West Melton Vet Centre
West Melton Vet Centre - Companion animal Vet Clinic for the community.
How can you resist puppy dog eyes? Are you captivated by cat eyes? Healthy eyes are beautiful, bright, and clear. The third eyelid, with a special gland to produce tears to keep eyes moist and protected, should not be visible. Some discharge can be the normal process of cleaning and flushing eyes, however if weepy eyes continue it may mean there is an underlying issue.
Watery eyes can be caused by:
Common causes of an eye infection in your household pets can include upper respiratory infections (cat flu, canine distemper), conjunctivitis (pink eye), corneal ulcers, an eye injury, or cherry eye (when the gland in their third eyelid pops out).
Signs that your cat or day may have an eye infection are:
In summer, your pets are more prone to itchy ears and infections. Are your cat or dog’s ears red and inflamed? Ear infections become more common with the increase in swimming and humidity during summer, especially in dogs with floppy ears. You may see them scratching their ears more, you may even smell them! Otitis externa (inflammation of the external ear canal) is common and will cause your pet to have:
Is your pet scratching their ears? Ear mites are a common parasite in cats and dogs. They sit on the skin of the ear canal and live off skin oils and ear wax. An ear mite infestation will cause your pet to have:
It is normal for your dog to lick their paws daily to keep them clean or remove excess moisture However, there may be something wrong if your dog has red paws and is licking them at any chance they can get.
Dogs over-lick their paws due to:
It's normal for cats to shake their paws when wet or if something has stuck to them, but if they are licking and shaking their paws excessively, it can be from flea bites or injury.
Fleas love the warm weather and can become very irritating to your cat if not treated. In summer, cats are more likely to burn their paws on hot surfaces, like the BBQ or a hot tin roof. Both pain and itching will make cats lick and shake their paws.
Every day walking and scratching naturally files your dog's nails and your cat's claws down to a manageable length. However, there are cases where you may need to help your pet by trimming and clipping their nails for them every few weeks. Don't forget about your dog's dewclaws (the claws that don't touch the ground regularly, located on the inside of their legs just above the foot)!
You may need to trim their claws if your pet:
Cats and dogs don’t tend to enjoy their nails cut or claws clipped, either due to being restrained or having a previous painful experience. It is important that this is done correctly - our friendly team will tell you how to clip pet nails or they can do it for you.
Disclaimer: This article provides general information only. It is not intended as medical or health advice and should not be relied on as a substitute for consultation with a qualified healthcare professional who understands your pet's individual needs.