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  • Identifying thorns in the paw pad Image

    It is very common for dogs to get thorns or other sharp objects stuck in their paw when out on a walk or in the garden. If you notice your dog go acutely lame, not bear any weight at all on one leg or start chewing at his paw, then this is the most likely cause. A thorn in your dog's pad can be very painful and he may be upset, so approach him calm...

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  • Foot abscesses Image

    Foot abscesses or "pus in the foot" are one of the most common causes of lameness in horses, ponies and donkeys, particularly during warm, wet weather. They can be very sudden in onset and are usually very painful. Foot abscesses tend to be caused by bacteria tracking up the hoof wall or under the sole through weaknesses in the white line (where th...

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  • Renal care for pets & horses Image

    Healthy kidneys are responsible for many different tasks most importantly filtering the blood of toxins and excreting them in urine. If the kidneys are not functioning properly then this can result in a variety of problems. Any condition which stops the kidneys performing properly is referred to as kidney or renal disease. It means some damage has...

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  • Choosing the right hoof supplement Image

    Hoof supplements are widely used within the equine community- we've all heard the saying "No Hoof, No Horse". Weak hoof structure leads to hoof wall problems such as quarter cracks, toe cracks, sand cracks, brittle hoof walls and hoof wall separation. These hoof wall defects often create an environment ideal for bacteria associated with white line...

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  • Equine Digestive Supplements Image

    Good digestive health is essential to your horse's overall wellness and performance. The horse's gut is populated by billions of beneficial or "good" bacteria and protozoa - particularly in the colon and caecum of the hindgut. These organisms ferment the fibre (grass, hay etc) that horses eat. A key product of fermentation in the hindgut is volatil...

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  • Stomach problems in cats Image

    As with dogs, mild stomach upsets in cats are not uncommon. Typically a sudden change in diet, over-eating or an intolerance to a food not usually consumed can cause stomach upsets in cats. Starving for a period of time and giving a bland diet for 7 days before transitioning back onto their normal food is recommended. However cats should not be sta...

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  • Stomach upsets in dogs Image

    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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  • Understanding Kissing Spines Image

    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 Image

    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 Image

    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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