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Firework fear

Firework fear is a common problem in dogs. It is not surprising that animals are scared of fireworks since they are very loud (up to 150 decibels). …

Firework fear is a common problem in dogs. It is not surprising that animals are scared of fireworks since they are very loud (up to 150 decibels). Sounds this loud can be physically painful as well as inducing fear. The

Syringohydromyelia in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (CKCS)

Syringohydromyelia is also known as ‘Chiari-type malformation’ (a reference to the human disease) and ‘caudal …

BVA/KC/ISDS eye scheme

In the late 1960’s the British Veterinary Association (BVA), in conjunction with the Kennel Club (KC), started a scheme to assist dog breeders …

BVA/Kennel Club hip dysplasia scoring scheme

Hip dysplasia is a common and often debilitating joint disease affecting …

Separation anxiety

We ask a lot from our dogs when we expect them to fit into our hectic modern lives. Happily most dogs adapt to our lifestyle with seeming ease …

Noise phobias

If your dog is afraid of sudden noises then life can be miserable for both of you. Summer thunderstorms can become a major trauma and unless you …

Fear of fireworks

Firework fear is a common problem in dogs and although it appears to be rare in cats, it is thought that they can often be afraid of fireworks …

Behavioural problems: destructiveness and chewing

Having a young puppy in the house brings much pleasure but puppies also bring with them many undesirable behaviours. Early 

Behavioural problems: boredom

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Behavioural problems: barking

Dogs bark to communicate their emotions. Different barks can mean different things and variations in bark sounds are also caused by individual characteristics. …

Training your dog

A dog owner is responsible for their pet in public places, so if your dog misbehaves you can be responsible for the consequences. A poorly trained dog …

Samples – how they help your vet

Laboratory tests are used by vets to help them diagnose disease in animals that are ill. Increasingly, they are also used as part of a routine health check …

Permanent identification of your dog

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 authorities, …

Neutering

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

House training your puppy

House training is the term we normally use for the process of training a puppy, to go outside to urinate or defaecate (toilet) rather than toileting in …

Health insurance for your dog

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

Giving your dog medicines

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

Complementary therapies

Some forms of alternative or complementary medicine such as osteopathy and physiotherapy are widely used in veterinary medicine alongside conventional treatment. However, …

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. …

Caring for the older dog

A puppy is endearing to everyone but puppies grow up all too fast. By one to two years of age dogs of all breeds will be mature. Although individual dogs …

Basic training for dogs

A dog owner is responsible for their pet in public places, so if your dog misbehaves you can be responsible for the consequences. A poorly trained dog …

All about worms

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

Neuromuscular disorders

Neuromuscular disorders in pets can be very frightening for owners. Apparently healthy animals may collapse at exercise or become paralysed over a period …

Myasthenia gravis

Myasthenia gravis (MG) literally means grave (gravis) muscle(my-) weakness (asthenia). It is an unusual cause of generalised …

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 sleeplessness …

Lyme disease

Lyme disease is a condition that was first described in people in Lyme, Connecticut, USA in the 1970s and discovered in dogs in the 1980s. It is an example …

Joint problems in young dogs

Puppies continue to grow and develop for months or years after birth. Giant breeds may not reach full adult size for 18 months or 2 years. During this …

Intervertebral disc herniation or “slipped disc”

A slipped disc (also known as intervertebral disc herniation) is the most common cause of paralysis in dogs. Cats are much less often affected.

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Hip dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is a common and often debilitating joint disease affecting many larger breed (usually pedigree) …

Cruciate ligament rupture (torn knee ligaments)

Cruciate ligament rupture is the famous knee injury of professional footballers. It is surprisingly common in dogs too. If the ligaments are damaged they …

Cauda equina diseases (back problems)

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. …

BVA/KC hip dysplasia scoring scheme

Hip dysplasia is a common and often debilitating joint disease affecting …

BVA/KC elbow dysplasia scoring scheme

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

Bone problems in young dogs

Puppies continue to grow and develop for months or years after birth. Giant breeds may not reach full adult size for 18 months or 2 years. During this …

Arthritis

Arthritis is a familiar problem …

Leaving your pet behind

Although the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) is now fully operational, allowing limited movement of pets through some countries and the UK, many pet …

Disease risks when travelling to continental Europe

An increasing number of owners are taking their pets with them on holiday when they travel to continental Europe. This factsheet provides information on …

Choosing a boarding kennel

It would probably be less traumatic for most dogs to be looked after by an experienced and reliable ‘pet sitter’. Pet sitters are …

Worms – A Wriggly Problem

It can be alarming to discover that your dog 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 …

Vaccination Protocols And Safety

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

Vaccinating Your Dog

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

Tick Removal

Ticks are blood-sucking parasites that can affect your dog, especially if it goes out in …

Senior Dog Care

A puppy is endearing to everyone but puppies grow up all too fast. By one to two years of age dogs of all breeds will be mature. Although individual …

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 …

Puppy Care

Puppies are cute and it is very tempting to acquire one almost by accident. Taking on a puppy is a big responsibility – remember it will …

Pet Insurance For Your Dog

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

Operations: Caring For Your Dog 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

In the wild dogs generally regulate the amount of food they eat. However, there is a trend for modern dogs, like modern man, to eat better food …

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