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VioVet Blog - All Posts by Danielle Cousins

  • Helping horses cope during fireworks Image

    One of the strongest instincts in an animal is the will to survive. As a prey animal, horses have a very strong fight-or-flight response and are naturally easily startled. The impulse to outrun whatever has troubled them is usually the first response but, if a horse is trapped, they will endeavour to defend themselves by biting, kicking and rearing...

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  • Why try our own brand dog food? Image

    How often do you cringe at your basket total? Your dog’s monthly shop might raise the same thoughts time and again: Why is this food so expensive? Where can I get it cheaper? How can I get the best quality for the price I can afford? And this is why we've created our own brand range of high quality products, without premium price tags! What...

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  • Renal failure in cats Image

    What is it? Kidney failure can be acute with sudden onset, or chronic with slower development. Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) is also known as kidney disease and is sadly a progressive, irreversible condition. The problem is relatively common in both cats and dogs but affects a much higher proportion of cats. While cases of kidney failure in younger a...

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  • Understanding feline behaviour: stress Image

    Just like humans, cats possess a wide range of personalities. It is easy to forget that animals are capable of such complex emotions because they simply cannot tell us what is wrong and we frequently overlook obvious signs of problems. In fact, up to 10% of euthanised animals are a result of unresolved negative behaviours. Often, behavioural proble...

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  • How to give your cat a tablet by mouth Image

    There will usually come a time in your cat's life where you will need to give them a tablet by mouth. Not all tablets are suitable for crushing or giving with a meal, as food in the gut may hinder proper absorption of the medication. In other circumstances, your cat may simply refuse to take the tablet no matter how much tasty food you try to disgu...

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  • Why should I worm my cat/dog regularly? Image

    The chances are, every dog and every cat will get worms at some point in their life. Often, infections are manageable but even healthy looking animals may have the beginnings of something more sinister inside them. If I don't worm them, what might happen? In extreme cases and depending on the type of worm, there may be awful consequences such as in...

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  • Are your pets celebrating the New Year with you? Image

    New Year's Eve is one of the biggest celebrations of the year, enjoyed by everyone and lasting all evening, sometimes into the early hours! We should enjoy ourselves, reminisce with friends and look forward to what next year will bring but we must not forget to spare a few minutes in advance to ensure our pets will not be adversely affected during...

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  • Christmas: decorations & dangers Image

    Christmas is a happy and exciting time of year and with the house full of new smells, sights and sounds, who could blame our pets for wanting to get involved? Unfortunately for some pets, after eating something they shouldn't they miss out on dozing in front of the fire with a happy belly, which is just one of the dangers we need to be aware of at...

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  • It's f-fur-freezing! Are you aware of the problems your pets may face this winter? Image

    As winter approaches, we're wrapping up warm and turning on the heating. We all know the feeling of stepping outside and the shock of cold air hitting our face and lungs; some of us love it but others shiver at the thought of leaving the house! Our pets' reactions to winter weather will vary between individuals but whether they are going out for a...

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  • Firework season is approaching! How will your pets cope? Image

    I once visited a friend and was surprised to find their dog wedged into an impossibly small space beneath a dresser, facing the wall with just its tail sticking out. He risked an occasional nervous peep over his shoulder and looked extremely sorry for himself - somewhat like Eeyore! This was how Sam spent every fireworks night and thunderstorm so e...

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