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Why should I get my cat neutered?

The importance of having your cat neutered With cats being natural explorers, they will inevitably meet other local cats whilst out and about. And with cats being such effective breeders, most responsible cat owners know the importance of neutering. But beyond having to deal with an unexpected litter of kittens, there are actually several more […]

How to help your cat feel more at home

Is your cat stressed at home? There are many reasons that a cat’s living space can lead them to feel stressed. Perhaps they are a rescue cat, or you have moved home recently. Maybe you have had a change of routine, or have a new addition to the family. It can also be the case […]

The National Cat Awards 2017 Winners

The winners of this year’s National Cat Awards have been announced! The awards, held by feline charity Cats Protection, take place annually and feature multiple categories including Outstanding Rescue Cat, Hero Cat, Most Caring Cat, and Furr-ever Friends. This year’s overall winner was eight-year-old black and white cat, Genie. Genie was chosen for helping her […]

Oh no not fleas…….AGAIN!!

Now the Autumn weather has finally set in I am sure like myself many have turned on their central heating. However with central heating comes the problem that so many of us pet owners hate…… fleas !! Did you know that the fleas on your pet represent only about 5% of the flea population. The […]

Firework fear – Prepare Early

Firework fear – it may be more common than you think! As much as we enjoy watching fireworks and screaming at the loud bangs that follow sadly for many this can mean a time of upset and anxiety. In some areas firework night is not just a one-night affair anymore, it can start a few […]

Arthritis in cats

Recent studies have indicated that over 90% of cats suffer with arthritis in their later years, I personally wouldn’t be surprised if this wasn’t higher. We spend lots of time with our dogs and so start to notice them slowing down on walks, becoming stiff when they stand after a rest, but what about our […]

Signs of Feline Diabetes

Sadly, diabetes in cats is becoming more common with the rise in feline obesity. Be sure to look out for the following signs:    

Britain’s Favourite Dog Breeds

As you can imagine in my job I see a lot of dogs of all shapes and sizes, colours and breeds. I am often asked ‘What is your favourite breed of dog?’ This I always find a hard one as I suppose its a bit like that cliche of ‘what shall we name our children?’ […]

My dog doesn’t like to be left!

One of the most common behaviour issues that dog owners seek help for is separation anxiety problems. When working in veterinary practice we are often told by an anxious owner that their dog doesn’t like to be left and its then quite obvious once the dog is taken away from the owner. However there are […]

I think my cat is drinking more…..What could this mean?

If only our cats could speak and tell us when they are not feeling well, it would make diagnosing health problems a lot easier. Sadly as this is not the case we have to be vigilant towards our cats behaviour, whats normal and when they may be showing us signals that things might not be […]

Pets are good for the whole family

The UK is known for being a nation of animal lovers and so it is not surprising that a 2015 Pet Population Report estimated almost half of UK households own a pet giving a total of approximately 58 million pets. I feel that owning a pet (or in my case plural , 3 x cats […]

Think Cat at Christmas

Christmas is an exciting time for young and old, who embrace all the celebrations and family gatherings, however for our feline friends it can be a very stressful time. Incidents of cystitis can be very common at this festive period as cats find it hard to adapt to all of the changes that await. There […]

Are my dogs nails too long??

What happens if your nails are too long? Do they catch on things or worse still rip off?? This is what can happen if your dogs nails are too long and can be extremely sore if they are unlucky enough to rip one off. There is no one size fits all rule to dogs nails […]

Don’t get the itch this winter !

With Autumn just around the corner more of us are taking the plunge and turning on our central heating. However, with central heating comes the problem that so many of us pet owners fear…… fleas !! Did you know that the fleas on your pet  represent only about 5% of the flea population. The other […]

New Microchip Law

Did you know that on April 6th 2016 it will be LAW that all dogs in the UK will have to be microchipped. It will also be a legal requirement that all details are correct and kept up to date. Failure to do so may incur a fine of up to £500. Breeders will have […]