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  • How to keep your pet calm (& entertained) during lockdown Image

    How to keep your pet calm (& entertained) during lockdown

    6 April 2020 (Last Updated: 6 April 2020) - by in Pet Care

    During these unprecedented times when everyone is at home and normality is out the window, it can be difficult knowing how to keep our pets entertained throughout the day. While most cats and dogs will just be happy to have us home, the sudden change to their normal routines can be unsettling and even lead to stress-related behaviours. With this in...

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    Coronavirus - Vet FAQs

    2 April 2020 (Last Updated: 6 April 2020) - by in Veterinary Matters

    The government has released guidelines on what we can and can’t do with our pets in lockdown. Here at VioVet we have compiled a handy FAQ list to help you understand how to look after your pet with all the new laws involved! Can my pet be infected? Currently there is no evidence to suggest pets can be infected with the current strain of Coron...

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    A vet's guide to chocolate poisoning in dogs

    1 April 2020 (Last Updated: 3 April 2020) - by in Dogs

    Easter is on the horizon and chocolate eggs will be in abundance! But what should we do if the worst happens and your dog manages to eat some? How can we be prepared for this if it happens? What does chocolate do to dogs? Chocolate contains Theobromine. Humans can break down Theobromine easily as we have the correct enzyme, but our dogs can’t...

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    How to cope with cancelled shows & events

    17 March 2020 (Last Updated: 18 March 2020) - by in Horses

    Competition season is upon us and for many it’s a time of great anticipation and excitement, with much preparation having gone into readying your horse (and yourself) for the demands of competitions. However, with Covid-19 forcing many competitions and events into cancellation, with no clear indication as to when the current situation will ea...

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    Vomiting outbreak in dogs

    4 March 2020 - by in Dogs

    You may have heard in the news that cases of vomiting in dogs are currently around double the normal average. This has been shown by research scientists at Liverpool University SAVSNET division (Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network), comfirming the outbreak that has long been suspected. Currently we aren’t sure of the exact cause, but...

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    Coronavirus Update

    28 February 2020 (Last Updated: 6 April 2020) - by in Pet Care

    It’s all over the news - a new strain of Coronavirus (2019-nCOV, AKA Covid-19) is causing major issues globally to the human population. But can animals get Coronavirus too? There will be conflicting information online as Coronavirus does have strains that affect animals - in fact most strains are exclusively non-human. Recently a Tiger at th...

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    Understanding Cognitive Dysfunction

    28 February 2020 (Last Updated: 2 March 2020) - by in Dogs

    “Ageing brain disorders, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s, are really hard to diagnose in dogs and cats. In veterinary we group all these conditions under the term 'cognitive dysfunction'. In simple terms, this is where the brain ages and doesn't function as well as it used to. We aren't exactly sure what causes this, but it is possibly...

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    Introducing Mirataz

    27 February 2020 (Last Updated: 27 February 2020) - by in Veterinary Matters

    Mirataz contains the active ingredient mirtazapine, which is an appetite stimulant. Previously we only had tablet forms of this in veterinary. Mirataz is a transdermal gel, meaning it is applied onto the skin, in particular the ear pinnae. This could prove really useful for cats who are underweight, or inappetant for other clinical reasons. In thes...

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    Introducing Stelfonta

    27 February 2020 (Last Updated: 27 February 2020) - by in Veterinary Matters

    Stelfonta is a cancer drug used to treat mast cell tumours in dogs. The type of mast cell tumours it treats are those that are not suitable for surgery and that have not spread to other parts of the body. Mast cells are immune system cells found in many tissues, that release substances such as histamine and cytokines. Stelfonta is used to treat mas...

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    Introducing Nobivac Myxo-RHD Plus

    27 February 2020 (Last Updated: 27 February 2020) - by in Veterinary Matters

    Nobivac Myxo-RHD Plus is a new vaccine developed to reduce death in rabbits, as well as clinical signs of myxomatosis and rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD). Myxomatosis is caused by the myxoma virus and is spread between rabbits in close contact with one another, as well as by biting insects such as fleas and mosquitoes. The virus causes swelling a...

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