Pancreatitis – what no pet wants for Christmas – or at all

Pancreatitis is a condition that isn’t well known among animal owners - however, it is one of the more common medical reasons for us to hospitalise a dog or a cat, and we always see a surge in cases around about Christmas time! In this blog, we’re going to look more closely at this horrible disease… What is pancreatitis? Pancreatitis simply means inflammation of the pancreas. OK, but what’s a pancreas? The pancreas is a gland in the abdomen, which the small intestine wraps around. It has two jobs; firstly, to make digestive enzymes (in the “exocrine pancreas”), and secondly [...]

Party Poisons for Pets

Christmas is a great time of year for humans - special foods, festive treats, decorations and all the rest. However, for our pets it’s a different situation - and a much more dangerous one too. So, what are the particularly hazardous substances at this time of year? We’ve made a series of information to give you a quick spin through some of the most common ones! Raisins, currants, grapes Found in: Mincemeat, puddings, mince pies etc. Danger to: Dogs and cats. Cause: Kidney failure. Symptoms: Increased thirst, reduced urination, dehydration, vomiting, metallic-smelling breath, seizures and collapse. Often fatal. Macadamia Nuts [...]

What Is FIP in Cats and can I protect my cat from FIP?

Sadly there is no one way of preventing your cat from FIP. A complex series of events accumulate into a perfect storm, causing FIP. Here, we summarize what FIP is, the symptoms, and how you can reduce the chances of your cat suffering FIP - although the risks can never be fully eliminated. What is FIP? FIP means Feline Infectious Peritonitis. Its name describes a common symptom of excess fluid in the peritoneum (lining of the abdomen), just one of many possible outcomes of this condition, so a little misleading. What is it caused by? It is caused by a [...]

Blindness in cats; is it a problem?

Cats’ eyes. They allow our beloved four-legged-friends to see well enough to enjoy night-life and hunt. They are also iconic in our society; from the “cat’s eye winged eyeliner” to the useful lights on roads, cats’ eyes are famous! What happens, then, if Felix’s eyes don’t work how they used to? It may seem a scary thought for owners, but cats, especially older cats, can become blind very quickly – we call this ‘sudden onset blindness’. The good news is that cats can go on to enjoy life without vision, and many owners are amazed by how well their feline [...]

Getting Your Pet’s Skin Checked

During the summer months there are many conditions that may affect your pet’s skin that can be itchy and painful. It is important that any problems with your pet’s skin are detected promptly and treated appropriately, to prevent these conditions from progressing and your pet’s skin getting worse. The Importance of Healthy Skin The skin is the body’s first line of defence that it uses to protect us from the outside world. Even though the skin of our pets may be hidden by fur, its role is just as important. We often underestimate the importance of keeping the skin healthy, [...]

All About Rabbit Vaccinations

Rabbits make rewarding family pets for both first-time pet owners and experienced owners. They are now the 3rd most popular pet in the UK, close behind our beloved cats and dogs. Just like cats and dogs, rabbits also require some vaccinations to keep them fit and healthy. In the UK the two main diseases we vaccinate rabbits against are Myxomatosis and Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD). Myxomatosis is a poxvirus spread by direct contact with infected rabbits or via blood- sucking insects such as flies, ticks, and mites. The virus causes swelling of the skin and mucous membranes, as well [...]

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