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Pet Health Articles

Our receptionist Ruth writes brilliant articles for us on all sorts of subjects that we hope you will enjoy reading as much as we do!

helping baby birds

Hopefully we will soon be on the way to some lovely summer sunshine. This is the time of year when we see a higher number of wild birds at the surgery than usual, most of which are fledglings. The majority of these baby birds are perfectly healthy and have ended up...

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christmas and your pet

As we all know Christmas is a time for giving so you will have to ‘forgive me’ for mentioning that whilst it is a time to celebrate and have fun it can also be a stressful time for animals. We see many emergency cases at the surgery over the Christmas period and a few...

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diabetes in pets

Being told your pet has Diabetes can be quite a shock and a daunting prospect for any owner.  Between 1 in 100 and 1 in 500 cats and dogs develop diabetes and although it can affect either sex at any age, it is more common in older pets especially unspayed bitches and...

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help your pet cope with firework night

Remember, remember the 5th of November…..  Unfortunately many pet owners remember this date because of the upset and distress it causes their pets. Fortunately there are some things you can do to protect your pet during this stressful time: Cats and Dogs 1. Always...

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chronic kidney disease in cats

This month’s subject is all about cats and kidney disease. As cats get older they may start to suffer from kidney disease.  Approximately 10% of cats aged 10 and 30% of cats aged over 15 are affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD).  Many of these cats appear...

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pets with a difference

  People sometimes ask “What’s the most unusual pet you’ve seen at the surgery?” There are a few examples to choose from. We see several different types of reptiles kept as pets the most common ones are Iguanas, Geckos, and Bearded Dragons. These are moderate...

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pet dental care

Dental problems are very common in the animal world. It is estimated that 80% of all dogs and cats over 3 years of age have dental disease. This is more than skin and tummy problems combined. After each meal plaque (an adhesive layer of bacteria) forms on your pets’...

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pets on holiday

Going on Holiday or having a Weekend away soon? Holidays usually mean there are a hundred and one things to think about, but how to care for your pets on holiday should be one of the first. Planning in advance is very important. Reliable neighbours or friends may be...

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a-z of animal groups

There are many words used to describe a collection of people such as Group, Team, Crowd, Shower, Mob etc. Animal Groups have all sorts of strange and unusual names. Here is an A-Z of some familiar and less familiar ones:- A) An ARMY of Caterpillars B) A BUSINESS of...

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pets as blood donors

In the words of Tony Hancock “A pint, that’s very nearly an armful!” As in human medicine, following an accident or illness there are rare occasions when some of our patients at the veterinary surgery would really benefit from a blood transfusion. Last week we had one...

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overweight pets

I hope you’ve all had a Happy Christmas and I expect, like me, you have overindulged! That last mince pie, an extra roast potato, and the “oh go on, have another chocolate, it is Christmas after all”! For our pets, having an extra treat can be a year round problem,...

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first aid for pets

The topic for this months’ article is First Aid. As the human First Aider at work it is subject of interest to me and many of the animal first aid treatments are very similar to humans. As with human medicine the purposes of animal first aid are to preserve life,...

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