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Blue-green algae poisoning

Blue-green algae can be toxic to dogs. Call your vet immediately if you suspect poisoning.Don’t let your dog drink from or swim in water containing blue-green algae Blue-green algae is most common during the hotter, drier summer months when there is less rain, so...

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Pet obesity in the UK

Our pets can suffer from being overweight or obese, just as us humans do. In the UK we continue to see pet obesity rise. It is estimated that 40% and 53% of cats are obese. Pets that are overweight or obese are at risk of many heath issues, such as diabetes, liver...

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Older dogs need a home to

The lockdown has definitely seen an influx of new pet ownership. We have seen more puppies in the last 10 weeks than any other time normal time of the year. Whilst we love seeing the carefree, sweet innocent faces of the puppies who come and see us and they never fail...

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Companionship in Rabbits

Contrary to previous belief, we now know that rabbits are extremely sociable animals and should be housed with at least one other bunny. So, if you are thinking of getting a pet rabbit, you should think about getting at least two. Equally, if you own a bunny who lives...

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Life during lockdown as a Student Veterinary Nurse

Shortly after the country went into lockdown, I entered my final year of training as a student veterinary nurse. In regular life I go to college every Monday, while working in practice for the rest of the week. Due to Covid-19, I have not been able to attend college...

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Backyard chickens

We have many clients who not only have cats and dogs as pets but also get to enjoy the pleasure of fresh eggs on a daily basis from their back yard chickens. In this article we hope to provide a couple of health problems we often see and their clinical signs. Health...

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A day in the life of a vet

What do vets do all day…. Apart from cuddle puppies and kittens? That would be a dream day for us to be able to meet and great puppies and kittens for 10 hours. However there is a lot more that fills our days. Days in June 2020 may look slightly different than they...

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Its getting hot hot hot…..

Summer is well and truly underway at the moment, we are seeing some beautiful hot days.  As much as we enjoy lying out in the heat we must take a moment to remember our furry friends. Dogs: Always aim for walkies early in the morning or at duskCheck the...

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Pandemic care tips

Caring for your dog during the coronavirus pandemic: To protect the most vulnerable in our community it’s vital that we all work together to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Reducing social contact goes against our nature, but for dog owners, self-isolation creates...

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Socialising your puppy

It's important to socialise puppies from a young age, but with the lockdown and ongoing social distancing a lot of owners are worried they won't be able to do this. For successful socialisation, puppies need to be exposed to lots of different experiences. This needs...

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First steps outside

Now so many of you have new feline additions to your household, we thought we would answer one of the more frequently encountered dilemmas, letting your adolescent cat out for the first time. The international cat care organisation has written the below article to...

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Entertainment time

More advice on keeping your dog entertained and stimulated during COVID 19........ We are all being asked to stay home and although this may be difficult and frustrating for us and our dogs, it is temporary and there are many things that we can all do to help make it...

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Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW): 1st-9th June 2020

Every year, around this time, Burgess rabbit food manufacturers and the veterinary community start a week of rabbit awareness. We bring you tips and hints to ensure we as owners understand our bunnies and what is best in terms of their care and welfare. Today is diet…...

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Pets and our mental health

We all know there are studies suggesting that stroking a pet can reduce your blood pressure, alongside helping the release of happy hormones (dopamine) which can make you smile. Along with the positive benefits you can see when dogs or cats are taken to care homes,...

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Cat FAQ’s answered here….

Why do cats knead their owners with their claws? When kittens are first born they are totally dependent on their mother for their nutrition. When they suck at their mothers’ teats they tread with alternate front paws at her body to stimulate the flow of milk. If your...

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Breed spotlight – Siamese cats

Who doesn’t remember the song “We are Siamese if you please, We are Siamese if you don’t please” the classic from Lady & the Tramp. I’m sure a lot of you are currently familiar with the likes of Disney+ during this COVID-19 pandemic. But it is a song that always...

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