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Why is my old cat always hungry?

As our cats head into old age, it can be hard to know what is normal or when to call the vet. If your old cat seems to be more hungry than usual, read on to find out possible causes, and to learn what you should be doing.

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My dog hasn’t eaten all day, what should I do?

This is a common problem that all dog owners will worry about and experience at some point, so it’s important to know when to worry and when to wait.  Firstly, consider your own dog and their general health. Is your dog young and generally fit and well? Or are they older and have other known […]

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What cats get polycystic kidney disease?

Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (AD-PKD) is a genetic condition in cats that can cause kidney disease and progressive kidney failure. It is an inherited disease, meaning it is passed from affected adult cats to their kittens. And it is more prevalent in certain breeds, such as the Persian. It is potentially fatal, but the […]

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What is PRA in dogs?

Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is a genetic and progressive disease of dogs which sadly leads to blindness over a period of time. PRA can be diagnosed in any dog breed. However there are certain breeds which are more genetically predisposed than others to developing this condition. This article will review and explore what PRA is, […]

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Why does my cat vomit after eating dried food?

When your pet vomits it is a very unpleasant experience for both the cat and their Owner too! There can be many reasons that your cat may vomit after eating dried food. This article will discuss some of these causes and will hopefully ‘regurgitate’ some of the information around this topic, excuse the pun!

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Why does my cat keep being sick?

Firstly, you need to ascertain IF your cat is being sick. Cats are avid groomers and so it is not uncommon for them to regurgitate up a hairball. This isn’t vomiting. Vomiting is usually accompanied by symptoms of nausea such as lip smacking, hypersalivation and most importantly abdominal effort or a vomiting heave. If there […]