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Could your cat have pancreatitis?

Pancreatitis is remarkably common in cats – and is sadly underdiagnosed. This is largely because it is a condition that is often subtle, and masquerades as other diseases. If your cat is losing weight, suffering from lethargy, lack of condition, vomiting, diarrhoea, or  other vague and non-specific symptoms, then he or she may well be […]

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Encephalitozoon Cuniculi (E. cuniculi) in Rabbits

Did you know that rabbits are the third most popular pet in the UK? As SQPs, a rabbit’s health is something we advise our customers on all the time; whether it’s  promoting products for disease prevention (and subsequently advising our clients on the best products to use and the dosage rates) to discussing parasite control […]

Blood smear from a cat with anaemia

How is anaemia in cats treated?

Anaemia refers to a decrease in red blood cells in the bloodstream. Red blood cells are produced in the bone marrow and are responsible for carrying oxygen from the lungs to all body tissues and organs. There are lots of different types of anaemia, which may be caused by different conditions – so there’s no […]

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Is the kennel cough vaccine worth it?

We all know that our dogs need their annual booster vaccination to protect against diseases like parvovirus and leptospirosis. However, you may not be as familiar with the kennel cough vaccine.   It protects against a bacteria called Bordetella bronchiseptica which contributes to infectious tracheobronchitis (‘kennel cough’) in dogs. In the UK, this live vaccine is usually given […]

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Why does my cat have diarrhoea?

Let’s talk about poo, shall we? Most pet owners, whether they want to be or not, are fairly knowledgeable about their animal’s pooping habits, and it can be a real concern when those change. It is natural to be concerned if your cat seems unwell, and it can be difficult to tell whether your cat […]

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Why Does My Dog Itch?

Dogs love a good scratch. But if your pup’s itchiness seems to be more than just a satisfying scratch, it could indicate a problem. Today we will discuss the various reasons why your dog might be itchy, and what we can do to prevent it.