Like humans, your pet's mental welfare is as important as its physical health. People often don't realise that pets can experience difficulties with their feelings of comfort, safety and happiness. We feel that it is our duty to help you to maximize your pet's happiness in all aspects of its life.
At present, we do not run puppy training classes at the practice, however, we can recommend several local trainers who may be suited to your needs. For general advice on welcoming a new puppy into your home and basic training stages visit the Adaptil puppy page.
We also have several leaflets containing general training advice, ask at our practice for more information.
It's not only pets that need training and socialisation! Children need to be taught how to live alongside pets and how to recognise different behaviours including fear, anxiety and aggression.
For dog owners, visit The Blue Dog for child-friendly learning materials about petcare and behaviour in dogs. The Kennel Club has also produced a training program to educate children about safe interactions with dogs.
In a modern world, we are used to being stressed by our busy lifestyles, but how many of us consider that our pets may get stressed too? There are several situations that may cause your pet to get stressed:
How to tell if your pet is stressed:
Cat owners, take a look at: www.cats.org.uk/learn/e-learning-ufo.
Cats can find coming to the vets a stressful experience (owners can too!). Tips to reduce your cat's stress include:
Stress can be very subtle and hard to recognise. If you think that your pet is suffering from stress, make an appointment to see our vets for a full check up to ensure that there is no underlying medical problem that is causing them upset. If they are healthy, our vets and nurses will discuss ways to help you reduce and manage your pets stress which can include environmental changes, daily routine alterations and in some cases, medical behavioural modification.
If you are concerned that your dog or cat displays aggression towards people or other animals (especially dog-related aggression), please book an appointment to speak with our vets or nurses and they can discuss the problem with you. You may be referred to a veterinary behavioural specialist who can give you an in-depth analysis into the cause of your pet's problems and suggest how to improve the situation. Please be aware that aggression in dogs can get you into trouble with the law, find out more about dog ownership and the law at DogLawTV.
If your pet shows inappropriate levels of anxiety or fear, such as excessive hiding, being excessively clingy or showing evidence of separation anxiety (including damaging furniture, inappropriate urination or loud vocalisation), please see our vets and nurses for more advice, including referrals.
For more specific advice relating to fireworks fear, see our seasonal pages.
Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (or CDS) is an age-related condition affecting dogs and cats which is similar to Alzheimer's disease in humans. It is caused by physical changes in the brain including disruption in normal levels of chemicals and loss of brain cells. It is NOT a normal part of aging and should not be ignored. The condition affects your pet's memory and thinking ability and can cause behavioural changes that disrupt daily life.
Symptoms of the condition include:
If your pet seems to be affected by these symptoms, contact us to have them checked over. We can perform a variety of tests to rule out underlying problems with their liver, kidneys and other organs or check for hearing and vision loss. Treatment involves medication and lifestyle changes and they can be back to their normal self within a short while.
Monday 09.00 - 18.00
Tuesday 09.00 - 18.00
Wednesday 09.00 - 18.00
Thursday 09.00 - 18.00
Friday 09.00 - 18.00
Saturday 09.00 - 12.00
Village Vets Centre Ltd
65 Quarry St
Tel.: 0151 428 8600
Tel.: 0151 428 8600