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7 important things to know about rabbits

Are you considering buying a pair of rabbits? Or are you just curious to learn a little more about rabbits in general? Great! Maybe you are wondering what rabbits eat, how they should live and their ...

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Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS)

Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) is the name given to a group of clinical conditions, similar to human metabolic syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes. A proportion of horses are genetically at risk of developi...

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3 Great games to entertain your dog outdoors

Using a small handful of dog treats you can easily do fun outdoor activities with your dog. Also, be sure to give your dog a little extra exercise if you have more time than usual.

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Summer dangers for cats

Summer means that both we and our cats can spend more time outdoors. However, for cats, the hot weather and being out in nature, can pose a number of risks. In this article you can read about some of ...

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Worming your dog - Q&A

How do you know if your dog has worms? And when should you worm your dog? Dogs are at risk of being infected with many different worms, including roundworms, tapeworms and lungworm. They can pick them...

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Demodex mites in dogs

Demodex mite species are cigar-shaped, microscopic mites, which live in hair follicles. Dogs catch these mites from their mothers in the first few days of life. Most dogs will never experience any cli...

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Skin allergies and itching in dogs

Allergic skin disease in dogs has several names and may also be called allergic dermatitis, atopic dermatitis or atopy. These symptoms are most likely to develop between the ages of 2 and 6 years of a...

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Water tail syndrome in dogs

Dogs who like to swim or spend a long time in cold or wet weather can sometimes suffer from something called limber tail syndrome. There are many other names for this condition including: cold water t...

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Haematoma of the ear (aural haematoma) in cats and dogs

A burst blood vessel (haemorrhage) in the ear flap is the most common reason that a dog or cat's ear lobe swells up. Read more about the signs, why it happens and how we treat aural haematoma in dogs ...

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Choosing the right cat breed for you

Choosing the right breed of cat or kitten is an exciting time for every prospective owner. Owning a cat is very rewarding, whilst being a big responsibility. They are many breeds to choose from, and w...

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Hot spots (moist eczema) in dogs

Moist eczema is a description of a hot spot's appearance. Hot spots can occur quickly and then grow rapidly in size. Typically, moist eczema will have a mild clear discharge, the fur feels sticky and ...

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16 Summer dangers for dogs

Summer means that we can be more out in nature with our dogs, especially as Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are lifting. But with the heat, the great outdoors, swimming and barbecues come a number of r...

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What to consider when travelling inside and outside the EU with your pet

If you are planning to take your pet on your next holiday, then there is quite a lot to prepare and keep track of beforehand. Please bear in mind that preparations can take several months and be aware...

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Tips for buying a new cat or kitten

Is it almost time to bring home your new and long-awaited family member? How do you need to prepare? Here we share our best tips for planning for your new cat's arrival.

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Why is my dog scooting? Recognising anal gland problems

When dogs drag their bottom along the floor, we often call this commonly-seen behaviour ‘scooting’. It is usually associated with their anal glands. Both dogs and cats have anal glands which sit just ...

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Help, my dog eats grass and vomits. Is that normal?

Many dogs eat grass from time to time, and some will also vomit as a result. For a dog owner, it can be confusing to understand why their dog eats grass, especially as it appears to make them sick. In...

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Heat stroke in cats

Many cats like the heat, but just like humans, they can suffer from heat stroke by staying in the sun for too long. Constant access to plentiful fresh water is essential. Cats do not pant like dogs to...

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Disease surveillance in pets

I work as a clinical pathologist and veterinary investigations officer when I am not on shift with FirstVet. My job involves all aspects of disease surveillance, such as recognition of disease, monito...

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Wasp stings in dogs and cats

Dogs and cats are often curious. They like to investigate or hunt insects, and therefore run the risk of being stung. Most dogs and cats can cope well with a wasp or insect sting. In many cases, a sin...

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How to help your pet to be home alone again after Covid-19 quarantine: 5 tips

Many of our pets have enjoyed the extra time that they have had with their owners during the Covid-19 restrictions. As the lockdown is lifting, it is important to remember that your pet(s) will not un...

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