Atopic Dermatitis – new options for management?

Atopic dermatitis, or Atopy, is probably the most common allergic disease we see in dogs. However, it is also one of the hardest to control. Over the past few years, however, a range of newer treatment options have become available, and we are expecting some exciting new advances in the...

What do we vaccinate our dogs against and why?

What do we vaccinate our dogs against and why? Every time they go out and about, our pets are under attack by disease causing microbes. A dog’s immune system is ruthlessly efficient at locating and destroying these organisms; however, it isn’t an instant reaction – it takes time for the...

What are Vet Nurses?

What are vet nurses? When you come in to the practice, you’ll often see a vet nurse as well as, or instead of, the vet. But people are often confused about what vet nurses are, and what they do… Let’s start by busting some myths about vet nurses. Nurses are...

What flea control is best for my dog?

There is a huge range of different flea products on the market – and it can be really hard to decide which to use. Do you choose the cheapest? Or the most expensive? What formulation – collar, tablet, spot on? Where do you get it from – pet shop, pharmacy,...

Why is my cat struggling to urinate?

If your cat is unable, despite repeated attempts, to pass any urine then call us right now, whatever hour of the day or night it is. This is a medical emergency that needs seeing right away. What’s causing it? There are three possible reasons why your cat is struggling to...

What is Demodex, and should I be worried?

Demodex is a species of mite that lives in the hair follicles of a dog’s skin. They’re little cylindrical critters with short, stumpy legs, and they sit next to the hair root within the follicle, grazing peacefully on the sebum secretions. What do the mites do? Most of the time,...

Do dogs get diabetes?

Yes, they can – and they do! Studies suggest that between one in five hundred and one in a hundred dogs will be diagnosed with sugar diabetes during their lives. What is diabetes? There are two forms of diabetes – diabetes insipidus (or “water diabetes”, where affected dogs cannot conserve...

What’s the most common symptom in pets?

Do you know what the most common symptom is for which people bring their pet to the vets? Those of you with dogs may think it’s vomiting and diarrhoea, and cat owners might thinks it’s more likely to be scrapes, scratches and abscesses, but actually it isn’t. The most common...

What vaccines does my cat need?

There are a range of different vaccines available for cats, to protect them against different diseases. These are divided into two categories – “Core Vaccines”, that every cat should receive to protect them and their neighbours; and “Non-Core Vaccines” that are more appropriate for some cats than others. Which are...