Skin problems in rabbits

What is normal for a bunny’s skin and coat? The skin and coat of a rabbit should look clean, sleek and even shiny. With long haired fluffy breeds it can be less easy to spot a skin problem, but the coat should still look healthy. Brushing rabbits regularly is a great idea as it enables…

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Skin problems in dogs

Skin problems are very common in dogs, especially in the warmer months. In fact, probably as many as 1 in 5 consultations at our clinics are in some way related to skin or coat problems in our pet dogs and cats. Skin conditions range from just being “itchy” to having a major life changing impact…

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Skin problems in cats

When considering what might be causing our cats to scratch and have skin problems, we need to think small. Fleas Fleas are by far the biggest culprit in feline skin problems or disease. They are responsible for the vast majority of all dermatological problems that we see in our cats today. Fleas have been around…

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How to help your cat cope with stress

What diseases are stress related in cats? 1) Over-grooming Over-grooming refers to any behaviour that goes beyond the grooming for normal coat maintenance and scent distribution. Over grooming leads to patches of broken and sparse hair, complete hair loss in some areas and occasionally damage to the underlying skin. It can occur in any part…

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Can dogs have allergies?

An allergic reaction is a reaction that the body displays when it is faced with an “allergen” – which is the substance causing the reaction. Common allergens are: Flea bites, fleas and their faeces Food – not necessarily a new food. Dogs can become allergic to food they have been eating for a while. Environmental…

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Separation anxiety in kittens

Though not often talked about in cats, separation anxiety can occur just as it does in dogs. This can prove quite traumatic for both the owners and the feline involved. Why do cats get separation anxiety? While it is true that many cats are ‘lone rangers’ that quite enjoy their own space, this is not…

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Separation anxiety in puppies

As any owner of a dog with separation anxiety will tell you, it is a behavioural disorder that is best prevented as it can be notoriously difficult to treat. Not only does it cause a great deal of stress to the affected dogs, it can also make it difficult for their owners to lead a…

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Neutering your kitten

Neutering a kitten is one of the best things you, as their owner and guardian, can do for them. This is true for both males and females. While some owners worry about the risks of the surgery and anaesthetic, the benefits far outweigh the risks for the majority of our feline patients. Most can be…

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Neutering your dog

Neutering is a surgical procedure that is also known as ‘castration’ in males or ‘spaying’ in females. While dogs can be neutered at any stage in their adult life we generally recommend having your pup neutered between the ages of six and twelve months, depending on their breed. Larger dogs are slower to grow and…

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