Categories for Pet health

24
Mar
2019

Beware the plant and garden hazards for your pets

With spring now here, we wanted to give you some information of the dangers for your pets that may be growing or lurking in your garden. Daffodils Daffodils can be toxic to pets, particularly the bulb, although the flower head can also cause problems. Symptoms include drooling, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, increased heart rate, abdominal pain, abnormal breathing and an irregular... View Article

3
Dec
2018

New Ophthalmology Service Starting January 2019

        From 7th January 2019, Jim Carter from South Devon Referrals will be running clinics every other Monday morning. Jim is a Veterinary Ophthalmology Specialist and owns a referral centre in Newton Abbot, Devon. South Devon Referrals All surgical procedures will still be carried out at his hospital in Newton Abbot. Follow the link below for more information.... View Article

9
Oct
2018

Can your pet breathe properly?

  BOAS (Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome) Our furry friends with short noses (known as brachycephalics) are at risk of BOAS, which is a severe life limiting disease. 50% Pugs, French bulldogs and 45% of English Bulldogs are affected. The breathing problems they exhibit are due to the shortened skull. The length of the nose is reduced but the same amount... View Article

30
Jul
2018

Wet Eczema

            Wet eczema otherwise known as “hot spots” or “acute moist dermatitis” is the sudden onset of intense irritation of the skin and is most commonly seen in long haired dogs, particularly around the face, but can be anywhere on the body.  Wet eczema is most commonly seen in the summer months particularly when conditions... View Article

5
Jun
2018

Stan the rabbit’s malaligned teeth

Stan is a four year old Lionhead x rabbit who his owner, Mrs Taylor, has cared for since September 2016 when his previous owner sadly died. Mrs Taylor has a lot of experience of caring for rabbits and currently has more than ten at her home. Since a young age, Stan has had dental problems. Part of this is due... View Article

4
Jun
2018

Fly Strike Alert Rabbits

          We are entering the high risk period for fly strike in rabbits. Approximately 50% of rabbits who present at a veterinary surgery with fly strike need to be put to sleep. Risk Factors for Fly Strike: A study has recently been carried out by the University of Liverpool and they found that: Unneutered female rabbits... View Article

1
May
2018

Celebrating Veterinary Nurses in May

  Outside of the consulting room, most of the attention and medical care your pet receives is at the hands of a veterinary nurse. It is this we celebrate each May, as Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month (VNAM) gives us an opportunity to talk about our role in caring for your pets. In any given day a veterinary nurse may find... View Article

5
Mar
2018

Beware sleepy adders in the Spring

Adders are relatively common in areas of rough, open countryside and are often associated with woodland edge habitats. The adder is the only native venomous snake in the UK. They are less inclined to disappear into the surrounding undergrowth when disturbed and so are probably the most frequently seen of the three British snakes. With the rise in temperature during... View Article

4
Dec
2017

Canine Distemper

What is Canine Distemper? Distemper is a highly contagious disease seen in dogs but can also affect other species including foxes and ferrets.  Outbreaks of distemper are rarely seen in the UK due to the effectiveness of vaccinations. What is Canine Distemper caused by? Canine distemper is caused by the canine distemper virus and is spread by direct contact from... View Article

28
Nov
2017

Leptospirosis in Dogs

Leptospirosis in Dogs How does an animal catch leptospirosis? Leptospirosis is transmitted by contact with the urine of an infected animal, either directly or indirectly from the environment. A common example might be slow moving or still water which has been contaminated with the urine from infected rodents.  Infected rodents will often shed the bacteria in their urine for several... View Article