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Fact Vs Myth: Dental Disease in Pets

We all want the best for our pets and we would certainly never see them in pain or suffering without intervening. However, dental disease can be a common feature in many animals’ lives, causing them a great deal of discomfort, without an owner ever being aware. 
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Why is my dog limping?

Limping, or lameness, can occur in any dog and any breed for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it’s a passing thing, comparable to a strain whilst playing sport, and sometimes it’s something more serious or ongoing. It can occur in any leg and sometimes in more than one leg. Because there are so many different causes, sometimes it can be hard to work out why your dog is limping.
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Can scientists help dogs to live longer?

You probably haven't heard of Agnes Sligh Cambell. She was born in America in 1888, the daughter of two Scottish immigrants. She liked to write and published several novellettes that have mostly been forgotten. But you may have read an extract of hers, which circulates the Internet in meme form today:  “Dogs’ Lives are too Short. It's their only fault, really.” Agnes Sligh Turnbull This certainly resonates with me: even Bluey, the record-holding Australian Cattle Dog, didn't make it into a third decade (7th June 1910 - 14th November 1939) and humans can easily live four times that long. For me, the saddest part of a vets' job is not the act of putting an animal to sleep (it is often the right thing to do) but witnessing the end of an incredible bond and the intense suffering of the owner.
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New vomiting bug hitting UK dogs?

You may have seen posts on social media or pet websites recently about the possibility of a new vomiting bug hitting UK dogs. Coming hard on the heels of the Coronavirus outbreaks from Wuhan in China, people are not unreasonably worrying about a new (and potentially dangerous) outbreak of an unknown disease. Some people have linked it to vaccination, others think it might just be coincidence. So what’s going on? 

Do I need to clean my dog’s ears?

A common and very simple question without a simple answer. All cases are as individual as the treatment they need. We will talk about how the ears of a ‘normal’ dog work, highlight why problems could occur which lead to a need for cleaning, and detail signs to watch for. If your dog’s ears are functioning normally you should not need to do anything. Just like the old saying goes: ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.’ Cleaning your dog's ears with an inappropriate cleaner or technique could cause problems where there were none. For a demonstration on the best way to clean ears without causing damage, and what to use, make an appointment to see your vet or a vet nurse.
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