Articles by Rachael McKinney Veterinary Student

Should I employ a dog walker to keep my dog fit?
Dogs
Should I employ a dog walker to keep my dog fit?
According to recent research, up to 3.2 million households have acquired a pet during times of lockdown in the UK. That’s a lot of extra pets, and now that lots of households are spending some time back in the office as…
October 2, 2021 • 41 shares
'Tis the season to get mud fever!
Common Health Problems
'Tis the season to get mud fever!
Uh-oh… ‘tis the season to get mud-fever! Mud fever - or "Pastern dermatitis" - was traditionally been considered to be caused by Dermatophilus congolensis, a gram-positive, facultative anaerobic actinomycete… now you hav…
February 2, 2021 • 88 shares
Should I give my cat cow's milk?
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Should I give my cat cow's milk?
The iconic image of a kitty with milk-stained whiskers, licking its lips with delight, has to be one of the most stereotypical animal-food relationships, among other joys such as a donkey with a carrot, a cow with a butt…
July 15, 2020 • 459 shares
The Itchy and Scratchy Show - pet style!
Dogs
The Itchy and Scratchy Show - pet style!
It always makes me laugh when I catch myself internally chastising itchy animals which are hurting themselves by constantly scratching .“Why doesn’t it just stop scratching?!” I ask myself. Then I think of my recent situ…
July 6, 2016 • 12 shares • 3 comments
Horses
Do I really need to worm my horse?
Endoparasites; the gut-wrenching villains that terrorise our horses from their tums to their bums, but how big an issue are they for the average horse? Which worms do we need to be aware of? Is wormer resistance really t…
October 1, 2015
Horses
10 tips for keeping your horse cool this summer
While the sun's glorious rays may leave us jumping for joy, and our saddles, we must be vigilant about ensuring our horses' well-being. Here are some top tips to avoid the dreaded heat stroke, and ensure our four-legged…
August 6, 2015 • 58 shares
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