My pet is drinking or urinating a lot more than normal – is there a problem?

Most dog owners notice increased urination more quickly than they notice increased water consumption. This is because increased urine production often results in a dog needing to go outside more frequently, or to urinate in inappropriate locations or during the night (nocturia). Sometimes, owners will also suspect that their dog is incontinent, although this may…

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What items in my house/garden could be dangerous to my pet?

The most common poison cases we see here in City Vet are as a result of exposure to household items. These could include: common foods (e.g. chocolate, coffee, grapes/raisins, nuts, yeast dough), human/animal medicines garden plants e.g. lilies and cats (very toxic and can cause kidney damage) garden pesticides, animal insecticides, rotting rubbish or compost…

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Do I need to vaccinate my adult dog?

The best answer is yes, you should vaccinate your dog to protect it against many serious diseases that still threaten dogs’ lives and health. Vaccination basics Puppies are vaccinated when they are young and many people believe that once their pet is vaccinated as a pup, they do not require any further vaccinations but this…

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Lumps & Bumps in Pets

When people find lumps on their pet, they often panic. It’s easy to assume the worst. And then they often avoid finding out more. So what should I do if I find a lump on my pet?   Any lumps should be checked by your pet’s vet as soon as possible.  Not every lump or bump…

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KENNY Kenny is a 23 week old English Pointer X male who came to the clinic with an eye problem.   During his clinical examination, the vet noticed that he still had all 4 of his deciduous (temporary) canine teeth, causing the emerging permanent teeth to erupt out of position.  The lower ones were emerging more…

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Sam’s Ear Disease

Sam is a 5 year old male Springer Spaniel who came to the clinic with a very sore right ear. On examination it was discovered that he had a lot of wax and several small ulcers in the ear canal and the outer skin was very red and inflamed. His left ear was quite normal.…

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Should I Neuter my Rabbit?

What is neutering? Neutering is a surgical procedure performed under general anaesthetic to prevent animals breeding.  In a male neutering is called castration which involves removing both testicles, and in the female the procedure is usually called spaying when both ovaries and the uterus (womb) are removed. Why neuter pet rabbits? There are many good…

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Cat Fights and Cat Bites

Why do cats fight? Cats fight with other cats to protect their territory, or to gain more territory. Bite wounds are common in cats; over 90% of infected wounds are from cat bites. These wounds are frequently infected and without treatment cats can become very ill. Bite wounds are more common in male cats, especially…

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Spaying Your Cat

General Information Spaying a female cat is a normal surgical procedure to remove the uterus and ovaries. This ensures she cannot come into season (or ‘calling’) nor become pregnant and helps prevent a several potentially serious diseases when done at the currently recommended age of 8-16 weeks old. Benefits of Spaying Your Cat General Information…

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Are you Worm Aware?

Worms are internal parasites that can affect cats and dogs. They occur in a variety of organs, including lungs, heart, kidney and eye but mainly in the bowel. The most common worms are roundworms and tapeworms which live in the bowel. Although quite common, worms rarely cause serious disease. However, infected pets are a source…

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