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Renal care for pets & horses

Aug 8th, 2017 - By Sophie Wilkinson in Pet Care

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

Jul 5th, 2017 - By Sophie Wilkinson in Pet Care

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

May 3rd, 2017 - By Sophie Wilkinson in Pet Care

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

May 2nd, 2017 - By Sophie Wilkinson in Pet Care

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

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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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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What should you have in your horse's first aid kit?

Feb 2nd, 2017 - By Sophie Wilkinson in Pet Care

It is useful to put together a first aid kit to keep on the yard. A basic first aid kit should contain the items most likely to be needed to treat an injury or ailment, along with contact numbers for your vet, insurance company and transporters (if relevant). The essential items you should include are listed below: A clean bowl A small pair of b...

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The pros and cons of neutering your dog

Jan 26th, 2017 - By Sophie Wilkinson in Pet Care

If you do not intend to breed from your dog then most owners will consider neutering. By writing this blog we hope to help you make that important decision. Alternatively, you can speak to your vet who will be more than happy to discuss neutering with you. Benefits to spaying your female dog: 1. Prevents unwanted litters and the costs involved. 2....

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