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By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Friday, 14 February 2020 10:45 AM


No need to worry… Isn’t that what pets are for? As a pet owner, you know you can always rely on your four-legged companion to make you feel wanted and loved! Their love and loyalty towards us is unconditional. Sure, they can sometimes do naughty things and not always listen to us, but you can feel good knowing deep down that they really do love us!

Do you know what the signs of affection are?

Does your dog:

Bring you their favourite squeaky toys, often covered in dirt and slobber? – This is a sign of affection. Lick your face frantically? – This is an easy one…. You are being kissed. Make eye contact with you? – Prolonged eye contact is a sign your dog feels safe and secure with you. Yawn when you do? Some people believe if a dog yawns after you do it is a sign of empathy. Or how about your cat? We all know how sassy our felines can be!

Do they:

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By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Thursday, 13 February 2020 10:30 AM
Any pet, of any age, can get heart disease. Similarly, they can suffer mental ‘heart health’? Like a lot of humans, pets such as dogs, cats and horses are very anxious beings. A lot of unwanted behaviours of your pets, can be due to an underlying anxiety. Depending on the trigger of the anxiety there can be some simple ways to help reduce the heart ache for your pet when it comes to anxiety, fear and phobias.

 

• Reduce expose to the trigger – pin point the trigger and where possible avoid it, or find an alternative to it. 

• Play/exercise – physical activities like a walk, game with a favourite toy or chase are great stress reducers.

• Provide mental stimulation – Provide food based toys or do some training to keep your pet’s mind focused away from the trigger. 

• Create a safe zone – Provide a safe place in your home or item, for your pet to escape high-stress events (a crate, quite room, favourite toy/blanket). 

• Calm background noise – Playing calm music...

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Our emergency service offers a veterinarian on call : telephone 0885 314 000 when the clinic is closed to hear a recorded message and directions to speak to a staff member.

Always phone first before rushing to the clinic with an injured animal or other emergency. An additional fee is charged outside normal clinic hours.