Will my puppy grow properly if I neuter?

We get a lot of questions about neutering… and that makes sense, because there are a lot of factors to consider! However, in this blog, I’m going to try and clear up any confusion you might have! What is neutering? Neutering is a surgical procedure whereby the dog is rendered permanently sterile (unable to bear or father puppies), and no longer produces significant amounts of sex hormones (mainly testosterone in dogs, oestrogen and progesterone in bitches). This is achieved by removing the part of the reproductive tract - the ovaries and (usually) womb in the bitch (a procedure called a [...]

Cat Flu – a complex condition

While we humans are in the midst of an Influenza Epidemic, we regularly see cats showing very similar symptoms - sneezing, runny noses, sore and runny eyes, a fever and unwillingness to eat. This condition has been called “Cat Flu” and in recent years we’ve seen people worrying about whether they’ll infect their cats - and there have even been reports of people rehoming or, tragically, abandoning their cats to try and protect themselves and their families. So the time seemed right to do a short blog explaining what Cat Flu actually is and how it can be managed! Do [...]

Arthritis: What is it, and why does it matter?

“Arthritis” means “inflammation of the joints”; this can be “rheumatoid” (an auto-immune disease, where the body attacks its own joints), or “osteoarthritis”; in this blog, we will be concentrating on the more common form, osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a concern for older pets; everyday wear and tear on joints can result in the protective cartilage around joints getting worn away. Normally, joints are lined with smooth cartilage, and have synovial fluid to limit any friction between bones and cartilage as joints move; healthy cartilage and fluid ensures that bones glide over one another where they meet at the joint. In arthritis, [...]

Is your home Pet-Proofed for Christmas?

With Christmas rapidly approaching, it’s important that we’re all very aware of some of the risks to our pets at this time of year. Sadly, many dogs and cats come to grief over the festive period as a result of eating human foods, consuming ornaments or plants, or injuring themselves on decorations. In this blog, we’re going to look at how to keep your pets safe from harm over the holidays! Winter Worries One big thing to watch out for is antifreezes - most of which contain ethylene glycol. This is a very sweet-tasting substance, and dogs and cats will [...]

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