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What is osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis is one of the most common diseases in dogs. It’s estimated around 20–40% of dogs are affected1,2 – or almost 80% in older dogs.2 Osteoarthritis is a degenerative inflammatory disease, involving progressive deterioration of healthy joints. This often leads to joint instability, weakness and pain. Right now, osteoarthritis remains incurable and

Epilepsy management – which medications should I use first? A common enquiry our technical team receives regards decision making in therapeutic choices for managing canine epilepsy. With various medications available, it can sometimes be challenging to know when to initiate treatment, which medication to use first and what should be used if an adjunctive medication
Activated charcoal preparations -what’s the difference? With many activated charcoal products available; gels, liquids, tablets and powders, it can sometimes be challenging to know how they compare and which is best to recommend in cases of intoxication. Powders are time consuming and messy to prepare. It can be difficult to know how much water to

‘Vaping’ is increasingly popular, but is the use of e-cigarettes or ENDS (electronic nicotine delivery systems) harmful to our pets? e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is toxic to pets and may result in the following symptoms; salivation, vomiting, diarrhoea, agitation, panting, tachycardia (fast heart rate), dilated pupils, high blood pressure, tremors, seizures and in very severe

A recent study found that brachycephalic (flat faced) breeds have a 3.63x greater risk of developing dry eye1. What is dry eye? Dry eye (keratoconjunctivitis sicca or KCS) is a condition whereby dogs have a reduced tear film (deficient aqueous layer) due to destruction of their tear (lacrimal) gland. Left untreated, the condition can result
It’s been wonderful watching the spring colours begin to emerge in our gardens... ...but did you know that spring bulbs can be harmful to our pets? Plants to look out for include; snowdrops, bluebells, daffodils (narcissus), hyacinths, tulips, irises and crocuses. Plant bulbs contain irritant chemicals called alkaloids, which can be toxic to your pet.
All jokes aside, Adder bites can be nasty and unpleasant for your pet... Luckily, Adders are the only venomous snake in the UK. They become active in the warmer months, following a winter of hibernation - so you should be most alert on spring and summertime walks. Pets are usually bitten on the legs, head
Sago Palms – Did you know they are toxic to pets..? Also called cardboard palms, cycades, or zymias, Sago Palms are readily available in garden centres or in the garden sections of large DIY stores and supermarkets. But what you may not realise is that this potted plant is potentially lethal to your beloved pet.