Last Blog from Parkvets

It is with regret that this is the last blog entry from Parkvets

I have enjoyed writing these blogs and hope that the information has been of interest

Susan Beesley


Aren’t some animals enterprising?

I read in the Telegraph an article about two very enterprising squirrels and thought I would share it with you.

These cheeky squirrels have found a nice little snack left out for them and have found an ideal way to get the food out of them.

Lucky for them they don’t get their heads stuck!

Read the full article here

Smile Kittie! Smile Doggie!

When you smile the world smiles with you ……. but when you have bad teeth ……

Dental disease is the most common of health problems to affect pets in the UK.  Not only is it a major cause of pain and suffering for our kpets but it often goes unnoticed by their owners because our pets can’t talk to us and tell us what is going on.

Cats and dogs have an incredible ability to seemingly ignore pain that would have their owners reaching for the pain killers and booking a trip to the dentist.  Whilst they may appear to be carrying on as normal their smiles can hide a multitude of problems.

Vet’s understanding of dentistry has increased significantly in recent years with new treatments and management techniques now available.  At Parkvets we perform a routine assessment of your pet’s teeth every time they come in for their health check and vaccination so that we can advise you early on of any problems .  When a problem is identified early there is a lot that can be done to resolve the problem and restore the teeth to normal good health.  Left unchecked problem teeth ultimately need to be removed.

Significantly a recent study in humans has suggested that people with good oral hygiene live longer – up to 10 years on average!  Although we do not have similar statistics in our patients it is fair to assume a similar pattern would be seen.

Here are the signs we check for when we examine your pet’s teeth:-

  • “Doggy breath” is not normal and is an indication that bacteria is present
  • White deposits on the teeth indicate the presence of plaque
  • Plaque becomes tartar and covers the teeth causing decay
  • Red rims around the tooth indicate gingivitis
  • Non idential teeth either side of the jaw can suggest broken teeth or abnormal swellings
  • Discoloured teeth suggest damage to the tooth’s blood vessels
  • Swellings on the side of the jaw may suggest an abscess
  • Drooling, reluctance to eat or anger directed at food might indicate discomfort

During March and in support of Oral Care Month our dental nursing team will be offering free dental consultations, show you how to successfully brush your pet’s teeth and take away a FREE bag of Hills food specially formulated to protect your pet’s teeth.

Why not register you pet on the Hills website and get all the latest news and a £5 voucher to use at your vet’s to buy Hills food.

Positive Pet Energy

I was reading an article by Jan Cisek in the Pet Gazette and thought I would share with you his thoughts on Positive Pet Energy.

He says “your pet is a natural feng shi expert and his or her very presence will help generate good feng shui.  Aside fromt he affection your pet give you they can help implement good feng shui principles.  Pets tend to sit in areas of the house which represent areas of your life which need working on.  They can also bring to your attention areas which need to be sorted out.  For example, by sitting on heaps of papers which need to be thrown out or tidied up”  (Now I know why my cat Lizzie sits on my desk in the office at home on my paperwork!)


Pets are very sensitive to energies.  They have an instinctive understanding of chi and enhance the chi of your home.  They are even able to transmute negative energies into positive.  Pets move about the house encouraging the chi to circulate around the house and as they generate a lot of affection too they are a good souce of positive energy in your home.  We all know how our pets have a very direct influence on us and at the end of the day people have pets because they make them feel better (change their energy).  You think for example of a cat’s purring and how it makes you feel.

If you would like to know more about Positive Pet Energy you can read the full article here at Pet Gazette (Page 42)

If you would like to know more about Jan Cisek click here

Credit for this information to Pet Gazette and Jan Cisek

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The Benefits of Bonding – Pets as Therapy

The physiological and psychological benefits of the bond formed between animals and humans can result in improved health and well being says Alison Reynolds, training and research manager at “Pets as Therapy”.

Animals have been used therapeutically for thousands of years.  Their use is gaining renewed acceptance in a variety of settings, from hospitals and nursing homes to schools and prisons, as well as in many healthcare fields such as nursing, occupational and mental health.  Florence Nightingale was the first person to acknowledge the theraputic potential of companion animals within the nursing fields when she observed that “a small pet is often an excellent companion for the sick, for long chronic cases especially”.

There are tangible benefits to older people in particular where they may have limited social networks resulting from the loss of a spouse and friends or following a relocation to a nursing home or residential care home.  The presence of pets can profoundly affect an individual’s ability to copy with such life changes.

Within families there is a wealth of evidence to support the positive role of pets with pet ownership playing a significant part in a child’s development – everything from better social skills to improved health.

We are all aware of the assistance specially trained animals provide to individuals with specific impairments.  The two most well known organisations being Guide Dogs for the Blind and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People although there are many other smaller organisations in existence such as Support Dogs UK which train dogs to assist people with a variety of medical and physical disabilities.

There is no doubt about it – dogs are a very important part of our lives in the rehabilitation and well being of human beings.  Pets as Therapy exists to bring comfort and companionship to people in hospitals, hospices, residentail/nursing homes, day care centres, special needs schools and many others.  There are currently 4,200 PAT dogs and 106 PAT cats visiting in the UK and over 130,000 patients every single week benefit from the service  according to Maureen Hennis Chief Executive of Pets as Therapy

Why not watch Roy Barraclough (From Coronation Street) on YouTube and see just what Pets as Therapy do

Pets in Cyberspace

I was reading an article the other day in The Cat Magazine by Amy Rutter where she ponders the rituals of cat-crazy web surfers. 

This led me to look into looking into pets in cyberspace more and was astounded to find that there are in fact there are 204,100 monthly active users on Catbook and 969,334 monthly active users on Dogbook.

It seems that the internet is a very popular way of earning your cat or dog the fame they think they deserve.

Your pet’s picture will appear alongside your as the owner with a brief description of you and of course your lovely pet.  There is a whole new world waiting for you out there it seems …..

Who knows …… maybe your cat or dog could be the key to unlocking the door to the person of your dreams!

Just think about the powers of social networking sites – in April 2009 Facebook was used to reunite a missing cat with his owners when he was found at a humane society in Minnesota, USA.  The Humane Society staff member scanned the cat’s microchip only to find the contact details were out of date.  The next step was for the humane society to put the cat up for “adoption”.  Just before they did this they did a search on Facebook and amazingly found the owner’s profile.  The result was that Bob the cat was reunited with his owner. 

Assuming you have a Facebook account here are the links to Catbook and Dogbook.  You will need to log in to your own Facebook account after clicking on these links – you will then go straight to either Catbook or Dogbook.

What Cats Dream




Just like many animals, cats experience dreams.  A dream is an important mental function.  Dreams help the brain sort the information that was taken in during the day.  As it is sorted, this information is played back in the form of vivid images.  These could be anything that the cat expereinced during th day from waiting to be let out or being chased by a dog.

These vivid images are dreams and this happens during a special stage of sleep.  The images are so vivid that cats can respond to them as if they were awake. 

 This is why sleeping cats sometimes whip their tails, bat at the air with their paws or make sounds.  The cat is probably reliving the experiences it had before it went to sleep.

Nice to know these things …… I am sure my cats just dream of their next meal!

What do you think your cat dreams of?  Leave us a comment and let us know.