Questions to ask your Vet

7 Questions To Ask Your Vet

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1. Is my pet a healthy weights/Is he getting enough exercise? More than half of the dogs and cats in the EU are overweight, according to a recent survey by the Association for Pet Obesity and Prevention. Even worse, many pet owners with overweight dogs or cats deny there is even a problem with their […]

Kennel Stress

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  Kennel stress is real! Even steady dogs can become stressed in kennels when confronted by new surroundings, change of diet and routine. Let alone being put into a kennel they are unfamiliar with, surrounded by strange smells and other dogs, some of which, maybe barking. Stress related to staying in an unfamiliar environment. Proximity […]

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Facts About Dog Fleas

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At our veterinary practice, everybody is used to dealing with emergencies. The peaceful steady procession of routine appointments is often disturbed by the sudden arrival of a seriously ill animal. Road accidents, convulsions, heart attacks and dog fight injuries can occur at any time. The reception staff know that they can interrupt the vet from […]

Story About Dog Chewing

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It was booster vaccination time for Butch, nothing about dog chewing basically. Butch was a Collie crossed dog. I was giving him an all-over health check. As I examined him, I asked his owner if there was anything she was particularly worried about.   ‘I’m a bit concerned about his feeding habits’ she told me. ‘He eats […]

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How To Take Your Dog’s Temperature

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‘Now then, Rusty’, I told the little terrier. ‘Just relax for a moment while I take your temperature’. As I popped the thermometer into the dog’s rear end, I thought that perhaps it was just as well that animals do not understand human words. Dogs and cats would not appreciate advance knowledge of the fact […]

Why is an Identity Tag Necessary for your Dog?

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The car skidded as it pulled up outside our clinic door. The driver leapt out and rushed inside. ‘I’ve hit a dog, and he has no identity tag’, he stammered ‘ I think it’s dead’. We lifted the body from the  boot of his car, and I could see at once that the large cross-bred […]

Can Native Wildlife be Dangerous toward your Dog?

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Wildlife in Ireland and the U.K seems less than dangerous to the average domestic pet. In the wilderness of Africa, fierce wild animals roam the plains, looking for prey. In contrast, the Irish countryside is a safe haven, with no large bloodthirsty predators to threaten humans, dogs or cats. However, the native wildlife is not entirely […]

The Truth about Tail Docking

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Tail docking has become normal practice for certain breeds of dogs, but the tail of a dog is an under-rated appendage. In fact, the tail is often treated with such contempt by humans that a large number of tails are lopped off when a puppy is just a few days old. The procedure of tail […]

Breathless Pets: Watch Out for the Signs!

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Breathlessness is a common symptom in humans. The cause can vary from simple lack of fitness, to much more serious conditions such as heart disease. But what about in animals? There are similarities between diseases of humans and those of animals. However, there is one big difference – most disease conditions are more advanced by […]

Motion Sickness in Dogs: What To Do?

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The salivation begins as soon as the ignition key starts the engine. Soon the drooling saliva has formed a puddle as big as a large dinner plate. Within five minutes of leaving home, the retching and vomiting has started. Poor Spook the cross-bred Collie does not enjoy travel, and his tendency to car sickness means […]