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Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (AD-PKD)

AD-PKD is an inherited condition (passed from parents to their kittens) that can cause progressive kidney failure in cats. The disease has become …

AD-PKD is an inherited condition (passed from parents to their kittens) that can cause progressive kidney failure in cats. The disease has become particularly common in Persian and Exotic Shorthaired cats. In the future it may be possible to eliminate

Samples – how they help your vet

Laboratory tests are used by vets to help them diagnose disease in sick pets. Increasingly they are also used as part of a routine …

Permanent identification of your pet

Stray dogs and cats are a big problem in many countries. In the UK alone it is estimated that more than £250 million a year is spent by local …

Managing pain in pets

Long term (chronic) pain is as debilitating in animals as it is in people. Constant pain significantly reduces pleasure in life and can lead to …

Living with a deaf cat

Deafness is quite common in cats, particularly in older cats and cats with a white hair coat and blue eyes. Although deafness may cause a cat …

Living with a blind cat

Just like people cats normally use their vision for getting around, as well as hunting and interaction with other cats. However, a cat with poor …

Insect stings

On a warm summer afternoon when your cat is playing in the garden they are at risk from inadvertently disturbing the local wildlife. Wasps and …

Injection techniques

Administration of medicine by injection is often referred to as giving by the parenteral route (this means that the treatment does not enter the …

Health insurance for your cat

In recent years huge advances have been made in veterinary medicine. Vets can now do things to improve the health and welfare of cats that …

Giving your cat medicines

For most veterinary treatments it is important that medicines are given correctly. In the hospital, trained staff give medicines and it is important …

Caring for your pet before and after surgery

Most pets will have an operation at some stage in their life, eg for neutering (spaying or castration) or to treat a disease. Nowadays most …

Caring for the amputee cat

There are a number of reasons which may necessitate the removal of an animal’s leg. The two most common of these are severe trauma, for …

Caring for a kitten

Cats are now our most popular domestic pet. Some people acquire a cat almost by accident but if you make a conscious decision to get one you should …

All about worms

It can be alarming to discover that your cat has worms but it should not come as a surprise. All pets are affected at some stage in their life …

All about neutering

It is a sad truth that the number of kittens born every year is far greater than the number of good homes that can be found for them. As a result, …

All about fleas

Fleas are the most common parasite in cats – and every cat is likely to be infected at some stage in its life. However, with the advent …

Cancer in your cat – possible options

Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells. The speed with which a cancer spreads and the severity of the disease it causes depends on …

Vestibular syndrome

Vestibular syndrome refers to a group of diseases that affect the balance system also known …

Stroke (cerebrovascular accident)

Until recently, it was thought that strokes were very rare in domestic pets. In the last few years, with the advance and increased availability …

Pyruvate kinase deficiency

Pyruvate kinase deficiency is an inherited disease that was first documented in Abyssinian, …

Paroxystic events

A paroxysm is a sudden uncontrollable attack and in people is often applied to events like …

Travelling: leaving your pet behind

International travel is becoming increasingly common for pets and the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS), which even allows limited movement of pets through …

Travelling with your cat

Travelling can be a stressful experience for human beings and it is probably equally so for cats, although for different reasons. While your cat …

Taking your pet abroad

The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) allows for limited movement of pets between the UK and some …

Pet passports

Pet passports are part of the European Union (EU) Regulation on the movement of pet animals. Certain non-EU listed countries may also issue a …

Worms – A Wriggly Problem

It can be alarming to discover that your cat has worms but it should not come as a surprise. All pets are affected at some stage in their life …

Worm Control

All pets will be affected by worms at some stage in their life and many will be re-infected unless they are given regular, routine worming treatment. …

Vaccination Protocols And Safety

For a long time all new kittens and puppies were given a standard vaccination, which protected them from a number of infectious diseases. Recently …

Vaccinating Your Cat

There are a number of highly infectious and potentially fatal diseases which can affect your cat. There is no treatment for many of these diseases …

Toxoplasmosis And Risks To Pregnant Women

Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease which can affect cats and all other warm blooded animals, including humans. In both cats and humans its effects …

Tick Removal

Ticks are blood-sucking parasites that can affect your cat, especially if it goes out in the countryside or grassy areas during the Spring …

Tick Control

Ticks are common external parasites (ectoparasites) affecting cats in many areas of the world. Environments suitable for tick development include …

Senior Cat Care

A kitten is endearing to everyone but kittens grow up all too fast. By a year of age cats of all breeds will be mature. Although individual cats …

Saying Goodbye – Options For Euthanasia

Some of our beloved pets are living longer and longer lives. This is due in large part to the amazing care we provide for them. As our time with …

Routine Health Care

We are all familiar with the phrase “A healthy pet is a happy pet” – but there is probably also something to be said for keeping …

Pet Insurance For Your Cat

In recent years huge advances have been made in veterinary medicine. Vets can now do things to improve the health and welfare of cats that would …

Operations: Caring For Your Cat Before And After Surgery

Most pets will have an operation at some stage in their life, e.g. for neutering (speying or castration) or to treat a disease. Nowadays most …

Obesity

Cats are generally able to regulate the amount of food they eat but there is a trend for modern cats, like modern humans, to eat better food and …

Neutering Your Cat

It is a sad truth that the number of kittens born every year is far greater than the number of good homes that can be found for them. As a result, …

Multi-Cat Households

The number of cats in the U.K. is currently on the increase and so is the number of cats per household. Cats had previously been thought to be …

Microchipping Your Cat

Stray cats and dogs are a big problem in many countries. In the UK alone it is estimated that more than £250 million a year is spent by local …

X-Rays And Ultrasound

Veterinary medicine has made many advances in the last 10 years and many local veterinary …

Scanning – The Inside Picture

The term ‘scan’ is often used to describe the method of obtaining an image of the inside of the body. This may be done with ultrasound …

Luxating Patella

Owners of some dogs may notice that they often ‘hop’ on one of their back legs carrying the other. This strange behaviour may be caused …

Elbow Dysplasia

Elbow dysplasia is a common and often debilitating joint disease affecting many larger breed …

BVA/KC Elbow Dysplasia Scoring Scheme

Elbow dysplasia is a common and often debilitating joint disease affecting many larger breed (usually pedigree) dogs. Affected dogs have a genetic tendency …

Back Problems (Cauda Equina Diseases)

Back problems in dogs are not uncommon. Many breeds are affected by disk disease but diseases of the spinal cord itself are also a problem. These …

Moving House With Your Cat

Moving to a new home can be stressful for both you and your pets. Cats are highly territorial animals and are often as closely attached to their …

‘Walking Dandruff’ (Cheyletiellosis)

Cheyletiella infection is a form of mange that is also known as rabbit mites and walking dandruff. This is an itchy skin condition caused by small …

Over Grooming (Feline Psychogenic Alopecia)

In the hurly-burly of our modern lives we ask a lot of pets. Fortunately most cats adapt well to all the changes and excitement around them, managing …

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