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Farm animal care

While farm owners used to just think of their animals as a way to make money, I have noticed more and more farmers taking a holistic view of their animals health. Farmers are working on less stressful and more healthy farming techniques, and as a vet I approve. I am involved in helping prevent animal diseases as well as curing the animals when they get ill. I deal with a range of animals from the farm cat to horses and it's great being a valued member of the community. I hope you enjoy hearing the stories from my vet practise and can learn from them.

Two Reasons to Take Your New Cat to a Pet Groomer Regularly

If your vet clinic provides pet grooming services and you've just got a new cat, here are two reasons to consider using these services.

It could prevent your cat from experiencing nail-related injuries or from harming you or your furniture

Taking your cat to your vet clinic's pet groomer regularly could not only prevent them from being injured as a result of nail issues but could also reduce the likelihood of them harming you or your furniture. The reason for this is that at a grooming appointment, the groomer will usually trim a cat's nails. Regular trimming of your pet's nails will, first and foremost, ensure that their nails never grow so long that they interfere with their ability to walk, run or remain balanced—issues with any of these things could lead to them falling over whilst moving or whilst trying to leap off a high surface, as cats often do. It will also prevent ingrown nails, which could injure your cat's paw pads, make walking painful for them and cause infections.

The trimming process will also mean your cat's claws never get so long and sharp that they accidentally scratch you badly whilst pawing at you or climbing on you, and should also minimise the damage your cat does to your furniture if they ever claw at it.

It can cut down on the amount of their own hair that they swallow  

Cats have a natural inclination to groom themselves and will usually do this by licking their coats. This can result in them swallowing a lot of their own hair and then having to regurgitate it in the form of hairballs. This regurgitation process can be uncomfortable for your cat and can leave you with an unpleasant mess to clean up when they're finished. Furthermore, because they won't regurgitate all of the hair that they swallow, there is also a chance that some of it could form an obstruction in their digestive system and leave them in need of surgery.

The good news is that if you take your cat to the pet grooming facility at your vet clinic on a regular basis, you could notice a big reduction in the number of hairballs they regurgitate, as the groomer will thoroughly brush through their hair during each grooming session and in doing so, will not only untangle their coat and help to distribute its nourishing oils but will also remove much of your cat's loose hairs before they have a chance to accidentally consume them.