E-cigarettes

E-cigarettes seem to be becoming as common as conventional cigarettes these days. Initially developed to help nicotine addicts kick their habit, the dramatic increase in their use has opened a widescale debate about their safety in the human population. The debate...

Sheep Worrying

Lambing season is approaching fast. I have been starting to make preparations for my Southdowns’ lambing next month, and farmers across the area are struggling in the face of wind, rain and mud to get ready for this important time in a stock keeper’s calendar. It is...

Feline Infectious peritonitis (‘FIP’)

We have recently seen a number of cats at the surgery suffering from a condition called Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) Very sadly, FIP is a fatal, incurable disease that affects cats. It is caused by Feline Infectious Peritonitis Virus (FIPV), which is a mutation...

The Kennel Club Accredited Breeder Scheme

Those who regularly read my column will know that, in addition to my Veterinary work, I have a bit of a menagerie at home.   We keep Pedigree Southdown Sheep, Berkshire Pigs and Hens. We also have Pedigree Labradors which are very much family pets but which we also...