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Can I give painkillers to my dog?

This is a question that seems to be popping up an awful lot on the internet at the moment… People wondering if they can use paracetamol, or ibuprofen or aspirin as painkillers for their dogs, or giving any kind of painkiller to their cat. At the moment, of course, this is a really big deal - with so many vets on "emergencies only", it can be very tempting to try to medicate your pet at home. The short advice, though, is don’t try this at home. While there are some human painkilling drugs that can be used in dogs and cats, they all have potentially serious and even life-threatening side effects, and poisoning is sadly really common.

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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? 


Party Problems for Pets

There’s nothing more enjoyable than hosting a party for your friends and family, enjoying their company and simply having a good time. However, for those of us with pets, we often fail to consider the impact that parties can have on them and just how hazardous they can potentially be.
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Have a Safe Christmas

Christmas time should be for the whole family. Although not human, pets are a valued part of the family. Changes in routines and people can unnerve our pets, but with a little extra thought, there is no reason they should not be able to join in the fun!
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Caring for your pets in the wildfires

Devastating bushfires raging in NSW, Queensland and South Australia mark a horrific start to this fire season. We have seen tragic loss of life and property; and yet encouraging stories emerge such as Bear the Detector Dog rescuing singed Koalas from the ashes. There are some critical things you must do to care for your pets and to prepare for a potential evacuation in a fire season.
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What do I need to consider when I dress up my dog for Halloween?

Welcome (with a sinister witches laugh) to a controversial discussion that divides even the veterinary world. Brexit, my friends, is nothing compared to this! Within an hour of my bosses sending this possible blog topic to my inbox, two features had arrived on my social media feeds from different veterinary groups. One showed commercial pet Halloween costumes being deliberately set on fire. Some didn't burn but others did; one in particular was dripping hot plastic. The take home message was that purpose-sold dog costumes are unregulated and many can prove dangerous. The other piece was from a local vets, launching a social media Halloween fancy dress competition. So. What’s an owner to do?
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