Posts By: Vet4Life

Hyperthyroidism in cats


Hyperthyroidism is a very common disease in older cats. It is caused by an over production of thyroid hormones, this causes the cat to burn through calories and normally suffer from weight loss. This over production often results from a benign change, however in a small number of cases this may be related to a… Read more »

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Why do we give cats and dogs vaccinations?

Vaccinating our pet dogs, cats, rabbits and ferrets is an important tool in protecting them against serious infectious diseases. Vaccines form part of our preventative healthcare programme alongside flea treatment, parasite treatment and neutering. Vaccines can be given as injection into the skin or in some cases drops into the nose. Vaccines are safe formulations… Read more »

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What is Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD) 2?


In recent years a new viral disease has emerged in rabbits, termed Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease 2. This is a new variant on Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD1). RHD2 (Like myxomatosis and RHD1) is extremely contagious and can be spread by flies or contaminated objects which means that indoor only rabbits can also be affected. This… Read more »

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How to treat fleas


Many animals will carry fleas without showing significant discomfort. However control is recommended as fleas may carry tapeworm larvae, fleas can transmit blood borne diseases, fleas can contribute to anaemia, some pets can develop allergies to fleas, and fleas can bite people as well. Fleas are small, flat insects that live on the pet and… Read more »

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Pets travelling abroad (as of 1st March 2019)

With Brexit on the horizon some changes may be coming to how we take our pet cats and dogs abroad. Under the pet travel scheme for travel to and from the European Union pets needed a working microchip, a current rabies vaccination, a pet passport and a tapeworming treatment administered 24 – 120 hours prior… Read more »

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Is it safe to give your dog bones?

Feeding raw food and bone diets are becoming increasingly popular as pet owners try recreate a natural diet. However it is important to use these products in way that is safe for your pet. Both raw and cooked bones can pose a hazard, they can cause obstructions in the gut, cause fractured teeth and sharp… Read more »

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10 common conditions in old cats

Crossbreed cats in the UK have an average life expectancy of 14 years, this is significantly longer than some breeds of dog. The first thing to remember is that age is not a disease. If your beloved pet is slowing down, or losing weight or acting strangely, it might not be just because they are… Read more »

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