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Degenerative Joint Disease – a feline problem

14 January 2020

Feline degenerative joint disease (DJD) is very common. The process leads to a lack of cartilage in the joint which usually causes chronic pain and leads to a reduced quality of life. Cats with degenerative joint disease often have pain in their lumbar spine, elbows, stifles, hips, shoulders and hocks. Whilst it tends to affect older animals (9 out of 10 senior cats show signs of DJD), it’s also possible to diagnose it in younger patients as well.

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Nasolacrimal flushing in rabbits

14 January 2020

How many times have you seen a rabbit with tear overflow and prescribed antibiotic drops and hoped for the best? A few drops of fucidic acid may help, but it’s likely that the problem will persist or recur if the original cause isn’t identified and addressed. It’s at times like that that you need to consider nasolacrimal flushing.

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Nasopharyngeal disease

14 January 2020

Diseases of the nasopharyngeal region are often seen in many of the animals we treat. Some species and breeds are more prone to problems than others, such as long nosed or brachycephalic dogs and cats, as well as all animals living in dusty or dry surroundings.

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Guinea pig health and top tips

14 January 2020

Guinea pigs are wonderful animals and make excellent pets – they’re sociable, interactive and relatively easy to care for. Whilst they’re often considered just a child’s pet, they do require special attention and have specific dietary requirements to maintain good health. As a species they face some specific health issues which all owners should be aware of, so make sure you discuss all of the following. 

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Nutrition after neutering – a look at feline foods

14 January 2020

With 92% of cats being neutered in the UK (see the PDSA PAW Report for 2019), it makes sense that we should prepare these animals as best as we can for life after the snip. Whilst there are many benefits of neutering, there are a few changes to their lives that need to be made to prevent unwanted side effects.

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Blood smears – a step by step guide

14 January 2020

Collecting blood is a procedure which takes place in all veterinary practices almost every day of the year. The skills required to take and prepare a good blood smear are vital to being able to examine and interpret the sample accurately, regardless of whether you use your own lab machines, or you choose to send them away.

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