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Winter advice for owners of cats and dogs

  1. Danger of Chocolate There is typically a lot of chocolate around at this time of year and this increases the risk of theobromine poisoning in cats and dogs. The typical symptoms are nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and increased urination; this can then progress to heart attacks, epileptic seizures and death. The risk is greater with dark chocolate as this contains more of the theobromine chemical; if you suspect that your dog has ingested a large quantity of chocolate then contact the surgery so immediate treatment can be given.
  2. Bones, each year we commonly see dogs that have developed problems due to eating bones from a turkey carcase. A lot of the bones can easily splinter causing penetrating injuries in the intestines, this will often lead to acute abdominal pains, vomiting and diarrhoea.
  3. Foreign bodies, cats and particularly kittens love playing with string, paper and tinsel; whilst the first two are generally safe problems can often occur if tinsel is eaten leading to a blockage in the stomach or intestines.
  4. Ticks are very rarely encountered in wintertime due to the reduction in temperature and treatment is rarely required. If ticks are found then carefully remove so as to remove them completely and also avoid squeezing them. Removal is best performed by using a tick hook.
  5. Fleas, this always used to be primarily a spring and summer problem, but due to central heating in our homes the flea has become an all year round visitor. Flea control is often dependant on using a number of products to both control fleas our pets and in the environment.
  6. Worms, again these are an all year problem and we advice worming all dogs and cats every 3 months, young animals and cats who hunt frequently will need treating more often.
  7. New pets Christmas is not a good time to bring new pets into the home due to all the stress and upheaval that most of us endure during the festive season. It is best to delay the new arrival until the new year when it can receive all the care, attention and love that it deserves.


Filham Park Veterinary Clinic is part of CVS (UK) Limited, a company which owns over 200 veterinary practices in th UK. Company Registration Number 03777473. Registered Office CVS House, Owen Road, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 4ER

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