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 […]
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 […]
Worms, worms, worms – yuck!
It might not be a very pleasant topic to discuss but it’s an extremely important one: our pets get worms, that’s just a fact of life. Luckily we live in the time of modern medicine and so and we have access to preventative treatments to avoid having to deal with these unsavoury hitch hikers. In […]
Our Neutering trip to Greece!
In the wee hours of Sunday the 21st of May, Riona and I headed off to Dublin to catch a flight to Athens. We decided to take a trip there to volunteer our veterinary skills to the Greek Cat Welfare Society by neutering strays. Much like Ireland, Greece has a huge problem with cat-overpopulation and […]
What is a Veterinary Nurse?
May is Veterinary Nurse month, and seeing as I just found out that I have been shortlisted for the Irish Veterinary Nurse of the Year Award (yay!) I felt I should address Veterinary Nursing in this months blog post. There was a time, back when I was training in college, when most people would raise […]
Cat Overpopulation – Ireland’s secret shame
We are now full on into “Kitten season” which in Ireland runs from approximately March-October. This is the time of year when we see female cat’s get big round bellies full of kittens, and their poor owners say “I thought she was too young to breed!”. cat overpopulation is something I feel very passionately about […]
A day in the life of a Vet
I think most young people go through a phase at some stage of “I want to be a vet when I grow up!”; most move onto teacher, farmer, footballer, Doctor or even astronaut but a few are determined enough to stick with veterinary all the way to getting that degree. But what then? playing with […]
Blood tests – are they really necessary?
Did you know: here at the clinic we have a laboratory with blood machines. This means we can run certain blood tests in-house and have results within 10-15 minutes. What is involved when running bloods? We start by giving your pet a full general health exam. We then clip off a small amount of fur […]