Here at Medivet, we believe in the importance of promoting responsible pet ownership. That’s why we are so excited to have recently launched Medivet TV!
Medivet TV is your chance to speak live with a veterinary expert and ask them any burning questions you may have about your pet. It’s a great way to learn about your pet and to get instant answers to all your queries.
We will be regularly inviting an expert onto our live video chats and giving you the chance to interact with them in real time. Each live video chat will revolve around a different issue, so make sure you check regularly for our upcoming topics so that you don’t miss out on a subject of interest to you.
If you’d like to get involved and ask a question, you can do so in several ways: via social media, via the ‘chat box’ on the Medivet TV page, or by emailing your query through to email@example.com.
We kicked off our first show on the 1st of July with our guest veterinary surgeon Fieke Bennett from MSD Animal Health. Fieke spoke about and answered all your questions on senior pet care.
As an example of the areas covered, below is a short question and answer transcript of a few of the live questions Fieke answered:
Participant 1: “My 9 year old cat has become really manic and has a short temper. He is hungry all the time but is still slim. I’m concerned about the change in his temperament and appetite. What should I do?”
Fieke: “There are a couple of important points that this cat owner raises. The first is a change in appetite, which is not particularly specific to any one illness or disease. We see appetite change in quite a wide variety of diseases. So it is quite an important symptom to get checked out. Equally, with the change in behaviour, I’d say anything that is different from how they normally act is significant.
“From the information I’ve been given, it does sound potentially like this cat may have something wrong with their thyroid. Having an overactive thyroid is a relatively common hormonal disease seen in cats. The good news is it’s very manageable. But, of course, there may be something else going on.
“What I would advise this owner to do is to pop along to their vet and have their cat checked out. The vet will quite possibly conduct some urine and blood tests and from there they can find out what is really going on.”
Participant 2: “My 10 year old dog is normally extremely clean and very particular about where she goes to the toilet, but recently she seems to want to wee all the time and is sometimes so desperate that she actually goes to the toilet during the night and wets herself. She is also drinking far more than she used to and I am constantly filling up the water bowl. What should I do?”
Fieke: “There are two very important points here that we need to focus on. One is a change in toilet habits. If you have a pet that is needing to urinate more frequently, this needs to be investigated thoroughly, as does a change in drinking patterns.
“As in the previous question, both of these things can occur with a wide variety of illnesses and diseases. From the information I’ve been given, it’s possible that we might be looking at something hormonal here, perhaps even diabetes. Another possibility is that there may be an infection of the urinary tract, or the dog may even be suffering with incontinence. The good news is that all of the possibilities I’ve mentioned are very manageable.
“I would highly recommend that you take your dog to the vet where a thorough check up can be conducted, and possibly urine and blood samples taken.”
Participant 3: “My elderly cat doesn’t venture outside much anymore. I have always kept up to date with her flea treatment, but now that she spends all her time indoors do I need to worry about treating her for fleas anymore?”
Fieke: “This is quite a common question that we get asked as vets. There’s a perception that if you don’t go outside, you won’t be exposed to fleas. Unfortunately that’s not necessarily the case. In fact, 95% of a flea’s lifecycle is not actually spent on your dog or cat – it’s spent in the environment. So, if we think about our homes, that’s things like our carpets, our soft furnishings, our curtains. So we do need to consider that fleas going through different lifecycle stages may already be present in our homes. This could be in the form of eggs, larvae or pupae that can hatch out and jump onto your pets when conditions are favourable.
“It’s also worth remembering that if there are other cats or dogs in the house, they may have fleas which can then be transferred onto your cat.
“I would recommend that you pop along to your veterinary surgeon and have a chat with them about what the particular risks to your cat are. They can then advise you on the most appropriate course of action to suit your particular circumstances.”
We’d like to thank Fieke for being our first guest veterinary expert and for giving such great insight and advice to all those who participated.
If you’d like your chance to speak live with a veterinary surgeon, then make sure you keep an eye on www.medivet.tv for details of future sessions. We’d love you to join us!
Posted August 28, 2015