe it away with a damp tissue if it’s irritating your dog.
  9. Know Your Dog’s Limits: Not all dogs are natural swimmers. Recognise your dog’s comfort level and never force them into water if they seem anxious or tired.
  10. Practice Proper Beach Etiquette: Foster a happier beach experience for all by abiding by local beach restrictions, cleaning up after your dog, and being mindful of other beachgoers and their pets.
  11. Rinse & Repeat: After a day of beach fun, Richard recommends rinsing off your pup with fresh water to remove salt & sand. Pay extra attention to their paws, ears, and underbelly to prevent irritation.

By following these simple tips, you and your furry friend can enjoy a safe and fun-filled day at the beach. So, lather on that sunscreen, grab your beach gear, and get ready to make unforgettable memories together!

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Is my rabbit overweight? Try this simple test

Just like in humans, an unhealthy weight and body composition in rabbits can lead to range of health problems. Our vet Richard Black, shares a simple test you can do at home to check whether your rabbit could be carrying more body fat than is healthy. Richard also explains below, why Rouken Glen Vets’ nursing team are the perfect people to help you confirm and combat this.

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Why excess body fat is a problem for rabbits

Vet Richard Black, explains why it’s important to make sure your rabbit isn’t carrying too much body fat as this can cause health problems, such as:

  • Behavioural changes
  • Dental issues
  • Digestive disorders
  • Heart & respiratory issues
  • Heat stress in hot weather
  • Increased risk of flystrike (from not being able to reach their bottom to clean it)
  • Lethargy
  • Mobility issues, joint strain and arthritis
  • Reduced quality of life and a decreased lifespan
  • Reproductive complications
  • Skin conditions
  • Splayed legs
  • Urinary problems

Try this simple test on your rabbit

Richard suggests trying this at home if your rabbit is happy for you to do it:

  1. Spine: Run your fingers lightly along the spine; if it feels softly rounded, that’s ideal. If the bones are too prominent or sharp, your rabbit could be under-weight. If the spine is difficult to feel, there is probably too much body fat.
  2. Ribs: Feel along your rabbit’s sides with both hands; being able to feel their ribs under a slight layer of fat is ideal. If the ribs are difficult to feel, your rabbit may be overweight.
  3. From Above: A pear-shaped body with a slimmer waist and shoulders is ideal. A rectangular or boxy shape suggests excess fat.
  4. From The Side: A gentle upward curve towards the chest and shoulders is ideal. A straight line from the belly to the chest indicates excess fat.

If you think your rabbit could be carrying too much body fat, book a weight review with Rouken Glen Vets’ nursing team soon.

How Rouken Glen Vets’ nurses can help

Richard recommends talking to our veterinary nursing team in Giffnock as they are highly experienced in caring for rabbits and helping owners manage their pet’s weight. Our nurses will first confirm if your rabbit is overweight and what their ideal weight and body composition should be. Then, from tailored diet and exercise plans to regular weigh-ins and support, you can count on our veterinary nurses to help you help your rabbit reach new goals.

By addressing these issues sooner rather than later, you can help prevent and manage obesity in your rabbit, and promote better health and longevity.

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Five tried and tested ways to give a cat a tablet

If you’re wondering how to give your cat a tablet without getting scratched to pieces, you’ve come to the right place. Rouken Glen Vets’ experienced nurses are the perfect people to help you with this!

If, after reading our article, you have further questions or are not feeling confident in giving your cat a tablet at home, talk to our veterinary nursing team in Giffnock who will be happy to help.

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How to give your cat a tablet

Administering medication to your feline companion doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With a variety of methods available, you can find the approach that works best for you and your cat. Here are five effective ways, tried and tested by our Giffnock veterinary nurses, to give a cat a tablet:

  1. Direct Administration: This involves placing the tablet directly at the back of your cat’s tongue. Hold the tablet between your thumb and index finger, tilt your cat’s head slightly upwards, and place the tablet deep into their mouth. Follow up with a gentle massage of the throat to encourage swallowing. This method won’t be right for all cats and you may need a second person to hold your cat. If you think this will be too distressing for your cat and you are at risk of being scratched or bitten, our nurses advice for Giffnock cat owners, is to try one of the methods below instead.
  2. Crush & Mix: For cats who are finicky about taking tablets, crushing the medication and mixing it with their food can be a viable option. Ask our team whether your cat’s medication is safe to crush, as some tablets are formulated for extended release and should not be altered. Mix the crushed tablet thoroughly with a small amount of their favourite wet food to mask any bitterness.
  3. Hide in Treats or Food: Another effective method is hiding the tablet in a high-value treat or food item. Choose a treat that your cat loves and carefully conceal the tablet inside. For example, you can use a small piece of cooked chicken or a dollop of tuna. Be sure to monitor your cat to ensure they consume the entire treat, including the hidden tablet.
  4. Pill Pockets: Pill pockets are specially designed treats with a hollow centre where you can insert the tablet. These treats are available in various flavours and textures, making them an appealing option for many cats. Simply place the tablet inside the pill pocket, pinch the ends to seal it shut, and offer it to your cat as a tasty snack.
  5. Liquid Medication: If your cat is particularly resistant to taking tablets, you can ask your vet if the medication is available in liquid form. Liquid medication can be easier to administer, especially for cats who are skilled at spitting out tablets. If liquid medication is available, our Giffnock veterinary team can provide you with a syringe or dropper to accurately measure and administer the prescribed dosage.

Experiment with these different methods to find the one that works best for your cat’s individual preferences and temperament. Remember to always follow your vet’s instructions regarding medication dosage and administration.

If you’re unsure about the best approach for your cat, don’t hesitate to talk to the nurses at our Rouken Glen Road vet practice for guidance and support. With patience and persistence, you can ensure that your cat receives the medication they need to stay happy and healthy.

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Before you go, May 2024 marks the 20th anniversary of Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month (VNAM), a month-long celebration of veterinary nurses everywhere for their hard work and commitment to providing the very best care for pets and owners. We know our nursing team would love to hear from you, so why not share how they’ve helped you and your pet on our Facebook page, with the hashtag #VNAM24

Vet nurses in Giffnock have the best dog grooming tips for you

Is there more to dog grooming than just getting rid of tangles and dead hair?

Yes, there is! Whether your dog is long-haired, wire-haired or short-haired, they’re going to need coat brushing and maintenance for sure. But they’ll also need regular attention paying to other areas to keep them clean and healthy too.

Your favourite veterinary nurses in Giffnock are sharing their advice below on the best dog grooming routine.

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Before we dive in, May 2024 marks the 20th anniversary of Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month (VNAM), a celebration of veterinary nurses everywhere for their hard work and the care they provide to pets and owners. We know our nursing team would love to hear from you, so why not share how they’ve helped you & your pet on our Facebook page? Be sure to include the hashtag: #VNAM24

Nose-to-tail dog grooming

Dog grooming goes beyond coat condition and is a vital part of maintaining your pet’s health and happiness. Here, Rouken Glen Vets’ nurses share why a nose-to-tail grooming routine is best:

  1. Quality Bonding Time: Dog grooming strengthens your connection with your furry friend while providing calming relaxation for both of you, so groom away!
  2. Health Check: Daily grooming helps you spot any irregularities like lumps, bumps, sores, or parasites early on, ensuring prompt vet attention if needed.
  3. Coat Care: Regular brushing promotes healthy blood circulation and balances natural oils, tailored to your dog’s individual needs and coat type. Our Giffnock veterinary nurses can advise you on the right tools and products to use as well as how often to wash your dog.
  4. Comprehensive Care: Check your dog’s ears, eyes, nose, teeth, nails, and paws for signs of discomfort or infection – you may notice a bad smell, discharge, or your dog’s unusual reaction. Our nurses can provide demonstrations and assistance for proper care – book a nurse appointment.
  5. Enjoyable Experience: Make grooming a positive experience with plenty of praise, treats, and encouragement for your dog.
  6. Stay Alert: If you notice anything concerning during grooming, reach out to our team for advice and early intervention.

Rouken Glen Vets’ nurses love helping dog owners keep their pets in tip-top condition, so book a personalised appointment for your dog at our Giffnock vet practice. They can offer advice that’s tailored to your dog’s individual needs including recommendations on techniques and equipment suited to your dog.

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Worm Watch: 8 Signs to look for in your dog

National Pet Month in April is all about responsible pet ownership and so this year, our vets in Giffnock are highlighting the importance of keeping a close eye on your canine companion’s health in order to spot parasites.

In this article, Vet Richard Black is talking about worms and how to spot them in your dog, plus we’ve also got a bonus downloadable Guide on Fleas Spotting to share with you:

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Why are dog worms such a big problem?

One aspect of pet care that can require regular attention is monitoring for signs of intestinal worms in dogs. These parasites can cause discomfort and health issues for your pet if left untreated. Below, Richard explains the common signs that may indicate your dog has worms.

First, here are three worms in dogs to be particularly concerned about:

  • Roundworms are one of the most common intestinal parasites found in dogs. They can be transmitted to puppies from their mother before birth or through her milk. Adult dogs can also become infected by ingesting roundworm eggs from contaminated soil or faeces.
  • Tapeworms in dogs are another prevalent intestinal parasite. They are commonly transmitted through the ingestion of fleas or by hunting and eating small mammals or birds infected with tapeworm larvae.
  • Lungworm in dogs can be contracted by ingesting infected slugs or snails, as well as their larvae present in the environment. Puppies may also acquire lungworm larvae through their mother’s milk. Once ingested, the larvae develop into adult worms in the dog’s lungs, leading to potentially severe health issues.

How to tell if your dog has worms

Below, Richard shares 8 telltale signs that your dog could indeed have worms:

  1. Changes in appetite and weight – some dogs may experience an increased appetite as worms steal nutrients from their bodies, while others may lose interest in food altogether. Richard advises that if you notice your dog eating significantly more or less than usual, it’s worth investigating further – contact us.
  2. Visible worms or worm segments in your dog’s faeces, vomit, or around their bottom. These can appear as small, white, rice-like grains or as longer, spaghetti-like strands. If you spot any unusual objects in your dog’s stool or vomit, it’s essential to get your dog checked by one of our vets in Giffnock for proper diagnosis and treatment.
  3. Changes in stool such as diarrhoea, constipation, or stools that appear abnormal in colour, consistency, or odour. Keep an eye on your dog’s bathroom habits, as any persistent changes could indicate an underlying health issue, including worms.
  4. Visible signs of discomfort such as scooting their bottom along the ground or excessive licking around the bottom area. This behaviour is often a result of irritation caused by worms or their eggs and should prompt a visit to one of the vets at our Giffnock practice for further evaluation.
  5. Lethargy and weakness and a general lack of interest in activities due to worm infestations draining your dog’s energy levels. Notice if your dog seems unusually tired or sluggish.
  6. Potbellied appearance in severe cases due to a large presence of worms in their gastrointestinal tract. Richard advises that a swollen abdomen can be a sign of serious worm-related health issues and should be addressed promptly – contact us.
  7. Dull, dry coat and overall poor condition due to worms robbing your dog of vital nutrients. Notice if your dog’s coat suddenly loses its shine or becomes rough and unkempt.
  8. Persistent coughing, difficulty breathing, lethargy and sometimes bleeding disorders in the case of lungworm.

If you notice any of these signs in your dog, get in touch with our team as soon as possible so we can arrange for proper diagnosis and treatment. With timely intervention, most worm infestations in dogs can be effectively treated, allowing your furry friend to get their health back on track.

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While you’re focusing on keeping your dog healthy and free from worms, don’t forget about another common parasite: fleas. These tiny pests can cause itching, discomfort, and even transmit diseases to your dog. Download our bonus guide to spotting fleas here!

Remember, prevention is key when it comes to protecting your dog from parasites like worms and fleas. By staying vigilant and seeking veterinary care at the first sign of trouble, you can help ensure your canine companion enjoys a happy & healthy, parasite-free life.

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Vets in Giffnock share the health risks of parasites in small pets

While pet rodents like mice, rats, and hamsters may be small in size, they can still be susceptible to internal parasites like tapeworms and pinworms. Our vets in Giffnock want owners of small furry pets to be aware of these potential health threats and be able to spot the signs of worms at home.

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Understanding tapeworms and pinworms

  • Tapeworms are common in rodents and are typically transmitted through the ingestion of infected fleas or lice. Once ingested, tapeworm larvae develop into adult worms in the rodent’s intestines, where they can grow and produce eggs, perpetuating the cycle of infection.
  • Pinworms are small, thread-like parasites that can also infect the intestines of rodents, often through the ingestion of contaminated food or bedding.

Five signs of tapeworm and pinworm infestations:

Vet Richard Black at our Giffnock vet practice shares that detecting tapeworms and pinworms in pet mice, rats, and hamsters can be challenging, as these parasites may not always produce noticeable symptoms. However, there are some signs that may indicate a worm infestation in your furry friend:

  1. Weight loss despite having a normal appetite.
  2. Visible worm segments (in the case of tapeworms) that look like small, rice-like pieces in your pet’s faeces or around their bottom area.
  3. Itching and irritation around the bottom area, leading to excessive grooming or scratching.
  4. Appearing lethargic or less active than usual.
  5. A rough, dull coat could indicate an underlying health issue, including a worm infestation.

Preventing and treating worm infestations

Richard advises pet owners that preventing worm infestations in pet rodents begins with good hygiene and sanitation practices. By keeping your pet’s cage clean, and providing fresh bedding and food regularly, you can minimise the risk of exposure to parasites. Additionally, Richard recommends that you should avoid feeding your pet rodents wild-caught insects or uncooked grains, as these may carry tapeworm eggs or pinworm larvae.

If you suspect your pet mouse, rat, or hamster may have tapeworms or pinworms, get in touch with our Giffnock team promptly. Richard or another of our vets can perform a thorough examination and recommend appropriate treatment options, which may include deworming medications or other interventions to help eliminate the parasites. Additionally, our vets can offer guidance on preventive measures to reduce the risk of future infestations in your small furry pets.

Remember, early detection and intervention are key to managing worm infestations in pet rodents. By staying vigilant and seeking veterinary care at the first sign of trouble, you can help protect your tiny companions from the harmful effects of internal parasites.

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Rouken Glen Vets explore why regular worming is important for cats

When it comes to our feline friends, one aspect of their healthcare routine that can sometimes be overlooked is regular worming. While cats may not always show obvious signs of a worm infestation, these parasites can pose serious health risks to both your pet and your human family. In this article, Rouken Glen Vets explore why regular worming is so important for cats.

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Why do cats need worming?

Firstly, the team at Rouken Glen Vets share why worms are a concern for cats. There are several types of worms that can affect felines, including:

  • Roundworms: Roundworms are one of the most common intestinal parasites found in cats. They are particularly prevalent in kittens, as they can be transmitted from the mother cat to her offspring through the placenta or milk. Adult cats can also become infected through ingestion of roundworm eggs from contaminated soil or prey.
  • Tapeworms: Tapeworms in cats are another common intestinal parasite. They typically infest cats who hunt and eat rodents or other small animals, as well as cats who ingest fleas containing tapeworm larvae. Tapeworm segments, which resemble small grains of rice, may be visible around the cat’s anus or in their faeces.
  • Hookworms: While hookworm infections are less common in the UK compared to some other regions, they can still affect cats, particularly those that spend time outdoors. Hookworm larvae can penetrate the skin of cats or be ingested from contaminated soil, leading to intestinal infection.

Vet Richard Black, explains that once inside your cat’s body, worms can wreak havoc on your cat’s digestive system, leading to symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhoea, weight loss, and a dull coat. In severe cases, untreated worm infestations can even be fatal, particularly in kittens and senior cats with weaker immune systems.

When it comes to tapeworms in cats, Richard stresses that certain species of tapeworms can also be transmitted to humans, posing a potential risk to your family’s health. This is especially concerning in households with young children or individuals with compromised immune systems. By keeping your cat’s worming treatment up to date, you’re not only safeguarding their health but also minimising the risk of transmission to humans.

How often do cats need worming?

The frequency of cat worming can vary depending on factors such as your cat’s age, lifestyle, and overall health. In general, our vets at Rouken Glen Vets recommend worming adult cats at least every three months, while kittens may require more frequent treatments, typically starting from 3 weeks of age. Outdoor cats or those with access to hunting prey may need more frequent de-worming to ensure adequate protection against parasites.

Which cat wormer products are best?

Our vets in Giffnock can advise you on the most appropriate vet-recommended worming product for your cat based on their individual needs and lifestyle. Additionally, many of these products also offer protection against other common parasites, such as fleas and ticks, providing comprehensive care for your cat.

If your cat hasn’t been wormed in a while or you’re not sure which cat wormer products are right for your cat, get in touch with our friendly team at Rouken Glen Vets who will be happy to advise you.

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Rouken Glen Vets on spring gardening safety for dog owners

As the days grow longer and the temperatures rise, many dog owners in East Renfrewshire find themselves drawn to the outdoors, eager to spruce up their gardens and enjoy the beauty of spring. While gardening can be a delightful activity, it’s crucial to consider the safety of our furry companions, especially our inquisitive dogs.

Rouken Glen Vets have some essential spring garden safety tips to ensure a hazard-free environment for your canine companion. Remember, if you ever encounter an emergency, don’t hesitate to call our vet practice immediately on 0141 620 2580.

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What to watch out for in your garden

  • Pet-Friendly Plants: Spring often brings an array of blooming plants, but not all of them are safe for our canine friends. Some common garden plants, such as azaleas, tulips, and daffodils, can be toxic to dogs if ingested. Research the plants in your garden and remove any that may pose a risk. Rouken Glen Vets’ advice is to choose pet-friendly alternatives like marigolds, sunflowers, or snapdragons to add colour without risking your dog’s health.
  • Fertilisers and Mulch: As you prepare your garden for the growing season, be cautious with fertilisers and mulch. Many commercial fertilisers contain chemicals that can be harmful if ingested by dogs. Choose pet-safe fertilisers and mulch options to minimise the risk. Additionally, keep your dog away from freshly treated areas until the products have been absorbed or watered in to prevent accidental ingestion.
  • Pesticides and Herbicides: While pests and weeds may pose challenges in the garden, the use of pesticides and herbicides requires careful consideration. These chemicals can be toxic to dogs, both through direct contact and ingestion. Our team recommends opting for pet-safe alternatives or natural pest control methods to protect your garden without compromising your dog’s well-being. If you must use chemical products, ensure they are thoroughly dry or absorbed before allowing your dog access to the treated areas.
  • Secure Fencing: Spring is a time when many dogs in East Renfrewshire will become more active outdoors and eager to explore. Ensure that your garden is securely fenced to prevent your dog from wandering off or encountering potential dangers beyond your property. Regularly inspect the fence for any gaps or damage that may compromise its integrity. A secure fence not only keeps your dog safe but also provides them with a designated space to enjoy the outdoors.
  • Watch Out for Sharp Objects: As you engage in gardening activities, be mindful of sharp tools and objects that may pose a risk to your dog’s paws or mouth. Store gardening tools safely and keep them out of your dog’s reach. Check the garden for any stray nails, broken glass, or sharp objects that could cause injuries. A tidy and well-maintained garden ensures a safer environment for your curious canine companion.

Spring is a wonderful time to cultivate a beautiful and pet-friendly garden. By following Rouken Glen Vets’ spring garden safety tips, you can create a space where your inquisitive dog can enjoy the outdoors without encountering potential hazards. Remember, your pet’s safety is our top priority. If you ever find yourself in an emergency situation, don’t hesitate to call our vet practice immediately on 0141 620 2580.

Go on, share our article and these tips with your friends & family and help us ensure a happy and healthy springtime for dogs in East Renfrewshire and beyond!

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