Are Your Pets In Tail-Wagging Good Health?
Yo's here with some great advice for all you N Devon pet owners and nature lovers.
As a North Devonian, we know you love your pet. So here at The Voice, we’d like to help you keep your faithful four-leggeds in the very best of beach health. That’s why we’ve teamed up with the crew at Argyll Vets to give you some top advice on animal healthcare.
This is Yo, Argyll's Veterinary Nurse who has kindly stepped up to the mark to help us keep North Devon abreast of current pet care news. As you see, she's also been on the end of the phone finding out a little bit about some of the problems you're encountering with you pets and we'll be featuring her column her on a regular basis.
We’ll also be inviting Argyll vets into the studio on a regular basis to answer your questions and cover topics of concern. What is it that you’d like us to talk about? Vaccinations? Recurrent health concerns? Common ailments? Or just some good old fashioned nutritional advice?
Write in now or contact us through social media using the #PetVoice and let us know what you’d like covered.
Yo's May Advice and Tips
We're approaching the time of year when fledglings are leaving the nest and making their own way in the world, and it is common to find them on the ground during this time. However this is a normal part of the fledging process and young birds will often spend a day or two on the ground under the watchful eye of mum and dad, before finally flying off.
Many people mistake this normal part of their journey as a sign of injury or illness but nothing could be further from the truth and sadly there is little that we can do once these birds have been brought to us, as the stress of moving them reduces their chances of survival to virtually zero. Nothing can rival the care that mum and dad can give and although you may not be able to see them, rest assured that they will be nearby.
Saying that, if the bird is a nestling or is obviously injured then it should be transported to a wildlife rehabilitation centre without delay. Place the bird in a warm, dark box and handle as little as possible until help can be sought. If in doubt, then leave the bird where it is and phone for local vet or even visit the RSPCA/RSPB websites, as they usually have the information that you require. https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/advice/how-you-can-help-birds/injured-and-baby-birds/baby-birds for more information.