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My dog has broken its nail. What should I do?

Dogs may sometimes break a nail when they are out and about on a walk. The dew claw, above the paw, is more loosely attached and is therefore most prone to damage. Although some dogs have naturally st...

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The 12 days of Christmas for cats and dogs

We all like to get into the Christmas spirit and I am no different. My dog’s Christmas presents have already been bought (don’t ruin the surprise for them!) and I am sure that they will love their bag...

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New Year's Resolutions for your pet

After all the festivities and excitement of Christmas, this is a good time of the year to plan for the future and check that your dog or cat is in good health.

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Saffron and Autumn crocus exposure in dogs

Autumn crocuses are also known as Colchium autumnale or meadow saffron. They are a perennial flowering plant found in permanent pasture and woodland, and are widely cultivated. The plant flowers from ...

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Gingerbread and pets: sugar and spice and all things nice?

Spicy foods are widely enjoyed by many people but we are often asked if they are harmful to pets. In this article we use gingerbread, which contains the frequently used spices cinnamon and nutmeg, as ...

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Christmas dangers for cats and dogs

The festive season is a wonderful time for celebration and fun! Here are some of the things to look out for to help you have a pet friendly Christmas with all the family.

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Constipation in dogs

Dogs normally pass faeces several times a day. If your dog is constipated the frequency with which they pass faeces will decrease or cease. Constipation has many causes and, particularly in older dogs...

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Why chocolate is an unsavoury treat for your dog or cat

Chocolate is poisonous to dogs, and can also affect cats, but why? And, if they eat it, how much is likely to make them ill? Chocolate is made from cocoa solids and caffeine. Cocoa solids come from ro...

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Preparing veteran horses for Winter: teeth, toes, tums and tetanus

Veteran horses are generally categorised as those aged over 15 or 20 years old. Approximately 40% of the UK horse population is currently in this age bracket. As a consequence of ageing, certain healt...

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Can dogs eat milk products?

Dogs are very similar to humans when it comes to drinking milk. Some dogs are unaffected by it and other dogs are lactose intolerant, so drinking foods high in milk or cream may result in an upset sto...

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What a dog's nose can tell us

My dog has a dry, warm nose, does this mean that my dog is sick? Owners often ask our vets this question. The simple answer is that it is not a sign of ill health and can be normal. The main reason a ...

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Can I feed my cat milk?

Kittens usually drink their mother’s milk until the mother gradually weans them at around 4 to 6 weeks of age. Most kittens are eating solid food by the time they are 8 to 10 weeks of age. Once this h...

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How can your dog join in safely at Halloween?

Halloween should be fun (and a little scary)! If you need an excuse to get into the Autumn spirit, how about making your dog their very own Halloween treats? If you do not have time to make treats, yo...

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Winter tips for your dog

Many people look forward to the cooler weather and dark cosy nights, while others cannot wait for Spring again. Here are some ideas to help make Winter a breeze for you and your dog.

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Vomiting and diarrhoea in cats

Cats often vomit or develop diarrhoea. The reason for this may be simple, such as a hairball, however the cause could be more serious. Whether the symptoms self-resolve or whether your cat needs to se...

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Fear of fireworks 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. Sound related fear is common. One scientific study reported that 49% of th...

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How to manage fleas in cats

Cats that go outside should be routinely treated for fleas. The aim of regular flea treatments is to prevent them getting bitten and to stop your house getting infected.

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GDV (Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus) in dogs

GDV is a sudden and potentially fatal condition in dogs that develops when the stomach becomes distended (dilates) and rotates within the abdomen (vol-vu-lus). It is sometimes referred to as a twisted...

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How to manage fleas in dogs

Fleas are brown-black insects, about 2-4 mm in length and are just visible to the naked eye. They live in the environment and cannot fly but they can jump a long way. They feed on dogs, cats, rabbits ...

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Dry nose in cats

My cat has a dry, warm nose. Does it mean that my cat is sick? Owners often ask our vets this question, and the simple answer is no. Cats use their nose to collect important information about their fo...

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