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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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Puppy preparation & kitten care

Mar 14th, 2017 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

The lead up to bringing a new puppy or kitten home is filled with excitement and anticipation. But with so much to think about, it can be difficult remembering everything you need in preparation for the new arrival. Being prepared is key if you want your new pet to settle in quickly and comfortably. This means preparing your home, preparing yoursel...

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Liver disease in horses

Feb 23rd, 2017 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

The liver makes up around 1% of the horse's total bodyweight and is probably the most important organ in the body since every other organ depends on it. It works closely with the digestive system and has an array of different functions: Blood from the intestinal tract is drained to the liver where nutrients can be stored or metabolised to produce e...

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Should I brush my cat's teeth?

Feb 7th, 2017 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

'Cat dental hygiene' is not a term you hear or see often, which is probably why routine brushing doesn’t feature in many cat’s lives. But it should, as cats are just as susceptible to bad breath, gum disease and tooth decay/loss, as many dogs and humans are. Whether your cat is old or young, the condition of the teeth is paramount to th...

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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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Protecting your dog's paws

Jan 30th, 2017 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

If we’re about to go on a walk or run, we’ll find our most comfortable and supportive pair of shoes to wear, or a pair of heavy duty boots if the roads are particularly treacherous. Our dogs, on the other hand, are equipped with just the one pair of paws to transport them over every surface, albeit mud, ice and snow, and can’t pul...

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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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Caring for an Ex-Racehorse

Dec 22nd, 2016 - By Sophie Wilkinson in Pet Care

Ex-racehorses are now becoming very popular as riding horses owing to their athletic and intelligent nature. They tend to be well handled and are usually good to load, travel, shoe and clip. Often they are used to hacking to the gallops and are very good in traffic. However they do need good care and attention to maintain a healthy horse so should...

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Arthritis in horses

Dec 8th, 2016 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

What is arthritis? Otherwise known as degenerative joint disease (DJD), arthritis is a progressive and irreversible condition affecting the articular cartilage in the joint. Over time, repeated trauma (wear and tear) causes erosion of the cartilage that cushions the ends of bones within a weight-bearing joint. This is often the natural consequence...

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A guide to winter grooming

Dec 5th, 2016 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

Winter weather has well and truly arrived, which means dry flaky skin, dull coats and mud-matted hair for our dogs and outdoor cats. Strong, chilly winds, frequent downpours and cold temperatures can be very damaging to the skin and coat, as can stuffy central heating that’s on longer (and hotter!) during the winter months. This sudden switch...

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