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Why is my dog eating grass?

Dogs may eat grass for a variety of reasons. For many dogs it’s considered entirely normal for them to eat a small amount of grass - in fact around 70% of dogs were found to eat grass in one study, and it was also found to be much more common in younger dogs. Some dogs, however, take grass-eating to an extreme and this could be a hint of something wrong.
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The sinister side of spring flowers

Springtime is a welcome sight for most Brits. We can put the winter behind us and it brings warmth and colour back into our gardens and homes. It’s also mostly good news for our pets as they’re hopefully able to enjoy more quality time outdoors. Many owners are aware of the dangers of spring treats such as chocolate easter eggs, or raisin filled hot cross buns, but dangers lurking in the form of plants and flowers are often unrecognised. We spend 2 billion pounds a year on cut flowers and indoor plants, with Mothering Sunday and Easter being at the pinnacle and the heart of spring. While lots of plants and flowers are safe, it’s important to be aware of those that are not.
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Announcing our All-New Symptom Checker and Poisons Guide!

If your pet were to be ill, would you know how serious it was? Do you know whether they’d need a vet NOW or if it could wait till tomorrow - or even if it was something you could deal with by yourself? While you could of course phone your vet - all vets have arrangements for the care of their patients outside normal opening hours, and they’ll almost always give free telephone advice - you might not want to bother them. So what many animal owners do, is to go online… but of course, how do you know you can trust what you find? Dr Google is rather likely to give you 10 different answers!   This was why we created our original Symptom Checker. The aim was to provide a reliable, accurate resource that would let you, the owner, check your own animals’ symptoms and see what you needed to do. Did you need to call the vet? Was there any first aid you could do? Could this be managed at home? The aim was to give you that information at your fingertips. So, we assembled a huge team of vets, many of them RCVS Specialists in their respective fields, and built it. And it has proven hugely popular!
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What’s the link between frosted grass and laminitis?

Winter is well and truly here and scraping the frost off my windscreen the other morning reminded me of a common question from my clients at this time of the year; that is whether or not frosty grass is more likely to cause laminitis. There are many misconceptions about laminitis, the commonest being that lush pasture is the primary cause. The reality is that this is incorrect and I have seen many cases occur in horses and ponies grazing barer paddocks, both in summer and winter. In fact, studies have shown there’s an approximately four times higher risk of laminitis in both the summer (June–August) and winter (December–February) months compared to the lusher growth months of spring (March–May).
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My cat is squatting repeatedly… what can I do?

My cat is squatting repeatedly in his litter tray as though he's trying to urinate, but he doesn’t seem able to go. What can I do?

Right, this one is serious - see a vet as an emergency. Cystitis in people is often an unpleasant stinging sensation when they urinate, but in a male cat it can be life-threatening.  

Cystitis? Really? How?

Cystitis simply means inflammation of the bladder. The lining of the bladder becomes inflamed and painful, but in cats the urethra sometimes gets blocked as well.
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