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


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 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 change colour. Instead of being pink, a black mottling (hyperpigmentation)... Read More