John The Vet


How To Prevent Your Dog Catching Babesiosis

  If you are reading this, it’s because you have probably read about Babesiosis, a deadly killer dog disease that could spread across the UK. While it is important to remain vigilant, it is also important that you have the facts, rather than the hysteria, so that you are able to fully understand the situation. So far the reported outbreak has been centred in Harlow, Essex. This is also the first time a reported case of Babesiosis has reached the UK. What is Babesiosis? Babesiosis is a malaria-like microscopic parasite... Read More


10 Simple Ways that Encourage your Elderly Dog to get Active

If you have a senior dog that you feel could benefit from a little extra exercise, keeping them active can be difficult. There are many age-related health problems, but, even without those, encouraging a dog to stay active during old age is much harder than letting them lounge around, just like they want to. However, keeping them busy and fit makes sure that they have as much life as they’re supposed to, therefore, it’s really important to encourage your senior dog to get moving. We’ve put together a list of 10 ways to do... Read More


John The Vet: Itchy Skin & Your Pets

At this time of year I have lots of calls regarding itchy dogs. Certain breeds such as Westies are particularly prone to becoming itchy at this time of year due to seasonal allergies. Dogs can be have itchy skin for a variety of reasons. Causes include allergies to food or something in the environment, mites, infections or another cause. Several dogs appear sensitive to pollens at this time of year and with long term allergic skin problems, the skin itself will also changes colour. Instead of being pink, a black... Read More