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Complementary cancer therapies – advising your clients

19 March 2020

More of our clients are wanting to look into all available treatment options for their loved pets, and the use of complementary medicines and treatments is an area of veterinary health that is growing. As clinicians we are taught the traditional, well established therapies, which are scientifically backed with clinically proven trials and studies. It’s not surprising that we are uncomfortable about recommending or approving the use of alternative or complementary treatments, but we need to know what is effective and working before jumping to dismiss them.

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Cannabidiols in veterinary practice

19 March 2020

We are hearing more and more about the benefits of cannabidiols (also known as CBD’s) on the news and in the papers. You will undoubtedly have come across news and promotions via Social Media about the life changing benefits of these chemicals for you and your pets. Because of this we need to be able to discuss and advise our clients if they are contemplating using them on their own animals. Be aware and start the conversation!

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Geriatric rats – what could go wrong?

19 March 2020

Rats can make remarkable pets and are certainly not the pests that people often think. They are calm, intelligent and social creatures, and when handled regularly, are unlikely to bite. For this reason, they make excellent first pets for younger children. With improved husbandry, nutrition and preventive health care, they are now frequently living into old age. With this in mind, we need to be aware of the disease's rats are susceptible to as they age.

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Species-specific diets for small mammals

19 March 2020

A variety of small mammals, such as rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, rats and chinchillas, continue to be popular household pets for people of all ages. Indeed, in the most recent survey there are estimated to be around 1.5million homes keeping them as pets.

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Water consumption – we look at drinking preferences in rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas

19 March 2020

We all know that an adequate water intake is important for the health and welfare of all animals. However, most people are completely unaware that how the water is offered is also important.

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Rabbit otitis – we take a look at the three variations

19 March 2020

All clinicians working with rabbits will have encountered ear disease, ranging from the simple inflamed pinna to the rabbit with a head tilt, loss of balance and a sudden uncontrolled rotational movements (flipping). In this article we take a closer look at the three common presentations.

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