Monday, 16 October 2017 - 3:28pm

Most pet owners now know that chocolate can be toxic to dogs, causing nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, abnormal heart rhythms and occasionally death but there are many other “hidden threats” lurking at home.

Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine, which are both methylxanthines. The amount of methylxanthines present depends on the type of chocolate. The darker the chocolate generally the more toxic it maybe. Chocolate can cause nerve stimulation, rapid heart rate...

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 - 2:43pm

Boots was first diagnosed with a heart condition about 8 years ago, he has had several cardiac episodes (or wobbles) along the way, but with his ever attentive owners love and care and a combination of heart medications he has proved to be unstoppable!

In the last few years he has also developed arthritis, which progressed to the point of pain and muscle wastage. Again, his owners have taken it all in their stride, as has Boots, so he is comfortable and enjoying life with further...

Tuesday, 3 October 2017 - 4:29pm

The end of the year brings many reasons to celebrate and unfortunately this also brings many reasons for your pet to be nervous. If you have a pet suffering from a noise phobia fireworks on Bonfire Night and New Year’s Eve can make the party season stressful. Preparation is the key when trying to address the problem, the sooner you start the better.

What is noise phobia?
It is an over-exaggerated fear of loud sounds. Whilst some form of response is natural, if...

Friday, 29 September 2017 - 11:46am

As nights draw in and the weather gets colder, our focus turns towards osteoarthritis (OA). This is common in both man and animals, but our pets tend to suffer more from the degenerative, ‘wear and tear’ type rather than immune mediated forms such as rheumatoid seen in man.  As far as our pets are concerned it may occur as a progression from a developmental disorder such as hip or elbow dysplasia, or as a result of repetitive trauma or an injury to a joint.

All breeds, sizes and ages...

Thursday, 28 September 2017 - 10:18am

Molly is a 4 year old English Springer Spaniel who started on the Specific S.H.A.P.E campaign in February.  Molly attended regular weight clinics with one of our nurses, Ali, and Molly has lost an amazing 5kg!

She started the campaign weighing 20.1kg, but with careful food management, using the Specific Weight Reduction Diet, attending regular weight clinics and hard work from her owner, Molly now weighs 15.1kg.


Wednesday, 27 September 2017 - 4:51pm

...did you know that, generally speaking, the type of heart disease that our companions might suffer from, varies with their size?

LITTLE DOGS are more likely to get disease of the valves of the heart.

LARGE DOGS more commonly suffer from disease of the heart muscle itself.

And not forgetting about our inquisitive CATS. Over 30% of Maine Coons are prone to heart muscle disease, but all breeds are susceptible.

A quick listen with a stethoscope can give us lots of...

Friday, 22 September 2017 - 5:09pm

Bart was recently treated out at our Wolfgar Clinic. He has a troublesome Sarcoid, near his wither, that was being rubbed by his saddle.

Bart was sedated and local anaesthetic applied to the area.  A surgical laser was used to remove the Sarcoid. The surgery took less than 5 minutes!

Very quickly Bart was back in his stable eating his haynet. He will now have a few weeks rest to allow his skin to heal. 

Keep checking back for photos of his progress!

Thursday, 21 September 2017 - 11:29am

£300 million annually - This is the estimated cost of liver fluke to the UK agricultural industry.

Liver fluke can result in:

  • Reduced weight gain
  • Reduced milk production
  • Decreased feed conversion ratio
  • Reduced fertility
  • Young stock fail to thrive
  • Death of animals
  • Poor welfare

Cattle are more commonly affected by the chronic form of this disease. Whereas acute disease results from mass...

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 - 5:14pm

It certainly feels like winter is on its way this week! Many horse owners have started to dig out winter rugs, so if you are tempted to start rugging, you may be interested in the following advice from the Royal (Dick) Veterinary School, Edinburgh.

- Horses and ponies that are obese, unclipped and live out do not require a rug! Use winter to your advantage – allowing your horse to use their fat reserves to keep warm will help weight loss and dramatically reduce the laminitis risk next...

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 - 4:09pm

As you may already know, MilkSure is an industry initiative, aimed at reducing the number of bulk tank failures and demonstrating the responsible use of antibiotics within the dairy industry.

It takes the form of training 2 training sessions, delivered by our farm vets.  

  • The first section is based around the use of antibiotics, withdrawal periods (including for cascade use) and causes of bulk tank failures.
  • The second...