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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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Ear problems in cats

Ear problems in cats can be painful. There are multiple reasons that cats develop ear problems. Prevention of underlying diseases, such as excess wax or parasites in the ear canal is strongly recommen...

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Ear problems in dogs

Ear problems in dogs are common and they usually have an underlying cause. Causes include bacterial or fungal overgrowth, parasites such as ear mites, a skin allergy or they may be associated with re...

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Help! My cat isn't eating

A cat that is a fussy eater or likes to pick or play with their food is very different to a cat who normally loves their food and has stopped eating. Is it possible that your cat is finding food somew...

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Cushing's disease in dogs

Cushing’s disease is one of the most common hormone disorders affecting dogs. At normal levels, the hormone cortisol helps the body to respond to stress and regulates the immune system. It is produced...

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Eye problems in cats and dogs

Eye injuries are a true emergency! Pet’s eyes can easily become irritated or scratched. Dogs are often in and out of grasses, hedgerows, and crops. Cats often like to climb trees or may pick up an inj...

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Lyme Disease in dogs

Lyme Disease is a rare chronic inflammatory disease in dogs that affects many body systems. Humans and other animals, including cats, can be infected by Lyme Disease too. The vast majority of ticks wi...

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How to treat minor wounds in cats and dogs

Cuts, abrasions and other skin injuries can occur in pets for a variety of reasons. The treatment options depend upon the cause of the injury, the severity and size of the wound, and where is it locat...

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Kittens - from a vet's perspective

In this article we answer some of the most common questions about looking after a new kitten.

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