Does my pet have fleas? How do I check? What do I do next?

You probably already know that fleas are the most common visible parasite affecting cats and dogs but why do they keep coming back? Traditionally a problem in the spring/summer months, milder winters and central heating have now made fleas a year-round problem. We tell you all you need to know about these pesky pests, their life Read More

Obesity in cats – our guide to dealing with it.

Obesity is on the rise both in people and in pets! Research suggests up to half of all vet visits are now linked to pets being overweight or obese. If your cat is one of these, it can have a big impact on their health and well-being. While weight gain can be caused by certain Read More

Why chocolate is dangerous for pets

Many of us will be tucking into Easter eggs and other chocolate treats over the Easter weekend but you won’t be doing your pets any favours if you offer them some of the goodies. Chocolate can actually be very dangerous for pets, especially for dogs. Why chocolate is dangerous for pets The presence of theobromine Read More

Are Flats Suitable Homes for Cats and Dogs?

Living in a flat without a garden does not have to mean that you can’t have a pet. If you take the correct steps to ensure that both you and your pet are safe and content, there is nothing to stop you from enjoying the benefits of pet ownership. Here are some tips on how Read More

Pyometra in dogs

Pyometra in dogs What is it? Pyometra is the name given to a potentially life-threatening infection of the uterus that can affect female dogs that haven’t been spayed.  It is most commonly seen in older female unspayed (entire) dogs, but can happen even in younger dogs. Pyometra only affects female dogs. What causes it? Each Read More

Symptoms of Osteoarthritis in Dogs

As many as 1 in 5 dogs are thought to develop osteoarthritis during their lifetime. This painful condition is unfortunately degenerative and is therefore likely to get worse over time. It is more common amongst older dogs but can also affect younger animals too. The symptoms of osteoarthritis are not always as obvious as you Read More

How Often Should I Worm My Pet and Why?

Are you worming your pet regularly enough? Many pet owners do not realise that their pet needs to be wormed on a very regular basis to ensure that they are protected as cat or dog worming treatments do not offer long-term benefits. Here, we look at why you need to stay on top of your Read More

Allergies and Itchy Skin in Cats and Dogs

Just as in humans, allergies can cause irritated, itchy skin in both cats and dogs.  Many dogs suffer from allergies – with fleas, house dust mites and pollens being among the most common allergens; which means signs may vary with the seasons, being particularly bad in spring and summer.  A proportion of the canine population Read More

Can a Cat’s Tail Be Broken?

  A cat’s tail is essentially an extension of their spine, and contains a lot of vertebrae. These bones can potentially be broken, especially in certain situations. Some of the most prominent reasons for a broken tail include getting their tail trapped in a door, being trodden on by accident, being bitten by another animal, Read More

How to Get Your Dog to Socialise with Others

Dogs are social animals by nature but they have to learn how to interact with other animals through socialisation. Ideally, this will happen as a puppy as they are likely to become suspicious of environments to which they have not already been introduced to. Socialisation is therefore a key part of your dog’s development. While Read More