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Do dogs get thyroid problems and what are the signs?

If you’re the owner of an elderly cat, you’ve probably heard of hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid gland. But for all you dog owners out there, you may be wondering if your canine companion can get thyroid problems like cats do? Well stick around as we take a dive into the thyroid and answer this […]


My dog’s poo is black, what’s wrong?

Imagine this, waking up one morning and letting your dog in the garden to do their business, when suddenly you notice a big pile of black poo! Is this serious? What has caused this? What should I do? As gross as it may seem, checking your dogs (and cats!) faeces on a regular basis is […]


How is bloat treated in dogs and what are the signs?

What is bloat? When talking about a condition called ‘bloat’ we are normally referring to an emergency in dogs whereby the stomach becomes very distended and rotates. This creates the typical appearance of a swollen abdomen and a very uncomfortable dog. The correct veterinary term is actually gastric dilatation and volvulus or GDV and it […]


5 things you need to know about prostate abscesses in dogs

Abscesses are one of a number of conditions that can affect the prostate in male dogs. The prostate is a gland that surrounds the urethra close to where it leaves the bladder, and it produces some of the fluid components of semen. During ejaculation, the prostatic fluid is released into the urethra to join semen […]


How to care for a dog after a spay

It’s always nerve-wracking when your pet has an operation. Even routine surgeries such as having your pet neutered will give many owners butterflies. This is completely understandable, they are your babies after all! You’ll be relieved to get your dog home afterwards, but, don’t forget, this is where the hard work starts for you. As […]


Tips for moving house with an elderly dog

Moving to a new house is a stressful time. With lots of rushing around and packing, plus the time needed to get settled in at the other end. But what about our pets? Sometimes they can be forgotten in all of the hustle and bustle, with elderly pets in particular feeling quite worried about all […]