Area of concern
- Abdomen (tummy)
- Anus (bottom)
- Back (spine)
- Brain and nerves
- Female parts: vagina and uterus
- Head, face and neck
- Legs, paws and claws
- Male parts: penis, testicles and prostate
- Mammary glands (breasts)
- Mouth and Teeth
- Skin and fur
Cats don’t often eat things they shouldn’t, but occasionally curiosity gets the better of them and can lead to a blockage. String, thread, hair bands, rubber bands and tinsel are the most common items to cause a gut blockage in cats.
Depending on the cause, blindness can develop very suddenly, or very gradually. Most dogs are very good at adapting to gradual blindness and it can be surprisingly difficult to notice. Sudden blindness is much more obvious.
Is your dog drinking and peeing more than usual? You may hear your vet use the words polydipsia and polyuria (PUPD for short).
Does your dog leak urine? Have you noticed wet patches on their bedding or fur? Urinary incontinence isn’t normal and shouldn’t be ignored, even in an older dog.
If you have a pregnant cat, it’s important to be well informed and prepared for her kittening to reduce the chance of problems.