Winter Worries for Pets

Rain, Wind, hail, and even snow... welcome to winter in Melbourne.

We love Melbourne, though the last few weeks have been challenging - not just to get out of bed on those cold mornings but also for pets that can suffer in the cold. Read on for more details.

Dr Carmel spent a week in late July lecturing to JCU Veterinary students in Townsville on unusual pets..... tough work!

The cold weather can result in your pet becoming ill. Over the past few weeks we have seen an increase in sick parts of various species. Here is a summary of some common problems we have seen:

  • Reptiles not eating
    • It is common (and normal for most) for reptiles to eat less over the winter period. This is usually an adaption to cope with the decreased temperatures, with some going into brumation (hibernation). However we do see many reptiles around this time that are sick, typically due to inadequate temperature management in the vivarium. Respiratory infections are common.


  • Ferrets moulting
    • Fur or hair loss in pet ferrets is a common concern of owners. Adrenal gland disease, where the ferret losing most of its hair due to an adrenal gland tumour, is what the owner worries about if their ferret has an abnormal coat. Or is it just a moult?


  • Stiff and sore Dogs and Cats (and rabbits, rats, mice, guinea pigs, reptiles, ferrets....)
    • As with humans, winter time is challenging for those with musculoskeletal problems. Animals are no different, suffering from diseases  such as osteoarthritis.
    • What are the signs? Look for behavioural changes like being quieter than normal, not moving around much or wanting to jump, taking longer to get up from rest. More obvious signs include lameness or vocalising - 'it hurts'!


What to do?

Now is the time to have your pert examined by a veterinarian for a winter heath check. We can discuss any concerns you have and ensure your pet is given the best of care.

Best of all - we can make you a hot chocolate or other hot beverage when you drop in: just ask!

Call the Warranwood Veterinary Centre today to make an appointment

(03) 9879 0900