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Stomach upsets in dogs

Apr 27th, 2017 - By Sophie Wilkinson in Pet Care

Most mild stomach upsets in dogs are caused by a recent change in diet or a dietary indiscretion such as raiding the bin! With a mild stomach upset your dog may have vomiting, diarrhoea, inappetance, salivation and may also eat grass. Often no veterinary intervention is required in these cases. Ideally you should withhold food for 12-24hrs then aft...

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A guide to good grass management

Apr 20th, 2017 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

Grazing is the healthiest, most nutrient-rich (and cheapest) food you can provide your horse, which is why it’s so important to manage it well. This can be a difficult balancing act as in winter all you want is grass cover, and in the spring and summer months the aim is to restrict grazing. Basic facts about grass management: - Grass grows fi...

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Understanding Kissing Spines

Apr 12th, 2017 - By Sophie Wilkinson in Pet Care

Kissing Spines is the laymans term for overriding or impinging dorsal spinous processes in the horse. The dorsal spinous processes (DSPs) protrude vertically from the vertebrae and run from the withers to the pelvis. In a normal spine the DPS's are regularly spaced with a sufficient gap in between them. In a horse with kissing spines the gaps are r...

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Common skin complaints in cats

Apr 10th, 2017 - By Sophie Wilkinson in Pet Care

Skin diseases, or dermatopathies, are relatively common in cats. The skin is the largest organ in a cat’s body, comprising up to ¼ of its body weight. This amazing organ provides a protective barrier to the environment and regulates body temperature, among other important functions. Your cats skin or coat can be a good indicator of the...

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Common dog eye problems

Mar 20th, 2017 - By Sophie Wilkinson in Pet Care

Dog eye complaints are common place in a vets consulting room. This is largely due to the vast array of eye complaints dogs can suffer from. All breeds of dogs, and at any age, can be affected with many types of eye problems, each with differing forms of severity. Although, certain dog breeds are more prone to different eye conditions than others.S...

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Missing Cats Day

Mar 20th, 2017 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Discussion

Having a cat go missing can be devastating, especially as they are often so much harder to trace than dogs and livestock. In the UK, it is generally accepted that cats have a ‘right to roam’ as the laws governing the control of dogs and livestock by their owners do not apply to cats. This means they are free to come and go as they pleas...

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Puppy preparation & kitten care

Mar 14th, 2017 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

The lead up to bringing a new puppy or kitten home is filled with excitement and anticipation. But with so much to think about, it can be difficult remembering everything you need in preparation for the new arrival. Being prepared is key if you want your new pet to settle in quickly and comfortably. This means preparing your home, preparing yoursel...

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Liver disease in horses

Feb 23rd, 2017 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

The liver makes up around 1% of the horse's total bodyweight and is probably the most important organ in the body since every other organ depends on it. It works closely with the digestive system and has an array of different functions: Blood from the intestinal tract is drained to the liver where nutrients can be stored or metabolised to produce e...

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Choosing the right bit: Snaffle bits

Feb 9th, 2017 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Discussion

When it comes to choosing the right bit for your horse, the abundance of choice can make it difficult to decide. With various classes of bit, each with their own subcategories, and then different mouthpieces and cheeks on top of that, it’s easy to lose sight of what you really need. The best thing to do is keep it simple and consider what you...

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Should I brush my cat's teeth?

Feb 7th, 2017 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

'Cat dental hygiene' is not a term you hear or see often, which is probably why routine brushing doesn’t feature in many cat’s lives. But it should, as cats are just as susceptible to bad breath, gum disease and tooth decay/loss, as many dogs and humans are. Whether your cat is old or young, the condition of the teeth is paramount to th...

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