You might think it is unlikely that the switch to daylight savings time could throw your cat or dog’s busy schedule - eat, sleep, eat, sleep – off kilter. 

But as it turns out, some animals are so in tune with their owners’ schedules, that the one-hour, clock forward, can cause some confusion.

Just like humans, animals have an internal clock that tells them when to eat, sleep and wake up.  Humans/Owners set their pets’ routines, e.g. your dog is accustomed to walking or being fed at a particular time of day, according to the clock. By changing this, the animal becomes confused. 

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Is your dog 8 years or older? You may have noticed how they are not as active as they once were. You can trust them when you leave home, you may leave your things on the floor and they don’t get torn up! Ah yes, you are firmly in the adult to senior dog stage. 

The average life span of our family canines is 10-15 years, depending upon breed.  It stands to justify if your dog is age 8 or older, they may be in the golden years of their lives.

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When collecting our new puppies from breeders, we are often given diet information which can sometimes encourage feeding raw chicken necks as part of a diet.  In the past chicken necks have been recommended for dental health, especially in smaller breeds and were easy to purchase in supermarkets.  This is now a high-risk diet.

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We regularly discuss joint pain in the form of osteo-arthritis and how we can give improved quality of life to our paw friends.

Zydax, is an injectable disease modifying osteoarthritis drug and is the leading innovation in osteoarthritis management.  For best management it is recommended for dogs to have an initial full course (4 weeks) annually, then 3-monthly injections. 

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In clinic we form many friendships with our clients due to them visiting us regularly, whether it’s for grooming, an aging pet or for their animal’s general Veterinary care.

Melissa & Chris Hartley are obsessive “fur parents”.  We originally met Melissa with their first child, Harry.  We were all on the roller coaster ride with Melissa, when Harry began to age and required constant treatment.  Obsessive is an understatement when referring to the Hartley’s commitment to Harry and when it was time for him to go to the “rainbow bridge” at the age of almost 11, our hearts broke for Melissa.

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