Summer challenges

We have been blessed with some summer this year – there may be more.

While the sheep in the picture seek the shade, it is worth thinking about some of the special challenges summer can bring to our animals:

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Summer time (we can possibly mention that concept now) is the favourite time for cats to come home smothered in fleas!

Putting brewers yeast in the cat’s food and combing essential oils though the coat can act as a great flea deterrent.

Regular daily or even twice daily flea-combing is important, so long as you dispose of your ‘catch’ effectively. Electric flea combs may help.

Intensive vacuum-cleaning with a powerful vacuum cleaner, in areas frequented by your cat(s), is also important.

If you are not vigilant and diligent, a flea infestation of your home can follow, which can be a real nightmare. Fleas can multiply at a prodigious rate.

Chemical applications on the animal or in the home can be a risky business and we advise clients to avoid these if at all possible. The toxins can affect humans (esp. toddlers and children) and can be residual in your home environment.

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While we can usually reckon on mid-July to mid-August as being a reasonably quiet time for lush grass growth, this year anything could happen! We’ve had so much wet and now warm weather is forecast, so we may have an abnormal grass spurt.

Be on the lookout for stiffness, short stride, difficulty turning tightly or unwillingness to walk on hard surfaces.

Homeopathy is a wonderful stand-by treatment for laminitis. Acupuncture may also be useful. We advise feeding no cereals or sugars and, in some cases, even hay can also provoke laminitis or obstruct its resolution. We rely on herbs to supplement nutrition.

Even chronically mis-shapen hooves may be able to improve with judicious trimming and long-term homeopathic treatment by an experienced homeopathic vet.

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