We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Saturday 24th Dec: 8am – 2pm
Sunday 25th to Tuesday 27th Dec: Closed
Wednesday 28th & Thursday 29th Dec: 8am – 6pm
Friday 30th Dec: 8am – 7pm
Saturday 31st Dec: 8am – 2pm
Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd Jan: Closed
VetCall in Brighton will be open 24/7 should you require any advice or assistance.
Fleas are still very much a problem in the winter. Flea eggs live in the carpet for months and will happily hatch when you turn up the central heating up! When preparing your car for winter, keep antifreeze well away from pets as it is palatable and deadly, and prevent access to any weed killers or other chemicals that may be harmful.
Bear in mind that the cooler weather may unmask arthritic disease and joint stiffness, so keep an eye on your pet’s mobility and comfort. It’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your pet’s weight, since it’s all too easy for pets to gain a few extra pounds over the winter periods.
Spare a thought for pets that live outside such as guinea pigs, rabbits and hens. Make sure their hutch is in a sheltered position and they have plenty of clean warm bedding. Keep an eye on the water containers making sure they don’t become frozen.
Inside the home, dogs and cats are prone to eating all manner of Christmas decorations — ribbon and tinsel being amongst the favourites for kittens and puppies. If swallowed they may cause an intestinal blockage. Similarly make sure that turkey carcasses are safely disposed of.
When cats are not going out as much they also like to amuse themselves by chewing house plants. Beware of lilies which are very toxic to cats. All parts of the Lilly plant including the pollen are toxic, which can cause kidney failure.
And don’t forget chocolate, especially the plain varieties, can be very toxic to dogs. Additionally watch out for dogs eating grapes, raisins and sultanas, since these can also be highly toxic to dogs.
Undoubtedly there will be fireworks over the festive period. This can be a stressful time for many pets and owners. It is advisable to consider therapies before the fireworks start. Natural pheromone anti-anxiety products like Feliway and Adaptil are very beneficial. Most importantly stay calm and relaxed. Relaxed pets are happy pets!