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Take control of your life – 17 solutions

22 September 2020

If you're stressed at work or at home, the first thing you need to do to make a difference to your life is to identify the cause of your stress. At the same time, the worst thing you could do is to try to alleviate the stress by turning to something unhealthy to help you cope. Doing nothing will only make your problems grow and get worse.

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Feline oral disease – a pain in the mouth

22 September 2020

When we look at the reasons why a cat may be presented to us at the vets, dental disease is certainly one of those conditions that ranks high on our list of complaints. In fact, as many as 80% of cats over 4 years of age have tooth and gum disease. In this article, we look at two common presentations, gingivitis and feline chronic gingivostomatitis, and discuss the clinical signs, causes and treatments available.

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Respiratory diseases of ferrets

22 September 2020

Our approach to veterinary care in ferrets is very similar to that in dogs, cats and rabbits, with no special equipment being required. Pet ferrets can and should be easily be accepted into any small animal practice.

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10 ways to help the critical rabbit

22 September 2020

Recognising a sick rabbit can be difficult as they often mask the signs of illness until disease is quite advanced. This is common in a prey species where they have evolved to hide illness to avoid being identified as weak and vulnerable. Consequently, we regularly only get to see them in advanced stages of illness and disease, for which they then need to be treated as an emergency or critical case. In this article we take a look at 10 areas of nursing where you can help them in hospital when they are already seriously ill.

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The Meaning of Sludge

25 August 2020

Urinary sludge is a common finding in rabbits, either visibly when we observe the passing of “mucussy chalk” or radiographically when we are investigating other clinical signs. It is dramatic and definitely looks abnormal. Yet it may not be- a lot of these rabbits are passing sludge yet not showing signs of disease (and often not signs of urinary tract disease), and re-radiograph some of these rabbits a few days later and their bladders may be empty of sludge. So, what does it mean?

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Enrich the lives of rabbits – the 5 essentials

19 August 2020

Rabbits are one of the most popular pets in the UK, but the sad truth is that many of these pet companions are often housed all alone in bleak environments with no mental stimulation. The poor animals consequently suffer from boredom, stress, and frustration, and go on to develop a myriad of problems.

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