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Warning: The Dangers of Fleas

We would like owners to be aware of the danger of fleas after performing lifesaving transfusions in ten kittens over the course of the last four weeks.

Heavy infestation of fleas can cause a condition called Flea Anaemia. This occurs when the fleas have drained so much blood that the animal is left severely weakened. In younger and smaller animals, this can be life threatening. We are very concerned about the increase in cases we are seeing and urge pet owners to discuss the best preventative protocol with their vets.

Carol Spindler from Milton Keynes and North Bucks branch of the RSPCA says “It’s been a very distressing few weeks. The increase in cases this year has caused a drain on branch funds and filled our fosterer spaces to capacity. We can’t stress how easy it is to prevent, so please, talk to your vet and get a recommended treatment as soon as possible”.

All the hard work put in to help these kittens would not have been possible without our hero donor cats, who bravely donated blood to save them. We are so grateful to these cats and their owners for their help.

Top Tips for your Pet
  • Always ask your vet which product would be best suited to your pet, some products may not be as effective as others. Make sure you never use dog specific flea treatments on your cats, as some of these are highly toxic to our feline friends.
  • Treat your pet regularly to keep on top of fleas, always check the product information or speak to your vet regarding your pet’s individual needs.
  • Make sure you treat all pets in your household. Even if you have only seen fleas on one animal, they will jump between pets and species to continue breeding.
  • Treat the environment. Flea eggs and larvae can survive in soft furnishings so it is important to treat the house as well with an appropriate household spray. Regular vacuuming and washing bedding regularly will also help limit the spread of fleas.
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Heatstroke – recognising the signs

Signs of heatstroke may vary from different animals, however these are the main symptoms to look out for: –

  • Faster, heavier panting
  • Signs of agitation
  • Excessive thirst
  • Excessive drooling
  • Increased pulse / heartbeat
  • Elevated body temperature
  • Weakness or collapse
  • Seizures
  • Unconsciousness

What to do if you think your pet is suffering from heatstroke?

If your dog is suffering from heat stroke, they need to have their body temperature lowered gradually.
  • Move your pet to a shaded/cool area
  • Provide your pet with fresh, cool water in small quantities
  • Contact your vet immediately for advice
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Grass seeds and your pets

During this time of year, grass seeds are commonly seen in the veterinary industry. These seeds will fall off and embed themselves in a pet’s paw, ears, armpit, nose or skin and can travel under the skin to other parts of the body.

The signs or symptoms will depend on which body part is affected which can be noted below.
  • Grass seed in a pet’s ear
    • Head shaking
    • Reddening to the ear
    • Painful to touch
    • Head tilt
    • Loss of balance
  • Grass seed in pet’s paw
    • Reddening of skin around area
    • Swelling of foot or between toes
    • Limping
    • Licking at affected area
  • Grass seeds in pet’s eyes
    • Increased tear production
    • Rubbing or pawing at the eye
    • Swelling or redness
  • Grass seeds in pet’s nose
    • Repeated sneezing
    • Discharge from the nostril
    • Rubbing face on surfaces
    • Breathing difficulties
  • Grass seeds under skin
    • Licking at site
    • Grass seed visible out of surface of skin
    • Swollen, red lump
Grass seeds can be prevented by keeping your lawn tidy, checking your dog over after a walk to remove any grass seeds in these most common areas. If your pet is experiencing any of these signs, please contact your vet for an examination as the main concern is they can migrate within your pet’s body.
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