Why do we vaccinate our pets?

We vaccinate our pets to protect them against some of the most common, sinister diseases that can affect their species. This protection is in the form of immunity against a range of nasty viruses and bacteria, that will reduce the severity of disease - and in most cases, prevent them from catching it in the first place. There are ‘core’ vaccines which are generally regarded as necessary for all pets within the United Kingdom. There are also other vaccines which are optional extras to provide extra immunity to common diseases. We can recommend which, if any, extra vaccines are recommended [...]

The Importance of Dental Care

When it comes to teeth, most pets are very similar to humans in that they only have one set of adult teeth, so we must look after them. Pets use their jaws for so much more than eating, too - their teeth are used for grooming, playing and carrying objects. We brush our teeth daily, use mouthwashes and apply toothpaste which supports our gums. Our pets’ teeth require attention too! What is dental disease? There are many different degrees, severities and types of dental disease. It is much easier to prevent dental disease than to treat it. It is very [...]

Grooming Service

Regardless of the breed of your dog or the type of style you want, we will endeavour to meet your every requirement. The importance of pet grooming is especially significant as your pet gets older and may stop grooming themselves as frequently. All breeds and species of animals should groom themselves. It is a natural behaviour that all animals should do in an optimum, relaxed environment - or receive help with if needed. Why is it important for pets to be groomed? Shedding their coat – many breeds will naturally shed their coat as we move from winter into summer. [...]

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 [...]

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