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Veterinary Advice During the Coronavirus Outbreak

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These are unprecedented times and, outside wartime, none of us has any experience of any kind of social restrictions so it is perfectly understandable that people might have concerns about what might happen if their pet is injured or unwell as this crisis unfolds over the next few months. The other perspective that we must keep in mind is that …

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Christmas Food Toxicity

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The Festive Season is just around the corner and many of our celebrations revolve around food. Most vets would say that they treat an increasing number of dogs that have eaten food which is toxic at this time of year. Top of the toxic list has to be chocolate! Toxicity varies with the cocoa content, but high-quality dark chocolate is …

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Bites and Stings

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It wouldn’t be summer if a wasp didn’t invade your picnic, but don’t forget pets can suffer from bites and stings too. Wasp and bee stings are most common; especially on cat paws (from batting them) and puppies’ faces (because they explore everything with their mouths). If you are quick you might be able to remove the bee sting and …

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Dogs & Small Animals in Hot Weather

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It’s great to see the sun shining and to enjoy the warm weather, but how can you make sure that your pets are safe in the summer? Dogs are at the highest risk from hot temperatures. We all know that it is not safe to leave dogs in cars as they can soon heat up to lethal temperatures, even on …

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Coat Care for Pets in Hot Weather

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t feels like Summer is finally here … time to strip off to a t-shirt, slap on some sun cream, and soak up some rays. But what about your pets? They simply can’t change their coat as fast as our British weather! Most pets shed their coat twice a year, swapping a thicker coat for a lighter one in the …

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Keeping Dogs Hydrated

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ost of us find motorway toilets to be rather functional places that offer a necessary and welcome, but otherwise unrewarding, experience. However, earlier today, when I made a perfunctory pit-stop on the M6, I was delighted to see a series of bright and arresting posters alerting readers to the fact that dogs die in hot cars. It’s something we should …

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Spring Allergies

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he sun appears, the flowers come out, and people start sneezing! But dogs can also suffer from seasonal allergies which often begin to affect them in the spring. Allergy to pollen in dogs (unlike people) usually causes itching. Dogs can be allergic to grass pollens, plant pollens (especially from weeds and wildflowers), and tree pollens. It is thought that the …

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Easter Advice

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Vets aren’t fond of Christmas and Easter…  there are too many dangerous temptations for curious and greedy pets! Most people are now aware that chocolate is toxic, and potentially fatal, for dogs. High quality dark chocolate is the most dangerous, but bars of milk chocolate can cause illness in small dogs. Keep sweets away from dogs and keep a note …

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Obesity in Pets Case Study by Vicky Payne

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INTRODUCTION Pet obesity is a growing problem. In a cross-sectional study of pets attending five UK veterinary practices (Courcier et al., 2010) it was found that 39% of cats and 59% of dogs were found to be overweight or obese when body condition score was assessed. Owner perception of pets’ bodyweight differs from these findings with the PDSA Animal Welfare …

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Being Active With Your Dog

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ears ago, I met an elderly Dutch lady walking in the Scottish Highlands and, being British, I commented on the appalling weather. She surprised me by replying that, in Holland, they have a saying that there’s no such thing as bad weather, we just have the wrong clothing most of the time. Not only do I wish I could speak …