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  • Fly Strike in Rabbits Image

    Spring and summer are approaching and our pet rabbits love the warmer climate and longer days this brings. Unfortunately so do flies, with the warmer months being their prime breeding season. The larvae they produce can actually be deadly to our pets, which is why we've outlined steps on how to keep your pet bunny safe! What is Fly Strike? Flies na...

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  • Arthritis in pets - prevention & management Image

    Approximately 25% of dogs will suffer from osteoarthritis in their lifetime. This is where one or multiple joints are inflamed and painful - something which is most commonly due to aging. It’s not just our pet dogs that are affected either; in one study 90% of cats over the age of 12 had signs of osteoarthritis on x-ray. How do I know if my p...

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    Spring turnout advice

    29 April 2020 - By in Horses

    Spring is here! The sun is out and our ponies are loving the longer days out in the field, especially the fresh lush spring grass that comes with it. However is this good for them? In fact spring pasture-associated laminitis, obesity and digestive problems are a real issue horse owners need to be aware of. Do not worry though, below is a guide on a...

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    Coronavirus - Vet FAQs

    2 April 2020 Last updated: 17 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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    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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    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 Nobivac Myxo-RHD Plus Image

    Introducing Nobivac Myxo-RHD Plus

    27 February 2020 Last updated: 5 May 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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    Introducing Aservo Equihaler

    27 February 2020 Last updated: 27 February 2020 - By in Veterinary Matters

    The newly approved Aservo inhaler is corticosteroid-based and designed for horses with asthma. Containing the active ingredient, ciclesonide, it is activated directly in the lung, which helps to reduce lower airway inflammation. The handle is designed for easy-holding and application, and there is a nostril adaptor which allows for easy inhalation...

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