Does your cat have arthritis?

Is there any chance your cat has arthritis? They don’t show the same symptoms as dogs (or people) with the condition and it can be much harder to recognise - but it’s just as painful and debilitating. This blog aims to bring you up to speed on what may be the most underdiagnosed cause of feline suffering!

Posted on June 21, 2017 and filed under Blog.

What does a vet nurse actually do?

Do you really know what a veterinary nurse does? Although the veterinary nursing profession is working hard to educate the pet owning public about what the job entails, there is much work to be done still. Vet nurses are often asked when they’ll be a qualified vet, a question which can be frustrating but one that is born out of a lack of knowledge about veterinary nursing as a profession in its own right. Because veterinary nursing is just that, a profession of well qualified, highly skilled individuals, whose role in veterinary practice is vital and very different to that of a veterinary surgeon.

Posted on June 12, 2017 and filed under Blog.

Heard of High Rise Syndrome?

Starting to open windows and balconies to let the fresher air in? Make sure the outdoor space your cat has access to is safe.

Cats that fall from great heights are said to suffer from High Rise Syndrome. This can range from a few scratches and bruises, if your pet is lucky, to severe head injuries, broken paws and in some cases, death.


Posted on November 3, 2016 .

Keeping Kennel Cough at Bay

Kennel Cough is one of the most unpleasant and virulent diseases your dog can catch. Much like Whooping Cough in humans it produces a resounding "honking" sound that can be just as upsetting for you as your dog. Easily spread by close contact with other infected dogs, as the name suggests boarding kennels or doggie daycare centers can habour the disease.

While most pets with strong immune systems can shake the disease after a few weeks, you must be vigilant with older animals or those with compromised immune systems. Often the infection can easily turn in pneumonia which in some cases is fatal. Any dog presenting with Kennel Cough whether healthy or not is at risk of developing a long term persistent infection.

It is easy to prevent the spread of Kennel Cough by vaccination annually. It is painless and simple using drops that are applied to a nostril. Most dogs can carry Kennel Cough without ever presenting symptoms so a vaccination will stop the spread of the disease from these silent carriers. 

Kennel Cough flourishes in warm moist conditions, therefore the climate of Dubai is very favorable for this disease. Make sure you vaccinate and keep your dog healthy. Check all boarding facilities for their vaccination policies and if you think your dog has Kennel Cough do not hesitate to get him in to see one of the Veterinarians at Umm Suqeim Veterinary Centre.



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