Chronic Ear Infections – is there an answer?

Ear problems are a common issue for many dogs (and even a few cats), and it can be deeply frustrating to try and get on top of them. Despite the wide range of ear products on the market – cleaners, antiseptics, antibiotic, antifungal and anti-inflammatory drops – we still see...

6 Beach Dangers for Dogs

Going to the seaside is of course the thing to do in nice weather! However, if you’re planning to take your pet with you, there are a few things you need to be aware of… For starters, are they actually allowed on the beach? Many beaches ban dogs in the...

I want to take my pet abroad, do I need a passport?

This is a question we are frequently asked; in actual fact, the regulations are a little more complicated than that. Essentially, what paperwork and health checks you need to enter another country are set by that country. In some cases, there are very few, if any checks – so, for...

What diseases do we vaccinate dogs against?

Despite its routine nature, vaccination is not always a one-size-fits-all process. There are a bewildering array of factors. Some dogs travel abroad, or stay in kennels, some rarely leave the house, while others spend considerable time outdoors. Pets used for breeding may require different vaccines. Breed, local disease demographics, insurance...

Do dogs get Lyme Disease?

Many of us have heard of Lyme disease in people, but infection has been seen in dogs, horses and suspected in cats. Infection doesn’t always lead to symptoms, but Lyme disease seems to be on the rise, so here we will discuss what it is, how it may affect your...

Do dogs get food allergies?

Dogs do indeed get food allergies, however the terminology in this area can be confusing. In this blog we’ll break down what a food allergy is, what signs your dog may have, and what can be done. What causes a food allergy? It is an abnormal reaction by the body’s...

Health checks; what are they, and why does your pet need one?

Some owners question why we need to have regular health checks for our pets, when we so rarely go to the doctor for regular health checks ourselves unless we have a chronic condition. The main reason is that pets cannot tell us when something is wrong! Many diseases occur as...

Practical Parasite Prevention

Practical Parasite Prevention Our pets are constantly under threat from a wide range of parasites. Unfortunately, no one preventative treatment is effective against everything. So, in this blog, we’re going to look at some of the more common (and nasty) parasites that our dogs and cats are vulnerable to, and...

Is my pet really overweight?

Obesity is a genuine crisis in the UK at the moment – not (just) for people, but for pets too. Studies suggest that up to half of all dogs and cats are obese or overweight! And while it may seem that we’re being kind in giving them extra snacks or...

What does it mean that my cat has an “overactive thyroid”?

  An overactive thyroid, or hyperthyroidism, is one of the commonest metabolic diseases of older cats. It has a wide range of effects on their body and behaviour, but is in most cases manageable, and can even be cured in some situations. In this blog, we’re going to look at...