Pet’s Corner Q&A – South London News

I trimmed my dog Nico’s nails as they got quite long, but they started to bleed. What did I do wrong?

Unfortunately, it’s easy to clip nails too short as each nail has a blood vessel and nerve called ‘the quick’ running along the centre, although it doesn’t run the full length of the nail.

This can be seen fairly easily in dogs with white nails, making it easier to avoid.

However, it is more difficult in dogs with dark nails, so these should just be trimmed very carefully to avoid cutting them back too far.

Always use dog nail clippers, so the nail doesn’t get crushed or pulled when trimming.

If the nail does bleed you can apply cornflour to stem the bleeding or apply some cotton wool and pressure to the end of the nail.

For information on clipping nails safely visit the PDSA website.

I have two goldfish, Jack and John. After feeding, Jack just floats near the surface of the water for about six hours, but then by evening he’s back swimming around again. What could be wrong?

Fish have an organ called the swim bladder, which they use to control their buoyancy, balance and position in the water.

Often, if a fish is floating or sinking, there is an issue with this organ.

If a fish is floating or sinking, there is an issue with their swim bladder Picture: Pixabay/kerttu

Sometimes swim bladder problems can be linked to diet and this may be the case with Jack, given the association with feeding.

There is some evidence that feeding a small amount of crushed green peas alongside your usual fish flakes can help with this problem.

Ensure the flaked food is fresh, good quality and is suitable for goldfish.

If symptoms continue, Jack should be seen by a vet, ideally one with a special interest in fish.

I’ve heard some plants can be harmful to pets. I love gardening but also don’t want to risk  harming my dog Sully. What do I need to avoid?

You’re right to be concerned, our pets are curious by nature and at times may be tempted to lick or chew plants and trees.

Sadly, every part of some plants can be toxic, including the root or bulb, so it’s important to find out what’s safe.

zebraCrocuses, tulips, azalea, hyacinth, geranium, ragwort, iris and daffodils are all toxic Picture: Pixabay/Mylene2401

Crocuses, tulips, azalea, hyacinth, geranium, ragwort, iris and daffodils are all toxic.

You may need to cordon off some areas of the garden if they’ve already shown an appearance this spring, so Sully isn’t tempted to investigate them.

It’s also worth planning ahead for summer and winter too, so find out more on our website.


Picture: Pixabay/alektas- nail clipping


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