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Obesity – how do I know if my dog is obese or my if my cat is overweight?

Obesity in pets is becoming a serious problem. No matter how cute they look and how much we love those ‘chunky’ dogs and cats too, obesity should not be trivialised. Obesity carries a huge range of health conditions and generally results in a poorer wellbeing for our pets. Knowing whether a pet is obese can be difficult for us as vets and owners too. Weight management itself is a vast and complex topic. Today we will be discussing how best to recognise obesity in pets (with a focus on dogs and cats).

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Why does my cat lick me?

So, you open your eyes, having rudely been pulled from a dream you would have rather continued. Only to find yourself face to face with Fluffy, your cat. It is the repeated sensation of the rough textured surface of his fleshy pink tongue as it leaves a fine warm but damp trail across your brow, that has brought you from your blissful slumber. This unpleasant experience has become a bit of habit for Fluffy. It has left you asking what has possessed your domesticated miniature lion to begin and continue this odd ritual. You have hit Google on your lunch break for answers and spoken to friends and family. But so far you are more confused than enlightened. It’s time to shine some light on this most peculiar of feline habits.

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Can cats have an overactive thyroid?

Hyperthyroidism - or an overactive thyroid - is an extremely common disease of older cats, occurring in about 1 in 10 cats over the age of 10. Unlike many diseases, hyperthyroidism is more common in moggies than purebred cats. It is a progressive disease that will eventually damage organs, leading to high blood pressure, heart problems, and kidney problems amongst other things.

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Worms and How To Kill Them: Dog and Cat Tapeworms

Hopefully every pet owner knows that they must regularly ‘worm’ their pets. But did you know that “worm” is a very broad category referring to hundreds of different parasites that can live inside your pet’s gastrointestinal tract? Today we will be discussing one specific group – tapeworms. We will talk about tapeworm biology and the different species of dog and cat tapeworms. Also how you can treat and prevent tapeworm infection in your pets.

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Life and Death – Blocked bladders in cats and dogs

A blocked bladder - or urethral obstruction - is a potentially life-threatening condition. The term means partial or complete blockage of the urethra, which is the tube that runs from the bladder to the external genitalia. In male dogs and cats, the urethra is longer and narrower than in females, making males more prone to this condition. A blockage can have various causes. 

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Why is my cat always hungry?

Cats have a reputation for their insistent behaviour around feeding. They are individuals so it’s important to learn what is normal for each of them. If they appear hungrier than usual, there may be a simple reason, but it could be a sign of a medical condition and should be checked out.  

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