Killer Leptospirosis – Fact or Fiction?

We are sadly seeing a lot of Leptospirosis in the Mallow area - is your dog protected from this deadly disease? ‘Acorn Vets have seen 5 or 6 dogs with Lepto in the Mallow area this year. Even when caught early they don't survive, that’s what I notice about it,’ our vet Noel Ahern says. 'Prevention is the main way to curb this disease.' Leptospirosis is a disease caused by bacteria named Leptospira. In recent years, more cases are being seen in dogs, so the disease is now labelled as ‘re-emerging’. It is a zoonotic disease (a disease that can [...]

Be afraid of firework frights

The nights are drawing in and bonfire night will soon be upon us. Whilst bonfire night can be a great celebration for us, the fireworks can cause our pets great distress. Firework noises are not scary to us because we know to expect them and understand that the noise poses no threat. Unfortunately we cannot explain that to our dogs and cats. Also their hearing is much better than ours. To them, these are unexpected and very loud noises which they think of as a real threat. If they cannot escape the noise and it continues, they can feel trapped [...]

Parvo in puppies – the facts

Canine parvovirus (CPV2) or ‘parvo’ was first identified in 1978. It’s a highly contagious virus that spread worldwide within two years, becoming the most common cause of viral gastroenteritis in dogs worldwide, and accounting for up to 58% of cases of severe diarrhoea requiring hospitalisation in the UK. CPV2 is fatal in 91% of infected puppies without treatment, but survival rates of between 80% and 95% are possible with aggressive treatment and supportive care. The virus is resistant to many detergents and disinfectants, and can persist indoors at room temperature for at least 2 months, and outdoors if protected for [...]

How Long Since Your Pet Had a Tooth Check?

The majority of our pets will suffer from dental problems at some point in their lifetime. It’s really important to have their teeth checked regularly as, if caught early, we can help you to reverse the changes and improve their dental health. If things have progressed, we can spot the signs that they may be in pain and do what is needed to make them more comfortable. Cats and Dogs When we examine your pet’s teeth, we can give them a grade. Grade 0 means they’re perfect, lovely and clean, with no gum disease – the pet equivalent of a [...]

Passport Particulars

The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) introduced in 2010 by many EU countries permits the movement of pet dogs, cats, and ferrets to and from the UK without the need for quarantine. Many diseases that occur abroad are not seen in the UK, and are often are transmitted by biting insects and ticks. UK pets will not have met these diseases before and are susceptible. PETS allows for travel, but it should not be undertaken without serious thought. You need to consider if your pet is likely to be affected by the stress of long-distance travel, high temperatures in many southern [...]

Get Out and About With Your Dog!

Now that summer has arrived, and we can finally head outside without four jumpers and a raincoat, it’s the perfect time for you and Man’s best friend to get out and about! Today, we will give you some different ideas to keep your dog entertained and exercised during summer, as well as advice on looking after them in the hot sun. For those of you who love the great outdoors, summer is the perfect time to introduce your dog to new routes and environments. The countryside has miles and miles of walking routes which are great to explore. Most dogs [...]

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