Entries by Michael Clarke

Pyometra, what’s all the pus about?

Pyometra means ‘pus in the uterus’. Infection gets in (usually when the bitch has a season) then festers away for some weeks until a large abscess is formed in the uterus. There are two types of pyometra, a ‘closed’ one means the pus stays in the uterus, this is dangerous because as the volume of […]

Pet Travel Post Brexit

Like most of Brexit, what will happen to Pet Passports and the ability to travel to Europe with your pet after we leave the EU, is unknown. There are a few options of what could happen; No Deal Brexit If we have a no deal Brexit there is a chance that we will have to […]

How many ways are there to kill a flea?

Fleas are having a little population boom at the moment. Numbers increased dramatically when we had that hot dry spell. Now, as we all start turning on our heating, any eggs in the house are hatching and the fleas can multiply rapidly. Options It has always been the case that you have to treat your […]

Lungworm, a real and present threat

Most of us will have heard of lung worm in dogs (there is also one in cats although it doesn’t cause as serious a disease). The worm Dogs catch lung worm from snails and slugs, they can pick these up just from general rummaging around in the garden, but also they can swallow them from […]

Thyroid S.O.S. (Spot Our Symptoms)

One of the companies we deal with (MSD) is having an advertising campaign to help raise awareness of thyroid problems so this seemed like a suitable topic to write a short article on. What are they? Dogs and cats (and people) have 2 thyroid glands, they sit one on each side of the trachea but […]

BOAS constrictor (of breathing)

In the veterinary profession and elsewhere people are raising awareness of the issues brachycephalic animals face as a result of their breeding. Brachycephaly refers to a short skull shape, which gives the appearance of a flattened face. It can affect dogs, cats and rabbits. Dogs In the past ten years there has been a rapid […]

Vets Go Wild (life)

Every year we treat large numbers of wild animals brought in by the public or RSPCA. This year the dry weather has meant more dehydrated animals, particularly hedgehogs. We have also had lots of birds, especially young ones. The advice is generally that young birds, unless obviously injured, should be left where they are. Their mothers are often […]

Weird things rabbits do

Have you noticed your rabbits doing something strange? The 2nd – 10th June is Rabbit Awareness Week. Our bunnies can bemuse us with their strange behaviour. Our vets answer 7 common questions about the odd things our furry friends do: ‘Why do my rabbits lick me?’ Does it seem like your rabbits are trying to […]