Dog Vaccinations

Dog Vaccinations are an essential measure to take in keeping your dog healthy throughout its lifetime. Prevention is always better than cure and caring for your pet’s health with dog vaccinations is the most effective ways to protect against serious diseases.

Dog Vaccinations For Your Pets Health

The five most common diseases that are recommended vaccinating against are:

  • Kennel Cough (Infectious Tracheobronchitis)
  • Parvovirus
  • Leptospirosis
  • Distemper
  • Infectious Canine Hepatitis

Your vet will be able to advise you on the dog vaccinations that you need based on your pet’s lifestyle, environment and where you live in the country. Most dog vaccinations are recommended to begin from puppy onwards with annual boosters to keep your pets protected.

By regularly scheduling your dog vaccinations you will be preventing diseases that can ultimately shorten or impact their quality of life. By investing in prevention, you can end up saving money in treatments if your pet was to fall in due to these diseases. The benefits of dog vaccinations greatly outweigh the risks.

Most vets offer a vaccination scheme for a small monthly cost, which covers all their vaccinations and other discounts, allowing you to spread the cost of them rather than pay in a lump sum.

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Cat Neutering

Cat neutering is an important part of being a responsible cat owner.

What is cat neutering?

Cat neutering is basically the removal of a cat’s reproductive organs, in females, it is usually called spaying and neutering in males.

It is said that after a cat is neutered it will become cleaner and groom itself more than it previously would have.

How old should a cat be when you have it neutered?

The best age to have your cat neutered is between 4 and 5 months old.

Will it make my cat more affectionate?

Cat neutering is said to make cats slightly easier to get on with, after neutering they usually become gentler and more affectionate. This is because the testosterone levels in the bloodstream will steadily decrease. They will usually become less active also, and less likely to roam. This is usual but not guaranteed in all cats.

Will my cat hate me afterward?

Your cat will not hate you; they may be drowsy after the operation; this could even last a few days afterward. Within a week once they have recovered, your cat will be back to normal.

Looking after your cat after the operation

Once your cat has been neutered you must try and keep them from being too active, no running or jumping if they do, they could tear the stitches or aggravate where they have been spayed, this could cause bleeding and discomfort for your cat. Try and keep them confined to one room with easy access to a litter tray.

Kittens

Cat neutering must be carried out by a professional vet, contact your local veterinary practice for prices and appointments.

 

Cat Vaccinations

What cat vaccinations are needed?

The most common diseases that cats need to be protected against are :

Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis

Calicivirus

Panleukopenia (FVRCP)

Rabies

Kitten

Does my indoor cat still need vaccinations?

An indoor cat will still need vaccinations, rabies, and the combination vaccine, this will help keep them healthy and protect them against the above diseases.

How often will my cat need to be vaccinated?

Cats need to be vaccinated from as early as 6 weeks and then usually a yearly booster, some vaccines only need re-doing every 3 years. your vet will advise you of the vaccine schedule that is required. If you do not get your cat vaccinated they can be at risk of catching lots of diseases, some of which could be fatal.

There are certain vaccinations for cats that you can administer yourself, as they are only drops or tablets, but any injections obviously must only be carried out by your vet.

Can cat vaccinations make my cat sick?

As with all vaccinations, some cats may have an allergic reaction, so may experience slight side effects such as itchiness, swelling of eyes/lips, and neck, they can also experience diarrhea but these symptoms will usually subside within a few days.

How much does a cat vaccination cost?

Cat vaccination costs can vary from vet to vet but usually start from about £20 upwards. Lots of vets will do packages that you can pay yearly or monthly for all your cat vaccinations, this can make things cheaper for you and spread the cost out over 12 months.

Pet Dental Care

Pet dental care is something as a responsible pet owner you must take responsibility for, if you get your pet used to having their teeth brushed from a young age it could save you and your pet problems in the future.

What pet dental care products should I use?

The main thing to remember is not to use human products, there are products out there such as doggy toothpaste that should be used, never use human toothpaste on your pets, there are also pet-specific products such as toothbrushes, dental sticks and pet mouthwash that can all help keep your pet’s teeth, healthy and clean.

How much does pet dental care cost?

If you ask your vet to look after your pet’s teeth, it can be quite expensive, so doing it at home is better if you can, but your dog or cat must be comfortable with you brushing their teeth from when they are a puppy or a kitten, most pets will get used to something quite quickly and if you try and make it fun and a bit of a game, they may even end up enjoying it.

How much tooth extraction at a vet’s cost?

The price of tooth extraction at a vets can be expensive, it can start from £500 upwards. So this is why prevention is better than the cure and a lot less costly in the long run. Sometimes a vet will have to carry out dental X rays and administer anaesthetic so could prove an expensive procedure.

Pet dental care really is an important part of caring for your pet, ensuring their teeth are regularly cleaned and plaque and tartar are removed are crucial to save problems in the long run. Make sure when you use dental sticks for your dog or cat they are the right size for the pet you are giving them too, they can also be high in calories so bear that in mind and maybe reduce their food or other treats slightly to allow for this.

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Autowatch Ghost Birmingham

How Does the Autowatch Ghost Birmingham Protect Your Car?

The Autowatch Ghost Birmingham is well-known as a very effective tool to protect your vehicle. The technology works by the device communicating with the vehicles ECU (engine control unit) on the CAN Data circuit.

The developers of the Autowatch ghost have put additional high-security methods in the device to stop it from being bypassed or hacked by thieves. It utilises both CAN-BUS blocking as well as a physical immobiliser cut.  This is not found on many other security devices and gives you another layer of protection and peace of mind.

The big advantage of installing a Ghost Immobiliser is in the UK the chances of being hacked is almost 0. Common carjacking tactics such as relay attacks, keyless car theft, and cloning will not work when the Autowatch Ghost Birmingham is fitted.

Once it has been successfully installed by an approved installer, usually priced around £450, it is near impossible to successfully bypass. This makes it one of the most effective aftermarket devices you can purchase to keep your vehicle safe. The only way a thief could steal your vehicle with a Ghost installed is by physically towing it away – even then the engine will never start.

How does the Autowatch Ghost Work?

The Autowatch Ghost Birmingham is a small, discreet device installed inside the vehicle. It has no key-fobs or LED indicators to give away its location.

Once installed, it works by allowing you to create a unique pin-code sequence (up to 20 characters long) – like a credit card.  The pin code must be entered correctly every time you enter the vehicle. The code uses buttons in the car’s interior, from the centre console, steering wheel, and pedals. Working like a secure and complex credit card, your prized possession will be always protected.

Autowatch Ghost Birmingham