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

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

Fleas are the most common visible parasite affecting cats and dogs.  Traditionally a problem in the spring/summer months, milder winters and central heating have now made fleas a year round problem.  The most common flea we see is the cat flea, which can live on both dogs and cats but luckily not humans. On average 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

Symptoms of Worms in Dogs & Cats: The Facts

Worms can cause illness in affected cats and dogs, and in severe cases, this can lead to serious complications. Thankfully, it is simple to protect your pet against this via a regular worming routine. Here’s what you need to know about worms, and how to safeguard your pet against them. Types of Worms There are Read More

Should You Let Your Pet Sleep in Your Bed?

For most of us, our pets are part of the family and this may mean that they are allowed to sleep on or in your bed. Some experts suggest that this is not a good idea as it can compromise your health. Here, we look at some of the disadvantages of letting your pet sleep Read More

Can I Walk My Puppy Before They Are Vaccinated?

As the owner of a new puppy, you may be unsure as to whether you can take your puppy on walks before they have been fully socialised, and when vaccinations should take place. Here is our guide to knowing when to get your puppy vaccinated so that they can be safely taken on walks. Why Read More

Managing Stress in Dogs and Cats at Christmas & New Year

We tend to associate fireworks with 5th November but in reality the celebrations with whizzes, bangs and whooshes often continue well into December with Christmas festivities and New Year parties. Whilst most of us enjoy the bright lights and noises, for some pets fireworks are a struggle and a cause for worry. Christmas and New Read More