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How often does my dog need worming?

Dogs are, sadly, subject to a wide variety of unpleasant parasitic worms. These can cause weight loss, diarrhoea, stomach upsets, and even anaemia, liver or brain and eye disease in some cases. However, worms in the gut aren’t the only issue - lungworm is an increasing issue across the UK and Ireland. This worm causes difficulty breathing, blood clotting problems and may result in heart failure as well. It is vitally important that we control these parasites, in order to keep our pets (and our families!) safe. However, to do so, we need to understand their life cycles. We can [...]

Why are pets good for your health?

We’ve shared our lives with domesticated animals for more than 10,000 years, but have only recently started to study and understand the importance of the human-animal bond. Now 90% of pet owners see their pet as part of the family. While we look after them, they in return look after us. It’s proven that interacting with pets helps bring a healthier and happier life, strengthens community ties, providing friendship, laughter, joy, security and love.  What are the benefits to us of pet ownership? Physical health benefits: Pet owners visit the doctors less often, spending less money on medication. Studies found [...]

Lungworm – what is it and how to prevent it?

There are a range of different lungworms in Ireland - the Fox Lungworm (Crenosoma vulpis), the Cat Lungworm (Aelurostrongylus abstrusus) and the Dog Lungworm (Angiostrongylus vasorum). However, it is the Dog Lungworm that is the most dangerous, and that’s the one we’ll be talking about in this blog. Does it live in the dog’s lungs? Actually, no - the adult worms live inside the large blood vessels leading to the lungs and in the right side of the heart. It’s other name is the French Heartworm, but don’t get it mixed up with the “true” Heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) which is [...]

Why Sign Up To Our Pet Healthcare Plan?

Do you find it difficult to keep up to date with your pet’s healthcare needs? With yearly vaccinations required and an overwhelming selection of parasitic products to choose from, it is easy for owners to fall behind on their pet’s preventative treatments. Our Pet Healthcare Plan can make preventative healthcare easy for all dog and cat owners. We can provide you with all the treatments you need each year to keep your beloved pet fully covered, so they never miss a booster vaccination or worming treatment again. What is preventative healthcare? To keep our dogs and cats healthy, they require [...]

Helping your pet lose weight

As we enter February, many of us may be putting our New Year’s resolutions to the back of our minds. Maybe this is the perfect opportunity to share the weight loss motivation with your pet? In fact, actually forming a team with your pet, to both lose weight together may help - the extra walkies will have dual purpose! Obesity is a serious disease which can be avoided, unlike many other diseases. It affects both humans and animals in a very similar way. Obesity is caused when a pet’s intake of calories (Kcal) is more than the energy they are [...]

Winter Hazards

As the weather gets colder, we need to think about how we can help our pets stay healthy throughout winter. We also need to provide our elderly or unwell pets with extra care, as they are more vulnerable to the effects of cold and icy conditions. To keep our pets safe there are several small changes that we can make that will allow us all to enjoy winter. Antifreeze Poisoning Ethylene glycol is commonly found in antifreeze products, such as screen wash. It is a highly toxic substance so it only takes a small amount to poison an animal. Unfortunately, [...]

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