Ear Infections

Otitis is the name for inflammation of the ear (an ear infection), and is very common in dogs. Ear disease rarely goes unnoticed when it is severe. Dogs with ear problems will generally shake their head from side to side, and may be forever stopping to sit down and...

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Summer Delights

Our pets love summer just as much as we do! It’s the best time of year to be out and about and enjoying all that the season has to offer. However, warm weather and the summer season can be hazardous for our pets. With summer well and truly on the way we have put...

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Ultrasonography

Most ladies who experience pregnancy will be familiar with ultrasound scans. In addition to being used in Ante-natal checks, ultrasound is an essential tool in both Domestic and Farm Animal Veterinary Practice. An ultrasound scan, sometimes called a sonogram, is a...

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Fleas

There is only just the faintest whiff of Spring in the air and yet it seems that, already, fleas have become more active and are breeding in numbers in many locations around Kirklees and Halifax. Fleas are present throughout the year, on pets and in the environment....

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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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