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Helping you and your pet in social-isolation at Easter

Easter is here again, and we are all having to adapt to new challenges, in every aspect of life. The health of our pets is no exception. Current guidance, as of 31st March 2020, from the RCVS (Royal C...

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Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis in horses: What to look for and how to manage it

As the sun begins to shine, bees become busier, and flowers begin to blossom, one thing is becoming certain - Spring is upon us. Whilst most of us will welcome this change in season, embracing the lon...

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Dog breeds: choosing the right pet for you, your family and your lifestyle

There are so many dog breeds that it can feel like an overwhelming task to choose your perfect pet, whether as a puppy or at a rescue centre. You need to feel confident that you will meet your new fri...

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Blue-green algae poisoning in dogs

Blue-green algae typically grows in lakes, ponds and slow moving streams, as well as marine water bodies throughout the UK. When favourable environmental conditions are present (sunny weather, high wa...

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Can I get coronavirus from my pet?

After the outbreak of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in China, the virus is now spreading throughout the world. There are many questions and concerns about the infection from people, both with and wit...

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Mast Cell Tumours in dogs

Mast Cells Tumours (MCTs) account for around 1 in 5 skin tumours, which makes them the most common form of malignant skin tumour in dogs. Some are described as low grade, which means they act like a b...

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Ticks and small animals

Ticks are small parasites that can range in size from a pinhead, before feeding, to the size of a fingernail after feeding. Ticks feed on the blood of animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits, hedgehogs, d...

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How to give your dog eye drops

Does your dog have an eye problem that needs to be treated with eye drops? Here are some tips and advice to help you give the drops safely and effectively.

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Vaccinating cats - your questions answered

Vaccination is the quickest and best way to protect your cat from preventable diseases. Most of these diseases are caused by viruses, and unfortunately, there is no direct treatment for most viruses t...

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Vaccinating dogs - your questions answered

Vaccination is the quickest and best way to protect your dog from preventable diseases. Most of these diseases are caused by viruses, and unfortunately, there is no direct treatment for most viruses t...

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Xylitol poisoning

Xylitol is one of the lesser known causes of toxicity in dogs, but it is extremely harmful. As the trend for sugar free products grows, so does the inclusion of sweeteners in food. Xylitol is a natura...

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False pregnancy

A false pregnancy usually occurs in an unneutered bitch around 6 to 10 weeks after her last season, or heat, has finished. The signs of a false pregnancy are associated with a hormone called prolactin...

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Pyometra in dogs

Female dogs that have not been spayed (neutered) are at risk of getting a life threatening infection of their uterus (womb), called a pyometra. This infection requires urgent veterinary attention.

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I’ve found a lump on my dog, what should I do next?

Most dogs develop a lump or two during their lifetime. There can be lots of different reasons for this. It is always worrying to find a lump on your pet. Lumps can be something simple, however, some a...

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Ticks and your horse

Ticks are small, blood sucking parasites of mammals. This can include horses, dogs, cats and humans. They are increasingly common in the UK. The three most common species of tick are: Ixodes ricinus (...

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Medicine cabinet for dogs and cats

Whenever your cat or dog needs first aid it's good to be prepared. This article will give you some suggestions for what to stock in your pet’s medicine cabinet at home and some first aid tips for comm...

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Help! My cat has bad breath

You may have noticed that your cat is suffering from bad breath (halitosis) or dental disease. Often this is picked up at their annual health check by your vet. Dental disease is easy to spot and easy...

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Help! My dog has bad breath

You may have noticed that your dog is suffering from bad breath (halitosis) or dental disease. Often this is picked up at their annual health check by your vet. Dental disease is easy to spot and easy...

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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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