Factsheets

  • Atopy in Dogs

    Atopy is a hereditary skin disease of dogs, characterised by skin inflammation and itchiness (pruritus). Current understanding is that it is caused by an abnormal reaction of the immune system to tiny particles in the environment called allergens, combined with abnormalities in the surface layer (stratum corneum) of the skin. Allergens enter the body through the skin and lead to the production of certain antibodies in genetically predisposed animals. These antibodies then cause either intermittent or chronic (long-term) symptoms.

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  • Caesarean Surgery in Your Cat or Dog

    This leaflet is designed to help you understand what happens if your cat or dog needs to have a caesarean and how to care for them afterwards.

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  • Cushing's Syndrome

    Pets with this condition produce excessive amounts of hormones, especially cortisol, from the adrenal glands. It is usually the result of a tumour (most commonly benign) either in the pituitary gland at the base of the brain or in the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are found in the abdomen close to the kidneys.

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  • Dental Care for the Dog and Cat

    Dental disease is one of the most common problems in cats and dogs. It can be the cause of bad breath, bleeding gums and chronic pain but can also be a source of infection which can spread to other parts of the body including kidneys, liver and the heart.

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  • Diabetes in Cats and Dogs

    Diabetes is a problem that can affect both dogs and cats. It is a condition where there is a higher than normal level of glucose (sugar) in the blood and urine. This leaflet will explain how the disease can be identified and what can be done to manage it.

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  • Epilepsy

    Epilepsy is the term vets use if your pet is having repeated fits or seizures. For many pets no specific cause of the fits can be found. Vets call this “primary” or “idiopathic” epilepsy. These patients appear normal between fits. Fits can be caused by a problem elsewhere in your pet’s body. Vets call this “secondary” epilepsy. These patients may show other problems between fits.

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  • Euthanasia

    Euthanasia is one of the most difficult times we face as pet owners. Knowing how to make it at the ”right” time troubles many owners and this leaflet aims to help that decision-making for you.

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  • First Aid for Cats and Dogs

    First aid as the name suggests is the first treatment you would give when presented with an injury or traumatic episode. We all hope that our pets will never be in the situation where it is needed however the preparation of a basic first aid kit and some tips on how to handle situations may make dealing with an emergency much easier.

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  • Fleas

    Fleas are a very common problem for many pet owners that can exist all year round and in some animals can be the cause of unpleasant skin conditions. This leaflet will help you understand how to identify fleas, how to treat them and how to prevent them becoming a problem in your home.

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  • Heart Disease in Dogs and Cats

    It is estimated that heart problems can affect up to 10% of dogs and cats in the UK. Some heart diseases may be present when the animal is born, however the majority develop in adulthood. This leaflet will help you understand what can happen if your pet as a heart problem, how the condition can be diagnosed and how it can be treated.

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  • Hyperthyroidism in Cats (Overactive Thyroid)

    Hyperthyroidism is a condition frequently seen in middle aged and older cats. It is caused by an excessive production of thyroid hormones from the thyroid gland in the neck (or occasionally thyroid tissue found elsewhere in the body). Thyroid hormone regulates the metabolism so an overproduction of hormone increases metabolic rate and can have effects on all the body’s major organ systems

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  • Managing Noise Phobias

    A phobia is defined as an extreme fear or aversion to something. In pets the most common phobias are associated with loud or sudden noises such as thunder, fireworks and gunshots.

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  • Microchipping Your Pet

    Microchipping is an important part of responsible pet ownership and provides peace of mind that that if your pet was to go missing, he or she would have the best chance of being returned home safe and sound.

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  • Neutering Your Dog - Bitch Spay

    The majority of bitches in the UK will be spayed (neutered) at some point in their lifetime. However, deciding whether this is appropriate for your bitch and what is the best time for the surgery are things that should be discussed with your vet. This leaflet will help you understand the procedure and its benefits.

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  • Neutering Your Dog - Male Castration

    Castration is a common surgical procedure performed on male dogs. The decision whether or not to castrate should be taken after discussion with your vet. This leaflet will give you more information and may help you decide what questions you should ask about the procedure.

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  • Pet Insurance

    In recent years veterinary medicine has become increasingly more sophisticated. We are able to diagnose and treat conditions that a few years ago would have remained undetected. The downside of these advances is an increase in the associated costs. This leaflet is designed to help you understand pet insurance, how to select the policy that is right for you and where it can help.

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  • Post-Operative Care for Management of Cranial Cruciate Rupture

    Cruciate ligaments are important structures within the knee joint necessary for joint stability and normal function. Ligament rupture causes knee joint pain and instability which can in turn lead to development of other painful problems such as meniscal (cartilage) damage and arthritis.

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  • The Importance of Vaccination for your Pet

    There are a number of contagious diseases which can affect our pets. These can cause severe illness or in many cases can be fatal. Many of the diseases are preventable by vaccination. This leaflet will help you understand what protection is available for your pet.

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  • Ticks and Mites

    Together with fleas, ticks and mites are some of the most common parasites affecting our pets in the UK. This leaflet considers the threats posed to our pets by ticks and mites and how you might suspect that your pet is affected. Some of these external parasites also carry human health implications, which will be highlighted where relevant.

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  • Travelling Abroad With Your Pet

    Under the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) dogs, cats and ferrets can enter or re-enter the UK from certain countries without the need for quarantine provided they meet the rules of the scheme. These rules are different depending on which country or territory the pet is travelling from.

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  • Worming Your Pet

    There are a variety of different worms that can affect pets. The main worms that affect dogs and cats are roundworms and tapeworms which live in the intestine of your pet. Lung worm is also becoming increasingly common and occasionally we see infection with other types of worm such as hookworms and whipworms.

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  • Wound, Dressing and Bandage Care

    This leaflet is designed to help you understand how to monitor a wound, dressing or bandage at home. It will also help you understand when to contact the surgery for advice or re-examination.

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