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VioVet Blog - All Posts by John Cousins

  • Weight reduction and obesity in dogs Image

    How do I know if my dog is overweight? Letting your dog become overweight can cause considerable health problems and a shorter life span, with conditions such as a heart disease, arthritis, circulatory problems, pancreatic disorders and liver disease being more prevalent in overweight animals. If you cannot feel your dog’s ribs when you run y...

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  • Why is my cat overweight? Image

    Why is my cat overweight? Why are people getting fatter? Going back to 30 or 40 years ago, cats in the UK did not get overweight. They were probably just as loved and cared for then as now, but they were slimmer. When I went to university in 1978 to start my veterinary science degree, I remember being told that dogs are greedy and will get fat if o...

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  • A Very Funny 5 Minutes Image

    Our daily experience is filled with little events which are very quickly forgotten. Occasionally there is reason for these things to lodge in our memory for longer. Many years ago there was a brief event in the surgery waiting room which left most people there with tears of laughter rolling down their faces. It only lasted a few minutes, but I e...

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  • My Saddest Consultation Image

    The consulting room door opened as a lad of about 10 entered the room and apprehensively offered the small cardboard box he had been cradling under one arm. Closely behind followed Dad, his slightly disdainful expression in stark contrast to the fresh-faced concern overwhelming his son. "What have we here?" I offered brightly, invi...

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