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Kennel cough

Kennel cough is more formally known as Infectious Tracheo-Bronchitis. Kennel cough is highly contagious and spreads easily through airborne/droplet infection. It should be called ‘dog cough’ as your d...

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Cat flu

Cat flu is a common disease that can vary considerably in it’s severity. The disease can be more severe in young kittens, older cats and cats who are immunosuppressed because they occasionally go on t...

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Seasonal canine illness (SCI)

Seasonal canine illness (canine seasonal disease) is a relatively rare condition that typically affects dogs in the autumn. This condition has a rapid onset and is potentially fatal; symptoms often be...

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How to do a simple examination of your pet

Getting your pet used to being examined is really important and can help to get them used to being examined by your vet or being handled by a groomer, for example. It can also mean that you might pick...

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Vomiting and diarrhoea in dogs

Vomiting and or diarrhoea is one of the most common reasons for a dog owner to seek veterinary advice. Dogs have a habit of eating all sorts of things that they shouldn’t, which can lead to a stomach ...

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Antifreeze (ethylene glycol) poisoning in cats

Antifreeze is extremely toxic to cats. It contains the chemical ethylene glycol and is found in radiator coolant, motor oils, hydraulic brake fluid, paints, solvents and photography developing solutio...

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Seizures in dogs

Seizures are common in dogs, especially in certain breeds where there is a genetic susceptibility to epilepsy. A seizure is essentially a disturbance of normal brain function, which leads to involunta...

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Alabama Rot - Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy (CRGV)

Alabama Rot is a disease that causes damage to the blood vessels in the skin and kidneys. It causes tiny blood clots which block the blood vessels and can ultimately damage the affected tissues. Ulcer...

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Firework and noise anxiety

Firework season can be a stressful time for both dogs and owners as many dogs have a fear of fireworks and other loud noises.

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Grapes, raisins, currants and sultanas are poisonous to dogs

The mechanism of poisoning has not yet been discovered but grapes, raisins or similar fruit, can cause kidney failure and death. Dried fruit in baked items, such as fruit cake, mince pies and hot cros...

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Time to say goodbye - euthanasia

Discuss any questions or concerns that you may have about your pet's health or quality of life with your vet or make an appointment with FirstVet. Do not be afraid to discuss this sooner rather than l...

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Snake bites – learn how to act fast and effectively!

The European adder (Vipera berus) is the only venomous snake native to the UK. Adults are approximately 50-60cm long with a brown zigzag pattern along their back and a V or X shaped marking on the bac...

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Heat Stroke - what signs should you look out for?

Panting is the main way that dogs regulate their body temperature. They cannot regulate their body temperature by sweating because they only produce sweat in areas not covered by fur, such as their pa...

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