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  • Second opinions and referrals often cause great anxiety to pet owners, regardless of whether it is suggested by the veterinarian or considered by the pet owner.

  • House paint, art paint, varnishes and other decorative or protective solvents come in many varieties… and most are dangerous to dogs and cats. Water-based paints, the most common, include latex, tempera, and poster paints.

  • Palliative care and hospice have become an important part of end-of-life care in human medicine, and they’re becoming more important and common in veterinary medicine.

  • Veterinary palliative medicine is a philosophy of care in which a decision has been made to decline or withdraw the pursuit of curative therapy for a life-limiting illness. Some diseases that we treat in dogs are managed over the long term without any hope for a cure.

  • You never know when the unexpected will strike! Approximately one in three dogs and cats must visit the vet due to illness or accident every year. Today diagnostic, medical and surgical procedures unheard of a few years ago are now commonplace in veterinary practice.

  • Ragwort is a tall plant with yellow flowers. Its scientific name is Senecio jacobea and it contains a poison (toxin) that is also found in some other plants, such as Lantana and some Heliotropes.

  • Rain scald is a bacterial infection of the skin that results in the formation of matted scabs usually affecting the back and rump but occasionally the lower limbs.

  • A referral appointment has been made for your pet because we felt that it would be helpful to have another opinion and assistance regarding this condition from someone with extensive experience of the condition.

  • Some dogs have a condition known as paroxysmal respiration or, as it is more commonly called, "reverse sneezing". With this condition, the dog rapidly pulls air into the nose, whereas in a 'regular' sneeze, the air is rapidly pushed out through the nose. The dog makes a snorting sound and seems to be trying to inhale while sneezing.

  • Dogs do so much more than entertain us with tricks or accompany us on walks. Their abilities as service dogs are astounding. Gaining in popularity, dogs that assist people who have seizures play an important role in the lives of their owners.