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...

Laundry liquids – a hidden killer?

Laundry liquids – a hidden killer? We like our clothes and our bedding to be nice and clean, and smell appealing, so we tend to wash them very thoroughly. However, just soaking fabric in warm water does very little to remove stains and grease – so we use a wide...

A friendly guide to fireworks season

With Halloween and Guy Fawkes so close together, Fireworks Season is getting bigger, longer and louder than ever. But what about those animals who really don’t like loud bangs and bright flashes? How can we help them cope with this time of year? What is it about fireworks that dogs...

What wormers are best for cats?

What wormers are best for cats? It depends what you mean by “best”! However, cats can suffer from a wide range of worms, so it’s always wise to make sure you’re using the right product, at the right time. To begin with, we’ll have a look at some of the...

Laser Therapy- An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

Laser Therapy – an idea whose time has come? The idea of using light, and especially lasers, to treat disease isn’t new – throughout much of the 20th century, different researchers tried applying different wavelengths of newly discovered radiations to their patients to see what happened. In some cases, (gamma...

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...