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VHD2 – The new threat to rabbits

The short version: Re: A vaccine is now available to help protect rabbits from a new strain of VHD. As most of you are aware – rabbits are vaccinated against Myxomatosis and Viral Haemoraghic Disease (VHD) every year to protect them against these usually fatal diseases. Over the last year a new strain of VHD […]

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Babesiosis in dogs the UK

It has been in the news that some dogs in Essex have been infected with Babesia Canis and become very ill. This is news because these dogs had not travelled outside the UK, and Babesia had not previously been endemic in the UK, although commonly occurring in Europe.   What is Babesiosis? Babesiosis is a […]

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Urinary problems in cats – Villager Article March 2016

Dear Alan My cat, Ronnie, has always been clean in the house but now he is very unsettled and urinates in the bath and on the carpet. What can I do? Claire     Dear Claire, This is very common and can be caused by behavioural issues, lower urinary tract disease or kidney problems.   […]

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Keeping Chickens Healthy

    As an owner of chickens myself, I wanted to pass on some of the tips and knowledge I’ve acquired over the years both as a vet and a chicken owner. I have 6 birds in total comprising of two strays, one ex-battery hen, a homebred hybrid, a Pekin and a home-hatched Silkie x […]

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Microchips and the law from 6 April 2016

  The law is changing, it is becoming a legal requirement that all dogs over the age of 8 weeks are microchipped and registered on an approved database from the 6th of April 2016.   Up until now we have recommended microchipping as giving the best chance your pet being reunited with you if they […]

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Prophylactic dental treatment – Dental scale and polish.

  Dental disease is a very common problem in dogs and cats with most over the age of 3 having teeth and gum problems. It is useful to recognise that dental disease in pets progresses in the same way ours does. It starts with plaque (a sticky invisible infected film) that becomes mineralised (tartar).  Gums […]

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Spay your dog – the key hole surgery way.

Laparoscopic Spay:   Over the last few years we have performed over 60 of these procedures, owners who have previously had their pets spayed in the old open surgery are amazed at the improvement in recovery.  There is less pain and recovery is quicker. Spaying or neutering female dogs is used to prevent unwanted pregnancy, […]

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Pet Passports

Rules on taking your pet abroad to most EU has become more far more relaxed. Taking your pet with you on holiday is now far easier. However, a word of caution before rushing off to France with Toby, getting it wrong can result in serious consequences at border control if the rules are not carefully […]

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What is neutering and why should my pet be neutered?

Neutering is a procedure whereby the reproductive organs are surgically removed and the pet is therefore no longer able to breed. Unless planning on breeding from your pet neutering is always recommended. Not only does it reduce sexual behaviours but it also has significant health benefits, for example removing the risk of ovarian/testicular cancer and […]

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Parasites

Ticks, fleas, worms and mites all make the majority of us squirm just thinking about them. However, most pets with these parasites show no obvious signs and the parasites are rarely seen. Out of sight and out of mind these creatures can multiply rapidly on our pets causing irritation and stress that often goes unnoticed. […]

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