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What to expect in an arthritis clinic at the vets

Canine Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most commonly encountered musculoskeletal disorders and one that veterinary surgeons (VS) and Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVN) are likely to see in day-to-day general practice. So, you may find yourself in an arthritis consult – what should you expect?

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Why is my rat itchy?

Pet rats are inquisitive social creatures who enjoy exploring their surroundings and foraging for food. It is not uncommon to see your rat grooming, using their hands and feet to clean their fur or remove debris after feeding. But if you see them consistently scratching at their body this may be a sign they are […]

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Does my cat have a fever?

Fever in cats can happen for a variety of reasons. In this article, we will discuss the most common symptoms, as well as some common causes of fever in cats. We will also discuss what you as pet owners can do to help your cats if you suspect they may have a fever. If you […]

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What is uveitis in a dog and why does it happen?

If your Vet has just diagnosed uveitis in your canine friend, you may be wondering what this condition is and how it manifests? Well you are not alone, uveitis is a common eye condition affecting both cats and dogs. This article aims to cover what uveitis it, how to recognise it, the most common causes […]

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Why does my rat have a head tilt?

Rats make great pets, but sadly they are prone to several health conditions in their short lives that vets see all too frequently. One of these is a head tilt, where the rat appears to have its head permanently cocked to the side. Although it can look comical, it is a sign that something is […]

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Should I exercise my laminitic horse?

If there is one word that will strike fear in any horse owner, it is laminitis. It is an extremely common condition of horses and ponies which can be performance or even life limiting. So what is laminitis and why is it so serious? And can you exercise a horse who is prone to it?