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What’s an ulcer? And does my pet have one?

Why do animals get ulcers? A Very General Veterinary Guide

'Ulcer' is an ugly sort of word in my opinion. This is appropriate, because ulcers are painful and unpleasant. But what - exactly - is an ulcer, where are they found and how do they occur?

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Why is my cat not using his litter tray?

There are many reasons why your cat may toilet in a place other than the litter tray. If it’s just a one off, consider if your cat could’ve been trapped in a room, unable to access the litter tray. If it’s a recurring situation then something has happened in your cat’s world to upset them. Cats are fastidious so this is no ‘dirty protest’ and it’s important not to scold him or her. In this blog we delve into the minds of our cats to understand things that may affect their behaviour and toileting habits. While it’s important to try understanding your cat’s point of view, as this issue is often behavioural, it’s also important to rule out medical causes. Contact your vet to discuss a check up as part of the process. 

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5 Ways to Save Money on Vet Bills

The economic news recently hasn’t been good, has it? While so far, government furlough schemes have protected a lot of jobs, there are dire warnings that unemployment or underemployment are set to soar in the near future. And as a result, many of us are taking the opportunity to try and cut our outgoings.  Now, while for most of us our pets are family, they are also potentially expensive family - so, what can you do to help you save money, cutting the cost of giving them the care they deserve? In this blog, we’re going to look at 5 ways you really can save money.

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Yeast and allergies – what’s the link in dogs?

Itchy skin is a very common problem, especially in dogs. Unfortunately it can be a very frustrating problem too. It’s not nice to see your dog uncomfortable and scratching, and sadly there’s not always a ‘quick fix’ treatment. This is because there are a host of conditions that can cause your dog to itch, and pinpointing the cause can be difficult. In order to figure out the cause of your pet’s itchy skin the vet will go through a step by step process to ensure the best care and treatment for your dog and to make sure as to not miss anything. 

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What is Canine Cushing’s Disease?

Today we will be discussing a relatively common disease of the endocrine system called Cushing’s disease. Mostly seen in dogs, Cushing’s disease is where the adrenal glands overproduce certain hormones leading to problems body-wide. We will discuss the types of Cushing’s disease, its symptoms, and how we diagnose and treat it.

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Why do vets put animals on drips?

Drips, it has to be said, can seem scary. They're clear bags full of liquid. There are different mixtures of liquid for different occasions, as advertised on the side of the bag. The liquid runs through a tube, down a needle (cannula) and usually into the bloodstream. Drips are something that we usually associate with serious illness or hospital care; in fact, 'on a drip' is something that people mention when they want to let everyone know that it's serious.

But other than that, what does it mean? What's the point of putting a pet 'on a drip'? Here, we try to unravel the reasons behind the plastic tubes.

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