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What is an aural haematoma and how is it treated in dogs?

Aural haematomas are pretty common in dogs, and we sometimes see them in cats too. If a client rings for an appointment for their pet’s swollen ear, it’s probably an aural haematoma.  


Do dogs get Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection of increasing public health importance worldwide. The bug in question is Borrelia burgdorferi, which is transmitted through the bite of the sheep tick, Ixodes Ricinus. Lyme disease in people causes flu-like symptoms and a characteristic rash (called erythema migrans), usually several weeks after the tick bite. About 10% of […]


What is pancreatitis and how is it treated in dogs?

Pancreatitis is a very common condition among dogs, and it can be pretty uncomfortable. Some dogs can suffer one acute episode, often associate with raiding a bin. Others have repeated episodes of pancreatitis which often get better with simple treatment, but form a chronic, grumbling disease. Occasionally, we do see some dogs become very poorly […]


What are the signs of conjunctivitis in dogs and how is it treated?

Does your dog have swollen, red, weepy eyes? Have they been squinting or scratching them more than usual? If so, they could be suffering from conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis affects most dogs at some point during their lifetime, but fortunately, it’s usually quick and simple to treat. However, in some cases, conjunctivitis can be an indication of […]


Why are grass seeds dangerous for dogs?

As you watch your dog run happily through the long grass in a sunny meadow the last thing on your mind is a trip to the vets. But grass seeds (sometimes known as awns) are often a problem for dogs.


Can supplements help treat atopic dermatitis in dogs?

Atopic dermatitis, otherwise known as allergic skin disease, is a chronic inflammatory dermatological disorder that causes itchiness in dogs. It is a complex disease that is influenced by genetic and environmental factors, involving weaknesses in the skin barrier, allergic sensitisation, microbial infection and inflammation.  Most dogs with atopic dermatitis will show signs from 6 months […]