Posts By: Ian Stroud

Cystitis in Cats

Cystitis in cats is not uncommon, with 20% of cats suffering an episode during their lifetime. Feline urinary tract inflammation is also known as Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) and Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS) and has a variety of causes and symptoms. Clinical Signs Very often feline cystitis causes your cat pain and irritation when he urinates… Read more »

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Dogs and the Law

At the end of November we were very fortunate to have Dr. Anne McBride, animal behaviourist, come and see us to give an enjoyable and insightful talk on ‘Dog Ownership and the Law’. Animals can be amazing companions. They have physiological benefits to owners. Stroking an animal can reduce your blood pressure and assist in… Read more »

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Big Bear Award – Jade

Jade the puppy presented to the clinic as an emergency because she appeared to have suddenly gone blind. She was also circling, staring into space, generally unresponsive and pressing her head against the corners of the room. She was also quite thin and had various other signs such as diarrhoea over the weeks before she came to… Read more »

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Mast Cell Tumours

Mast cell tumours are a relatively common type of cancer found in dogs and occasionally in cats. They are often quick growing and found on or just under the skin, they can look like just about any other mass so ideally all new masses should be examined and tested. Several breeds are pre-disposed to developing… Read more »

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Pets and fireworks

Fireworks are used to celebrate all kinds of occasions and around this time of year we have two major events, Bonfire Night and New Year’s Eve. Although we may find fireworks entertaining many of our pets are frightened by them. One piece of research carried out by a pharmaceutical company discovered that at least 80%… Read more »

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Care of the older cat

As standards of veterinary care and diet improve, our cats are living longer. Their dietary and body changes and requirements are understood well, but what about their emotional and behavioural needs? What happens to my cat’s behaviour as he or she gets older? The most common behaviour seen in older cats is going to the… Read more »

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Ellie’s Story

Ellie the cocker spaniel was brought to Vet4life, for a second opinion. She had been given a hopeless prognosis, one that was not even worth treating… On assessment, Ellie was a little quiet and had a distended abdomen containing fluid. A previous blood test had suggested she had low protein levels and her liver was… Read more »

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How do you choose a cattery?

You love and care for your cat, he or she is an adored member of your family, so when you go on holiday you feel worried at the thought of leaving your pet in someone else’s hands. Some people may feel quite unable to go away, even for the weekend. There are solutions though! Cats… Read more »

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Lymphoma in Dogs and Cats

In the last few weeks I have seen an increase in the the number of cases of lymphoma at our clinic. Lymphoma is a type of cancer of the white blood cells that commonly affects the lymph nodes anywhere in the body. The early signs are variable but often we find a pet may have inappetence, weight loss and… Read more »

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Pets’ Problem Behaviour

Inspired by Francesca Riccomini, veterinary surgeon and animal behaviourist People often don’t realise something is amiss with their pet’s behaviour until something goes wrong, and then it’s too late! Since pets can’t talk, their behaviour is the only indication of illness, bar any physical symptoms. When a pet is acting normally, it’s reassuring – it… Read more »

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