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    Should we feed Rudolf carrots?

    An important question for 24th December maybe. A serious question too, as reindeer have become popular to keep for Christmas displays in the UK; looking after them, however, can be problematic... 
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    The Twelve Dangers of Christmas

    Christmas comes but once a year… but for many pets, that’s once too often! There always seems to be a rush at most practices over the Christmas period, from people who’ve forgotten to pre-order medication, to pets who’ve injured themselves on something, to animals that have eaten something poisonous. So, we thought we’d put together a list of 12 of the “top troubles” pets seem to get themselves into over the festive period…
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    Does my dog have a cold?

    Does your dog have watery eyes, a runny nose, a cough, lack of energy and appetite? Is it like a human common cold? If yes, he or she may have a mild, viral infection like a cold, but not one we can catch or that they have caught from us - dogs are generally unaffected by the viruses that trouble us and vice versa.
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    Anaesthetic Shortage – will it affect my pet?

    A number of vet practices have been reporting problems in the last few days in getting hold of the anaesthetic gas isoflurane, due to supply problems from the manufacturers. However, instead of lasting a few days and then coming back on stream, the shortage sounds like it might last a while, with the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) reporting that 2 of the main suppliers have restock dates as late as February or even March next year. In this blog, we’re going to look at how this might affect vets and pets across the UK in the next few months.
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    Just stiff, or sore?

    One of the most common conditions encountered in practice is arthritis, otherwise known as osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease (DJD). It may be underdiagnosed because many owners may see their older dogs ‘slowing down’ or ‘becoming stiff’ and consider it part of getting old. It’s often only picked up at routine examinations, such as during vaccinations. While common (thought to affect 20% of adult dogs) it is not normal and can significantly impair our ageing pets’ quality of life.
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