The Canine and Feline Sector Group (CFSG) is made up of influential organisations who advise Government on behalf of the sector on strategically important dog and cat health and welfare issues and standards.
CFSG is a "not for profit" body which offers expert advice and recommendations with a unified and respected voice on dogs and cats from members including charities, the veterinary sectors and the pet industry.
Summer can be an exciting time for pets and their owners, but it’s important to understand the potential hazards that hot weather can bring for our beloved four-legged companions.
Always consult your Vet if you have any concerns about your pet!
Stay safe & healthy!
15 March 2020
Easter Pet Health Advice
Spring is here and it’s a wonderful time to get out and about with our dogs in the beautiful Welsh countryside and enjoy the spring flowers! Whilst they’re lovely to look at, it’s important to remember that many flowers and bulbs can make our dogs poorly if eaten – snowdrops, bluebells, geraniums, daffodils, tulips, azaleas and hyacinths among others can cause nasty reactions if the flowers, leaves, stems or bulbs are eaten, and ingestion can even be fatal in some cases.
If you have cut flowers in the house, also beware of lilies which are highly toxic to cats. Lily poisoning causes rapid, and often irreversible, kidney damage to cats and can be caused by the cat getting pollen on their fur and then getting poisoned when they groom themselves or even by drinking the water out of the vase!
In the garden, other dangers to watch out for are fertilisers, herbicides, pesticides and fungicides, which are all potential poisons, including treatments which are used to control garden pests such as slugs and snails especially if they contain a substance called metaldehyde.
Fleas, ticks and worms all start to grow in number around Easter as the weather warms up and this increases the chances of your pet coming into contact with them. A parasitic infection can be unpleasant for your pet, but for dogs infected with lungworm, or with ticks carrying Lyme disease, this infection can be fatal.
Inside the home, Easter means plenty of chocolate! However, chocolate is toxic to all our pet dogs, cats and rabbits as it contains a chemical called theobromine, as well as caffeine, which makes it potentially deadly as our pets cannot process it. Eating even a small amount can lead to sickness & diarrhoea and in severe cases can progress to seizures and even death.
Hot cross buns and Simnel Cakes are also popular at Eastertime, but did you know the fruit in them can be deadly to dogs? Grapes, and all their dried forms including raisins, sultanas and currants, can cause kidney failure so if you think your dog may have eaten any, always call your local vet for advice.
Wishing you a healthy & happy Easter!
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