Pre-Travel: take your pet (dog only, not your cat!) for a short walk outside. natural pheromone sprays can be used to help with stress (Adaptil for dogs and Feliway for cats). calming supplements can be added to your pet’s food before travel. if your animal is extremely stressed having a light sedation before their […]
Roundworms, tapeworms and lungworms…why do we worm?
1. Roundworms: 10cm long spaghetti like- lovely! affects puppies, kittens, hunting pets and those on raw diets. doesn’t affect pets too much except when puppies and kittens have in large numbers ( pot- belly appearance) worms can pass across mother’s placenta and milk to her puppies/kittens! the main concern is zoonosis (zoonosis means that […]
Dental disease and Dental X-rays
Teeth are like icebergs! It’s what’s happening underneath the gum that mostly concerns us. That’s why dental x-rays are absolutely vital for full assessment of dental health. Unlike lameness, sore eyes or itchy skin, dental pain often has no obvious symptoms. Dogs and cats will continue to eat well even with severe dental disease. It […]
Is your pet Brexit ready?
Sadly, the behemoth that is Brexit has not left our furry-friends untouched. In the event of a “no deal” Brexit on March 29th, there will be changes regarding pet travel. Because Great Britain will no longer be a part of the European Union, it can longer avail of the handy European pet Passport system we have […]
Your pet has teeth just like you. And similar to you, they have dental care needs. Most dogs and cats don’t brush their teeth and therefore, as they get older, they get a build up of plaque and tartar. If this plaque and tartar isn’t removed, dental disease progresses which can lead to your pet […]
Halloween – it doesn’t have to be scary!
Halloween is a fun and fun holiday for all of us, but there can be some dangers lurking for our furry friends. We want to help you make sure that your pets are safe and comfortable this Halloween, and we hope that the tips and advice below can help. – Keep all pets indoors throughout […]
Dental x-rays are a really useful way of seeing damage done below the gumline. We all know that when you go to a dentist you have some x-rays taken, especially if there is a problem. Why should this be any different with our pets? Here in Briarhill we have just gotten a dental x-ray machine […]
Stress in Cats
Have you ever put off coming for an appointment for your cat because it’s too stressful? If you answered “yes” – you are not alone! cat vet visits can be a stressful business, both for you and them. In this months blog post i’m going to be discussing the effects of stress on cats and […]
The ISFM World Feline Conference
Every year, we have to obtain a certain number of CPD points in order to remain on the medical register which allows us to practice medicine. There are a lot of options out there for how you get your points: online courses, webinars and attending lectures. This year for my CPD quota I wanted to […]
Prevention is better than cure: vaccines
I’m a very bad Nurse – I don’t want to see your animals. What I mean by that is: I would much rather everyone’s pets were healthy and happy and didn’t require medical attention from me in the first place! Of course accidents happen and we have little to no control over the those circumstances, […]