Vet Medic Blog

19/12/2016

12 Christmas Pet Dangers

We have put together a list of 12 festive pet dangers to think about this Christmas. Some of these might not be as obvious as you think! At this festive time of the year, how we decorate our homes and the type of food we have in the house changes. While there are plenty of pet-friendly ways to let your pet join in with the Christmas festivities, there are some key things to consider to help keep them safe from harm. Here is our list of twelve Christmas dangers: 1... Read More

22/11/2016

How To Safely Change Your Pet’s Diet

Looking to change your pet’s diet? By following this guide, you will be able to safely transition your pet from one food to another. But why is that important? Just like us humans, our pets have their own tastes and preferences when it comes to the food they eat. Some pets will not take too kindly to a sudden change of food. Whether that is flat-out refusal to eat it, or if eating the new food causes some dietary and toilet problems. Our pets rely on a careful balance of... Read More

07/11/2016

Arthritis In Dogs: The Signs And How To Manage It

  Arthritis in dogs is just as much a problem for elderly dogs as it is for humans and this inflammation of the joints can be equally as uncomfortable for our furry friends. In dogs who suffer from arthritis, the cartilage within their joints undergoes change or damage, resulting in the bone surfaces rubbing together. As well as obviously causing discomfort for your dog, this increased friction causes new bone to form around the joint. This makes the joint stiffer, which limits its movement, and consequently the movement of your... Read More

31/10/2016

Top 5 Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Halloween can be a fun and exciting time for us humans, but have you ever stopped to consider what impact this celebration has on your pets? We have put together a list of issues that you might want to consider to help keep your pets safe during Halloween. Sweets & Chocolates The biggest issue at Halloween, when it comes to your pets, is the increased amount of potential edible dangers that are present in the house. Whether it be your children bringing back a big haul or if you yourself... Read More

18/10/2016

Are You And Your Cat Prepared For Fireworks?

How to minimise anxiety that some cats suffer during the firework season. Fireworks affect up to 80% of pets. If ignored, firework fears can progress to a more serious noise phobia, whereby even the slightest noise causes panic and sudden, extreme and excessive reactions. PREPARING A DEN FOR YOUR CAT As with dogs, make a safe area for the cat to settle and rest in. Fill it with plenty of blankets and any toys the cat enjoys. Take these toys away during the day so that the cat does not... Read More

27/09/2016

QUIZ: Can You Tell Friend From Foe?

Can you tell friend from foe when it comes to your cat? While most cats will get along with each other pretty well, sometimes there can be tensions between multiple cats living under one roof. This could be caused by an introduction of a new cat, or other factors like a house move or change of situation. There is now a product on the market that has been clinically proven to help reduce tension and conflict in multi-cat households, Feliway Friends. The Makers of Feliway have put together a little... Read More

05/09/2016

Are you and your dog prepared for fireworks?

How to minimise anxiety that many dogs suffer during the firework season. Many dogs suffer from anxiety during the firework season, with firework fears affecting up to 80% of pets. If ignored, firework fears can progress to a more serious noise phobia, whereby even the slightest noise causes panic and sudden, extreme and excessive reactions. PREPARING A DEN FOR YOUR DOG You can prepare a den for your dog to retreat to while the fireworks are going off, ideally a month in advance so they are comfortable using it when... Read More

09/08/2016

Keep Your Horses Fly-Free This Summer

By Wendy Talbot (Zoetis vet) Flies, mosquitoes and midges are not good news for your horse. At best they bring considerable stress and bother, causing lumps, swellings, sores, rashes and itchy skin. They may trigger conjunctivitis and headshaking. At worst they can contaminate wounds or in some countries they can spread diseases, such as West Nile Virus, which can be fatal. It is thought that flies may be responsible for the spread of sarcoids, while the biting midge, Cullicoides species, is responsible for sweet itch, a debilitating allergic condition. Flies can... Read More

29/07/2016

Eliminate Fleas & Ticks with Frontline Plus

Using the new double action Frontline Plus every four weeks helps to protect your dog, cat or ferret from fleas and ticks. The active IGR technology stops the fleas hatching in your home which helps to protect their environment and keep you free from tick and flea infestations. It is estimated that 95% of a flea problem is in your home, as eggs, larvae and pupae. This new double action Frontline Plus spot-on not only kills fleas and ticks on your pet, it contains IGR technology that helps to stop... Read More

19/07/2016

Summer Safety Tips For Small Pets

Have you ever considered what your small animals, such as rabbits or guinea pigs go through during the Summer months? We all know that ‘Dogs die in hot cars’ but sometimes we may forget that it’s not just dogs who are at risk when the weather gets hotter. So what about your small animals? Hutches that are exposed to direct sunlight can get hot very quickly. If it is possible, move the hutch to a more shaded part of the garden, or put up a parasol to create shade. You... Read More