Lambing Season

Spring is always an exciting time in a Mixed Veterinary Practice and this spring has been no exception at Donaldson’s Vets. Pet owners visiting our surgeries are often surprised to see Landrovers and pickups backed up to the surgery door and are even more surprised...

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Final Call for Microchipping

With only a few days to go until the new laws governing the microchipping of dogs in England, we have been flat-out implanting microchips in preparation. The new law comes into force on 6 April. After that date, it will be an offence to own a dog that does not have a...

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Self-medication

Recent figures suggest that nearly 10% of owners may have given human medical products to their pets within the last year. The potentially toxic products were administered for complaints ranging from cut paws and insect bites to nettle stings and coughing episodes....

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Feline Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid glands) is a very common disorder of older cats caused by an increase in production of thyroid hormones from the thyroid glands, which are situated in the neck. Thyroid hormones regulate many body processes and when too much hormone...

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Introducing The New Puppy

Introducing a new puppy at home is an exciting time for all the family. Puppies are time consuming when they are young. It is important to set out the ground rules and establish the routine you wish to maintain throughout your dog’s life and that takes time and...

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Your New Dog

Probably the most important consideration once you have decided to become a dog owner is to select an appropriate breed. Different breeds of dog can have very different attributes and, as dog ownership is a long term commitment, having a dog that fits you and your...

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New Pet Considerations

Last week, I wrote about some of the health benefits that can result from pet ownership. While these benefits are many and varied, and getting a new pet can be very exciting, there are lots of things to think about before choosing the right pet for you. A responsible...

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The Health Benefits of Pet Ownership

A new pet can be a fantastic addition to the home. Pets can teach children extremely valuable lessons about caring, loving and responsibility. A recent study of school children showed that pet owners were more popular and seemed more sympathetic to the needs of their...

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Compulsory Microchipping Rules

With only 2 months to go before the change in law that makes the microchipping of dogs compulsory (The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015), there are still real concerns that thousands of dogs across the region have not been microchipped. From 6 April...

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Arthritis

Arthritis is a common and debilitating disease in pets as well as in people. The name comes from the Greek word for joint – arthro and the word for inflammation – itis and so Arthritis is “inflammation of the joint”. In the pets we see, there are 3 main types of...

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