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...

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...