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My dog’s eaten… is it poison?

As vets, we see far too many dogs who have, one way or another, been poisoned. In fact, one recent study by the British Veterinary Association suggested that 94% of vets had seen at least one poisoning case in the previous year - and the average was one a month, so it isn’t a rare problem! However, there are a lot of common beliefs surrounding poisoning (and what constitutes a poison) in pets and, in this blog, we’d like to explore some of them and introduce our new online Poisons Guide that we hope will help to save you (and your vets’!) time and anxiety, by helping you to determine how serious a possible poisoning incident is.
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My dog is panting excessively – what could be wrong?

For dogs, panting can be a natural reaction to exertion, heat, excitement, and fear. If the panting is excessive it may be a sign or symptom that something is wrong.
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My dog’s really nervous after neutering – does he need some sort of HRT?

This is a really interesting question, and raises a number of really valid points. To answer it, we need to look in more detail the reasons why dogs behave the way they do, and the hormonal influences on them.
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Beat the Bulge and Build the Bond

After a Christmas holiday of feasting and relaxation, I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s reluctant to face the bathroom scales this week…! After all, the British Nutrition Foundation reports that it’s disturbingly easy to eat as many as 6000 calories on Christmas Day alone (see here for the breakdown), so no wonder we're facing an increasingly overweight future. While this isn’t really a human health blog, I’d like to point out, in the spirit of One Health, that the same problems afflict our pets - especially our dogs. As part of the family, we want to indulge them - however, all those treats and extra snacks impact their health as much, or more, than ours. So in this blog, I’m hoping to harness all of our new-found New Year’s Resolutions to encourage us to work on our pets’ diets, as well as our own, and put some effort in to make all of us (human, canine, feline, whatever!) healthier, leaner and happier in 2018.
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Tick Bites – more dangerous than we realise?

We vets are always going on about tick control - and to be honest, you’ve probably let it flow over you (don’t worry, we all do it!). However, the importance of avoiding or preventing tick bites has been front page news this week, with the revelation that former England rugby player Matt Dawson was seriously ill with an infection transmitted by a tick bite. It’s not just our pets that are at risk - livestock, us and our families are also potentially in danger - but by treating our pets, we can help break the tick life-cycle, and minimise the danger. It’s worth bearing in mind that about one dog in three is affected by ticks in any given season - and that even the inner cities aren’t safe (Matt Dawson was bitten and infected in a central-London park).
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